6th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest Headed to Downers Grove

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Get ready for the 6th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest sponsored by Samuel Adams. This year the contest will be held at Binny’s in Downers Grove on Saturday, August 24th from 12:00pm-2:00pm. There is no charge to enter the contest. There will be a beer tasting during the event featuring many delicious beers from the Boston Brewery, and we will have complimentary food for everyone to enjoy.

 

First place winner will receive a trip for two to the Great American Beer Fest that includes tickets, airfare, and hotel. Several runners up will win valuable prizes. There will be also a worthy prize for best label, though labels are not required. All participating brewers will receive beer evaluation sheets with judges comments.

 

 

The Rules

 

- Each household may enter one beer.

 

- Entrants must drop off two 12oz bottles or one 22oz bottle of their beer at Binny’s in Downers Grove on Thursday 8/22 or Friday 8/23, along with your entry form rubber banded around your beer. Click here to download entry form.

 

- Entries will be limited to the first 50 beers submitted. We expect the spots to fill up very fast, probably by mid day Thursday. When the contest fills up, we will announce it on our twitter feed.

 

- You must be present at the store no later than 1:00pm on Saturday, August 24th to claim your prize and tasting evaluation sheet from the judges.

 

 

Contact beer@binnys.com with any questions, or leave a comment here on the blog. Good luck to everyone!

 

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New Brewery: Pecatonica

Pecatonica is not just new to Binny’s, but brand new all together on the brewing stage: their beers started rolling out in their home state of Wisconsin only last week.  Several Binny’s locations will be bringing in Nightfall Lager in the coming weeks–the first and currently only brew available from Pecatonica.  We do however expect to see several new releases debut from Pecatonica during the coming months.  The brewery’s description of Nightfall is below:

 

“Nightfall Lager was born from a blend of cascade, centennial and hallertau hops, with traditional malts and pure Wisconsin water. This celebration of artisan craft beer has a flavorful balance that starts with dark chocolate, a caramel center and finishes with coffee notes. Our perfect blend of hops and malt creates a 24 IBU beer with an ABV of 5.9%”

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed Arrives Tomorrow

FreshSqueezed_tapFor the first time, Deschutes has bottled Fresh Squeezed IPA—a pub favorite at the Bend, Oregon Brewery that has garnered the popularity to be brewed for the masses.  This beer is loaded with Citra, Mosaic, and Nugget hops, and the 6% ABV brew is best described as a citrus bomb.  Fresh Squeezed should be available at all Binny’s locations in 22oz bottles for $5.99 starting tomorrow.  Like Hop Henge, Fresh Squeezed will have limited availability—be sure to stop into your local Binny’s later this week if you want to get your hands on some.

 

 

Stone RuinTen Debuts at Binny’s Monday

Stone’s 10th Anniversary Ruination IPA was so popular when it debuted last summer that it sold out in a matter of days. The brewery listened to the thirsty hopheads everywhere and is bringing it back as an annual release. Stone RuinTEN IPA launches nationally on June 17th. Get it first at all Chicagoland Binny’s locations when the doors open on Monday morning!  Also look for it at our downstate locations in the following weeks.

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Sessionable Hoppy Beers: The Latest Fad

Over the years we have seen various different styles of beer sky rocket in popularity, whether it was Russian imperial stouts, sours, or bourbon barrel aged beers. The latest and greatest fad in the beer world seems to be sessionable hoppy beers, and we at Binny’s are jumping all over the band wagon—so much so that a group of 34 Binny’s employees will be brewing one next week at Saugatuck Brewing Company. So what sets these sessionable hoppy beers apart from most IPA’s on our shelves? They are drinkable, lower in alcohol, and lower in IBU’s, while still being hoppy enough to please most hop-heads. It can be extremely taxing on your pallet to consume several IPA’s in a sitting, while these hoppy sessionable beers are brewed with the intentions of drinking more than a couple at a time. So what are some of the best ones on our shelves?

 

sidekick-5-2-2013Two Brothers Sidekick – There comes a point where every beer nerd needs a break from the boozy onslaught of barrel aged stouts and tongue-thrashing bitterness of imperial IPA’s. Sometimes you just want to drink a beer (or three). SideKick is a subtle, sessionable option – it practically drinks itself! It’s crisp and delicate with a touch of sweet malt. There’s a nice balance of citrus, melon, and strawberry, and it finishes with just enough bitterness to remind you you’re drinking a pale ale. (5.1% ABV) -Tom Bergman, Binny’s Highland Park

 

Saugatuck Pathfinder Pale Ale – We need more beers like this. Proof that a beer you can drink more than one of can have just as much complexity as the rarest 15% ABV stout. I’ll be enjoying this one often. (4.9% ABV) -Pat Brophy, Binny’s South Loop.

