The Beer Cellar

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Type: Store

488 Crescent Blvd
Glen Ellyn, Illinois, 60137
United States

(630) 315-5060 | map
beercellarchicago.com

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Added by jrman1386 on 01-09-2014

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13
Ratings:
42
pDev:
6.64%
 
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4.18/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of michaelsmith11
4.76/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

What an awesome store. So many good beers to choose from. Lots of hard to find beers. They seem to get beers before a lot of other stores. Everyone that works there is so knowledgeable about beer. They even have some taps so you can try what they have.

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4.86/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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4.35/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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4.86/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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4.28/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I live here so go there all the time. Dave is very knowledgable about beer and gives me advice on beers. he knows what I like and points me to those . great local selection as well. he has a point system for us regulars it pays off.store is too small for what he is trying to do, and so I hope he expands. but keep it in glen Ellyn! a must visit.

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4.87/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

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4.34/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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4.36/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75

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4.9/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

This is what a craft beer store should be, notice I said craft beer and not liquor store. Every other store in the area has the mindset of liquor and cheap beer first, craft beer second(most would probably even throw cigarettes and hookah supplies in before good beer).

You aren't going to find any sub 80 rated beers in here(old, better rating system, God only knows now). And you're likely to find something in there to try that, unless you trade, you won't try anywhere else. In the last couple months, Dave has tasted out Other Half, Toppling Goliath, 18th St, De Garde, Jackie O's, etc... At most you'd be lucky if your average middle-eastern mini-mart opened up a Miller Fortune for tasting...

One of the few places in the suburbs that gets Pipeworks special releases, Transient beers, and other low limited locals. And if you're unsure on what you're looking for, just ask Dave, he will point you in the direction your palate is looking for immediately without stumbling over himself on styles.

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4.9/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Great place for craft beer. Dave's a good guy..always personable and willing to chat. Seems to always be tasting something.

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5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Great place to go and buy craft beer. Dave is very knowledgeable of what he sella and won't stear you wrong.

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5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.67/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.47/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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4.52/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +1.7%

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5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

2017: Beer Cellar recently moved to a larger space with an expanded selection and 8-9 drafts. US craft is still the main focus, but they did have a handful of imports and some lambic. One of the few sources for Afterthought beers, and new arrivals are posted regularly on social media. Much improved from a few years ago.

2014: 3.83 (534B Crescent location)
Stopped in over the weekend to check it out based on all the high reviews.

There was a sandwich board on the street, which helped since the entrance seemed to be shared with another business. Down a flight of stairs, it was starting to feel like a speakeasy already. Once inside, it was basically a literal beer cellar. Racks full of beer in a basement.

Service was good, the clerk greeted everyone, and offered samples of a couple beers.

There was a focus on US craft, one rack was exclusively newer local breweries. Pipeworks, Begyle, Only Child, Lake Effect, Urban Legend, Flesk, etc. No Spiteful though. There was a standalone cooler that was only about half full with random beers.

The main shelf had a broader variety but still was mainly US craft. Didn't see any traditional lambics, though they listed Cuvée Rene, Hanssens, and Tilquin on beermenus. Noticed some Anderson Valley Gose and Troublesome, otherwise not many standout sour ales, which I was looking for. There were a few seasonal oktoberfests, noticed favorites from Victory and Ayinger. Otherwise the selection seemed fairly lean on the import side of things. Overall a nice shop with personal service, but not a huge selection.

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The Beer Cellar in Glen Ellyn, IL
Place rating: 4.67 out of 5 with 42 ratings