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8th annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest sponsored by Samuel Adams

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The Binny’s Homebrew Contest is back! This year, we’re excited to host guest judge Jim Koch. That’s right, Samuel Adams Founder Jim Koch will pick our winner this year, and award the coveted first prize: a trip for two to the 2015 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Details below.

 

Binny's Homebrew Contest

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Labatt Brewing Company Bubble Hockey Tournament – SPOTS FILLED!

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UPDATE: All the spots for our Bubble Hockey Tournament have been filled!

 

The icy stare before the faceoff. The crack of the puck on the stick. The roar of adoring fans. The marriage of power and grace. Mucking it up and grinding it out. Thrilling victory, chilling defeat. We’re talking, of course, about bubble hockey.

 

Binny’s and Labatt Brewing are offering you the once-in-a-lifetime chance to bring your bubble hockey skills to the table with a high-stakes tournament. Join us for this single-elimination, one-on-one bubble hockey event at Binny’s Oak Brook on April 25th. We have just 32 spots, and they will fill quickly already filled!, so call to reserve your spot soon: (630) 861-1810. Only the best of the best will go home with our first place prize: the bubble hockey table itself.

 

Labatt Blue Bubble Hockey

 

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Meet Chicago Blackhawk Kris Versteeg

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The rumors are true… Chicago Blackhawk Kris Versteeg is coming to Binny’s. Kris will answer your questions in an exclusive Q&A session, sign photographs and pose for pictures. And he’s bringing some Bud Light Ice Crew ladies, too. They’ll be giving away a set of tickets to a future game in the Bud Light Legends Lounge. Stop by to meet Kris and enter for your chance to win tickets!

 

Versteeg

 

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Beer Buzz: Hoppy Alternatives

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This guest post is by Roger Adamson, Beer and Spirits Specialist at Binny’s Willowbrook. Roger is both a homebrewer and mixologist and is using his background in history to research and write a book on classic cocktails.

Certain beers are hard to get. Plain and simple. One of the most requested seasonal rarities we see here at Binny’s is Bells Hopslam. Demand for this Imperial IPA is so high that our supply tends to sell out just as soon as it arrives. Luckily, amidst a burgeoning craft beer scene there are several other excellent Imperial IPAs to choose from. We recently sat down and tried Hopslam next to other big juicy IPAs to see how they stacked up.
 

Hopslam Binny's

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Beer Buzz Hits the Road: Spoetzl Brewery

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This guest post is by Roger Adamson, Beer and Spirits Specialist at Binny’s Willowbrook. Roger is both a homebrewer and mixologist and is using his background in history to research and write a book on classic cocktails.

 
I recently had the good fortune to escape the bitter Chicago cold and make a visit to the Spoetzl Brewery down in Shiner, Texas. Shiner is about an hour and a half drive from Austin but the scenery from the bus does not disappoint. The landscape was dotted with cattle ranches, oil pumpjacks, and prickly pear cacti. Before I knew it we arrived in Shiner, where the Spoetzl Brewery stands tall a short distance from the charming downtown.
 

Spoetzl Brewing

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Meet the Maker of Temperance Beer Company

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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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