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Chicago bottle shops

Discussion in 'US - Great Lakes' started by jb123, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. jb123

    jb123 Savant (460) Michigan Dec 3, 2012

    Going to Chicago Thursday and Friday. Will be down town area. What are some good places to check out.
  2. MADPolo

    MADPolo Initiate (0) Alabama Dec 19, 2012

    You might be better off posting in the Chicago area sub-forum. Only speaking from experience of doing the same for a trip to Boston.
  3. jb123

    jb123 Savant (460) Michigan Dec 3, 2012

    Thanks!
  4. powz87

    powz87 Initiate (0) Illinois Jan 18, 2012

    Binny's, Capones, Andersonville Liquors, West Lakeview.
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  5. jb123

    jb123 Savant (460) Michigan Dec 3, 2012

    Thank u!
  6. mecummins

    mecummins Savant (425) Illinois Nov 16, 2012

    The Beer Temple on Elston is new but awesome. Bottles & Cans on Lincoln is a great shop too.
  7. zach60614

    zach60614 Savant (265) Illinois May 1, 2012

    Binny's is the only one mentioned anywhere even remotely close to downtown.
  8. NSK79

    NSK79 Savant (365) Illinois Jun 4, 2012

    Where is the Chicago area sub forum? I'm still relatively new to BA, haven't found this...
  9. Great Lakes really is the Chicago sub forum. I don't know why non-Chicago people post there, but they do, those silly bastards.
  10. quinnsi

    quinnsi Savant (320) Illinois Nov 22, 2008

    Just posted this in what appears to be a duplicate thread, so I'll Ctrl+V here:

    If you can stretch your stay by one day, it might be worth a visit to The Beer Temple for the Grand Opening. Gonna have the following breweries pouring: Half Acre, Lagunitas, Firestone Walker, Revolution, Metropolitan, Pipeworks, Spiteful, Begyle, Goose Island, and looks like FFF too.

    I'll also have a LOT of fun bottles open to taste - Rare, Bramble, Vanilla, all years of coffee, Violet Hour - and those are just the BCSs :)
  11. Stevedore

    Stevedore Champion (835) Wisconsin Nov 16, 2012

    I'm assuming this is Saturday night? Holy crap, I'll actually be in the area for this.
  12. tinypyramids

    tinypyramids Savant (445) Illinois Jul 19, 2012

    :eek:
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  13. Looks like Saturday is now reserved for Kumas and Beer Temple
  14. Efay

    Efay Aficionado (230) Illinois Mar 9, 2011

    Just a quick look at his website:

    12:00 PM- 2:00 PM
    *Goose Island Brewing Company
    *Pipeworks Brewing Company
    *Lagunitas Brewing Company
    *Begyle Brewing

    4:00 PM- 6:00 PM
    *Firestone-Walker Brewing Company
    *Revolution Brewing Company
    *Spiteful Brewing Company
    *Metropolitan Brewing Company
    *Half Acre Brewing Company

    Not completely sure about the personal bottles tasting. On regular days he opens up bottles at opening time until they run out. Due to the amount of bottles he'll be sharing I'm guessing he may spread them out throughout the day. This is just speculation though.
  15. Stevedore

    Stevedore Champion (835) Wisconsin Nov 16, 2012

    I can't imagine these bottles will last very long! I mean, how many tasting samples can one wring out of a bottle of Bourbon County Rare?
  16. Skip Capones unless you like overpriced beer and IPA's that have sat on the shelf too long.
  17. quinnsi

    quinnsi Savant (320) Illinois Nov 22, 2008

    Violet Hour will go very very very fast. it's a tiny bottle...under like 9oz I think
  18. 7oz Miller Lite bottle, right? Manhattan Barrel from Violet Hour.
  19. quinnsi

    quinnsi Savant (320) Illinois Nov 22, 2008

    Yeah it could be 7oz...Gotta look..
  20. powz87

    powz87 Initiate (0) Illinois Jan 18, 2012

    i've never been there heard ok things. i usaully hit Andersonville across from hop leaf
  21. Good prices on most things, but they really ramp up the prices on things they perceive high demand for. Logical, for sure, but sort of disappointing for a customer.
  22. jb123

    jb123 Savant (460) Michigan Dec 3, 2012

    What time is this going on? We may have to do that
  23. HopsMatt

    HopsMatt Savant (460) Kentucky Dec 1, 2011

    I'm in Chicago for the weekend. I was already excited about it. Now that I found out about the Beer Temple, I'm absolutely quivering with excitement. Quivering.
  24. Monsone

    Monsone Savant (350) Illinois Jun 5, 2006

  25. quinnsi

    quinnsi Savant (320) Illinois Nov 22, 2008

    Updated (but still partial) list of what I'll have open. This does NOT include what the brewers themselves are providing.

