The Beer Buzz
The Beer Buzz

Introducing the first new year-round beer from Revolution since their overwhelmingly successful can launch in October 2012. This is great news. Fist City is a refreshing and drinkable pale ale brewed as a love letter to Chicago.

Revolution calls it a “Chicago Pale Ale.” Some might call it an extra pale, or maybe a session IPA. We call it delicious and crushable and one of the most exciting new sessionable beers in a long time. 2 Row and red wheat plus some specialty malt provides a foundation for those popular C hops everybody loves: Cascade, Citra, Centennial and Crystal. It lands at a reasonable 5.5% ABV and packs as much character as our great city.

GET IT FIRST AT BINNY'S! We're thrilled to launch Fist City this Monday, April 20, at all Chicagoland area Binny's locations.


The first day of spring was some time last week, so of course now is the time for a flood of summer seasonal craft beer. Right? We're an easygoing bunch, so this list includes not just great summer seasonals, but also some everyday releases that just feel right this time of year. Watch for these great summer brews, available now or coming soon:

Goose Island Summer Ale Goose Island Summer Ale   ... 6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

This sessionable IPA from Goose Island makes summer that much better. Fresh and light, Summer Ale features Amarillo hops from Idaho's Elk Mountain Farms. If you liked last year's Endless IPA, you're going to love Summer Ale.

Shiner Prickly Pear Shiner Prickly Pear   ... 6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

This unique and new(ish) summer seasonal from Texas includes the sweet and tart twist provided by prickly pear fruit - think refreshing raspberry kiwi. You might remember Shiner's old summer seasonal, Ruby Redbird, a lager amped with grapefruit and ginger popular enough to work its way into year-round availability.

Bell's Oberon Bell's Oberon   ... 6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Everybody's favorite summer wheat is back, an annual reminder that everything is going to be okay. Spicy hops, mild fruit notes – but you already know this beer, right? Last year Bell's launched Oberon in 4 pack 16oz cans, a great value at 6.99. And by the way, Two Hearted in cans at $7.99 might be the greatest deal in the store.

Brooklyn Summer Ale Brooklyn Summer Ale 12 Pack of 12oz Cans Reg. $16.99   ... w/Binny's Card

We went ahead and listed the 12 packs here because you're going to want to stock up on this classic summer brew, especially as part of our April Beer Sale. Brooklyn always stays faithful to style – so much that they almost set the measuring stick. Their summer ale is a pounder, lightly malty, hoppy freshness but not bitter at all, endlessly quenching.

21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon   ... 6 Pack of 12oz Cans

Freshly arrived in town, and already topping our summer list. Nicknamed “summer in a can,” this watermelon wheat never approaches cloyingly sweet like some other fruit beers, instead offering a dewy freshness closer to cucumber than hard candy.

Sweetwater Blue Sweetwater Blue   ... 6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Another new kid in town, Sweetwater Blue is making a splash. Blonde ale with a big blueberry character on the nose, but more light-bodied, fresh blonde ale on the palate than anything else. It adds up to a surprisingly sessionable year-round blueberry brew.

Great Lakes Rye of the Tiger Great Lakes Rye of the Tiger   ... 6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Great Lakes spits in the eye of Reinheitsgebot traditionalists with a rye IPA racking up 7.5% ABV and hopped to 92 IBU with Columbus, Warrior and Simcoe hops. The rye malt adds even more crisp spice to the pine and citrus profile. Hunt this tiger. Also keep an eye out for Great Lakes The Wright Pils, a classic summer lager.

Summer List

Anderson Valley Summer Solstice
Anderson Valley The Kimmie The Yink and The Holy Gose
Astra Grapefruit Radler • Baderbrau Lawnmower Lager
Cider Boys Peach County • Deschutes Twilight Summer Ale
Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat
Sierra Nevada Summerfest • Victory Summer Love


The Pilsner style is rooted in tradition, with a history spanning Germany and the Czech Republic. But that isn't stopping the greatest craft brewers in America from making the style their own. With more Pilsners than ever, and more thirsty drinkers picking up six packs, we're seeing explosive growth in the category. These new craft styles stick with tradition... to a point. Some have more hop character than their continental counterparts while staying true to the crisp and quenching character. As craft drinkers demand more complex and varied styles, it all adds up to a thrilling new trend – steeped in an old tradition.

