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From Dogfish Head – 5 Things You Should Know About Aging Beer


Wine Spectator’s Matt Kramer on tasting a wine without knowing a its price.
Interesting discussion plus insights into the wine industry.


Seriously, what is Van Winkle really made of?


Via Guys Drinking Beer: ILCC + ABInbev = legal action, also acronyms.
This one is a big deal.


Wondering about brewery distribution? is an amazing resource.



Leinenkugel Family Road Trip


This summer, Jake and John Leinenkugel are tourining the country in their Leinie Airstream (where can we get one of those?). They’re coming through Illinois, and they’re planning a stop at the Willowbrook Binny’s Beverage Depot.


Leinenkugel Family Road Trip
Binny’s in Willowbrook
Wednesday, June 20th 11a-12:30p


Jake will be sampling out warm-weather favorites like Summer Shandy, Honey Weiss and Berry Weiss during the event. You will have the opportunity to enter for a drawing for White Sox tickets, plus prizes, trinkets and t-shirts. Good stuff.


You won’t be able to miss it because that infamous Leinie Airstream will be parked right out front!

Get Your Craft Beer Kegs at the Plainfield Binny’s


The good people here at the Binny’s Beverage Depot in Plainfield want to be the place for craft beer kegs. We’re offering more great craft kegs than ever, and now you can easily see what’s available on a taplist-style chalkboard hanging prominently over the beer cooler. And that’s not all. We’ll let store manager Dan Culen tell the story:


The new keg chalkboard not only shows the variety of kegs that we have, but it creates excitement. We want people to see all the new beers that are available. We are working with our reps to get rare and exciting beers, kegs customers can’t find anywhere else. Binny’s will be the keg destination for great beer. If it’s available, we have it; if not, we’ll get it by Saturday.



We have great keg customers. They come to us regularly to refill their kegerators. Many of them have two or more tap handles so they get multiple kegs and they love variety.

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June Wine Sale Starts Today

Today marks the beginning of the Binny’s June Wine Sale. Come in with your Binny’s Card now through the end of the month for big savings on 350 wines from all over the world.


We have the usual wide variety – from collector’s bottles that sell for hundreds of dollars to everyday values worth buying by the case. Five continents are represented. Click here or on the pic to the right to browse the whole list.


You’ll also notice that our monthly wine sale page has been updated along with the rest of the site. You can use the same great new browsing features that power the rest of to hone your search within the monthly wine sale items – simply add and remove categories from the left hand column to hone or expand your search. And be sure to let us know what you think by leaving feedback or a comment below.

Binny’s Belgian Trappist & Certified Abbey Ale Sale has Begun!



Seven monasteries, including 6 in Belgium and 1 in the Netherlands, produce beer crafted from the hands of Trappist monks. Binny’s is fortunate to carry 6 of the breweries: Chimay, Orval, Rochefort, Westmalle, Achel, and Koningshoeven. 18 different breweries are branded, or rather lines of beer, are branded with the logo that includes the phrase “Certified Belgian Abbey Beer.” This can mean a few things. Perhaps the beer is brewed by a non-Trappist monastery, or the beer was once brewed at a monastery but now brewed by a commercial brewer with some of the profit going back to the monastery. Whatever the reason, we know one thing for sure: Certified Abbey Ales are delicious. Some favorites include Affligem, Leffe, and St. Feuillien. Stay tuned to the Binny’s blog as more Belgian beers will be going on sale in the coming weeks.


Click here or on the picture above for a full list of the beers included in the sale.

Binny’s Does Goose Island Fulton


Several groups of Binny’s employees recently visited the Goose Island brewery at Fulton & Wood. It wasn’t all flashbulbs and tasting – along with a brewery tour, we were expected to work in the brewery. We blended beer samples, cleaned wood barrels, added raspberries to this year’s Lolita, and at least one of us got to clean out a bunch of buckets with a big hose. Binny’s Orland Park Assistant Manager Sam LaMantia shares his experience:



You hear so much about Goose Island, about Bourbon County Stout and their other highly regarded beers. BUT then to see how they are made, what it actually takes to put even one beer out, from brewing, aging, blending, bottling and on and on, it makes you appreciate the whole thing a bit more. I don’t think I can look at another bottle of beer in the same way again.


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Pics from June 2012 Taste at the Track – Plus Your Feedback



What an excellent afternoon we had for the big Binny’s & Arlington Park Taste at the Track event on Saturday! We had a great time – with over 300 wines open (an increase of 50% over last year), food from great Chicagoland restaurants, rocking music by How Far to Austin, plus seminars, horse racing and more…


A big thanks goes out to everyone who joined us – without you we couldn’t host great events like these. Thanks to the support from our local distributors and pourers. Thanks to the restaurants who supplied some great eats: Wildfire, Lee & Eddie’s, Mon Ami Gabi, Ra Sushi and Redstone American Grill.


Pics and your feedback after the jump…

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Quick Flight, Small Pours


Worried about counterfeit wine? Chateau Lafite is doing something about it.


Wall Street Journal: Sweet v. Dry, Women v Men.
Another one of these articles! With anecdotal evidence!


How do you make a small fortune in the wine industry?
Start with a large one.


The best beer story we’ve seen in months.
Party ’till the cows go home?



Baderbräu is Returning to Chicago

Baderbräu is returning to Chicago after a 10 year hiatus. Baderbräu, one of Chicago’s original craft beers, will be available exclusively at all 27 Binny’s Chicagoland locations come mid-June.


The History of Baderbräu

“Originally Baderbräu was brewed in 1989 by the Pavichevich Brewing Company of Elmhurst, which at its height produced more than 14,000 barrels of Baderbräu annually. It was sold into more than 200 Chicago area bars at a time when only major domestic beers from Anheuser-Busch, Miller, Coors, and Heileman were sold widespread throughout Chicagoland. In 1998, as Pavichevich Brewing met with financial difficulties and could no longer keep up with demand, Goose Island acquired the rights to brew Baderbräu and did so until 2002, when it decided to focus entirely on its Goose-branded products. Over the years, Baderbräu has won several awards for its flavor and was once regarded as the “best pilsener I’ve ever tasted in America” by acclaimed beer critic and author the late Michael Jackson.”


Baderbräu Today

“In 2010, entrepreneurs Rob Sama and Joe Berwanger formed Baderbrau Brewing Company with the assistance of master brewer and original Baderbräu pilsener creator Douglas Babcook to bring back Chicago’s first craft beer Baderbräu Chicago Pilsener to prominence. The company holds a strategic partnership with the Argus Brewery in Chicago and hopes to expand brewery production to make Baderbräu more widely available in the future..”


For more information on Baderbräu, please visit


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