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The Beer Temple

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The Beer TempleThe Beer Temple
BA SCORE
100
world-class

117 Ratings
Ratings: 117
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.78
pDev: n/a
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3185 N Elston Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60618-7133
United States
phone: (773) 754-0907

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Reviews by Monsone:
Photo of Monsone
5/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerOps
4.72/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of 30MinutesSouth
4.68/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of brandoman63
4.65/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of GoatMother
4.93/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of KeithE
4.75/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of chazmcbro
4.82/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Stopped in on a Monday afternoon to finally check this place out. What it lacks in size, it makes up in service and selection. i didn't see many beers I wouldn't be interested in trying, and got a few suggestions of things I probably would've passed on otherwise due to my unfamiliarity with some of the less hyped Chicago beers. The thing that impressed me most was how dedicated they are to freshness. If the beer wasn't clearly marked with a bottle date, thete was a price sticker that had it on the front of the carrier. Thats definitely going the extra mile for customers/education, pretty awesome.

Photo of Cosmic_Chieftain
4.75/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Barnoloid
4.89/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The Beer Temple is an extremely well curated bottle shop with a focus on stocking fresh beer. It is well known that they will not sell beer that is past its’ prime, which is commendable. This justifies the prices of the products offered, given that you know you are getting premium quality. The owners are knowledgable and friendly and provide a welcome offering for the neighborhood. My only regret is that I don’t live within walking distance, although maybe that is for the best.

Photo of Sweffin
4.71/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
5/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Conveniant location, excellent selection, friendly service, great prices. Also love the youtube reviews. Keep up the great work!

Photo of robgutie
5/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of elkinbrown
4.85/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.25/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Joel12
5/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of Drucifer
5/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of TheRealPour
4.25/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Studs1991
4.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Hendrick24
4.75/5  rDev -0.6%

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4.75/5  rDev -0.6%

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4.75/5  rDev -0.6%

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4.57/5  rDev -4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of rwolsen1874
5/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.75/5  rDev -0.6%

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The Beer Temple in Chicago, IL
100 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.