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Beer Buzz Hits the Road: Miskatonic Brewing Company

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Something mysterious has arisen nary a mile from the woods of Waterfall Glen. Venture to the bend of a long, winding road and you’ll discover Miskatonic Brewing Company. Miskatonic pays homage to author H.P. Lovecraft, whose macabre blend of fantasy, horror and science fiction has inspired countless and varied artists over the years including the likes of: Stephen King, Mike Mignola, John Carpenter and Metallica. We were immediately intrigued and decided to pay them a visit.

 

Miskatonic Mural

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News From The Gin Hotline

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When it comes to summer cocktails, nothing quite beats gin. Crisp, complex, and refreshing, gin is an adaptable spirit showcasing a broad range of flavors: from citrus to pine to spice and many others. Just as versatile as vodka, with the added bonus that it isn’t vodka, gin is the perfect cocktail base to beat the heat. Here are some of our local favorites in this week’s Whiskey Gin Hotline.

 

Gin Binny's

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Beyond Burgundy

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Wild red and black orchard fruit, a dash of exotic spices, and if you’re lucky a bloom of roses in the finish – all you will find in a glass of finely crafted pinot noir. Burgundy is the benchmark. Yet a number of regions throughout the world yield fine expressions that can stand shoulder to shoulder with anything from France. Here are 10 riveting examples that display all the flavors found in fine pinot noir, all from sites other than Burgundy.

 

Beyond Burgundy Binny's

 
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Old Style Beer and Binny’s Recognize Chicago’s Local Heroes

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Binny’s and Old Style Beer partnered to recognize members of the Chicago Fire Department who have proven themselves local heroes both on-duty and off-duty. Twelve amazing heroes were presented with one-of-a-kind Old Style mini fridges, beer and swag. The brave individuals were honored for their dedication to the field. Some fundraised a large amount money and spread awareness, others helped their communities, and some saved lives. Check out the full list of our 2016 Chicago Local Heroes below.

 

Old Style Binny's EMWQ

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Taste of the Southwest

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Founded in 2010 by Colin Keegan, Santa Fe Spirits is the perfect marriage between a malt loving Englishman, and his adopted home in the Southwest. This distillery is quite exciting, as they combine time-honored traditions in whisky making with the unique terroir of Santa Fe. From magenta flowers found blooming on cacti, to sage and mesquite, unique flavors offer a breath of fresh air into the world of spirits.

 

Santa Fe Spirits Binny's

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Beyond Chardonnay

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Chardonnay’s appeal is undeniable. Yet there are a number of white varietals, grown throughout the world, that offer a breathtaking array of flavors and textures. From crisp, lime-laden albarino to peach-scented, honey-textured viogner, and everything else in between – there is a wealth of white wines to enjoy. Here are 10 to sip on their own or to savor with any meal you might serve.

 

Beyond Chardonnay Binny's

 
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Confessions of a Mixologist: Mezcal Old Fashioned

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The Old Fashioned is a cocktail staple and has stayed the most consistent since its origin compared to other long-standing cocktails. In the early 1800’s when the word “cocktail” was defined as a “potent concoction of spirits, bitters, water and sugar,” the Old Fashioned was called a bittered sling. The only slight change we’ve seen over the past 200 years or so is the popular switch from rye whiskey to bourbon. And now – Mezcal. We’re adding the smoke to this popular classic.

 

Mezcal Old Fashioned

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