The Beer Temple

4.8/5.0 31 reviews
3185 N Elston Ave
Chicago, Illinois United States 60618

773 754 0907
bottle shop
craftbeertemple.com/videoblog
Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM; Sunday 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM; Monday Closed; Free parking behind store

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Beer entered at The Beer Temple

NameABV
Hubbard’s Cave Imperial Stout Chocolate & Raspberry Pot De Créme9.7%2/8/2016
Evil Twin / Westbrook The Perfect Nose10.2%2/2/2016
Marz Show Me What You Got 6.5%1/29/2016
Marz Goodbye Moon Men6.2%1/28/2016
Lakefront My Turn #017: Josh (Black IPA)10%1/27/2016
Prairie Ape Snake7.9%1/26/2016
Saugatuck Brian’s Remorse6.9%1/6/2016
Transient Black Raspberry Maigre3%1/4/2016
5 Rabbit ChocoFrut Guayaba7%12/31/2015
North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve Rye Whiskey Barrel14.1%12/26/2015
North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve Wheat Whiskey Barrel14.1%12/26/2015
5 Rabbit ChocoFrut Piña 7.1%12/25/2015
Transient Octoberfunk6.2%12/8/2015
Spiteful Barrel Aged Belligerent Bob10.5%12/3/2015
Breckenridge Twenty Five - Imperial Vanilla Porter Aged In Rum Barrels9.8%12/2/2015
Revolution Ryeway To Heaven13.7%11/27/2015
Transient Bêtise8.2%11/8/2015
Hailstorm Sour Farmhouse with Apricots7%10/25/2015
Mikkeller SpontanChokeberry7.7%10/22/2015
Evil Twin Pils al Pastor8%10/20/2015
Pipeworks Scarlet Betta9.5%10/18/2015
Evil Twin / Amager From Amager With Love12%10/10/2015
Three Floyds Wigsplitter7.7%10/10/2015
Mikkeller Hop On And Drink’in Berliner2.8%10/5/2015
Three Floyds Alpha Kong13%9/28/2015
Middle Brow Hey Citrus5.6%9/21/2015
White Birch Small Batch Ale Watermelon Wheat6%9/21/2015
Founders Spectra Trifecta5.9%9/21/2015
Marz Citra! Citra! Citra!8%9/18/2015
Brooklyn Intensified Coffee Porter 11.8%9/5/2015
Evil Twin Aún Más a Jesús12%8/30/2015
3 Sheeps Nimble Lips Noble Tongue Series: Oakey Dokey IPA7.3%8/14/2015
3 Sheeps Happy Summer7%8/14/2015
Marz Jungle Boogie With Blueberry5.5%8/11/2015
3 Sheeps Nimble Lips Noble Tongue Series: Roll Out The Barrel10.7%7/31/2015
Perennial Suburban Beverage4.2%7/28/2015
Middle Brow Parklife5%7/28/2015
Half Acre Akari Shogun5.5%7/25/2015
Brooklyn Quintaceratops10.9%7/24/2015
Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel10.9%6/16/2015
Southern Tier Blackwater Series: Choklat Oranj10%5/31/2015
Evil Twin James Beer3.5%5/30/2015
Tyranena BGW Wrath of Rocky7.5%5/29/2015
Maine Beer A Tiny Beautiful Something5.5%5/8/2015
Thiriez La Blonde d’Esquelbecq6.5%3/29/2015
Off Color Bare Bear7%3/27/2015
Spiteful Messenger IPA10.4%3/15/2015
Pipeworks Da Fuzz8%3/14/2015
Courage Russian Imperial Stout (2011+) 10%3/9/2015
Urban Chestnut Fantasyland6.5%3/2/2015
Revolution Deth’s Tar11.4%2/24/2015
Hoppin’ Frog Barrel Aged DORIS The Destroyer10.5%2/15/2015
Une Année Airing of Grievances 10.6%2/15/2015
Marz Jungle Boogie5.4%2/3/2015
92
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
dinkle50  (79) Chicago, Illinois | June 8, 2013
Really like this place. Chris does an awesome job of making sure everything is fresh and also really knows his beer. Daily tastings and just a great selection all around.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
TheBrad3  (1) Chicago, Illinois | January 7, 2016
Freaking love this place. Staff is great. Selection is great. Price is actually BETTER than any other small shop I’ve ever come across in the area. Videos are also very cool and entertaining. Go there, go there now.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
gregdafdxguy  (2) Illinois | December 31, 2015
The Beer Temple has evolved into one of the premier beer destinations in the Chicago area. Chris and his small team are the best in the business at customer service. You won’t find every single beer in the world, but a distinct point of view from Chris about what you should be drinking now. He has access to everything on the market, so it’s fun to see why he brings in, what he thinks is worth drinking. The daily (except Tuesdays) tastings are a great way to sample the best beers in the world. I love this place. Did I mention there’s no price gouging at all on the harder to get beers? Great owners, great store, great employees, perfect store.
96
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
17thfloor  (19) Chicago, Illinois | December 31, 2015
A true example of the beer store of the future. Knowledgable staff and relevant spread of both local and imports. Also receives all limited releases and handles allocation fairly. Two thumbs up.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
Tamuk57  (1) Illinois | December 31, 2015
Outstanding selection with a fun and very knowledgeable crew. Always worth the drive into the city.
96
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
probsolvr  (14) , | December 31, 2015
Well curated selection. Knowledgeable staff. Reasonable pricing.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
marcosminute  (1) , | December 31, 2015
Chris, Nick and everyone here is great! Selection is wonderful.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
jtrout61  (1) , | December 31, 2015
Awesome selection that consistently changing. Really fun shopping experience.
96
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
MidwestBeer17  (1) , | December 31, 2015
Knowledgeable staff and will tell you straight up how much of any beer no matter how rare it is they really got. Quinn and everyone else are always willing to talk and give recommendations. They always post what the have to social media and don’t hold a lot back for aging and regulars like many places do.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
RoyE  (1) Chicago, Illinois | December 31, 2015
Amazing selection that changes constantly. They get all the best new releases. Extra care and attention paid to limited releases like bourbon county stout. Often they have Brewer events with amazing tastings. Chris is one of the most knowledgeable shop owners in the region. Everything is fresh with received or brewed on dates. No out of code bottles. Nice thoughtful selection of spirits and wine as well. Shipping is very well done based on feedback from my out of town friends. This is the bar for all other independent stores to be measured against.
96
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
wilwfu  (1) | December 31, 2015
Great place: as a guy who spent a lot of time downtown and south Chicago I only make trips north for friends, family and truly awesome shit. The beer temple is the latter and I can’t recommend it enough. Call, ask for Chris, tell him when your headed up and he’ll make you feel at home and breakout something special.

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