The Beer Temple
Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
5/5 rDev +4.2%
The Beer Temple, my favorite shop in the city. Each and every time I walk in the door I am instantly greeted by the owner who's more than willing to help steer me in any direction I may be leaning and fill me in on the latest beer happenings. There is always a good beer or two for sampling while browsing the very well thought out selection.
The store is immaculately clean and each beer labeled with the delivery date to help us consumers make the most informed decisions.Shades keep the sun off the bottles and the utmost care is taken to ensure the most well kept product possible.
The selection is very well thought out with the newest releases, top notch imports, and classic favorites stocking the shelves and coolers. I need a shopping cart when perusing The Beer Temple.
I hate to label anything as perfect but while sitting here trying to figure out any little thing that would make this place better, I simply can't. Great selection, well cared for product, and customer service that is top notch.
08-19-2013 23:47:40 | More by joe1510
4.64/5 rDev -3.3%
Can't believe I forgot to post this review I typed up last year on Yelp. Well, here it is
Naturally, after going to Kuma's Corner, I had to come to The Beer Temple. If it weren't from the help of a fellow BeerAdvocate, I probably wouldn't have known of this place.
Upon entry, I initially thought the place seemed a little small. After looking around for awhile and asking the owner, Chris (more on him in a minute), where certain beers were, he pointed me in the direction. The Beer Temple really isn't small at all. How dumb of me.
Being from Michigan, I wanted to get me some stuff that I can't get there. Well, I spent about $60 and got plenty of beer. Revolution Anti-Hero, Ballast Point Sculpin, Sixpoint Resin, among other things.
While in the middle of looking around, Chris mentioned that he was having a free blind beer tasting -- guess any of the four specific beers and you'd get a free bottle. I could tell that all of the beers I had were probably IPAs, so I was right about that, but without having a sheet of paper with the list of beers in a random order, I had no chance. The whole idea of the blind tasting is a cool idea, and something that I wish places around here would do more of... it turns out I like Stone IPA more than I thought I did. Maybe that was because the bottle I had bought previously wasn't very fresh, I don't know. Alright, I'm rambling.
My only gripe with The Beer Temple is the severely limited Mix-a-Six section. I would have loved to have gone in and gotten about 5 or 6 mixed six packs so I could have 30-36 different beers, but I instead walked out with about six different brews. On the plus side, I think *every beer* has a little label on it that lets you know when the beer was bottled... this is a crucial thing for IPAs in particular.
This place has a wonderful selection, and I'm going back the next time I am in Chicago.
06-27-2014 15:05:11 | More by Alextricity
4.29/5 rDev -10.6%
I usually stop in here once a month, as part of the run for chicken feed, Pork Shoppe smoked meat and then The Beer Temple. The first time I walked in I was expecting a "Beer Boutique" with a limited offering of mostly rare and expensive beers.
It is a small space, compared to many big box stores, but it has a great selection of local and unique beers for a reasonable price. I always find something new to try and the owner is really helpful in giving information about the beers. I get the impression he had been in the beer retail game for many years.
I park in back and go thru the back doors and as you walk in there are coolers on each side of of the short hallway that open up to the main room of beer. He also offers some good craft spirits and other interesting things, and definitely uses the space to its fullest potential.
There is a picnic table outside the back door so it would be a nice spot to drink some beer and eat a pork belly pastrami sandwich from the Pork Shoppe, but I never seem to have time.
Well worth a stop if you are looking for a good selection of Chicago craft beer, but they also have a good selection from all craft beer genera.
06-23-2014 21:17:48 | More by rhoadsrage
5/5 rDev +4.2%
The Beer Temple is the perfect Chicago beer store. Really. Kinda weird, but I’m thankful it happened in my lifetime. Why? 1) Chris and Margaret aren’t crazy or nasty or both, and as a plus are both cicerones. 2) You’re picking the best from around the USA and the world from the carefully chosen selections, from the smallest producers to the regional giants. If it’s good, he’ll carry it. 3) Chris freshness marks all the beers so you don’t 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. It’s geeky, and I love it. 6) There’s a “box of beer of the month” club (I don’t know what’s it’s 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 it’s easy to see what’s coming in. 9) He’s very accessible. I’ve probably abused his accessibility with private facebook messages, but the net effect is I feel like I’m shopping at my friend’s store, not a stranger’s. 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. I’ll 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 you’ve been wanting to try. Or just ask Chris or Margaret to pick them. You’ll win. The Beer Temple is destined to be a Chicago institution, like Hot Doug’s down the street.
09-11-2013 01:23:15 | More by gregdafdxguy
5/5 rDev +4.2%
Stopped in on opening day.
Atmosphere - Really cool layout. Clean and new but with some very solid design choices. The register stand that is made from reclaimed Bourbon County Rare barrels. Beautiful solid wood top on that as well. The shelving also very nice for a beer shop.
Quality - No crap here. Every item on a shelf or in a cooler belongs in a craft beer store. From local craft to imports, almost every beer is great.
Service - Chris and Margaret are tremendously helpful and friendly. They were also pouring free samples from 3-4 beers at the time.
Selection - For an opening day selection this was pretty top notch. Three Floyds sixers (Gumballhead), Bourbon County Coffee, Green Flash, etc, etc. Will be exciting to see how the inventory develops over time, because there is plenty of space for additional bottles.
Food - DIdn't see any food offerings (but Pork Shoppe, Urban Belly (BYO) and Kumas are all in stumbling distance)
Value - This is high end beer (and some wine), so it isn't cheap per se, but the prices are right in line with the West Lakeview, and Binny's in Chicago. When you considering the free samples that they plan to always be pouring, I think that represents a good value.
Overall, this beer boutique has tremendous potential to be the best beer shop in Chicago. Will they ever do the volume that Binny's does? No. But do think they could rise to the top fairly quickly based on selection and customer service.
NOTE: They plan on starting on shipping on some time. And FREE PARKING behind the building.
01-07-2013 19:27:35 | More by Monsone
The Beer Temple in Chicago, IL
100 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.