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!
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.
planbee (38) North Carolina | September 6, 2011| Updated January 29, 2012
This is the best TW I have ever been into. I see that it was renovated not long before my visit. The setup is fantastic and the ambience isn’t bad. The people are friendly and will actually approach you, very helpful too. Most importantly, there is more emphasis on beer here than any chain liquor store I have been to. I hate to admit it, but the selection is top-notch. Lacking in some harder-to-find stuff and imports, sure, but if it is available in NC, they pretty much have it. They have growlers from LoneRider and Carolina Brewery and the local stuff is emphasized along with seasonals. The variety of US craft is just outstanding. And there is just so much stuff! Sam’s and Bestway will always be my go-to stores, but I hit a lot of stores and I don’t think I’ll be going to any other TW in the area again.
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.
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.
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.
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.