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.
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