Aloha Wine and Spirits
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Ratings: 9 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Bonhoeffer:
4.65/5 rDev +15.1%
Unquestionably the best place in Pensacola to buy beer. Biggest selection. They just about have everything stocked in two separate areas: a walk-in cooler and on shelves at room temp. A few things are out on shelves that aren't in the cooler, but not a whole lot.
In both areas, everything is divided first by country and then by brewery. So all the Belgians are together, and within that section all the Rocheforts are together, etc. They also have sections for German beer, English beer, and American beer. Several trappist and abby selections. Young's. Wynchwood. Ayinger. Weihenstephaner. Rogue. DFH. Unibroue. Great Divide. And lots of lesser known stuff that i can't remember off the top of my head.
I picked up several Tripel Karmeliets because it's the only beer other than framboise that my wife really enjoys. A Val Dieu tripel. Nostradamus. Duchesse De Bourgogne. Saison Dupont. Melbourn Brothers Cherry. Just a great selection.
Staff is knowledgable. They had both RB and BA shelf talkers scattered here and there. Fine cheeses for sale. Clean, well-maintained, in a nice area.
09-19-2005 13:43:36 | More by Bonhoeffer
More User Reviews:
3.25/5 rDev -19.6%
As others have noted, this place is now called Aloha's Wine and Spirits.
This place is great for those who are flying into Pensacola and looking for a quick stop nearby. Its only a couple miles away from the airport. As I first walked in I noticed the wide array of wines. Man a wino would be in heaven at this place. The beer selection is along the back wall with some in cooler, but most of it is not. I saw some Sweetwater, Sam Adams, lots of Dogfish Head and a lot of other craft and micro brews. Scouring the shelves I noticed that a lot of the beers on the unrefrigerated portion had tags next to the beer with a rating from BA. It was cool to see, but at the same time I felt that gave them an excuse to raise the prices on those beers. There six packs were bizarre in that there was no flat rate for a six pack. You can certainly buy an individual bottle but there was no flat rate for building your own six pack. Instead, they simply cut 10%, weird. Overall the selection was good but the prices were something to be desired.
Service was okay. I was greeted by a lady as I walked in and I asked her a question about some Southern breweries I was looking to try and she really didn't have much information to provide aside from the Sweetwater brewery. After asking her about one brewery she acted as if she was going to check on it and never came back. Pathetic. Worse yet, there were two employees there who were talking near the coolers that didn't even make an attempt to help out, provide insight or anything. Instead, they were more focused on the upcoming Mardi Gras parades and how hammered they were going to get.
The selection was average in my book but I have also come across liquor stores in Madison, WI that would engulf this place by 10 times when it comes to beer, so I can admit I may be a bit skewed when it comes to the amount of selection.
Between the prices, poor service and the way the beer was kept (I hate beer sitting in front of lights without being cooled), I just left and went to a local Wal-Mart that had some Sweetwater at a cheaper price. If your in the business for wine though, this may be your spot.
02-24-2009 00:47:59 | More by Wisconsin
4.3/5 rDev +6.4%
I am pretty sure this place has been renamed to Aloha vice Chan's. Same location and a few other reviewers have mentioned the change. i stopped by recently to pick up some beer for a three week stay in the area.
As you enter the store, the craft beer selection is towards the back right, all along the rear wall. It includes several coolers and a very long wall. There is also a few random shelves scattered through the area with craft beer.
Nice selection of six packs, bombers, and 750s, along with the option for singles on about 1/4 of what they sell. I was able to pick up some semi local (southern) stuff that I cannot find in Ohio.
I talked to the guy working the register for awhile, about beer, wine, and port. He was knowledgeable and very friendly.
Nice place with as good or better of a selection as I saw anywhere while down in the area.
12-14-2008 23:11:19 | More by beveritt
4/5 rDev -1%
Well-stocked with what I was looking for: Dogfish Head, Bells and Sweetwater beers. The staff was knowledgable and discussed shipping options with me (I live out of state where you can't get beers from the three places I just mentioned). They also invited me into the walk in cooler with almost no prompting once I told them I was from out of town and was looking for things not distributed in my neck of the woods. While there, I noted only one other customer, and he was buying up craft beers too (with an emphasis on IPAs). Didn't notice any wine customers despite the establishment's name and floor space dedicated to that beverage. Anyway, I wound up dropping over $120.00 on beer that day! If I were to find myself a local again, this would be one of my three beer stores (the others being Richey's East and Four Winds).
04-06-2008 16:11:33 | More by charlzm
4.3/5 rDev +6.4%
Stopped by on my way back to MS from FWB. Found it to be Aloha Wine and Spirits, no longer Chan's.
I was immediately greeted upon entry, as the store was empty on a Sunday morning. I was curois to see the selection of Trappist Ales that they had. The clerk was knowledgable and informative of what was available. He seemed to be a real beer nerd- much like myself.
