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Beer from a global financial perspective.


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Yet another study shows that wine experts taste differently.
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Brophy’s Barrel


A couple big updates on Brophy’s Barrel.


First, I pulled the Founder’s Curmudgeon out and tasted it side by side with fresh Curmudgeon on tap at the South Loop Tasting Room.


Fresh off the tap, the Curmudgeon is great stuff. Full of bready malts on the nose, sweet cereal grains on the palate balanced by a nice bitterness. After spending a week and a half in barrel, the beer has gained a slightly ruby hue. On the nose it’s a little rubbery, with hints of burnt sugar. There is a faint suggestion of rum on the palate, flavors the barrel passed on from the Lemon Hart 151 that was in the barrel before – more burnt sugar than true rum flavor. It seems to have lost some body.


Overall, I think this barrel may be heading into retirement. It’s been through about six aging cycles, and seems to be more of a “neutral oak” vessel than anything else right now. But before I set it out to pasture forever, I’m going to test this theory by filling it with vodka. If it really is neutral, it shouldn’t affect the vodka more than some flavors from the Curmudgeon. We’ll see soon!


Bonus Barrel after the jump…
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Binny’s World of Whiskies



World of Whiskies

Thursday, March 22nd 5-8p

at Binny’s Lincoln Park

$50 w/Binny’s Card, $60 without

RSVP: 312-664-4394


If you’ve been, then you already know. If you haven’t, then you’re missing out on a massive whiskey open house featuring over 30 (closing in on 40) producers. This is your chance to rub elbows with some of the top luminaries in the whiskey world and sample some special and exceptional bottlings.

RSVP soon because this event will sell out.


Annual Homebrew Contest Returning


Get ready for the 5th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest sponsored by Samuel Adams. This year the contest will be held in the brand new Champaign Binny’s on Saturday, April 21st from 11:00am-1:00pm. There is no charge to enter the contest. There will also be a beer tasting during the event featuring many delicious beers from the Boston Brewery.


Our 1st place finisher will win a trip for two to the Great American Beer Fest that includes tickets, airfare, and hotel. Several runners up will win valuable prizes. There will be also a worthy prize for best label, though labels aren’t required. All participating homebrewers will receive beer evaluation sheets with judges comments.


The Rules

– Each household may only enter one beer

– Entrants must drop off two 12oz bottles or one 22oz bottle of their beer at Binnys in Champaign on Thursday 4/19 or Friday 4/20, along with your entry form rubber banded around your beer. Click here for an entry form.

– Entries will be limited to the first 50 beers submitted.  We expect the spots to fill up very fast, probably by mid day Thursday.

– You must be present at the store no later than 12:00pm on Saturday, April 21 to claim your prize and tasting evaluation sheet from the judges.


Contact with any questions, or leave a comment on the blog.  Good luck to everyone!

Durango Brewing Co. En Route to Binny’s

Within the next couple weeks, Binny’s will be receiving a shipment from Colorados third oldest microbrewery, Durango Brewing Co.  This will be the first time Chicago sees distribution of Durango’s brews, and Illinois will be one of the lone states where you will find Durango’s beers outside of Colorado.  Binny’s will be featuring 6 different beers from Durango, 5 of which will be available in 6-packs, meaning that you will find them in your local Binny’s craft your own 6-pack rack.  Look for these selections in the coming weeks:


Durango Wheat Beer

Using water born from high in the San Juan Mountains, D-Wheat (local name) is an American-Style Wheat with domestic barley and wheat malts. It’s gold in color and has a moderate body, yet a crisp, full flavor.


Durango Golden Ale

Brewed with domestic malts and hops to impart a delicate character yet one of unusual pallor and cleanness. This beer is light in body but not in taste and a refreshing alternative to any national domestic.


Durango Amber Ale

An American-Style Amber Ale brewed with both domestic and imported malts. It has deep amber color, medium body, and mild hop bitterness making it a well balanced refreshing beer.


Durango Dark Lager

An American-Style Dark Lager brewed with Crystal and Chocolate malts. This beers deep mahogany color, medium body, and mild hopping result in a smooth light bodied, easy drinking dark beer.


Durango Derail Ale

We set the gauge a little high on this one. What resulted was the big bodied, high gravity ale. The beer has a beautiful golden color, with a great hop and aroma balance. (Derail is a two time GABF gold medal winner).


Durango Hop Hugger

..Brewed with three different malts and six varieties of hops.  This IPA is one of the most quaffable you will find.  Its balanced in such a way that the bitterness doesnt leave you puckering like so many IPAs.  Sure to please even the most discerning hop-head..


A Smokin’ Deal in March

Here’s what we’re doing for the month of March: Buy 5 or more regularly priced cigars and receive 15% off the regular price with your Binny’s card.
And that’s pretty much it.
We did this last year and it went over quite well. So we’re bringing this great sale back by popular demand. Every regularly priced cigar in our department (except Davidoff) is included in this sale. Stop by the humidor at your favorite Binny’s to find out more, and to save a handful of cash on a handful of cigars.
For more info, check out our Smokin’ Deals email.

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