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$$$ - a bit pricey
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5630 W 36th St
Saint Louis Park
phone: (952) 938-2847
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2008)
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Reviews by JoRado:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
My favorite place to shop for beer. I cannot go there and not get something and I find myself stopping by 4 to 5 times a week! The staff is very friendly and I believe they've even started to recognize me when they come in.
Everyone that works here knows a lot about beer, but they aren't snobs about it to people that don't know anything about beer, it's great!
The selection is by far the best in the state (at least from the places I have been to). When I first started getting into craft beers I used to go to First Grand Ave Liquors on Grand Avenue in Saint Paul. I'm not a fan of the staff there, but I'll save that for another review. From here I started shopping more at Ale Jail which recently added beer to there store in the last year or two I think...Great place also, but once again I'll save it for a different review.
The Four Firkins just has it all, with their new store, I give them 5 stars without hesitation! Thanks for supplying us with such great beer to share with others!
11-03-2011 23:35:55 |
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More by HoistinBrews
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I can't say enough about the staff at Four Firkins. I work overseas and often place my orders online & pick them up when I get back to MN. I have sent staff member, Bryan many emails and tasked him with finding/ordering several different beers. Each time Bryan gets back with me quickly letting me know he tracked down my request and has the beer standing by for pick up.
In times of automated email & phone service, it is very refreshing to receive the type of service that Four Firkins provides both online and in person. Alvey & his staff truly understand the concept of providing quality customer service!! First rate store!!
PS: Hope you tracked down the jerk that stole the decorative store front beer barrel!!!
07-06-2013 10:45:29 |
More by barrybeerdog
British Columbia (Canada)
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$$
What a great spot! A true treat for me visiting from Vancouver, BC. I was hoping to stock up on beers locally available and I was certainly not disappointed. Walked away with Surly, Steel Toe, Mankato, Bells, Founders and so much more. The wall of singles was fantastic as I was even able to find my wife some treats she'd enjoy as well. What a place!
06-28-2013 20:13:54 |
More by bumchilly25
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$$
Was in town for a conference and stopped out of curiosity...plus I needed to pick up some Surly. The place was set up great with all beers divided by type. There is a large cooler area with plenty of good brews chillin'. The thing I appreciated most is that this place had more craft beers and microbrews than anywhere else I have ever been. I prefer this to a large number of import beers. The prices were on par with every other specialty beer place I have been in. I didn't interact with the staff much but they were friendly and carried my purchase out to the car. I would go back here in a heartbeat!
03-13-2013 03:49:31 |
More by Tjvan2
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
The first and only exclusively craft beer store in Minnesota. They have all the outside light blocked out, and keep the store at a proper temperature for the beer. They also have a good amount of the IPA's in the fridge. They have a nice little bar where they tap casks/firkins for tastings.
The beer is top notch here, they carry lots of great stuff, it is easy to spend a lot of time wandering the MASSIVE singles wall, or combing through all the bombers and 750s. You are always guaranteed to find something good.
The staff is incredibly knowledgeable, they are also incredibly approachable and will let you know about what is new or coming out. They also remember what you have bought and are quick to make recommendations accordingly.
Don't mind the naysayers, this place is top notch establishment run by great people.
10-24-2012 01:56:31 |
More by minnesotaryan
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I stopped in while visiting on business looking for Surly products and some other locals I can't get in Chicago. I was immediately greeted and asked if I needed help. I was able to get Furious and Surly Fest. I asked for recommendations and was pointed to Steel Toe Size 7, which turned out to be a great pick.
While I was looking over the other 6 packs wondering what to try, the employee suggested a mix a six. He asked me what I liked and helped me make selections from breweries I don't have access to. He was great. I wish I would have gotten his name so I could mention him here.
Nice store that I will visit again when I'm in town.
10-05-2012 01:57:28 |
More by ssimpson89
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
I make the occasional trip to the Firk to get my Steel Toe fix.
Atmosphere - Store is nicely set up and has classy feel, and I believe the checkout area is supposed to represent an old abbey. Nice decor with craft beer signs, glassware, and some old beer.
Quality/selection - They split it up by beer styles which is helpful, and there are no macro brews. They have a good selection of quality beers but honestly I don't think it's much different than some decent stores. They also have a nice selection of glassware.
Value - Their one advantage is they tend to be the first place to have a certain beer. Because of this it seems like they jack up their prices. In general their prices are pretty high, at least a dollar more on average.
Service - I have mixed feelings on the staff. It's great that they know their stuff, but some of them have come off as smug. My father came with me one time and asked if they had any Bulgarian beer which he is familiar with because my sister lived in the country for three years and we had a Bulgarian foreign exchange student. I think it was the owner who was a complete ass to my dad by saying there were no good beers from that region and it wasn't worth looking for. It's not like that has deterred me from going back but that definitely lowered my opinion of them.
Overall - I like the selection but the prices and staff need improving. If you really want something hard to find or be the first to get something, then this is the place. If you have a good store by you though I'd suggest you start there.
10-05-2012 00:27:58 |
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