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Confessions of a Mixologist: Veel Geluk

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Veel Geluk, which means ‘good luck’ in Dutch, is a mix of genever from Holland and raspberry liqueur. If you’ve ever had genever you are aware it can be tough to swallow on its own. When mixed with the raspberry liquor the sweetness balances out the bitterness of the gin. Bartender Angie created this cocktail and enjoys mixing it up for her husband. Give it a try at the Lincoln Park Tasting Room, or mix one up at home.

 

Veel Geluk Cocktail

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Quick Flight, Small Pours

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Catching up…

 

Thrillist ranks US Presidents by degrees of partying.

Gives new meaning to “political party.”

 

Whisky scented fabric. From Scotland… where else?

 

Cellaring Beer with Adam Avery.

 

One more reason to get a Binny’s Card.

Restores your faith in humanity.

 

An oldie but a goodie:

Check out this quick and handy Whiskey Family Tree.

 

…Thoughts?


Beer Buzz: Hoppy Alternatives

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This guest post is by Roger Adamson, Beer and Spirits Specialist at Binny’s Willowbrook. Roger is both a homebrewer and mixologist and is using his background in history to research and write a book on classic cocktails.

Certain beers are hard to get. Plain and simple. One of the most requested seasonal rarities we see here at Binny’s is Bells Hopslam. Demand for this Imperial IPA is so high that our supply tends to sell out just as soon as it arrives. Luckily, amidst a burgeoning craft beer scene there are several other excellent Imperial IPAs to choose from. We recently sat down and tried Hopslam next to other big juicy IPAs to see how they stacked up.
 

Hopslam Binny's

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Binny’s Top Ten Cigar Brands of 2014

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It’s that time when we release our top cigars of the year. This year we’re adding a twist to our list by selecting an entire brand rather than a single cigar. As in previous years, the selection for the top spot could have gone to any number of manufacturers, but in the end only one can be chosen as the cigar of the year.

 

Room 101 Big Payback

Room 101 Big Payback

Room 101’s The Big Payback was introduced by brand owner Matt Booth as a way to give back and say thank you to his loyal customers that have supported his line of cigars since day one. The idea was simple, produce a line that smoked great, had tons of flavor, and came beautifully packaged all while maintaining a retail price that’s set low enough where consumers wondered how these cigars can be so inexpensive. Not only did Matt accomplish what he set out to do but he also gained new smokers that now call The Big Payback their “go to” smoke.
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Portón Pisco Seminar with Natalia Cardenas

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If you love cocktails and want to learn more about an underappreciated spirit, join us for a Portón Pisco seminar led by US Brand Master Natalia Cardenas. Natalia’s discussion will focus on using Pisco, a Peruvian grape-based white spirit. Learn how to mix Pisco with other simple ingredients to craft well-balanced, outstanding cocktails. Come ready to mix your own drinks at this interactive event.

 

Pisco Porton Seminar

 
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Cider Summit Chicago presented by Binny’s

Join us at the thrid annual Cider Summit Chicago , the largest ever tasting of artisanal ciders from around the world. It’s at the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. You’ll get to meet cidermakers, sample from a selection of 90+ ciders and taste awesome food. We’ll be there to chat… so be sure to stop by the table with the big Binny’s banner. Who knows, maybe we’ll have surprises. More info after the jump.

Cider Summit

 

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