The Wine Thief & Ale Jail | Saint Paul, Minnesota
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The Wine Thief & Ale Jail
Excellent based on 29 ratings
Type: Beer Store

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

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


Mayor: TheHOFF43 (19) | Bottles: 850


The Wine Thief & Ale Jail

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Beer Available At The Wine Thief & Ale Jail (arranged by most recent)
Green Flash Hop Head Red (2014-) 95, Surly Blakkr 99, Central Waters Brewerís Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine 99, Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail 98, Alaskan Pilot Series: JalapeŮo Imperial IPA 91, Schilling Oak Aged Cider 50, Flying Dog Kujo 98, Bent Brewstillery Dark Fatha 74, Triporteur From Heaven 83, Lambickx Kriek (Zenne Valley, Private Domain) 98, Peace Tree Blonde Fatale 64, To ōl Black Ball Porter 99, Stone Mattís Burning Rosids Imperial Cherry Wood Smoked Saison 93, Brau Brothers Moo Joos Oatmeal Milk Stout 94, Uerige Doppel Sticke 98, Engelszell Benno Trappistenbier 78, 21st Amendment Back in Black 93, Epic Big Bad Baptist 100, Ballast Point Big Eye IPA 98, Ballast Point Yellowtail Pale Ale 41
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29 reviews for The Wine Thief & Ale Jail
 Ambiance  81%
 Service  82%
 Selection  82%
 Food N/A 
 Value  74%
 Overall  81%
 Rating  93%
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
ElGaucho  (224) 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.
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  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
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87  (85) 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.
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
fluffheady  (100) 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.
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Nuffield  (108) 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.
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  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.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Bacterial  (58) 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)
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
Tripplebrew  (3) Saint Paul, Minnesota | December 29, 2007
This is a wine store but the owner enjoys his micro and Belgian beers. There is a small but great variety of Belgian and other lesser-known beers. It is a great place to pick up random selections of beers. The place is also known to have beer tastings, which always have a good selection. Check the website for upcoming events. And, if you are into wine (or sake) definitely stop by. Everything is good and well-priced!
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
BVery  (408) Burnsville, 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.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
TheHOFF43  (108) Robbinsdale, Minnesota | September 20, 2012| Updated November 29, 2012
Very cool store that is well stocked and organized. Far pricing on a huge wall of singles and a great selection of locals and imports. Will definitely be checking this place out regularly.

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