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Four Winds Fine Food Market

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Four Winds Fine Food MarketFour Winds Fine Food Market
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

42 Reviews
Reviews: 42
Visits: 47
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: n/a
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6895 N 9th Ave
Pensacola, Florida, 32504-9313
United States
phone: (850) 477-2808

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Reviews: 42 | Visits: 47
Reviews by Bonhoeffer:
Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

ORIGINAL REVIEW:
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. (2,098 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Kappakoosh
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Nice owner, has a wide variety of beer from all over the world. I was able to get some local beer (cigar city) as well as a couple of singles that people somehow passed up in his singles cooler (basically leftovers). Mediterranean style deli, food is awesome...grab some grub while you are there. They fed me samples over and over while i walked around and looked through their selection. Nice people. (403 characters)

Photo of NolaHopHead
3.54/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Heard a lot about this place but was a little disappointed. They had a good bit of beer, but much of it was old. Very unorganized. The people there were very friendly and the food samples were good. Think I left there with a little Sculpin, that's it. Would do in a pinch but not a great beer stop. (298 characters)

Photo of Beerds
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Little foreign market with lots of unique items besides the beer. Pretty good selection of beer but check the dates, found some gems but older than I was willing to pay for. Still worth popping in and giving a once over. (222 characters)

Photo of jbarker7070
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of tone77
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Continuing my travels in the southeast, and stopped here while passing through Pensacola. Good idea. This place has quite a selection, lots of bombers, tons of imports, everything available as singles. Had a deli like atmosphere, and an unusual aroma, but in a good way. Staff was friendly. I was offered food samples twice by the owner and once by an employee. Prices were a tad high but not so bad. My only complaint was standing at the register for a few minutes waiting to be rung out while the owner was walking around with his food samples. Overall a quality store, and one I would shop at on a regular basis if I lived here. (631 characters)

Photo of clev
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of DeltaFour
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of GSThorn
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Go or don't go in here hungry, you're going to eat. This is a Mediterranean Deli that is also a specialty grocery that sells import and craft beer. The selection was better than I first expected upon entering. The folks were friendly enough but not Beer Geeks (no discussion.) Every time I looked up I was offered another sample from the deli and even a little wine. It was all very good I even made a few deli purchases. The owner(?) was very sales driven for the deli. To just say... No, thank you might have been a better move, one thing led to another right up to the register. No buyers remorse though. Came away with some great food and some nice additions to the cellar and a few that won't be around that long. (718 characters)

Photo of will_eye_e
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of TonyJ815
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.45/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of ConorThomas
5/5  rDev +16.6%
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! (540 characters)

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
2.51/5  rDev -41.5%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of Beerbuddha
2.71/5  rDev -36.8%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
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! (1,054 characters)

Photo of LSUPT
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (2,038 characters)

Photo of abeerlovr
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (1,118 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Stopped here while we were visiting Pensacola Beach, based on BA recommendations. Wish I could've stayed twice as long, but my wife was getting a bit antsy.
Take a quick left and the beers greet you in massive quantities. One refrigerated area for singles. Two long aisles of warm beer; German on one side, Belgians on the other, with many famous breweries alongside lesser known ones. Another wall had lower priced beers. Prices weren't bad for singles (clearly marked). Around $2.19 for DFH,Cigar City and Terrapin.
Didn't see the hard-sell owner until checkout, which we didn't have to wait in line very long for. He was trying to sell us everything from coffee to wine to cheeses. Loved the lady walking around with cheese samples. You gotta buy some muchies along with the beers. The food is outstanding!
Ask for Mike, the beer man. He took at least 15 minutes talking about dopplebocks and Trappist ales. Loved his lecture.
This is a place I wish I lived near. I'd go at least once a month and stock up...on beer and great food and wine and coffee. Four Winds is a must-go in the Pensacola/Orange Beach area. Don't worry about the medium-pressure owner trying to sell you the store. Just say no, unless your temptations kick in. (1,241 characters)

Photo of Compton25
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by here in April after reading the reviews here on BA. First off, be prepared for the hard sell from the owner. I ended up with a few more bottles than I planned on buying.

The selection is the best I have seen in Pensacola. The prices are a bit high, but once again you can't find a better variety of beer anywhere close. I picked up several bottles of The Bruery's beers, which I can not find back home. Great selection of Belgian and German beers.

On a side note, the store has a full deli with really good food. I ended up buying several meats, and cheeses to take back home. A very unique market, with lots of beers and great food. (647 characters)

Photo of 20jcontra
5/5  rDev +16.6%

This is by far the absolute best place in Pensacola to buy great beer. The quality of the beer for sale is amazing and there is a constant rotation of different beers so there is always something new to try. The beers are mainly sold in singles which is great for sampling a wide variety. The place also sells a variety of other things that go great with beer such as cheeses and meats. The prices are great as well. The last time I was there the guy who is in charge of the beer was there (I think his name was Mike) and was showing me some of the beer that he had just marked down. It wasn't out of date or anything he was just passing along the deal he got when purchasing the beer. I would recommend this location to anyone who loves great craft beer. A+++ (760 characters)

Photo of ABVfreak
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%

Went over to P'cola to do some old school Smokey & The Bandit bootleggin' and the power of BeerAdvocate (FYI, BA its time to get one of your tech geeks to produce a mobile app) lead me to this amazing joint. Great service, awesome attitude about beer and great tips and knowledge from Mike, the beer dude on staff!!! This place looks to be churnin and burnin through stock and I attempted to make off back to Bama with as much as possible! Mike was extremely helpful and hooked me up with some killer brews. This area is a tough demographic when it comes to beer geek-dom and Mike made me feel right at home if not a neophyte in this game. I highly recommend Four Winds to anyone in the FL-AL-MS-LA I-10 corridor who has a penchant for high quality beer and great service. Oh and don't pass up on the cheese samples...I will be back for more! (842 characters)

Photo of cb2rn
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%

This is an excellent place to shop if you are in Pensacola, not just for beer either. They have a wonderful selection of food that is not available at your regular grocery, an excellent food counter, a large wine selection, and oh yes...the beer.

Always a good selection here. I've bought everything from my favorite Belgians to Samichlaus to Dogfish Head 120. Most of it is room temperature on the shelves, but there is a small cooler by the door with a few beers.

The staff here can be a bit pushy, and it can be on the pricey side, but it is definitely worth the hassle. Just watch out for the fat guy with the huge block of gouda. (636 characters)

Photo of beveritt
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%

Stopped by here the other while in Pensacola for business in search of some beers which are unavailable in my hometown. They are located in a shopping center; conveniently around the corner from Richey's East.

First off, let me just say, this place is amazing. The amazingly varied smells of great food assault your nose as you walk in. While small, they do a great job of packing a wide variety of beer, food, wine, cheeses, etc. into this place. I was given so many samples of things while here, that I arrived hungry and left full. The service is friendly and knowledgeable, without being pushy. This really seems like a place where you are treated like a friend the second you walk in the door.

The beer selection is great, with plenty of the more well known rarities, alongside some more boutique foreign beers. For me, as a traveling sampler, one high point is that each beer can be purchased as a single. I picked up quite a few beers here that I would not have if I had to buy an entire six pack.

This place is a must see for any beer geek and certainly for any foodie! I picked up quite a lot of food to store in my hotel's mini-fridge and everything was great. If you have time to only get to one place while in Pensacola, this is it. (1,247 characters)

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Four Winds Fine Food Market in Pensacola, FL
94 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.