Imagine this: the essence of green cardamom – one of the most intensely fragrant spices around – plus fresh vanilla bean, cold-brewed coffee and lactose sugar, all infused in the best porter on the North Side. That’s exactly what Binny’s Skokie Beer Consultant Tom Bergman and Temperance Beer Company Brewster Claudia Jendron did. Get a taste of this exclusive Thai iced coffee porter and more at Binny’s in Skokie this Saturday, and shake hands with the woman who brews it. Details after the jump….
Prepare to leave your plain hot chocolate days in the past. The Aztec Hot Chocolate is a blend of Ancho Reyes and Cinnamon Tequila that adds bold spiciness to your hot chocolate. It’s a whirlwind of sweet and spicy goodness that will warm you up instantly.
Aztec Hot Chocolate recipe after the jump. Read more
The holidays are approaching which means it time for free Blue Label bottle etchings from Johnnie Walker. It’s turned out to be an annual tradition here at Binny’s Beverage Depot and is a fantastic gift idea for the Scotch lover in your life. While you wait* for the etching professionals to do their thing, sample Johnnie Walker Platinum! Binny’s locations, dates and times after the jump…
Like a good Manhattan? Then you’ll love the Holiday Road. Build it just like a Manhattan, but substitute your favorite rum for the usual whiskey. Lincoln Park Tasting Room bartenders Caitey and Angie use El Dorado 15 year because, as they put it, go big or go home.
Holiday Road recipe after the jump! Read more
Meet Andy Parker, Avery Brewing Company’s “barrel herder” and fourth employee. Andy and his team lead the ever growing barrel program at Avery. He’s done everything around the brewery from cleaning tanks to taking out the trash to brewing quality beer. Andy broke down Avery’s longstanding barrel-aged series and gave us some insight into what’s to come for the Boulder brewery. Scroll down to read more.
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Get ready for the year’s first wine, arriving Thursday, November 20! Beaujolais Nouveau is ideal for your Thanksgiving table. With fun, fruit-driven personality and expressive, colorful labels, Beaujolais Nouveau is an annual hit. This year’s selections include:
Rodet * Bouchard Aine * Cambon
Joseph Drouhin * Georges Duboeuf
Beaujolais Nouveau is always released the Thursday before Thanksgiving. It’s no simple feat, picking grapes, fermenting juice, bottling and shipping these fresh wines all around the world. Somehow they make it to Binny’s shelves, ready for you to try and buy!
Get a taste of 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau at all Binny’s locations this Thursday, November 20.
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.
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:
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.
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Festive cocktails are all the rage this time of year. Dress up your Champagne with some festive additions in this delightful cocktail your guests will love to sip. Party planning pro tip: Allow party goers to choose their own bittering flavor in the Holly Berry. Cherry, lemon, peach or orange are all great substitutes!
Holly Berry recipe after the jump. Read more
Stressed about holiday shopping? De-stress with Kahlua at this two day event. Bring your unwrapped presents (limit 2 per customer) to Binny’s Oak Brook, and have them wrapped while you indulge in brownies, coffee, candy and Kahlua holiday cocktails. Mrs. Claus is bringing Kahlua’s elves to wrap your presents in a Kahlua airstream. You’ll also have a chance to win swag, prizes and more!
Dates and times after the jump. Read more
This isn’t your Grandma’s punch. It’s mixed with Kronan Swedish Punsch, a Swedish liqueur with a sugar cane base from the East and West Indies. It adds an extra kick of toffee, smoke and molasses to the rum while the Cointreau offers a tangy twist. Try this punch at your next party and your guests will beg for the recipe.
Punsch Drunk Recipe after the jump. Read more