The Four Firkins in St. Louis Park

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

Editor’s Note: The Four Firkins is now closed.

A full schedule of beer tastings, seminars and other events make this suburban beer shop a natural hub for the Twin Cities brewing community. Its stock — which represents some of the most interesting stuff being brewed both locally and worldwide — changes frequently and reflects the personal passions of owner Jason Alvey.

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

Alvey knows his beer inside out, and The Four Firkins is an ideal place to visit when you’ve got a specific request you’re trying to fill or a menu you’d like to pair up; beer lovers will be impressed by the well-informed service and single-minded focus of the shop. Lovers of wine and mead will also find the odd intriguing bottle among the shops shelves.

Blue Max, Hennepin-Lake Liquors and Surdyk’s all boast collections of beer that rival or, in terms of sheer numbers, exceed that of The Four Firkins. But the level of hand-selection and the focus on beer alone set this shop apart.

BEST BET: The Four Firkins boasts a collection of Belgian beers that is staggering in its range and depth. It’s likely to charm even the dedicated drinker.

The Four Firkins
Beer Shop in St. Louis Park
8009 Minnetonka Blvd
Minneapolis, MN 55426
OWNER: Jason Alvey
Mon-Thu Noon-8pm
Friday Noon-9pm
Sat 10am-9pm

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James Norton is editor and co-founder of the Heavy Table. He is also the co-author of Lake Superior Flavors, the co-author of a book about Wisconsin’s master cheesemakers, and a regular on-air contributor to Minnesota Public Radio.

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