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


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Beer Available At The Wine Thief & Ale Jail (arranged by most recent)
New Belgium Pumpkick 59, Green Flash Hop Head Red (2014-) 96, Surly Blakkr 99, Central Waters Brewerís Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine 99, Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail 97, Alaskan Pilot Series: JalapeŮo Imperial IPA 92, Schilling Oak Aged Cider 51, Flying Dog Kujo 98, Bent Brewstillery Dark Fatha 74, Triporteur From Heaven 84, 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 94, Epic Big Bad Baptist 100, Ballast Point Big Eye IPA 98
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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 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
bobbypaulson  (37) Fergus Falls, Minnesota | March 25, 2011
this is the best liquor store in St. Paul. Everytime I go to the cities I have three places to stop (ale jail, blue max, and the four firkins). The last time I was there I found a bottle of Mikkeller beer greek brunch weasel. Thank goodness I live 3 hours away from the cities or else I would never be able to pay my bills. The staff is great and always willing to lend a hand. Great imports as well.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
mattyb83  (20) Minnesota | March 6, 2011| Updated July 3, 2011
Iíve been here on a couple of occasions, and have been fairly impressed. Selection is solid, and prices are comparable to many other local stores. A bit out of the way for me, so I donít make it out here very often. A very attractive employee named Mark helped me, and provided me with some excellent advice on what to get. I would recommend this store to anyone who lives in the area. Rumor has it that the beer buyer sits on ratebeer all day... Just sayiní.
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde  (7) St. Paul, Minnesota | July 30, 2010
Stopped in to the Ale Jail side of this store and was pleasantly surprised by both the selection and value of the beers. Many of the six packs were priced .50 cents lower than anywhere else Iíve seen. Large amount of Surly, but of course I didnít shell out the cash for that. Great Lakes, Central Waters, Furthermore, and Deschutes were all in the cooler in the back. The two side shelves of the store were loaded with imports, 750s, and bombers. Some I had never seen before in the cities. I didnít see a singles wall, but I think the store would benefit from a make your own six pack deal. Service was good, talked to who I assume was the beer buyer and he seemed to know a lot about the domestic craft selections. Overall, Iíd say this store is worth a stop, particularly if youíre looking for great value and good service and selection.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 13/20
WisconsinBeer  (10) St. Paul, Minnesota | February 8, 2009
Small little place, sharing an older building with a toy store next door and apartments upstairs. Selection is not vast, but they have a very solid amount of Belgian and eclectic European beers (have never seen a lobster flavored beer anywhere except here). Also a few local micros scattered in. If youíre in the area and looking for some beers youíre not likely to find elsewhere, stop by. They also have sake, if youíre so inclined, along with a decent wine selection.
66
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
Stine  (162) 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.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 3/10   OVERALL 16/20
sthlm  (136) Minnesota | January 11, 2008| Updated August 7, 2011
This definitely is a wine store, as the beer section seems like an afterthought tucked away in the corner. The beer that was there was pretty good stuff, and the prices were reasonable, but when comparing this to Blue Max, Zipps or the Lex/Larp Cellars the selection really just isnít there. Staff seemed fairly friendly, but not overly sothen again there was a wine tasting going on when I was there so maybe they were just distracted. Overall would be a decent place if you lived in the area, otherwise it would pay to drive elsewhere. Old rating: 62 (01/11/08)

Re-rate: The selection has improved drastically since I was last here, but the prices are very high. Not one of the best places in the cities, but certainly has solid selection, and is worth a stop.
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!
86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
JK  (283) 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.

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