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 (39) | Bottles: 850


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Beer Available At The Wine Thief & Ale Jail (arranged by most recent)
Central Waters Brewers Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine 99, Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail 97, Alaskan Pilot Series: JalapeŮo Imperial IPA 89, Schilling Oak Aged Cider 48, Flying Dog Kujo 98, Bent Dark Fatha 66, Triporteur From Heaven 84, Lambickx Kriek (Zenne Valley, Private Domain) 90, Peace Tree Blonde Fatale 65, 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 81, 21st Amendment Back in Black 93, Epic Big Bad Baptist 100, Ballast Point Big Eye IPA 98, Ballast Point Yellowtail Pale Ale 41, Meantime India Pale Ale 92, New Belgium Accumulation 84
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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 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
TheHOFF43  (104) 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.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
jmikolich  (108) North Ridgeville, Ohio | August 22, 2012
stopped here off a tip from BVery, thanks! a well laid out store with wine on one side, beer on the other, all beers are arranged by style, some in coolers some on shelves, some on tables. Some truly unique beers I had not seen on my travels around the MSP area, including Mikkeller 1000 IBU, staff asked if I needed help but then gave their distance when i had said no.. prices were fair for the market and would be a great store to have in the area.
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Nuffield  (106) 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.
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
ElGaucho  (222) 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.
88
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Bacterial  (30) 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)
80
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty  (190) 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.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Trev  (16) Lakeville, Minnesota | October 28, 2011
Nice store setup. Nice variety of selection. Excellent selection of single bottles. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
BVery  (389) 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.
94
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
emeinz  (45) 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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