Temperance Movement,
meet Temperance Beer.

We're proud to be Evanston's first craft brewery.
Evenfall Imperial Red Ale launches
March 27 at 4 PM in The Tap Room



tap room beer glassesBeer is our muse. It’s how we express who we are and what we’re about. For us, fun is teasing out a bit of the unexpected—in ingredients, form and flavors. Some of them you’ll love, some you’ll like. But all, you’ll remember.

At least that’s the goal: We make the beer; you make the memories.


American IPA (6.2% ABV)

Sometimes you want to go it alone. But beer is better with a friend or two. We got together with Union & Space for an Evanston-only release that celebrates spontaneity, creativity, and fun with friends.

A Threeway is only available at the Tap Room, Union, and Space.


ESB (5.8% ABV)

An unreal Extra Special Bitter brewed with refined English malts then bastardized with brazen American hops for celebrating a neighborhood that doesn’t exist.

Restless Years

Rye Pale Ale (5.8% ABV)

This crisp pale ale spices things up with rye in the mash. Dry-hopping lends a refreshing tropical aroma. The unexpected spicy finish lingers like a favorite memory. It will turn your restless nights to restless years.

Root Down

Robust Porter (5.2% ABV)

We all have a history—roots. It’s great to embrace the past, but you can’t live there. Smooth and endlessly drinkable, this robust porter, brewed with chicory and licorice and tinged with a touch of smoked malt, reinterprets its roots.


English IPA (6.6% ABV)

You get into the sold-out show without a ticket. You don’t have to shout for people to listen. Our IPA may be late to the party, but it will be closing the place down. You’ll remember Gatecrasher for its flavor, not bitterness.

Smittytown Tart

ESB with Balaton Cherries (6.5% ABV)

Smittytown has a visitor, but she’s not staying long. We lay our ESB down with Balaton tart cherries, giving Smittytown a reddish hue and slight pucker. Raise a glass of this transient beer now and toast the opportunities you don’t pass up, because she won’t be back for another year.


India Black Ale (6.0% ABV)

Days shorten and cold permeates everything, but the darkest time of the year also offers its treasures. Take Freedive, our India Black Ale. Freedive’s midnight color and roasty malt character belie its piney hop aroma, creating an unexpected combination. Freedive is a beer for winter, and like the snow and solitude, it will be gone before you realize.

Coming Soon: Evenfall Imperial Red Ale (March 27), Might Meets Right Imperial Stout with Coffee (April)

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About Us

It’s taken almost one hundred years, but Evanston can once again call itself home to a Temperance movement. But this time there’s beer. In fact, this one is all about the beer. Aside from that tiny detail, Temperance has always been about making life better in ways big and small. We think that’s a worthy goal, and one that only comes about by being open to the possibilities. It’s something we think about with the beers we brew and the things we do. (And when you join us, you will too.)

Welcome to a new Temperance movement.

Temperance Beer Company.


Josh Gilbert


You may not think the journey from architect to brewery founder would be a straight line, but it made perfect sense to Josh. Tired of never-ending projects, real estate bubbles, and low pay, he traded in his blueprints for never-ending recipe conversations, intoxicating bubbles, and low pay. Josh dreamed of brewing his own beer since college but somehow never found the time (until the housing market made time). He enjoys life best when sharing what he enjoys best in life, whether seasonal mixtapes, charcuterie, mixed drinks, or now beer. And Evanston, the city where Josh grew up, was an ideal place to launch a new kind of Temperance Movement. Yes, one with beer.





Claudia Jendron


Claudia gave up living on the beach as a marine biologist to chase her love of beer. Like her grandfather before her, Claudia started as a home brewer, so technically beer is in her genes. And these days it’s in her hair, clothes, boots (you get the picture). After leaving marine biology, Claudia brought her knowledge of South Carolina tidal inlets, oysters, and sturgeon to Goose Island, where she got her start in commercial brewing, barrel-filling, and cellaring. Countless 14-hour days later, Claudia is running brewery operations at Temperance. In developing our beers, her goal is to explore the possibilities and potential of each hop variety, yeast strain, malt, and unexpected additions to make each time out with Temperance beer one you’ll remember and appreciate.


The Tap Room

The Tap Room is Open

Our tap room is a place where everyone can feel comfortable to enjoy our beer at its freshest. Most of our beer is available in flights of 4 ounce tasters, half pints, and pints. Some are only available in 4 ounce or 10 ounce servings. We sell 64 ounce growlers as well. You can bring them back into the tap room to be refilled. Please clean thoroughly!

We are not a brewpub, so food is  limited, but you are welcome to bring your own food (BYOF) or order in. We have menus from local restaurants behind the bar.

Kids are welcome, though at a certain point in the evening, it won’t make sense for them to be out at a tap room.

We are located at 2000 Dempster St in Evanston, which is about a block west of Dodge on the south side of Dempster. It’s a little tricky finding us, especially in the dark. So there’s a little map below showing where you turn off Dempster into our lot.


Tap Room Hours

  • Monday – Closed for private events
  • Tuesday – Closed for private events
  • Wednesday – 4:00P – 10:00P
  • Thursday – 4:00P – 10:00P
  • Friday - 4:00P – 11:00P
  • Saturday - 4:00P – 11:00P
  • Sunday – Noon – 6:00P

Our hours should remain the same until the weather warms and our beer garden opens.


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Temperance Beer Company
2000 Dempster Street
Evanston, Illinois 60202
(847) 864-1000

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