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$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
1720 N Dale Mabry Hwy
phone: (863) 350-9601
(Place added by: wingnutter on 10-28-2005)
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quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
If you've ever been to a Total Wine & More, you've almost been here before. I've been to stores in New Jersey and Delaware and they're almost exactly the same (this one was actually a little bit more clean and polished; and better organized, except it's a bit smaller in size so that should be easier to do).
The singles aisle is pretty large, and it covers local beers (I found almost everything I was looking for), beers from surrounding states, and even some from far-off (Stone, Brooklyn, etc). Overall, it's a pretty good representation of what's available within the state. Beyond that there are the imports, and although they have a wide range available, most of the items are fairly mainstream. That is, for the most part you won't find specialty imports (except for some holiday releases) like you will with domestic seasonals and small-batch lots.
As is the case with most Total Wine stores, the beer cooler mainly features mainstream stuff with a fair selection of domestic six-packs available as well - and the single bottles are limited to the very mainstream, a few imports, and a rare gem here and there of domestic / imported craft brew (usually in big bottles).
The wine selection is good, but it focuses on wines brought in by Total Wine. Many are exceptional values, but there are also some clunkers. And the problem with that is they're not usually reviewed outside of the Total Wine shelf tags (ie. no Wine Spectator, etc.); and if you do find a wine you really like you'll only be able to get it at Total Wine (I have a few that I continually go back to, but I also have easy access to the store in Cherry Hill, NJ!).
Service is good, but it can be hit or miss. No one approached me on my visit, and I saw a lot of shuckin' and jivin' going on amongst the employees, but I have run into employees who are really gung-ho and will go above and beyond to help you out (more in wine than beer).
Overall, a quick one-stop shop for mostly basic stuff and a minor selection of specialties. Worth checking out.
09-07-2009 20:58:15 |
More by NeroFiddled
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Ok now this was the kind of store I was looking for. This place was tight. Now the total wines up here are lacking a bit but they had it going on down here. Lots of decent Belgians, but I tend to focus on the micors, of which I found Stoudts! That alone floored me, I hadnt seen it around in a long time. Lots of Rogue, DFH, Terrapin, Great Divide, Allagash, the usuals. Really nice wall of singles, and almost everything warm which always makes my day. This place really has an awesome selection of brews. Definitly top notch and would say you need to stop in if you are in the area, they pretty much have all the bases covered here.
10-10-2007 01:02:10 |
More by mikesgroove
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
This is very easy to get to from the highway east of Tampa Bay, in an area filled with beer stops (Cigar City and Whole Foods, both within 2 blocks of Total Wine). This is a fairly standard Total Wine, hundreds of beers to choose from at average pricing. One nice point is the huge selection of singles, just about everything they offer has some singles available.
Although I recommend a stop at Whole Foods if you're at Total Wines, I noticed that the selection was pretty much the same between the two. If something's out of stock at one place you might just get lucky by walking across the parking lot.
05-22-2010 02:29:01 |
More by TurdFurgison
quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
This seemed to be the place to load up on beers from the South or other places I can't get at home. However, it seemed I knew more about beer than some of the people who worked there. I also wanted to find Cigar City Improvisation there and it wasn't, but maybe I was too early. I was able to pick up their imperial stout and scotch ale, though. Another asset was a large selection of singles and bombers. I thought the prices were great. A must stop for any out of towner going to Cigar City nearby.
01-05-2011 04:41:06 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
*Cheap prices and excellent selection*
Even though I missed the exit, it is easy to find off of 275 by the airport. Big parking lot around basically a warehouse sized building.
Only the beer caught my eye, but they have a warehouse of wine here too. Prices are DIRT CHEAP and the beer and the section is well organized with shelf talkers to explain styles such as fruity, hoppy and seasonal like Wit is h current seasonal. Signs indicate if they are out of any beers.
Here is a list of their standouts: Jolly Pumpkin, Rogue full line-up, Mendocino, Allagash, Avery, Abita, DeKonnick, Affligem, Rochefort, Meantime, Samuel Smith, Unibroue, Celebrator, Belhaven, Traquir ($4.99) Framboise, Delerium, Duvel, Kwak, Kasteel, Khonings Hoeven, Gouden Carolous, Saison Dupont, Great Divide, Flying Dog, North Coast...and there's more.
