At 11:00am on Saturday, March 31st, Greg Koch from Stone Brewing Co. will be hanging out at Binny’s in Lincoln Park. The Stone Brewing Co. founder will be signing bottles, and according to our beer manager Adam at Lincoln Park, making Greg faces. Greg will be bringing some Archive brews with him that will be available for purchase and signing, such as 2008 Imperial Russian Stout and 2009 Old Guardian Barley Wine Style Ale. We hope you can make it out!
Next week, The DL Geary Brewing Co. will start supplying Binny’s with their beers. Binny’s will become the westernmost destination in the U.S where you will be able to find Geary’s brews. The east coast brewery has been brewing for almost 30 years now, making them one of the pioneers of the craft beer movement. For more history and information on Geary’s, check out their website. Binny’s will be sporting the following brews from the Portland, Maine based brewery:
Pale Ale – Our flagship pale is a classic British pale ale with a nod to the legendary beers of Burton-on-Trent. Copper-colored, dry, clean and crisp with lots of late hope taste in an appetizing complex with ale fruitiness from imported Hampshire yeast.
London Porter – Faithfully recreated by Geary’s, this classic English style ale has a deep mahogany color and restrained roasted malt flavor. The result is rich and complex, yet smooth and refreshing.
Hampshire Special – Hampshire has a huge toasted malt flavor balanced by assertive hoppiness. The finish is long and lingering with the malt and hop notes blending with alcohol warmth.
IPA This is a brand new beer from Geary’s, and isn’t even listed on their website. We hear that it is pretty tasty though.
Variety Pack Three bottles of Pale Ale, London Porter, and Hampshire Ale.
Check with your local Binny’s next week if you are interested in any of these brews.
Last night was our Annual World of Whiskies event, held at the Lincoln Park Binny’s Beverage Depot. The event sold out a week in advance, and it looked like everybody made it.
What a tasting! There were just shy of sixty tables, representing more distilleries, bottlers and producers than we could count. Food samples were provided by neighborhood favorite Franks ‘N’ Dawgs, delicious cake from Tipsycake (see that Jameson bottle in the pictures below? That’s a cake from Tipsycake), plus cheeses and more.
The pictures below don’t do the event justice. They just can’t. It isn’t the sort of thing you can capture with a lens. So next year, when you hear rumors that Binny’s World of Whiskies is happening again, be sure to RSVP right away.
As always, a huge thanks to all the producers, importers and distributors who pour themselves into these great spirits. And a huger thanks to everybody who made it to Binny’s on a Thursday night to taste some of the best whiskies on the planet.
More pics after the jump…
A quick note to our great community in Champaign, home to the newest Binny’s Beverage Depot and some of the rockinest people in Illinois: Binny’s is teaming up with The News Gazette to host the next Champaign-Urbana tweetup.
Monday, April 16th 6-9pm
“Everyday Favorites” Wine Seminar
RSVP on twitvite.com
Here’s your chance to get together with other media-savvy beverage lovers, enjoy a wine seminar hosted by Binny’s wine guy Trey Johnson, enjoy some give-aways, and just generally hang out. Props to News-Gazette staff writer Meg Dickinson for getting this thing rolling. Don’t forget that it’s an ages 21+ event, and is FREE to attend. Once again, follow this link to RSVP.
By the way, be sure to check out Binny’s on Facebook, twitter, and now Pinterest. We’d love you to join in the conversation. We’ll see you in Champaign at the #CUTweetup!
Don’t miss the newly updated web edition of The Whiskey Hotline. This one’s packed with tasting notes, info on the hottest new spirits, an update on Binny’s 2012 Hand Picked Bourbons, and Passing Shots – quick bits including the latest from the spirits world!
This is positively the best time of year in Chicago. It’s sixty degrees, with a calm breeze and loads of sunshine. Time for biking, jogging, boating, gardening, playing with the pup. Picnics, barbecues and parties. Cleaning up the yard, washing the car, straightening up the garage, washing the windows…
But who am I kidding?! It’s time for sitting outside and drinking sangria!
