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

Yes, you read that right. Wauconda’s Small Town Brewery is back at the bottling line and is ready to ship the delicious root beer to a Binny’s near you. Never had it? It’s a refreshing, crisp root beer that doesn’t carry even a hint of boozy flavor. It’s a fan favorite, and we’re almost sure that it will sell out quickly. It’s expected to arrive the first week of November, so plan a trip to your local Binny’s, grab a carton of vanilla ice cream and share the terrific news with your craft and non-craft beer friends alike!

 

Not Your Father's Root Beer at Binny's

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Demo: Holiday Cooking with Don Q Rum

John Meisler, Executive Chef and Global Brand Ambassador for Serralles USA is making his way around to a few Binny’s locations to share his classic New Orleans style cooking. Chef Meisler is known for his iconic recipes that he whips up with Don Q Rum. He’ll demonstrate a few holiday favorites like Creole Candied Yams made with Don Q COCO Rum, Praline Crusted Ham with Don Q Gold and even his Carribbean Q Berry Cranberry Sauce made with Don Q Limon.

 

Don Q Cooking Demos John Meisler

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Illinois Craft Distillers Expo

You thought craft beer was hot – get in on craft distilling on the ground floor. Here is your chance to taste great local products from (virtually) every craft distillery in the state of Illinois. Not only that, but we’ll have the people who make these great spirits here talking shop with you. That means owners and distillers from local favorites including North Shore and Few to statewide upstarts Blam Bros. and J.K. Williams, and many more.


Illinois Craft Distillers Expo
Binny’s Lincoln Park

Thursday, November 6th
5:00-8:00pm
Event cost: $15.00 ($10.00 with Binny’s card)

RSVP by calling 312 664-4394

 

North Shore Distillery Binny's

 

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The Glenlivet Single Malt: Nights of Passage

Glenlivet is touring the country to share their delicious Single Malts. The Glenlivet Masters of Scotch will lead a presentation on the Glenlivet brand, the product, the production. You’ll taste three of their flavorful Single Malts, including the 12, 15 and 18 year. It’s free, all you have to do is sign up.

 

Glenlivet Tasting at Binny's

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Spooky Wines Straight Off The Vine

Looking for some spooky wines for your Halloween gathering? Binny’s has you covered!
 

Halloween Wines Binny's

 

ApothicVampire7 Deadly ZinsBoneshaker ZinfandelPrairie State Pumpkin • Illinois River Halloween Wine • Cranberry WineLeelanau Witches BrewCasillero del DiabloThe WolftrapBogle PhantomGhost Pines
Freakshow Cabernet SauvignonSinister Hand Red Blend
Velvet Devil MerlotPoizinSin Zin

Meet Christina Milian of Viva Diva Wines

Christina Milian – American actress, singer-songwriter and wine connoisseur is coming to Binny’s for an exclusive bottle signing to help promote Viva Diva Moscato! Viva Diva makes naturally infused moscato in four different flavors: peach, mango, strawberry and pina colada. The brand is owned by Christina, her mom and her manager, and has an emphasis on taste, quality and value. With three female owners, a passion for success and a vision to add creative new products, Viva Diva plans to set the brand aside from any other on the market. Be the first to sample and get a signed bottle!

 

Christina Milian Viva Diva Wines Binnys

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Wine and Chocolate Pairings

With Halloween around the corner, now is the perfect time to pair wine and chocolate! Chocolate is one of the best sweets with wine. Maybe that’s because the production of chocolate is so similar to wine: both are fermented with yeast. Despite their versatility, wine and chocolate pairings sometimes conflict. It only takes a little sugar to make even the softest wine seem bitter, so start with wines with sweet and salinic qualities – dessert wines, Port and sherries are a great start! When they work together, it can be divine. Enjoy year round, not just for Halloween! Here’s a few suggestions to get you started:

 

White Chocolate Binny'sWhite Chocolate
Because it lacks cocoa solids, white chocolate isn’t isn’t necessarily considered chocolate. But it does contain cocoa fat, making it a versatile wine pairing option.
 
Try white chocolate with:
Softer sweet wines: Brachetto, Ice Wine, Lambrusco, Moscato d’Asti and Muscat, Tokaji, vintage Port.
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Quick Flight, Small Pours

Wine, health benefits of: cavity prevention.

 

Wine, marketing. A critique and a response.

Inflammatory sentence: “Most people think paying anything more than £6 a bottle is mad. Most of the industry think anything under £6 is shit.” 

 

Beer, craft: diversity.

 

Beer, local: go Blackhawks.

 

Beer, science of: nitro beer explained.

 

Beer, slumber: beer barrel bed.

 

…Thoughts?

Confessions of a Mixologist: Forbidden Apple

Despite the name, there really isn’t anything forbidden about this fall cocktail. In fact, we encourage you to drink as many of these as you can this season. It’s a versatile cocktail that you can try with many different dark rums and ciders. This crisp and juicy cocktail will have fall lovers everywhere springing for more!
 

Forbidden Apple

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