    Cantillon Classic Gueuze
    Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze
    2009 Bourbon County Stout
    2011 Bourbon County Stout
    2012 Bourbon County Stout
    Bourbon County Rare Stout
    Bourbon County Vanilla Stout
    Bourbon County Coffee Stout
    Firestone Walker Parabola
    Westvleteren XII
    Thomas Hardy's Ale
    Sam Adams Utopias
    Sam Adams Triple Bock
    Bruery Fruet
    2010 Dark Lord
    2011 Dark Lord
    2012 Dark Lord
    Barrel Aged Alpha Klaus
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  26. Stevedore

    Stevedore Champion (835) Wisconsin Nov 16, 2012

    Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn.
  27. jtg5678

    jtg5678 Savant (255) Illinois Nov 27, 2012

    Nice. I plan on bringing a couple beers as well to help spread out your stock a bit. Nothing this crazy, but good stuff nonetheless.
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  28. ChefBergo

    ChefBergo Initiate (0) Illinois Nov 9, 2011

    I know Beer Temple cracks open bottles but are patrons allowed to bring bottles to share as well? I'll be there Saturday and want to bring some goods not from the area.
  29. quinnsi

    quinnsi Savant (320) Illinois Nov 22, 2008

    Yes, people can bring bottles to "donate" to the tasting. But anything brought must be given to us to taste out to everyone for free. No private tastings please! That said, bring whatever you want.
  30. ChefBergo

    ChefBergo Initiate (0) Illinois Nov 9, 2011

    Very cool, plan on showing up early and I'll throw-in a CCB/B Nektar Ghost Stories!
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  31. Good thing this is the same time KBS tickets go onsale
  32. NSK79

    NSK79 Savant (365) Illinois Jun 4, 2012

    Chris - Are you trying to create a mob scene??? I've been in your shop, you may need to find a bigger venue for the masses!
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  33. quinnsi

    quinnsi Savant (320) Illinois Nov 22, 2008

    Let me say this: I want this event to be fun, but it's not a beer fest, or even a bottle share. It's a guy who's passionate about beer opening up a beer store and wanting to celebrate. To be honest, I'm already nervous about people getting angry if the beer they want to taste isn't open when they get here, or people trying to game the system. Thanks to everyone in advance for being cool and realizing that even if it's not run perfectly, everything is free! Just come and have fun!!!!!
  34. I think you'll have enough people that want it to be exactly what you want it to be, and they'll keep the outliers honest. Hopefully I'll be among the folks keeping the riff-raff honest.
  35. NSK79

    NSK79 Savant (365) Illinois Jun 4, 2012

    I'm sure it will be great, we will try to stop by and celebrate with you. Thanks for sharing with us Chris!
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  36. jb123

    jb123 Savant (460) Michigan Dec 3, 2012

    Very excited I just want to buy some things I can't get in michigan anything else is extras.
  37. jtg5678

    jtg5678 Savant (255) Illinois Nov 27, 2012

    I'm with you here. Hopefully no one's "that guy" just sitting front and center at the tasting table. Frankly, I hope to get a taster or two, but don't expect anything more. I'm just as much looking forward to seeing what the breweries have to taste, talking with fellow BAs, and buying some great beer to boot. See you Saturday!
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  38. As a measure of good faith everyone should buy SOMETHING. Preferably whatever Chris is having the most trouble selling. Let's not be a bunch of moochers and show Chris the respect he deserves.
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  39. HopsMatt

    HopsMatt Savant (460) Kentucky Dec 1, 2011


    Im from KY and I will be up there to get things I cant get here. I plan on buying from him ;)
  40. HopsMatt

    HopsMatt Savant (460) Kentucky Dec 1, 2011

    Anyone interested in some IP trades? I have a lot of things I can bring up there with me. BA Bigfoot, BBPt5 etc

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