With so much history surrounding Burgundy, I was thrilled that my first trip to France would start here. As we walked through the streets in the heart of Beaune, I was fascinated by the exquisite 15th century architecture, specifically the Gothic design of the Hospices de Beaune.
This year, we accepted 40+ entries and the top 10 were judged by beer legend and Boston Beer co-founder, Jim Koch. We were blown away by the incredible homebrew entries and had a blast drinking some delicious Sam Adams beers with Jim Koch. Congratulations to all of the homebrewers who placed or took the time to handcraft and homebrew their entries for the 10th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest sponsored by Samuel Adams. Winners and photos below. See you next year!
India Pale Ale – It’s the beer that put American craft brewing on the map. West Coast, Imperial, New England, Black, White and Rye – the variations on this popular style are nearly endless. Juicy IPAs are currently all the rage, so we’ve selected a few of our favorites to hoist in celebration.
UPDATE (8/1/17): The following homebrewers have advanced to the final round:
-Aaron Liga/Alan Diebel
-Joe & Tom Fuentes
If you did not advance, but would like your score sheet, they will be available for pick up at the final event, or email Hilary@binnys.com.
We have hosted the Binny’s Homebrew Contest for ten years… can you believe it? We have another great contest lined up this year. Once again, we’re excited to host guest judge Jim Koch. Best known as Samuel Adams Founder, Jim Koch will pick the winner this year, and award the coveted first prize: a trip for two to the 2017 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Read on for more details.
This trip took us from the Whiskey Hotline headquarters in Lincoln Park to a hole in the side of a hill in Loretto, KY. Normally we pick liquid from a barrel, but on this mission we were picking the wood.
Our 36th Binny’s Beverage Depot is now open! Located in the heart of the up and coming Six Corners Shopping District at 4901 W. Irving Park Road. We’re excited to introduce a massive selection of wine, spirits and beer to Chicago’s Northwest Side. As always, we’re here to offer everyday low prices, the best selection, and the best customer service. Binny’s Portage Park features a walk-in humidor, walk-in wine and spirits cellar and monthly tastings and educational opportunities.
In an unassuming red brick building in the Garfield Park neighborhood, thousands of beer filled bourbon barrels lay carefully resting. While most contain expressions of their renowned Bourbon County Stout, many others are filled with experimental brews. While big bourbon character stands at the forefront of BCS, the Goose Island Cooper Project takes a more delicate approach. A shorter time in wood imparts nuanced bourbon notes, while still allowing the base beer to shine. Like Cooper Project No. 1, every drop of this Blonde Doppelbock is carefully crafted and patiently aged right here in Chicago.
Something new is always brewing in Boulder. Interest in barrel aged beer has never been bigger and following recent expansions, Avery Brewing is putting more beer into wood than ever. In addition to periodic rare releases, they’ve introduced a YEAR ROUND series of barrel aged beer under the name Botanicals Barrels. Some bracingly sour, others lusciously sweet – these gems are hiding in plain sight.
Whether you’re lounging in a hammock, chilling by the pool, or just coolin’ off in the shade – we have a bounty of delicious berry brews perfect for these dog days of summer. Even if you’re not into fruit beers, we’ve got a curious thing that might just change your mind.
Summer’s here and the fruit beers are arriving in droves! Here are a couple of our favorites, as well as a few that are brewed year round – that way if you fall in love, you don’t have to say goodbye.