In attempt to prepare for National Bourbon Day, we did a bit of research. We were happy to find ten fun facts with the help of Kentucky Bourbon Trail and Binny’s Spirits Specialist, Joe Maloney.
1. Bourbon does in fact get its name from Bourbon County. Which, sadly, used to be a part of Virginia.
2. Bourbon was declared, “America’s Official Native Spirit”, by an act of Congress in 1964.
3. The mash bill of Bourbon must include a minimum 51% corn.
4. Bourbon must be aged in New charred American White Oak barrels.
5. Maker’s Mark, Pappy VanWinkle, Weller, Old Fitzgerald (Larceny),and Rebel Yell all use wheat in their recipe. Others use Rye.
Mark Janes has dedicated himself to learning all there is about the beer industry after joining Binny’s this year as a beer consultant in Bloomington. His motivation and experience are just part of why Binny’s is great.
What’s your brew?
Hard to pick. I certainly recommend the Boulevard Love Child #3 to any lover of sours, but I think I’ll choose the Speakeasy Tallulah Extra Pale Ale because of the style’s broader appeal. Four brews from Speakeasy came in two weeks ago and it’s brand new to our Binny’s line-up.
What do you love about it?
I’m always intrigued by the “extra pale ale” designation and have to try those breweries with that unofficial sub-style. Always makes me wonder, what’s so ‘extra’ special about this pale ale?
Stone’s 10th Anniversary Ruination IPA was so popular when it debuted last summer that it sold out in a matter of days. The brewery listened to the thirsty hopheads everywhere and is bringing it back as an annual release. Stone RuinTEN IPA launches nationally on June 17th. Get it first at all Chicagoland Binny’s locations when the doors open on Monday morning! Also look for it at our downstate locations in the following weeks.
You heard it right, we’re expanding, and boy is it going to be big!
Starting this July, Binny’s Beverage Depot in Lincoln Park (1720 N. Marcey St.) will start its expansion from a measly 33,000 square feet to 50,000 square feet, making it one of the largest beverage superstores in the world. Needless to say, we’re pretty excited about it!
In addition, the Lincoln Park location will also incorporate the notable Lincoln Park Pumping Station including a wine and craft beer bar.
At Binny’s we’re always looking for ways to bring more product to you and to give you a different kind of experience. But of course, it wouldn’t be possible without your committed business, so thank you!
We believe the expansion will be completed by October of this year. *Crosses fingers* But don’t worry, we’ll still be open for you during the construction.
Keep your eyes out for a grand re-opening this fall!
at Binny’s Beverage Depot
for a FREE seminar
Friday, June 14, 7pm
or call 217-355-0625
Binny’s in Champaign is excited to hold this seminar with Koval distillery. Koval is hand made in Chicago, and they offer some of the most interesting and innovative spirits you have ever tasted. Learn all about this fabulous young distillery and why their products stand out – and of course, taste some! The seminar will feature whiskies from unusual grain types including wheat, spelt and rye. You’ll also have a chance to taste their signature 47th Ward Four Grain and Koval Single Barrel Bourbon.
Space is limited and seats will go quickly, so RSVP soon.
Here’s something cool: Join Binny’s and Belgian beer importers Vanberg & DeWulf at the Music Box Theater this summer for Tuesday afternoons of good beer, classic films and industry camaraderie.
We’re talking 2pm matinee screenings on the third Tuesday of each month, for the next three months. Doors open at 1:15. Some of us Binny’s guys will be on hand, along with reps from Wirtz and Vanberg & Dewulf, to talk beer. And if you fall in love with the samples we’re pouring, all are available at Binny’s every day.
This is mainly targeted at food and beverage industry folks – hence the Tuesday afternoon time slot. We’re stoked at the opportunity to hang out with fellow industry folks!
Tuesday, June 18 – Swing Time
Tuesday, July 16 – The Big Gundown
Tuesday, August 20 – Sabata
Check out Music Box Theater’s site for more info about the events and films.
Last Saturday was Binny’s Taste at the Track at Arlington Park. If you were there, thanks a ton for joining us! It was a perfect afternoon for a wine tasting… until the fifteen minutes. But a little rain didn’t stop us from having an amazing afternoon of horse racing and wine tasting!
Check out these pics of the event – there’s a bunch more after the jump, plus a whole album of pics from the afternoon on this facebook album. Check it out, and tag all your friends!
We’re looking forward to another great Taste at the Track event in the fall – watch for more news as September 7 gets closer! By the way, we’re always trying to make this event even better, and we’d love your feedback! Leave a comment here on the Binny’s Blog, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrate Father’s Day with The Macallan & a Cigar
a FREE seminar at
Binny’s Highland Park
Thursday, June 13, 6:30 pm
Join Binny’s Highland Park in this free seminar featuring some of the world’s finest Scotch. Macallan Brand Ambassador Jeremy Fonicello will lead us through some excellent expressions from this classic distillery. And if Scotch with the right cigar sounds like an even better way to relax on Father’s Day, Jeremy and the Binny’s Highland Park crew have put in weeks of research to recommend the perfect smoke for each of the featured whiskys. RSVP soon at 847-831-5400, or by emailing email@example.com.
Ever wonder barrel sizes? Barrel, Hogshead and Butt
Back from Scotland and getting settled in. A quick recap of everything that happened since I checked in on Day 6…
Pulling samples at Signatory Edradour Warehouses
Do you need to get enough liquid courage to fly a glider into post apocalyptic Manhattan to save the President who may or may not be missing fingers? Looking for the bravery to recover the doomsday device from the autonomous Los Angeles island where criminals are deported?
Binny’s spirit and beer specialist Pat Brophy brings you a cocktail named after his personal hero, Snake Plissken. Just don’t tell him Snake Plissken isn’t a real guy.
Brophy was looking for a smoky twist on a Manhattan, and after playing around with various mezcals, he fell in love with Corsair’s Triple Smoke. Follow the recipe below,and check out the Vine version here.