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Industry Mondays at the Music Box: More Malty Matinees

Belgian beer importers Vanberg & DeWulf are continuing their series of industry afternoons at the Music Box Theater into the fall. That means more good beer, classic films and industry camaraderie, only now it’s on Mondays.


Again, 2pm matinee screenings each month. 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. The invite extends to anyone in the food and beverage industry, their friends, and others who wouldn’t mind hanging out with such a motley crew on a Monday afternoon.


Check out Music Box Theater’s site for more info about the events and films.





Monday, September 16 – SOMM

Beer Pairing: Vicaris Generaal


Monday, October 21 – Hey Bartender

Beer Pairing: Dupont Monk’s Stout plus a special beer cocktail.


Monday, November 18 – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Beer Pairing: LAVA


By the way, find out more about Vanburg & DeWulf’s great import portfolio here, and find all the beers they import at Binny’s.

Hartford Court Wine Dinner at Shaw’s Crab House

Shaw's Crab HouseHere’s a great opportunity to enjoy a specially curated dinner paired with world-class wines. It’s at Shaw’s Crab House. I ate there once. It was nice, and I would recommend it. I learned to stop worrying and love oysters.


This dinner features Certified Wine Educator and Hartford Family Winery’s Senior Vice President Thomas Rozner, plus the cooking of Shaw’s Chef Arnulfo Tellez. Binny’s guys will be on hand to talk wine, and of course, collect your wine orders. The full menu:



Hartford Court Wine Dinner

$75 per person

Thursday, September 19 6:30 pm

Reservations 312.527.2722



Watch Hill Oysters on the Half Shell
2011 Hartford Court Russian River Valley Chardonnay


Course One

Sweet Corn and Maine Lobster Potage
2010 Hartford Court Stone Cote Chardonnay


Course Two

Spiced Almond Crusted Wild King Salmon
Comarative Pinot Noir Tasting
2009 Hartford Court Court MacLeans Block Pinot Noir
2011 Hartford Court Land’s Edge Pinot Noir


Course Three

New York Strip Steak
2011 Hartford Court Highwire Single Vineyard Zinfandel


Course Four

Michigan Apple Crumble
Shaw’s Vanilla Bean Ice Cream


Binny’s New Brew: Theakston Old Peculier

Whether you’re new to imported beer or a big fan, you’ll enjoy Roger’s take on this London brew.


old_peculier_binnys_BNBWhich beer are you picking?
Theakston Old Peculier


How does it taste?
Old Ales are all about the malt profile. This one bursts with the flavors of toffee and molasses, and is accented by notes of dates, figs and plums. It finishes with an extremely subtle lactic tartness which helps keep the sweetness in balance.


On a scale from 1-5, how would you rate it and why?
Five. This is the quintessential English Old Ale. After a long hiatus it’s finally back in the US! It’s what the style should be and is an excellent value.


Is there a particular food you’d pair it with?
A rich blue cheese like Rogue Creamery’s Crater Lake Blue.


roger_BNB_BlogHow’d you start your career with Binny’s?
I wanted to build my knowledge of beer, wine and spirits and Binny’s was/is unsurpassed when it comes to selection and knowledgeable staff.


How has your experience been with Binny’s? What interests you the most in this industry?
Binny’s is a fun place to work. I’ve made some great friends from the people I work with and I get to share my passion for beer and spirits with customers on a daily basis. While I tend to focus on beer and spirits more than wine, I am very passionate about dessert wines. Madeira is one of the most underrated items we carry.


Hypothetical question: you’re stranded on an island and you can only drink one beer, which is it?
Duvel. This classic Belgian ale has literally defined a style. While often imitated, no one has conquered the original. It’s deceptively drinkable ale considering its strength and is truly a Belgian masterpiece.


What would you consider to be a perk of working in the industry?
Meeting the producers. Brewing is a mix of art and science and I love meeting the people who create the products I enjoy.


Any favorite producer you’ve visited?
Shorts, Founders & Greenbush.


