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Get it at Binny’s: Schlafly Imperial Stout

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Schlafly may be new to Chicagoland but they are veterans of the Midwest craft brewing scene. Opening their doors in 1991 they focused on brewing quality examples of classic beer styles (of particular note is their Kolsch). But they are also brewing up some great versions of popular new styles, such as imperial stouts, and Schlafly’s take is nothing short of tremendous.
 

Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

 

Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

On the nose it’s an intoxicating mix of vanilla, toffee, dates and roasted pecans. Rich and decadent with notes of cocoa and coffee, leading to a bright spirited finish. This is a hidden gem from an unsung hero. As good as it is fresh, it also ages beautifully and with vintage dated 25.4oz bottles priced at $11.99 they are an affordable way to build up your cellar.

Hop To It

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Deschutes Armory XPA

XPA? In this case, it stands for Experimental Pale Ale. Fruity and yeasty with a good malt backbone, Armory drinks like a well-crafted English Pale Ale with an American twist. Classic American standbys like Centennial and Cascade mix with Citra hops to provide a bright citrusy finish with a touch of tropical fruit.
 

Surly Xtra Citra Pale Ale

Surly certainly crafts some masterfully hopped beers, and have now brewed an aptly named ale that showcases this pungent, fruity hop. The Xtra explodes with Citra’s tropical aroma we know and love, but at 4.5% abv makes for especially easy drinking. Balanced by a creamy body and at only $7.99 for a 4pk of tallboys, this may be the best deal in craft beer we have.

Double the Hops, Double the Fun

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“Imperial” IPAs are amped up versions of the wildly popular India Pale Ale style. Some feature big malt backbones and drink almost like a barleywine while others are dry as a bone with long and intensely bitter finishes. They all feature bulked up hop and mash bills, an added cost that caused most to be packaged in either 4pks or 22oz bottles. Imagine our surprise when we tried some excellent new DIPAs and learned they came in six packs! This is a budget-friendly trend we hope will continue.

 

Double IPAs Binny's

 
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Reinheitsgebot 500th Anniversary

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From the world’s oldest continuously operating brewery, a brew that marks the 500th anniversary of the Reinheitsgebot. Arguably the world’s longest standing food safety act, it famously stipulated that brewers could use only three ingredients: water, barley and hops. While it was later amended to allow for yeast, it stands as a testament to brewing the highest quality examples of Germany’s classic beer styles free from coloring, flavorings and other adjuncts. It’s no easy task to craft a fine beer with only a handful of ingredients; the Weihenstephaner 1516 is proof that it can be done.
 

Reinheitsgebot

 

Weihenstephaner 1516

Weihenstephaner 1516 is a limited edition kellerbier, an old Bavarian favorite famous in Franconia. The malt profile on this lager is similar to an Oktoberfestbier, with rich biscuity aromas and toasted malt and caramel flavors. Earthy noble hops provide a nice dry finish. Stop by your local Binny’s and pick up a six pack while supplies last.

 

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Two Brothers False Dichotomy collaboration with Metropolitan

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Two Brothers & Metropolitan False Dichotomy Collaboration

False Dichotomy is a new collaboration between Warrenville’s Two Brothers Brewing Co. and Chicago’s Metropolitan Brewing. This India Pale Lager (IPL) challenges that notion that all beer must either be a lager or an ale. It’s brewed like a lager with Metropolitan’s house yeast but aggressively hopped like an IPA with a new German hop variety called Hull Melon. At 7.2% abv it’s big and malty up front with some pronounced caramel sweetness that quickly transitions to a long, dry finish with citrus and berry notes.

 

False Dichotomy

 

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New from Goose Island

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Goose Island Four Star Pils

Aiming to quench a growing thirst for more sessionable brews, many craft breweries are taking their stab at an old world classic. The refreshing simplicity of a well-made Pilsner ironically makes it one of the most difficult beers to brew. Goose Island’s Four Star Pils is built around a unique combination of both new and old world hops. It’s crisp and clean with a finish that is both citrusy and herbaceous.

 

Goose Island Green Line

The wait is finally over! Until now, Goose Island’s wildly popular Green Line Pale Ale has only been available on draft. This well-balanced American pale features flavors of toasted malt alongside a citrusy hop profile with just a touch of pine.

 

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Fresh Flavors from Ballast Point Brewing Company

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With new breweries launching every week, brewers have to get creative to stand out in a sea of choices. California’s Ballast Point Brewing Company just released three new variations of their popular IPA, and they are too good to miss. From a modest 3.5% abv session IPA to a 10% abv DIPA, you’ll find one you love.

 

Ballast Point

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