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BA SCORE
99
world-class

64 Ratings
Ratings: 64
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 11.75%
$$$ - a bit pricey


[ Store ]

5630 W 36th St
Saint Louis Park, Minnesota, 55416-2509
United States
phone: (952) 938-2847

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @fourfirkins

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2008)
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emquilxy

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Reviewed this spot a few years ago, now that they've moved into a new location it's only gotten better! They feature really good tasting events, the staff is the most helpful that I've found anywhere. I travel to Minneapolis once or twice a year (from Pennsylvania) and I always make a point to stop in.
BTW, if you make the drive, swing on over to Steel Toe Brewing at the same time for a quick pint and/or a growler fill. It makes for a lovely beer day double banger!

03-10-2014 14:23:37 | More by emquilxy
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barrybeerdog

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Outstanding service
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
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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
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
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Tjvan2

Iowa

4.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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
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minnesotaryan

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +10.9%
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
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ssimpson89

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
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
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JosephThompson

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Another stop during my family visit time and I came away impressed. Firstly, there's some dedication here to the collection of labels and artifacts of beer's place in the past. It's a nice feature to kill some time in between choosing your quaff to look at these things rather than, say, Skinny Margarita displays with Skeletor.

Wood all around. Great collection of bottles once head on the rim of the island where checkout is located. Shelving is easy to browse and four to five coolers fill one side of the store. All the local brews are represented well. Was only place I could mix a Surly six pack which is nice for the out of towner.

The selection isn't over the top and won't intimidate you but it felt like they did a great job of finding the quality brands needed to fill out a store that reflects their appreciation for the art.

09-16-2012 14:52:05 | More by JosephThompson
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mynie

Indiana

4/5  rDev -11.3%
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
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Kjendahl

Colorado

4.84/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Stopped in on my way back to Denver earlier this week. Wow. They say Colorado is the Napa Valley of Beer, but we don't have a store like this. People in the Twin Cities are fortunate to have a store that takes such pride in craft beers. The low lighting was especially appreciated and the selection of warm beers on the shelf was a pleasant surprise. I "import" a lot of beers from Minnesota and the warm beer makes it easier to transport. The prices were on par with everything else I'd seen around the Twin Cities during my stay. Sure, most liquor stores can put something on sale and beat out other stores with volume. But what struck me about the Four Firkins is that as a niche retailer they can jack up prices, but choose not to. I can tell these guys have a commitment to competitiveness and that's as refreshing as good hefeweizen. They even carried my beer out to my car for me. I'll be stopping here every time I'm back in the MSP for sure.

06-15-2012 17:50:28 | More by Kjendahl
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ratty918

Minnesota

4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

I realized it was only a mile from my work and then one of my bosses described as Disneyland for beer lovers. When I walked in the store I could see why. Great selection refridgerated and dry selection. They have the build your own 6 pack which is pretty common but a great supply of 750ML and pints bottles. Some great small micro beers from Minnesota as well as great selection from around the country and world. Bring a credit card because with all the eye candy you drop 3 digits but get some great selections.

02-03-2012 01:20:33 | More by ratty918
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The Four Firkins in Saint Louis Park, MN
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