The Wine Thief & Ale Jail

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Beers At The Wine Thief & Ale Jail

NameABVEntered
AleSmith X Extra Pale Ale - Orange5.25%9/8/2017
Victory Sour Monkey9.5%9/1/2017
21st Amendment Toaster Pastry7.6%9/1/2017
Avery Barrel-Aged Series 45 - Nuttiest Professor15.6%9/1/2017
Coronado CoastWise Session IPA5%9/1/2017
Goose Island Cooper Project No. 2: Doppelbock9.2%9/1/2017
Oliphant Crom!6%8/31/2017
Clown Shoes Vic Secret Space Cake9%8/31/2017
Ommegang Game of Thrones #8 - Bend the Knee9%7/17/2017
Anchor Blackberry Daze IPA6.5%7/7/2017
The Bruery White Chocolate16.6%7/4/2017
Victory Kirsch Gose4.7%7/3/2017
Lake Superior Kayak Kölsch5.1%7/2/2017
Schell Goosetown Gose4.7%6/30/2017
3 Sheeps Cashmere Hammer Nitro Rye Stout6.5%6/28/2017
Cosmos Double Black Hole Imperial IPA10.2%6/27/2017
Destihl Wild Sour Series: Blueberry Gose5.2%6/24/2017
Summit Keller Pils 5.1%6/23/2017
Evil Twin No Hero7%6/20/2017
Schell Stag Series #11 - Bananas Foster Weizenbock8.14%6/9/2017
Fair State Roselle5.7%5/29/2017
Badger Hill Foundation Stout6.3%5/29/2017
Central Waters Mud Puppy Porter5.5%5/29/2017
Indeed Midnight Ryder American Black Ale6.5%5/29/2017
Indeed B-Side Pils5.1%5/29/2017
Indeed Shenanigans Summer Ale4.6%5/28/2017
Bent Paddle Cold Press Black Ale6%5/28/2017
Central Waters Space Ghost12%10/31/2016
Surly Overrated West Coast Style IPA7.3%10/31/2016
Stone Enjoy By IPA - Tangerine9.4%10/30/2016
Badger Hill Traitor IPA7%10/30/2016
Steel Toe Size 7 IPA7%10/29/2016
Able First Light IPA6%10/29/2016
Bad Weather Hopcromancer IPA7%10/29/2016
Insight An Obstruction On The Troll Way Citrus IPA - Chapter XXIX6.8%10/29/2016


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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
ElGaucho  (286) Minnetonka, Minnesota | January 30, 2012
Why is it that this place has been around since at least 2007 and I’m 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 I’ve 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, I’m not sure it has an equal in the Twin Cities other than Blue Max. Firkins lacks the packaged variety and is higher priced.
94
  • 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
94
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87  (92) 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.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
deyholla  (648) Minneapolis, Minnesota | December 14, 2014
A nice store with a great selection of singles and a nice feel. Two rooms, one dedicated to wine and another to beer and cider with a nice rustic feel. Service was good with very knowledgeable employees. Great selection which is showcased by there large mix six selection. Prices are inline with other top area stores. A great store overall.
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Atom  (227) Minneapolis, Minnesota | May 23, 2015
Pretty sweet place, I know the staff decently well, as I’m good friends with both the their former beer guys Mark. Great selection with lots of singles. One of the best bottle shops in the Twins Cities.
90
  • 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, I’m 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.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
footbalm  (76) Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota | January 17, 2015
Very cool old building. I walked into the beer side and a beer guy approached me and we talked beer for a long time. Great selection separated by styles. Like the four firkins but without the attitude. I will be back to this place again.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Bacterial  (129) 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)
88
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Nuffield  (112) 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.
88
  • 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 can’t count PBR pounders). Has all the local bases covered, plenty of US crafts and boatlaods of imports. The selection isn’t the biggest, but it’s 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. I’d put the Ale Jail easily in the top 5 beer stores in the state.

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