Black Friday 2013 at Lincoln Park

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.

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Binny’s New Brew: Spiteful Alley Time Pale Ale

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.



What beer are you enjoying right now?
Spiteful Alley Time Pale Ale in 6 pack cans* for the great price of !
*More widely available in 22 oz bombers.


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.

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Beer Buzz: New Suds On Our Shelf

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.
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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.
Brickstone Brewing
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 3-sheeps-10-11-20131
Although still in its infancy, 3 Sheeps Brewing is pumping out some tasty beer. The 2012 winner of’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.


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.



Top 10 Craft Beers of the Week

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.


Upland Brewing Co. Chicago Launch Party

Indiana’s Upland Brewing is heading to Chicago, and we’re throwing them a big welcoming party.



Upland Brewing Chicago Launch Party

Thursday, October 10, 5-8 pm

Binny’s South Loop Tasting Room



To celebrate, we’re tapping four of their fantastic beers: Upland Wheat Ale, Dragonfly IPA, Harvest Ale, which is special – it’s wet-hopped with citra hops, and Teddy Bear Kisses, their imperial stout. Nothing to complain about in that lineup.





So come talk beer with the Upland team, check out the newest brewery in town, and maybe even catch some of the big game on the South Loop Tasting Room big screen.


Spots for this event are limited, so call to grab your reservation soon: (312) 768-4400


By the way, the beers of Upland Brewing Co. will roll into most Chicago-area Binny’s stores over the next two weeks. Check ‘em out!