Saturday I attended the grand opening party for the Four Firkins in Oakdale. Many of you are familiar with the Four Firkins store in Saint Louis Park. Sadly I have never been there as I live on the opposite side of the cities. Now, I finally have seen the glory that is Four Firkins!

The Oakdale location is an absolutely beautiful store. No dimly light booze mart with stained floors here. The store is long and narrow, but with proper shelving the selection of beers is staggering. The collection of bombers for sale is huge and the selection of single regular sized bottles is pretty dang great too! There is also a cold beer area as well for six packs and such if you need something that is drinkable a.s.a.p. 
The staff (all wearing jaunty caps for the party!) were not only super friendly, but they knew what the heck they were talking about. Nothing worse than buying beer from a Bud guzzling frat boy who has never heard of an IPA. That is not a problem here! These employees are also very approachable if you have a question, although they probably have already approached you to say “hi” and offer help or talk beer. They even have Cicerones on staff!
(Jason Alvey, Four Firkins founder and I outside the new store)
 
The cool part about Four Firkins is that they often host breweries during the week for a tasting of their products and to talk about their beers. And on weekend nights they give out samples of different beers as well. Nothing better than getting to sip on a little beer while shopping for some!

 

(Steel Toe Brewing serving up samples. That’s a firkin of Size 7 on citra hops! Yep, delicious!)
 
Four Firkins is something the east side of the MN beer world has needed for a while. Welcome to the neighborhood!