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The Beer Market

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Type: Bar, Eatery

888 N Meacham Rd
Schaumburg, Illinois, 60173-4922
United States

(847) 517-8300 | map

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Added by funhog on 11-23-2013

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 12
Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Place has a big catalogue of beers most of them mainstream and easy enough to get. Wish they had more harder-to-find stuff but I get what they are trying to do. Didn't have any food but did get 3 solid beers (2 bottled). A bit too bright and loud for my taste.

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Photo of emerge077
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

After dinner nearby, we spotted this place and decided to check it out after someone mentioned they had "like, 100 taps" (60 is still a lot). They boasted 500 beers on the laminated spiral-bound directory of a beer menu.

The vibe was pretty generic, lights turned up too bright and a dozen plus flatscreens blasting noise from sports commercials. It was a packed house for a Hawks game, so we set up camp at the far end of the bar. There was a good amount of beer themed decor on the far wall opposite the bar, framed reproductions of historical beer advertising, a few small shelves with stacks of vintage beer cans. The bar itself was pretty minimal with the taps mounted in the wall and brightly lit beer coolers.

The beer selection was extensive, with some seasonals in the mix. Out of the 60 taps, the 3 I wanted to drink were Central Waters Oktoberfest, Anderson Valley Gose, and Hofbrau Kellerbier. Several fall seasonals but nothing too wild. The majority seemed to favor middle of the road stuff vs. in demand and obscurities. Flipping to the lambics, they were sadly all sweetened Chapeau & Lindemans stuff. Didn't see any listings for wild ales either, but there was "sour/Flemish ales" but mostly sweet stuff and Petrus aged pale. No Jacobins or Rodenbach. This sort of applied across the board. A ton of beers, but it doesn't really feel hand picked or purposeful.

Service was good at the bar, I asked the bartender about a beer in the cooler not on the menu, and he was able to describe it well and offer recommendations.

This is probably one of the better craft beer places in the area, though I'm not sure I'd return any time soon. Worth a look if you're local or passing by.

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Photo of BeerGirlProblems27
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

This was a once a week spot for me. I was very enchanted by the 50 on Tap. But once I got to visit other pour houses with less on tap, I have started to venture outside of TBM. They for sure have quantity and that could be a good thing. Once I weed through the tap list there are times I find maybe two to my liking or one I have never had before(I never drink the same beer twice when out). For check them out if your a beer lover. I do love the Bring your own food option.

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Photo of Florida9
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Figures that the only other review of this place would be TMoney...punk.

The Beer Market is one of those places that feels as if it was built for the sole purpose of cashing in on the craft beer scene. I guess it's saying something about the scene that we're at that point where franchised beer bars are a reality, but I'm not so sure I'm ready for the beer equivalent of an Olive Garden.

The Schaumburg outpost of the Beer Market is located in a strip mall off of Meacham across from one of the largest malls in the midwest. It's located next to Roti, Protein Bar, On the Border, and White Chocolate Grill (which used to be Lincoln Whiskey Kitchen which used to be Ted's). Yep, this is corporate-restaurant-ville. So, despite the Beer Market having a limited menu of pizzas and a pretzel, it is my understanding, youre still allowed to order from and bring in food from the aforementioned restaurants.

The feel is somewhat generic. Ocre colored walls. Black furniture. There is a bar with stools to the left. High tops on the other side. Tables on the patio. Beer posters and tap handles cover the walls. There is a flat screen within view of every seat in the house (surprised there wasn't one in the pisser).

Beer selection is large and varied. Lots of regional brewers and an absolute shit-ton of beers in bottles and cans. Unfortunately there are very few limited beers with a vast majority of what is on offer being the same as what is on offer at any Binny's. That said, there was a Solemn Oath tap, an Ale Asylum tap both sporting beers that are draft only. So, there are some decent beers to be found if one looks. However, it was quite noticeable that there was nothing from Pipeworks and no drafts from either Half Acre or Three Floyds. Pricing is fair.

Service was attentive and helpful. My server certainly had more knowledge than the average server.

And if anyone from Beer Market happens to be reading this: dust your light fixtures! You guys are not Local Option or Map Room. You're not metal. If you're going to be clean cut and corporate, act the part. Doing things half-ass isn't going to get you anywhere.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Stopped in here last night with my man, VDubb, finally ending my period of anticipation. It's smaller than the Vernon Hills location (this one is a unit in a new strip on Meachem, rather than a standalone building), with some small tables, some long community tables, a nice-length bar, and a small stage for music acts and whatnot. The decor is very much the same as every other beer bar chain like this one, with a generally contemporary design and plenty of beer signs/miscellany on the walls. Flat screens ring the place, allowing for we Chicagolanders to watch the 'Hawks fall to the Blues yet again. Place was busy, but not packed (kind of a surprise for a Saturday night), and we took a seat at a small table right next to the stage, which was soon occupied by a performer playing some nice tunes from the Classic age of rock (my man). Unlike the BYOF situation at Vernon Hills, this location has food, namely a selection of tasty-looking and -sounding pizzas and a massive pretzel, but we didn't try anything, so I can't comment on the quality there. The tap selection is just like Vernon Hills, with some local goodies, some national standbys, and some rare-ish kegs tossed in for good measure. Plenty of variety, and the kegs seem to rotate quickly enough to warrant maintaining the high number of taps. The servers seem fairly knowledgeable, though we didn't really press our server for much info, and they are aware of taps that are dry. Even better, they're attentive and genial, allowing for a solid overall experience here. In addition, the pricing is pretty damn good, considering full pours and the area (which tends toward higher prices at restaurants in general). I look forward to hitting this place up many times in the future.

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The Beer Market in Schaumburg, IL
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