The homebrewers below have moved on to the second round. The winner will be announced at 7pm on Thursday, August 27th at our Lincoln Park Tasting Room:
Ian Kalmes & Tom Monahan
Jeff and Jackie Kopala
The Binny’s Homebrew Contest is back! This year, we’re excited to host guest judge Jim Koch. That’s right, Samuel Adams Founder Jim Koch will pick our winner this year, and award the coveted first prize: a trip for two to the 2015 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Details below.
Shopping for Dad can be tough. Luckily, we’ve narrowed down the best gifts in each category and have a ton of custom engravings. Follow this gift giving guide and you’ll become his favorite child. Although, he probably
can’t won’t admit it.
Take Your Margarita to the Top Shelf. There’s a reason that when you think Mexican food, the first cocktail that comes to mind is the margarita. The citrus and sweet character is a timeless match with spicy, salty, saucy Mexican cuisine. If you’re looking to impress, these two tips will help you make the perfect, crowd-pleasing margarita:
Better Ingredients Make a Better Margarita. Start with tequila you actually like, and build from there. Milagro Reposado is delicious, a great value, and works as a solid foundation for a margarita that overdelivers. Also, try an orange liqueur with a brandy base, such as Grand Marnier, to give your drink a layer of complexity beyond the sweet orange of less expensive triple sec.
Use Fresh Lime Juice. Sure, margarita mix is an easy solution – just add tequila, right? But all that sugar tends to overpower most other flavors – from the tequila in your drink to the flavor of the food, too. Not to mention the extra calories! Fresh fruit juice and a good orange liqueur offer just enough sweetness for a fresh and balanced cocktail.
Celebrate our Des Plaines store remodel and expansion at our Grand Re-Opening on Saturday, May 30th. Check out these features of the newly renovated Binny’s in Des Plaines:
– Redesigned, expanded sales floor housing over 3,400 wines, 1,700 spirits and 1,700 beers all under one roof.
– Newly expanded walk-in humidor holding nearly 1,000 different cigars.
– Walk-in wine cellar featuring treasures from Napa Valley to the Rhone Valley.
– The same Binny’s promise of the lowest prices on every bottle, every day.
Legendary golfer Fuzzy Zoeller hit a hole in one with his own 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.
On October 30, 2011, Ardbeg became the first distillery in the known universe to launch into space. To test the impact low gravity has on the whisky aging process, Ardbeg sent vials of chemical compounds called terpenes to rest in the International Space Station, where they orbited the Earth fifteen times a day at a speed of 17,227 miles per hour. Science! Now that the test is over and the vials are safely back on Earth, Ardbeg is sharing the experience with you during two special events at Binny’s.
Ardbeg Odyssey Tour
Binny’s Oak Brook
Friday, June 5, 4-7 pm
Ardbeg Odyssey Tour & Ardbeg Day Celebration
Binny’s Chicago – Lincoln Park
Saturday, June 6, 1-4 pm
UPDATE: Check out the Taste at the Track list and plan your afternoon by clicking here!
Tickets for the next Binny’s Beverage Depot and Arlington Park Taste at the Track are on sale right now over on the Arlington Park website. The dates for this year’s events are June 6 and – just in case you’re planning waaaaay ahead, September 12. As always, get your tickets early; this event will sell out.
Join Binny’s, Don Q Puerto Rican Rum and Deaths’ Door Spirits to celebrate the art of brunch!
Executive Chef, John Meisler, brings his New Orleans Creole flair to Binny’s as he shares recipes for a brunch extravaganza prepared with his key ingredients – Don Q Rum, Kringle Cream, and Death’s Door Spirits. Joining Meisler is Death’s Door Culinary Impresario, preparing delectable spicy Thai dishes that balance the sweeter flavors of brunch, plus celebrated Milwaukee chef Zac Correa.
We fell in love with Casa Noble years ago, after tasting the tequila and meeting owner and distiller Pepe Hermosillo. This exceptional producer uses organic 100% blue agave, distills thoughtfully and ages in heavily toasted French oak. The careful combination of agave balanced by high quality oak is breathtaking – the same quality shared with world class whisky or Cognac.
The Whiskey Hotline traveled to Casa Noble in the town of Tequila to find the best. After exhaustive tasting, we returned with two barrels each of three expressions, picking pairs of barrels to ensure supply. Of course, there are always subtle differences across single barrels, but we chose duets that downplay differences, seeking similar barrels that overdeliver within their style.