I usually like going into Total Wine just to see what they have that is now old enough to consider aged. Sometimes you can run into old Orval and Lambic and such which is nice because they see it as past date and mark it down rather than up. Pretty big selection with lots of singles. They also have several breweries that no other stores in the state carry: Pike, Scuttlebutt, Diamond Knot, Laughing Dog, and Flying Fish. There are usually one or two things here that arent’ elsewhere in the triangle so its definitely worth a stop.
This store is really close to my house, so I’ve stopped in many times over the last few years. A few years back, beer was clearly an afterthought in this wine store...not so anymore. After a complete overhaul (in the last month or two) to the beer aisles, it now has a huge selection of 6-packs, as well as hundreds of singles arranged so you can actually find things. They put the locals out front and center, which is a nice touch. Previously there was never anyone around with any beer knowledge...now the last couple times I’ve been in I’ve been asked multiple times if I need help and the employees actually know quite a bit about beer. Well done recognizing the growing craft beer market! Sam’s still has a slightly larger selection and does better with seasonals, but this now has the 2nd best beer selection I’ve found in the Triangle.
Nice selection of singles. They seem to push the local North Carolina beers, I good thing I think. They have a good selection, probably 100+ US Micro, a decent selection of Belgians and some interesting Euro stuff. It is primarily a wine store, but they do care about their beer selection. As I was standing there trying to figure out a mixed six, a manager came over and told me if I didn’t see what I wanted in singles they could break any six pack for me. WOW. Hey BevMo you guys here that!
Great for kegs. A little section for cigars. Selection of beer is similar to A Southern Season - maybe not as exclusive. Service is about average. They are willing to look into beers for you. Caught a great sale at the end of last season. Sierra Nevada Celebration for $3.99 a 6!
Bigger and better selection of wine, but beer selection is somewhat impressive (in the singles isle). No Service was given and I rated it a 5/10 b/c sometimes I don’t want someone coming up and bothering me. If I need help I can ask.
Best place I have found in North Carolina to grab some good brews. Selection is not as extensive as I would like and much of it is stored at room temperature which can alter the qualities of the beer. Not bad for a wine store. Oh yeah, you can get some decent cigars there too. I like the place.
As stated by previous raters this place specializes in wine. However, they do have a fairly decent selection of beer, including a row of non-refrigerated beers and a freezer full of others. There is a good mix of domestics (including local NC brews) and imports. They also have an entire row full of singles, so it’s ideal for the beer lover who doesn’t mind spnding a bit more money in order to try different beers.
bmanning (8) Holly Springs, North Carolina | October 19, 2005
This place has a very large selection of beer. Not as many of the Belgians as I would like - so I go to Sam’s Blue Light for that, but they have a large selection of German and English beers as well as US microbrews. Don’t expect any service though, as most of the workers are only wine experts. On occasion they have a beer to taste along with their wine tastings.
Predominantly a wine store as the name suggests and they do have an insane selection of wine but there is a fairly extensive beer selection as well. Service is pretty good when it comes to wine but I think they don’t put much effort into knowing their beer but I’m sure when the 6% law is changed they may hire/train someone to be more beer oriented. Selection is really good for around Durham. However, on more than one occasion I got an oxidized or skunked single. Plus since my drivers license is going to say "Under 21" on it untill 2008, I have to fill out this stupid form verifying my age though my license clears states my birthday. Decent place to get local singles for trades.