The Beer Temple

The Beer TempleThe Beer Temple
The Beer TempleThe Beer Temple
Bar, Beer-to-go

3173 N Elston Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60618-7133
United States

(773) 754-0907 | map
craftbeertemple.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.77
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
183
pDev:
5.66%
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Reviews by IAmJacksHopTongue:
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IAmJacksHopTongue from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Aug 24, 2014
More User Reviews:
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Archfiend from Illinois

4.57/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Oct 04, 2020
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jhavs from New York

4.51/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Taproom only, store was closed, but from the door the store looked like it contained a lot of nice retail options.

Taproom had a wide variety of styles and brewers on tap in multiple pour sizes. Had local, regional and import options on tap.

A ton of limited and cellared bottle options were available for purchase to drink onsite.

Comfortable taproom with friendly bartender. Knowledgeable. Had a couple TV's playing football games.

Dec 10, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.61/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Jun 26, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

They have a very nicely micro-targeted collection of very small brewery and small batch beer for the ultra-geek, as well as some more widely known craft and Euro options. It really is pretty impressive, particularly in such a large city, with an additional walk in cooler that has plenty of space for browsing.

The cherry on top is the surprisingly large bar area with a moderate sized bar top and a number of tables to sit at. The taplist mirrors the bottle list in that it is very focused on unique, hard to find brews, whether there's hype behind them or not is secondary. Cool place overall.

May 22, 2019
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

4.76/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

5/13/19 (Chicago): Not sure why it took so long to reach The Beer Temple beyond the location, but well worth my first visit and can't wait to go back. Started in the tap room, over 20 draft pours including an ongoing cask conditioned handle, they offer a wide variety of brewers and styles at reasonable prices, especially considering the quality and availability of their offerings. Bartender was friendly, knowledgeable and provided great service to one and all. Bar and table areas nice and accommodating. Bottles also offered, either from the taproom or bottle shop, which is extensive in terms of styles and quality of offerings, including non beer offerings such as meads and whiskey. In addition to the four (two more than I originally planned on going in), I brought additional offerings home (new offerings and old favorites),with a second and third trip list of additional offerings I plan on snagging in future trips. Friendly and knowledgeable service and selection, I look forward to many future trips to the Beer Temple!

May 15, 2019
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seanchai from Virginia

4.72/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Oct 08, 2018
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LeslieA from Illinois

5/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I've known Chris and Margaret since before they had a store. Chris is very knowledgable. The staff give good suggestions. The tap list always has something new and/or interesting. You can find hidden gems in the bottle shop. This place is great! Support this small business with a great selection of beer, cider and specialty liquors. Why go anywhere else?

Oct 02, 2018
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rcjennings from Ohio

4.55/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Jul 30, 2018
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.57/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Excellent little bottle shop and tap room. Broad and great selections worldwide. Expert advice from team.
Perfect for loading up the Beer Safari suitcase.
Will check out on line service soon.

Jul 08, 2018
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4.73/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Nov 11, 2017
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rancrab from Illinois

5/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Aug 13, 2017
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

5/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Aug 11, 2017
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Jeffsbowen from Illinois

5/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Apr 23, 2017
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cryptichead from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Apr 15, 2017
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Zonian1 from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Apr 10, 2017
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brights from Illinois

5/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Mar 15, 2017
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bigred89 from Maryland

4.61/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Jan 15, 2017
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Damian74 from South Carolina

4.79/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Online order, nice selection. Super fast shipping. Finding it easier to order beer online than trading. Will use again in future.

Dec 15, 2016
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psoriasaurus from England

4.03/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Jul 07, 2016
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Gambyt20 from Illinois

4.74/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Jun 29, 2016
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thatoneguymike from Georgia

4.93/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

May 04, 2016
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Monkeyknife from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Mar 30, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

10/27/17 since my original review, I've probably gone to The Beer Temple 10 times. All good.
But it is time for everyone to update the reviews because 7 weeks ago, Beer Temple moved across the alley to their combined taproom and bottleshop. The taproom is very well done, pleasant. It has at least two dozen beers and ciders on tap and many more in bottles ("The Beer Bible" is the list.) Almost everything else below holds the same. But you should visit the taproom.

original review from 3/23/16
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. (The store needs 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.

Mar 25, 2016
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pagriley from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Feb 20, 2016
The Beer Temple in Chicago, IL
Place rating: 4.77 out of 5 with 183 ratings