Playing catch up:
884 cases of Chicken Cock stolen in daring truck stop heist.
$10,000 reward offered for its return.
Slate.com writer worries about the future of peat.
…supports sustainable Scotch.
Absolutely the worst cocktail we’ve ever heard of.
A tough drink to swallow. We’d like to think we could toe the line.
Less gross: Girl Scout Cookies inspire beer flavors.
at Binny’s Beverage Depot
for a FREE seminar
Friday, June 14, 7pm
or call 217-355-0625
Binny’s in Champaign is excited to hold this seminar with Koval distillery. Koval is hand made in Chicago, and they offer some of the most interesting and innovative spirits you have ever tasted. Learn all about this fabulous young distillery and why their products stand out – and of course, taste some! The seminar will feature whiskies from unusual grain types including wheat, spelt and rye. You’ll also have a chance to taste their signature 47th Ward Four Grain and Koval Single Barrel Bourbon.
Space is limited and seats will go quickly, so RSVP soon.
Here’s something cool: Join Binny’s and Belgian beer importers Vanberg & DeWulf at the Music Box Theater this summer for Tuesday afternoons of good beer, classic films and industry camaraderie.
We’re talking 2pm matinee screenings on the third Tuesday of each month, for the next three months. Doors open at 1:15. Some of us Binny’s guys will be on hand, along with reps from Wirtz and Vanberg & Dewulf, to talk beer. And if you fall in love with the samples we’re pouring, all are available at Binny’s every day.
This is mainly targeted at food and beverage industry folks – hence the Tuesday afternoon time slot. We’re stoked at the opportunity to hang out with fellow industry folks!
Tuesday, June 18 – Swing Time
Tuesday, July 16 - The Big Gundown
Tuesday, August 20 – Sabata
Check out Music Box Theater’s site for more info about the events and films.
Last Saturday was Binny’s Taste at the Track at Arlington Park. If you were there, thanks a ton for joining us! It was a perfect afternoon for a wine tasting… until the fifteen minutes. But a little rain didn’t stop us from having an amazing afternoon of horse racing and wine tasting!
Check out these pics of the event – there’s a bunch more after the jump, plus a whole album of pics from the afternoon on this facebook album. Check it out, and tag all your friends!
We’re looking forward to another great Taste at the Track event in the fall – watch for more news as September 7 gets closer! By the way, we’re always trying to make this event even better, and we’d love your feedback! Leave a comment here on the Binny’s Blog, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you need to get enough liquid courage to fly a glider into post apocalyptic Manhattan to save the President who may or may not be missing fingers? Looking for the bravery to recover the doomsday device from the autonomous Los Angeles island where criminals are deported?
Binny’s spirit and beer specialist Pat Brophy brings you a cocktail named after his personal hero, Snake Plissken. Just don’t tell him Snake Plissken isn’t a real guy.
Brophy was looking for a smoky twist on a Manhattan, and after playing around with various mezcals, he fell in love with Corsair’s Triple Smoke. Follow the recipe below,and check out the Vine version here.
Every year, Skokie throws a big multicultural party, with folk music and dance, food, arts and crafts, games, merch and a whole bunch of displays celebrating cultures spanning the globe. I’ve been there; it’s fun. It is aptly called the Skokie Festival of Cultures. This year, for the first time, Binny’s is excited to join in the celebration.
Binny’s International Beer Tasting
at the 2013 Skokie Festival of Cultures
May 18 & 19, 2-6 pm
Oakton Park, 4701 West Oakton St.
$10 for six international 3 ounce beers and a free beer mug
Leave it to Binny’s to mix things up. We’re featuring different beers across the two days. We worked out the tasting to have some fun with different and similar styles.
Of course, all beer has an international background. Europe has its classic styles; the US has taken those styles and put their own twist into them. Each day, we’re featuring three domestic and three imports. Imports include the UK, Germany, and Austria. Domestically, we will pour beers from Chicago, Oregon, Hawaii, and Kansas. The lists:
Grey Goose wants to get you out to the course, and they want you to golf for free. So here’s the deal: buy a 750mL bottle of Grey Goose Vodka with a special offer mail-in necker form. Fill it out, mail it in, and they’ll mail you a voucher for a free round of golf, including 18 and a cart. It’s a sweet deal. Can’t find a bottle with the special mail-in offer? Download one here. And it’s good on all Grey Goose flavors. You might remember a similar offer from Dewar’s last year.
This year’s participating courses:
Bolingbrook Golf Club – Bolingbrook, IL
Cog Hill County Club – Lemont, IL
Deer Path – Lake Forest, IL
Eagle Ridge Golf Club – Galena, IL
Highland Park Country Club – Highland Park, IL
Pine Meadows Golf Club – Mundelein, IL
Seven Bridges Golf Course – Woodridge, IL
Stone Creek Golf Club – Urbana, IL
Fox Lake – Fox Lake, IL
Thunder Hawk Golf Club – Beach Park, IL
Weaver Ridge Golf Club – Peoria, IL
The Links at Carillon – Plainfield, IL
This program runs through June 30th, so hurry. Splashier info page about this promotion here.
…a great read.
Major League Craft Beer.
Click through for the slideshow. Step up your game, Chicago.
2012 Bordeaux Futures are out now, prices have come down.
Buy yours at Binny’s now if you’re in the market.
Breaking News: “Beer Taste Excites Male Brain.”
Remember that Maker’s Mark thing? Beam did it with Old Grand-Dad too.
Nobody seemed to notice. Thanks Chuck.
Have you shopped Binny’s Elmwood Park lately? Now is a great time to give the store another visit. We’re just putting the finishing touches on a store-wide remodel, and it’s looking great.
First, we updated the shelving. This allowed us to expand every category in the store, with craft beer and wine coming out on top as big winners in the move. The wine is laying down in bins and the previously tall shelves have been lowered, opening up the general space. Add in a fresh coat of paint and some pretty pictures, and it’s almost like new.
Next, we added a full walk-in humidor, bringing our chainwide total up to 25. With 800 different cigars in the humidor, Binny’s offers the best cigar selection in the area, hands down. A humidor isn’t a humidor without a cigar expert, so we’re excited to have cigar consultant Marc LeBlanc on the Elmwood Park team. Joining Marc are several new more staff members manning departments all across the store.
So swing by! Check out all the improvements we’ve made. Hope to see you at the Elmwood Park Binny’s!