“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.
Awesome Terrible Ways to Open a Wine Bottle
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
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?
Finally, Americans Tasting International Alcohols
Includes Malort which is only “international” if you aren’t from Chicago.
Have you heard of Airstream Speakeasy? It’s a cool concept: they took a vintage Airstream recreational vehicle and totally fixed it up to make “the world’s most technically advanced mobile cocktail bar.” They’re teaming up with Don Julio to bring this cocktail-centric aluminum twinkie on wheels to your neighborhood – with a special stop at Binny’s Evergreen Park.
Don Julio Ambassador Jackson Miranda will be on hand to answer questions (bring your best tequila trivia) and pour you a sample of Don Julio, both on its own and also as the base in great cocktails that that are simple enough that you can make them at home. We’ll have an engraver on hand, for your chance to get your a special bottle of Don Julio 1942 etched with your own custom message. That would make a heck of a gift. More info after the jump…
Women: inherently better at tasting.
Wine: may help protect against vision loss.
Study also finds exercise slightly more beneficial than wine.
Standing in lines: Why people do it.
Is the beer that good, or is it an information cascade?
How to phase out sulfites: give wine the bends.
Congrats to us for winning another one of these.
Have you ever thought about dressing up your ice cubes? They are the boringist (it’s a word) part of the cocktail and it’s time to step up your game. Try these ice cube substitutes in mixes ranging from sangria to wine spritzers to mojitos.
Minty Ice Cubes
Simply just slice and dice your fruit, mint or herbs and add them to water in your ice tray. Freeze over night and voila – fun and colorful ice cubes that will add an extra spark of flavor to any cocktail.
Fourth of July: Backyard barbeques, family fun, and sunburned cheeks. But most importantly, a cold beverage in hand. Enjoy your Fourth (in the shade) with our recommendations below after the jump. And check out the stellar sale we have for the holiday.
Penrose Packages Appearing Promptly
It’s true. The delicious beers of this up and coming Geneva brewery will hit Binny’s shelves before the 4th of July! Their initial launch will include P2 Belgian-Inspired Pale Ale, and Proto Gradus Belgian-Inspired Single Ale, and these two are just the start. Plans include the release of all four of their year-round offerings. The Beer Buzz reached out to Penrose Brewmaster Tom Korder for his thoughts:
“Bottles are yet another great way for us to get it in the hands of thirsty new friends.” Introducing people to nuanced and refined craft beers that are more accessible than many of the common styles available today… are they damn proud of that?
“We’re damn proud of that,” Korder said.
More news after the jump! Read more
Mass produced wine, good tasting, making: economics and chemistry.
More chemistry: make older whiskey faster.
Not sure that’s how that works, guys.
Honest reactions to Laphroaig.
Harry Caray’s bar diary.
This story again: Wine Good for Teeth
My dental hygienist just doesn’t get it.
Buying a wine for a newborn baby.
We do actually get this question a lot.
Drink your damn beer.
Lagunitas houses migrant workers.
Central question: “What do you feed 26 hungry Germans?”
This is one for the books. The Wild Strawberry was handcrafted by Caitey, one of the lovely bartenders you should visit at our new Lincoln Park Tasting Room. This cocktail is essentially the adult version of a strawberry limeade. It’s a bright, sour and tart mix that will have you salivating for more. Its main spirit ingredient is cachaca. If you’re not familiar with the sugarcane spirit, we highly recommend you try it. Very similar to rum, cachaca has two varieties, unaged (white) or aged (gold).
National Cachaca Day falls on September 13th. If you feel like celebrating, this is the cocktail we recommend you try. Also try the caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail. Recipe after the jump!