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Chicago bottle shops

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

  1. i'd like to voice my thanks to Chris and Margret(?) as well as all the friends/staff they had working for putting on an amazing shindig today. also i enjoyed meeting the diffrent folks the brewerys sent out. great time was had!
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  2. I was just in Rayan's near Ashland.

    They had 3 bottles of Bolt Cutter for sale.

    Just giving you all a heads up.
  3. HopsMatt

    HopsMatt Savant (495) Kentucky Dec 1, 2011 Beer Trader

    This was an amazing event! Thanks to everyone who donated. I enjoyed the King Henry and FantasiaThanks for opening your cellar Chris! The Rare, R&D, BCBVS, Bramble and Cherry Rye! Every time I'm back in town I will be sure to stop by your shop :)
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  4. What did u donate?
  5. jegross2

    jegross2 Champion (760) Illinois Jan 3, 2010 Beer Trader

    A 2011 Retribution and 2005 Icarus. Forgot the Darkness at home :(
  6. Good man I'm sorry I gave u shit earlier, clearly I was mistaken.
  7. jegross2

    jegross2 Champion (760) Illinois Jan 3, 2010 Beer Trader

    Cant tell if that's sarcasm, but the Retribution is a BCS Killer IMO. Similar flavors, less sweet.
  8. jtg5678

    jtg5678 Savant (330) Illinois Nov 27, 2012 Beer Trader

    After the initial rush around noon, the crowd thinned out and it become much more pleasant at Beer Temple. Really appreciate being able to taste some beers I may have otherwise never been able to have in my life. I hope people enjoyed the Heady Topper and Elevated I donated.
  9. Lol, no man ik I was being sincere. Its hard to be sincere over the internet.
  10. HopsMatt

    HopsMatt Savant (495) Kentucky Dec 1, 2011 Beer Trader

    Who was the douche that took his bottle back because it was "too crowded"? I mean, you donated it. Leave it there.
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  11. Was that the 08 BCS?

    I was going to try that, and I opted for something already open. I went through the line again and asked for the 08 BCS and the guy pouring said, "the guy took it back, what else would you like?" I responded by telling him to surprise me. He ended up pouring me some King Henry. Man was I shocked. I must say thank you to the guy who took is 08 back. If he hadn't taken his bottle back, I wouldn't have known King Henry was being poured. So thanks douche!
  12. HopsMatt

    HopsMatt Savant (495) Kentucky Dec 1, 2011 Beer Trader

    Yup, it was the 08 BCS. We must have been there at the same time and just not ran into each other. I was standing in line at the counter about to get my King Henry pour and he asked for it back.
  13. jefeld

    jefeld Savant (250) Illinois Mar 31, 2010 Beer Trader

    It was a great event, and is a store owned/operated by people who like beer, which is great. I donated the fantasia, cherry adam, bb4d, sang noir, black albert, and fruet. it was my pleasure to donate them to the cause and let others try these beers. and no, it wasnt me who took beer back. however, i can see the frustration in "donating" beer and then only getting a small size pour of your own beer. compared to all other beer shares, the donating system is unique and stands on its own. not that its a bad thing, just different and novel. also with the crowds the way they were, it was hard even to get a tiny pour of one thing, and then go back to the back of the line again, and repeat this many times over. I left to get lunch, came back, and it was less crowded which was better. and the owner posted that he knew it would be crowded and apologized in advance. so no big deal here at all, but i can see why someone would be a little frustrated, but its based on no fault of anybodies at all.
  14. jefeld

    jefeld Savant (250) Illinois Mar 31, 2010 Beer Trader

    also, this is a mesage to hopsmatt and to markmcconv, i know for a fact that the person who took his bottle back brought multiple bottles, and at least 1 limited bottle from across the country was opened and shared, and the "douche" had no qualms or regrets about it being shared. how many bottles did you guys bring to donate yesterday? im sure even if its none, you have incentive to lie and say some, or if it really was none, just be a man and say none and leave it at that.
  15. HopsMatt

