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The Four Firkins
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$$$ - a bit pricey
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5630 W 36th St
Saint Louis Park
phone: (952) 938-2847
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2008)
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quality: 1.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | $$$$
I have visited many beer stores over time when I have been in town (currently living in WI now). I usually don't provide reviews but felt it was necessary on this place due to the press it has been getting. I do have to say that I was pretty excited to make the voyage (based on the press).
The location is very small, (maybe 300 - 400 sq ft.)and set in an old strip center. The store is set by style, which is fine if you shop by style, but I shop by brewery. The product selection is not close to the other big beer stores (Heritage, Blue Max, Zipps Dennis Bros.), and in most cases not as good.
Pricing is another issue. Many things I looked at were much higher than at other stores (but I suppose that since he's not full-service) - he has to make it up somewhere.
All said... it was a big disappointment and I probably won't make that trip again. If I'm on that side of cities, US Wines may be the ticket. I wish him well as he is a pleasant fellow.
06-30-2008 21:16:13 |
More by bornondate
quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | $$$$
Had some time on my hands this week so I thought I'd check out the new Four Firkins store. This store is located in small strip mall by a laundrymat on Minnetonka Blvd. Because it's not well marked and I almost missed it and had to whip a quick "U" turn.
On entering, I was quickly surprised at the "smallness" of the place (400 sq. feet?) As a new store, the decorating is fresh and provided a warm feeling while I shopped. The beers are organized by style and generally, one case worth of product occupies each shelf section. The selection is adequate (considering the size of the store) but I really didn't see anything different from other selections I've seen that were much larger and more inclusive.
With that said... I'll be honest in saying that I was fairly surprised at the pricing levels here. One would guess that due to the store's small size, the rent here would be reasonable. Therefore, I cannot figure why he would be charging (as an example) $45.00 for Dark Island Reserve when I have seen it for up to $15 or more less at other stores. In addition, his mixed six pack feature was $9.99 and didn't offer anything different than say Cellars, Heritage, etc. This is several dollars high which seemed to be representative of most things I was interested in.
Regarding service, the gentleman did say hello to me but spent most of the time on my visit on the phone. Therefore, I was unable to chat with him.
In closing, I as a beer enthusiast appreciate his attempt to open a "beer only" store. I wish him luck in his endeavor but he should consider that by offering more fair pricing, and a more full-service selection that he will not only be a better neighbor in the Minnesota Beer industry but also have a greater chance at success.
I will visit here again (maybe 6 months from now) to see if corrections have been made.
07-12-2008 15:36:20 |
More by Beerking721
quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
One of the nicest stores appearance wise that I think I have ever been in. Everything is laid out and organized nicely. I Like how the beer is organized by style but it can also be somewhat frustrating if you have a brewery you like and want to branch out within that brewery, but that is not that big of an issue. Really didn't see anything here that you can't get at other places. The Mix & Match was interesting but not much of a selection compared to others. The prices seemed to be rather expensive in comparison to other beer stores I have been in. Very nice guys and I wish them the best but not necessarily worth the extra drive for me.
12-03-2008 02:19:06 |
More by GopherNut
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
a different beer store for sure..it sells only craft beers and imports and it has a nice selection of Belgians....but..it is very small and has a limited selection of singles and you must buy quantities of six of them from a small limited selection on a table ..every time im in there i see brews i would like ...possibly 12- 18 but they will not break up six packs only the items on the table im told..well for this reason alone i do not shop there very often..i would go more often if they would offer a bigger selection of singles to mix ..the store has potential if it would expand its single selection ... its worth a visit i would recommend it its just not my go to store..too small and to hard to get to for a little selection..
10-11-2009 01:32:44 |
More by gatornation
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
I make the occasional trip to the Firk to get my Steel Toe fix.
Atmosphere - Store is nicely set up and has classy feel, and I believe the checkout area is supposed to represent an old abbey. Nice decor with craft beer signs, glassware, and some old beer.
Quality/selection - They split it up by beer styles which is helpful, and there are no macro brews. They have a good selection of quality beers but honestly I don't think it's much different than some decent stores. They also have a nice selection of glassware.
Value - Their one advantage is they tend to be the first place to have a certain beer. Because of this it seems like they jack up their prices. In general their prices are pretty high, at least a dollar more on average.
