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Binny’s and Goose Island Celebrate Chicago Craft Beer WeekGoose Island Tap Takeover - Featuring Bourbon County Stout

Thirsty for Bourbon County? Black Friday is about six months away, so save what’s in your cellar, we’re dipping into ours to celebrate #CCBW17. Join us for an epic Goose Island tap takeover and meet the brewer behind My Shout. Goose Island brewer (and former Binny’s employee) Austin Niestrom will share samples of his delicious creation. Our epic tap list includes: 2016 BCS, 2016 Proprietors BCS and Bourbon County Barleywine from 2013, 14 and 15. Four Star Pils, Old Man Grumpy and My Shout will also be on tap.


G'Day From GooseAn Aussie Classic Reborn

My Shout is Goose Island’s take on an Australian Sparkling Ale, an obscure yet uniquely Australian beer style that showcases a famously estery strain of yeast. “My Shout” is an Australian way of saying it’s my turn to buy the next round of beers, and after a taste of this crisp and quaffable ale; we’d gladly go for another round. Don’t just take our word for it; stop by your local Binny’s this Saturday between noon and 3 pm and taste My Shout alongside some other refreshing Goose Island brews!


Goose Island My Shout
Goose Island My Shout
Goose Island My Shout6 Pack of 12oz Bottles ...

The nose is mouthwateringly aromatic with notes of juicy peaches and pears. An initial burst of husky grain gives way to plenty of apricot and nectarine, with kick of spicy and earthy hops rounding out the finish. *Not Available in Champaign.


Chicago Craft Beer MonthPale Ale All-Stars

In the world of craft, India Pale Ale might still be king, but the American pale ale is making a much-deserved comeback. Chicago has embraced this refreshingly satisfying style with open arms. Here are a few of our favorite examples.


Pipeworks Lizard King
Pipeworks Lizard King
Pipeworks Lizard King4 Pack of 16oz Cans ...

Lizard King showcases the Mosaic hop in all its glory. Light, tropical and citrusy, Lizard King packs a lot of hop flavor into each sip. Grapefruit, passionfruit and pine shine on both the nose and the finish. A refreshing and dependable APA that keeps our mojo risin’.


Revolution Fist City
Revolution Fist City
Revolution Fist City6 Pack of 12oz Cans ...

Watching the game this weekend? No matter what hometown team you’re cheering for, this bright “Chicago Pale Ale” is an aromatic and easy drinking crowd pleaser. Citra hops impart their famous tropical flavor and aroma, while red wheat provides a nice soft mouthfeel and finish.


Maplewood Charlatan
Maplewood Charlatan
Maplewood Charlatan4 Pack of 16oz Cans ...

We were first introduced to the Charlatan in 22oz bottles, and ever since he made his way into four packs, he’s been flying off our shelves. A solid combination of Warrior, Centennial, Simcoe and Citra hops deliver loads of juicy citrus and tropical flavor, with a soft and somewhat restrained bitterness on the finish.


Half Acre Tuna
Half Acre Tuna
Half Acre Tuna4 Pack of 16oz Cans ...

Meet the latest edition to Half Acre’s year-round lineup of beers. This light and sessionable extra pale ale is loaded with tropical fruit flavor. Fresh cut guava and papaya on the nose complements a light and citrusy palate, leading into a crisp passion fruit finish. It’s hard to believe all the amazing fruit flavors packed into this beer are the product of hops alone. Hats off to Half Acre; this one’s a real catch.


Brickstone Galaxy Down Under
Brickstone Galaxy Down Under
Brickstone Galaxy Down Under6 Pack of 12oz Cans ...

When we think of great pale ales from Illinois, Brickstone APA is always near the top of our list. Since we’ve already sung its praises on so many different occasions, we thought we’d point out another delicious pale ale from Brickstone. Galaxy Down Under takes its name from the Australian hop variety Galaxy, which is famous for imparting tropical flavors and aromas. Crisp and tangy, this refreshing pale offers plenty of citrus and passionfruit as well as a touch of honeydew melon. Another solid brew from the folks down in Bourbonnais.


