Hennessy Brings You The Blue Bird

They’re calling it their “Never stop. Never settle.” campaign, showcasing the story of legendary motorist Sir Malcolm Campbell’s historic breaking of nine land speed records in the 1920′s and 30′s. Considering the spirit of the campaign, I have to wonder if Sir Malcolm Campbell’s iconic racecar had brakes.

 

Blue BirdSee, Campbell was the kind of thrill seeker who broke land speed record after land speed record. Campbell, as it turns out, was also famous for being one of the few land speed record holders who did not die in a firey auto crash. He had a series of cars, all called “Blue Bird,” and Hennessy is touring a 24 foot replica of one of these fast, fast cars across America.

 

Binny’s Lincoln Park
Friday, April 25th, 4-7 pm

 

Binny’s Evergreen Park
Sunday, April 27th, 1-3 pm

 

Along with the car and a timeline of Campbell’s accomplishments, Hennessy is showcasing samples of signature cocktails featuring Hennessy. Plus, this is your chance to enter a sweepstakes to win a trip to France, including stops at the Hennessy Distillery in Cognac and the Formula 1 Academy in Nice. If you can’t make it to the event, participate by tweeting @HennessyUS with the hashtag #wildrabbitchase.

 

Now, and artist’s rendering of the tour:

 

Hennessy Blue Bird Tour

Quick Flight, Small Pours

We’re back, flying quickly and pouring smally. Catching up:

 

You read a tantalizing wine review. Eric Asimov explains why we may not have it.

 

The story of phylloxera, infographic style.

 

How to write misleading headlines: “Gadget … Turns Water Into Wine,”
… Actually turns water, grape concentrate and yeast into wine, which isn’t so great.
Still, three days is impressive.

 

Remember these Girl Scout Cookies inspired beer flavors?
Now there are Girl Scout Cookie bourbon pairings.

 

MillerCoors, conservationists.

 

Token story about how wine is good for your health.
Token story about creepy ingredients in wine.

 

A device to break your phone-checking habit at the bar.
Pure genius.

 

Woah, that was the longest Quick Flights ever. …Thoughts?

Whisky Hotline Hits the Road-Mexico

Had a wonderful chance to escape the polar vortex in late February and explore a number of Tequila producers.  Make no mistake, the production of Tequila is just as involved, complex, scientific, creative and artistic as the production of every other world class spirit we have the good luck of enjoying. The broad purpose of the trip was to explore the varied distilleries involved in the production of the Arte NOM series of releases that are the brainchild of Jake Lustig of Haas Imports. Just like Armagnac, Cognac and Calvados are expressions of place and materials, Arte NOM strives to differentiate based on the expression of the distiller.  Each distillery in Mexico is assigned a number by the Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT) that certifies the distillery’s compliance with the Official Mexican Standard of Tequila (NOM), with defined rules about appelation, ingredients, production, and more.

 

First stop was Destiladora El Paraiso (NOM 1580) located in the Rancho Sagrado Corazon de Jesus outside of Jesus Maria to see what is behind Arte NOM 1580 Blanco.  Like most distilleries in Jalisco, Paraiso produces Tequila for a number of brands available in and out of Mexico.

 

Sagrado Corazon De Jesus

 

In this case, Herencia Mexicana and Oro Azul are brands you might know. The process begins with Weber Agave Azul (blue agave) grown on the ranch, one of the highest in Los Altos (the Highlands) at over 6000 feet above sea level.  The soil in this area is extremely rich in iron, as well as other minerals, and beautiful in its distinctive red.

 

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International Whiskey Day Tweetup

Yeah, it’s a thing. And it’s Thursday, March 27. As if we really need an excuse to talk whiskey. Especially on an international scale.
 
Then again, it is an excuse to talk whiskey. And the day was started in honor of esteemed whiskey writer Michael Jackson, and we do have a lot of respect for that guy. And the whole thing is to raise money for a good cause. So here’s what we’re going to do:
 

INTERNATIONAL WHISKEY DAY
WHISKEY HOTLINE TWEETUP
Thursday, March 27, 3-4 pm CST
#whiskeyhotline

 

Whiskey Hotline Twitter Chat

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Lincoln Park: Meet Denis Savard

Denis SavardWe’re kicking off an exciting month (and lifetime) of fun events as we celebrate the expansion of our largest Binny’s location in Lincoln Park! Join Binny’s and NHL Hall of Famer, Denis Savard, at Binny’s in Lincoln Park for a meet and greet. Denis will sign your memorabilia and pose for photos*. He’ll be accompanied by the Bud Light Ice Crew. We’ll have one of our photographers snapping pictures at no additional cost. You’ll be able to find the photos here on April 9th.

 

Meet Denis Savard
Binny’s in Lincoln Park
Thursday, April 10th from 7-8:30pm

 

Bud Light Ice Crew

 

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

Confessions of a Mixologist: Irish Milk and Honey

Let’s be honest, Bailey’s alone sometimes doesn’t cut it. So we added whiskey to this cocktail and even honey for good measure. It’s Irish cream for someone who wants more Irish than cream.
 

“Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat.” – Alex Levine

 

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Dublin Donkey

Here’s an Irish twist to an everyday cocktail. A typical Dark and Stormy calls for rum, but the Dublin Donkey calls for Jameson Select Black Barrel. The addition of ginger beer allows the vanilla and spice flavors from the whiskey to shine. The combination makes for one smooth and rich cocktail that everyone will enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day. Cocktail instructions after the jump.

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International Women’s Day: Celebrating a Few of Our Own

We certainly don’t need a holiday to acknowledge a few of the important women in our company, but we’ll take the opportunity to do it now. These four women are the driving force behind some of the most important roles at Binny’s. We’re not sure where we’d be without them, but we’re happy they’ve found a home at Binny’s. More after the jump!

 
 

Billie // Spirits & Wine Buyer

 

“The events and promotions we were able to do in the 80′s/90′s were much different… we would give away mink coats, speed boats and even a trip to Israel.”

 

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Beer Buzz: Meet the Naperville Beer Department

With International Women’s Day just around the corner, we’re eager to share the latest from our beer department at Naperville Binny’s. The department already boasts 1600 beers lining the shelves and filling an 18 door beer cooler, and we can’t wait to see where these ladies take it next. Alison and Melanie, two impressive and eager beer enthusiasts, make up the first all-women beer department at Binny’s. Q and A after the jump!
 

“You may have to work twice as hard, but the challenge is the best part of the job. If you can prove you can handle the job, you’re pretty much set.” – Alison

 

Melanie & Alison

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Guinness Gives Back + Guinness Cocktails

St. Patrick’s Day just isn’t complete without a pint of Guinness… or three. This St. Patrick’s Day, Binny’s is teaming up with Guinness Gives Back. A portion of the proceeds from every case of Guinness, Harp and Smithwick’s purchased before St. Patrick’s Day will benefit The Leary Firefighters of Chicago. We can’t think of a better way to give back this St. Patrick’s Day! Stop by your local Binny’s, grab a case of Guinness and enjoy it while giving back to the Firefighters of Chicago. Also, try mixing it up with one of these traditional Guinness cocktails.

 

Traditional Guinness Cocktails

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