The Four Firkins, craft beer store - expansion!

The Four Firkins is Minnesota's only specialty beer store. We are expanding and we need your help!
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Jason Alvey
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Small Business
St. Louis Park, Minnesota
United States
2 Team Members

The Four Firkins is expanding!


The Four Firkins is Minnesota's only specialty beer store. We've been selling you fresh craft beer for almost six years and we've had an amazing time getting to know you. 

The time has come for us to grow this business to a larger, more sustainable size. We want to continue to offer you competitive prices and give back to the community in a bigger way. As many of you know, large out-of-state liquor store chains are entering Minnesota. Small, privately-owned specialty stores may soon become a thing of the past. The Four Firkins needs to open a new store in order to keep being competitive in our changing market. We want 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!

The Woodbury location will be more than an additional store. It will be the first step in cementing The Four Firkins as a sustainable business model that will survive and grow into the future. With increased purchasing power we can offer even better prices at all locations and further what we do for the communities that have made us successful. 

We have bank funding for the majority of the capitol needed, but we have to come up with a cash down payment. This is where you can help. 

If you enjoy what we do at The Four Firkins, and you appreciate the need for small businesses in a metro dominated by corporate chains, please help us spread the word about our campaign! If you can, pledge an amount that works for you. 

You know us pretty well and you know we take this very seriously. We appreciate your help more than we can say. 

Together, we'll create a destination craft beer institution for Minnesota where the beer is always fresh and everybody knows your name. 

Thank you!

The Four Firkins team:

Jason Alvey, Bryan Buser, Michael Wagner, Ian Finch, Doug Hawkins, Jake Fossum, Paige Latham, Julie Sprau, Brendan Keenan and Paul Golden. 



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  • $10USD
    Hey you like us! High five!

    We really appreciate the gesture and the help. Thank you!

    1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $25USD
    Your name in brass!

    Your name will forever be immortalized on a brass plaque that will be mounted on the wall of the original, St. Louis Park location.

    94 out of 3000 claimed

    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $50USD
    Two tickets to a beer class.

    You know and love craft beer. We appreciate your support! With this choice you'll receive two free tickets, to an upcoming educational beer class at The Four Firkins as well as a free Firkins attitude T-shirt! Your name will also be engraved on the brass plaque at the St. Louis Park location.

    74 out of 100 claimed

    Estimated delivery: January 2015
  • $70USD
    Glass and swag pack.

    You're serious about craft beer. Everyone knows it. At this level we'll give you a Firkins crystal goblet to enjoy your beer, a patch, two stickers, and an opener. You can proudly show everyone just how much you like good beer! Your name will also be engraved on the brass plaque at the St. Louis Park location.

    47 out of 100 claimed

    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $100USD
    Tickets and a glass.

    You'll receive two free tickets to an upcoming beer education class at the Firkins and two free crystal Firkins goblets to enjoy your beer. You'll also get your name engraved in the brass plaque at the St. Louis Park location.

    72 out of 100 claimed

    Estimated delivery: January 2015
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    $200USD
    Swag pack with shirt.

    You're serious about craft beer. Everyone knows it. At this level we'll give you a Firkins crystal goblet to enjoy your beer, a patch, two stickers, an opener, and a "Brewers" style button up Firkins shirt. You can proudly show everyone just how much you like good beer! Your name will also be engraved on the brass plaque at the St. Louis Park location.

    20 out of 20 claimed

    Estimated delivery: January 2015
  • $200USD
    Turman IV Vierdekijn print.

    Local artist Adam Turman created this print to commemorate the opening of this St. Louis Park location. We have ten only, each one signed by Adam and the entire Firkins staff. Type "IV Vierdekijn" into google images to see the print. It's the one with the serious looking Monk.

    2 out of 10 claimed

    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $300USD
    Access to limited beer.

    Once per year, for three years you'll get one time access to purchase any super rare beer before it is sold out. Darkness, KBS, Black Note... you get the idea. The world is yours! You'll have to tell us which beer you want us to hold before they are released, so pick a worthy beer! Yes, you still have to pay for them, we're just holding them for you. You'll also get your name engraved on the brass plaque at the St. Louis Park location.

    6 out of 20 claimed

    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $500USD
    Customized swag pack

    At this level we'll give you a Firkins crystal goblet with your name laser etched onto it, a patch, two stickers, an opener, and a "Brewers" style button up shirt with your name embroidered above the pocket. Your name will also be engraved on the brass plaque at the St. Louis Park location.

    7 out of 100 claimed

    Estimated delivery: January 2015
  • $1,000USD
    Dinner with Alvey

    Jason Alvey, owner and founder, will treat you and a guest to a private dinner at a Twin Cities restaurant where you will enjoy fine food and wonderful conversation! We understand that some of you just want to help out in a very big way and you may not want a gift or an incentive. At least let Alvey take you out to dinner! Your name will also be engraved on the brass plaque at the St. Louis Park location.

    2 out of 10 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2015
  • $1,000USD
    Lifetime access to rare beer!

    Twice a year, for your lifetime, you'll get access to purchase any super rare beer before it is sold out. Darkness, KBS, Black Note... you get the idea. If that's not enough, you'll be able to transfer this privilege to one of your children when you're no longer drinking with us. You still have to pay for the beer, we're just holding them. You'll also get your name engraved on the brass plaque at the St. Louis Park location.

    8 out of 20 claimed

    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $1,500USD
    Beer class with Alvey.

    You'll get a private beer tasting with Alvey for up to 10 of your friends. You'll get to try at least ten different beers and Alvey will teach you about the history and brewing methods behind each of them. It's a two hour long event that you and your friends will never forget. Your name will also be engraved on the brass plaque at the St. Louis Park location.

    1 out of 10 claimed

    Estimated delivery: November 2015
  • $2,000USD
    Private Tap Room tour.

    You and a friend will be treated to a full Saturday with Alvey and some of the Firkins crew visiting local breweries and tap rooms. You won't pay for anything and you won't have to worry about driving. We'll start at Steel Toe at noon and then visit Surly, Town Hall, Fulton, Indeed, 612 and finish by closing down Dangerous Man. It's going to be a long day with many beers and great people. There's only two of these (four people total on the day) if you're interested, don't hesitate!

    0 out of 2 claimed

    Estimated delivery: March 2015
  • $5,000USD
    Consulting with Alvey

    You really are serious about supporting small business. Maybe you are about to start one of your own? At this level Jason Alvey will give you five hours of consulting advice and help you with the ins and outs of starting your own business (Sorry we cannot help you start a competing liquor store, we'll help you with pretty much anything else!). You'll also get your name engraved on the brass plaque at the St. Louis Park location.

    0 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: February 2015
  • $10,000USD
    You tell us!

    Wow, you're serious. You really enjoy what we do here at the Firkins. What can we do for you? Email Alvey and have a chat. We'll try to do something special as long as it's legal and reasonable. We look forward to hearing from you!

    0 out of 5 claimed

    Estimated delivery: February 2015
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