Around The Bend and AleSmithForge A Beautiful New Brew

Excellent. Superb. World Class. It’s hard to overstate the extent of quality beers produced at San Diego’s AleSmith Brewing Company. Chicago’s Around The Bend has joined forces with this venerated craft brewer for a collaborative take on a Scottish classic.


Around The Bend Wee Heavy collaboration with AleSmith
Around The Bend Wee Heavy collaboration with AleSmith
Around The Bend Wee Heavy collaboration with AleSmith4 Pack of 12oz Cans ...

Like AleSmith’s award winning Wee Heavy, this artfully designed ale is brimming with decadent malt complexity. A special combination of yeasts imparts some lovely fruity esters reminiscent of raisings and figs. Rich toffee and caramel glide across the palate with hints poached plums and roasted walnuts giving way to a rich smoke kissed finish. A dessert in and of itself, serve this after dinner with a nice salty Stilton and some sliced Anjou pears. *Not Available in Champaign or Bloomington.


Short's Anni Ale 13irteen

In 2004, with the help of friends and volunteers, Joe Short transformed an old hardware store into a cozy little brew pub with a seven barrel brew house. From these humble beginnings Short’s has grown by leaps and bounds, with distribution now reaching outside the state of Michigan. Anni Ale 13irteen is a deliciously fruity sour that commemorates thirteen years of brewing in Bellaire.


Short's Anni Ale 13irteen
Short's Anni Ale 13irteen
Short's Anni Ale 13irteen6 Pack of 12oz Bottles ...

An unassuming little purple berry is the magical ingredient in this solid sour from Short’s. Blackcurrents have long been popular in Europe, but thanks to a half century long federal ban on blackcurrant cultivation, most Americans remain unfamiliar with these tantalizingly tart treasures. Ruby in color, the nose is fruity and earthy with notes of citrus and blackberry. Dry hopping adds rosemary like herbaceousness to both the nose and the finish. As it warms closer to room temperature, this unique sour really opens up, with tangy blackcurrant taking center stage.


Looking For Something Sessionable?Reach For These Radlers

Similar to Shandies, Radlers combine beer and citrusy soda into one thirst quenching and low alcohol beverage. This combination takes its name from German cyclists who championed the beverage in the 1920s. Once a lesser known German specialty, Radlers have become a popular refresher that’s especially well-suited for the warmer months. Here are a few of our favorites.


Stiegl Zitrone Lemon Radler
Stiegl Zitrone Lemon Radler
Stiegl Zitrone Lemon Radler4 Pack of 16.9oz Cans ...

Austria’s Stiegl was one of the first breweries to introduce radler to the Chicago market, and they continue to be one of the most recognizable producers. Their Grapefruit Radler is also popular as a cocktail mixer that pairs especially well with gin and tequila. Zitrone combines Stiegl’s Goldbrau and lemon soda into one bright and tangy treat. *Not Available in Champaign or Bloomington.


Schofferhofer Grapefruit
Schofferhofer Grapefruit
Schofferhofer Grapefruit12 Pack of 11.2oz Cans ...

Schofferhofer mixes grapefruit juice and hefeweizen in this deliciously drinkable Radler. Wonderfully aromatic and juicy, enjoy this Radler on its own or try adding some to your next batch of sangria. Available for the first time in 12 pack cans!


Boulevard Ginger Lemon Radler
Boulevard Ginger Lemon Radler
Boulevard Ginger Lemon Radler15 Pack of 12oz Cans ...

American craft brewers are starting to experiment with the radler style and Boulevard’s Ginger Lemon radler is not to be missed. At 4.1% ABV, Boulevard’s Radler is nearly twice as strong as many of its imported counterparts, but compared to one of Boulevard’s Smokestack brews, it’s plenty sessionable! Ginger adds a subtle hint of spice for a nice snappy finish. *Not Available in Champaign.


Chicago Craft Beer MONTH!Hoppy Favorites

For brewers, lagers are a labor of love. As much as brewing is an art, it’s also a science, and producing a clean and satisfying lager is no easy task. Crucial to their success is the period of cold conditioning, or lagering, from which they take their name. Interest in quality lagers continues to grow, and we’re happy to report, there are breweries right here in Chicago producing some world class examples.


Revolution Rev Pils
Revolution Rev Pils
Revolution Rev Pils6 Pack of 12oz Cans ...

