This week’s Binny’s New Brew comes hand selected by Tom Bergman, our man in the beer aisle in Highland Park. Tom is stoked on the arrival of Two Brothers Brewing Co’s newest year-round release in cans, SideKick Extra Pale Ale.
When did you get Sidekick?
A couple weeks ago. SideKick joins Outlaw IPA as a year-round canned release.
There comes a point where every beer nerd needs a break from the boozy onslaught of barrel aged stouts and tongue-thrashing bitterness of imperial IPA’s. Sometimes you just want to drink a beer (or three). SideKick is a subtle, sessionable option – it practically drinks itself!
How does it taste?
It’s crisp and delicate with a touch of sweet malt. There’s a nice balance of citrus, melon, and strawberry, and it finishes with just enough bitterness to remind you you’re drinking a pale ale.
Sounds delish! Now tell us about yourself – how long have you been with Binny’s and what’s your favorite part about working here?
I’ve been at Binny’s since September 2009. The highlight of my day is the smile on a return customer’s face after I’ve introduced them to a new beer style. Oh, and someone brought me a can of Heady Topper the other day – that was pretty sweet.
Ben Morgan, customer service manager and resident beer geek at Binny’s Lakeview recommends Smuttynose Baltic Porter. It only seems fitting as winter doesn’t seem to want to leave Chicago.
Alright, so when do you expect to get this fantastic porter in?
It’s hitting the shelves of Binny’s this week!
Why’d you recommend this particular brew?
Smuttynose rarely disappoints, and this beer is one of their best, and it’s only $5.99 a 22 oz bottle at 9.2% ABV. It’s the perfect dark beer to help pass this abysmally overlong winter, haha!
Yeah, about that… So, how does it taste?
The color is an opaque black that lets in little to no light, with a lovely brown lacing that invites the drinker in warmly. The aroma is reminiscent of a freshly made chocolate fudge, or a really good glass of chocolate milk and just a hint of dark fruit such as bing cherries or dried dates. The taste definitely has the fudge quality that you get in the nose and a little bit of caramel, a touch of coffee, smoke and a little raisin. The creaminess of this beer is what really sells it for me. You can barely detect the 9% alcohol until you reach the end of the bottle, leaving you wanting another one!
Brewery Huyghe, famous for their pink elephant and Delirium branded beers, is planning on releasing a new beer in Chicago for the first time in what seems like forever (we have been selling Delirium Tremens, Nocturnum, and Noel for over 12 years, and haven’t seen anything new from Huyghe since then). The beer in question is La Guillotine, an 8.5% ABV Belgian golden ale that is most definitely worth a shot if you are a fan of Delirium Tremens or similar beers. We recommend serving La Guillotine in a Delirium Tremens snifter, which are also available for purchase at your local Binny’s. We expect La Guillotine to be available at Binny’s in 2-3 weeks.
We just got word that Prairie Artisan Ales will be coming to Binny’s in the near future. Their beers should be available at most of our locations sooner rather than later, including Champaign and Bloomington locations (we don’t have hard release dates yet, but we will post again when we do). This will be Binny’s first time offering a brewery from the state of Oklahoma. Prairie’s beers are highly rated on all the premier beer websites, and we are excited to offer them. Prairie does a lot of innovative and new stuff; in March alone they released four new beers. Check out the beer labels from these four new brews below, they are some of the coolest labels we have laid eyes on.
Bacardi Rum and Toni Kukoc? What more could you ask for!
Toni is joining Binny’s alongside the Bacardi Girls as they demo classic Bacardi Rum cocktails!
When: March 23rd from 2-3pm
Where: Binny’s in Niles
8935 N. Milwaukee Ave, Niles, Il 60714
*Must be 21 years old or be accompanied by an adult.
Day after the St. Patrick’s Day… Saturday mornings after a night at The Hanguppe… Another Cub’s loss… we’ve all been there. But don’t worry, this bloody mary was designed to help you get through it all.
Binny’s Loaded Bloody Mary
Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix
Your choice of vodka
Dash of hot sauce
Now for the good part- the garnish. On a skewer place a:
Peccoroni with red pepper
One massive blue cheese stuffed olive
Drench in balsamic vinaigrette
Give our South Loop Tasting Room a visit and one of Binny’s awesome bartenders will be sure to whip up this meaty cocktail for you!
Ken Habenicht, beer manager at Binny’s in Buffalo Grove recommends the Binny’s New Brew of the week and breaks down why he loves being in the beer industry so much!
Which brew are you recommending this week?
O’so Night Train
What made you recommend this particular brew? What’s it taste like?
We just got this in the beginning of March and it’s been a popular pick! The nose on this brew took me by total surprise. Sweet vanilla notes were very present and what can I say, I’m a big fan of Vanilla porters & stouts. There is a nice roasty, creamy, and definite coffee notes present. Has a medium body with a dark brown color.
Mhmm.. sounds yummy! We’ll be sure to give it a try! So now, a little about you! What’s your history with Binny’s and what’s the best part of the gig?
I’ve been with Binny’s for 8+ years now and I really enjoy interacting with the customers about what interests them. It’s a true pleasure to see their eyes light up when you show them some special new beer that they absolutely must try. It reminds me of when a child opens up a Christmas gift and the pure excitement that radiates out of them. I’ve heard a customer more than once say looking at our beer wall is like being a kid in a candy shop. Need I say more?
This St. Patrick’s Day, Binny’s is teaming up with Guinness Gives Back. For every case of Guinness sold up until St. Patrick’s Day, a portion will benefit The Leary Firefighters of Chicago! We can’t think of a better way to give back this St. Patrick’s Day!
Is there a better way to celebrate the return of one of the best shows on television, Game of Thrones, than with a brand new beer? Iron Throne is a collaboration between Brewery Ommegang and one of the most watched shows in HBO’s history, Game of Thrones. This brew is crafted for those who enjoy character, strength, and complexity—both in their television shows and in their beer. Iron Throne will be available at all Binny’s* this Thursday, March 14th, in limited quantities.
What’s in the bottle? The liquid is a 6.5 % ABV Belgian-style blonde ale, spiced with grains of paradise and lemon peel. It has a sweetness from the honey malt it is brewed with, as well as a fruitiness from the yeast. It is easy drinking, yet still has robust flavors and subtle complexities.
*Does not include our express locations in Glencoe and Hyde Park.
We’re super excited for this suburban keg-only beer tasting! Here’s the details:
When: Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 4 pm-8 pm
Where: Binny’s Beverage Depot
842 S. Randall Road
Algonquin, IL, USA 60102
What: Come sample beer from Chicago Suburban keg-only breweries! Taste stuff you may never have- because it only comes in kegs! Scheduled breweries include Church Street from Itasca, Tighthead from Mundelein, Light The Lamp from Grayslake, and Brickstone from Bourbonais. This is a 21+ and free event!
For more information contact Jim Kube. Hope to see you there!