 

41053LFounders All Day IPA Session Ale – At less than 5% ABV, this is one of the tastiest session ales on our shelves. May also be referred to as a lawnmower beer or porch pounder by your local Binny’s beer manager. Available through September; will be unavailable during winter months. (4.7% ABV)

 

Prairie Standard – A hopped up saison with detailed picture instructions on the label about how to noodle a catfish on the label (this has absolutely nothing to do with the beer, but we thought it was hilarious). If you are a fan of funkiness in your beer & Belgian yeast, give this a shot. Oh and also, this is one of the hoppiest Belgian-style or farmhouse ales on our shelves. (5% ABV)

 

imagesCentral Waters Hop Rise Session Ale (coming soon) – Central waters describes this as an explosively hoppy yet sessionable IPA, bursting with a citrusy array of mango, orange and pineapple pleasantries, Hop Rise is a brewer’s beer for one and all. Generously hopped throughout the boil, then dry-hopped at the tail end of fermentation for a large bouquet. (4.5% ABV)

Class of ’88 Imperial Smoked Porter

Ask a group of beer geeks what the best porters available at Binny’s are, and Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald and Deschutes Black Butte will surely garner a mention.  This is why we were so excited when we found out that Great Lakes and Deschutes were collaborating to create Class of ’88, a brand new Imperial Smoked Porter.  Class of ’88 is a commemoration to the 25th anniversary for both of these outstanding and longstanding breweries, both having been founded in 1988.  Class of ’88 is a limited run beer, and is now available at your local Binny’s.  Also for those wondering, we have the Deschutes bottling in stock, not the version bottled at Great Lakes.

 

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Binny’s New Brewery Bonanza

Binny’s is excited to announce the planned debut of ten nine breweries at our stores in the very near future—yes you heard us right – a whopping ten nine new breweries.

 


Gigantic-Brewing-CoGigantic (in select stores now)
At a recent beer show, Gigantic Brewing had a gigantic line at their table, bigger than any of the other 30+ breweries at the event. Three different bomber bottles from the Portland, Oregon based brewery began hitting select Binny’s today: Meddle Vienna Lager, The Royale Belgian Pale Ale, and Whole in the Head Imperial IPA. There isn’t much of these to go around; stop into your local Binny’s later this week for your best chance to score some.

 

Prairie (next week)
Prairie is an Oklahoma based brewery. If we had to compare them to any other brewery in the world, it would probably be Stillwater. Prairie features funky saisons, lots of different & new releases, and limited availability on a lot of their stuff. Almost all of our stores will be featuring Prairie Standard in 6-packs, which is a hopped up saison with detailed picture instructions on the label about how to noodle a catfish. Some of our stores will be featuring large format bottles from Prairie.

 

speakeasySpeakeasy (next week)
Speakeasy is a San Francisco brewery. Binny’s will be featuring two year round six-packs from Speakeasy (Big Daddy IPA & Prohibition Ale) as well as Tallulah, which is a pale ale and Speakeasy’s summer seasonal offering. Select Binny’s stores will also be featuring some limited release large format bottles from Speakeasy.

 

Greenbush (next week)
Greenbush is currently a tiny brewery with plans for a rapid & massive expansion. They are located less than an hour and a half from Chicago in Sawyer, Michigan. Off the bat Binny’s will be featuring four different 6-packs: Anger Black IPA, Closure Pale Ale, Dunegras IPA, and Sunspot Hefeweizen. Brother Benjamin is a specialty release 4-pack that will also be available. This is an imperial IPA brewed with honey, which we found to be very similar to Bell’s Hopslam.

 

Furthermore-StarFurthermore (next week)
Futhermore beer from Spring Green, Wisconsin has just arrived at our distributor and we expect the following to hit many our stores by next week: Knot Stock (American Pale Ale), Proper (English-style Pale Ale), and Oscura. Oscura was the highlight of Furthermore’s portfolio for us. It is a super drinkable coffee lager, which is a pretty unique style to say the least. A few other beers from Furthermore, including Fatty Boombalatty, are set to debut at a later date.

