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Five Ready To Serve Cocktails for Labor Day

1. Crafthouse Cocktails- These handcrafted cocktails from Chicago mixology star Charles Joly are fantastic to enjoy in your own home. All you have to do is open the bottle, pour over ice and enjoy with friends.



2. Skinny Girl- Enjoy one of the many Skinnygirl cocktails without the extra calories you don’t want. Seriously though, there are a lot of options. Margarita, Pina Colada, Sangria, Cranberry Cosmo, Peach Margarita, Grapefruit Margarita… do we need to keep going?



3. Soleil Mimosa- If you’re heading to the beach, a beach that doesn’t restrict alcohol that is, then this is all you’ll need. It’s sweet, refreshing and easy to share with friends.



4. Fluid Dynamics- It seems expensive, but then you realize you’re getting two bottled cocktails made by the most artisan craft distillery and the finest mixologists in the country.

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5. And then there’s always your favorite wine or beer. Brewed or aged to perfection for your drinking pleasure. (Yeah we gave up… can you tell we’re ready for the weekend?)


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.


Deliverance aka “the Grabber”

Joe says Mountain Dew was originally intended to be mixed with mountain dew, which apparently is Kentucky for moonshine. We aren’t sure it matters. Not recommended for those with heart conditions or expectant mothers.

1/2 Moonshine
1/2 Mountain Dew


Simple Steps:
The cheaper the moonshine the better. Serve over ice in a mason jar.


Jack Daly

So you’re at a party where the best beer is domestic Lite and there’s a table full of the usual bottles: vodka, fruit flavored vodka, RumChata, and your old friend Jack. Don’t sweat it – improvise with this whiskified take on a John Daly. Suddenly your father-in-law’s co-worker’s cousin’s stories don’t seem so offensive.

1/3 Lemonade
1/3 Iced Tea
1/3 Jack Daniel’s


Simple Steps:
Serve over ice in a red plastic cup.


The Thief

For the cocktail enthusiast who likes showing off expensive and obscure ingredients. Garnish with elusive Indian saffron or unopened original Star Wars Action Figures or something. Josh says he calls it The Thief because it’s stolen an adaptation of a cocktail he tasted at some hot bar.

1 1/2 oz Gin
1 oz Campari
1 oz Eden Orleans Herbal
2 oz Small Hand Foods Raspberry Gum Syrup
1/2 oz lime juice


Simple Steps:
Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain over ice in a highball glass.



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

In 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.


Bengal Lancer is as much a part of history as it is a delicious beer, as it was one of a handful of beers that actually made this grueling journey. Beers like this are the inspiration for the heavily hopped IPA’s and double IPA’s that beer geeks are guzzling at a record rate in today’s world.


Also on its way to Binny’s from Fuller’s is London Black Cab Stout, which will be available in 16.9oz bottles as well as on nitrogen pour at our South Loop Tasting Room.





National Rum Day: 5 Reasons You Should Drink Rum

1. Pirates love rum, so you should too. Ahoy!
2. Samuel Morewood, an Etymologist the 1800’s, basically said Rum means “the best.”
3. Because someone took the time to make this.
4. Rum is truly America’s first spirit, even before Rye, Bourbon and Applejack, from the shipping trade.
5. Pina Coladas, Daiquiris, Mojitos. Enough said.
National Rum Day Binnys BLOG


And for your consuming pleasure, The Whiskey Hotline breaks down why you should treasure hunt these rums.






Botran Reserva Anejo: This budget rum packs a ton of flavor. Aged in whiskey, sherry, and port casks it has a richly textured body and flavors of caramelized bananas, fruit, and lightly smoky wood. A steal at $20.





El Dorado Superior 12 Year Old Demerara Rum: This rum from Guyana is smooth, rich, lightly spicy, and full of fruit. Complex enough for any whiskey drinker, or any cocktail. $34.99






Zafra 21 year: This Panamanian beauty is supple and sweet but balanced by oak spice and tannins. A superb example of aged rum, and one of the best values on the shelf at $44.99


Now, as the pirates would say, “Cheers t’ drinkin’ rum, buckos!”

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