There are a lot of premade versions out there, and most of them are fine. Glunz de la Costa from right here in Grayslake is a great choice. But for me it’s like buying jarred spaghetti sauce. It’ll do in a pinch, and you can always add to it as you please; but I prefer to make my own.
I always get requests for recipes this time of year, and there are hundreds of variations. The key is to start with good wine. Unfortunately I hear I don’t care, it’s just for sangria all the time. Sure, it doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive but it has to taste good. Your drink is only as good as your ingredients, right? And sangria is mostly wine, so start with something yummy. Steer away from full bodied, tannic wines like cabernet. You want something fairly light, fruity and not too oaky. Grenache/garnacha is a great choice for red and I highly recommend Spain’s Monte Oton or Las Rocas. You can also start with a good zin or shiraz but make sure it’s not too smoky or spicy. Pinot noir works too. For white, use Protocolo blanco from Spain, an Orvieto from Italy or a light pinot grigio.
I always cut my sangria with ginger ale before I serve it. It adds a bit more sugar, the bubbles are fun, and otherwise this sangria is very strong. Best served over ice in a bigbulbed wine glass with an orange wedge or, for the undiscerning, a red solo cup.
Sangria recipe after the jump…
On the heels of our big Beer Social comes yet another event you surely won’t want to miss. This time we’re celebrating the seasonal release of Oberon, Bell’s spicy, hoppy summer wheat ale.
Oberon Release Event
Tuesday, March 27th 6-8pm
$5 Buys Your First Pour of Oberon
Binny’s South Loop Tasting Room
RSVP: 312 768-4400
It’s not just Oberon! We have three other Bell’s taps lined up for the event, including Two Hearted (Update – Two Hearted will be from a Firkin!) Consecrator, and Hopslam, along with our rotatating taplist of great beers. Also, we’ll have some swag giveaways, which is always fun.
Since we have your attention, here a couple other noteworthy items:
- Our Beer Social event was fantastic, but we still have leftovers. Check out the taplist, but remember that some of this stuff is in low supply and probably won’t last long.
- Save the date of April 25, when we’ll be hosting another great event featuring Goose Island. The details are secret right now, but watch for more info soon.
Three years ago in the spring of 2009, Two Brothers released Red Eye Coffee Porter, the best beer they have ever brewed. Red Eye Coffee Porter flew off the shelves due not only to its deliciousness, but its economical price. Two Brothers brewed it once more in the fall of 2009 for the final time, even though beer lovers couldn’t seem to get enough..
To commemorate their 15th anniversary, Two Brothers has decided to resurrect 15 archived recipes throughout 2012, starting with the best beer they have ever brewed on March 27th.
With the amount of popularity and hype surrounding Red Eye Coffee Porter, it is almost boggling that Two Brothers hasn’t yet added it to their everyday lineup. Two Brothers has acknowledged this: ..it has easily become the most requested beer for us to bring back (like almost every day). Binny’s was guilty of adding fuel to the fire of the hype train when we put Red Eye in our Top 10 Beers, one of our inaugural blog posts.
While the announcement that Two Brothers is bringing Red Eye back is nice, it will still probably do little to appease the beer geeks since Two Brothers announcement makes it seem like it will be brewed this one last time and never again.
Do you think Red Eye Coffee Porter is the best beer Two Brothers has ever brewed?
We just got word that local Brewery Two Brothers Prairie Path Golden is now classified as a gluten free beer. In fact, the beer has been gluten free since it was first brewed 15 years ago. However, it just went through the certification process of testing for the amount of gluten found in the beer. The result was less than 5ppm, which is well below the less than 20ppm Prairie Path needed to be classified as a gluten free beer. We have had some interesting debates on gluten gree beers, on this previous blog post. Check out this page on Two Brothers website if you want to see the lab results on Prairie Path or have any questions.
The Chicago Tribune has selected He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A. as their beer of the month for March. This high octance, double IPA is rye based, and available at most Binny’s in four packs of 12oz bottles. We would do a write up of what it is, whats in the bottle, and what to drink it with, but our friends over at the Chicago Tribune already took care of that for us. Click Here to check out the article.