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Celebrate America’s Signature Holiday with America’s Signature Whiskey: Rye

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Bourbon may officially be America’s spirit, and the 4th of July our celebration of independence, but two important traditions existed at least as early, if not before. Thanksgiving Day and Rye Whiskey. In the early years of American whiskey production, rye was the dominant style, especially in the east, eventually supplanted by the sweeter, rounder and easier to produce bourbon. As you give thanks, raise a glass of the spirit that shaped our whiskey tradition.

 
Rye Whiskey
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Big Beautiful Bastards from Founders and Arrogant Brewing

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“This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it.” This famous declaration is proudly printed on the back of every bottle Arrogant Bastard. Uninterested in appealing to the masses, Stone bucked conventional wisdom and created the beer they wanted to drink, and a loyal fan base fell in love with a beer that many others deemed undrinkable. After nearly two decades of arrogance, the bastard is alive and well, periodically reappearing and reinventing himself in delicious new ways.
 

Big Beautiful Bastards

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Jazz Age

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Originally, the Sazerac cocktail was made with French brandy. In 1873, the recipe for the Sazerac Cocktail was altered to replace the French brandy with American Rye whiskey. We decided to recreate the original with Hennessy Cognac – plus ginger syrup, a few dashes of barrel aged bitters, and of course, a heavy absinthe rinse.
 

Jazz Age

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Winter is Coming: Game of Thrones Gift Packs

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For these limited edition gift packs, Ommegang re-brewed 2014 favorite Valar Morghulis and packaged it alongside their new Belgian-style Tripel Valar Dohaeris and a Game of Thrones chalice that’s perfect for hoisting. One light, one dark; both impeccably brewed examples of their respective styles. Ommegang proves yet again that they brew beers every bit as complex and delicious as the Belgian classics that inspired them.

 

Game of Thrones Gift Packs Binny's

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Binny’s Handpicks from Oppidan

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Oppidan is located in Wheeling, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. They are incorporating a Solera technique with bourbon, and also producing a beautiful rye. At the Whiskey Hotline, we love young rye done right. We’ve also been finding whiskey from smaller barrels that taste much older than you would think. We were fortunate enough to sit down with the team from Oppidan a few months ago and selected 3 gorgeous ryes and 2 bourbons. These are all bottled at cask strength, and well worth seeking out.
 

Oppidan Binny's Handpicks

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Season’s Greetings: American Beer Advent Calendar

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We’re happy to announce the arrival of an American Craft Beer Advent Calendar! Each box contains a variety of different styles from the following breweries: Goose Island, Golden Road, Kona, Redhook and Widmer. Of special note are the brews from Los Angeles’ Golden Road Brewing, available for the first time in Chicagoland in this very box. Here are some of our favorites from Golden Road, as well as a few other delicious stand outs.

 

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Lavender in the Rye

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Lavender in the Rye is one of our new favorite rye whiskey cocktails and an absolute crowd pleaser. The lavender bitters and sugar cane syrup are excellent additions to the rye. This is an easy to build cocktail. Impress your pals with your epic bartending skills and this floral favorite!

 

Lavender in the Rye

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Black Friday 2016: Goose Island BCBS Release

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UPDATED 11/21/16 — Vintage BCBS info!

UPDATED 11/22/16 — 2015 BCBS Rare!

 
Who’s ready for another exciting #GooseBlackFriday? We sure are! Binny’s locations across Chicagoland will all release Bourbon County Brand Stout when doors open on Friday, November 25, with the grandest release of them all right next door to the Goose Clybourn brewpub at our Lincoln Park location. If you’re familiar with last year’s release, not much has changed. If you’re a Black Friday first-timer – here’s what you need to know:

 

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Black Friday

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