Only a select number of wines will gain nuance and refinement over time, and even then will require years if not decades undisturbed in a cool cellar. Yet the alluring fragrance and multi-layered complexity of a great wine at its peak are well worth the wait and effort. Below are a selection of mature wines at a variety of price points – all ready to enjoy tonight.
Allagash Farm to Face
Farm to Face begins as a pale ale brewed with Allagash’s famous house yeast strain. After primary fermentation, lactobacillus, pediococcus and 6,000lbs of fresh peaches are added and allowed to quietly rest for nearly a year. The result? It has to be tasted to be believed. Juicy, tart and brimming with fresh peach flavor and aroma, this is one Allagash’s best. Don’t just take our word for it, the beer world agrees.
Located in a former movie theater in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood, Forbidden Root is committed to introducing the world to the wonders of “Botanical Beer.” One step inside their doors and their passion is immediately present, the walls decorated with rows of jars containing all matter of bark, berry, root and spice.
Wow – where do we begin?! This year, we accepted 45 entries and the top 12 were judged by beer legend and Boston Beer co-founder, Jim Koch. We were blown away by the incredible homebrew entries and had a blast drinking some delicious Sam Adams beers with Jim Koch. Congratulations to First Place Winner Tommy Crawford for brewing a professional quality Black IPA that won him two tickets to the sold out Great American Beer Festival and to all of the homebrewers who placed or took the time to handcraft and homebrew their entries for the 9th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest sponsored by Samuel Adams. Winners and photos below. See you next year!
UPDATED 08/23/16 — The following entries have advanced to the final round in the Binny’s Homebrew contest! Winners will be announced Wednesday, August 24th at Binny’s Lincoln Park during the final event. Entrants must be present at Final Judging Event no later than 8:00 pm on August 24th to claim tasting evaluation sheets and any prizes.
Final Round Homebrewers:
Jon & Val Weaver
September 17th marks of start of Munich’s annual Oktoberfest, but here in the Windy City the celebrating has already begun. So fill up a stein with one of these local favorites and hoist it high!
It may only be August, but the Oktoberfest beers are rolling in. So dust off your lederhosen, toss some brats on the grill and fill a mug with one of these delicious Oktoberfestbiers. Prost!
Huzzah! Create your shopping list and head to Diversey & Pulaski to visit our newest Binny’s location! There is a lot of parking, a wide variety of wine, spirits, beer and cigars, and of course, excellent service and everyday low prices. Scroll down for information on our first big Weekend at Binny’s Tasting!
Binny’s Logan Square
3934 W. Diversey
Chicago, IL 60647
Maplewood founders Ari Megalis and Adam Cieslak are trailblazers. While the number of craft breweries and distilleries in Chicago continues to grow, Maplewood Beer and Spirits is the first to brew and distill all under one roof. We needed to check it out for ourselves, so we headed to Logan Square to have a look at our new neighbor’s facility (in case you haven’t heard, we just opened our doors in Logan Square)! Here are two solid new brews from Maplewood as well as a tried and true favorite that is not to be missed.
Why pour your wine out of a plastic pourer when you can use a stainless steel unicorn? Impress your pals with the Menagerie brand wine pourer-aerators – now available at your local Binny’s. Until recently, these wine pourers were only available at limited wineries and restaurants in the midwest.