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

Yes, you read that right. Wauconda’s Small Town Brewery is back at the bottling line and is ready to ship the delicious root beer to a Binny’s near you. Never had it? It’s a refreshing, crisp root beer that doesn’t carry even a hint of boozy flavor. It’s a fan favorite, and we’re almost sure that it will sell out quickly. It’s expected to arrive the first week of November, so plan a trip to your local Binny’s, grab a carton of vanilla ice cream and share the terrific news with your craft and non-craft beer friends alike!

 

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Wine, health benefits of: cavity prevention.

 

Wine, marketing. A critique and a response.

Inflammatory sentence: “Most people think paying anything more than £6 a bottle is mad. Most of the industry think anything under £6 is shit.” 

 

Beer, craft: diversity.

 

Beer, local: go Blackhawks.

 

Beer, science of: nitro beer explained.

 

Beer, slumber: beer barrel bed.

 

…Thoughts?

Binny’s Oak Brook: Open Today

Binny's Oak Brook

 

Our 31st location is now open for business. You’ll find Binny’s Oak Brook at 1500 16th St, just north of the Oakbrook Shopping Center in the former home of The Container Store. 

 

The stats: this is 23,000 square feet holding over 5,000 wines, 2,100 spirits, 1,500 beers and a thousand cigars. We have a walk-in fine wine cellar, humidor, rare and collectible spirits room, and a big beer cooler. We have mountains of spirits and great prices throughout the store, with more savings coming.

 

By the way, we’re kicking off this new location with a few events. Don’t miss our Octoberfest Stein Hoisting Competition on Saturday, October 4th. Chicago hockey icon Bobby Hull will “drop the puck” at our new location on Thursday, October 30th. Hull will have photos on hand to autograph for a limited number of people, and will be unable to sign other memorabilia. You will have a chance to to win tickets and jerseys. Also save the date for our Champagne Open House on Saturday, November 8, and our California Wine Tasting on Saturday, November 22.

 

See you in Oak Brook!

 

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World Sake Day: Sake 101

Happy World Sake Day! Here’s your chance to celebrate Japan’s finest beverage for a full day! If you’re new to sake check out these food pairings, sake terms and brewing process. It will help you enjoy this intricate beverage so much more. For other facts about sake, click here.

 

If you’re not familair with the rice wine brewing process, check out the chart below.
 

Sake Brewing Process

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Oak Brook: Binny’s is Coming

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Attention Oak Brook: Binny’s is coming. You must have seen our new location at the intersection of 83 and 16th Street, just north of the mall. We’re bringing a beverage experience unparalleled to the area. This new location includes 23,000 square feet that add up to one of the best-looking Binny’s stores yet, a modern, bright space featuring floor to ceiling windows.

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We don’t usually end up with leftover wine, but when we do…

 

Chuck Cowdery digs deeper into federal whiskey regulations re: flavored whiskey.

 

Fifty states ranked by beer.

Speaking of, no, we can’t get Austin’s infamous 99 Pack.

 

Lose weight with the Iggy Pop diet.

A health story we can get behind.

 

Old school cocktail recipe scans. For fans of cocktails and also old timey things.

 

You heard about the earthquake in Napa.

Other recent natural wine disasters include locusts, snakes.

 

…Thoughts?

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“Crowd-funding is a great hustle.”

 

No age statement whiskies: more popular than ever.

We are interested in what you think.

 

guysdrinkingbeer.com’s Karl Klockars:  what about this beer label seems acceptable?

 

Wine Spectator’s Matt Kramer: good wine retailers push wine value.

 

Is too many craft beers a problem?

Thoughtful article starts with alarmist headline, finishes on hopeful note.

 

An interesting read about all the new craft rye, whiskey brands today.

The thing is, MGP juice (can we just call them LDI?) is actually really good.

 

We recently mentioned countering counterfeit wine.

Maybe the most famous wine counterfeiting saga came to this end.

 

Finally,

15 Awesome Terrible Ways to Open a Wine Bottle

 

…Thoughts?

Golf Legend Fuzzy Zoeller Bottle Signing Tour

Legendary golfer Fuzzy Zoeller isn’t willing to rest, so he set out to make a vodka that tastes like victory. He wants to share his award-winning Fuzzy’s Vodka with you, and sign a bottle for you too. After a career of victories on tours – the PGA Tour, the Champions Tour – he’s ready to tour Binny’s.

 

Highland Park – Tuesday, August 5th, 5-7PM
Naperville – Wednesday, August 6th, 1-3PM
Willowbrook – Wednesday, August 6th, 5-7PM

 

Fuzzy's Vodka

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Another one of these already?

 

Remember Jim Koch, eating yeast, not getting too tipsy?

NPR puts it to the test. It doesn’t work well. Your mileage may vary.

 

Using science to fight counterfeit wines.

 

Germany wins World Cup. In the aftermath, beer is stolen.

Ten trucks. Nobody but the cops seem to notice.

 

Why combat global climate change?

Because beer.

 

Finally, Americans Tasting International Alcohols

Includes Malort which is only “international” if you aren’t from Chicago.

 

…Thoughts?