Thanks to generous dry hopping, the nose on Rev Pils is fresh, grassy and and herbaceous. Light in body, it’s incredibly clean with a pronounced bitter finish. A traditional pils tweaked to satisfy an American taste for hops.


Metropolitan Magnetron
Metropolitan Magnetron
Metropolitan Magnetron6 Pack of 12oz Bottles ...

Originally brewed as a seasonal, Metropolitan’s German-style Schwarzbier Magnetron became such a fan favorite that they decided to brew it year-round. Jet black in color, this lager is deceptively light in body with roasty and chocolaty malt flavors culminating in a wonderfully balanced finish. We’re not the only ones who admire this impeccably brewed Schwarz; it recently received International recognition, taking home silver at the 2016 World Beer Cup!


Lagunitas Pils
Lagunitas Pils
Lagunitas Pils6 Pack of 12oz Bottles ...

Lagunitas Pils is a nod to the classic Czech version of the style that juxtaposes sweet malt with noble Saaz hops. Lagunitas’ love for hops shines through as this is plenty hoppy, but it still maintains its balance.


Baderbrau Lawnmower Lager
Baderbrau Lawnmower Lager
Baderbrau Lawnmower Lager6 Pack of 12oz Cans ...

Every drop of Baderbrau is once again brewed right here in Chicago, and their summer seasonal is back and it’s better than ever! Lawnmower Lager is an IPL (India Pale Lager), so hops play a prominent role. They’ve dialed back the bitterness just a tad, focusing instead on a vibrant delivery of juicy hop aroma and flavor. *Not Available in Champaign or Bloomington.


Half Acre Pony Pilsner
Half Acre Pony Pilsner
Half Acre Pony Pilsner4 Pack of 16oz Cans ...

Half Acre’s Pony Pilsner is an interesting take on the style. It begins with soft, sweet maltiness that is reminiscent of a Czech Pilsner or perhaps even a German Helles. Midpalate a hint of graininess and earthy spice gives way to a big and lasting noble hop finish.


The Dark One Draws Near

Savor Something Sour from Boulevard

As we’ve mentioned in the past, Boulevard knows a thing or two when it comes to barrel aging tart and sour beers. From their funky Saison Brett to their beguilingly piquant Love Child, Boulevard manages to artfully coax all manner of microbes into producing some award-winning brews. Turns out they’re pretty darn good at kettle souring as well. To some, kettle-sour is a dirty word, because when executed poorly they can feature some horrific off flavors. Boulevard proves that when done well, you can produce refreshingly satisfying sours at amazingly affordable prices.


Boulevard Show Me Sour
Boulevard Show Me Sour
Boulevard Show Me Sour6 Pack of 12oz Bottles ...

Initially a collaborative effort between Boulevard and Side Project Brewing back in 2015, Show Me Sour combines kettle souring with barrel aging for a uniquely complex and tongue tickling sour. Bright lactic acidity butts heads with caramel malt sweetness, with wisps of vanilla and sweet spice giving way to blackberry and plum. An amazing depth of flavor for a beer that clocks in at 4.3% ABV.


Boulevard Hibiscus Gose
Boulevard Hibiscus Gose
Boulevard Hibiscus Gose6 Pack of 12oz Bottles ...

Gose, pronounced “Go-zuh”, is an obscure German beer style that was all but lost until American craft brewers breathed new life into it. The oddest, and arguably defining characteristic of Gose, is that it’s brewed with salt. Perhaps one of the most divisive beer styles on the shelf, some lesser examples call to mind descriptors like sweaty socks and seawater. Rest assured, a well-made Gose is a beautiful thing, and Boulevard’s fruity and floral Hibiscus Gose is one of our favorites.


12 Beers12 BucksAnd a bag of chips to boot!
Goose Island Summer Session Variety Pack
Goose Island Summer Session Variety Pack
Goose Island Summer Session Variety Pack12 Pack of 12oz Bottles ...

Fill up the cooler, fire up the barbeque and grab some dip. Summer is just around the corner, and Goose Island’s new Summer Session Variety Pack makes the perfect welcoming gift. This popular new variety pack is filled with four different refreshingly drinkable crowd pleasers. Goose Island’s iconic IPA and Four Star Pils showcase snappy hop aromas and flavors, while 312 and Summertime’s soft and fruity flavors are a perfect match for food fresh off the grill.

