Top 10 Beer Picks For The Big Game

 
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Revolution A Little Crazy

A Belgian-style IPA with Citra hops? We love it, you should too. Gives your party some international flair while keeping the Seattle fans happy with a punch of Pacific Northwest Citra hops. Football inspired deviled eggs are the only thing that seem right with this crazy IPA.

 

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Two Brothers Night Cat

MORE CITRA HOPS! Another light bodied brew with a balanced hop profile. Light enough to keep you going strong through the whole game, and going through this.

 

 

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Allagash White

This classic wit sets the mark for the style and pleases all palates. A sure hit for beer geeks and novices alike. If you haven’t ever had it, you should. Speaking of things trying things you’ve never had… Bacon wrapped tator tot bombs. You’re welcome.

 

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Great Divide Yeti

Made right in the heart of Denver, this massive and hoppy Russian Imperial stout is as powerful as the Broncos offense. Goes great with salt – try it with these pretzel dipping sauces.

 

 

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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold

This award winning golden lager might be as close as Cleveland will get to a championship… possibly ever. It’s a well balanced callback to the centuries old German style. And nothing pairs better with a German style, American brewed beer then cheddar beer weenies.

 

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Red Hook ESB

A Seattle classic with just enough spicy, citrusy hops to balance the malty sweetness. It’s been a popular craft buy since 1987 for a reason. Perfect with this cheddar bacon cheese dip we found.

 

 

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Breckenridge Ophelia

We always have room for another hoppy wheat. The newest from Colorado’s Breckenridge Brewery drinks so light and fresh that you’ll wish it came in bigger bottles. It’ll pair very nicely with this watermelon helmet of fruit.

 

 

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Kona Longboard Lager

A quaffable Hawaiian crowd pleaser. The mighty longboard is known for converting fledgling beer drinkers to the way of craft beer, and it’s still flavorful enough for the faithful. Works great with this Hawaiian salsa.

 

 

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Tallgrass 8 Bit Pale Ale

This galaxy hopped pale is one of our favorites, and the throwback can will make you want to break out the NES and play some Tecmo Bowl after the big game. Don’t blow into the cartridge! Try it with these Jiffy Muffin corn dogs. Aren’t they the cutest?

 

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Deschutes Red Chair

An IPA masquerading as a pale ale? It’s a resinous, hoppy, smashmouth kind of beer. It’s the perfect beer to soak these wings in.

 

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Meet Chicago Hockey Legend: Jeremy Roenick

Jeremy Roenick, a Chicago hockey legend is coming to Binny’s in Evergreen Park. He’ll have an epic two hour signing courtesy of Coors Light. Roenick played for the Chicago Blackhawks (1988-1996) during his 18 NHL season career, along with five other major NHL teams. More info after the jump.

 

Meet Jeremy Roenick
Binny’s in Evergreen Park
Thursday, February 27th from 6-8:00pm

Jeremy will sign your memorabilia and pose for photos*. He’ll be accompanied by the Coors Light Girls. We’ll have one of our photographers snapping pictures at no additional cost. You’ll be able to find the photos here on February 28th.

 

Also, Coors Light is giving away one Stadium Series jersey at each Binny’s location. Stop by your local Binny’s for more information on how to enter to win.

*We reserve the right to limit the number of items signed.

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Saturday, February 1st is International Pisco Sour Day

Let’s get ready for International Pisco Sour Day! We can’t promise Peru’s amazing weather, but we can bring you the nation’s iconic Pisco Sour cocktail recipe.

 
Created in the early 1900′s by bartender Victor Vaughen Morris, it has undergone many changes over the years, but it has always meant to be a cocktail full of sweet and sour components. Peru continues to celebrate their national cocktail every year on the first Saturday of February. It has become such a big deal that Peru mandates that the Pisco Sour replaces wine and champagne for official toasts at the presidential palace and celebrations at ministries and embassies. Crazy, huh?

 

Pisco Sour

Ingredients

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1 ½ oz Pisco Portón
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/4 oz egg white
1 dash Angostura bitters

 

Simple Steps:
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake. Strain contents into a chilled glass. Add a dash of bitters.

Share your Pisco Sour recipe with us online via Twitter. Stop by your local Binny’s this weekend to join in on the celebration.

Cider Week Events: Zeffer Cidery Tasting

zeffer_blogIf you haven’t jumped on the cider bandwagon phenomenon yet, maybe this will change your mind. Josh Townsend, from arguably one of New Zealand’s best cider producers, Zeffer, is coming to Binny’s. He’ll share Zeffer’s fine ciders, including Apple, Pear, and Slack Ma Girdle.

 

Not only is their fruit sourced directly from New Zealand growers and freshly crushed on site at the cidery, but the entire small operation is run by a cute husband and wife team, Sam Whitemore and Hannah Bower. They produce their ciders in small batches with the intent to interfere as little as possible, allowing natural flavors and aromas to develop for a unique cider.

 

Binny’s South Loop Tasting Room
Thursday, February 6th from 6-8pm
No RSVP is required.

 

Can’t make it? Don’t worry. Josh and his team will pour their delicious fruit fizz at Chicago’s Cider Summit (sponsored by yours truly) on Saturday, February 8th. Click here for tickets.

Taste J.K. Williams Whiskey at Binny’s in Bloomington

After being run out by law enforcement during prohibition, J.K. Williams has made their way back to Central Illinois. They are using the recipe their great, great, great grandfather passed down to make classic American whiskey. We’re welcoming them back with a J.K. Williams whiskey tasting. Find more information about the tasting after the jump.

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Wine Hotline Hits The Road: Jerez

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Binny’s Wine Buyer, Bob Calamia traveled to Jerez to seek out Spain’s top sherry and learn a thing or two about this timeless region. Bob reports from the field:

 

World headquarters for sherry is Jerez in Southwestern Spain. Two things make sherry unique – its proximity to the Mediterranean and the high level of chalk in the soil. The chalk gives sherry some of its characteristic mineral flavors, but the soil’s biggest contribution is its ability to retain moisture. Jerez gets most of its rain in the fall and winter, and the chalk sustains the vines in the dry spring and summer. The climate is warm enough to ripen palomino fino – the primary grape of the region – and when grown in the chalky soil, it achieves a quality found nowhere else.

 

More photos and info after the jump!

 

Cutting the sherry grape vines

 

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Cider Summit Chicago Sponsored by Binny’s

Join us at the second annual Chicago Cider Summit, the largest ever tasting of artisanal ciders from around the world. It’s at the Lakeview Terrace Room at Navy Pier. You’ll get to meet cidermakers, sample from a selection of 90+ ciders and taste awesome food. We’ll be there to chat… so be sure to stop by the table with the big Binny’s banner. Who knows, maybe we’ll have surprises. More info after the jump.

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Ole Smoky Tasting at Binny’s in Bloomingdale

OleSmoky-Original-R24White Dog. ‘Shine. White lightning. Moonshine. Whatever you call it, you’re going to love Ole Smoky’s Tennessee Moonshine.

 
Here’s your chance to meet Master Distiller of Ole Smoky, Justin King, and taste some of the best ‘shine out there. He knows his stuff. Justin has studied and learned distilling methods that were passed down from his great grandparents. Notably, Justin helped produce their award-winning Apple Pie Moonshine that was recently named Best of Class Moonshine by the American Distilling Institute.
 

Meet Ole Smoky Master Distiller
Binny’s in Bloomingdale
Wednesday, January 22nd from 6-8pm

 
Can’t make it? Stop in to any of our 30 locations and pick up a mason jar of Ole Smoky for yourself. Recipes, cocktails and more here.