The wait is over. Solemn Oath six packs have finally arrived. Tucked away in a small Naperville business park, Solemn Oath Brewery has been steadily growing over the last four years, brewing everything from resin-drenched IPAs to big spicy Belgian ales, and a handful of incredible barrel aged brews in-between. Along with their ever expanding fan base, we rejoiced as they made the jump from draft-only to packaging a variety of bomber bottles, decorated with some mesmerizing artwork. While their sharp packaging defiantly caught our attention, it’s the consistently high quality of the liquid inside that keeps us excited to try their newest creations.
Photo courtesy of Solemn Oath Brewery
Celebrate the launch of Solemn Oath’s latest brews in cans and meet the brothers behind the Naperville-based brewery, Joe and John Barley. Come with questions for the Solemn Oath team, grab an autograph and taste a few of their beers. This is one meet and greet you will not want to miss. RSVP instructions below.
We paid our yearly visit to Gordon & Macphail to look at barrels for the fall, had a great visit with Stuart Urquhart and company. They never fail to put forth great barrels that always make our job difficult, a good problem to have! I couldn’t narrow the field down, so I brought back selections from Miltonduff, Glenburgie, Mannochmore, Craigellachie, Glen Keith, Balblair, Ardmore, and of course Caol Ila. In another bit of exciting news, they are expanding Benromach, one of my personal favorites, to meet the rising demand of single malt in general and this gem in particular.
Wine enthusiasts are likely familiar with the GSMs and shiraz wines from the sun-drenched vineyards of the Barossa Valley. Western Australia’s Margaret River is also a source for exceptional wines. Its sunny summers and trouble free growing seasons yield stunning chardonnays, sauvignon blancs, and cabernet sauvignons. Here are some highlights, from both the Barossa Valley and the Margaret River, all ready to enjoy tonight.
Goose Island Four Star Pils
Aiming to quench a growing thirst for more sessionable brews, many craft breweries are taking their stab at an old world classic. The refreshing simplicity of a well-made Pilsner ironically makes it one of the most difficult beers to brew. Goose Island’s Four Star Pils is built around a unique combination of both new and old world hops. It’s crisp and clean with a finish that is both citrusy and herbaceous.
Goose Island Green Line
The wait is finally over! Until now, Goose Island’s wildly popular Green Line Pale Ale has only been available on draft. This well-balanced American pale features flavors of toasted malt alongside a citrusy hop profile with just a touch of pine.
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Meet Chicago forward, Dennis Rasmussen at Binny’s courtesy of Bud Light! He’ll sign autographs, pose for pictures and talk hockey. Members of the Bud Light Ice Crew will also be there giving away a pair of tickets to an upcoming Blackhawks game and free swag.
Binny’s Evergreen Park
Friday, February 26th
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Doors are now open at Binny’s Mokena! Come on by, check out what’s in store and get your weekend necessities. Save the date for our Grand Opening celebrations on Saturday, February 27th. More info below.
Since its introduction in 2007, the elusive Citra Hop has been in high demand and low supply. Brewers lucky enough to get their hands on some have made some amazing beers. Originally known as HBC 394 cv, Citra is aptly named, imparting fresh citrus aromas and flavors, plus a variety of tropical fruit notes. Not just delicious on its own, Citra is a team player that works beautifully with other hops, too. Check out these delicious brews showcasing the flavors of this hot, hip hop.
Binny’s Mokena is almost here! The shelves are being stocked and we’re working on planning an epic month of grand opening events and tastings. The 14,000 square foot store features an 18 door beer cooler, aisles filled with your favorite wine, spirits, and beer, a walk in humidor, a high-end spirits room, and a wine cellar. Check back here in the next few days for more information on when we’ll open our doors in Mokena! For now, here are a few pictures of what we’ve been working on.
Our fruit forward and luscious chocolate ales trump any box of chocolates you can buy. Skip the heart-shaped box and head straight to the beer aisle this Valentine’s Day.
Binny’s employs the best people in the industry. We asked Binny’s specialists from Chicago to Champaign, Evergreen Park to Highland Park, for their top picks of 2015, with an emphasis on value and on availability. The response was huge, and distilling all the great suggestions down to a list of ten wasn’t easy.