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SHANDY SPECIALS

What's the difference between a radler and a shandy? Nothing really, it just depends if you're English (shandy) or German (radler). This classic combination of beer and fruit juice (or fruit soda) has the low alcohol and refreshing flavors to form the perfect sipper for hot summer months. The style dates back centuries in Germany. Though they didn't invent the shandy, Leinenkugel's deserves credit for shining the spotlight on the style here in the US. A while back, Austrian brewery Stiegl made the lone radler on our shelves, a tasty but unappreciated mix of beer and lemon that earned little hype for over ten years. Fast forward to today, when dozens of shandies line our shelves.

Since August is the hottest month, and radlers are just about the most refreshing beer style we can think of, we're featuring a ton of them in our Stupendous Shandy Sale (also known as the August Beer Sale). Some of our favorites:


Stiegl Grapefruit Radler

Stiegl Grapefruit Radler
4pk cans
reg. $7.99 ... w/Binny's Card
Stiegl has done more for Radler's reputation than any other, with the possible exception of Leinekugel's Summer Shandy. A four pack of tallboys stay economical every day, especially compared to the 15.99 six pack of their aforementioned Lemon Radler. There's a reason this is the go-to shandy at every single bar in the city of Chicago.



Sixpoint Rad
Sixpoint Rad
4pk cans
reg. $8.99 ... w/Binny's Card
This is a surprisingly big shandy for its light 3.2% ABV. Citrus fruit is front and center with a refreshingly sour twist. The sourness doesn't take away from its crushability. Highly recommended in the place of your favorite sports drink after a long bike ride.



Point Coast Radler
Point Coast Radler
6pk bottles
reg. $7.99 ... w/Binny's Card
On the soda end of the radler spectrum, with Point Special Lager as a base. Point goes beyond the usual lemon and grapefruit we see in the style and adds lime to the mix, giving Coast an extra refreshing bite. Point earns little fanfare but makes remarkably consistent craft beers that are always reasonably priced.



Potosi Steamboat Shandy
Potosi Steamboat Shandy
6pk bottles
reg. $8.99 ... w/Binny's Card
The good people at Potosi are so passionate about beer that they were chosen to host the National Brewery Museum - even over powerhouse beer cities such as Milwaukee and St. Louis. Their passion shows in Steamboat Shandy, a 4.5% ABV golden ale brewed with 100% real lemon juice. Potosi says they "bet you can't drink just one."



Schofferhofer Grapefruit
Schofferhofer Grapefruit
4pk cans
reg. $6.99 ... w/Binny's Card
A combination of the classic Schofferhofer Hefeweizen plus grapefruit juice. Instead of the usual lager or Pilsner base, the wheat beer base of Schofferhofer gives creamier body and slightly less carbonation, meaning this drinks more like fruit juice and less like a soda.





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Did we mention the Binny's August Beer Sale? With special prices throughout the beer aisle, you're going to want to see it for yourself. A few highlights:

Revolution Rosa
Revolution Rosa
6pk cans
reg. $9.99 ... w/Binny's Card
Get it before it's gone! Rosa is one of our favorite summer seasonals. This crushable summer sipper is a light ale flavored (and empinkened) by hibiscus. The also-delicious fall seasonal from Revolution - that's their Oktoberfest - should be here any day.



Breckenridge Agave Wheat
6pk bottles
reg. $8.99 ... w/Binny's Card
Agave Wheat isn't just a great summer beer (that happens to be available year round). It's also the perfect sidecar to a margarita. Breckenridge has been around for a long time, meaning they've earned their spot on our shelves through the fine art of brewing balanced, approachable craft beer for decades.


Deschutes Variety
Deschutes Variety
12pk bottles
reg. $15.99 ... w/Binny's Card
Back in November of 2012, we called Deschutes "the biggest thing to hit the Chicago craft beer scene." We stand by that remark. Need proof? This variety pack is the perfect opportunity. Your tongues can't repel flavor of this magnitude. With six awesome everyday beers, this might be the best variety pack in our stores. Plus an extra buck off sure can't hurt.



Palm Ale
6pk bottles
reg. $9.99 ... w/Binny's Card
One of Belgium's most popular brews is finally available in Chicago. Palm is light, fruity and quenching, making it the classic Belgian Amber Ale. This one is still in limited availability right now, so if you don't see it at your favorite Binny's, mention it. If we don't have it on hand, we're sure to have something you'll love. Also, watch for it in the Binny's Craft Your Own Six Pack rack.


Ommegang Cooperstown Ale
Ommegang Cooperstown Ale
4pk bottles
reg. $8.99 ... w/Binny's Card
Celebrating Frank Thomas's induction to the hall of fame may be appropriate with a Big Hurt Beer. But if you're like us and root for both sides of town, Cooperstown Ale is the perfect toast of the careers to Frank Thomas and Greg Maddux alike.



Green Flash Hop Head Red
4pk bottles
reg. $9.49 ... w/Binny's Card
Green Flash is pure West Coast hop overload. Love hops and nothing else? Reach for a Green Flash. For example, try Hop Head Red. Billed as a red ale, this beer has more hops than beers other breweries regularly pass off as "IPA."



Goose Island Matilda
Goose Island Matilda
4pk bottles
reg. $10.99 ... w/Binny's Card
Matilda, plus Pere Jacques and Sofie all on sale? Stock up on these vintage ales in classic Belgian styles done the Chicago way. That means thorough, and well, and plentiful. How important is Matilda? Goose Island built a row of outdoor fermenters that exist exclusively to make this classic, brett-infused Belgian pale.



Arcadia Rapunzel
6pk bottles
reg. $9.99 ... w/Binny's Card
A long time Arcadia taproom favorite is now in bottles for the first time. Rapunzel is their take on the ever popular hoppy wheat style, and it's all about balance. Not so hoppy that you can't taste the wheat, not to wheaty that you can't taste the hops.



*Prices are valid with your Binny's card through 9/2/14.





Beer Events


Seattle Cider Launch

August 14, 6:00 pm
Lincoln Park Tasting Room
We're kicking off the arrival of Seattle Cider here in Chicago with Founder and Cidermaster Joel Vandenbrink, and he's bringing some great cider with him. We'll have their two everyday offerings - their Dry and Semi Sweet - in cans, plus seasonal and specialty ciders on tap, including Pacific Northwest Berry (made with locally grown raspberries, blueberries and blackberries), Three Pepper (featuring jalepeno, poblano and habanero peppers) and Pumpkin Spice (exactly what it sounds like).


Deschutes Woody Tapping
August 20, 6:00 pm
Lincoln Park Tasting Room
Deschutes, that wonderful brewery hailing from Bend, Oregon, is touring the country in style. And by in style, we mean in a crazy wooden camper trailer equipped with its own taproom. Follow their exploits on twitter. We have the chance to tap some great beer - along with everyday favorites, we're tapping five of their specialty and seaonal beers too. FIVE. Not only will this event feature great beer, but we're also working to get a food truck, too. What do you think would go well with Deschutes? We're thinking tacos....







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