The Beer Temple | Chicago, Illinois
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The Beer Temple
Excellent based on 8 ratings
Type: Beer Store

3185 N Elston Ave
Chicago, Illinois United States 60618 [ print map ]
773 754 0907 | facebook | twitter

Hours: 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 Available At The Beer Temple (arranged by most recent)
Pipeworks Amarillo 96, Three Floyds Struise Live A Rich Life 98, Pipeworks Blood of the Unicorn 97, Half Acre Heyoka IPA 96, Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale 100, Metropolitan Generator Doppelbock 84, Ale Asylum Ambergeddon 96, Ale Asylum Bedlam! 98, Off Color Scurry 82, Tyranena Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale 94, Sinebrychoff Koff Porter 99, Maine Beer Zoe 99, Pipeworks Santa vs. Unicorn American Barleywine 98, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 100, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Backyard Rye Barrel 100, Pipeworks Cascade 97, Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break Natale Pretty Please With A Cherry On Top 98, Txopinondo Sagarnoa 83, Flesk Occamís Razor , Green Flash Imperial IPA 99
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8 reviews for The Beer Temple
 Ambiance  90%
 Service  88%
 Selection  91%
 Food N/A 
 Value  82%
 Overall  89%
 Rating  87%

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 16/20
jrallen34  (377) Chicago, Illinois | July 5, 2013
A very cool place and if a little closer to me I would visit more often. Clean, spaciously laid out place, thatís comfortable to be at. Knowledgable and nice staff. Daily tastings of rare beer, today there was Prince Tuesday, Mo and Coolship Red, really? Thoughtfully chosen selection of beer. Not a liquor with beer, totally beer centered. Not a throw everything against the wall approach either, selections made with thought. At a busy annoying intersection and too expensive by $1-$2 on most items, but Iíd be back every couple months.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
charule  (71) Chicago, Illinois | April 5, 2014
Nice little shop. Thoughtfully laid out selection of good beer. Ok prices. Out of my way, tough to get to.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
Brentv  (20) Portland, Oregon | December 10, 2013
What a wonderful store! Itís not large, but what is there is hand selected. Thereís not a bad beer in the house. I was visiting from out of town and asked for suggestions on beers that were not available in my state of Oregon. Chris helped me pick out about a dozen bottles, and he knew the qualities of each, matched to my tastes. Iím back at the hotel enjoying one of my new finds from a brewer I was unfamiliar with and couldnít be happier. Bottles are stored on the shelf but shaded and away from direct light. There are some coolers, too, for some of the stock. Foreign beers only where they are known to keep well. The hoppy beers are tagged with their date of arrival, so you always know they are fresh. The local beers are in their own section, and are often received the day after bottling - if you want fresh local brews, thereís no place that offers fresher. Chris was a delight to talk to, and even had suggestions of local pubs that have special beers on tap and when. If I were local, Iíd be in this place every week.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 19/20
ferillo  (2) Massachusetts | December 6, 2013
I was lucky enough to be able to pop in here twice while in town for work. The store was well laid out, spacious, and best of all it has Chris. I was also lucky that he was pouring some nice tastings including some tired hands. Chris spent time with me talking about the beers of Chicago and the scene in general and had a good knowledge of things that were on tap to try around town. It was the night before an in store event so he suggested to stop in the next day to pick up some of the new releases from the night before. I did that and once again the next day had a chance to try a few more samples of semi rare offerings. He then proceeded to convince me to drive up to Wisc to grab a stash of New Glarus suggesting where to go and who to ask for when I got there. That is what a true beer lover does and I thank Chris and the Temple for the experience and hospitality.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
gregdafdxguy  (2) Alabama | September 10, 2013