Service consisted of nobody bugging while gawking, a guy put a few ciders on the shelf, and someone checking me out at the checkout. Total wine gets my vote for the premier beer sore in Tampa. The Beverage Castle is 2nd.
04-04-2006 05:23:54 |
More by blitheringidiot
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Upon entering, you immediately notice the vast selection of wines and I immediately wondered about the quality and selection of the beer that they could have, as I have walked into other wines stores and immediately walked out due to poor selection, but this places was awesome. They must have had two good and long full isles plus a refrigerator section of nothing but beer. The first isle was pretty much nothing but singles in which you could make your own six-pack, segregated by country and they pretty much had all the good countries. They also had several different offerings from each brewery. They had both the traditional 12oz bottle, plus some 22oz bottles and 750 ml corked bottles. The refrigerator section selection was good, but seemed mostly devoted to BMC. The second isle was mainly warm 6-packs of a lot of the beers that were found in the first isle. Upon check out the staff was friendly and the place was well light. Overall, a supurb store.
07-08-2008 18:41:54 |
More by PhillyStyle
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
This is my first go-to stop in Tampa. It's conveniently right in front of a very well stocked Whole Foods and about 300 yards from Cigar City brewing, too.
Since this is a beer store, my review is simple and straight to the point.
Tons of excellent beers are available in 6-packs, mixed-packs, singles, bombers, etc.
Everything from excellent local selections to choices from the midwest and far north. They have a solid list of imports as well. If it makes it to Florida, they likely have it here.
Prices are fair, and the dates were always fresh, too.
The only real downside is that pretty much nothing is cold...so you're going to have to make a trip home to refrigerate 99% of what's sold here. that hurts my "service" rating a bit.
If you're visiting Cigar City, Datz, or even the Whole Foods - you need to stop here, too.
05-05-2010 17:13:29 |
More by Domingo
District of Columbia
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Atmosphere: Located a mere stone's throw from Cigar City and Whole Foods, this mammoth store is located in a very pleasant (though I heard often congested) shopping complex. The inside was constructed just like most other Total Wines.
Quality and Service: No one really came to my aid while I was in there, but that was probably because my cart was filled up with about $150 worth of goodies, so the employees probably just assumed I knew what I was doing.
Selection: Awesome Cigar City selection! On the day I went, I picked up (in some cases, multiples of): Jose Marti, Jai Aai, White Oak, Cubano Espresso, Big Sound, and many many more selections from CC and St. Somewhere. Additionally, they had several rows and end caps of sixers from just about every brewery that is distributed to that part of Florida.
Value: The prices here were about a buck less than CC (and maybe less than the Whole Foods nearby), which makes it an ideal first stop before hitting Cigar City.
I highly recommend this place!
07-18-2011 14:15:40 |
More by Chaney
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
Visited Total Wine after my CCB flight.
Atm- A smaller Total wine to say the least. Smaller aisles and dimly lit store. Employees seemed to pay no attention.
Quality- Good products on the shelf with a few holes overall. Had a lot of state ticks and some random beers I needed from a couple years ago to re-review.
Service- Like I said, employees didnt pay much attention, but when I needed something they were attentive.
Selection- Good range of products from all up and down the east coast. Saw some things I wasnt expection. New CCB beers, Weyerbacher Insanity amongst others.
Value- Every single beer that I wanted in a single was between 1.79 and 3.29. A steal if you ask me.
03-18-2012 01:03:13 |
More by FosterJM
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $
As far as price goes NO ONE beats them. Three different Jolly Pumpkin 750's for only $6.79 each are you freaking kidding!? Yeti bombers for under $5!? The selection is way better than average, but I am already running out of stuff to try that I haven't had and that is mostly ciders and lambics. Selection is large not huge, but a cheap place to grab stuff you haven't tried.
As far as the more rare and expensive stuff Beverage Castle, WoB and Hyde Park are still tops, but for more than just the basics and large quanitites you can't beat these guys.
My buddy is a distributor for Unique which distributes DFH, Avery, Shipyard, Jolly Pumpkin (and lots of others) beers and he told me they are only making like $2 on a CASE right now.
They'll probably raise prices at some point, but right now the place is just a godsend. Also have tons of high end wines and liquor as well as kegs both in stock and special order.
12-14-2005 04:31:23 |
More by Jredner
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