Four Seasons Wine
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Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 7 | Show All Ratings:
3.97/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
A small outpost with at least three bigger local competitors, including the Whole Foods market in the shopping plaza behind this store. Both inside and out you can't escape the impression that someone parked their trailer on a main road and is selling alcoholic beverages out of it.
But, they do cram a lot into the space they have! I used to go here for the cigars, since now that there is no tobacco shop in nearby Northampton or Amherst, they have the go-to selection in two tall glassed-in cabinets along the front wall.
Now I go here periodically for beer I'm seeking, or just to see what they have that's new. Usually not a whole lot, but they have two or three sixpack specials on a rack in the back which can be worthwhile.
The beer is in three big coolers along the back wall and on facing racks and two more facing coolers. The whole back aisle is beer.
You can mix a six and not feel at all guilty about breaking up sixpacks, because half the ones in the cooler are missing at least one bottle. You just can't be sure what they will charge you until you check out, because pricing information is minimal.
Good selection of local and standard national craft by Founders, Lagunitas, Stone and Dogfish, plus many other specialty bombers, including some you don't see elsewhere very often. They had the first 2013 FW Sucaba I had seen, although it was about a dollar more than I saw it somewhere else later that week. Because of which, they have a lot of dusty older bombers which just sit there because they are a little too expensive for what nearby competition offers them for.
Clerks are mostly young guys who know their beer and are friendly and helpful. All in all this is one of those places you can pass right by without giving a second look, but which is definitely worth a second look and more.
11-20-2013 19:57:36 | More by scotorum
3.36/5 rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Four Seasons is interesting to say the least. I have been there many times over the past two years and it is like playing the lottery. Sometimes there will be hidden gems on the shelf (very old vintage DFH, Triple Bock on sale for $3, KBS 8 months after it was released) and other times it is just a dust factory. It seems like not that many people know of the selection they have, it covers most of the standard stuff you see in Western MA (Stone, Founders, DFH, Souther Tier, Maine, Victory, Berkshire, etc). The only problem is I wouldn't buy any IPAs or things that need to be fresh because many beers sit on the shelves here for years. It is really hard to sum up how I feel about this place but I do truly enjoy going here because of the whole lottery aspect of it. Maybe the biggest strength of 4 Seasons is the fridge selection, it is bigger than many Western MA craft stores and usually somewhat fresh. I stop by pretty much every time I am in the area because I might just get lucky. I also noticed they recently started carrying Lefty's nano-brews, cool. Sale beer and diamonds in the rough.
06-30-2011 15:22:18 | More by cbutova
3.6/5 rDev -4%
quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
A treasure trove for beer fans in Western Mass. Lots of old stuff, which can be good or bad depending on the beer. Good finds in the last few months include '08 Stone IRS, '07 World Wide Stout, '05 Raison d'Extra, '08 Stone VE, '08 Mikkeller Santa's Little Helper, and many more. Their regular selection is a bit marked up for prices but some of the older stuff is on clearance for some great prices. They also had KBS here long after it was sold out everywhere, Utopias, clearance prices on 3L Double Bastard and even a hefty supply of the dreaded Triple Bock! Definitely check dates or use common sense if you're looking for fresh beers, otherwise have fun huntin' for treasure!
08-30-2010 15:20:04 | More by Chico1985
4/5 rDev +6.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I went here based on a tip off from another BA telling me that they had some bottles of Smutty Imperial Stout from 2008 still. I went and looked all over and was about to give up and there on a "display" shelf above the coolers were two bottles! Awesome!
This place is a bit of a treasure trove as you really don't know what you'll find. Besides quite a few cooler doors of micros that can be bought as singles (and apparently most of them are) they also have a cooler of just bombers and they do have growlers of Opa and BBC.
As far as treasures go, besides my luck with the Smutty they also had Stone Vertical Epic 07s on sale and lots of strong Belgian christmas ales in a "sale" section near the door.
Service was good, the guy at the counter helped me look for the Smutty and talked some beer with me.
The prices are pretty standard except for the sale items, you can get some great buys if you're lucky.
I drove by here a bunch of times and prefer to go to Big Y and Liquors 44 in Northampton but I'll definitely add this place to beer stores to go to when I've got an afternoon to kill.
03-22-2009 23:35:58 | More by indiapaleale
3.8/5 rDev +1.3%
quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I work about a half mile from this place, it is most definately my place in a pinch. It's no Spirit Haus but if your in the area they do have some good brews. I found that they still have Ommegeddon when everyone else was out, yeah maybe they don't blow out of things as quickly but sometimes that's ok. Like when I find
Belgian Chrstmas beers in April marked down. Good beer selection, good prices, nice people - some knowledgeable, some not.
Rouge, Stone, Lost Abbey, Bear Republic, Stone Coast, Ommegang, La Choulette, Westmalle, etc.
09-11-2008 04:26:27 | More by currysage1
3.7/5 rDev -1.3%
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
First time going to this place. Very pleasantly surprised. Beer is in the back aisle (all other isles are liquor, wine and cigars). Freezers packed with some pretty quality stuff: Paper City, Sam Adams, Opa-Opa, Berkshire, Rogue, Stone, Stone Coast, Dogfish Head and more. Lots of people working there who seemed nice. I did not ask them for service though so all I can really say is that they do have a well staffed establishment. Since its right off route 9 in a place like Hadley, the prices seemed better than at places like Amherst or Northampton. So if your traveling right on through Hadley, this is definitely a decent place to stop by.
07-06-2008 19:28:26 | More by fitzy84
3.85/5 rDev +2.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I have driven by this place a hand full of times the past few years, on the way in and out of Amherst Ma. Decent place in a pinch and it is more convenient then the much higher rated Spirit Haus. You will encounter a medium to small sized placed, crammed to the ceiling with wine, booze and to the right of the registers BEER. Respectable, BA worthy selections abound, Stone, Bklyn, Omme, DFH, Bear Rep. Pizza Port, Lost Abbey, Stone Coast, Growlers of Opa Opa and Berkshire Brewing Co. Moderate Belgians, Germans, Brits....Don't expect any rarities (better shot at those at Spirit Haus), put do look forward to plenty of high quality brew options. Respectable component of the way better then average Amherst/NHampton beer community.
06-07-2008 11:34:40 | More by Billolick
Four Seasons Wine in Hadley, MA
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