Confessions of a Mixologist: Pliny’s Elixir

Bartender Angie from the Binny’s Lincoln Park Tasting Room got the inspiration for this potion after hearing about how much Pliny the Elder enjoyed his pears. It’s a well-balanced cocktail, with bitterness from amaro pairing perfectly with the spiced pear flavors of the St. George Liqueur. Be sure to stop by the next time you’re in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, say hello to Angie, and try a Pliny’s Elixir for yourself! You will not be disappointed.
 

Pliny’s Elixir

Pliny's Elixir

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Shark Week at The Lincoln Park Tasting Room

Shark Week. For almost 30 years now it has been a summer institution.

 

We recently installed a TV in our Lincoln Park Tasting Room. What better way to show it off than a week of sharks? All through Shark Week we’ll feature pints of Lost Coast’s Great White at the special price of $3. At 7 pm each night, we’ll tune into to The Discovery Channel *

 

See the lineup of shows here.

 

* except Sunday, as we close at 6 pm.

 

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Confessions of a Mixologist: 4 Epic Bramble Cocktails

The dog days of summer are upon us. The solution for this sticky summer slog? The bramble cocktail. It’s a concoction that usually includes blackberry and gin, but variations feature raspberry, blueberry and more. And if gin isn’t your style, vodka makes a great substitution, too. With the many twists on this fruity sipper, it was hard to narrow down the list to just our top four. And if you’re up for something different, check out these Bramble Jelly Shots.

 

The Classic Bramble

Bramble

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Quick Flight, Small Pours

Another one of these already?

 

Remember Jim Koch, eating yeast, not getting too tipsy?

NPR puts it to the test. It doesn’t work well. Your mileage may vary.

 

Using science to fight counterfeit wines.

 

Germany wins World Cup. In the aftermath, beer is stolen.

Ten trucks. Nobody but the cops seem to notice.

 

Why combat global climate change?

Because beer.

 

Finally, Americans Tasting International Alcohols

Includes Malort which is only “international” if you aren’t from Chicago.

 

…Thoughts?

Don Julio Airstream Speakeasy

Have you heard of Airstream Speakeasy? It’s a cool concept: they took a vintage Airstream recreational vehicle and totally fixed it up to make “the world’s most technically advanced mobile cocktail bar.” They’re teaming up with Don Julio to bring this cocktail-centric aluminum twinkie on wheels to your neighborhood – with a special stop at Binny’s Evergreen Park.

 

Don Julio Ambassador Jackson Miranda will be on hand to answer questions (bring  your best tequila trivia) and pour you a sample of Don Julio, both on its own and also  as the base in great cocktails that that are simple enough that you can make them at home. We’ll have an engraver on hand, for your chance to get your a special bottle of Don Julio 1942 etched with your own custom message. That would make a heck of a gift. More info after the jump…

 

Don Julio Airstream Speakeasy

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Passing Shots

This rare blended Scotch was once a secret available amongst a small and elite society, but now everybody can get their hands on Syndicate 58/6. While bottles last.

 

Rundlets and Kilderkins? Silly names for barrel sizes, for sure, but the whisky isn’t funny: this Hazleburn is the perfect dram: light and refreshing.

 

Very, very old Armagnac from Delord, Dartigalongue.

 

For the fourth or fifth time in six years, we’re excited to pass on news that Bruichladdich is ready to stop all the oddball bottlings and launch a core line, including the new The Classic Laddie.

 
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Confessions of a Mixologist: 3 Rocking Mojito Cocktails

Originating from Cuba, the Mojito is traditionally a five ingredient cocktail that consists of white rum, sugar, lime juice, sparkling water and mint. The mint, sugar and citrus combined amplifies the rum flavor. Take a break from your summer garden work, sit back and enjoy a few of these refreshing highball classics.

 

Orange Basil Mojito

Orange Basil Mojito
 
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Veuve Clicquot Mail Truck Tour

It’s mail time! Veuve Clicquot is touring the USA in a specially branded mail truck, and they’re making a stop at Binny’s in Lincoln Park! You’ll have a chance to snap a selfie at a special photobooth, grab some quick bites, rock out to tunes provided by a live DJ and sip some refreshing Veuve. Plus games, including but not limited to humongous Jenga. And because this is a mail truck, you can even write a letter and mail it to a friend. You remember how to write a letter, right?

 

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Veuve Clicquot Mail Truck Tour
Binny’s Lincoln Park
Saturday, August 9th
12-3:00pm

Follow along with #CLICQUOTMAIL on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

 

Veuve Clicquot Mailbox

Barrel Report: 2014 Binny’s Handpicked Single Malts

The committee gathered, tasted and voted, and now the 2014 Binny’s Handpicked Single Malts are on their way. Brett’s annual trip to Scotland yielded excellent whiskies this year. Now that we have sorted through all the options and honed the selection to just the best of the best, we can hardly wait for these selections to arrive (and they always take months and months, of course). Until then, get your wish list ready:

 

Binny's Handpicked Single Malts

 

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7th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest Winners Recognized

Another 2014 Binny’s Homebrew Contest has come to an end. We’re blown away with the incredible homebrew talent and beers that we had the chance to judge this year. We expanded the contest to four locations with a total of 200 entries. The first five to place at each location went on to the final judging at Binny’s in Lincoln Park. Congratulations to Sean for winning two tickets to the Great American Beer Festival and to all of the homebrewers who placed or took the time to handcraft and homebrew their entries for the 7th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest sponsored by Samuel Adams.

 

Binny's Homebrew Contest

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