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Get it First at Binny’s: Citra Hero

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When Revolution announced they planned to can their widely popular Hero-Series of IPAs, they had our full attention. From this solid line up, we’re happy to announce the arrival of Citra Hero; it might just be our favorite.

 

Citra Hero Binny's

 

Revolution Citra Hero

Perhaps we’re a bit biased for Citra hop. To be fair, Citra Hero is pretty easy to fall in love with. After popping the top, you’re immediately hit with an intoxicating mix of pineapple and guava. Belgian aromatic malts and red wheat provide complexity and smoothness, yet the star of the show remains the incredibly citrusy and fruity hop finish. This is Citra at its best.


Beer Buzz Hits the Road: Samuel Smith’s Brewery

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It’s been a fun year of travel for the Beer Buzz. Our latest beer education adventure led us to England where we visited Samuel Smith’s Brewery – Yorkshire’s oldest brewery. Being one of the most traditional breweries whose products we can get, it was a fascinating journey walking through these places.

 

Samuel Smith Brewery

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Fruits of Summer: Pineapple Beer

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With newer breeds of hops like Mosaic, Citra and Simcoe imparting some amazing tropical fruit flavors and aromas, many brewers are doubling down by adding actual fruit to the mix. What better time than summer to turn up the tropical. We love pineapple, and if you do too, here are four fresh new flavors that are not to be missed.

 

Pineapple Beer Binny's

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Fruits of Summer: Watermelon Beer

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Few images capture summer more perfectly than a bright red wedge of fresh watermelon. Just as melons roll into stores, so do the watermelon beers. That’s right, now you can eat your watermelon and drink it too! Like a good chunk of melon, try each of these favorites first on its own, and then with a tiny pinch of salt.

 

Watermelon Beer

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Redd’s Apple Ale Teacher Appreciation Event

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Calling all brave, hardworking and dedicated teachers – you deserve more than just an apple. How about a Redd’s Apple Ale? Redd’s Apple Ale wants to toast your hard work this past school year! The first 150 teachers in line at Binny’s Lincoln Park on Tuesday, June 21st will receive a $25 Visa gift card. You must be 21+ and present a valid school ID to receive a gift card. We anticipate a large crowd, so come early.

 

Redd's Apple Ale Teacher Appreciation Binny's

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

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We have been doing the Binny’s Homebrew Contest for nine years… can you believe it? We have another great contest lined up for you 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 2016 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Read on for more details.

 

Binny's Homebrew Contest Samuel Adams

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New Belgium Fat Tire and Friends

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2016 marks twenty-five years of brewing at New Belgium and they’ve turned to some of their friends to help them celebrate. New Belgium sports a broad portfolio of award-winning beers, but none is more iconic than their first. Fat Tire Amber Ale is the deliciously satisfying brew that put New Belgium on the map and now five iconic American craft breweries have reimagined this classic. All five of these riffs along with the original ale are available in this limited edition Collabeeration 12 Pack.

 

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Beer Buzz Hits the Road: Boulevard Brewing Company

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Perhaps the only thing better than enjoying a great beer is seeing all the hard work and craftsmanship that goes into making it – Preferably while drinking said beer. So when Boulevard Brewing Company invited us to come down to Kansas City to visit the brewery as well as their new barrel aging warehouse we jumped at the chance. We had the chance to try a variety of amazing beers, some right out of the barrel. Here are two classic Belgian style brews from Boulevard that are not to be missed.

 

Boulevard Brewing Binny's

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Gotta Have That Funk!

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Horse blankets, pineapples, and sweat socks. Do we have your attention?
 

Brett Beers Binny's

 

Brettanomyces, or Brett, is an infamous yeast that is feared by many and treasured by others. Since it occurs naturally in the wild, most breweries try their hardest to prevent it from getting into their beers. Its signature barnyard aroma and flavors are viewed as a flaw in most beer styles. Several Belgian brewers decided instead to showcase its eccentricities and many American craft brewers are beginning to experiment with this beguiling creature. While it’s often present in sour beers, beers brewed with Brett are not inherently sour. Depending upon the particular strain of Brettanomyces, it tends to produce earthy notes with accents of peppercorn and sometimes even tropical fruit. It’s a voracious eater so be prepared for dry and effervescent beers. Here are a few of our favorites. Are you ready to get down with the barn?

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