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[ Store ]
1820 Ashley River Rd
phone: (843) 763-7034
(Place added by: GCBrewingCo)
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| Reviews: 20
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $
This is a great source of quality beers in an area where they are otherwise not available. The selection is above average. The service is outstanding if you reach one of a few select employees, but in general you may find yourself lost. The general beer knowledge is still slightly lacking.
They have available a product list and will add you to their mailing list upon request. In general, they do stock what they list, while it may not be on the shelf and you may need to ask.
Prices are much better than average, especially if you buy in bulk.
I had a great experience at this Total Wine today (3/16/07). If you are ever there, ask for Ernest. He is extremely knowledgeable.
01-28-2007 05:11:27 |
More by MarkSCCOT
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Just like pretty much any other that you go into, this was no exception. I try to always visit as many stores as I can when I am in an area, so I hadn't been here and saw it coming up down the road and ran in for a second. Decent selection, nothing really outstanding, but then again I didn't really expect it. Good amount of imports and a great selection of regionals. I thought the singles were a bit lacking to be honest compared to some of the other places I have seen, but hey at least they had a singles section. Overall not a bad place, prices were decent, but I am pretty sure you could find a better selection in a lot of other places, just not sure totally where in this city, hopefully I will be back soon and can find one.
10-15-2007 23:19:17 |
More by mikesgroove
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Total Wine has a large number of beers from around the globe as well as a variety of US microbrews and macrobrews. The hophead might nitpick and say that the US selection leans too heavily in favor of the macros and leaves some great brewers like Founders and New Holland out in the cold. People have questioned the freshness of the stock, and I can't vouch for or against this, but it is always something to watch out for in a big box warehouse. The staff is absolutely zero help for the most part.
12-01-2008 02:58:44 |
More by HeyItsChili
quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Huge store with a comprehensive selection of both wine and beer. The wine selection is much much larger than that of the beer but there is still more to choose from than anywhere else in the area. I really like the option of singles, in that you can try something without having to fork over the money for a whole six pack. If your looking for a specific off the wall kind of beer the odds are they don't have it, but when it comes to your basic widely available beers they have just about everything. And the prices are usually about a dollar cheaper than anywhere else. There are certainly better places to find unique beers in the area and the staff is pretty snooty especially when your are asking beer questions, but overall not too terrible.
01-23-2007 03:45:42 |
More by tigerdoc
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped in one day when headed back from the historic plantations out on 61. I found this place to be the Toys R Us of alcohol...fine if you want the selection and all, but it was overwhelming and staff seemed a bit put out when I asked for help. Checkout clerk was even rude when I tried to use the wrong coupon by accident. I was also surprised to see certain beers on sale cheaper at Harris teeter the same weekend, so I don't really plan on driving all the way across town to shop there. Impressive stock, though. Maybe a Saturday isn't the best day to go.
12-14-2012 02:08:00 |
More by skm
quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
This place is the mega store of the Charleston area. It has a wharehouse like feel and is the kind of store that tries to have everything instead of selecting only higher quality items. Thats not to say that they don't have many great beers, they certainly have a wonderful assortment, its just that you have to navigate through the masses of quality challenged, mass produced products to get them.
The beer is located in the back end of the building, behind the massive wine section of the store. I have found that the specialty beers often seem somewhat neglected. Freshness may be an issue as I have, in a few cases, been looking at the same bottles of certain slower selling beers for as long as the store has been open. I'm sure this is the exception rather than the norm but it leaves some degree of doubt in one's mind. On the other hand, I have, at times, found beers here that I was not able to get elsewhere in the Charleston area. I recently found a Flying Dog Wild Dog (the barrel aged imperial porter) here after the very limited supply that came into the area seemed to vanish as soon as it arrived.
Service is a little unreliable. If you find somebody that knows the products, they can be very helpful. Sometimes you can't find that somebody.
As I said, the selection is very large for the area. The more obscure beers are kept on room temperature shelves while there is a large cooler area that has a good selection of the faster movers.
Prices are usually very good. If you are in the West Ashley area of Charleston, this is probably the best place to buy beer.
06-19-2007 21:07:06 |
More by softcough
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This is a decent place to buy your beer, though its warehouse quality makes you a little leery of freshness. There's a decent selection - it has quite a few Belgians, which I like - but it seems like they waste a lot of space on crappy macrobrewed beers. The service can really be an issue. None of the staff will volunteer to help if you're standing there browsing, and when you ask for help they might not know what they're talking about. This place has decent prices - better than most. Overall, it's a good place to buy beer, but Charleston needs someplace better.
01-11-2008 15:19:37 |
More by avalon07
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
As others have mentioned they have a lot to choose from. Plenty of Microbeers to be found here and the prices are comparable to other places in Cherleston. Plenty of Smuttynose,Boulder,Lagunitas and other crafts to choose from and they were up to date on all the seasonals. However, the one area I could see some improvement on is a more expanded import sections, such as Belgiums, German, and English beers. Overall a good place to find beer in Charleston and convienent if you are in West of the Ashley. Service was on par with other grocery stores and the checkout lady was friendly. Beer quality was good and did not find any out of dates.
01-16-2009 15:18:08 |
More by kiawahisland
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
This was one of my go to places for good beer when visiting Charleston until The Charleston Beer Exchange opened. Large selection of quality American and imports. Every bottle I checked was will within freshness date. They also have a singles selection that is top notch. The staff is helpful in finding a particular beer but not for much else. Prices are usually better than supermarkets and they have a much better selection. Not a bad stop if you are on that side of town, but CBX is the go to place if you are in town.
03-23-2009 12:21:48 |
More by clemtig76
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | $$
If you’ve been to one of these places before, you probably know what’s up, but I’ve been here enough that I thought I should review it. The atmosphere is typical of these large chain liquor stores – a warehouse of liquor, wine, and beer. Here they have two long aisles filled with packs and singles of beer, plus a half-aisle of limited bombers, fridges of local offerings and other stuff, pallets of seasonal 6 packs near the front of the store, a nice growler station, and beer scattered throughout. The selection is really very good and prices are comparable. The main things that set other places apart from Total Wine are quality and service. I know that they don’t rotate their selection as often, so you may want to stay away from IPAs that aren’t flying off the shelves. As far as the service, some of them are knowledgeable and interested in beer, but most of them are just regular old supermarket workers that happen to work at a supermarket filled with alcohol. I’ve had lots of problems with newer beers not ringing up at the cash registers because they’re not in the system yet. Some employees handle it very well and figure it out. Others…well, let’s just say I once was waiting 10 minutes for them to figure out the situation.
Nevertheless, this isn’t a bad place to get beer. I’d rather support locally-owned bottle shops like CBX, but if I’m in the area or if I’m looking for limited stuff that disappears from CBX in minutes, I’ll swing by.
07-28-2013 02:38:59 |
More by BlackBelt5112203
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