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The Wine Thief is in the Ale Jail

The Wine Thief has gained a reputation in St. Paul (1787 St. Clair Ave) for offering affordable, quality wines…now they’re bringing that same philosophy to beer.

The Wine Thief will be closed next Monday, June 7, and Tuesday, June 8. But when our doors reopen on Wednesday, it will be to a bigger, expanded store.

Our newly expanded space is still part of the Wine Thief, but it’s a store-within-a-store, one that we’re fondly calling the Ale Jail. Yep. A beer specialty store is emerging and we couldn’t be more excited …

But what, pray tell, is in it for you? Well, quite a bit, we think. Here are some things you can look forward to:

  • A greatly expanded beer selection, focusing on unique and craft brews.
  • An awesome new cooler. We’re in love. Really in love. It’s beautiful.
  • A Build-Your-Own-Six-Pack station. And because we believe in a deal, when you do so, there’s no up-charge. Your per bottle cost is the same as in prepackaged 6-packs. You can also choose to buy single bottles as well, with a slight 10% up-charge.
  • A newly landscaped patio for you to rest your weary legs after walking or biking in the neighborhood. We can’t serve out there, but you can sip your water in a nice spot (and we have a doggie water dish, too!).
  • A new check out system. (Please be patient with us as we learn this newfangled computer system; we promise it will be worth it in the long run!)
  • New employees … get to know Will, Deanna, and Adam. They’re awesome, of course.
  • A new website. We can’t wait for this to launch. It’s super close, and you can bet you’ll hear from us when it’s live.

So while we’ll be closed for two days, we hope you’ll visit us soon after!


Paul and Trina


  1. Moe says:

    This is pretty exciting, The Wine Thief is already a great place to get beer, but this will make it even better. And a much more convenient location for me compared to the Four Firkins. I think they will do very well.

  2. Jonny says:

    I wonder if they’ll also have a “Lager Locker” on-site ; )

  3. Mark says:

    Best store in town!

  4. Pat says:

    ’bout time those kooks finally get a cooler, been nagging Paul about it since they opened the Thief. Now they can be my one stop shop for last minute beer purchases too!… I need immediate satisfaction after buying beer… I can’t be expected to wait for it to chill.

  5. don osborn says:

    I went there and put up a few pics. Click “left.”

  6. Dan says:

    I see I have a lot more to learn about craft beers. Should be a good learning experience.

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