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 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 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
emeinz  (47) Minnesota | June 6, 2011
Fantastic selection. Amazing service as well. This has become my go to location for beer in the twin cities. The staff will go out of their way to provide the service you need. Prices are on par with the market and they offer specials often. I highly recommend shopping here
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87  (92) Rockford, Illinois | October 31, 2013
Stopped here during RBSG. Awesome stop, one of the highlights of the trip for sure. Great selection and I would love to come back here again.
  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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
Atom  (175) Minneapolis, Minnesota | May 23, 2015
Pretty sweet place, I know the staff decently well, as Iím good friends with both the their former beer guys Mark. Great selection with lots of singles. One of the best bottle shops in the Twins Cities.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
fluffheady  (109) Chicago, Illinois | June 3, 2013| Updated November 24, 2013
We are from out of town and visited several beer stores in Minneapolis. This place is where we gladly dropped most of our budget, and the place that any BA reader should visit. There is a great collection of growlers. They had the original half acre growler AND the new one. Any time I see that, Iím SOLD (living on the north side of Chicago). And the Russian River growler, etc, etc, etc. The man working the beer side of the store was extremely knowledgeable, and another one of the customers was a certified beer tasting judge. It is a great place. Stop here if from out of town. Shop here if you live here. These places need to survive.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm  (74) Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota | January 17, 2015
Very cool old building. I walked into the beer side and a beer guy approached me and we talked beer for a long time. Great selection separated by styles. Like the four firkins but without the attitude. I will be back to this place again.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Nuffield  (110) Roseville, Minnesota | August 7, 2012
This is my local shop now--right around the corner from work, and a great place to shop. I find the organization somewhat difficult to navigate when hunting for new beers (esp. in the singles shelf, where it is by style rather than brewer), but the selection is great. Best of all, they post new beers on facebook and make it first come first serve--unlike some local places that hold rare beers for favorite customers, such that you never even see some beers on the shelf. Good sampling and annual backyard tasting festival, too.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn  (67) SLP, Minnesota | August 6, 2012
Mark has done a hell of a job taking over after Adam left about a year and a half ago. Selection is outstanding. No BMC at all (you canít count PBR pounders). Has all the local bases covered, plenty of US crafts and boatlaods of imports. The selection isnít the biggest, but itís certainly one of the best in the entire metro area. The wall of singles is enormous. Staff is incredibly knowledgable with plenty of tastings to boot. Iíd put the Ale Jail easily in the top 5 beer stores in the state.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Bacterial  (107) Twin Cities, Minnesota | January 5, 2012
I always end up spending WAY too much money here. Good advice on beers, very nice selection for a small store. Pretty regular tweets regarding new/cool inventory (@alejail)

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