Victory Prima Pils Victory Prima Pils   ...
6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Leading the pack is Prima Pils, a relatively old-timer on this list. PA craft veteran Victory has a reputation for using high-quality, traditional German ingredients. With pronounced noble German hop character, Prima is a faithful recreation of the clean, crisp, old world-style.

Firestone Walker Pivo Hoppy Pils Firestone Walker Pivo Hoppy Pils   ... 6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Pale masquerading as Pilsner? Lager with IPA aspirations? Firestone Walker's addition to the craft Pilsner scene couples clean Pilsner refreshment with a hoppiness usually associated with IPA, framing what we'll call the American Pilsner style. We aren't alone in our love for Pivo – it consistently earns top marks from critical reviews, too.

Sierra Nevada Nooner Sierra Nevada Nooner   ... 6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Maybe it's Sierra Nevada's devotion to whole cone hops. Maybe it's just their reputation for making some of the best examples of any style they try. Either way, Nooner is a welcome new arrival on Binny's shelves. Nooner's spicy and floral hoppines leads the charge in their take on the original session style.

5 Rabbit Gringolandia Super Pils 5 Rabbit Gringolandia Super Pils   ... 6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Just over a year ago, Chicago-based, Latin-inspired, 5 Rabbit Cerveceria launched the Gringolandia series to offer their take on more typical US styles. A little maltier than many others on this list – think biscuity malt – and a more pronounced citrus hop profile. It's just as trendy as it sounds. Also just as drinkable, and that's the whole point.

Half Acre Pony Half Acre Pony   ... 4 Pack of 16oz Cans

Hard to believe it's already been two years since Chicago's own Half Acre launched Pony Pils, their take on the German Pilsner style. Their signature style – deliciously grassy, herbal hops over bright grains – makes for a crisp quencher geared for the masses. All this, and it comes in big one pint cans. As you know, we're fans of cans.

Lagunitas Pils Lagunitas Pils   ... 6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Lagunitas takes aim at the Czech end of the Pilsner spectrum with this, their only lager. Of course, Lagunitas can't help being Lagunitas, and the addition of a load of Saaz hops, gives Pils plenty of grassy, floral character. New for 2015, you can now get Lagunitas Pils in 12 packs!

Boulevard KC Pils Boulevard KC Pils   Coming Soon 6 Packs of 12oz Bottles

Coming soon to Chicago, exclusively at Binny's! A hit in Kansas City for years, this "Genuine American Lager" was the highlight of any trip to America's BBQ capital. Boulevard wasn't sure Chicago was interested in craft Pilsner, but we convinced them to send us a sizeable shipment. Prove us right, Chicago, and keep an eye out for KC Pils soon.

Oskar Blues Mama's Little Yella Pils Oskar Blues Mama's Little Yella Pils
Reg. $9.99   ... w/Binny's Card 6 Pack of 12oz Cans

Honorable mention goes to Oskar Blues for their Czech-style Pilsner. All malt, Saaz hops, a reasonable 5.3% ABV (reasonable in the Oskar Blues lineup, that is) make for an easy drinking refresher. The beer is great on its own, but here's another reason to pick up a six pack:

Can'd Aid

Can'd Aid is the do-good side of Oskar Blues. What started in 2013 as a local fundraiser grew to a nationwide foundation contributing funds to great causes. Current programs include The Crush it Crusade, helping establish recycling programs in communities that need both recycling and jobs, and Camps for Kids, supporting outdoor and music summer camp activities for underprivileged youth.

A portion of every case of Oskar Blues sold in the month of April will go to support these great causes. We aren't saying they're superheroes, but they did discover a way to do well and do good at the same time. Binny's is toasting this great cause by knocking a buck off Oskar Blues six pack cans.

*Not responsible for misprints or typographical errors. Advertised items limited to quantities on hand. Not all items are available at all Binny's locations

Big Events
Spring Wine and Beer Tasting Open House
Binny's Bloomington

Taste from a large selection of new wine and beer releases! A great tasting to sample the newest vintage of roses to hit the shelves and many more that are easy drinking on the patio as warmer weather finally begins to arrive.
Saturday, May 16, 1:00 - 4:00PM

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