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The Four Firkins
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$$$ - a bit pricey
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5630 W 36th St
Saint Louis Park
phone: (952) 938-2847
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2008)
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quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Came to a small place and didn't expect much. When inside I found a nice efficient beer store, with a very knowledgable owner or worker about craft beer. Naturally the volume of goods is not matched as in other places, but he does indeed get high quality stuff in. I would stop here again if I was in the immediate area, but for me the likeliness is somewhat hurt by its relative inaccessibility to the city's freeway network. Make no mistake about it though, this place knows beer and there should be something here everyone would want. Definitely fun for a first visit and don't regret it one bit.
01-13-2011 00:08:13 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
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 | $$$
I'm not really sure what I can say about Four Firkins that hasn't already been said. I think the statement, "they sell good craft beer" sums it up nicely. They don't have the largest selection in the state (go to Blue Max or Dennis Bothers for that), but the beers they have are of high quality, and offers something unique for all types of beer lovers. My only beef with the selection is that numerous beers are double or triple faced. Why not single face them are shelf more beer. In addition to beer they also have a rather large selection of mead. The service was very friendly. I was greeted promptly by the two younger guys working. After a couple minutes one of them asked me if I was finding things alright. After I said I was doing fine he let me continues to browse, which I appreciated. Overall, I had a good experience at Four Firkins. As others have mentioned, prices are a dollar or two higher than nearly everywhere else, which will probably keep me from coming back often. Also, I don't really like the idea of a store that only sells craft beer. Don't get me wrong I love good beer, but I also love good wine, good Sctoch, and good gin. When I walk into a liqour store I usually spend equal amounts of time looking at beer and wine, and I can't do this at Four Firkins. I can honestly say that this will keep me from shopping there some of the time.
04-18-2009 20:44:00 |
More by KarlHungus
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
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: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
a different beer store for sure..it sells only craft beers and imports and it has a nice selection of Belgians....but..it is very small and has a limited selection of singles and you must buy quantities of six of them from a small limited selection on a table ..every time im in there i see brews i would like ...possibly 12- 18 but they will not break up six packs only the items on the table im told..well for this reason alone i do not shop there very often..i would go more often if they would offer a bigger selection of singles to mix ..the store has potential if it would expand its single selection ... its worth a visit i would recommend it its just not my go to store..too small and to hard to get to for a little selection..
10-11-2009 01:32:44 |
More by gatornation
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Tucked away in a small, and a bit rundown strip mall. I have made a couple of visits to the store. As others have stated, it is a small shop. The beer is organized by style which is nice and a different approach. A nice selection of glassware is also offered. Although there may only be a couple of choices offered here than other stores, I think everyone could find something surprising. The prices are a tad higher than other stores but I am willing to spend a few extra dollars to support a store like this.
07-12-2008 18:01:48 |
More by morimech
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped by the Four Firkins before I flew out of Minneapolis to load my suitcase with some goodies to take back to the East Coast. The place isn't very large but they cram a ton of good beer in there. The owner and staff are real cool, friendly, very knowledgeable, and not pushy at all. The beer is laid out in sections by style, with one wall having all singles, and some coolers that have popular beers and hoppier beers. Picked up a batch of Surly Wet as it arrived about 30 minutes before I got there (lucky me) and the prices are very reasonable. Nothing super exotic as I'm sure the limited/rare beers sell out quite quickly but if you can't find a beer to try in there then you aren't a BA, haha. Definitely a high recommendation in my book.
10-28-2011 20:41:42 |
More by VaTechHopHead
quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Strong word of mouth brought me to check out FF on my recent trip to Minnesota from California. I have to agree with the hype. This is a great store, somewhat on the smaller side, but it is packed wall to wall with only great beers in an attractive set up. The same two guys were in there for each of my visits and were very cool and Alvey walked me through some great selections to bring back to CA. This will definitely be part of my regular stops for trips back to MN in the future and hopefully I will be able to make one of the tasting nights.
12-03-2008 05:37:10 |
More by opwog
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
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