I have done a lot of talking about Total Wine over the years. It is one of my favourite places in Phoenix. I don’t mean favourite restaurant, activity or landscape but it is a place I head straight to the minute we have a free moment.
So what is Total Wine you ask and why does someone like me, who really can’t tell a $100 bottle from a $10 bottle love it so much? Well, the answer – the beer. Despite being called Total Wine, this place has the BEST selection of beer – and not just nay beer – CRAFT beer.
Total Wine is essentially a Costco for alcohol. They carry more than 8,000 different wines from every wine-producing region in the world, including more than 2,000 wines not available in any other store. The typical Total Wine & More also carries more than 2,500 beers, from America‘s most popular brands to hard-to-find microbrews and imports, and more than 3,000 different spirits in every style and price range.
Every time I go to visit, I go straight to the Craft beer aisle and check out the ‘Seasonal’ section. Here they have state specialties as well as super local brews you’d only find in Arizona, or whatever place you’re visiting. You can pick up a little 6-pack container and make your own custom 6 pack! It’s so much fun!
The hardest part is always narrowing down your selection to what you can feasibly drink while visiting.
There are even special-release beer aside from the Seasonal brews that are one off ales that usually have very unique qualifiers making them a nice choice for something special!
And let's be honest, I'm not a connoisseur when selecting my beer. But what I do love, when choosing my bottles is the design. There is something really neat about how the craft beer companies market their beers and spend time and money designing super unique and eye catching designs!
So next time you’re in the states, don’t miss a trip to Total Wine. Don’t let the faced throw you off – it’s what’s inside that counts!