The Beer Temple is the perfect Chicago beer store. Really. Kinda weird, but Iím thankful it happened in my lifetime. Why? 1) Chris and Margaret arenít crazy or nasty or both, and as a plus are both cicerones. 2) Youíre picking the best from around the USA and the world from the carefully chosen selections, from the smallest producers to the regional giants. If itís good, heíll carry it. 3) Chris freshness marks all the beers so you donít get any six-month-old IPAs, plus takes pains to order whatever is freshest from his distributors. 4) NO PRICE GOUGING ON RARE BEERS! 5) The entire store is actually designed to decrease the amount of light radiation getting to the bottles. Ask Chris about it. Itís geeky, and I love it. 6) Thereís a ďbox of beer of the monthĒ club (I donít know whatís itís really called) that Chris picks out, for a good price. 7) All the prices here are reasonable, and usually lower for the good stuff than anyone else. 8) Chris consistently uses twitter/facebook to update the new releases, so itís easy to see whatís coming in. 9) Heís very accessible. Iíve probably abused his accessibility with private facebook messages, but the net effect is I feel like Iím shopping at my friendís store, not a strangerís. 10) Not least of all, EVERY DAY there are a few beers open to sample, and Chris has no qualms about opening up his collection of the best beers in the world. Iíll stop at 10 reasons. But I could keep going. The only problem here? The rest of Chicago is finding The Beer Temple, too, and once Chris posts on social media, you have maybe an hour to get a bottle of something he got only a case of. If you miss out, which recently happened to me (I got there in 90 minutes from when he posted about a limited release, and missed it), console yourself like I did: get six bottles of other beers that youíve been wanting to try. Or just ask Chris or Margaret to pick them. Youíll win. The Beer Temple is destined to be a Chicago institution, like Hot Dougís down the street.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
dinkle50  (73) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
pablo951  (63) Chicago, Illinois | May 5, 2013| Updated February 4, 2014
Located in the Avondale neighborhood in Chicago. Excellent micro / craft beer store excellent selection decided between local, national and international. The service is very knowledgable but kind of off putting.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
emerge077  (129) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | February 26, 2013| Updated October 16, 2013
Late 2013: Expanded selection, maybe double what they opened with. Always changing rotating selection and daily tastings. A store for beer geeks, by beer geeks (hell, theyíre Cicerones). Pricing is very fair and competitive, a refreshing change from other gouge-happy shops around town. Creative events too. February 26, 2013 The Beer Temple just opened in Avondale, and itís exactly what the neighborhood needed. For some reason this part of town has been lacking a good beer store, but not anymore... Once you walk in itís clear that attention to detail is #1. All beer is marked with a received/bottled on/best by date, making freshness a priority, something rarely seen in retail stores. Front windows are UV-film coated to protect from sunlight also. Service is top notch... free daily tastings (in stemmed glassware no less) and the owners are full of endless beer (and wine) knowledge. On opening day they had some extremely hard to find beers from their personal stash open for tasting. You can tell the owners are really invested in the craft beer community with their heart and soul. Opening selection: Pipeworks Coffee Break Abduction, Deschutes sixers and Hop Henge IPA, Goose Island Big John and BCS Coffee, 50/50 Eclipse varieties, and more. Overall selection is well rounded, with full lines from US brewers like Founders, Victory, DFH, Stone, Ommegang, GLBC, Sixpoint, Port, Lost Abbey, Oíso, Dark Horse, Central Waters, Metropolitan (only 1-2 weeks old), and more from Pipeworks, FFF, Rev, Green Flash, Firestone Walker, Deschutes, etc. Great selection of Belgian imports including traditional lambics and Flemish ales (Rodenbach x3, Lambickx, Timmermans Oude Gueuze, Hanssens, Tilquin, etc), Trappist (Orval, Achel, Rochefort, La Trappe, St. Bernardus), obscure Saisons like Cazeau, Pipaix, Feullien, Fantome Hiver, Perennial Saison De Lis, and Avec Le Bon Voux. British/German beers on the back island and in the coolers, varieties of JW Leeís Harvest and Ola Dubh. Tried and true Germans like Ayinger, Weihenstephaner, and 1809 at peak freshness. Expanding selection all the time, including a singles section. "Comments are too long"... lol, ratebeer.

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