CHIP PROMO NOT VALID IN CHAMPAIGN OR BLOOMINGTON. PRICE $14.99 IN CHAMPAIGN.
12 Beers12 BucksAnd a bag of chips to boot!

Welcome to Utah

In 1993 Uinta brewed its first batch of beer on a fifteen barrel system inside a former auto repair garage. Twenty-Four years and several expansions later, they’ve developed a world class lineup of ales and lagers. Uinta takes its name from the Uinta Mountains, the only mountain range in the Continental US that runs from East to West. Inspired by the grandeur of this surrounding natural beauty, many Uinta beers pay homage to outdoor exploration. We’re excited to celebrate the arrival of two refreshing new brews from Uinta, alongside a pair of tried and true favorites.


Uinta Golden Ale
Uinta Golden Ale
Uinta Golden Ale6 Pack of 12oz Cans ...

There are five National Parks within five miles of Uinta Brewing Company. In an effort to raise awareness of these national treasures, Uinta created the Golden Ale Park Series. Rotating can artwork celebrates iconic scenes from parks all across the US. Inside each can you’ll find a clean, balanced and approachable Golden Ale. Highly drinkable and satisfying, this crowd pleaser is perfect for packing your summer coolers. *Not Available in Champaign.


Uinta Lime Pilsner
Uinta Lime Pilsner
Uinta Lime Pilsner6 Pack of 12oz Cans ...

Just in time for warmer weather, this crisp new pilsner from Uinta begs to be drank in the sunshine. Enjoy a wedge of lime in your beer? Leave the knife and fruit at home, this is ready to go, right out of the can. Give this try with some spicy fish tacos or jerk chicken.


Uinta Hop Nosh
Uinta Hop Nosh
Uinta Hop Nosh6 Pack of 12oz Cans ...

This flagship IPA helped Uinta make a name for themselves. Hop Nosh was ahead of its time, showcasing loads of juicy hop aromatics. Citrusy, piney and a touch tropical – an iconic American IPA that continues to stand the test of time. *Not Available in Champaign.


Uinta Baba Black Lager
Uinta Baba Black Lager
Uinta Baba Black Lager6 Pack of 12oz Cans ...

Schwarzbier (German Black Beer) is liquid proof that looks can be deceiving. While it pours jet black in color, Baba is actually refreshingly light in body. Dark roasted malts provide notes of dark chocolate, coffee and a wisp of smoke. If you’re looking for something sessionable, this 4% ABV black lager is a great change of pace. *Not Available in Champaign.


Chicago Craft Beer MONTH!Hoppy Favorites

It’s that time of year again, Chicago Craft Beer Week starts Thursday, May 18th! In honor of this celebration of craft beer, we’re raising a glass to our local craft brewers. Our May beer sale features hundreds of beers from the Land of Lincoln. Of all the beer varieties on the market today, IPA remains our most requested style. Here are a few of our local favorites.


BuckleDown Clencher
BuckleDown Clencher
BuckleDown Clencher6 Pack of 12oz Cans ...

Clencher is a big, yet balanced, DIPA whose liberal use of Citra hops imparts loads of grapefruit, tangerine and passion fruit flavors. Bitterness is present, but restrained, making this a juicy and drinkable DIPA.


Around The Bend Villainous
Around The Bend Villainous
Around The Bend Villainous6 Pack of 12oz Cans ...

Around the Bend’s Villainous IPA is a stand out amidst the sea of IPAs on the market today. The addition of wheat provides some depth to the mouthfeel, while a touch of caramel malt imparts a lovely amber hue and a wisp of sweetness. A unique blend of yeasts (two British, two American) adds some fruity and earthy esters to the mix, which complement a tropical and citrusy hop bill. *Not Available in Champaign or Bloomington.


Solemn Oath Snaggletooth Bandana
Solemn Oath Snaggletooth Bandana
Solemn Oath Snaggletooth Bandana6 Pack of 12oz Cans ...

