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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 courtesy of Bud Light and 670 The Score. 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 Jeremy 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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A Look Behind Avery Brewing Company’s Barrel-Aged Series

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Meet Andy Parker, Avery Brewing Company’s “barrel herder” and fourth employee. Andy and his team lead the ever growing barrel program at Avery. He’s done everything around the brewery from cleaning tanks to taking out the trash to brewing quality beer. Andy broke down Avery’s longstanding barrel-aged series and gave us some insight into what’s to come for the Boulder brewery. Scroll down to read more.

 

Avery Barrel Program

 

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Not Your Father’s Root Beer in Bottles is Back!

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UPDATE 2: 11/22/14

 
Thanks to everybody who came out for this release. The lines were long this morning and bottles SOLD OUT very quickly.
 
We hope there will be another batch *sometime* but we have no idea when that might be.

 
 

UPDATE: 11/16/14

 
Not Your Father’s Root Beer – the 10% ABV version in bombers – is back for a limited release. It will be available at the following Binny’s locations on Saturday, November 22nd, when doors open at 9 am:
 
Algonquin
Des Plaines
Evergreen Park
Lake Zurich
Lincoln Park
Oak Brook
Plainfield

 

These bottles will sell out quickly, and this may be the last chance ever to snatch up the 10% version of Not Your Father’s Root Beer. Six packs of the 5.9% bottling will be back sometime in early December at all Binny’s locations.

 

Not Your Father's Root Beer at Binny's

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Black Friday: Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout Release

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This Black Friday, skip the TV and head straight to your local Binny’s to grab your favorite Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout variant. Once again, Goose Island is celebrating the highly anticipated release in Chicago as well as nine other cities. Last year, hundreds of customers waited at their favorite Binny’s to get the coveted barrel-aged beer. Don’t miss out on your opportunity this year. Keep up with the buzz online.

 

Goose Island BCBS Barleywine Binny's

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Strongbow Spice

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It’s always fun to mix different flavors together. Take this cider cocktail featuring classic English cider Strongbow. The sweetness of pomegranate and cider pair perfectly with the spiced flavors of your favorite whiskey. This fall cocktail begs to be sipped on a crisp night around the bonfire or while under a blanket during your favorite movie marathon.

 

Strongbow Spice Cocktail

Cocktail recipe and photo via Cosmopolitan. Recipe after the jump. Read more


Binny’s Takes on GABF

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Ask any of the beer-loving Binny’s employees about this year’s Great American Beer Festival, and they’ll answer with one word: Incredible. From tequila barrel aged lagers to an unbelievable number of sours, they tasted everything they could to really experience GABF. With a few quick stops at local Colorado breweries, here is their take on GABF.

 

Binny's GABF

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