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The Beer Temple

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

52 Reviews
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
100
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
162
Avg:
4.7
pDev:
3.62%
The Beer TempleThe Beer Temple
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

3185 N Elston Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60618-7133
United States

(773) 754-0907 | map
craftbeertemple.com

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Added by MasterSki on 01-01-2013

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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 162
Reviews by kustard:
Photo of kustard
5/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.5/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
4.68/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

This is 1.5 miles from home and been open for over 3 years and today is the first time I walked in.
(I guess I'm lazy about hunting, or try to maximize the yield by going to the big stores.)
I knew the associate from another store. Big-time knowledgeable. I met the owner doing an informal tasting.
I bought enough to stuff my tennis backpack. (They need a bike rack.)
I went home and went on their website. Placed an order. Impressive for a small store.
I will go there again shortly.

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Photo of pagriley
4.22/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Great little store with helpful staff. Were pouring some really tasty out of distro beers as samples
Great sour and Belgian selection.
Prices are reasonable given that they are small and don't have the buying power of binnys - perhaps 50c or $1 more per bomber than the discount places, but the selection makes up for it.

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Photo of CotterEU
5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Best selection in the city. Not only is the inventory well thought out, it is highly combed through. I have never had a beer that was too old or past it's best by date. Nick always provides outstanding customer service and awesome recommendations every time I am in. This place is what a craft beer shop should be. Impressive.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.57/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of beardown2489
4.94/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Chris Quinn has created something great. All the reviews below say enough. Truly a world class establishment run by a staff that truly strives to provide the best craft beer experience they can.
Bottle shops like this will never go out of style.

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Photo of Gorf_Minor
4.97/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of CityofWind_brew
4.63/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Bung
4.69/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of jschott75
4.47/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.86/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Down the road from Revolution, Beer Temple was my second beery stop in Chicago. What an incredible store! The neighborhood is a little rundown and not a place where you’d expect to find one of the best beer jawns in Chicagoland. They have some wine, bourbon and ciders from Spain, but you’re here for the beer.

They have a ton of cool stuff here, so I'll tell you about the kind of high-ABV stuff I like: Samael, Eclipse variants, barrel-aged Ovila, Belgians galore, Jolly Pumpkin bottles I’ve never seen (Rojzilla), Telegraph, 3 Sheeps, Bruery, Mikkeller...

Don’t miss the Chicago selection: Pipeworks, Spiteful, Mikerphone and every single Chitown brew you can imagine. Most beer is room temp, but the place is kept cool, and the IPA’s are in the cooler. The beer guy working the store was knowledgeable beyond belief, and fun to chat with. Can’t recommend Beer Temple enough!

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Photo of dannycohen62
4.93/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

One of the best bottle shops I have ever been to, hands down. Small but still offers a world-class selection, friendly staff that goes above and beyond, and some of the most honest pricing in Chicago.

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Photo of petmoo23
5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of JimmyShaker1
4.79/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of teamwiggum
4.75/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Angerhaus
5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of StanleysCup
4.15/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Jnashed
4.93/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

I highly recommend ordering beer from here. I did a few weeks ago. Selection was very good, took one week to arrive. Shipping costs were resasonable . All IPA and APA were within 3 weeks of bottle/ canned date.

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Photo of slavall
5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Went out of my way to stop on a visit to the Chicago area from Wisconsin. Excellent selection with friendly and very knowledgeable service. Well worth the extra miles!

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Photo of stephens101
4.82/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

World-class selection, great attention to detail and excellent customer service makes this one of the best, if not the best bottle shops I've ever visited. Chris was warm and welcoming and free with the spot-on suggestions. You could tell the guy loves beer and wasn't just trying to make a sale. And despite his knowledge, I never felt talked down to.

The store was clean, neat and well laid out. There's plenty of rare beer to be found and the prices are not extravagant, but be prepared to spend if you're not used to this kind of selection. Like a kid in a candy store I spent way more than I should have, but it was worth every penny.

Hope to return sooner than later.

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Photo of themaj
5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of wheresblue
4.79/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of JArt
4.66/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of AnotherVice
5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Been a regular at The Beer Temple pretty much since it opened about two years ago. The owner, Chris, has created an amazing store. The selection is unbelievable. If you are in Chicago, it's a must visit.

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The Beer Temple in Chicago, IL
100 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.