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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.



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.



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!



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Oak Brook: Binny’s is Coming




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.



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.



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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.



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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