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Enjoy the Fruits of Summer: Blueberry Splash


With the summer heat, it’s necessary to dive into a fruity cocktail after a long day at work. This blueberry cocktail will help not only keep you cool, but splash up your night!


Blueberry Splash


3 oz Absolut Berri Acai Vodka
2 oz Rose’s Infusions Blue Raspberry
2 oz Lemonade
Blueberries for garnish

Simple Steps:
Mix all the contents together, pour over ice and stir in blueberries.


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We’re Going Ham on Bacon Cocktails + Pairings


Ah, bacon. These days bacon seems to be a part of everything. From bacon candles to bacon flavored candy, we’ve accepted this fatty treat with open arms… and mouths. Here’s our breakdown of our favorite bacon pairings. Watch out, things are about to get crispy.


Let’s get started with this classic. The Bakon Mary


1½ oz. Bakon Vodka
Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix
1 dash of celery salt
1 dash of ground black pepper
2 dashes of Tabasco sauce
(Optional)2-4 dashes each of Worcestershire sauce  


Simple Steps:
Shake and pour into a salt rimmed pint glass. Garnish with a celery stalk and your favorite pickled vegetables. Oh, and don’t forget your beef straws.Cocktail recipe via


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Enjoy the Fruits of Summer: Strawberry Lemonade Breeze


Summer may be coming to an end, but we’re still keeping things cool with this fresh cocktail. It’s easy, bright and great for parties! The lemonade in this is the secret gem. It softens the strawberry fruitiness and gives it the right amount of sweet!


Strawberry Lemonade Breeze

3 oz Skyy Infusions Wild Strawberry Vodka
2 oz Strawberry Puree
2oz Lemonade


Simple Steps:
Pour vodka, puree and lemonade over ice in shaker. Quick shake and pour over ice. Garnish with a strawberry.


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6th Annual Homebrew Contest Winners Recognized


Another successful Homebrew Contest has come to an end and we couldn’t be more impressed with all of the entries this year! Thank you to everyone who took the time to handcraft and homebrew their entries for the 6th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest sponsored by Samuel Adams.


This year, we saw a variety of entries from IIPA’s to stouts to saisons. We even had a Danish Pilsner entry! We’d also like to mention that we will be changing the Homebrew Contest next year to accommodate more entries. More details to come.


The top ten Homebrew Contest entries:


First Place: Tim Beale of Lagrange will be enjoying a trip to the Great American Beer Festival in Colorado in October thanks to his saison! The judges described this beer to be impeccably and stylistically near perfect to the type of saison he was going for. Congratulations, Tim!



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Binny’s 6th Annual Homebrew Contest is Full!


It took just 19 minutes to fill the allotment of entries for the 6th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest. Excited and sleepy homebrewers lined up at the door this morning before the store opened. Rumor has it that the first guy in line got there at 5:30. We can’t confirm that. We weren’t there.


Anyway, good luck to everybody who made it, cheers to our judges, and we’ll see you all on Saturday afternoon to announce the winners!


Our Favorite Warm Weather Cocktails


As seen in the latest Whiskey Hotline, we’re holding on to summer here at the hotline with some of our favorite warm weather cocktails.


Americano Soda


This cocktail is pungent, aromatic, refreshing and bitter. Perfect for humid afternoons at the Brophy homestead.
2 oz Cocchi Americano
1-1/2 oz Aperol
Club Soda


Simple Steps:
Fill a rocks glass with ice, pour in Cocchi Americano, Aperol, then top off with club soda.

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Quick Flight, Small Pours


A Tale of Two Mortlachs

We really like this one.


Bottles and Cans, Again

As always, just clap your hands.


Natural Wine, “Actual Facts”

For when non actual facts just aren’t enough.


6.9% adds up to Fortune, the answer to Platinum

What the world needs now is higher-alcohol lager?


Trying to taste the difference ‘tween a lemon and a lime.




Fuller’s Introducing Historical IPA to Binny’s


FullersIn a few weeks Binny’s will introduce several new offerings from Fuller’s Brewery of London, England including Honeydew & the return of 1845. But the one that caught our eye is Bengal Lancer, an India Pale Ale.  Bengal Lancer stood out because it isn’t just any old IPA – it is one of the first IPA’s ever made.


By now most people know the history of the IPA, how the beers were heavily hopped as a preservative measure to survive the journey from Britan to the Indian subcontinent. During the long & arduous journey the beer went around the Cape of Good Hope in Africa before landing in the hands of thirsty British soldiers.
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Beer Buzz Hits The Road: Michigan


On a recent trip to Michigan, 34 Binny’s employees embarked on a beer education adventure. With visits to Greenbush, Dark Horse, Arcadia, and Saugatuck, we walked away with a new and profound knowledge of what these breweries have to offer- and only just a little bit of a headache.


Beer Buzz extraordinaires, Kyle Fornek and Pat Brophy also break down exactly what beers the crew enjoyed most during the trip!
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