32 Tap Beer Meca Coming to Downers Grove

In case you havent heard, Binnys is moving into Downers Grove, and is slated to open up in late summer or early fall. The newest Binnys will be located in the old Circuit City on Highland Avenue near Yorktown mall. This location will be a little different than most of the Binnys locations though; it is going to be a meca for micro brews, boasting a tasting bar with 32 delectable beers on tap. These arent just going to be any old taps either; Binnys in Downers Grove is going to have only craft and imported beer on tap. This is great news for beer lovers, as the 32 tap beer bar is going to feature beers on tap not available anywhere else in the area.

 
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Still Springtime! French Rosé

May is French Wine Month – as always, check out our special sale pricing and upcoming events. Over the coming weeks, Binny’s is hosting a chain-wide series of special Beaujolais tastings, in addition to the usual diversity of events, so be sure to check that out.

 

You may have seen my previous blog entry on rose here. Since it’s still spring (we’re starting the planting for our first garden this weekend!), here are notes on a few fantastic roses I tasted, this time all French, and all great values.

 

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Season of the Saison’s?

It has become tradition for us beer lovers to enjoy wheat beers during the dog days of summer. However, I have noticed an increase in popularity by brewers and consumers alike towards the saison style for the steamy summer days. While wheat beers like Bells Oberon and Capital Island Wheat are still tantalizingly refreshing, beers like Great Lakes Grass Roots Ale and New Holland Golden Cap can be just as thirst quenching.

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Food and Wine

I handle a lot of food and wine pairing questions at Binny’s in Plainfield. I’ve heard it all. I’m having Maine Lobster tonight, I need a white wine around $8. I’m exaggerating…a little. In my experience with food and wine pairing, I found you have to know your wine. There are so many different styles of wines. Someone can’t just say, pair your lobster with a Chardonnay. There are lighter, crisp Chard’s and heavy, buttery Chard’s. In your experience, do you plan a meal and then pick your wines or visa versa?

 
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Lost Abbey Releases The Angel’s Share in Illinois

The Lost Abbey brewing company released one of their award winning beers, The Angel’s Share, in Illinois this week. From what I hear there are only 48 cases total that came to the land of Lincoln, and there is no doubt that they are going to be devoured hastily by beer geeks. If you are looking to pick this up at Binny’s, please call first to make sure that your local store has it in stock.
 
The Angel’s share is the Lost Abbey’s most anticipated beer, and consensus says that it is their highest rated too. The Angel’s share is ranked as the 12th best beer on planet earth by members of beeradvocate, and number 17 on ratebeer.com’s list of the top 50 rated beers. This beer’s reputation is on par with legendary beers like Three Floyd’s Dark Lord and Founder’s KBS.
 
The Angel’s Share is a barley wine, and this particular batch of Angel’s share was aged in brandy barrels. Clocking in at 12.5% alcohol, this batch of Angel’s Share is stronger than the previous two batches. Consequentially, The Angel’s Share is boozier than ever and incorporates less carbonation as a direct result of it’s heightened alcohol.
 
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Tyranena Brewing Comes to Illinois

I have great news for all of you beer connoisseurs. Another highly acclaimed brewery, Tyranena Brewing, is en route to Illinois. Our cheese head neighbors to the north have been enjoying Tyranena brewing, located Lake Mills, Wisconsin, for almost ten years. I have confirmed that at least four of Tyranena’s beers should hit just about every Binny’s in the coming weeks. They are as follows:

 
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