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In case you haven’t heard: Lagunitas to produce in Chicago.
Already old news, but we wanted to show our excitement.


It’s okay to like good beer.
Just don’t be a jerk about beer you don’t like.


An economist foodie’s rules for dining out.
Discussed: food v. fasion, laughing women, exploiting workers.


2010 is a good year for White Burgundy.
2011 is not such a good year for Bordeaux.
When it’s not “vintage of the century” it’s nothing.


Matt Kramer: Drink what you like,
but drink other stuff too.



New Brewery to Binny’s: Sixpoint

Sixpoint Brewery of Brooklyn, New York is debuting at Binny’s this week.  Founded in 2004, Sixpoint fits right into one of the biggest trends among craft breweries:  cans.  Binny’s is now featuring five different beers from Sixpoint, all available in 4-packs cans.


Sixpoint Bengali Tiger

“The Sixpoint homebrewed IPA interpretation. Blaze orange in color, with an abundance of citrus hop bitterness, and a full pine and grapefruit bouquet in the aroma.”


Sixpoint Resin 

“A beer that celebrates the extraction of hop resin for a concentrated yet balanced brew.”


Sixpoint Righteous Ale 

“Made with Rye malt to provide a signature and distinct earthy character. Seasoned and dry-hopped with herbal and citrus hops. Truly Righteous.”


Sixpoint Sweet Action 

“The original Sixpoint style- hard to define, but perhaps that’s why people love it. Part pale ale, part wheat, part cream ale- all Sweet Action.”


Sixpoint The Crisp 

“The original Sehr Crisp from Sixpoint. Brewed with noble hops for indelible sehr crisp flavor.” 


Be sure to contact your local Binny’s for availability, as delivery dates vary from store to store.


New 2011 Rosé


   I told myself that I could write a blog post about several recent rosé arrivals, all without relying on the clichéd crutch of mentioning spring or warmer weather.

   Oops. Blew it already. 

   Here are some notes on some pink wines you might enjoy. They go well with spring and warmer weather.


2011 Villa des Anges Old Vines Rose
  This one isn’t about freshness there’s a mineral quality to it along with light fruit notes. Soft overall. The grape here is cinsault, best known for the soft structure and perfume it adds to a Rhone-style blend, and that softness comes across with grace.


2011 Domaine de Figueirasse Gris de Gris
   Nice fruit, right up front on the nose. This is a rose from pinot gris grenache gris, blanc, noir and cinsault, and it’s familiar melon and green fruit that defines this rosé, plus that circus peanut smell I notice in so many French rosés. Good breadth on the palate, with preserved fruit notes and light acidity on the finish. 


2011 Chateau Revelette Coteaux d’Aix en Provence
   This is probably the classiest wine of these six. The nose has herb-garden notes above the light fruit that makes the Revelette stand out in terms of complexity. Fresh fruit on the palate that lays down on the mellow finish.


2011 Les Vignes de Bila Haut by Michel Chapoutier
   Nice! Bigger fruit and light sugar jump right out on the nose including more of that circus peanut note. Fleshy and round on the palate with ripe pear and strawberry and acidity to keep it focused.


2011 Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux de Provence
   More subtle than the Chapoutier, this shows notes of cream, pear and floral perfume on the nose. Lighter on the fruit, even-heeled, medium in body with a good finish. A little more polished, the Gourgonnier ends in an ellipses instead of an exclamation point.


2011 Alexander Valley Vineyards dry Rose of Sangiovese
   The AVV rosé is my guilty pleasure pick of these six. It has complexity but no subtlety. It pours ruby pink, compared to the salmon pink of the other five. There’s a big nose of candied fruit like watermelon, tropical fruit like kiwi, and an herbal vein like green pepper. Thick on the palate, round in body, just slightly frizzante (or maybe those tiny bubbles are just my imagination) with candied fruit not unlike watermelon gummi. 

Balvenie Roadshow and Tasting


Here’s an event that will appeal to those who appreciate a fine Scotch, and also to those who appreciate a fine automobile.

Balvenie Roadshow & Tasting
Wednesday, May 2nd 5-8pm
Binny’s Chicago – Lakeview
A FREE event

Balvenie Brand ambassadors Nicholas Pollacchi and Andrew Weir are making their way across the U.S. in a custom built Morgan sports car in search of people who still use their hands to lovingly craft unique products – the way things used to be made. Oh yeah, and also to give people tastes from the range of Balvenie expressions, of course.

This is their second annual Rare Craft Roadshow, and their second to make a stop at a Binny’s store, and last year’s appearance at our Lincoln Park store was a great time. Don’t miss this opportunity!