I purchased Chimay Grand Reserve 25oz for $8.49
Sweetwater Hummer sixer for $8.49
Sam Adams Octoberfest sixer for $8.49
The Chimay seemed reasonable to me, for what it is. The SA, however I can get $5.99 a sixer at Kroger back home (but Octoberfest hasn't reached MS yet- so I bit the bullet). Sweetwater is not available in MS, but the price seemed reasonable for a micro (although it was toward the end of it's life (purchased 9/9/07- best by 9/23/07).
All in all a good experience and I will stop by whenever I am in P'cola to see what is available.
The big beer selection is still solid. Belgian styles and American brewed Belgian styles)included:
They also have a decent line of DFH and other micros. They do need better rotation of their micros. I don't know if it's due to overordering, or what- but they still have Sweetwater Hummer from 2007. This stuff expired in September. They are a bit pricey on the micros, a little more reasonable on the bigger Belgian styles.
They will also be expanding their glassware line to include chalices and goblets- according to the wine babe that answered my quetion.
02-21-2008 16:06:36 | More by usmittymc
3.65/5 rDev -9.7%
Well, the name has changed to Aloha from Chan's. The website is still Chan's. Side note, the cheese cooler was empty. Anyway....
The selection was good, my coolered american micros: dogfish, sweetwater and others that I don't recall. Other offerings from Rogue, Unibroue, Ommegang, Rochefort 8, Saison du Pont, to name a few.
Unfortunately I was looking for Hennepin, and they were out. Supposedly a new order was to arrive and I reserved a case, but never got a call. Bummer.
When in Pensacola, I will shop here again. I think I will call first and get a faxed list of what the have on hand and reserve or have them order what I'm looking for before I arrive.
07-07-2007 15:07:38 | More by TPSReports
3.85/5 rDev -4.7%
This is the best place Ive seen in Pensacola for beer. The selection is good- lots of Belgians, German beers, and English beers, plus a healthy Micro selection. The place is clean, and the staff answered all questions I had. Many, but not all of their selections, can be bought as singles (e.g. you can only get Samichlaus in $20 4-packs- WTH?!). They also have a large walk-in cooler with many of their selections cold. This is where I usually get my Euro beers when I come to Pensacola (especially Belgians like Delerium, Rochefort, Bernardus, etc.), since Richeys East has cheaper, DFH, Rogue, Unibroue, and Great Divide.
The most extensive selection of beer in Pensacola, and they have locations all down the Emerald Coast, which I have yet to visit.
(Update 12/26/07): Came back over Christmas. Selection is still really good, and I actually saw Allagash there for the first time. I wish I remember the name of the guy who was working there, but he knew his stuff really well. He also mentioend that downtown Pensacola was about to get a large beer bar with over 200 selectiions and a bunch of taps.
09-05-2006 17:26:05 | More by llitsua
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
Checked this place out due to the good reviews here on beerfly, and it was absolutely worth going to.
Nice store with a courteous staff, well organized and a very large selection. All manner of Rogue, Belgians of all kinds, Dogfish Head, lots and lots of other US micro's.
Being from Alabama where the selection of beer is limited, I had an incredible time deciding what to purchase here. Overall it is a bit pricey, but the selection and ease of shopping makes up for it, definitely a great store and Im very happy I went.
07-24-2006 03:03:52 | More by BurnsTau
3.85/5 rDev -4.7%
EDIT 1/29/10: Sadly, Aloha Wine World at Cordova Mall has been closed and all inventory moved to the Gulf Breeze store. This is a real loss as there is no other store in the Pensacola area that comes close.
If you visit only one specialty beer store in Pensacola, make it Wine World.
This place was a pleasant discovery. For a place called "wine world," they sure have a good selection of beer. They also sell singles. Most beer is kept in the cooler, ready to enjoy. There's still quite a bit on the shelves, however. Overall, a one to two hundred good ones to choose from. There are several here that I have not seen elsewhere in the Pensacola area, but that's not really saying much. Staff are pleasant and knowledeable, and the store is clean and inviting. They also have a hearty selection of wine and cheese, and a small cigar store if that's your bag. Definitely worth a visit; you're likely to find some of your favorites (and maybe some new favorites) at reasonable prices.
Edit 6/30/06: Staff are very friendly to beer afficianados and special ordering is available. They cite 7 different distrubutors as opposed to their closest competition, Richie's, which uses only 2 distributors. Ask for manager Ian.
Edit 11/13/06: Note that the "other" Wine World in Pensacola that was downtown on Gregory street has been closed and demolished. The original Wine World (the one reviewed here) near Cordova Mall/Office Depot has relocated to a slightly larger store about 500 yards from their old location, right next door to Starbucks.
Edit 6/26/07: Note that Chan's has sold their Pensacola store, which is now operating under the name "Aloha." Little to nothing has changed, however, with the same staff, selections, pricing, etc. as before. Just don't get thrown off by the new signage.
04-13-2006 01:00:59 | More by jettjon
Aloha Wine and Spirits in Pensacola, FL
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