Four Winds Fine Food Market
Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 37 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Bonhoeffer:
4.15/5 rDev -4.2%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
EDIT: Did the review below a few weeks ago. Had the opportunity to revisit the place yesterday. Based on my beer purchases last time and my evaluation of the place this time, i have come to the conclusion that they don't go through their stock very fast and some stuff sits there for a LONG time. Still a good selection of some stuff i haven't seen anywhere else in Pensacola. AND, the food is AMAZING. We had a couple of sandwiches made with a Mediterranean pasta salad that were out of this world. But just watch the beer you buy. Of course look for a date if you can find one. If not, buy stuff that ages well. I don't think i'd be buying any wits or pilsners without freshness dates.
Great little place. Very large selection. Everything is sitting in six packs out on shelves in the middle of this quaint deli sort of place. Every single bottle in the store has a price tag on it, and there is unlimited splitting of six packs. You can go through and just pick out whatever you want.
Heavy on American microbrews, many of which i was unfamilar with. Also heavy on Eastern European stuff, which i think is probably the homeland of the guy who runs the place. Pretty much every single Baltika selection available. Some Polish stuff. Only a tiny handful of offbeat Belgians, other than Chimay. Several English brews, many of which i was unfamiliar with. Of course Rogue and DFH.
Definitely worth checking out. I recommend it.
MAKE SURE you hit Richey's East liquors in the SAME shopping center, just around the corner. I've put it in queue, but it will be months before it appears on BeerFly. Richey's does not allow you to split sixers and does not have as much variety, but they really have GREAT prices on sixers. < $8.50 for Sammy Smith four packs, including Imperial Stout. $8 and change for a bunch of DFH sixers, including Raison D'Etre and Chicory Stout. IIRC, $7 and change for Unibroue four packs. We were blown away.
Hit Richey's for great prices on some great standards, then hit Four Winds and Chan's on Bayou for singles on the more unusual stuff.
08-29-2005 14:53:42 | More by Bonhoeffer
More User Reviews:
3.9/5 rDev -9.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$$
The owner is very pushy. Take the samples that are offered, but don't give in on the peer pressure. Everything is fantastic here though. Quite the selection, small, but diverse. I would recommend first going to Richey's East (right next door) before you get ripped off by the prices of Four Winds, however you are usually able to find some hidden gems here that Richey's may not have access to.
Overall: good selection, cramped, great food, pricey, too much pressure from the owner.
01-28-2014 16:14:29 | More by TonyJ815
3.45/5 rDev -20.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I was a little disappointed in this place after seeing such high reviews. Decent selection but completely disorganized. Many of the IPAs were old. Was able to find some fresh Stone RuinTen, which I have been anxious to try. Service was good...I guess. The owner kept offering me samples of different meats and cheeses but often handed them to me with his bare hand! What I tried was very good.
This place was okay, but not worth the trek from Orange Beach.
07-28-2013 14:49:16 | More by TrappistJohnMD
5/5 rDev +15.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Outstanding. I was not able to visit this store in person, but their exceptional service resulted in me getting exactly what I was looking for, and at a reasonable price. I called ahead to order some Cigar City for a visiting friend to pick up in Pensacola, and bring back to Kentucky. The staff, especially Mike (the beer guy) and James (the owner), stayed in contact, and made sure all beer was safely delivered. I was extremely satisfied with my order, and the willingness of the staff to be flexible. This is how beer stores should act!
10-19-2011 20:06:14 | More by ConorThomas
2.51/5 rDev -42%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | $$$$
I really don't get the high ratings some folks are giving this place. I can only assume that they hadn't been to a *good* beer shop to know the difference.
The selection was good -- I have to admit that much -- but the organization was rather poor. Some of the beers were quite old, certainly not than what I'd call fresh.
The manager (or maybe owner) was very pushy, and only semi-knowledgeable (he kept trying to steer me toward his expensive labels, even though they weren't the styles I told him I was looking for).
All in all, everything in the place was quite overpriced. I didn't have enough time in Pensacola to see how the selection stacked up against other local places, but compared to shops I've been in elsewhere, this place was a disappointment.
10-08-2011 20:22:03 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
2.71/5 rDev -37.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
Really people? The "best" in the Panhandle? This place is by far NOT the best in the Panhandle. Not even close.
