Come in and sample three aromatic and flavorful varieties of The Glenlivet. Brand ambassador Matthew Springate will guide you on a journey into the world of single malt Scotch, as well as answer any questions you might have. Introduce a friend to single malt by inviting them to share The Glenlivet experience! And it’s free, but you have to sign up soon.
The Glenlivet Nights of Passage
South Loop Tasting Room
Wednesday, December 12th, 6:30-8 pm
FREE to the first 25 people who RSVP
You say you like making cocktails? Then you just how essential St Germain can be behind your bar. The French elderflower liqueur can add delicate sweetness and subtle floral complexity to an array of your favorite classic cocktail concoctions.
St Germain invites you to “Drink French Fluently” this holiday season, starting with a seminar at Binny’s South Loop. There will be appetizers, St Germain drinks and cocktail demonstrations. The details:
Binny’s South Loop
South Loop Tasting Room
Wednesday, December 5th, 6:30-8 pm
$10 for your seminar seat plus swag
RSVP soon: 312-768-4400
Seating for this event is limited to 25 people, so RSVP soon.
Well… internet airwaves, anyway. It’s a series of tubes.
Jeff Caldecleugh is our party planning guy. He specializes in easing your fear and anxiety when it comes to lining up the beverages for your next big event. By combining his experience with the massive selection and prices Binny’s offers, he can… wait… let’s just let him say it. He went on The Wedding 101 Radio Show with David Rothstein this morning, and you can listen to the show right here:
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We especially like the part where they say “Binny’s” like 85 times.
If you’re planning a big event of your own – from weddings to anything else – talk to Jeff He’ll help you save money and make sure your event goes off without a hitch. Email Jeff at JCaldcleugh@binnys.com or call 847-257-2583.
Breaking News from The Whiskey Hotline.
Harlen Wheatley, seen below in vivid black and white, is coming to Binny’s South Loop. Harlen is the master distiller at Buffalo Trace, which is kind of a big deal. He’ll be signing bottles, pouring samples of the Binny’s Handpicked E.H. Taylor (and some other good stuff) and will attempt to demystify the art that is the Buffalo Trace Distillery.
Harlen Wheatley Meet & Greet
Binny’s South Loop
Wednesday, Nov 14th, 6-8pm
Only on Friday, November 23rd; only at the Lincoln Park Binny’s Beverage Depot.
Here’s the deal: Doors open at 9 am. Showing up gets you a piece of paper with a number on it. I’ll be pulling numbers for special things from my cellar. Any time your number is pulled, you get the option to purchase whatever that particular item is. Then it goes back in the hat.
There is plenty of BCS 2012, so even if your number is never called, you’ll still be able to grab some.
Stuff from the cellar:
Bourbon County 2011 4pks
Bourbon County Mini Cellar 4pks (2 bottles 2012, 1 bottle 2011, 1 bottle 2010)
Bourbon County 2009 Bombers
Night Stalker 2010
Night Stalker 2011
Bourbon County Vanilla 2010
Bourbon County Coffee 2010
The idea is that you DON’T have to wait in line in the cold if the weather is a jerk. Everyone will have an equal chance at the cellared stuff. Hopefully I’ll have 2012 Coffee and Cherry Rye in time, but i’m not holding my breath.
Also: NO OPEN CONTAINERS IN THE PARKING LOT. SERIOUSLY. You’re welcome to trade and such out there. Please do not bring product into the store.
Adam Vavrick is resident beer geek at Binny’s Lincoln Park.
The good people at Vanberg & DeWulf threw such a successful celebration of Belgian beer with their Coast to Coast Toast last year that they’re doing it again, and even bigger than before! Come November 15, retailers, bars and restaurants across the U.S. will raise a glass to celebrate the birthday (way back in 1982) of this great Belgian beer importer. To give back, they’re offering you two chances to win the Ultimate Belgian Brew Tour.
The first is easy, just click here to enter in a drawing.
The second is a little more elaborate. Log on to untappd and check in to two of their beers to earn yourself the C2CT2 badge. This will also give you a special entry code. Be sure to check in at Binny’s when you purchase to give us credit! Enter that code here for another chance to win.
While you’re at it, be sure to chat up Vanberg & Dewulf on twitter using the tag #C2CT, and be sure to give us a shout as well!
This promotion includes a ton of beers including some of our favorites like Hopruiter and Scaldis Prestige. You should totally use this as an opportunity to discover your next favorite beer.
Who wouldn’t want to sneak a peek into Binny’s Mailbag?
I read on the UGC de Bordeaux website that there will be a Binny’s tasting on January 23rd, 2013, which I assume is similar to what there was earlier this year for the 2009 vintage. However, I don’t see any announcement on your website or blog. Any idea when this will be official and allow us to purchase tickets to?
The announcement and ticket sales for the January 23rd Union des Grands Crus Bordeaux Tasting should come later this year. We’re looking forward to tasting another great vintage with our customers and friends from Bordeaux. It will be held at the Drake this time around, which is an absolutely gorgeous venue for this great event.
Please check back to binnys.com for more information in late November or early December. We’ll see you at the UGC Bordeaux tasting!
We’re hard at work stocking the brand new Binny’s Beverage Depot in Bloomington, IL! Truckload after truckload of all your favorite wines, spirits and beers are rolling in right now. Find us at 1409 N. Veterans Parkway in Bloomington, Illinois. Next to the Outback. See you soon.
The burning question on everybody’s mind is this, “When will you open?” We’re excited to have a special guest, hockey legend Denis Savard on Friday, October 26th. Savard will “drop the puck” at our new location, and will sign Jose Cuervo products. Is that a Grand Opening? It’s a puck dropping, at least. Stay tuned to the Binny’s Blog and our twitter and facebook pages for more info soon.
Chicago has an amazing food & beverage social media scene, don’t you think? We’d like to say thanks and have a chance to chat … you know … IRL. So we’re hosting a tweetup.
Binny’s Big Social Media Tweetup
South Loop Tasting Room
1132 S Jefferson St
October 3rd, 6-8 pm
If the charming company of the Chicago social media community isn’t enough motivation, we’re also knocking a buck off all drinks for the event. Conversation will range anywhere from social media strategy to what you had for breakfast that morning.
If you haven’t been, the South Loop Tasting Room is our fabulous full-service bar and tasting area, located right inside the South Loop Binny’s Beverage Depot. The tasting room features 16 beers on tap including some special stuff, a ton of wines by the glass, friendly mixologists who for sure can make your favorite cocktail with an array of specialty spirits, plus a gorgeous view of the Chicago skyline.
Spread the word! Bring your friends! Join us on twitter, on facebook, and now in person at the South Loop Tasting Room! Will we see you there?
Thanks to all who joined us at Arlington Park on Saturday for Binny’s Taste at the Track! We couldn’t have asked for a better afternoon, and the event was just spectacular. We listened to your feedback from the event back in June and made some major changes: almost twice as many tables, fewer tickets sold, more tents keeping the wine in shade, and more.
We’d love to hear about your experiences at Taste at the Track. Would you recommend the event to a friend? Did make any new discoveries? Find any new favorite wines? What were the best aspects of the afternoon, and what changes would you make?
Watch for more soon. Our events department is already hard at work lining up some amazing and ambitious tasting events for next spring!