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Binny’s Top Ten of 2014

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

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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Meet the Maker of Temperance Beer Company

Temperance Beer Company

 

caramomImagine this: the essence of green cardamom – one of the most intensely fragrant spices around – plus fresh vanilla bean, cold-brewed coffee and lactose sugar, all infused in the best porter on the North Side. That’s exactly what Binny’s Skokie Beer Consultant Tom Bergman and Temperance Beer Company Brewster Claudia Jendron did. Get a taste of this exclusive Thai iced coffee porter and more at Binny’s in Skokie this Saturday, and shake hands with the woman who brews it. Details after the jump….
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Beaujolais Nouveau 2014 – Get a Taste

 

Get ready for the year’s first wine, arriving Thursday, November 20! Beaujolais Nouveau is ideal for your Thanksgiving table. With fun, fruit-driven personality and expressive, colorful labels, Beaujolais Nouveau is an annual hit. This year’s selections include:

 

Rodet * Bouchard Aine * Cambon
Joseph Drouhin * Georges Duboeuf

 

Beaujolais Nouveau is always released the Thursday before Thanksgiving. It’s no simple feat, picking grapes, fermenting juice, bottling and shipping these fresh wines all around the world. Somehow they make it to Binny’s shelves, ready for you to try and buy!

 

Get a taste of 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau at all Binny’s locations this Thursday, November 20.

Quick Flight, Small Pours

Byproduct of cocktail culture: fake good cocktails?

 

Why is craft beer expensive?

 

Thrillist brings you Best Small American Distilleries.

Also Pappy Jello Shots.

 

Bourbon association announces golden age for bourbon.

Cynicism aside, that link contains some interesting numbers.

 

Sometimes we follow hyperlinks too much. Case it point:

How much do Americans drink? This article and this one

led us to this

and then this

and this

and then we got back to work.

 

Thoughts?

Quick Flight, Small Pours

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.

 

…Thoughts?

Binny’s Oak Brook: Open Today

Binny's Oak Brook

 

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!

 

pano

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Oak Brook: Binny’s is Coming

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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.

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Quick Flight, Small Pours

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.

 

…Thoughts?

Barrel Report – All Ten Four Roses Recipes

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.

 

4R

 
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