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The Wine Thief & Ale Jail

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world-class

37 Ratings
Ratings: 37
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 11.71%
[ Store ]

1787 Saint Clair Ave
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55105-1941
United States
phone: (651) 698-9463

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @alejail

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(Place added by: summitepale on 01-28-2006)
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Reviews by augustgarage:
Photo of augustgarage
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%

I had the good fortune of staying less than a mile and a half away from this establishment during my visit to Saint Paul and was able to make repeat visits during the week.

The store is divided cleanly into a small room full of wine and a small room full of beer. A short wall is devoted to coolers, while the longer walls are lined with floor to ceiling shelves where you can select bombers, singles, etc. Everything is clean and well organized and protected from excessive light exposure.

I purchased an embarrassing amount while I was there, and the quality of every beer was superlative. You won't find a fresher can of Surly in the city (e.g. TWO DAY old Furious!).

Selection was fairly wide ranging in style with plenty of excellent German and Belgian beers intermingling with the wide array of local (Summit, Surly, Flat Earth, Steel Toe, Brau Brothers, August Schell) and mid-west/southern (Tall Grass, Bell's, Founders, Great Lakes, Rush River, Left Hand, etc.) offerings.

The staff was incredibly kind, knowledgeable, and accommodating without ever being pushy. It doesn't take long to realize you are among fellow enthusiasts when you step through the door (I noted a few growlers in the back of the fridge as well, shared among the employees as well as empty bottles of rarities the staff had obtained in trade). There is a secondary emphasis on food/cheese pairing to further elevate your beer enjoying experience.

With the 10% discounts on mixed 6 packs (make them up yourself), you can walk out with a large burden of bottles and cans for not a lot of money.

The only fault I could find is that they sold no glassware, but if this leaves room for more ale and wine it's a very minor complaint.

augustgarage, May 31, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of jarrgal
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

jarrgal, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of fuzzcherry
5/5  rDev +12.6%

fuzzcherry, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of mnredsoxfan69
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%

The Wine Thief & Ale Jail are two halves of a whole store with a wall and open doorway dividing them. The senior beer staff is extremely knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. The junior staff, not quite as knowledgeable, but still friendly and helpful. Their selection of superior beers is excellent with less attention paid to the low end. I saw no Keystone or Mountain Crest, but I did see a large variety of sours and Belgians and lots of other goodies. The prices are reasonable, some a little above what I've paid elsewhere, and some a little lower so it all evens out in that respect.

I'll be doing more shopping here.

mnredsoxfan69, Jul 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -32.4%

mothman, Jun 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Jimandhisbeerd, Jun 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.6%

Chudem, Jun 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -15.5%

greenspointexas, Apr 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

SlightlyGrey, Apr 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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The Wine Thief & Ale Jail in Saint Paul, MN
97 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.