Upon walking in we met the owner. Nice guy. A bit pushy as many of the reviews state. The place was gross. Cramped with shelves everywhere and open buckets of what appeared to be fermenting olives. We were approached by a cheese lady for a sample and she had no gloves on and handed us the cheese samples using the knife. Not what I expected.
The beer selection was....a disaster. NO organization at all with beer boxes all over the floor and Belgian beer next to American beer and all sorts of craziness. The one thing I can't stand is an unorganized beer section. And the selection wasn't all that impressive. As the former beer dude at Chans in Destin I can easily say Chans smokes this place. Hell, I went to Richies East right around the corner and it was better than this place.
09-24-2011 22:15:32 | More by Beerbuddha
4.44/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
This place was easy to find and you could smell the goodness inside before you opened the door. First impressions is that it's a cluttered/packed store with interesting items in every nook and cranny. It's definitely an international market with different ethnic food varieties throughout. The smell of this place is just wonderful!
Once you wander around you find the beer. They had a huge selection of DFH, though no 90min which I found odd. Easily 5+ bombers and 3-4 packs of DFH beer. CigarCity was limited, only Jai Alai and Maduro Brown. There was a big selection of Great Divide and Lagunitas, along with Stone and Rogue. The German and Belgium beers were en masse as well. Though it was an impressive selection, the prices seemed a little on the high side from the 6'ers to the bombers.
I didn't eat here but I did sample some of the wares available. It seemed samples were handed out whenever you were interested in a product because they know once you taste it you will buy it! Kudos to Mike for selling me, my buddy and his fiance the store!
09-04-2011 23:51:21 | More by cvm4
3.75/5 rDev -13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Pretty enjoyable atmosphere here, it's a grocery/deli/beer store with hot food as well. Smells very nice and the beer is well placed and nicely organized without too much light damaging the beer.
Quality was good for the most part but one huge problem. I know anytime I misread or fail to read expiration dates I can only blame myself but for an A+ store 6 month expired beer is unacceptable. I misread best by February 2011 on a 6er of Prima Pils, 6 or 8 month best by date seemed right, so I was excited to walk out with super fresh Prima, which is one of my favorites. Instead I walked out with almost undrinkably yeasty 6 months past expired beer. Everything else that I checked was relatively good though but the food kept this rating from being lower.
Service was pretty good. The beer guy wasn't there that day but the two employees that were present asked me several times if I needed help and if I was finding everything alright. Also offered food samples as I shopped.
Selection was pretty good. They had a lot of stuff I was looking for: Oskar Blues, Great Divide, Victory, Highland etc. No Sweetwater and very little Bruery and only Jai Alai and Maduro Brown from Cigar City which was a big disappointment. I came for Cigar City but left with 2 4-packs of Wake-n-Bake which made it worth the extra 90 minutes of driving. Good selection of German and belgian beers though.
Food was excellent. I had a Gyro on french bread, they were out of pita, that was awesome. Tzatziki sauce and hummus were outstanding. My girlfriend had the Turkey salad which was pretty good, I don't like raisins in mine though.
Would have loved to leave with more but the prices were just too high to justify buying a bunch of stuff I will be able to get again. Nearly every 4 and 6 pack were were priced at 11.49 to 13. The food was reasonably priced though.
I didn't check out anything else in the area but the selection here was nothing too incredible. Definitely would have some stuff you could go home happy with if you don't mind the prices.
08-18-2011 23:39:14 | More by LSUPT
3.7/5 rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
This is a gourmet grocery store that sells foods and drinks from around the country and world.
I'll begin by commenting on the beer selection since this is BA. Great beer selection, and from what I understand from friends that shop here more often than I do, they have a good rotation and turn around so no worries on picking up a stale beer.
There is also a cheese counter if you are looking to pair a particular beer with a cheese. One word of caution, watch the cheese they cut vs. the cheese you think they are cutting...I swear the cheese I got home was not the same as the one I thought I was buying.
And now to why I rated the atmosphere and service low. The proprietor is pushy to say the least. Be sure to have a budget thought out before you go because he will push you to buy more and more and more. Also, they try to get you to taste everything from the deli. You may be fine with this, but I have issues with mayonnaisey foods that have been sitting on a cracker for who know how long. Go for the beer selection and gourmet food stuffs and hopefully you won't walk out spending 3x more than you expected.
08-10-2011 18:42:09 | More by abeerlovr
Four Winds Fine Food Market in Pensacola, FL
95 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.