The Beer Temple
Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by kustard:
5/5 rDev +3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Been here about a dozen times. Most recently came on 6:30pm on a Saturday and the place was packed. I even had to wait in line for 10 minutes but would gladly do so again in order to patronize a place this amazing with such stand-up owners.
Best bottle shop I've ever been to. Well-curated, reasonably-priced, attentive, and informative. Not enough superlatives to describe my love for this shop. Not everything I get there is a limited release or the new hotness, but I put my trust in Chris Quinn and his crew to challenge my palate because I know that anything I purchase is going to be stellar and eye-opening.
02-24-2014 05:10:37 | More by kustard
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4.64/5 rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
The Beer Temple in Chicago, IL
100 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.