Wine, health benefits of: cavity prevention.
Wine, marketing. A critique and a response.
Inflammatory sentence: “Most people think paying anything more than £6 a bottle is mad. Most of the industry think anything under £6 is shit.”
Beer, craft: diversity.
Beer, local: go Blackhawks.
Beer, science of: nitro beer explained.
Beer, slumber: beer barrel bed.
Our 31st location is now open for business. You’ll find Binny’s Oak Brook at 1500 16th St, just north of the Oakbrook Shopping Center in the former home of The Container Store.
The stats: this is 23,000 square feet holding over 5,000 wines, 2,100 spirits, 1,500 beers and a thousand cigars. We have a walk-in fine wine cellar, humidor, rare and collectible spirits room, and a big beer cooler. We have mountains of spirits and great prices throughout the store, with more savings coming.
By the way, we’re kicking off this new location with a few events. Don’t miss our Octoberfest Stein Hoisting Competition on Saturday, October 4th. Chicago hockey icon Bobby Hull will “drop the puck” at our new location on Thursday, October 30th. Hull will have photos on hand to autograph for a limited number of people, and will be unable to sign other memorabilia. You will have a chance to to win tickets and jerseys. Also save the date for our Champagne Open House on Saturday, November 8, and our California Wine Tasting on Saturday, November 22.
See you in Oak Brook!
Attention Oak Brook: Binny’s is coming. You must have seen our new location at the intersection of 83 and 16th Street, just north of the mall. We’re bringing a beverage experience unparalleled to the area. This new location includes 23,000 square feet that add up to one of the best-looking Binny’s stores yet, a modern, bright space featuring floor to ceiling windows.
We don’t usually end up with leftover wine, but when we do…
Chuck Cowdery digs deeper into federal whiskey regulations re: flavored whiskey.
Fifty states ranked by beer.
Speaking of, no, we can’t get Austin’s infamous 99 Pack.
Lose weight with the Iggy Pop diet.
A health story we can get behind.
Old school cocktail recipe scans. For fans of cocktails and also old timey things.
You heard about the earthquake in Napa.
Other recent natural wine disasters include locusts, snakes.
You know the story about Four Roses’s ten unique bourbon recipes, right? They use a combination of two mashbills and five distinct yeast strains, resulting in ten unique bourbons that act as building blocks in blending their different bottlings. We couldn’t resist finding the best of each, and for several years now, we’ve maintained our own Handpicked versions of all ten recipes. With the recent arrival of several new bottlings to fill out the lineup, we sat down to taste all the expressions at once.
Reminder: The two Binny’s Handpicked Cedar Ridge bottlings are still the only cask strength bourbon Cedar Ridge has bottled to date. It’s delicious, special, exclusive and limited.
We do like exotic wood finishing, and we certainly like exotic wood finishing more than flavored whisky. So it’s good to see Tap 357 Port Finished, form the makers of probably the best Canadian maple whisky on our shelves.
Fatter, sweeter Crown Royal for the British palate. Pairs well with some Cadbury chocolate candy you’ve never heard of before.
Yes, there’s a John Wayne bourbon. It may soon become rare and collectible if the Blue Devils win.
“Crowd-funding is a great hustle.”
No age statement whiskies: more popular than ever.
We are interested in what you think.
guysdrinkingbeer.com’s Karl Klockars: what about this beer label seems acceptable?
Wine Spectator’s Matt Kramer: good wine retailers push wine value.
Is too many craft beers a problem?
Thoughtful article starts with alarmist headline, finishes on hopeful note.
An interesting read about all the new craft rye, whiskey brands today.
The thing is, MGP juice (can we just call them LDI?) is actually really good.
We recently mentioned countering counterfeit wine.
Maybe the most famous wine counterfeiting saga came to this end.
Awesome Terrible Ways to Open a Wine Bottle
Legendary golfer Fuzzy Zoeller isn’t willing to rest, so he set out to make a 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.
Highland Park – Tuesday, August 5th, 5-7PM
Naperville – Wednesday, August 6th, 1-3PM
Willowbrook – Wednesday, August 6th, 5-7PM
Another one of these already?
Remember Jim Koch, eating yeast, not getting too tipsy?
NPR puts it to the test. It doesn’t work well. Your mileage may vary.
Using science to fight counterfeit wines.
Germany wins World Cup. In the aftermath, beer is stolen.
Ten trucks. Nobody but the cops seem to notice.
Why combat global climate change?
Finally, Americans Tasting International Alcohols
Includes Malort which is only “international” if you aren’t from Chicago.
Have you heard of Airstream Speakeasy? It’s a cool concept: they took a vintage Airstream recreational vehicle and totally fixed it up to make “the world’s most technically advanced mobile cocktail bar.” They’re teaming up with Don Julio to bring this cocktail-centric aluminum twinkie on wheels to your neighborhood – with a special stop at Binny’s Evergreen Park.
Don Julio Ambassador Jackson Miranda will be on hand to answer questions (bring your best tequila trivia) and pour you a sample of Don Julio, both on its own and also as the base in great cocktails that that are simple enough that you can make them at home. We’ll have an engraver on hand, for your chance to get your a special bottle of Don Julio 1942 etched with your own custom message. That would make a heck of a gift. More info after the jump…