This year, we accepted 40+ entries and the top 10 were judged by beer legend and Boston Beer co-founder, Jim Koch. We were blown away by the incredible homebrew entries and had a blast drinking some delicious Sam Adams beers with Jim Koch. Congratulations to all of the homebrewers who placed or took the time to handcraft and homebrew their entries for the 10th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest sponsored by Samuel Adams. Winners and photos below. See you next year!
UPDATE (8/1/17): The following homebrewers have advanced to the final round:
-Aaron Liga/Alan Diebel
-Joe & Tom Fuentes
If you did not advance, but would like your score sheet, they will be available for pick up at the final event, or email Hilary@binnys.com.
We have hosted the Binny’s Homebrew Contest for ten years… can you believe it? We have another great contest lined up this year. Once again, we’re excited to host guest judge Jim Koch. Best known as Samuel Adams Founder, Jim Koch will pick the winner this year, and award the coveted first prize: a trip for two to the 2017 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Read on for more details.
Our 36th Binny’s Beverage Depot is now open! Located in the heart of the up and coming Six Corners Shopping District at 4901 W. Irving Park Road. We’re excited to introduce a massive selection of wine, spirits and beer to Chicago’s Northwest Side. As always, we’re here to offer everyday low prices, the best selection, and the best customer service. Binny’s Portage Park features a walk-in humidor, walk-in wine and spirits cellar and monthly tastings and educational opportunities.
Celebrate #NationalMartiniDay with one of our favorite cocktails created by the mixology team from The Winebow Group!
Brewers Mary Bauer and Joe Flores of Lagunitas Chicago recently led an exciting seminar on hops at Binny’s Lincoln Park. To enhance our understanding of hops, Lagunitas placed ground hops into a volcano vaporizer. As different beers from Lagunitas were sampled, attendees got a whiff of a corresponding hop used in that beer.
Binny’s Wheeling is now open! We’ve closed our store in Buffalo Grove after 22 years and moved just a few blocks away to Wheeling. Our new home in Wheeling is 20,000+ square feet and has a 21 door beer cooler, a temperature controlled wine cellar for fine and rare wines, a walk-in humidor and the widest selection of 8,500+ wine, spirits and beer products. The spacious interior has tall ceilings and large aisles for a more comfortable shopping experience. You’ll notice something new – a much bigger store – but you can still count on the personal touch, knowledgeable service and low prices that have been the mission of our local family-owned business since 1948.
We can’t get this creamsicle-like cocktail off our brains. Perfect for that springtime happy hour or served as a batched cocktail for your next shindig. Don’t forget to mix this Jazzy Hour up on April 19th for National Amaretto Day!
Let us introduce you to our Scotch Toddy. The smokiness from the Scotch is unexpected, but it’s a perfect mix with the sweetness of the agave. This cocktail is super calming and is the ultimate night cap.
We moved! Our new home in Hyde Park is 11,000 square feet, more than triple the space of our previous location in Hyde Park. The spacious interior has tall ceilings and large aisles for a more comfortable shopping experience. Check out our 14-door beer cooler, sift through our newest selection of cigars, fine wines and rare spirits. “My staff and I are excited for our customers to see new Binny’s Hyde Park. We have a whole new look, triple the selection and lots of parking,” General Manager Debbie says of the move. New address, events and more below!
This cheeky cocktail is sour and bitter with a sweet finish. It reminds us of a melted Popsicle on a hot summer day. Bartender Angie selected the gin for its key lime and juniper flavors. It’s distilled locally in the heart of Chicago at CH Distillery on Randolph Street, just less than two miles from both our Downtown and South Loop locations.