has officially doubled in size and become much more visible in St. Louis Park.
The three-year-old craft beer store opened in its new, 1,800-square-foot West 36th Street location on Monday. The Four Firkins previously occupied a 900-square-foot storefront on Minnetonka Boulevard.
“We’re super excited,” owner Jason Alvey said.
Alvey said the larger space will allow the store to grow from about 750 beers on the shelf to more than 1,000.
The bigger store has also enabled Alvey to showcase a number of beer-related artifacts that he’s collected over the years, such as antique bottles and old-fashioned beer barrels. There is also a massive, one-of-a-kind checkout topped with a large, wooden archway. It is meant to resemble something out of a Belgian Trappist monastery, an homage to the birthplace of some of the world’s most storied craft beer.
Alvey said the first two days of business in the new store have been great, as many longtime customers came to check out the new digs and new customers stopped in as they walked by for the first time.
“(Monday night) was unbelievable,” Alvey said. “It was a great feeling.”
And the owner said he doesn’t see another move in the near future.
“It would take a lot to move us out of this spot,” Alvey said.