Wow – where do we begin?! This year, we accepted 75 entries and the top 17 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 Jon Weaver for brewing a professional quality Kolsch that won him two tickets to the Great American Beer Festival and to all of the homebrewers who placed or took the time to handcraft and homebrew their entries for the 8th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest sponsored by Samuel Adams. Winners and photos below. See you next year!
Blue Moon Cinnamon Horchata Ale is launching in the Chicagoland area and we’re celebrating with beer and tamales! Score Blue Moon swag, munch on a tamale from The Tamale Spaceship and sample Blue Moon Cinnamon Horchata Ale at select Binny’s locations. Time and dates below.
Everybody knows about the Reinheitsgebot – the Germany Beer Purity Law of 1516. But there is a growing collection of brewers looking outside the traditional toolbox of water, grain, yeast and hops for exciting new flavors. A recent write-up in Crain’s about beer trends got us thinking about some of our own favorite herbal beers – from hot new arrivals to old standards. Our top five:
August 6th has been named National Root Beer Float Day and we’re having a root beer float extravaganza! Here’s your chance to taste a wide variety of hard root beer at the Lincoln Park Tasting Room.
You first tasted them on tap at your favorite local pub, and you haven’t stopped asking for them ever since. Binny’s is proud to be the first to offer the beers of BuckleDown Brewing in cans!
American craft brewers are famous for innovation, from blurring stylistic lines, using bold new hops or adding unique herbs, fruits and spices. Wisconsin Brewing Company’s new beer Blister in the Sun is a perfect example of this kind of ingenuity, with the bold hop profile of IPA, the creaminess of Belgian Wit and the crisp finish of lager all rolled into one exceptional brew. We had never heard of an India White Lager before, but we’re glad we discovered this one. This spirit of experimentation inspired us to craft some beer cocktails using this refreshing new brew.
UPDATE: Please note the updated times and locations.
Small Town Brewery is whipping up some refreshing, All-American root beer floats with everyone’s favorite hard root beer: Not Your Father’s Root Beer. Visit one of our many locations for a taste this holiday weekend. Times are subject to change.
The homebrewers below have moved on to the second round. The winner will be announced at 7pm on Thursday, August 27th at our Lincoln Park Tasting Room:
Ian Kalmes & Tom Monahan
Jeff and Jackie Kopala
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.
No more filibustering – San Francisco’s 21st Amendment has hit Illinois. This West Coast brewery enjoys a solid reputation for flavorful beers full of attitude. We especially love the fact that they ship in cans. And all for under ten bucks a six pack? We’d happily ratify that.