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The Beer TempleThe Beer Temple

Type: Store

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

(773) 754-0907 | map

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Added by MasterSki on 01-01-2013

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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 165
Reviews by emerge077:
Photo of emerge077
4.9/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

The Beer Temple just opened in Avondale, and it's exactly what the neighborhood needed. For some reason this part of town has been lacking a good beer store, but not anymore...

From the second you walk in, attention to detail is clearly important here. All beer is marked with a received/bottled on/best by date. Front windows are UV-film coated to protect from sunlight, also something rarely seen in retail stores. You won't find another store in Chicago as devoted to fresh beer.

Service is absolutely top notch... they host free daily tastings (in stemmed glassware no less) and the owners are full of endless beer (and wine) knowledge. On opening day they had some extremely hard to find beers from their personal stash open for tasting. Pricing is very fair and competitive, a refreshing change from other gouge-happy shops around town. It's clear the owners are a part of the craft beer community, they are extremely invested and put their heart and soul into it.

There's a broad mix of American craft and imports alike on the shelves. Currently there are two large islands in the middle of the store, two wall shelving areas, and a long cooler past the counter (2 coolers now, mid-2013). The store is super clean and easy to navigate, and the counter is even custom made from Bourbon County barrels.

On opening day there were plenty of interesting things to be had: Pipeworks Coffee Break Abduction, Deschutes Hop Henge IPA, Goose Island Big John and BCS Coffee, 50/50 Eclipse varieties, and many more. Overall selection is well rounded, with full lines from US brewers like Founders, Victory, DFH, Stone, Ommegang, Jolly Pumpkin, GLBC, Sixpoint, Port, Lost Abbey, O'so, Dark Horse, Central Waters, Metropolitan (only 1-2 weeks old), and more from Pipeworks, FFF, Rev, Green Flash, Firestone Walker, Deschutes, etc. Great selection of Belgian imports including traditional lambics and Flemish ales (Rodenbach x3, Lambickx, Timmermans Oude Gueuze, Tilquin, Drie Fonteinen, Oud Beersel, Girardin), Trappist styles (Orval, Achel, Rochefort, La Trappe, St. Bernardus), several obscure Saisons like Cazeau, Pipaix, Feullien, Fantome, Perennial Saison De Lis, and Avec Le Bon Voux. Scandinavian, British, and German beers on the back island and in the coolers, including varieties of JW Lee's Harvest and Ola Dubh. Tried & true German staples like Ayinger, Weihenstephaner, and 1809 at peak freshness. Brand new imports from To Øl, Evil Twin, and Haandbryggeriet.

They are in the process of expanding the selection all the time, huge potential here... I'll be checking back regularly to see what's new and fresh on the shelves.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of psoriasaurus
4.03/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Gambyt20
4.57/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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

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

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