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The Four Firkins
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$$$ - a bit pricey
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5630 W 36th St
Saint Louis Park
phone: (952) 938-2847
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 56 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited on 1-25-12
Stopped at the Four Firkins while in Minneapolis for work, and was looking for a good place to score some local beers. The store itself was easy to find and get to, and not very far from downtown.
The interior of the store is styled like a pub, with all of the beers on display and easy to find. Some beers are out on shelves and some are in the cooler, so be sure to check both. I stocked up on quite a bit of Surly, and some selections from lesser-known Minnesota breweries.
The service was good, and the staff seemed to be knowledgeable about the beers they carry, and made some good recommendations.
The best part though, were the prices. While the price of beer in Michigan has been increasing steadily, the prices in Minnesota are very reasonable.
From my research, the Four Firkins came up as the best beer store in Minneapolis, and my experience backs that up. A must-stop if you're in town.
01-28-2012 21:36:48 |
More by BMoney575
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
The best beer store I have ever been in. The service is exceptional.and friendly, they do tastings a few nights a week, not pretentious or snobby at all, and they almost gave me a discount because I have excellent taste. Events put icing on the cake. I met Garrett Oliver. Selection is good, but you have to get there quick for in-demand beers because they go fast. The ambience is amazing, I would live there if Alvey would let me. A little expensive on some items but average on others. THE world class beer store.
01-17-2012 00:55:20 |
More by sacrelicio
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Overall, i love the Firkins. What they do in the community, the variety they offer, the e-mail newsletters, etc.
I've shopped here half a dozen times and have always walked out with something however the problem in the past has been variety - of which, they partially solved by moving to a new larger location off of Hwy 100 in SLP. My issue with the new location IMO carries too many belgians. I'm a big fan of the style however devoting nearly a 1/3 of the store to one particular style seems like overkill a bit. I also dont look to drink belgians in the winter time here, so that section of the store i tend to ignore for half the year. They do have a nice selection of coolers, i think 5 or 6 total and offer a great BYO6P setup. I was also very happy and pleased to see that local Minneapolis area breweries are giving the Four Firkins first choice at their beers. I found all of the Steel Toe bombers at Four Firkins last time i was in, which was great. I'm on their newsletter and really like that they inform the community about new releases and limited quantity brews that they obtain.
I'll always stop in if i'm driving by or in the area (to browse) but i'm not sure i would drive from my house to this location unless it was for something special that was in stock that they could get from a distributor that another store closer to me could not.
I think the pricing is also a tad high compared to others.
01-14-2012 20:43:01 |
More by motorhed
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
My favorite place to shop for beer. I cannot go there and not get something and I find myself stopping by 4 to 5 times a week! The staff is very friendly and I believe they've even started to recognize me when they come in.
Everyone that works here knows a lot about beer, but they aren't snobs about it to people that don't know anything about beer, it's great!
The selection is by far the best in the state (at least from the places I have been to). When I first started getting into craft beers I used to go to First Grand Ave Liquors on Grand Avenue in Saint Paul. I'm not a fan of the staff there, but I'll save that for another review. From here I started shopping more at Ale Jail which recently added beer to there store in the last year or two I think...Great place also, but once again I'll save it for a different review.
The Four Firkins just has it all, with their new store, I give them 5 stars without hesitation! Thanks for supplying us with such great beer to share with others!
11-03-2011 23:35:55 |
More by JoRado
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by the Four Firkins before I flew out of Minneapolis to load my suitcase with some goodies to take back to the East Coast. The place isn't very large but they cram a ton of good beer in there. The owner and staff are real cool, friendly, very knowledgeable, and not pushy at all. The beer is laid out in sections by style, with one wall having all singles, and some coolers that have popular beers and hoppier beers. Picked up a batch of Surly Wet as it arrived about 30 minutes before I got there (lucky me) and the prices are very reasonable. Nothing super exotic as I'm sure the limited/rare beers sell out quite quickly but if you can't find a beer to try in there then you aren't a BA, haha. Definitely a high recommendation in my book.
10-28-2011 20:41:42 |
More by VaTechHopHead
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is GREAT. Avery is the man!!! They are so cool and knowledgable and you gotta love a place that offers you a taste of a beer when you first walk in the door. This is a must stop if you are in the twin cities. The store is tiny (until tomorrow, when they move to there new location) but they make use of every inch. They have local micros (Surly) and a large number of imports. They also take pick up orders and allow you to hold beer over the phone with a credit card for pick up. I recommend this place to any friends coming to visit me and flying into the twin cities.
10-03-2011 03:29:11 |
More by bobbypaulson
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
A- Well this is the downside to this place, currently. It doesn't look like much, and once you get inside it is cramped. Between the high selection of beer and virtually no walking space, you walk in fear of knocking stuff over. They are apparently moving to a new location soon, so I will re-review this aspect at that time.
Q- No quality issues. All beer is of high quality and stored well enough.
Ser- Very friendly, without being overbearing. Always helpful to point out new stuff or help you find something.
Sel- Solid selection with a good mix of styles and locations.
Overall a little pricier than Zipp's in town, and, as is now, far far far more cramped, but it's a solid selection and great service.
09-17-2011 05:20:42 |
More by jsprain1
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
An excellent and true "craft beer" store. The breadth and depth of what is on the shelf is truly amazing. The staff is very friendly and highly knowledgeable. Seems like tastings are perpetual so this should be kept in mind when having sticker shock. I wish I still lived in the area, I would hit this up more often. Keep an eye on their website, they update with what is new and incoming regularly, and it looks like they are relocating to off HWY 100 (much better location), so maybe the space issue (small size), will be resolved. Would I make this a regular stop, probably not, but when looking for something special or something new you have to go here.
09-01-2011 05:19:19 |
More by manitouman84
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
I was a bit surprised at my first visit to this highly acclaimed retailer. My main issue was with the organization. Although there were signs indicating the style I felt the place was messy and hard to find what I was looking for. Seasonals seemed to be wherever they cold find a place for em. And the prices were a bit high as well. I also heard a sales guy say something wasn't available after what they had left and I know it was.
Otherwise, after spending some time, I found some cool stuff that I couldn't find elsewhere. I am looking forward to what they will do with the larger, new spot. I imagine that will relieve the organization issues.
06-28-2011 16:56:12 |
More by Expedition
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
As an out of stater placed into the Minnesota winter for several months due to work, The Four Firkins was one of a few places I could go to keep my boredom at bay as well as feed my thirst for delicious beer.
These guys sell craft and only craft, and they treat their product to lower temperatures and UV filters on the lights, so beer on the shelf stays fresher longer. They are always up to date on what is out, when new beer will hit the shelf, or to give a recommendation if you can't get something you want.
The only drawback is the store size, which they do a great job of maximizing. Keep up the good work guys.
05-10-2011 16:12:09 |
More by MooreHopps
The Four Firkins in Saint Louis Park, MN
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