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Wine Staff Picks


This month, we turn to Binny’s Highland Park Wine Consultant Keith Akers for a few of his top recommendations. With his eye for value, he offers up five great selections from all over the world.


2011 Chateau de la Ragotiere Muscadet
Aromatic and mineral driven with seashells, crushed rocks, white fruits, and a touch of floral notes. Light bodied with crisp and refreshing medium/high acidity. Summer is over, but this is still perfect with lighter foods and is a pleasure to drink all the time.


Tissot Rose Tissot Rose jura-9-20-2013
Crisp and aromatic with a red fruit base of red berries, red fruits, warm dough, and a bit of mineral tones. Medium bodied with zippy high acidity, this is a great sparkling rose that competes with many Champagnes that are twice the price. Also, be sure to check out Tissot Indigene, a dead ringer for a Blanc de Blancs from Champagne at half the price. The sparkling wines of Tissot only at select Binny’s locations.
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Quick Flight, Small Pours


Yuengling Ice Cream.

No, we don’t think we’ll be able to get this, either.


Guinness tugs at your heartstrings.


Beer Myths, Wine Myths.

These are always fun.


Wine people: have you seen Red Obsession?

It’s a good watch, and still mostly relevant.


We were on TV!

Proud to support a local hotshot bartender.

By the way, you should still totally try Crafthouse Cocktails.


Finally, a way two drink two different beers in one vessel.

It’s an untapped market.




Our New Favorite Pinot Grigio



Introducing Arboreto, the new Italian pinot grigio exclusively at Binny’s.


Sometimes it seems that all a pinot grigio has to be is clear and wet…. What makes Arboreto stand out?


“It’s vibrant, with lots of tart green apple,” says Binny’s Wine Buyer Barbara Hermann. “It drinks like a pinot grigio that might usually cost you 18.99, only it costs half that price.”

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Binny’s New Brew: Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale


Remember Ken? He is the beer manager at Binny’s in Buffalo Grove, and shares with us why he can’t get enough of Point Brewing’s new pumpkin ale, Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale.


One word to describe this beer: Delicious!hog-9-13-2013


What makes it delicious?
This beer had a great nose full of pumpkin and cinnamon; plus the head had a gorgeous subtle orange hue to it. I missed out on it last year and later found out it took gold at the GABF 2012 for the pumpkin category. Anyone who loves pumpkin beers has got to pick a four pack up and give it a go, you will not be disappointed!


How does it taste?
The body has a creamy texture with all the right amounts of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice etc. that you’d expect with a well balanced pumpkin ale. This is the closest beer to compete against Southern Tier’s Pumking that I’ve ever come across!

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Prost to Oktoberfest!


Get your lederhosen out… Oktoberfest begins today, September 21st! A 16 day span of unlimited sauerkraut, würstl and of course, German beer. Give our Oktoberfest favorites a try, and let us know what you think. *clink, clink*


atom-9-13-2013Two Brothers Atom Smasher
“I’m not someone who goes crazy over the Octoberfest style. I feel like it’s a style that only allows for subtle differences and if you’ve tried one you’ve tried most. With that in mind Two Brothers in Warrenville is one brewery that’s doing something different with their version called Atom Smasher. It’s your traditional Marzen with its roasted malt character, but then it’s aged in Oak foudres. The aging doesn’t add your usual vanilla notes but more so balances the brew and brings out a smooth caramel flavor. Overall it’s a very tasty beer that is unique among it’s peers.” – Matt Burger, Binny’s Arlington Heights

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Binny’s New Brew: Pumpkin Beer Edition


‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin, especially pumpkin brews. In light of the season, we picked some of our favorites for you to try. Enjoy!



