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Do different forms of alcohol affect you differently?
Imbibing hand sanitizer: not recommended

 

Oberon Cupcakes.
Oh yeah.

 

Is the best beer on tap or from a bottle?

 

Brad Pitt slated to star in The Billionaire’s Vinegar movie.
Will Smith will produce, apparently.

 

Speaking of wine forgery, check out this article on Rudy Kurniawan.
Stick with it – it reads like a suspense novel.

 

Thoughts?


Welcome to the New Binnys.com!

Late last week we released a substantial update to binnys.com. More of a total overhaul, really. Take some time and check out the new features.

 

First up, there’s a helpful new column on the left to help you hone your search for that perfect beverage. Looking for a pinot noir from New Zealand or an organic beer from the U.S.?  Just refine your search by adding or removing selected categories.

 

Other new features include faster searching and browsing, a brand new mobile site and better overall mobile integration, social media support on product pages, an improved locations page, online account management that ties in with your always free Binny’s Card, a spiffier blog (still getting used to it) and generally brighter and snazzier design.

 

We know this isn’t a perfect release, and it isn’t static either. We have some exciting new features on the way … but I’m not going to spoil them here. And we’re still working out some bugs. If you see any issues with the new site, or if you have any suggestions, please let us know by leaving a comment below.

 

And of course, thanks for visiting binnys.com!


Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique Cupcake & Wine Tasting

Cupcakes and wine together? It works better than you might think! To prove it, Binny’s is teaming up with Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique for a series of cupcake and wine tastings that might change the way you think about pairing. The first tasting was last night, with another tonight and more to come.

 

Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique

River North, 5:30-7:30

$28; a portion of proceeds go to The Anti-Cruelty Society

 

People are often hesitant to serve wine with desserts. Pour the wrong wine, and the sweetness can make even a fruity wine seem bitter in comparison. But Adam Nan, Binny’s wine manager, disagrees, so he hand-picked wines to work with these sweets.

 

See cupcake & wine pairings after the jump…

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May Wine Sale

Here comes the Binny’s May Wine Sale. Let’s see… Over 300 wines from all over the world. Ranging from five to fifty bucks off. Aussie Shiraz bargains to big price cuts on Cali icons and world-renowned Bordeaux. Plus savings on 2011 Rosé, the freshest wines in the store and perfect for the season. Good stuff. Check out the list right here, and stop by your favorite Binny’s store to load up! 

 


Midwest Craft Beer Sale

Last month, we brought you the Binny’s East Coast Craft Beer Sale and the West Coast Craft Beer Sale. For the first two weeks of May, we are featuring the Binny’s Midwest Craft Beer Sale. This sale includes over 550 craft beers, all from the Midwest region of the U.S. You’ll find deals on brews from a plenty of states, from Minnesota to Louisiana, and everything in between.

We’re offering these great sale prices through May 15th. You will want to check back May 16th for information on our next beer sale, as we are going to send May out with a bang!

 



Cigar Summer Kick off Event

Here at the Binny’s Humidor, we’re kicking off the summer right with … what else? A big cigar sale. We’re offering savings of up to 25% OFF on 45 brands, spanning 280 different cigars. All through the month of May, buy any 3 cigars and we’ll give you a 4th free. Mixing and matching is fine, even between brands.

Check out the list of brands included on this sweet deal, and we’ll see you in the humidor!

See Eligible Brands after the jump…

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Quick Flight, Small Pours

Think pretentious wine tasting notes are pretentious?
   WSJ breaks them down pretty well.

 

Eater.com on CNBC on CostCo.
Be sure to watch the video.

 

From Examiner.com – another “best beer city” article & poll.
Vote Chicago!

 

Looks like Bud Light Platinum did better than expected.
Don’t worry – they’re increasing production..

 

How to fix the U.S. Post Office?
Dr. Vino says we should be able to mail wine.

 

Thoughts?


Two New Beers From Two Brothers

This week, local brewery Two Brothers is releasing their first beer in cans.  Two brothers enters the canned beer market with Outlaw IPA, a year round addition to their lineup that previously featured only bottles. Here is a little tidbit from the Brewery’s press release: Excited for the new opportunities that cans will bring, Co-Founder Jason Ebel says, “I look forward to enjoying Outlaw™ on the golf course and while fishing this summer. Cans are a convenient package to take just about anywhere with you.” The can reads, “As bold as the name suggests but as friendly as the masked man, comes our first adventure into the world of cans. This IPA is full of citrus and pine hop character and aroma. The hop flavors play off the pleasant malt complexity like a good sidekick.”

 

Also now available is the next offering in Two Brothers 15th Anniversary beer series 15 Beers for 15 Years.  Dark Mild Ale was the second beer Two Brothers ever brewed, although it was never given a real name and never bottled because Two Brothers did not own a bottling line when it was first brewed in 1997.  From the bottle:  “This dark sessionable ale was a favorite of brewers, however not understood in craft beer’s infancy 15 years ago.  We think now craft drinkers will get it.”  Dark Mild Ale clocks in at 3.2% ABV.


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