Whiskey Hotline: Passing Shots

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.

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tap-rye-8-7-2014We 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.
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“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.

 

Finally,

15 Awesome Terrible Ways to Open a Wine Bottle

 

…Thoughts?

Golf Legend Fuzzy Zoeller Bottle Signing Tour

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

 

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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?

Because beer.

 

Finally, Americans Tasting International Alcohols

Includes Malort which is only “international” if you aren’t from Chicago.

 

…Thoughts?

Don Julio Airstream Speakeasy

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…

 

Don Julio Airstream Speakeasy

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Passing Shots

This rare blended Scotch was once a secret available amongst a small and elite society, but now everybody can get their hands on Syndicate 58/6. While bottles last.

 

Rundlets and Kilderkins? Silly names for barrel sizes, for sure, but the whisky isn’t funny: this Hazleburn is the perfect dram: light and refreshing.

 

Very, very old Armagnac from Delord, Dartigalongue.

 

For the fourth or fifth time in six years, we’re excited to pass on news that Bruichladdich is ready to stop all the oddball bottlings and launch a core line, including the new The Classic Laddie.

 
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Veuve Clicquot Mail Truck Tour

It’s mail time! Veuve Clicquot is touring the USA in a specially branded mail truck, and they’re making a stop at Binny’s in Lincoln Park! You’ll have a chance to snap a selfie at a special photobooth, grab some quick bites, rock out to tunes provided by a live DJ and sip some refreshing Veuve. Plus games, including but not limited to humongous Jenga. And because this is a mail truck, you can even write a letter and mail it to a friend. You remember how to write a letter, right?

 

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Veuve Clicquot Mail Truck Tour
Binny’s Lincoln Park
Saturday, August 9th
12-3:00pm

Follow along with #CLICQUOTMAIL on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

 

Veuve Clicquot Mailbox

Barrel Report: 2014 Binny’s Handpicked Single Malts

The committee gathered, tasted and voted, and now the 2014 Binny’s Handpicked Single Malts are on their way. Brett’s annual trip to Scotland yielded excellent whiskies this year. Now that we have sorted through all the options and honed the selection to just the best of the best, we can hardly wait for these selections to arrive (and they always take months and months, of course). Until then, get your wish list ready:

 

Binny's Handpicked Single Malts

 

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Mass produced wine, good tasting, making: economics and chemistry.

 

More chemistry: make older whiskey faster.

Not sure that’s how that works, guys.

 

Honest reactions to Laphroaig.

 

Harry Caray’s bar diary.

 

This story again: Wine Good for Teeth

My dental hygienist just doesn’t get it.

 

Buying a wine for a newborn baby.

We do actually get this question a lot.

 

Drink your damn beer.

 

Lagunitas houses migrant workers.

Central question: “What do you feed 26 hungry Germans?”

 

…thoughts?