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Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale Debuts in the City

One of our most requested beers not in distribution (until now) in Illinois is finally debuting at our stores.  While perhaps not reaching the number of daily requests that other unavailable beers like New Glarus Spotted Cow and Yuengling tally, Kentucky Bourbon Ale is not too far behind.


Award winning Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale (silver medal at 2007 GABF) is a unique sipping beer with the distinctive nose of a well-crafted bourbon.  Our Kentucky Ale is aged for up to 6 weeks in freshly decanted bourbon barrels from some of Kentuckys finest distilleries.  Subtle yet familiar flavors of vanilla and oak are imparted to this special ale as it rests in the charred barrels.  Pleasantly smooth and robust, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale may also be served as an aperitif or after dinner drink.


Also arriving at Binny’s from the Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co. is Kentucky Ale, a light and refreshing beer described by the brewery as ..a marriage between two classic beer styles, Irish Red Ale and English Pale Ale..


Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale and Kentucky Ale are currently available only at our stores in the city.  The brewery is looking at expanding their footprint into the suburbs; this can’t come soon enough.


Goose Island Tap Invasion


UPDATE: This event has SOLD OUT

Get ready for another great event at the Binny’s South Loop Tasting Room. This time we’re teaming up with Goose Island to bring your a fun evening and a great lineup of brews.


Goose Island Tap Invasion
Wednesday, April 25th 5-8pm
$5 Buys Your First Pour of Nut Brown Ale
Binny’s South Loop Tasting Room
RSVP: 312 768-4400


The highlight of the night has to be the taplist. Along with the great Goose Island Vintage line and the crowd-drawing Bourbon County Brand Stout options, we’re excited to showcase the new Fulton & Wood line. This new series from Goose Island offers teams of brewers creative license to brew whatever they can dream up. Fulton & Wood beers are brewed in small batches and are only available on draft in Chicago locations.


Nut Brown Ale
Pere Jacques
Pepe Nero
Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout 2010
Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout 2011
Big John 2010
Lolita 2010
Fulton & Wood Old Town Yard Helles
Fulton & Wood En Passant


Be sure to RSVP soon, and we’ll see you at the Tap Invasion!



The South Loop Binny’s Gourmet Grocery and Cheese Shop wanted in on this cool event too. During the tap takeover, we will offer BLTs for seven bucks each. These are gourmet BLTs, folks. Plus, if you want to make a beer float, we’re offering the chance to add ice cream for a buck.

Two Brothers Bonfire Dunkle Weiss Returns

To commemorate their 15th anniversary, Two Brothers decided to resurrect 15 archived recipes throughout 2012, starting with their Red Eye Coffee Porter.  Red Eye is still around, but is becoming scarce due to many people regarding it as the best beer Two Brothers has ever brewed.  


The second beer in the series, Bonfire Dunkle Weiss, is hitting our stores as we speak.  Rumor has it that the Bonfire batch is smaller than the Redeye batch, so we are expecting this beer to go quick.


This one’s a unique dark wheat beer with a delicious toasty character, just like fall. We brought the chocolate, so dont forget the marshmallows! Bonfire Dunkle Weiss is a big, toasty and chocolaty version of our Ebels Weiss. This beer has subtle clove, banana, vanilla, and caramel notes along with a nice malt sweetness. It is perfect for those cool fall nights. We bring the chocolate you bring the marshmallows.

East Coast Craft Beer Sale

Beer geeks listen up. The Binny’s East Coast Craft Beer Sale is on. This includes 346 craft beers – count ‘em – all from our brothers (and sisters) in beer to the East. You’ll find deals on brews from Smuttynose to Sam Adams, from Brooklyn to Dogfish Head to Coney Island. And on and on.

We’re offering these great prices through April 17. This is a little different from our usual month-long beer sales, so be sure to check back on the 18th to see what we have planned next. 


Quick Flight, Small Pours


Everything you wanted to know about Seven Fathoms Rum.
Including video segment.


Everything you wanted to know about Glenmorangie Artein.
It was a hit at our big World of Whiskies event.


Interesting conversation about PVW and BT on SB.
Follow the link for more vague and confusing acronyms.


The 2011 Bordeaux futures campaign draws near.
Lots of rumors, most are about price.



April Wine Sale

It’s already April and Binny’s is bringing you great deals on hundreds of wines all around the store. Be sure to check out our April Wine Sale, running through the end of the month. You’ll find spring sippers, great wines to pair with Easter dinner (if Passover is your thing, you’re covered too), perfect patio pounders for Chicago’s premature summer warmth … or not, apparently. Whatever it is, we got ya covered with our Wine Sale. Check it out.


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