Lakefront Pumpkin Lager
“This pumpkin lager has strong aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg on the nose, which continues onto the palate. The spices are followed up with a balanced pumpkin flavor, and the beer finishes with a touch of malt sweetness. A must try for fans of pumpkin beers.” – Peter Sorgatz, Binny’s Glen Ellyn


Schlafly-9-13-2013Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
“Hands down, there is nothing more appealing on a cool Indian Summer night than Shlafly’s famed Pumpkin Ale- that is unless you can manage to hold onto this gem throughout the remainder of fall. The build of this beer holds a firm amber-malt toastiness complimented by the clean crisp sweetness it provides. Minimal hop presence allows for the pumpkin base to shine through, harmonized fantastically with a variety of spices. Nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon, all-spice, and vanilla are some of the more notable characteristics. Toasted malt and a buttery graham cracker flavor provide a seductive dessert-like beer perfect for any occasion. Unlike most pumpkin ales I’ve had the opportunity to try, Shlafly’s provides a well rounded body big enough to match the array of spices packed into this top notch brew. Pour it, adore it.”
– John Hedges, Binny’s Champaign
*Note: Schlafly beers are only available in our Champaign and Bloomington locations.
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Independent Spirits Expo


Just a quick heads up to make sure you know about this awesome spirits event:


Independent Spirits Expo

 The Chicago Hilton Towers

720 South Michigan Ave., Chicago IL 60605

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

VIP 5-9, General 6:30-9



Buy VIP tickets here and general tickets here.


Why should you be at the Independent Spirits Expo? For starters, you’ll have a chance to sample spirits from an overwhelming number of independent distillers from all over the world. That means all those indie bottles you see on our shelves that you always wondered about. Our very own Pat Brophy is sitting in on an industry roundtable discussion earlier in the day, which is cool. Plus there’s a very good chance you’ll bump into other notables from The Whiskey Hotline and familiar faces from Binny’s stores.


But hey, it isn’t about us, right? It’s about the spirits!

Coming Soon: Ommegang/Game of Thrones Take the Black Stout

Take the BlackBrewery Ommegang has once again collaborated with television network HBO to create a beer around one of the most watched shows in HBO’s history, Game of Thrones. Take the Black Stout is the second such collaboration, following in the footsteps of the incredibly popular Iron Throne.


For fans Game of Thrones, the picture on the label of Take the Black Stout shows the Weirwood tree where Jon Snow recited the oath before joining the Night’s Watch.


For fans of the beer, the description on the label of the beer is as follows: “Take the Black Stout is a 7.00% ABV stout brewed with chocolate malt, Midnight Wheat and roasted barley, hopped with Northern Brewer and Columbus hops, and spiced with licorice root and star anise.”


Want to try Ommegangs’ latest concoction? A keg of Take the Black Stout is being tapped at our South Loop tasting room later today. Bottles have popped up at a few Binny’s locations already, with most stores scheduled to receive their allotment later next week.

Binny’s Rolls a Strike with New Store Location


In the past three months we’ve shared our Lincoln Park Expansion, Glencoe Expansion, and now we’re pleased to announce the opening of a brand new location in…drum roll, please… Evergreen Park!


The new location is estimated to be 24,000 square feet and will include a 28 door beer cooler, a temperature controlled wine cellar for fine and rare wines, a walk-in humidor and the widest and best selection of 8,500+ wine, spirits and beer products. Director of Operations for Binny’s, Rick Parenti shared, “The store, like all Binny’s locations, will feature the best, most knowledgeable staff, ready to provide our customers with the highest level of service!”



Binny’s will replace Bleeker’s Bowling Lanes, a long standing establishment since the 1950’s.


“We’re revitalizing a beloved neighborhood landmark and introducing Binny’s to a prominent community,” says Michael Binstein, Binny’s owner and CEO. The new location will bring the company’s retail locations to a grand total of 30. That’s right Evergreen Park, get ready to do some major holiday shopping with us!


We’re curious, where would you want to see a Binny’s pop up next?

7 Unlucky Recommendations for Friday the Thirteenth

Push your superstitions aside and try any of these unlucky recommendations. Trust us, they’re not that spooky.


1. Jura Superstition Single Malt
This single malt is exactly what you need to get through this Friday the 13th. Its honeyed, dried fruit body with creme brulee aromas makes this scotch everything it is and more.


2. Casillero del Diablo
The story we heard might not match their marketing- but it’s close. The easiest way to keep winery workers from sneaking samples? Convince them the devil himself lives in the cellar.


3. Surrogates Skull Breaker & Asylum Straight Jacket
From the humidor comes a pair of cigars you’d be lucky to try, even if their bands are a little creepy. Surrogates Skull Breaker and Asylum Straight Jacket are both complex, medium-to-full bodied smokes that doesn’t overpower. Both are exciting, limited cigars at very lucky prices.
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