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The Wine Thief & Ale Jail

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35 Ratings
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 11.96%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3/5  rDev -32.3%

06-28-2014 04:16:05 | More by mothman
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JosephThompson

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -27.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$

The store itself is nice. Cool concept and it's played up and out on the walls all around you. Front entrance walks you into the wine area with a door frame a few steps to the right opening into the beer area.

Product is laid out nicely. I'm sure they have stock somewhere but oftentimes you'd only see one bottle of a label on the shelf. Whether to encourage you to buy or simply to save some space I'm not sure. There was nothing rare or special about the selection though what they have is what I'd consider the better quality of beers from the market.

Lots of local stuff including Braun Brothers, Steel Toe, etc. Remember a pretty decent sized Mikkeller selection if that's your thing. Of course, mix a six pack is available.

Service-wise, not much to say. They didn't bother me as it seemed they had other things going on. I visited on a weekday afternoon and saw one other customer so perhaps there was a massive event being planned that took up their time.

09-11-2012 15:52:47 | More by JosephThompson
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3.45/5  rDev -22.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$$

Well I had heard so many great things about the place and I finally had to make the trip in to check it out. I do agree with some of the things that have already been mentioned, but when I was in the store they did have a couple of guys in. I did wait around to talk to the beer guy but was unable to on a couple occasions. I had tried to inquire about items and was kind of ignored, seemed like he was too busy talking to his regulars/ buddies. The selection is nice but it's a lot of things that I can find at a lot of other stores. Cool vibe to the store, might stop back sometime in the future I would really have enjoyed a chance to talk to a cicerone. :( As for price a wee bit on the high side on some items.

03-17-2011 19:51:25 | More by
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -18.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | $$

Located a few blocks from Macalester College, this is really a nice little wine store, clearly the emphasis, as there isn't much room for more. The beer is definitely an afterthought. There is but one shelf of beer, really just a bookshelf stocked with mostly 750s, but the quality is top notch. Delirium, Corsendonk, Tripel Karmeliet, Avery, etc. Everything came in singles, with the exception of three types of Summit (IPA, Maibock, Pale Ale) in 12 packs. The service was good, though I didn't have much to ask or say. Basically, a good place to stock up on good stuff if you live in the neighborhood, but otherwise I'd have no reason to go.

04-03-2006 03:24:47 | More by objectivemonkey
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ZMOS

Minnesota

3.66/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

A= A funky/artsy fartsy presentation that definately orchestrates the gimmick of name play. Lots of murals painted about.

Q= Nice little store with good mix and match 6 pack program. Not a lot of cold storage available.

S= Service was helpful without being pushy. One guy was working at the time of my visit and was restocking.

S= A lot of cool beers but space limits their overall selection. I did find some more eclectic things here though which was a good surprise.

F= N/A I did notice that they do serve samples of cheese cake and other foods during tastings.

V= Fairly reasonable for the area.

08-18-2011 15:42:12 | More by ZMOS
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greenspointexas

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

04-30-2014 03:10:34 | More by greenspointexas
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -9.7%

10-11-2013 12:35:05 | More by Sludgeman
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zeff80

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Located a short distance from Groveland Tap in a neighborhood that looks straight from the 1960s. It is a nice, clean well-lit store with an entire room dedicated to beer. Less than a quarter of the beer is kept in coolers. It is organized by style throughout the room with a large selection of single 12oz bottles. The service was helpful and pleasant in late afternoon on a holiday weekend. The quality of every beer I've tried so far has been good. The selection was good but not as great as I had pictured from the other great reviews. I hoped to see more local/Great Lakes area beers in bombers/750s. This is a really good store that is pretty close to downtown St. Paul. It is worth taking the short drive to visit.

01-08-2012 17:22:01 | More by zeff80
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SlightlyGrey

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

04-28-2014 19:46:15 | More by SlightlyGrey
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Fluffheady

Illinois

4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$

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.

11-25-2013 00:24:10 | More by Fluffheady
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The Wine Thief & Ale Jail in Saint Paul, MN
97 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.