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The Beer Temple
$$ - reasonable
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3185 N Elston Ave
phone: (312) 772-3373
(Place added by: MasterSki on 01-01-2013)
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vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Beer temple is a great place, samples stuff not available in Chicago and very knowable but not in a cocky way. A lot of rare beers and great selection of larger bottled beers and imports. They don’t have a huge selection of 6 packs but they make up for it in the freshness of their beers and prices. They also label the date they get the beers in, not just when it hits the self.
08-14-2013 03:08:24 |
More by Jimbobebop
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I found out about this place on the black hole known as 'YouTube'. I think Chris does a good job to inform his customers through social media and he is very approachable. I really enjoyed that about him. I wasn't sure what to expect when I arrived. It is a very neatly kept and organized place. I thought it would be bigger to be honest. I think Chris takes pride in making sure his products are fresh. If I lived in Chicago I would stop back more often. Wish I could have been a part of one of his epic beer tastings.
04-28-2013 23:29:25 |
More by AlphaKingKegger
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
One of the best shops in the city, as far as pricing, selection, etc. Clean bright and organized. Everything is out on the shelves as far as I can tell it's first come first served which is rare in Chicago. Frequent free samplings and tastings. Another plus, there is a parking lot!
09-17-2013 17:20:13 |
More by Rainblows
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Haven't reviewed anything in a while. Simply put the owners of this place are both fantastic, really nice people with a massive load of beer knowledge. The selection while not huge is jam packed with great beers and much of it is cooled. It is a tidy and neat shop that has to be probably the best stop in Chicago if you want a beer nerds paradise.
03-24-2013 15:21:52 |
More by crossovert
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Beer Temple just opened in Avondale, and it's exactly what the neighborhood needed. For some reason this part of town has been lacking a good beer store, but not anymore...
From the second you walk in it's 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. The store is super clean and easy to navigate, and the counter is even custom made from Bourbon County barrels. Front windows are UV-film coated to protect from sunlight, also something rarely seen in retail stores.
Service is top notch... they host 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. Pricing is very fair and competitive, a refreshing change from other gouge-happy shops around town. It's clear the owners are a part of the craft beer community, they are really invested and put their heart and soul into it.
There's a broad mix of American craft and imports alike on the shelves. Currently there are two large islands in the middle of the store, two wall shelving areas, and a long cooler past the counter (2 coolers now, mid-2013).
On opening day there were plenty of interesting things to be had: Pipeworks Coffee Break Abduction, Deschutes Hop Henge IPA, Goose Island Big John and BCS Coffee, 50/50 Eclipse varieties, and many more. Overall selection is well rounded, with full lines from US brewers like Founders, Victory, DFH, Stone, Ommegang, Jolly Pumpkin, GLBC, Sixpoint, Port, Lost Abbey, O'so, 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, Tilquin, Drie Fonteinen, Oud Beersel, Girardin), Trappist styles (Orval, Achel, Rochefort, La Trappe, St. Bernardus), several obscure Saisons like Cazeau, Pipaix, Feullien, Fantome Hiver, Perennial Saison De Lis, and Avec Le Bon Voux. Scandinavian, British, and German beers on the back island and in the coolers, including varieties of JW Lee's Harvest and Ola Dubh. Tried and true German staples like Ayinger, Weihenstephaner, and 1809 at peak freshness. Brand new imports from To Øl, Evil Twin, and Haandbryggeriet.
They are in the process of expanding the selection all the time, huge potential here... I'll be checking back regularly to see what's new and fresh on the shelves.
01-08-2013 21:58:07 |
More by emerge077
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
I was lucky enough to be able to pop in here twice while in town for work. The store was well laid out, spacious, and best of all it has Chris. I was also lucky that he was pouring some nice tastings including some tired hands. Chris spent time with me talking about the beers of Chicago and the scene in general and had a good knowledge of things that were on tap to try around town. It was the night before an in store event so he suggested to stop in the next day to pick up some of the new releases from the night before. I did that and once again the next day had a chance to try a few more samples of semi rare offerings. He then proceeded to convince me to drive up to Wisc to grab a stash of New Glarus suggesting where to go and who to ask for when I got there.
That is what a true beer lover does and I thank Chris and the Temple for the experience and hospitality.
12-06-2013 22:41:09 |
More by ferillo
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Awesome local shop. I have been twice now on visits to my Brother-in-Law in Chicago. We have never left without a significant haul...
Chris is very helpful in identiftying items that would fit our particular mood, palate, or style. The selection is fantastic, yet the quantity of "in-stock" is small enough to keep the shelf items fresh. Every item is marked with a "received date" so that you know exactly how long he has had it sitting in stock.
Definitely a "must stop" every time I come back to visit!
09-06-2013 10:30:41 |
More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
A - It's a new and modern shop, with plenty of space, well-organized shelves, intelligent layout, and simple, unobtrusive decor. Perhaps lacking a bit in character, but that will change over time as it gains a more lived-in feel to it.
Q - One thing I love about The Beer Temple is that attention to making sure the beer is stored in ideal conditions. Chris dates hoppy beers without bottle dates as they enter the store, so you at least have *some* idea of freshness; if it's old beer it's the distributor's fault and not his. Same thing goes for the window treatments and lighting; if something is skunked it didn't happen in this store.
Sr - You're always greeted with a cheerful hello upon entering the store. Chris knows his stuff and has great suggestions about what's new and interesting. There's almost always something being sampled, often rare out-of-market brews. The Beer Temple also hosts a lot of interesting and unique events
Sl - While not the *biggest* selection in the city, it's well-curated and has virtually all the beers I would want to purchase. Chris also does a good job of avoiding beers from overseas that aren't likely to travel well (Mikkeller IPAs and such).
Prices on regular stuff are in line with other Chicago shops; perhaps slightly more than Binny's due to their volume advantage, but marginally so. I appreciate that rare beers are priced in line with everything else; no gouging here.
The Beer Temple has quickly become one of my favorite places to shop in Chicago. Chris has done a masterful job in listening to customer feedback and integrating the best attributes of other stores. I'm very lucky to have another world-class store a quick bike ride away from home.
09-17-2013 18:04:19 |
More by MasterSki
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
When you first walk into the Beer Temple, you're greeted by a huge selection of craft beers and the very friendly staff, Chris and Margaret. Both are very knowledgeable about the different types of beer and are very approachable. If you're looking for a rare beer, The Beer Temple has it, had it, or will be getting it soon. Everything from Belgians to lambics, stouts, and IPAs.
The atmosphere is easy and relaxed. The staff is just a few feet away ready to answer any questions or help find a special beer. They have tastings almost every day - most beers you've probably never had before. I've left with quite a few beers I would have never bought had they not been apart of the tasting. You can expect to pay a little more for your beers than you would at Binny's, but the experience and wealth of knowledge from the staff is well worth it to me.
Overall, the Beer Temple is a great place for people new to the craft beer scene and for experienced veterans. A highly recommended craft beer stop to anyone living in Chicago and those visiting. Oh, and free parking behind the store! Cheers.
03-31-2013 16:08:01 |
More by oN3xM
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Was in Chicago visiting my oldest son and after picking up supplies for home brewing the next day we stopped by here to pick up some beverages. Great choice by my son, unbelievable selection of great beers as well as a lot of hard to get stuff and new stuff.
I think the guy we talked with there was the owner, very knowledgeable about beers and if you told him types you liked he was able to direct us to some brews we hadn't tried before which turned out to be great selections.
A really fun place to browse around and discuss craft brews
07-20-2013 20:57:35 |
More by stercomm
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