Just in time for the holidays! Here’s your chance to get a special bottle of Jack Daniel’s engraved, and enter to win Chicago Blackhawks tickets. Stop by any of the three Binny’s locations listed below on the corresponding dates and times. Taste Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select and enter our drawing to win free tickets to an upcoming Blackhawks game, all while you have your Woodford Reserve, Gentleman Jack and Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select bottles engraved. It’s a great gift for the whiskey drinker in your life.
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.
I recently had the good fortune to escape the bitter Chicago cold and make a visit to the Spoetzl Brewery down in Shiner, Texas. Shiner is about an hour and a half drive from Austin but the scenery from the bus does not disappoint. The landscape was dotted with cattle ranches, oil pumpjacks, and prickly pear cacti. Before I knew it we arrived in Shiner, where the Spoetzl Brewery stands tall a short distance from the charming downtown.
It’s time for a new brunch cocktail. Haven’t we all had enough Bellinis and Mimosas for a lifetime? We submit to you: The Modern Sage. This is an intricately mixed cocktail with flavors of spiced vanilla, savory fruit and fresh sage. It blends beautifully for a savory treat and isn’t as complicated as it seems, and it’s good enough that it works as a substitute for dessert.
The Modern Sage recipe after the jump. Read more
Imagine this: the essence of green cardamom – one of the most intensely fragrant spices around – plus fresh vanilla bean, cold-brewed coffee and lactose sugar, all infused in the best porter on the North Side. That’s exactly what Binny’s Skokie Beer Consultant Tom Bergman and Temperance Beer Company Brewster Claudia Jendron did. Get a taste of this exclusive Thai iced coffee porter and more at Binny’s in Skokie this Saturday, and shake hands with the woman who brews it. Details after the jump….
Prepare to leave your plain hot chocolate days in the past. The Aztec Hot Chocolate is a blend of Ancho Reyes and Cinnamon Tequila that adds bold spiciness to your hot chocolate. It’s a whirlwind of sweet and spicy goodness that will warm you up instantly.
Aztec Hot Chocolate recipe after the jump. Read more
The holidays are approaching which means it time for free Blue Label bottle etchings from Johnnie Walker. It’s turned out to be an annual tradition here at Binny’s Beverage Depot and is a fantastic gift idea for the Scotch lover in your life. While you wait* for the etching professionals to do their thing, sample Johnnie Walker Platinum! Binny’s locations, dates and times after the jump…
Like a good Manhattan? Then you’ll love the Holiday Road. Build it just like a Manhattan, but substitute your favorite rum for the usual whiskey. Lincoln Park Tasting Room bartenders Caitey and Angie use El Dorado 15 year because, as they put it, go big or go home.
Holiday Road recipe after the jump! Read more
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.
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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.
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.
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:
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.
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