Lincoln Park is now proud to serve Orval both Young and Aged

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Orval. I recommend it all the time, I keep it on the bottle list in the Tasting Room full time, and even went so far as getting the logo tattooed on my left calf.

 

Orval is, quite simply, perfect. It’s delicate, but at 6.9% abv, no slouch. It’s light and effervescent with a defined heft on the palate, and it pairs beautifully with all manner of food.

 

Orval’s yeast strains and fermentation character has been much lauded by brewers all over the world and has inspired countless commercial beers that attempt to recreate, expand upon, and even just plain clone this amazing Trappist ale.

 

All of this makes it a prime candidate for cellaring. Fresh Orval (generally regarded as within 6 months of bottling) is bright and hoppy with a zesty herbal/floral punch and a light, bubbly body, something I suggest drinking with a meal of herbed lemon chicken with cauliflower puree. Aged Orval (1+ years old) loses its hoppy nose, trading it in for an earthy, funky and spicy nose, thanks in part to the Brettanomyces Bruxellenis in the dose of yeast added to the bottle for re-fermentation. The body gains a touch of heft and it’s not uncommon for the alcohol content to go up a bit as well. Aged Orval pairs gorgeously with Lamb dishes.

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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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Confessions of a Mixologist: Mexican Hot Chocolate

Have you tried the Mexican Hot Chocolate? More importantly – have you tried our version of the Mexican Hot Chocolate? We use Ancho Reyes Ancho Chile Liqueur to give it a nice kick. It’s definitely worth the investment, as this spicy liqueur pairs well with just about anything. Seriously – try it with Tecate, add it to grapefruit juice or give your old fashioned a splash for some added heat!

Mexican Hot Chocolate

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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?

Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Illinois Sparkling Co.

On our latest wine adventure, we went south to Peru, IL for a unique experience exploring the best sparkling wine we’ve tasted from the midwest. August Hill Winery, which grows grapes for Illinois Sparkling CO. is owned and operated by Mark and Teri Wenzel. They take great pride in their work and don’t narrate the typical “this winery has been in our family for 12 generations…” story. Rather, they are two hardworking winemakers with a passion for Champagne and sparkling wine.

 

Illinois Sparking CO

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Pics from September 2014 Taste at the Track

The start of fall means another fantastic day for Binny’s Taste at the Track at Arlington Park. What made this one different? Guests sampled from hundreds of domestic and international wines with special high-end, allocated wines, including Caymus, Silver Oak, Rombauer and Cakebread. French and Italian large format bottles were also a highlight. This event featured an expanded craft beer selection with 20+ beers, with food tastings from top Chicagoland restaurants including Jake Melnicks, Bar Toma, Café Spiaggia, Cowboy Grille and Mr. D’s Sports Bar.

 

Taste at the Track

Check out these pics of the event – there’s a bunch more after the jump, plus a whole album of pics from the afternoon on this Facebook album. Check it out, and tag your friends! Continue reading