Off Color Brewing will be the latest local brewery featured at Binny’s upon making their debut next week. Off Color’s founding fathers are Goose Island alum John Laffler and Two Brothers alum Dave Bleitner. That is some serious brewing pedigree, and we are seriously excited for their new beers. Bleitner was a brewer at Two Brothers, and Laffler was pretty much in charge of Bourbon County Stout while working at Goose Island. Need we say more?
How often does the beer landscape change at Binny’s Beverage Depot? Every single day. We add dozens and dozens of new beers from across the country and around the globe every single week. Here are just a handful of the never ending stream of new beers at Binny’s – we can’t even list them all!
It’s that time of year again!
Join us at Binny’s Lincoln Park for Black Friday, November 29th. Doors open at 9am. We’ll release the 2013 batch of Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout, along with this year’s variants: Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout, Bourbon County Brand Barleywine, Backyard Rye Bourbon County Stout, & Proprietor’s Reserve.
We can all agree that pumpkin beer season is pretty awesome. But you know what’s better than pumpkin beer on its own? Pumpkin beer in your mustard dipping sauce. Check out these cocktails and recipes for your next Halloween party! Need other Halloween themed ideas? Check out our 13 Days of Halloween!
If you couldn’t already tell, we love to support local breweries. Just a couple years old and already one of our all time favorites, Spiteful Brewing has already made a huge impact in the Chicago beer scene. Customer service manager, Ben Morgan of Binny’s in Lakeview is a big fan of their latest release. Plus, it’s in cans.
Why do you like it?
Big juicy hop flavors, citrus, pine, and apricot. It has a great balance and is very pleasant for a big hitting pale ale.
On a scale from 1-5, how would you rate it?
4. It has great complexity that you only get with a handful of pale ales. It is also a great sessionable unlike other hoppy pale ales. It’s amazing because it’s a single hopped pale ale using only Simcoe hops. Most beer geeks know Simcoe to generally give off a faint onion or garlic aroma and flavor, but you get none of that in this beer.
Is there a particular food you’d pair it with?
Thai, Indian, Mexican, a hearty stew or chili. Football watching food!
Yum, the best kind of food! What interests you the most in this industry?
I’m passionate about beer, but I never go wrong with a South American wine, a Spanish wine or even a really good gin and tonic. Also, I enjoy connecting with others in the beer scene through social media.
More after the jump!
All the way from Mexico to Northbrook, Illinois, we’re happy to welcome these six fantastic breweries on the shelves of Binny’s! For more beer news check out the latest Beer Buzz.
Los Muertos Brewing
The craft beer craze has spread south of the border! Los Muertos Brewing of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is now available at Binny’s. Seven styles of suds are in stock from their Day of the Dead line. Click on this link to check them out.
Upland Brewing made its Binny’s debut this week. The pride of Bloomington, Indiana entered our locations featuring three beers: Wheat Ale, Dragonfly IPA, and Harvest Ale (a wet-hopped citra beer). The Wheat Ale blew away our expectations. It is one of the best examples of an American Wheat on our shelves.
Three offerings from Bourbonnais, Illinois based Brickstone Brewing are now available at Binny’s. Their American Pale Ale is arguably the best American Pale Ale in all the land. It took home a gold medal from last years Great American Beer Festival, and we agree with the GABF judges – this stuff is the bomb. Brickstone’s other offerings include Shady Summer and Cherry Bomb.
3 Sheeps Brewing
Although still in its infancy, 3 Sheeps Brewing is pumping out some tasty beer. The 2012 winner of Ratebeer.com’s award for best new brewery in Wisconsin has introduced four beers into Binny’s: Baaad Boy Black Wheat, Rebel Kent The First Amber, First Kiss Double IPA, and Really Cool Waterslides IPA.
Only Child Brewing
Only Child Brewing is the latest in a rapidly expanding number of small local breweries to debut at Binny’s. The Northbrook, IL brewery services many of our city and northern suburban stores. Ask about Perfectionniste Farmhouse Ale, Imaginary Friend Dark & Hoppy Wheat Beer, and Attention Hog Pale Rye Ale at your local Binny’s.
Virtue Sidra de Nava
The first bottles of Virtue’s highly anticipated cider have arrived! Sidra de Nava is a Spanish style cider that has a big, funky nose with a sharp green apple flavor. It finishes bracingly tart and is incredibly quenching. Virtue is the new endeavor of former Goose Island brewmaster Greg Hall. We can’t wait to see what comes next.
We get to do some pretty cool collaborations here at Binny’s. This time around we’re teaming up with Big Sky Brewing to pick their next single cask of Ivan the Terrible imperial stout.
Daily beer randomness: KCCO. It is the new black lager from Red Hook and The Chive. Don’t know what that is? Google it. If you know, you already want KCCO. It’s a toasty lager with chocolate and caramel notes. It’s dark, but it’s designed to be light and drinkable. Sort of the opposite of a stout or porter.
This beer is limited. We can’t tell you when exactly it will hit a Binny’s near you, only that it is arriving at some of our city locations now. We can’t tell you exactly how long it will last, only that it won’t last long enough. Think of it as the Bill F****** Murray tee of the beer world. It’s only going to select stores in select markets, and city Binny’s locations are among the lucky few.
Why do I love craft beer? It rewards experimentation and exploration; there’s always something different. It has no borders, but it supports local artisans. It can be a transcendent experience with food, it is accessible everywhere and reasonably priced.
Binny’s is celebrating craft beer this week with special pricing on ten of our favorite craft beers.
Prices are per six pack unless otherwise noted. Prices valid through 10/15/13 at Chicago-area Binny’s locations only. Not all products available at all Binny’s locations.
Stone IPA …
One of the all time classics and a benchmark for the West Coast style. What else could you need?
Lagunitas Daytime …
Lagunitas’s latest is a session IPA full of the hop flavors we love. And it’s light enough for a long tailgate, which is great this time of year.
Firestone Walker DBA …
Superbly balanced and perfect for cooling autumn weather.
Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA …
Juicy, hopped up IPA that is deliciously drinkable.
Victory Prima Pils …
A standard for American Pilsner. Crisp, light, thirst quenching.
5 Vulture Dark Ale …
This dark and malty ale is spiced with ancho chili peppers for some extra kick.
Two Brothers Heavy Handed IPA …
Our local wet hopped IPA is one of the best and freshest around. Stock up while you can.
Founders Breakfast Stout 4 pack only …
When the weather gets cool, a double oatmeal chocolate coffee imperial stout seems appropriate.
Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA …
One of the best new beers we’ve had this year. Caramel malts, a touch of wheat, and LOTS of Simcoe and Citra hops.
Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout …
Another favorite when the weather starts to cool. The nitro treatment makes this even richer and creamier.