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The Four Firkins

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
98
world-class

60 Reviews
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

5630 W 36th St
Saint Louis Park, Minnesota, 55416-2509
United States

(952) 938-2847

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-29-2008

PLACE STATS
Place Score:
98
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
87
Avg:
4.46
pDev:
10.54%
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Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 87
Reviews by mynie:
Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of italianstallion
3.7/5  rDev -17%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Deggar
4.21/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Taybeh
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of lonewolfcry
3.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of SerialTicker
4.15/5  rDev -7%

*My review from Yelp*

Four stars from me -- five for the fact that they had a free beer tasting when I was in (no idea how often that happes), but then three for the beer prices.

Walked in here on a Saturday before a Twins/Tigers game and they were surprisingly packed. Basically, uncomfortably packed.... there was very little room to move around. The building itself looked pretty nice and there was quite a lot of beer to be bought. The workers are really helpful and all of that good stuff, but the prices of singles at Four Firkins are bumped a little too unnecessarily high for my liking. Still, if you're looking for a specific made-in-Minnesota or shipped-to-Minnesota beer, your best chance of finding it is probably here.

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Photo of TooGood
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of s_wit
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of millelacsmark
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of CMJudy
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of pat61
4.9/5  rDev +9.9%

The staff is very knowledgeable about beer and they go out of their way to handle the beer well. They have a steady turnover of product. I find fewer beers past their best by date here than anywhere else in the Twin Cities. Unlike some retailers, they avoid stocking antique beer.

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Photo of Skunkyluvmuffin
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of jarrgal
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Alpar
3/5  rDev -32.7%

Nice selection. Small place. Beers are overpriced but staff is knowledgable. I don't shop here often as there are far better options in Minneapolis. Kind of a newbies bottle shop. Probably wouldn't recommend this place to anyone.

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Photo of Stillyman11
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -32.7%

Photo of VikingsFan1215
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Powderhornphil
4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of MNBeer1017
2.75/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of greenspointexas
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of BDeibs
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of AmandaSchaefer
4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

They pack a ton of great beer into a small space. I love the look of it - the woodwork is beautiful. Staff is incredibly helpful and friendly. The selection is really great here, with a great variety of midwest/MN beers along with some nice imports. I will definitely go back!

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Photo of Beerlover
2.75/5  rDev -38.3%

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The Four Firkins in Saint Louis Park, MN
98 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.
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