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Total Wine & More
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2712 E. Colonial Dr.
phone: (407) 894-6553
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vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I like Total Wine, but that's because I live in Florida. There are hardly any good craft beer stores. Knightly Spirits blew this place out of the water, but it doesn't mean it's not a great go-to place for craft beer.
I met the two beer buyers while I was there. They were informative and willing to share beer stories with me. They had recommendations on the stuff I hadn't tried and knew brew dates on most of the bottles that had rubbed off in transit. Unfortunately, they were low on a lot of stock, and were there to figure out what they needed to buy.
The selection was good, not great. I found a few standard favorites, and a couple new ones that they recommended. They had put a lot of stock into new breweries, and I bought a couple of bottles on their suggestions, but it seemed like they sacrificed quite a bit of shelf space for people that many had never heard of. I don't mind that at all - for me it's all about exploration. They even told me how great Knightly Spirits would be, and what I could expect when I got there. Good people.
07-26-2011 16:44:44 |
More by FoxiBoxi
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
It seems like your average Total Wine, no surprises or let-downs.
The selection is fairly large with tons of singles available to build-your-own from 12ozers to bombers. The beer isles are always clean, well-kept and organized.
I personally haven't experienced any service. They don't seem to seek you out to offer help or advice which is fine by me, but I'm not sure on how much the staff knows about the beer they have available.
They do carry a good supply of Cigar City beers for anyone visiting who is interested in grabbing some while they are in town.
The prices are pretty much on-par with that I see anywhere else.
05-09-2011 21:29:59 |
More by Stankonia
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is enormous, I'm used to relatively dingy liquor stores or small craft beer stores, but this place is like a wal-mart of booze. I blazed past all of the displays of wine and liquor and straight for the 3 aisle rows of my favorite beverage. The beers can be bought in almost every form, from select kegs to singles, I really enjoy creating my own six pack (a process which usually takes my buddy and I about an hour to decide on). Service is pretty much non existent because it is grocery store-esque however if you ask an employee they'll be more than happy to help you, some of them are just not incredibly knowledgeable in the realm of beer. I did enjoy that just about every beer has a description posted, mentioning the flavors of the style and individual beer, in fact some of the beers even have the beer advocate rating mentioned. Overall it's a great store that I'm sure to visit again.
01-07-2011 08:16:10 |
More by bboelens
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Visited on Sept. 13, 2010 just a few hours before catching a plane home.
As with all Total Wines, this place is huge. 90% of the place is devoted to wines & spirits but what they do have in beer selection is solid. Pretty much everything domestic that is available in Orlando area, they have it. Saw some Laughing Dog bombers that i haven't seen anywhere else in FL. The import selection is not as impressive but they have the basics and a bit more. I love the fact that everything is alphabetized. Huge plus for an organizational geek like me. Quality seemed fresh and even some newer bottles were put ahead of older ones. Saw some fresh Gordon Biersch. Prices are the cheapest i've seen and you can mix & match everything they have. Along with Whole Foods & Knightly, this place is not to be missed.
09-17-2010 12:17:05 |
More by papat444
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My parents go here for wine all the time and I heard that they had a huge selection of every kind of alcohol there so I had to check it out.
I was left speechless...
Things are organized kinda oddly and may seem to be scattered but the imports are always separated from the domestics and everything is grouped by brewery. There is also a make your own six pack isle with single beers usually between 1.50 and 3.00 depending on the quality. I just recently bought a couple of the higher gravity Flying Dog beers for 2.50 each and a Steelhead double IPA for only 1.99
There is usually too many beers to choose from, my friends and I spend at least thirty minutes in there every time. I am not sure if there is a better spot for collection as well as price in the Orlando area. If so please let me know.
03-16-2009 01:46:11 |
More by Berticus
quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I passed by this place and I knew I had to stop in. I had already cleaned house at Knightlys the other day but I was right there. Typical total wine here, no service really to speak of but the selection was better then anything I ever see around the area here for sure. Nice dogfish selections, most rogues, and lots of Smutty. Some nice Hurricane Reef, never heard of them but seemed local. Prices were right around were they should have been. Nothing really rare or out of the ordianary but I would take this selection here over what I have up home anyday, Not a bad stop if you drive through for sure, you could do much much worse.
02-16-2009 02:29:13 |
More by mikesgroove
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I found this place while out to lunch with my wife. I was very impressed by the size of the store. Very wide selection of many craft beers. I just moved from upstate NY to central FL; I was very pleased to find quite a few favorite NY brews. Prices range from decent to exceptional. They say they carry 1000 beers; it is most likely less than that, but still have a very good selection. And my wife was happy because this is the only place she has found in FL that sells her favorite upstate NY wine.
I didn't ask for help or service, but they seemed to be a bit understaffed for a Friday night.
09-02-2008 18:23:57 |
More by halo21
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
OK so I know this is a chain, but seriously people, its still a good place to get quality beer for the masses and even, gasp, for us BAs. This one is actually about 20x better then the one I visit here in Virginia. One row of singles, one row of 4/6 packs. A few endcaps with features.
Theres a good selection of pretty much everything but Belgians(leaving that to Knightly Spirits.) Prices seemed about right and I didnt catch any old beers.
I didnt get any employees coming down the aisle to check up on me, it was Saturday and lots of customers in the store though.
06-10-2008 16:40:52 |
More by nriech
quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | $$
I was kind of dragged in here by my girlfriend one day but to my surprise they actually have a lot of beer. The best part about it was that you could create your own six pack. I love this concept although some individually priced bottles are over priced in my opinion.
As I was making my own six, one of the workers walked by and started to make suggestions. Asked me what a I liked and then built off of it form there. I thought i was going to get some good stuff from these guys but I guess not. After he threw about 5 beers at me I actually asked him what one tasted like. Expecting a short review all he said was "it was weird". Following that he did describe to me the flavor of one beer and I quote "elephant piss". Why would I drink that?
Over all I was pretty impressed with their selection of micro's, the ability to create your on six. Many good American micros and foreign such as Young's, and Samuel Smith's among others. The employees turned out to be more annoying than helpful. If you are in the area definitely stop by and you will stumble on some good finds.
03-07-2008 23:07:22 |
More by osi
quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I've been patronizing Total Wine and More for approximately six months. They do a decent job of stocking craft beer and the prices are good. The staff doesn't seem to know much about the beer, I guess they're more knowledgeable about wine.
I'm into domestics, so I can't tell you a lot about the imports, but the domestic selection is okay. They stock most of the Flying Dog line, Bells, Boulder Beer, Rogue, Shipyard and a few others. One of the things I love about this place is they let you make your own six pack and they provide holders.
One word of caution. Make sure you check the price that they ring up on your selections. I've been overcharged on multiple occasions.
02-20-2008 03:31:11 |
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