    HopsMatt Savant (495) Kentucky Dec 1, 2011 Beer Trader

    Never tried to say I brought anything dick. I wanted to point out what a douche move it was to take the bottle back. I brought nothing as I was up from Kentucky. It's whatever. Not fighting on a forum.
  16. jefeld

    jefeld Savant (250) Illinois Mar 31, 2010 Beer Trader

    what im trying to say is unless you were in his position of bringing bottles, and then fighting to get a taste of your own bottle, you are not in a position to criticize him. end of story.
  17. quinnsi

    quinnsi Savant (340) Illinois Nov 22, 2008

    Thanks everyone, I cannot begin to express my sincere appreciation for how kind, generous and understanding everyone was yesterday. I'm glad people seemed to have a good time. I know it wasn't perfect, but I promise everything I did was in an attempt to maximize everyone's enjoyment.

    Thank you!!!!!
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  18. Who cares man!! Plenty of great bottles to be upset over one!
  19. Honestly Chris it was as close to perfect as any event I have ever been to! Job well done!
  20. HopsMatt

    HopsMatt Savant (495) Kentucky Dec 1, 2011 Beer Trader

    It was just a shitty thing to do. That's all. I don't even like BCS.
  21. This so many times over!
  22. I understand. What r u gonna do though. Let's just focus on how great this event was and try and forget that we didn't score any KBS tickets! LOL
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  23. Just to be clear, I wasn't calling him a douche. I don't care if the guy took his bottle back or not. I was making light of him taking it back and in return I was able to get king henry as a pour. (which I would gladly take kh over BCS 08)

    I only tried about 6-7 beers. I'm not worried about the beers I didn't get to try!

    It truly was a wonderful little event. I cannot express how happy i am with the beers I was able to try. If it weren't for Chris and the Beer Temple, I would have never been able to try (probably) all the beers I tasted. BIG THANkS TO CHRIS, THE BEER TEMPLE, and THE NICE PEOPLE WHO BROUGHT AMAZING BEERS! Thank you!
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  24. mpwdoyle

    mpwdoyle Aficionado (190) Illinois Apr 29, 2011 Beer Trader

    No, thank you! Even though the lines kind of formed into one solid mass of (mostly) dudes around 4 PM, everyone seemed to have a great time. Thank you so much for opening everything that you did, and putting out so much great stuff for sale. I saw a lot of people who were really thrilled to pick up the Sucaba, and I was floored to snag a bottle of Bourbon County Coffee. I'll definitely be making The Beer Temple my go to store for beer. Just keep the Churton Sauvignon Blanc in stock, too. :)
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  25. jegross2

    jegross2 Champion (760) Illinois Jan 3, 2010 Beer Trader

    Great event man!
  26. jtg5678

    jtg5678 Savant (330) Illinois Nov 27, 2012 Beer Trader

    Just wondering, I got there around 12:15 and stayed until about 2:30 and I seemed to miss out on the "whales" that were offered. What was offered and when?

    P.S. The Beer Temple will be one of my main shops for sure. So much to be said for a store with exceptional knowledge and care for the customer.
  27. Cherry rye was available at noon. The box was literally just set on the floor and people attacked it. It lasted less than 10 seconds. Other gems were "hidden" throughout the store. U just had to look. It was like find the easter eggs lol
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  28. jtg5678

    jtg5678 Savant (330) Illinois Nov 27, 2012 Beer Trader

    Haha, awesome! Hope people that missed out on the initial run of Cherry Rye got some. I was fortunate enough to get a bottle in November and really enjoyed it (although I am still bitter at Foremost overcharging HEAVILY).
  29. Orlando

    Orlando Savant (275) Illinois Aug 7, 2012 Beer Trader

    Amazing event. Didn't get there till 5, but still got to taste some deliciousness (thanks to whoever brought the Heady & the Jai Alai) & chat with some great local brewers. And of course got plenty of goodies to bring home. The Beer Temple is officially my go to shop in the city.