The Wine Thief & Ale Jail

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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  (269) 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 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Bacterial  (120) 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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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty  (229) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Trev  (24) Lakeville, Minnesota | October 28, 2011
Nice store setup. Nice variety of selection. Excellent selection of single bottles. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
BVery  (609) Plymouth, 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.
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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 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.
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  • 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Guerde  (9) Minneapolis, 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.
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  • 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.

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