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Confessions of a Mixologist: 2016 Taste at the Track Featured Cocktails

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If you joined us at September’s Taste at the Track – you probably left a bit sunburnt but also feeling inspired after expanding your wine, beer and cocktail knowledge. Here are the delicious cocktails the mixology team from The Winebow Group muddled!
 

Pretty in the midwest

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The Whiskey Hotline Hits the Road: Journeyman Distillery

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Three Oaks, Michigan might be a small town of just 900 people, but it carries a lot of history and some great whiskey. Journeyman Distilling has called it home since the fall of 2010 with owners Bill and Johanna and an opening team of just 3 employees. Since then, Journeyman has grown to a team of 65 and is a full grain-to-glass distillery – meaning everything is done by hand. Journeyman sources their corn and grains from small family farms in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Most of their products are certified organic.
 

Journeyman Distilling Bill

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Win Joe Maddon’s Jeep!

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Chicago Cubs Manager, Joe Maddon, has teamed up with Fields Auto Group to support his favorite charities, which include Misericordia/Heart of Mercy and Cubs Charities. Fields Auto Group has created a custom “Joe Maddon Signature” vehicle which Joe will drive around town. Customized by JAM WERKS, the vehicle has a “tricked-out” baseball theme, which includes a bat gear shifter handle and Rawlings seats. Raffle tickets will be sold until the season is over.

 

Joe Maddon's Signature Edition Jeep Binny's Misericordia

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The Whiskey Hotline Hits The Bourbon Trail

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Recently, a group of Binny’s female leaders attended the Bourbon Women Sip-Osium, an annual conference hosted by the Bourbon Women Organization out of Kentucky. It wouldn’t be a trip to the Bourbon Motherland without a few stops along the Bourbon Trail. Read more about our trip below.

 

Buffalo Trace Distillery

Freddie Johnson Buffalo Trace Distillery Binny's

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Miller Lite presents a Chicago Bears Giveaway

Want to see the Chicago Bears in action? Here’s your chance! Head to our Facebook page for your chance to enter to win 4 tickets in the Miller Lite loft, 4 Miller Lite/Bears Hoodies and 4 Miller Lite/Bears Beanies.

 

Miller Lite Bears Giveaway Binny's

 

Game Dates Available:

 
Sunday, October 2nd – Winner selected Friday, September 2nd
Monday, October 31st – Winner selected Friday, September 30th
Sunday, November 27th – Winner selected Friday, October 28th
Saturday, December 24th – Winner selected Friday, November 25th

 

9th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest Winners Recognized

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Wow – where do we begin?! This year, we accepted 45 entries and the top 12 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 First Place Winner Tommy Crawford for brewing a professional quality Black IPA that won him two tickets to the sold out Great American Beer Festival and to all of the homebrewers who placed or took the time to handcraft and homebrew their entries for the 9th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest sponsored by Samuel Adams. Winners and photos below. See you next year!

 

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9th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest Sponsored by Samuel Adams

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UPDATED 08/23/16 — The following entries have advanced to the final round in the Binny’s Homebrew contest! Winners will be announced Wednesday, August 24th at Binny’s Lincoln Park during the final event. Entrants must be present at Final Judging Event no later than 8:00 pm on August 24th to claim tasting evaluation sheets and any prizes.

 
Final Round Homebrewers:
Tommy Crawford
Matt Dillinger
Matt Emling
Darren Fuller
Mike Goddard
Sean Leheney
Kyle Lindsey
Mark Roberts
Andy Siekmeier
Jon & Val Weaver
James Wright
Adam Young
 

Binny's Homebrew Contest

 
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Binny’s Logan Square: Now Open!

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Huzzah! Create your shopping list and head to Diversey & Pulaski to visit our newest Binny’s location! There is a lot of parking, a wide variety of wine, spirits, beer and cigars, and of course, excellent service and everyday low prices. Scroll down for information on our first big Weekend at Binny’s Tasting!
 

Binny's Logan Square

 

Binny’s Logan Square
3934 W. Diversey
Chicago, IL 60647

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Mezcal Negroni

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We’re mixing things up with this classic gin cocktail. Instead of gin, we’re adding mezcal. It adds a smokey flavor that blends magically with the sweet and bitter flavors in the cocktail. If you’re not familiar with the Negroni, it is widely known as an aperitif but most certainly can be enjoyed as a cocktail at any time. The drink’s origins are pretty much unknown but what we do know is how it got its name. A Count by the name of Camillo Negroni asked his bartender at a small cafe in Italy in the early 1900s to make a few alterations to the already existing drink, such as gin in place of soda water and an orange garnish instead of lemon. Shortly after the drink grew in popularity, the Negroni family opened their own distillery and started creating a ready-made version of this classic cocktail.
 

Negroni

 
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