The Beer Cellar


12 Reviews

Type: Store

534B Crescent Blvd
Glen Ellyn, Illinois, 60137-4158
United States

(630) 315-5060 | map

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Added by jrman1386 on 01-09-2014

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Photo of laketang
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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 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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Photo of absoluthamm
4.9/5  rDev +13.7%
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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Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

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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Photo of Jd2391
4.9/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Small shop, but has all that you could want in craft beer. Best local place in my area and stop in at least once a week. Dave is very knowledgeable and just an overall great guy. He knows his beers and is easy to talk to. Recommend this place highly. Just can't say enough about how great this place is!

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Photo of jaqo4
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I heard about this place in one of my trading forums, so I had to stop by and take a look. As other's have said, the place is literally a cellar and you would miss it if you didn't know what you were looking for. Dave was great and had a really nice selection of things that would be sold out in a second at the larger stores in the area. I plan on stopping in on a regular basis to see what goodies I can find that I normally would not in the area!

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Photo of Grfilwett
4.87/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

The Beer Cellar is in the heart of downtown Glen Ellyn just across from the Metra line. Located down stairs, Dave, the owner, has a great selection of craft beer. He's very knowledgeable and does tastings pretty much daily of local brews and even some highly sought after brews. I have yet to walk out of there without buying something new and good!

Check this place out if your in the West burbs or driving through.

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Photo of 8bithops
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Good things come in small packages! Although located in just a few hundred sqft, The Beer Cellar prides itself on a very Illinois-centric collection and outstanding prices. Dave, the owner, is very active in the local beer scene and always happy to chat it up with fellow beer nerds. In addition, he does excellent tastings throughout the week of new local brews and hard-to-find bottles from all over the country (the day I arrived he was tasting out Chocolate Rain!).

If you live in the burbs, you owe it to yourself to stop in and check it out. Dave will recommend a beer for any palette and you won't leave empty handed. Truly a gem for Glen Ellyn and hopefully an indication of things to come for those outside the 312!

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Photo of krome
4.57/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

It is rather literally a "cellar" - located underground with the entrance to its stairwell near the Starbucks. The space has a vintage charm to it.

It is pretty small, so there is a definite limit to the variety/amount that can be stocked at any one time. But what is there is a great selection of harder to find stuff, all excellent representationsof the respective styles.

The woner is a hobbiest turned proprietor. Very friendly, very knowledgeable, very approachable. It will be a regular stop for me from here on out.

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Photo of impetigo
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

I stumbled across this place about 2 weeks ago-nice find! Imagine a place where a serious beer fan opens his own store (he hides rare beer around the store and if you find them you keep them-first time I was there it was Heady Topper which someone else found, I found an Oracle). This is not the sort of place you want to go to for a case of Miller Genuine Ultra Nothing-the selection is small but impressive I've never left empty handed (damn Pipeworks and Solemn Oath!). Great selection of Chicago area small brews.
Great atmosphere in the store-the owner generally has a couple bottles of something good open to try-he knows everything about every bottle on the shelf. My only complete is that I wish the store were bigger so he could carry more (and I didn't find that damn Heady Topper)!

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Photo of jrman1386
4.74/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Outstanding bottle shop. Not the biggest selection, but the selection there is all very good. I can see fans of any style finding a top notch beer to their liking on the shelf.

Dave, the owner, always has bottles of various styles open for sampling. It seems like it would be a fantastic place for a new beer geek to shop. Talking to Dave, he seems to have a focus on being a part of the beer community, not just a place to buy beer, and that's reflected in the way he runs his store.

The service is friendly, but doesn't feel like they're breathing down your neck, which is strange for such a small space.

I will be a regular here, there's no doubt. It's a fun place to hang out at geek out on beer, with a great selection, and good prices.

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Photo of ahbithwabm
5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The best craft beer shop in the area. Incredibly friendly and helpful. The selection is great even for being such a tiny place. Highly recommend! Always some fantastic local beers available.

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Photo of edmaher
4.64/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Dropped in on the first week open, and must say I am very happy to have this place so close to home. Picked up a bunch, including some Une Annee that I had been looking for all over. The owner, Dave, was very excited to talk beer and gave me some good recommendations. There was a good selection of barrel aged beers, and a lot of more local beers (Solemn Oath, etc.) that don't seem to pop up in Binny's or Malloy's nearby.

It is a small store, but it has a cool feel, and there is not a beer on the shelf that doesnt warrant some consideration. A lot of quality here, and I look forward to coming back on a regular basis.

Definitely recommend stopping in. As a believer in supporting local businesses, this is a place I am happy to spend my beer money.

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The Beer Cellar in Glen Ellyn, IL
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