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The Beer Temple

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The Beer TempleThe Beer Temple

113 Ratings
Ratings: 113
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 emerge077:
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4.9/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

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, attention to detail is clearly important here. 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 absolutely 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 extremely 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, 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 & 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.

More User Reviews:
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!

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5/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.85/5  rDev +1.5%
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The Beer Temple in Chicago, IL
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