The Wine Thief & Ale Jail | Saint Paul, Minnesota
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The Wine Thief & Ale Jail
Excellent based on 34 ratings
Type: Beer Store

1787 St. Clair Ave.
Saint Paul, Minnesota United States 55105 [ print map ]
651 698 9463 | facebook | twitter

Hours: M-Th 11-8, F-Sa 11-9

Mayor: Atom (4) | Bottles: 850

The Wine Thief & Ale Jail

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Beer Available At The Wine Thief & Ale Jail (arranged by most recent)
Victory / Stone / Dogfish Head Saison du BUFF 91, Fulton Garage Series 5: Batch 300 90, Tallgrass Ethos IPA 96, Fish Tale The Hobbit: Gollum Precious Pils 53, Paradox Beer Skully Barrel No. 17 83, Bauhaus Brew Labs ‹ber DŁber Hoppy Bock 71, Oude (Gueuze Tilquin)≤ ŗ líAncienne 100, Clown Shoes Pecan Pie Porter (2014+) 95, Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Hoppy Lager 94, Sierra Nevada Nooner Pilsner 81, La Trappe Quadrupel Oak Aged Batch #8 98, 2 Towns Ginja Ninja 79, Tallgrass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat 93
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34 reviews for The Wine Thief & Ale Jail
 Ambiance  82%
 Service  84%
 Selection  82%
 Food N/A 
 Value  74%
 Overall  82%
 Rating  94%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
t0rin0  (1511) Do Not Resuscitate, California | August 21, 2013
Visited August 17, 2013 as part of RBSG.

These guys opened their cellar to us which was really cool. Naturally everyone grabbed the Cantillon gueuze bottles but they also had some other neat stuff like some vintage Black Ops, four years of Bourbon County, and some three or four year old Alaskan Barleywine. There was a lot of other stuff but I wasnt really looking to buy a ton of beer since Iíd have to ship it home. Upstairs in the regular store are two rooms, one for beer and one for wine. The beer side has an interesting selection. The usual locals, the usual imports, and the usual nation wide brands but mixed in there were plenty of obscure brands that I hadnít seen on shelves before. Pretty much everything is available in singles too. Cool place, would return.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy  (611) Toronto, Ontario | August 4, 2015| Updated August 9, 2015
Good selection for the state including mixed 6 pak section. Vg service. A bit out of the way.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
BVery  (567) Plymouth, Minnesota | October 2, 2011
Tremendous store! Huge selection, and nearly all of it is available in singles. And lots of oddball / off-the-wall beers as well. Staff was extremely helpful and knowledgable. Might be my new favorite beer store in the Twin Cities.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
deyholla  (444) Minneapolis, Minnesota | December 14, 2014
A nice store with a great selection of singles and a nice feel. Two rooms, one dedicated to wine and another to beer and cider with a nice rustic feel. Service was good with very knowledgeable employees. Great selection which is showcased by there large mix six selection. Prices are inline with other top area stores. A great store overall.
JK  (331) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | July 30, 2007| Updated June 6, 2011
A small but high quality selection. I saw a few Belgian beers here that I have seen no where else. I spoke with the owner who enjoys beer very much and stated he prefers beer to wine, although wine is the focus of the store. There were also White Winter meads, and the best sake selection I have ever seen, including sake drinking vessels. The selection isnít very big, but this is a very nice, upscale store with an owner who appreciates beer. He buys from Brad, aka "Brad the beer guy" so he is able to get his hands on some of the best beer coming into Minnesota. 6/6/11 selection, huge build your own six pack wall, and friendly service make this easily the best store in St. Paul.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
jcnielsen  (271) Charlotte, North Carolina | July 3, 2013
Really nice selection of single 12 oz bottles for making mix 6-pks, the best in the area that Iíve found. Also attached to a wine store. I will probably be visiting this place quite a bit over the next few months, to try all the locally available beers in the Twin Cities.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
ElGaucho  (243) Minnetonka, Minnesota | January 30, 2012
Why is it that this place has been around since at least 2007 and Iím just hearing of it now? The only reason I heard about it was that I did a random search for one of my favorite beers that was retired a few years ago, Capital Eisphyre, and saw that it was no longer retired. The distribution page said that someone had gotten it at the WTAJ, and then I heard that another beer Iíve been searching for that just came out of retirement, Odell Saboteur, would be having a special tasting there last Friday. So I was able to get the two beers that have been eluding me at the same place. Really nice beer store; the beer side has a much larger selection of beer than the wine side has of wine. The beer side has everything you want in a great beer store: large selection, hard-to-find beers, singles, AND a pretty good selection of refrigerated beers in 6 and 12 packs. For all of those qualities, Iím not sure it has an equal in the Twin Cities other than Blue Max. Firkins lacks the packaged variety and is higher priced.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye  (229) Steinbach, Manitoba | January 6, 2014
Definitely wins for ambience, but thatís not really why you go to beer store. Others are trashier but might have more beer. I liked the layout and it definitely has a solid selection of American craft beer, my impression, though was that it was weaker on Belgians.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty  (226) Bourbon County, Minnesota | December 21, 2011
Completely forgot to rate this place, but was here back in October 2011. Great selection including singles. Staff was friendly and helpful.
Stine  (198) Minneapolis, Minnesota | March 22, 2008
A pleasant specialty wine store. Cozy and small. Staff were of the at-your-beckon-call variety very helpful and eager to please. Small, solid selection of generally uncommon european imports including several of the new italian items and a few very hard to find bottles of la bavaisienne blonde. Prices were on par with the larger stores, which is surprising. Definitely a reason to give this place some business once in a while. Because this is in my neighborhood and seems likely to provide some surprises, Iíll stop back here every so often.

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