Quick Flight, Small Pours

3D ice cubes rock.

 

Hot in the news: powdered alcohol.

 

Lagunitas in Chicago? Their first batch was bottled this month!

 

Thoughtful reflection on the job of the wine critic, by Asimov.

 

IPA, stout, and lager lollipops? Of course.
Other flavors include cocktails, wine, sriracha bacon. Blue cheese.

 

This story with Jim Koch has raised some eyebrows.
In short, he suggests you eat yeast in yogurt to not get drunk.

 

If you have Parker access, absolutely read Neal Martin’s Bordeaux 2013 report.

 

The cutest beer story in years.

 

…Thoughts?

World of Whiskies 2014

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Last night, Binny’s hosted World of Whiskies 2014, the best whiskey event of the year, and it was a bigger success than ever. You know the story: we get a bunch of the most innovative and exciting spirits producers (no, it’s not just whiskey) together under one roof to show their latest and greatest.

 

One very special feature of last night’s event was the release of Four Kings Bourbon. You’ve heard of it, right? It’s a collaborative bottling from Few, MRDC, Journeyman and Corsair. This limited edition whiskey is only available at a handful of Chicago hotspots including Fountainhead and Delilah’s, and only available for purchase at a Binny’s location near you. This stuff won’t last, so head in and grab your bottle soon.

 

The other real star of the night – if we can be so bold – is the newly expanded Binny’s Lincoln Park. Guests were blown away by our newly expanded location, including the Champagne Depot and Lincoln Park Tasting Room. We knew we had something great, but there’s just something special about witnessing honest reactions to the location. Binny’s Lincoln Park – Seeing is Believing.

 

Pictures tell a better story than words, so click through for more pics of the event, and check out even more pics on this gallery on the Binny’s Facebook Page.

 

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Binny’s Lincoln Park: Seeing Is Believing

How do you celebrate the expansion of the area’s largest wine, spirits and beer superstore? By inviting an industry legend to host the festivities.
 

Lincoln Park

 

Binny’s Lincoln Park Tasting Room
Ribbon Cutting & Toast with
Jim Koch of Boston Brewing Company
Tuesday, April 8 from 6-8:30pm

An Open-House Event

 
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It’s a Gimme. Free Golf from Gosling’s.

Summer is coming, and that means that spirits companies are doing their best to get you out on the golf course. For free. Isn’t summer great? This year, the first to the tee is Gosling’s Black Seal Rum. The offer starts today and runs through August. It’s easy, and it works like this:

 

 

Next Round Is On Us.1) Find a specially marked bottle of Gosling’s at a Binny’s near you. Watch for the uniquely coded promotional bottle necker. It looks like that graphic over on the right.

 

2) Head to goslingsgolfexperience.com and input your unique code. You’ll have to give a little more info, then print and mail in your Claim Form, along with proof of purchase and all that stuff.

 

3) You’ll then receive an email with a link where you can pick out your favorite course and get your free golf voucher. Just make sure to use it before December 31, 2014.

 

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Hennessy Brings You The Blue Bird

They’re calling it their “Never stop. Never settle.” campaign, showcasing the story of legendary motorist Sir Malcolm Campbell’s historic breaking of nine land speed records in the 1920′s and 30′s. Considering the spirit of the campaign, I have to wonder if Sir Malcolm Campbell’s iconic racecar had brakes.

 

Blue BirdSee, Campbell was the kind of thrill seeker who broke land speed record after land speed record. Campbell, as it turns out, was also famous for being one of the few land speed record holders who did not die in a firey auto crash. He had a series of cars, all called “Blue Bird,” and Hennessy is touring a 24 foot replica of one of these fast, fast cars across America.

 

Binny’s Lincoln Park
Friday, April 25th, 4-7 pm

 

Binny’s Evergreen Park
Sunday, April 27th, 1-3 pm

 

Along with the car and a timeline of Campbell’s accomplishments, Hennessy is showcasing samples of signature cocktails featuring Hennessy. Plus, this is your chance to enter a sweepstakes to win a trip to France, including stops at the Hennessy Distillery in Cognac and the Formula 1 Academy in Nice. If you can’t make it to the event, participate by tweeting @HennessyUS with the hashtag #wildrabbitchase.

 

Now, and artist’s rendering of the tour:

 

Hennessy Blue Bird Tour

Quick Flight, Small Pours

We’re back, flying quickly and pouring smally. Catching up:

 

You read a tantalizing wine review. Eric Asimov explains why we may not have it.

 

The story of phylloxera, infographic style.

 

How to write misleading headlines: “Gadget … Turns Water Into Wine,”
… Actually turns water, grape concentrate and yeast into wine, which isn’t so great.
Still, three days is impressive.

 

Remember these Girl Scout Cookies inspired beer flavors?
Now there are Girl Scout Cookie bourbon pairings.

 

MillerCoors, conservationists.

 

Token story about how wine is good for your health.
Token story about creepy ingredients in wine.

 

A device to break your phone-checking habit at the bar.
Pure genius.

 

Woah, that was the longest Quick Flights ever. …Thoughts?

International Whiskey Day Tweetup

Yeah, it’s a thing. And it’s Thursday, March 27. As if we really need an excuse to talk whiskey. Especially on an international scale.
 
Then again, it is an excuse to talk whiskey. And the day was started in honor of esteemed whiskey writer Michael Jackson, and we do have a lot of respect for that guy. And the whole thing is to raise money for a good cause. So here’s what we’re going to do:
 

INTERNATIONAL WHISKEY DAY
WHISKEY HOTLINE TWEETUP
Thursday, March 27, 3-4 pm CST
#whiskeyhotline

 

Whiskey Hotline Twitter Chat

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Quick Flight, Small Pours

Beer Jelly Beans.

Not jelly bean beer, that’s totally different.

 

Some people take beer too seriously.

“Ceramic squirrel” is just gravy.

 

Malort in the news.

And again.

 

Wine: the glass makes the difference.

For better or worse, but it’s totally true.

 

Top 5 beers in the world?

This blogger gets it right, even if it is a listicle.

 

Newcastle can’t afford to hire Anna Kendrick for a commercial for the REDACTED.

Our favorite thing in quite a while.

 

…Thoughts?

 

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It’s been a while, so we’re catching up.

 

Doooooooooooooooooooooooooooom.

…or just a shortage of wine, globally.

 

Our very own Brett Pontoni contributes to this PVW article, as does John Hansell.

 

Love these recurring articles:

One about how not drinking correlates to shortened lifespans.

One about blind tasting crappy beer.

 

Halsted Vodka gets local love.

 

Congratulations to Binny’s in Champaign for taking home the coveted “Best Place to Buy Liquor” nod from the Daily Illini.

(Again!)

 

…Thoughts?

 

Whiskey Whispers From the Great Brophstradamus

The faithful know it’s that time again, time for the Great Brophstradamus to make his predictions for the spirits world in the coming year. How wise is Brophstradamus? We aren’t sure, but his beard is legit. His predictions have been meticulously translated from the original quatrains by time, a secret decoder ring and Google. 2014 will bring more. More what?
 

Whiskey Whispers from the Great Brophstradamus

 
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