The Wine Thief & Ale Jail

Mayor: AWISLguy (3) | Bottles: 850
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
t0rin0  (1529) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
jcnielsen  (305) 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.
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  • 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Ericular  (11) Minnesota | February 2, 2013| Updated July 17, 2013
Good selection of singles with fair prices, with not many past expiration that I noticed.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
camborne  (15) Hopkins, Minnesota | January 30, 2013
nice little store, helpfull staff
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
AstroAcks6  (1) Texas | January 15, 2013
I live out of town so Iím hitting all of the "essential" craft beer stores in the Twin cities. Have to say, Ale Jail was a let down. They have a good selection of everyday beers but I wasnít blown away. Having been to some other places in the area, Iíd rather go elsewhere. The one shining spot is the massive selection of singles to make your own six pack. Beyond that, no real reason to go out of your way to get here
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
bookman10  (38) Osseo, Minnesota | November 15, 2012
Iíd read a lot about them and seen their website several times, so had pretty high expectations for the place. It was a bit of a let-down, to be honest. The wine and beer stores are crowded into rather smallish locations in two older, side-by-side neighborhood stores. The selection wasnít bad, but things were crowded in there so much I felt like I might knock over a display if I turned too fast. Service wasnít bad, but I knew what I was looking for (and largely found it, too). Price was maybe a bit higher than similar stores specializing in unique beers and local microbrews. Not sure it was really worth the extra effort to seek out.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
TheHOFF43  (169) 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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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
jmikolich  (112) 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  (111) 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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