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Flashbacks and Bitter Women

Flashbacks and Bitter Women:  No we are not talking about past college experiences; we are referring to some new must try limited edition beers that we have recently indulged in.  Flashback is Boulder Brewing Companys latest offering, while Bitter Women in the Rye is the latest addition to Tyranena Brewing Companys brewers gone wild series.

 

 
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2009 Chicago Botanic Garden Wine Festival

I spent a chunk of my weekend at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Saturday as a taster and Sunday as a guy working the Binny’s booth. The weather held out Sunday especially for a wonderful afternoon in the garden. It was great to meet so many people enjoying the garden and tasting new wines and beers, meeting folks from the wine industry, trying foods from local restaurants, and enjoying live music and seminars.

 

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Some Great Whites Tasted in an Unlikely Place

I was in Napa last February. My favorite winery visit was a place called Kapcsandy Family Winery. Louis produces some great Bordeaux varietals including the highest rated Merlot in American history. Look it up, it’s a great wine. Louis also imports Bordeaux and Hungarian wines. We carry three of the Hungarian wines he imports by Grof Degenfeld.

 
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Barley Island Brewing Company Debuts

Barley Island Brewing Company is the latest brewery to hit our shelves, making its debut earlier this week. Barley Island Brewing Company hails from Noblesville, Indiana, which is about 10 miles north of Indianapolis. Featuring four tasty brews, the Barley Island beers are sure to be a success. Listed in no particular order are the beers from Barley Island that can now be found at Binnys.

 

 
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A Little About Sake

The first time I had sake was at one of those Mongolian BBQ places. They served it hot, with a salad covered in Italian dressing and crushed up ramen noodles. All I had to say about the sake was, “This is hot and tastes like warm vodka.” I wasn’t impressed, and didn’t have sake again for a long time. I’ll bet it’s a pretty common experience. I did finish the sake, though.

 

 

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Week 1: “Must Haves”

In anticipation of the first week of Binnys international craft beer sale, which will recognize Germany and Austria, we compiled a list of beers that we consider “must buys.” If you missed the previous blog regarding the details of Binnys international craft beer month, be sure to check it out. Without further ado, here is our list of “must buys” for the first week of international craft beer month.

 
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Great Lakes Deserves Recognition

In the previous beer blog post, we posed the question: Are there any other breweries that have impressed you more so than Lagunitas over the last several months? It was mentioned in a comment that Great Lakes Brewery is “amongst the breweries doing great things.” We whole-heartedly agree, and decided that Great Lakes deserves some recognition.

 
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