The Wine Thief & Ale Jail

The Wine Thief & Ale JailThe Wine Thief & Ale Jail
The Wine Thief & Ale JailThe Wine Thief & Ale Jail
Store

1787 Saint Clair Ave
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55105-1941
United States

(651) 698-9463 | map
winethief.net

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.43
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
51
pDev:
10.61%
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Reviews by djhowell:
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djhowell from Wisconsin

4.07/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Apr 30, 2015
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nruhlig from Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Very good selection with helpful staff. Lots of local stuff that you don't see at the big box stores. Worth your time if you are in the area. Love that they have a large mix & match section as well.

Apr 06, 2019
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DesMoinesMike from Iowa

4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Aug 01, 2016
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Taybeh from Minnesota

4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Jun 10, 2016
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will1256 from Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

May 28, 2016
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ceanderson from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Love this place! They have a great selection, I do the make your own pretty much every time so I can try new beers. The staff is friendly and knowledgable, they haven't done me wrong yet. Please don't judge this place by it's website though, which totally sucks!!! Looks like someones C average graphic/web design flash final project.

Aug 14, 2015
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.86/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Good selection for the state including mixed 6 pak section. Vg service. A bit out of the way.

Aug 10, 2015
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NateMac13 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

This place was fantastic. Great selection, some decently hard to find stuff, friendly service, discount when you buy so many bottles, prices were pretty good. I went here and to total wine and this place killed it. Must stop if you are looking for a bottle shop in St Paul. Not a single complaint.

Jul 26, 2015
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maedhros09 from Minnesota

4.37/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

The Ale Jail is a great place to make your own 6-pack. It seems like most of the beers they sell in 4- or 6-packs you can also find individually. I went looking for a few seasonal specialties from Great Lakes and Sierra Nevada and was a little surprised that they weren't in stock given the selection. The service was good, though - they pointed me to some alternatives, and I was pretty happy with the singles selection. Most of the stuff seemed fresh.

Jun 14, 2015
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mikevanatta from Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

An incredibly friendly, knowledgeable staff. Always fun, new stuff on the shelves.

May 18, 2015
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Monkeyknife from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

May 10, 2015
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XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Feb 24, 2015
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lonewolfcry from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Dec 12, 2014
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CCutch from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Great and variable selection with excellent turnover on IPAs and local beers. Nice and knowledgable staff that will help you find what you need and provide some honest opinions and great recommendations.

Nov 12, 2014
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jarrgal from North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Aug 23, 2014
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fuzzcherry from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +12.9%

Aug 18, 2014
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mnredsoxfan69 from Minnesota

4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

Jul 18, 2014
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mothman from Minnesota

3/5  rDev -32.3%

Jun 28, 2014
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Jimandhisbeerd from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +12.9%

Jun 18, 2014
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Chudem from Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +12.9%

Jun 13, 2014
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greenspointexas from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Apr 30, 2014
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SlightlyGrey from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Apr 28, 2014
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TGanyone from Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Apr 25, 2014
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heytomcat from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Mar 27, 2014
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DaftPatrick from Minnesota

5/5  rDev +12.9%

Mar 26, 2014
The Wine Thief & Ale Jail in Saint Paul, MN
Place rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 51 ratings