What is the most underrated beer on the shelves of Binny’s?
Boulevard’s The Sixth Glass. Belgian Quadrupels are one of my favorite beer styles. Their complexity is hard to surpass. The Sixth Glass is a tremendous value. I think it’s the best American interpretation of the style and it’s every bit as good as many of its Belgian counterparts. Plus the story behind its name is pretty awesome. Give The Watchman of the Tower by Hans Christian Andersen a read.


Can you recommend a beer cocktail?
Dunkelweizen and cola. This combo is often referred to as a Diesel because it resembles diesel fuel. My favorite is Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel and RC.


Any special talents?
I love to cook Cajun and creole cuisine for family and friends.


When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
The manager of a hotel in Hawaii. It only made sense because I watched a lot of Magnum P.I.


Special thanks to Roger for picking the Binny’s New Brew this week! Which London beers do you enjoy the most? Share with us on Twitter.

Pics from September 2013 Taste at the Track

This past weekend, a couple thousand handsome and enthusiastic wine fans joined us for prerecorded music played by a live DJ, amazing weather that we’re totally taking credit for, delicious foods provided by top area restaurants, and of course, the heart-pumping thrill of live horse racing. Thanks to everyone who came out!


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 spring – hope to see you there! 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
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Mangria: Now Available at Binny’s

It’s true, Mangria by Adam Carolla is now available at Binny’s! But wait, we have even more good news. He’ll be making an appearance at The South Loop Tasting Room on September 28th. Be sure to stop by to get a special autographed bottle of Mangria and meet the comedian, media superstar and talking head!


Binny’s South Loop
Saturday, September 28th at 3pm
Meet and Greet with Adam Carolla



Quick Flight, Small Pours

MillerCoors, Environmentalists.


Hello Kitty Beer. Kotaku, The Daily Meal reporting.

We don’t have it, but we did taste Hello Kitty sparkling wine a while back.


Beers preferred by cheating husbands.

What does Guinness have in common with Audi and Banana Republic?


Dimo’s has Malort pizza.

Why didn’t we think of that?


Can drinking wine reduce depression?

Conflicting with decades of research, new study says it might.




Enjoy the Fruits of Summer: Watermelon Squeeze

Summer is coming to an end this Labor Day weekend, but it seems as if the summer heat is not ready to fade away. Stay cool by mixing up this refreshing cocktail for you and your pals. Trust us, they’ll love it.


Watermelon Squeeze

3 oz Smirnoff Watermelon
2 oz Watermelon Puree
2 oz Sprite


Simple Steps:
Mix ingredients and pour over ice. Enjoy with slices of freshly cut watermelon!


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Enjoy the Fruits of Summer: Lemonade Punch

When life gives you lemons, make this cocktail.


Seriously, though. It’s sweet, fresh and easy to make for a large group or for just yourself! The Lemon Q Tonic is the perfect amount of extra lemon flavoring and that extra scoop of sugar? Well, that’s just optional. (But we recommend it.)


Lemonade Punch


3 oz Dude Vodka
2 oz Lemon Q Tonic
1/2 Squeezed Lemon
Teaspoon of Sugar

Simple Steps:
Pour vodka and tonic over ice and stir in sugar. Squeeze the lemon in and enjoy!


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Cupcake Vineyards Truck Tour At Binny’s!


Calling all Cupcake Vineyard fans: The Cupcake Truck Tour will host events at a few Binny’s locations. Enjoy complimentary cupcake treats, wine tastings and more on the following dates and times:


Binny’s Lincoln Park
Wednesday, September 4th, 5:30-7:30 pm


Binny’s Glen Ellyn
Wednesday, September 18th, 2:00-4:00pm


Binny’s Naperville
Saturday, September 28th, 12:00-2:00pm


Share your Cupcake Vineyard Truck Tour photos with us via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the #CupcakeTruckTour hashtag!


Enjoy the Fruits of Summer: Orange Crush

Say hello to the new Mimomsa. This fresh mix of citrus and bubbles will have you mixing up another batch before you’re done with the first. The brut is the perfect finish on this refreshing, morning treat!


Orange Crush

3 oz Grey Goose l’Orange Vodka
2 oz Stirrings Simple Blood Orange Martini
2 oz Mionetto Prosecco Brut
Orange for garnish


Simple Steps:
Mix vodka and Stirrings Martini Mix. Then add the bubbles and garnish with an orange.

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