Pour one out: Twin Cities' craft beer store The Four Firkins is closing

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A Twin Cities craft beer retailer is going out of business this week, less than a year after it opened a second location.

The Four Firkins – located in Oakdale and St. Louis Park – announced Tuesday it will be closing for good "due to increased competition from big-box retailers and grocery stores" and other factors that include "highway closures and Sunday sales laws."

"We are unable to continue to provide the high-quality, personalized retail experience we expect and our customers deserve. It's disappointing, but ultimately it's the right decision," store owner Jason Alvey wrote in the announcement, in which he thanked patrons for the business, memories and friendships.

Big-box retailers – which tout their large selections and lower prices – have been a concern for many independent retailers in recent months. Target and other grocers have started adding next-door liquor stores, while discount retailers like Total Wine & Spirits have moved into the marketplace, sometimes taking business away from smaller retailers.

The Four Firkins opened in St. Louis Park in 2008, before opening its second store in Oakdale last fall, the Pioneer Press reports.

The last day of operations at its Oakdale store will be Friday, and the St. Louis Park store will close Saturday. The stores will be making cash-only sales until then and will not redeem gift cards, Alvey says with an apology.

Alvey finished the announcement with a reminder for his patrons and other craft beer enthusiasts: "P.S. Let’s not get too maudlin. There’s beer to be had! Please stop in over the next week to get your last taste of the Firkins and take home some of the freshest craft beer in town."

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