The popular craft beer store, The Four Firkins, started in 2008 with a mission to educate the public about the best beer available in the state of Minnesota. Now they continue their mission across the Metro as they open the doors to a new location in Oakdale. The Four Firkins carries exclusively craft beer and high quality imports and staffs a number of certified Cicerones who help seasoned craft drinkers and people new to craft beer find beer options they might like based on their flavor preferences.
The response from customers eager to learn more about and sample new craft beers led The Four Firkins to outgrow their initial and move into a larger space—still in St. Louis Park—to fill the demand. The store has an avid following that voted it the Best Bottle Shop in Suburbia in The Growler‘s Kind-of-a-Big-Deal Awards in 2012 and 2013. The same following helped The Four Firkins team raise the cash for the down payment on the Oakdale store during the company’s crowd-funding campaign.
We are minutes from being open here in Oakdale! pic.twitter.com/YVyUUCKV1i
— Jason (@Firkinsalvey) September 18, 2014
With the second store located in the Oakdale Village shopping center, Owner and Founder Jason Alvey intends to bring The Four Firkins’ brand of craft beer education and appreciation to a new league of the craft curious. The store will be around 1,500 sq feet, which is smaller than the St. Louis Park location by 700 sq ft, but the small size has its upside. It allows the store to have greater quality control of the beer on the shelves, creates an intimate setting for the customer, and offers customers more opportunity to tap into the employee’s vast beer knowledge. Most of all, the second location helps The Four Firkins business stay sustainable.
“The Four Firkins needs to open a new store in order to keep being competitive in our changing market,” the company posted on their Indiegogo page. “We’d like to continue to offer you our unique shopping experience by opening a new store in Woodbury, Minnesota. This will be the second of five stores total. Eventually there’ll be one very close to you!”
While the three future locations have yet to be announced, The Four Firkins’ Oakdale location is ready to serve up the East Metro with the best craft beer around. More information about The Four Firkins is available at its website.