Binny’s Takes on GABF

Ask any of the beer-loving Binny’s employees about this year’s Great American Beer Festival, and they’ll answer with one word: Incredible. From tequila barrel aged lagers to an unbelievable number of sours, they tasted everything they could to really experience GABF. With a few quick stops at local Colorado breweries, here is their take on GABF.

 

Binny's GABF

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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!

 

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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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