A Look Behind Avery Brewing Company’s Barrel-Aged Series

Meet Andy Parker, Avery Brewing Company’s “barrel herder” and fourth employee. Andy and his team lead the ever growing barrel program at Avery. He’s done everything around the brewery from cleaning tanks to taking out the trash to brewing quality beer. Andy broke down Avery’s longstanding barrel-aged series and gave us some insight into what’s to come for the Boulder brewery. Scroll down to read more.

 

Avery Barrel Program

 

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Beaujolais Nouveau 2014 – Get a Taste

 

Get ready for the year’s first wine, arriving Thursday, November 20! Beaujolais Nouveau is ideal for your Thanksgiving table. With fun, fruit-driven personality and expressive, colorful labels, Beaujolais Nouveau is an annual hit. This year’s selections include:

 

Rodet * Bouchard Aine * Cambon
Joseph Drouhin * Georges Duboeuf

 

Beaujolais Nouveau is always released the Thursday before Thanksgiving. It’s no simple feat, picking grapes, fermenting juice, bottling and shipping these fresh wines all around the world. Somehow they make it to Binny’s shelves, ready for you to try and buy!

 

Get a taste of 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau at all Binny’s locations this Thursday, November 20.

Not Your Father’s Root Beer in Bottles is Back!

UPDATE 2: 11/22/14

 
Thanks to everybody who came out for this release. The lines were long this morning and bottles SOLD OUT very quickly.
 
We hope there will be another batch *sometime* but we have no idea when that might be.

 
 

UPDATE: 11/16/14

 
Not Your Father’s Root Beer – the 10% ABV version in bombers – is back for a limited release. It will be available at the following Binny’s locations on Saturday, November 22nd, when doors open at 9 am:
 
Algonquin
Des Plaines
Evergreen Park
Lake Zurich
Lincoln Park
Oak Brook
Plainfield

 

These bottles will sell out quickly, and this may be the last chance ever to snatch up the 10% version of Not Your Father’s Root Beer. Six packs of the 5.9% bottling will be back sometime in early December at all Binny’s locations.

 

Not Your Father's Root Beer at Binny's

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Kahlua Gift Wrapping Event

Stressed about holiday shopping? De-stress with Kahlua at this two day event. Bring your unwrapped presents (limit 2 per customer) to Binny’s Oak Brook, and have them wrapped while you indulge in brownies, coffee, candy and Kahlua holiday cocktails. Mrs. Claus is bringing Kahlua’s elves to wrap your presents in a Kahlua airstream. You’ll also have a chance to win swag, prizes and more!

 

Kahlua Binny's

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Whiskey Sour

They don’t get much more classic than the whiskey sour. It has been around for more than a century, a sort of comfort cocktail that’s as easy to drink as it is to make. Start with whiskey – it doesn’t have to be great whiskey but it can’t hurt – and add the cut of citrus and the sweetness of sugar. It’ll bring you back to life after a weekend with the family or an afternoon running errands. With so many different whiskies to choose from, how will you decide?
 

Whiskey Sour Binny's

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Notes From the Humidor

Marca Binny's Extreme

 

Marca Binny’s

This has been a project that we have been working with the Garcia family of My Father Cigars for nearly a year. The all-new MB Extreme is compiled of all Grade-A Nicaraguan tobaccos grown on the Garcia’s farms in Nicaragua and rolled at their facility in Esteli. We were in search of a blend that expressed classic Nicaraguan tobacco characteristics similar to the Don Pepin Blue all while keeping the price point below $6.00. This cigar displays everything we were looking for, a rich and balanced smoke that engulfs the palate with chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts, and a light spice. At an everyday low price of $5.95 it’s a deal. At this special introductory offer it’s a steal!
 

MB Extreme Toro 6×52
Regular Unit Price: $5.95 Binny’s Card Member Price: $4.95

 

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Zu Keeper

If you’re new to trying Bison Grass Vodka, the Zu Keeper is a great introductory avenue. Have you tried zubrowka? In English, call it bison grass vodka, a rye vodka flavored with bison grass that gives the vodka its yellow tint. Bison carries subtle flavors including fresh herbs, vanilla, coconut and almond. Legend has it bison grass vodka has aphrodisiac properties. We can’t say one way or the other, but it is great with oysters. In the Zu Keeper, the vodka’s warm flavor mixes with the tart raspberry and lemon for a refreshing and complex cocktail.

 

Zu Keeper
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Quick Flight, Small Pours

Byproduct of cocktail culture: fake good cocktails?

 

Why is craft beer expensive?

 

Thrillist brings you Best Small American Distilleries.

Also Pappy Jello Shots.

 

Bourbon association announces golden age for bourbon.

Cynicism aside, that link contains some interesting numbers.

 

Sometimes we follow hyperlinks too much. Case it point:

How much do Americans drink? This article and this one

led us to this

and then this

and this

and then we got back to work.

 

Thoughts?

Confessions of a Mixologist: Salted Caramel Chai Sangria

Have you ever tasted fall? You will after trying this Salted Caramel Chai Sangria. It’s a subtle mix of sweet and salty, and will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. It’s splendidly simple to make in large batches. Try it at your next Friendsgiving or Black Wednesday pregame.

Caramel apple chai sangria

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Black Friday: Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout Release

This Black Friday, skip the TV and head straight to your local Binny’s to grab your favorite Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout variant. Once again, Goose Island is celebrating the highly anticipated release in Chicago as well as nine other cities. Last year, hundreds of customers waited at their favorite Binny’s to get the coveted barrel-aged beer. Don’t miss out on your opportunity this year. Keep up with the buzz online.

 

Goose Island BCBS Barleywine Binny's

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