 

Ballast Point (May 8th)
Join us on Wednesday, May 8th in our Binny’s South Loop tasting room as we celebrate Ballast Point’s arrival at Binny’s. Several rarities will be on tap from the San Diego based brewery, as well as everyday favorites such as Sculpin, which is one of the highest rated IPA’s in the world. A plethora of Ballast Point packaged goods will be available for the first time ever at every Binny’s on May 8th.

 

PotosiPotosi (early May)
Check out this recent post on the Binny’s blog for all the information you need on Potosi.

 
Flesk (?)
This small Lombard, IL based brewery reached out to us yesterday, and we couldn’t be more excited to meet with them in the very near future. We expect them to be in our stores sooner rather than later.

 

Tallgrass (early June)
In early June Tallgrass Brewing from the state of Kansas will be rolling into Binny’s. Three different beers will be available, all in four-pack 16oz can formats: 8 Bit Pale Ale, Velvet Rooster Triple, and Ethos IPA.

Potosi Brewing Arriving at Binny’s in Early May

The official release date for Potosi Brewing Company at Binny’s has been confirmed to be the week of May 6th. The Wisconsin based brewing company’s initial launch into the Chicago market will include five beers, available in 6-pack bottles:

 

Good ‘Ol Potosi Golden Ale
“Good Old Potosi is golden ale that is purposely brewed to taste like a lager. It will appeal to all beer lovers but particularly those desiring a lighter bodied beer. The aroma starts with toasted grain and flows into a sweet finish. GOP pairs well with any and all food.”
Snake Hollow IPA
“Snake Hollow is a West Coast style IPA. It’s a medium bodied beer with a pine and citrus aroma that results in a slight hint of a grapefruit flavor and a lingering bitter finish.”
Pure Malt Cave Ale
“Potosi Cave ale is brewed as a hybrid of three English beer styles. It provides a bit more body than Good Old Potosi and has a light caramel aroma and flavor that follows through till the end. Regardless of what you’re eating, like wine, beers can be enjoyed with almost any food.”
Gandy Dancer Porter
“Gandy Dancer is a robust American porter that has a French roasted coffee aroma without a burnt flavor. It starts with a medium caramel body that flows into a milk chocolate finish that results in many a light beer only drinker crossing over to the dark side. This beer pairs exceptionally well with braised meats to chocolate desserts.”
Steamboat Shandy (seasonal)
“Steamboat Shandy is a light bodied golden Ale blended with pure cane sugar and 100% real lemon juice. There is no artificial flavoring and, thus, it has a very clean finish. It’s not too sweet but provides for a refreshingly crisp and clean beer that can be savored anytime of year. However, during those hot summer days, I’ll bet you can’t drink just one.”

 

Petrus Aged Red: Best New Belgian Beer of the Year?

Pictured below is Petrus Aged Red, quite possibly the best new Belgian beer to debut in our stores this year. Several of Binny’s beer experts sampled this beer yesterday, with many comparing Aged Red to some of the most famous beers in the world. Some thought it was similar to New Glarus Wisconsin Belgian Red, while a few others found striking similarities to Kasteel Rouge. One even mentioned Duchesse De Bourgogne. Something we all agreed on is that Aged Red can be classified more as a fruit beer than a sour.

 

Petrus Aged Red shares little in common with sister beer Petrus Aged Pale, despite taking part in a similar aging process in micro organism infected barrels. The main difference stems from Aged Red going through fermentation with cherries, imparting loads of sweet and fruity flavors onto the brew. Aged Pale is sour and acidic, and one of the finest sour beers available on our shelves.

 

At only $8.49 for a 25.4oz bottle, Petrus Aged Red is an economical no-brainer and quite possibly the most complex beer around that price point on our shelves.

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Delirium Family Beer Set to Debut For First Time in 12 Years

Brewery Huyghe, famous for their pink elephant and Delirium branded beers, is planning on releasing a new beer in Chicago for the first time in what seems like forever (we have been selling Delirium Tremens, Nocturnum, and Noel for over 12 years, and haven’t seen anything new from Huyghe since then).  The beer in question is La Guillotine, an 8.5% ABV Belgian golden ale that is most definitely worth a shot if you are a fan of Delirium Tremens or similar beers.  We recommend serving La Guillotine in a Delirium Tremens snifter, which are also available for purchase at your local Binny’s.  We expect La Guillotine to be available at Binny’s in 2-3 weeks.