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The Legendary Hatfield and McCoy Whiskey Bottle Signings

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History’s legendary feuding families – the Hatfields and McCoys – have finally come together. What force could overcome this bitter rivalry? Their very own whiskey, of course. This is classic American whiskey in Appalachian tradition – a mashbill of corn, barley and malt, barrel aged to golden perfection and bottled at 80 proof.

 

Binny’s is excited to host the great great grandsons of Randall McCoy and Devil Anse Hatfield at Binny’s. John T Hatfield and his wife Diane, and Big Jim McCoy and his wife Tammy will all be at Binny’s, signing bottles and sharing stories.

 

Event locations and times after the Jump…

 

Hatfield & McCoy Family Brand Whiskey

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Margarita Classics

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Take Your Margarita to the Top Shelf. There’s a reason that when you think Mexican food, the first cocktail that comes to mind is the margarita. The citrus and sweet character is a timeless match with spicy, salty, saucy Mexican cuisine. If you’re looking to impress, these two tips will help you make the perfect, crowd-pleasing margarita:

 
Better Ingredients Make a Better Margarita. Start with tequila you actually like, and build from there. Milagro Reposado is delicious, a great value, and works as a solid foundation for a margarita that overdelivers. Also, try an orange liqueur with a brandy base, such as Grand Marnier, to give your drink a layer of complexity beyond the sweet orange of less expensive triple sec.

 

Use Fresh Lime Juice. Sure, margarita mix is an easy solution – just add tequila, right? But all that sugar tends to overpower most other flavors – from the tequila in your drink to the flavor of the food, too. Not to mention the extra calories! Fresh fruit juice and a good orange liqueur offer just enough sweetness for a fresh and balanced cocktail.
 

Taco Night Margarita

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Des Plaines Grand Re-Opening Tasting

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Celebrate our Des Plaines store remodel and expansion at our Grand Re-Opening on Saturday, May 30th. Check out these features of the newly renovated Binny’s in Des Plaines:

 
– Redesigned, expanded sales floor housing over 3,400 wines, 1,700 spirits and 1,700 beers all under one roof.
– Newly expanded walk-in humidor holding nearly 1,000 different cigars.
– Walk-in wine cellar featuring treasures from Napa Valley to the Rhone Valley.
– The same Binny’s promise of the lowest prices on every bottle, every day.

 

Binny's Des Plaines

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Golf Legend Fuzzy Zoeller Bottle Signing Tour

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Legendary golfer Fuzzy Zoeller hit a hole in one with his own vodka that tastes like victory. He wants to share his award-winning Fuzzy’s Vodka with you, and sign a bottle for you too. After a career of victories on tours – the PGA Tour, the Champions Tour – he’s ready to tour Binny’s.
 

Fuzzy Zoeller

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Ardbeg Odyssey Tour + Day + Perpetuum

On October 30, 2011, Ardbeg became the first distillery in the known universe to launch into space. To test the impact low gravity has on the whisky aging process, Ardbeg sent vials of chemical compounds called terpenes to rest in the International Space Station, where they orbited the Earth fifteen times a day at a speed of 17,227 miles per hour. Science! Now that the test is over and the vials are safely back on Earth, Ardbeg is sharing the experience with you during two special events at Binny’s.

 

Ardbeg Odyssey Tour
Binny’s Oak Brook
Friday, June 5, 4-7 pm

 

Ardbeg Odyssey Tour & Ardbeg Day Celebration
Binny’s Chicago – Lincoln Park
Saturday, June 6, 1-4 pm

 

Ardbeg Perpetuum Banner

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Taste at the Track 2015

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UPDATE: Check out the Taste at the Track list and plan your afternoon by clicking here!

 

Tickets for the next Binny’s Beverage Depot and Arlington Park Taste at the Track are on sale right now over on the Arlington Park website. The dates for this year’s events are June 6 and – just in case you’re planning waaaaay ahead, September 12. As always, get your tickets early; this event will sell out.

 

Taste at the Track

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Quick Flight, Small Pours

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Women in whiskey – Marianne Barnes named Master Distiller at new Old Taylor.

 

Remember the wine dress? Introducing beer dress.

 

Why did cocktails suck for so long?
Related: the fern bar.

 

Looking for wine value? Check out Sam’s Selections.

 

USA! USA!

 

More on making old spirits very quickly.

 

…Thoughts?

 

Quick Flight, Small Pours

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Catching up…

 

Thrillist ranks US Presidents by degrees of partying.

Gives new meaning to “political party.”

 

Whisky scented fabric. From Scotland… where else?

 

Cellaring Beer with Adam Avery.

 

One more reason to get a Binny’s Card.

Restores your faith in humanity.

 

An oldie but a goodie:

Check out this quick and handy Whiskey Family Tree.

 

…Thoughts?

Binny’s Top Ten of 2014

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Hand picked by Binny’s employees from Chicago to Champaign,
from Highland Park to Evergreen Park, presenting…

 

Binny's Top 10 of 2014

 

Henriot Brut Souverain and Eagle Rare Bourbon#1 Henriot
Brut Souverain

I have a new favorite with Henriot. It’s bright with flavors of lemon and apricot followed by creaminess and a tickle of fine bubbles. This is perfect on Christmas Eve with dinner, but I’ll pop the cork now and then to just enjoy a good bubbly with friends. As Champagne goes, this is a great value for exceptional quality.Nancy K, Wine Consultant at Binny’s Champaign

 

#2 Eagle Rare
10 Year Old Single Barrel

In terms of value, where else can you find a ten year old at this price? Very few can compare with Eagle Rare’s heartier, more robust, spicier character. Not as sweet as, say, Elmer T Lee, Eagle Rare is fat and rich and not too bitter, and wears its rye on its sleeve. Right now we have plenty of Binny’s Handpicked bottles, too.Mike H, Assistant Store Manager at Binny’s Skokie
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Whiskey Wishlist: Spirited Gifts from $20 to $20,000

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Whiskey Wishlist

 

Kerrygold Irish Creamkerrygold-12-5-2014
The iconic Irish butter and cheese producer finally has enough confidence in an Irish whiskey to tie their name and golden reputation to their very own Irish cream liqueur. With Kerrygold cream from grass-fed cows, Irish whiskey plus rich chocolate.

 

Buffalo Trace Bourbon
Maybe you’ve noticed that Buffalo Trace Bourbon has become scarce over the last year. The distillery refuses to cut corners, instead patiently waiting for more stock to age to the Buffalo Trace we love. We do have plenty this month, so fill those stockings while you can.

 
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