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Beer Buzz: Featured Beer Gifts

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What do you give the person who has everything? How about some beer! Here are a few of the latest and greatest beer gift sets to hit our shelves. From American craft classics to award winning imports, we’ve got something for everyone.
 

Beer Gifts Binny's

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Confessions of a Mixologist: The French Angel

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The French Angel is a flavor combination of sherbet and lemon meringue. Intrigued? This citrus and sweet cocktail is available for you to taste at Binny’s Lincoln Park – or whip one up for yourself at home with the recipe below. Don’t forget the Cardenal Mendoza Angelus Orange Liqueur – it’s the best part.

The French Angel

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Beer Buzz: Holiday Favorites

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Each year the number of Christmas beers continues to grow. Cold winter weather and decadent dinner parties have inspired everything from rich roasty porters and stouts, to spicy winter warmers and barleywines. We thought we’d start things off this year with a few tried and true favorites.

 

Holiday Beer Favorites Binny's

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Celebrate America’s Signature Holiday with America’s Signature Whiskey: Rye

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Bourbon may officially be America’s spirit, and the 4th of July our celebration of independence, but two important traditions existed at least as early, if not before. Thanksgiving Day and Rye Whiskey. In the early years of American whiskey production, rye was the dominant style, especially in the east, eventually supplanted by the sweeter, rounder and easier to produce bourbon. As you give thanks, raise a glass of the spirit that shaped our whiskey tradition.

 
Rye Whiskey
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Big Beautiful Bastards from Founders and Arrogant Brewing

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“This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it.” This famous declaration is proudly printed on the back of every bottle Arrogant Bastard. Uninterested in appealing to the masses, Stone bucked conventional wisdom and created the beer they wanted to drink, and a loyal fan base fell in love with a beer that many others deemed undrinkable. After nearly two decades of arrogance, the bastard is alive and well, periodically reappearing and reinventing himself in delicious new ways.
 

Big Beautiful Bastards

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Jazz Age

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Originally, the Sazerac cocktail was made with French brandy. In 1873, the recipe for the Sazerac Cocktail was altered to replace the French brandy with American Rye whiskey. We decided to recreate the original with Hennessy Cognac – plus ginger syrup, a few dashes of barrel aged bitters, and of course, a heavy absinthe rinse.
 

Jazz Age

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Winter is Coming: Game of Thrones Gift Packs

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For these limited edition gift packs, Ommegang re-brewed 2014 favorite Valar Morghulis and packaged it alongside their new Belgian-style Tripel Valar Dohaeris and a Game of Thrones chalice that’s perfect for hoisting. One light, one dark; both impeccably brewed examples of their respective styles. Ommegang proves yet again that they brew beers every bit as complex and delicious as the Belgian classics that inspired them.

 

Game of Thrones Gift Packs Binny's

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Binny’s Handpicks from Oppidan

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Oppidan is located in Wheeling, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. They are incorporating a Solera technique with bourbon, and also producing a beautiful rye. At the Whiskey Hotline, we love young rye done right. We’ve also been finding whiskey from smaller barrels that taste much older than you would think. We were fortunate enough to sit down with the team from Oppidan a few months ago and selected 3 gorgeous ryes and 2 bourbons. These are all bottled at cask strength, and well worth seeking out.
 

Oppidan Binny's Handpicks

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