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Ah, November. The month of mustaches, cold weather, unlimited stuffing and – of course – the ultimate shopping day. We say this every year, but Goose Island has outdone themselves with an even better lineup of barrel-aged beers than ever, and an eventful Black Friday planned for beer lovers in Chicago. Binny’s locations across Chicagoland will all release Bourbon County Brand Stout when doors open on Friday, November 27, with the grandest release of them all right next door to the Goose Clybourn brewpub at our Lincoln Park location. Here’s what you need to know:
In an annual tradition, the Beer Buzz once again sent an entourage to The Great American Beer Festival, where breweries from all over the country load up their finest and head to sunny Colorado for a weekend-long beer festival that features hundreds of breweries, thousands of beers and a TON of beer loving fans. The Beer Buzz team went out to experience the fest and here’s their take on everything!
In 18th century England, a dark and malty beer known as porter grew to such popular demand that it eventually spurred the beginning of commercial brewing as we know it. Different brewers offered varying interpretation of the style, and eventually the porters that were richer or “stouter” in character had the most appeal. One of the most famous admirers of this hearty new style of beer was Catherine II of Russia — Catherine the Great. Brewed to a formidable strength in order to prevent spoilage during its long journey to Russia, this rich and hearty brew earned the name Russian Imperial Stout. For the first time, we are excited to offer a Russian Imperial Stout actually brewed in Russia. Za Vas!
Baltika Russian Imperial Stout
Dark as night in the glass, aromas of rich roasted malt and allspice leap from the glass. The dry palate is accentuated by a fruitiness like prune cake and vintage port before a decadent and bittersweet finish that shows notes of dark chocolate covered caramel. Heavily roasted malts were clearly used in moderation, most likely more for color than for the dark roasted coffee flavors that dominate so many American interpretations of the style. This may not be the Imperial Stout you are used to, but it is a delicious return to form, that you don’t need to be royalty to enjoy.
Did you know September is Bourbon Heritage Month? We don’t want The Whiskey Hotline to have all the fun, so we’re celebrating with our favorite bourbon barrel aged beers. Sure, folks get excited for the super rare ones, but did you know there are great bourbon barrel aged beers available on shelves all the time?
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!
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:
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!