It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Orval. I recommend it all the time, I keep it on the bottle list in the Tasting Room full time, and even went so far as getting the logo tattooed on my left calf.
Orval is, quite simply, perfect. It’s delicate, but at 6.9% abv, no slouch. It’s light and effervescent with a defined heft on the palate, and it pairs beautifully with all manner of food.
Orval’s yeast strains and fermentation character has been much lauded by brewers all over the world and has inspired countless commercial beers that attempt to recreate, expand upon, and even just plain clone this amazing Trappist ale.
All of this makes it a prime candidate for cellaring. Fresh Orval (generally regarded as within 6 months of bottling) is bright and hoppy with a zesty herbal/floral punch and a light, bubbly body, something I suggest drinking with a meal of herbed lemon chicken with cauliflower puree. Aged Orval (1+ years old) loses its hoppy nose, trading it in for an earthy, funky and spicy nose, thanks in part to the Brettanomyces Bruxellenis in the dose of yeast added to the bottle for re-fermentation. The body gains a touch of heft and it’s not uncommon for the alcohol content to go up a bit as well. Aged Orval pairs gorgeously with Lamb dishes.
It seems like every year our favorite pumpkin beers come and go quicker than we’d like. This year we’re sharing which old (and new!) pumpkin beer sippers you should definitely try. But act fast and get them before they are gone!
Think you can hoist a full liter of beer longer than anyone else? Come test your skills at select Binny’s locations at the annual Samuel Adams Oktoberfest Stein Hoisting Competition. Each night, our top three winners for both men and women will receive great prizes, including valuable Binny’s Gift Cards. Whether you’re hoisting, cheering on your friends while they hoist, or just getting a taste of Samuel Adams 2014 Octoberfest, it’s sure to be grand time. Good luck and happy hoisting!
Rules, dates and times after the jump…
The boys of Chippewa Falls are making their way around the US on their Brewers Unfiltered tour. Come talk beer with Dick and John Leinenkugel at one of four exclusive Binny’s appearances. As the Leinenkugel brothers would say, “Join us out here.”
Dates and times after the jump. Read more
Ever hear of Pontiac, Illinois? It’s home to Route 66 Hall of Fame, surrounded by spacious corn fields and full of the kindest people. It’s as American as any town can get. It also happens to be home to hop farmers, Steve and Karen Scott of Vermillion Valley Farm. It’s a centennial farm, meaning it’s been in their family for over 100 years. They live and work on a 9 acre farm where they also grow organic produce that you can find at the local farmers’ market every weekend. The Scott family are responsible for the cascade hops that are used to brew Two Brothers annual fall release, Heavier Handed. This is the second year that Two Brothers will use Vermillion Valley hops.
Shark Week. For almost 30 years now it has been a summer institution.
We recently installed a TV in our Lincoln Park Tasting Room. What better way to show it off than a week of sharks? All through Shark Week we’ll feature pints of Lost Coast’s Great White at the special price of $3. At 7 pm each night, we’ll tune into to The Discovery Channel *
See the lineup of shows here.
* except Sunday, as we close at 6 pm.
Another 2014 Binny’s Homebrew Contest has come to an end. We’re blown away with the incredible homebrew talent and beers that we had the chance to judge this year. We expanded the contest to four locations with a total of 200 entries. The first five to place at each location went on to the final judging at Binny’s in Lincoln Park. Congratulations to Sean for winning 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 7th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest sponsored by Samuel Adams.
Winners announced after the jump! Read more
Here is your chance to talk shop and have a drink with Jimmy Russel himself. Yes, that Jimmy Russel.
Meet Wild Turkey Master Distiller and living legend Jimmy Russel, plus owner of Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Trey White. Why these two? Anderson Valley has an exclusive partnership with Wild Turkey, making them the only brewery getting Wild Turkey’s gently used bourbon barrels for beer aging. And let us tell you, they make for some tasty beer.
Info after the jump…
كرة القدم الهدف! Fußballtor! Objetivo de fútbol! Fotballmål!
Goal! However you say it, say it at the top of your voice with a cold brew in your hand. Whether you’re taking this opportunity to try some new worldly beers, add some theme to your soccer party, or just impress other soccer fans, we have you covered. Here are a few of our favorite beers from around the world to fill your cup! Beers after the jump…
Penrose Packages Appearing Promptly
It’s true. The delicious beers of this up and coming Geneva brewery will hit Binny’s shelves before the 4th of July! Their initial launch will include P2 Belgian-Inspired Pale Ale, and Proto Gradus Belgian-Inspired Single Ale, and these two are just the start. Plans include the release of all four of their year-round offerings. The Beer Buzz reached out to Penrose Brewmaster Tom Korder for his thoughts:
“Bottles are yet another great way for us to get it in the hands of thirsty new friends.” Introducing people to nuanced and refined craft beers that are more accessible than many of the common styles available today… are they damn proud of that?
“We’re damn proud of that,” Korder said.
More news after the jump! Read more