The Wine Thief

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The Wine ThiefThe Wine Thief
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The Wine ThiefThe Wine Thief

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378 Whitney Ave
New Haven, Connecticut, 06511-2371
United States

(203) 865-4845 | map

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Reviews by mltobin:
Photo of mltobin
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

Located 1/2 mile east of Yale University is The Wine Thief.
It is small store, whose focus is on wine, as the name points to.
Walk all the way to the back and on the left you have room temperature single bottles along with a cooler at the very back with chilled bombers and six packs. Some of the brewers that they carry are St. Bernardus, Berkshire, JW Lees, Avery, Smuttynose, Kasteel, Dogfish, Ballast Point, etc. For the small space that they have, they do carry very good beers. And if yourself or the Mrs. is in the mood for wine, they most certainly have you covered in that area as well.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of LutherBrau
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of RMoeNay
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of MarsMoose
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

I live right down the street from this place, so it's quite convenient, but frankly I tend to go elsewhere if I have the time. The beer selection, though made of overall solid picks, is limited. I keep having these strong cravings for German weissbier, but their stock never seems to be fresh enough (I like mine less than 8 months old). Also, the store as a whole is somewhat pricey. The employees, though, are very friendly and aim to be helpful, which is a plus, so I don't mind going once in a while to pick up some Storm King.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

I used to live half a block from this place, so it was my go-to beer and wine store for a year. The pros: great service, high-quality products, and a cozy atmosphere. The cons: limited selection of beer, very high prices compared to just about every other store. They also have a tendency to mark their beer prices incorrectly - i.e., you think a six-pack is $10, and it winds up being $12 or (the last time I went in) $16. The first time this happened they sold me the beer at the marked price; the second time they offered me a discount, but still wanted three bucks more than it was marked. I was all excited about finding an actual good price at this store, only to have my dreams shattered. Not cool. That said, though, this is a great little store and their selection, while limited, often has a couple beers that aren't easy to find in much bigger places. The Wine Thief is a treasure of a neighborhood bottle shop, but I would recommend it more for its namesake than for beer.

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Photo of dbmcrorie
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%

Nice little shop along Whitney. As with most shops in the area, it's mostly wine and some liquor. But there is a beer selection available.

Small little room with wooden shelves. Everything is clean and brightly lit. The selection is limited, but unique. They often have some very old or aged bottles in the back. If you ask, the people working are usually very happy to show you and talk about it. There is one guy there who is big into beer and knows what he has available. I was able to find and buy a 2005 and 2006 N'ice Chouffe that will great to open up at Christmas's in a few years.

A part of me feels bad for the shop, since the last time I was in I heard them talking about how they have been broken into 6 times now. The funny part is, no one ever takes the $100 bottles of wine. They just take the $10 worth of change in the cash register. Go figure.

So overall, it's a good little shop to check out if you are in the area. They don't really have anything that you can't get in bigger stores. But if you don't own a car, and/or live down the block from them, it's a great place to try something new.

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Photo of paigertx
5/5  rDev +22%

Perfectly situated on Whitney Ave next to the deli in the East Rock neighborhood and is dedicated to American craft breweries. In three 6 foot tall coolers they fit an assortment worthy of a gold medal. They cater to the hop head or the weizen/pilsner crowd. Don't go in there if you need to stock up on macrobrews for a party, they do not carry Bud/Miller products. While focusing more on East Coast breweries, it is a good place to pick up a West Coast sample for comparison. They continually rotate their stock and try new brews frequently, wish I lived closer to this Brew Haven.

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Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Strolling around Downtown New Haven I thought I'd give this place a try. I was enticed by how clean and bright the place was set up actually. Knowing that it was mainly for wine, I went in and went straight to the back looking for what beers they had. They have a small beer section but it certainly is a nice selection. Very nice selection of craft beers from all over the world. I found some stuff I've never seen before so I will be frequenting this place more. The people that work there certainly know their stuff and were able to answer my questions and even talked to me about the beers they sold. The service is nice, but it was a bit pricey and this place is primarily for wine. Worth a shot if you're in downtown new haven.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

Easily found on Whitney in the downtown New Haven area, this place was a pleasant surprise while in town on business. As you enter the establishment, it's hard to ignore that this place (as the name suggests) is devoted to wine. However; if you make a quick left at the register and head to the back of the store you will discover a quality, yet small section of craft and imports. There are two racks (about four rows high) of warm singles lining the two to three cooler doors which house cold four/six packs. Warm singles of include an impressive German and Belgian offerings include multiple Trappist brews. The cooler selection includes local, New England offerings as well as other not so local crafts such as a nice selection of Stoudts products. The guy working was very helpful and even a bit knowledgable about different styles, palate, and open to providing recommendations. As a bonus, I didn't notice any macro products for sale at all. The downside to The Wine Thief is that it's beer selection obviously takes a back seat to it's namesake. A bit more floor space/cooler doors could make this a must stop in New Haven.

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Photo of Stopper
4.55/5  rDev +11%

This little shop on Whitney Ave. in New Haven is primarily a wine shop. But they clearly have an interest in selling great beer as well. Along the back wall is a cooler, which, besides a few bottles of champagne, is totally dedicated to beer. For a place this size that is not focused on beer, the selection is awesome. And being so small, the stock rotates regularly and the beer is always very fresh. Not only is there a wide variety of beers to choose from, but every time I go in, the range of beers they carry has changed substantially -- they always have good sample of micros and a range of imports. On top of all this, the staff is very friendly and willing to help you choose something to suit your tastes.
What keeps this place from being exceptional:
- The selection at any one time is smaller than some places, simply limited by the size of the store and sharing shelf space with wine.
- The staff are very friendly and clearly have great palates and taste most of the beers they sell, but they are wine experts and just don't know the beer quite as well.

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The Wine Thief in New Haven, CT
Place rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 11 ratings