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Binny’s Top Ten of 2014

Hand picked by Binny’s employees from Chicago to Champaign,
from Highland Park to Evergreen Park, presenting…

 

Binny's Top 10 of 2014

 

Henriot Brut Souverain and Eagle Rare Bourbon#1 Henriot
Brut Souverain

I have a new favorite with Henriot. It’s bright with flavors of lemon and apricot followed by creaminess and a tickle of fine bubbles. This is perfect on Christmas Eve with dinner, but I’ll pop the cork now and then to just enjoy a good bubbly with friends. As Champagne goes, this is a great value for exceptional quality.Nancy K, Wine Consultant at Binny’s Champaign

 

#2 Eagle Rare
10 Year Old Single Barrel

In terms of value, where else can you find a ten year old at this price? Very few can compare with Eagle Rare’s heartier, more robust, spicier character. Not as sweet as, say, Elmer T Lee, Eagle Rare is fat and rich and not too bitter, and wears its rye on its sleeve. Right now we have plenty of Binny’s Handpicked bottles, too.Mike H, Assistant Store Manager at Binny’s Skokie
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Not Your Father’s Root Beer in Bottles is Back!

UPDATE 2: 11/22/14

 
Thanks to everybody who came out for this release. The lines were long this morning and bottles SOLD OUT very quickly.
 
We hope there will be another batch *sometime* but we have no idea when that might be.

 
 

UPDATE: 11/16/14

 
Not Your Father’s Root Beer – the 10% ABV version in bombers – is back for a limited release. It will be available at the following Binny’s locations on Saturday, November 22nd, when doors open at 9 am:
 
Algonquin
Des Plaines
Evergreen Park
Lake Zurich
Lincoln Park
Oak Brook
Plainfield

 

These bottles will sell out quickly, and this may be the last chance ever to snatch up the 10% version of Not Your Father’s Root Beer. Six packs of the 5.9% bottling will be back sometime in early December at all Binny’s locations.

 

Not Your Father's Root Beer at Binny's

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Quick Flight, Small Pours

Byproduct of cocktail culture: fake good cocktails?

 

Why is craft beer expensive?

 

Thrillist brings you Best Small American Distilleries.

Also Pappy Jello Shots.

 

Bourbon association announces golden age for bourbon.

Cynicism aside, that link contains some interesting numbers.

 

Sometimes we follow hyperlinks too much. Case it point:

How much do Americans drink? This article and this one

led us to this

and then this

and this

and then we got back to work.

 

Thoughts?




Quick Flight, Small Pours

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!

 

pano

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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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Quick Flight, Small Pours

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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