Service - I have mixed feelings on the staff. It's great that they know their stuff, but some of them have come off as smug. My father came with me one time and asked if they had any Bulgarian beer which he is familiar with because my sister lived in the country for three years and we had a Bulgarian foreign exchange student. I think it was the owner who was a complete ass to my dad by saying there were no good beers from that region and it wasn't worth looking for. It's not like that has deterred me from going back but that definitely lowered my opinion of them.
Overall - I like the selection but the prices and staff need improving. If you really want something hard to find or be the first to get something, then this is the place. If you have a good store by you though I'd suggest you start there.
10-05-2012 00:27:58 |
More by theHoff77
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
A very small (and I mean very small) bottle shop located outside the twin cities getting out into the suburbs.
Alvey (the owner) runs it and he seems very passionate about the craft beers he carries. Staff really knows their stuff and are always around to talk about beer.
Pretty good selection of singles if you want to create your own 6 pack and also bigger bottles for individual purchase. Prices are higher than most places though.
A fun place to stop and look around but I don't buy too much here anymore.
One of my pet peeves about The Four Firkins is that it seems every email they send out claims their newest beer in stock is "limited" and "won't last long". Truth is the limited beer won't last long probably at The Four Firkins but you'll be able to find it elsewhere around the cities. That said, I guess you gotta get people to come in the store somehow.
08-24-2010 22:26:31 |
More by kbutler1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Very nice place, tucked away in a strip mall somewhat next to a Target and about 10 minutes from downtown Minny. The interior is woody and smells nice, the crowd is friendly as can be, and the beers are grouped together by style, instead of brand.
This last feature deserves commentary: it rocks. Why? Because more often than not, I'll be in the mood for a certain style of beer, not a certain brand. I don't think "gee I'd like some Rogue today," so much as I feel in the mood for an IPA or a porter. On top of this, more and more brewers have been getting cute with their beer styles, either refusing to list them on the bottle/can or else giving them some asinine name ("spunk lager" or "old timey ale"). I don't care for mysteries, especially when I'm shelling over 10+ bucks a sixer.
Local beers came in single servings, they had a very wide variety of affordable local bombers, and a decent Belgian selection. Overall, the selection wasn't world class spectacular, but it was plenty wide. The staff all knew their businesses, too. The only reason I say this place is "a bit pricey" is because that's how nearly every single beer store is nowadays, since things are so goddamn gentrified.
06-18-2012 17:41:47 |
More by mynie
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Made my first visit today. Was in the area and I thought that I should finally check it out. Much smaller place than I thought it would be. The first thing I noticed is all of the cool beer memorabilia throughout the store. Very cool. Lots of different glassware for sale which I thought was nice. The beers they have in stock are all high quality beers. They don't have a huge selection overall, but the ones they carry are desirable. The guy working (not the owner) was nice, seemed to be knowledgable and was available for questions. The pricing here seemed to be a little higher than my usual shopping spots. Overall, a pretty good beer store.
07-21-2009 04:45:10 |
More by jera1350
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I'm not really sure what I can say about Four Firkins that hasn't already been said. I think the statement, "they sell good craft beer" sums it up nicely. They don't have the largest selection in the state (go to Blue Max or Dennis Bothers for that), but the beers they have are of high quality, and offers something unique for all types of beer lovers. My only beef with the selection is that numerous beers are double or triple faced. Why not single face them are shelf more beer. In addition to beer they also have a rather large selection of mead. The service was very friendly. I was greeted promptly by the two younger guys working. After a couple minutes one of them asked me if I was finding things alright. After I said I was doing fine he let me continues to browse, which I appreciated. Overall, I had a good experience at Four Firkins. As others have mentioned, prices are a dollar or two higher than nearly everywhere else, which will probably keep me from coming back often. Also, I don't really like the idea of a store that only sells craft beer. Don't get me wrong I love good beer, but I also love good wine, good Sctoch, and good gin. When I walk into a liqour store I usually spend equal amounts of time looking at beer and wine, and I can't do this at Four Firkins. I can honestly say that this will keep me from shopping there some of the time.
04-18-2009 20:44:00 |
More by KarlHungus
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