The Beer Buzz
Big Game Beer Faceoff

As the gladiators of the gridiron gird themselves for the biggest game of the year, beer fans are also gearing up for game day. Whether you're rooting for the Notheast or the Northwest, whether you're running a hurry-up offense or milking the clock, these picks are sure to keep the drive alive.

 

First Quarter:
EPIC HOPS

Team A

Clown Shoes Galactica IPA
4 Pack of 12oz Bottles
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From Clown Shoes in Ipswich, MA comes one of the hottest hop bombs in the arena. As the name suggests, this brash IPA is dry-hopped with a load of Galaxy hops, lending its signature tropical, juicy profile.
Team B

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA
6 Pack of 12oz Bottles
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Fresh Squeezed is bursting with pungent, citrusy Citra hop character; the latest, biggest hop that powers all your favorite pales goes Beast Mode in this popular Pacific Northwest IPA.
 

Second Quarter:
OLD TIMERS

Team A

Smuttynose Finest Kind IPA
6 Pack of 12oz Bottles
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This New England veteran is bursting with juicy hops and balanced by a workhorse malt backbone. Good enough for the old timers on the package, and good enough for us.
Team B

Red Hook ESB
6 Pack of 12oz Bottles
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Since its rookie season in 1987, this classic Washington state Extra Special Bitter set the standard for American amber. And that's without even being very bitter. At this price, Red Hook outperforms its contract.
 

Third Quarter:
APPLES

Team A

Woodchuck Amber Cider
6 Pack of 12oz Bottles
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A franchise player in cider's oldest dynasty, Woodchuck Amber is a crisp, clean and juicy cider and the foundation for many of the producer's other tasty offerings.
Team B

Seattle Cider Semi Sweet Hard Cider
4 Pack of 16oz Cans
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It's easy to root for this underdog. Deft on its feet with fantastic balance, it makes all the right cuts, with just a hint more sugar than its brutish brother Seattle Cider Dry.
 

Fourth Quarter:
APRICOTS

Team A

Magic Hat #9
6 Pack of 12oz Bottles
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Vermont's Magic Hat uses a trick play in their most popular beer: the inclusion of apricot during the brewing process to add fermentable sugars and rich fruity flavor, making #9 a stepping stone for millions into the world of craft beer.
Team B

Pyramid Apricot
6 Pack of 12oz Bottles
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If you're going for pure apricot flavor, Pyramid ranks #1 on our list, with fresh apricot fruit built on solid wheat ale fundamentals.
 

Overtime:
WHEAT COULD HAVE BEEN

Team A

Upland Wheat
6 Pack of 12oz Bottles
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An Indiana pick? Upland Brewing should be proud of this all-American wheat ale. It wears the wheat uniform, with Belgian-style notes of coriander, chamomile and orange peel. And don't let a 38 point loss deflate your ego.
Team B

Ale Asylum Unshadowed
6 Pack of 12oz Bottles
...*

From the great state of Wisconsin comes this German-style weiss, with old-school yeasty banana and clove aromas. And just because our neighbors to the north aren't represented in this year's big game doesn't mean we can't enjoy their beer. Or gloat.
* Prices valid with Binny's Card through 2/2/2015 or while supplies last.
Craft Your Own 6 Pack
Offer

Naperville Winter Ale Fest
Naperville Winter Ale Fest

We're getting bundled up for the second annual Naperville Winter Ale Fest. This one was lots of fun last year, and it's looking to be bigger and better. Of course there's beer, plus food trucks, live music, and the Binny's Beer Buzz crew on site. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Naperville Parks Foundation, an advocate for parks and open spaces. Yes, it's outside. So what if it snows? Don 't act like you haven't drank beer in the snow before. Head to Naperville Winter Ale Fest Website for more info and to buy tickets.
Saturday, February 28th, 2015, 12-4PM
On the frozen tundra of Naperville's Frontier Park

Cider Summit
Cider Summit Chicago

Presented by Binny's Beverage Depot

Chicago's biggest cider event is back for a third year. Taste some of the best ciders in the country – and the world – with owners and producers on hand to talk all things cider. Also, we'll be there, and we might come with exclusive Binny's swag. A portion of proceeds benefit The Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association and Heartland Alliance, the Midwest's leading anti-poverty organization. For more info and to buy tickets, head to the Cider Summit Website.
Saturday, February 7th, 2015
Two Sessions: 11-3PM, 4-8PM
GRAND BALLROOM AT NAVY PIER
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