Mark Janes has dedicated himself to learning all there is about the beer industry after joining Binny’s this year as a beer consultant in Bloomington. His motivation and experience are just part of why Binny’s is great.
What’s your brew?
Hard to pick. I certainly recommend the Boulevard Love Child #3 to any lover of sours, but I think I’ll choose the Speakeasy Tallulah Extra Pale Ale because of the style’s broader appeal. Four brews from Speakeasy came in two weeks ago and it’s brand new to our Binny’s line-up.
What do you love about it?
I’m always intrigued by the “extra pale ale” designation and have to try those breweries with that unofficial sub-style. Always makes me wonder, what’s so ‘extra’ special about this pale ale?
Tell us, what is “extra” special about this one?
As expected, it’s hoppier than most pale ales, less so than most IPA’s, and well balanced. Dry-hopped with Calypso and El Dorado, the nose of tropical fruit and a hint of sweetness meld well with the expected mild hop bite. At 5.6% ABV, it’s also more sessionable than most domestic pale ales.
Sounds delicious! So… How’d you get started with Binny’s?
I’m a native of Decatur IL, but haven’t lived there since 1987. I spent the past 15 years in New Orleans, where I entered the beer business world two years ago. Craft beers have been a passion and avocation for the past decade (triggered by two key events). So when my government consulting gig concluded, I decided to turn avocation into vocation. Just before coming to Binny’s, I handled all facets of craft and import beers for an independent bottle store in New Orleans. I moved to Bloomington in October to help open that Binny’s location. After 15 years of living in New Orleans, while the craft beer scene is growing, it’s still no Chicago and the available beers are completely different.
We are proud to introduce one of our beer managers, Scott Lasky, who is doing more then working hard in our stores! Read below to see how Scott spends his time giving back to the canine community!
Which brew are you recommending this week?
Founders All Day IPA
Fantastic! When did you get it in? Last week.
What made you recommend this particular brew?
After drinking many stouts, porters, barleywines, and Belgian strong ales during the winter, I look forward to lighter beers with lots of flavor during the warmer months. Founders All Day IPA is an excellent spring seasonal beer that is low in alcohol but has a bright, fresh hop aroma and flavor.
How does it taste?
All Day is a light-bodied beer with just enough malt to carry the noticeable hop aroma, flavor and bitterness. The beer’s taste is dominated by grassy/piney hops with citrus and floral notes. It is a well-balanced, easy drinking and flavorful beer that you can enjoy throughout the upcoming season without overwhelming your taste-buds or senses.
This weeks Binny’s New Brew is sure to please. The recommendation comes from Chris Aiken, beer manager at the South Loop Binny’s.
When did you get Perennial Aria in?
Why are you recommending it?
Perennial was one my favorite breweries to come into the market last year and with this as their flagship, I see them doing even better this year.
How does it taste?
A nice fruity Belgian Pale Ale with hints of Pear and Apple. There is a very subtle note of funk near the end to help it finish dry.
Sounds pretty awesome. Okay, now your turn. How long have you been with Binny’s?
Three years. I came over with the Sam’s buyout.
What’s your favorite part about working for Binny’s?
I get to talk to people about beer all day. Plus I get to visit breweries. It’s a rather nice gig.
Happy Fat Tuesday to you all! One of the best days to indulge and not feel any sort of guilt… until tomorrow maybe…
Whether you’re celebrating from home or the bar tonight, do it right with one of these traditional Mardi Gras beverages.
Brewed in NOLA, Abita Beer is sure to please. After Hurricane Katrina, you couldn’t get this stuff for months!
Or try sipping on the traditional New Orleans Hurricane. You can never go wrong with rum. We found a great recipe for you to try here.
Straight from the French Quarter, try the Red Snapper. Heavy with whiskey and cranberry juice, it’s guaranteed to hit your sweet spot.