Solemn’s Snaggletooth Bandana achieves a solid equilibrium between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Bursting with the aromas of mango, pineapple and tangerine, this suburban favorite is a refreshingly easy to drink IPA. *Not Available in Bloomington.


Pollyanna Lexical Gap
Pollyanna Lexical Gap
Pollyanna Lexical Gap4 Pack of 16oz Cans ...

Pollyanna’s Lexical Gap lets the hops do the talking. At 7.3% ABV and 85 IBUs it’s sneaking close to DIPA territory, with citra, centennial, simcoe and columbus imparting a nice mixture of flavors and aromas. The nose is woodsy and resinous, while a sharp clean malt bill allows notes of grapefruit, tangerine and passionfruit to shine.


Two Brothers 20th Anniversary
Two Brothers 20th Anniversary
Two Brothers 20th Anniversary6 Pack of 12oz Cans ...

A big anniversary calls for a big beer and this double IPA delivers. Brewed with Experimental Hop 06277 now known as Denali, both the nose and palate are intensely piney and tropical. This imperial IPA is so well balanced that its abv is hardly noticeable. A great DIPA and a tremendous value.


An Enchanting New SourFrom Boulevard

Boulevard’s Smokestack Series continues to deliver world class beers at exceptionally affordable prices. This KC craft veteran is not new to the barrel aged game and they’ve built up some tremendous stocks of sour and funkified beer. Judicious blending is key when it comes to balancing acidity and building nuanced complexity - Changeling is liquid proof.


Boulevard Changeling
Boulevard Changeling
Boulevard Changeling25.4oz Bottle ...

Changeling is built from a blend of five different barrel aged beers. The lion's share is Snow and Tell, half of which was aged in whiskey barrels, the other half wine. Brettanomyces and lactobacillus went to work breaking down this rich scotch ale, leaving plenty of bright acidity and some pleasantly earthy funk. Bold fruity notes reminiscent of cherry and plum eventually give way to a soft and spicy finish. When all is said and done, you’re left with an ale that rivals the best Oud Bruins that Flanders has to offer. Changeling won’t stick around forever, so grab some before it’s replaced. *Not Available in Bloomington.


Celebrate Cinco

Guavas are native to Mexico, and Mexican culinary culture is laden with unique uses for these tantalizing treasures. From agua frescas to chamoyadas, pulque to palatas - guavas impart a beguiling mixture of flavors and aromas to everything they touch. American craft brewers took notice and have created some remarkably food-friendly refreshers. Pick up some of these tropical treats for your Cinco de Mayo celebration!

 

5 Rabbit Paletas Guayaba
5 Rabbit Paletas Guayaba
5 Rabbit Paletas Guayaba4 Pack of 16oz Cans ...

This summertime favorite from 5 Rabbit returns and for the first time in cans! Inspired by delicious guava paletas (popsicles), it pours a stunning pink color and combines a soft creamy mouthfeel with tangy fruitiness. If you’re looking to explore the tart and sour side of beer, this guava spiked wheat packs some mouthwatering acidity, yet finishes clean with a touch of spice. *Coming soon to Champaign or Bloomington.


4 Hands Guava King
4 Hands Guava King
4 Hands Guava King4 Pack of 16oz Cans ...

Like Five Rabbit, 4 Hands Guava King combines guava with a light and refreshing wheat ale. The nose on this beer is regal indeed, perfectly capturing the aroma of freshly sliced guava. Soft and sessionable, this is a great summer crusher.


Coronado Guava Islander
Coronado Guava Islander
Coronado Guava Islander6 Pack of 12oz Cans ...

Coronado’s Island IPA is a classic west coast IPA that showcases three legendary American hops: columbus, centennial and chinook. Coronado added some fresh guava puree, left it unfiltered, and Guava Islander was born. Fruity, floral and citrusy - the guava compliments the hops without drowning them out. Another delicious beer from Coronado.


Kona Hanalei
Kona Hanalei
Kona Hanalei6 Pack of 12oz Cans ...

Kona’s latest IPA is built around a combination of island juices beloved by locals and tourists alike. Passionfruit, orange and guava juice are paired with Azacca and Galaxy hops in this refreshingly sessionable IPA. This uniquely vibrant IPA is a must try with your favorite spicy Mexican dish.


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