You know the story about Four Roses’s ten unique bourbon recipes, right? They use a combination of two mashbills and five distinct yeast strains, resulting in ten unique bourbons that act as building blocks in blending their different bottlings. We couldn’t resist finding the best of each, and for several years now, we’ve maintained our own Handpicked versions of all ten recipes. With the recent arrival of several new bottlings to fill out the lineup, we sat down to taste all the expressions at once.
September is Bourbon Heritage Month! We’re celebrating with, well, lots and lots of bourbon.
Why does bourbon get a whole month? The US Senate declared September “National Bourbon Heritage Month” back in 2007. The bill passed with unanimous consent, and calls for consumers who enjoy bourbon to celebrate the family heritage, tradition and longstanding legacy that the bourbon industry contributes to America and the world. Whether you enjoy this classic American spirit on the rocks, neat, or in your favorite cocktail, let us know how you’re celebrating.
Think you can hoist a full liter of beer longer than anyone else? Come test your skills at select Binny’s locations at the annual Samuel Adams Oktoberfest Stein Hoisting Competition. Each night, our top three winners for both men and women will receive great prizes, including valuable Binny’s Gift Cards. Whether you’re hoisting, cheering on your friends while they hoist, or just getting a taste of Samuel Adams 2014 Octoberfest, it’s sure to be grand time. Good luck and happy hoisting!
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The boys of Chippewa Falls are making their way around the US on their Brewers Unfiltered tour. Come talk beer with Dick and John Leinenkugel at one of four exclusive Binny’s appearances. As the Leinenkugel brothers would say, “Join us out here.”
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What exactly is an Ardbeg Peat Hopper? It’s a cross between a tractor and a chopper created by none other than the guys at Orange County Choppers for Scotch Whisky distillery, Ardbeg. Cool, huh? What’s even cooler is that you can come see it for yourself at a few of our Binny’s locations and sample from Ardbeg’s exciting lineup of some of the peatiest whiskies in Scotland. Wait till you hear this baby roaaaaaaaar.
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Ever hear of Pontiac, Illinois? It’s home to Route 66 Hall of Fame, surrounded by spacious corn fields and full of the kindest people. It’s as American as any town can get. It also happens to be home to hop farmers, Steve and Karen Scott of Vermillion Valley Farm. It’s a centennial farm, meaning it’s been in their family for over 100 years. They live and work on a 9 acre farm where they also grow organic produce that you can find at the local farmers’ market every weekend. The Scott family are responsible for the cascade hops that are used to brew Two Brothers annual fall release, Heavier Handed. This is the second year that Two Brothers will use Vermillion Valley hops.
Reminder: The two Binny’s Handpicked Cedar Ridge bottlings are still the only cask strength bourbon Cedar Ridge has bottled to date. It’s delicious, special, exclusive and limited.
We do like exotic wood finishing, and we certainly like exotic wood finishing more than flavored whisky. So it’s good to see Tap 357 Port Finished, form the makers of probably the best Canadian maple whisky on our shelves.
Fatter, sweeter Crown Royal for the British palate. Pairs well with some Cadbury chocolate candy you’ve never heard of before.
Yes, there’s a John Wayne bourbon. It may soon become rare and collectible if the Blue Devils win.
“Crowd-funding is a great hustle.”
No age statement whiskies: more popular than ever.
We are interested in what you think.
guysdrinkingbeer.com’s Karl Klockars: what about this beer label seems acceptable?
Wine Spectator’s Matt Kramer: good wine retailers push wine value.
Is too many craft beers a problem?
Thoughtful article starts with alarmist headline, finishes on hopeful note.
An interesting read about all the new craft rye, whiskey brands today.
The thing is, MGP juice (can we just call them LDI?) is actually really good.
We recently mentioned countering counterfeit wine.
Maybe the most famous wine counterfeiting saga came to this end.
Awesome Terrible Ways to Open a Wine Bottle
Legendary golfer Fuzzy Zoeller isn’t willing to rest, so he set out to make a vodka that tastes like victory. He wants to share his award-winning Fuzzy’s Vodka with you, and sign a bottle for you too. After a career of victories on tours – the PGA Tour, the Champions Tour – he’s ready to tour Binny’s.
Highland Park – Tuesday, August 5th, 5-7PM
Naperville – Wednesday, August 6th, 1-3PM
Willowbrook – Wednesday, August 6th, 5-7PM
Bartender Angie from the Binny’s Lincoln Park Tasting Room got the inspiration for this potion after hearing about how much Pliny the Elder enjoyed his pears. It’s a well-balanced cocktail, with bitterness from amaro pairing perfectly with the spiced pear flavors of the St. George Liqueur. Be sure to stop by the next time you’re in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, say hello to Angie, and try a Pliny’s Elixir for yourself! You will not be disappointed.