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Women in whiskey – Marianne Barnes named Master Distiller at new Old Taylor.

 

Remember the wine dress? Introducing beer dress.

 

Why did cocktails suck for so long?
Related: the fern bar.

 

Looking for wine value? Check out Sam’s Selections.

 

USA! USA!

 

More on making old spirits very quickly.

 

…Thoughts?

 


Whiskey Week 2015

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Two nights. 75+ distilleries. Hundreds of spirits. Whiskey week 2015 at Binny’s Beverage Depot was outstanding. Bourbon Women Night and World of Whiskies continue to highlight the best of the best in the spirits industry. From a large range of handpicked single barrels to barrel aged cocktails to hop soaked white whiskey, there is no shortage of variety.

 

Binny's World of Whiskies 2015

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Beer Trends: Pilsner Strikes Back

The Pilsner style is rooted in tradition, with a history spanning Germany and the Czech Republic. But that isn’t stopping the greatest craft brewers in America from making the style their own. With more Pilsners than ever, and more thirsty drinkers picking up six packs, we’re seeing explosive growth in the category. These new craft styles stick with tradition… to a point. Some have more hop character than their continental counterparts while staying true to the crisp and quenching character. As craft drinkers demand more complex and varied styles, it all adds up to a thrilling new trend – steeped in an old tradition.
 

Pilsner Binny's

 
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Quick Flight, Small Pours

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Catching up…

 

Thrillist ranks US Presidents by degrees of partying.

Gives new meaning to “political party.”

 

Whisky scented fabric. From Scotland… where else?

 

Cellaring Beer with Adam Avery.

 

One more reason to get a Binny’s Card.

Restores your faith in humanity.

 

An oldie but a goodie:

Check out this quick and handy Whiskey Family Tree.

 

…Thoughts?


Cider Summit Chicago presented by Binny’s

Join us at the thrid annual Cider Summit Chicago , the largest ever tasting of artisanal ciders from around the world. It’s at the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. You’ll get to meet cidermakers, sample from a selection of 90+ ciders and taste awesome food. We’ll be there to chat… so be sure to stop by the table with the big Binny’s banner. Who knows, maybe we’ll have surprises. More info after the jump.

Cider Summit

 

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Binny’s Top Ten of 2014

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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!

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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

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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.

 

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