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Pics from June 2015 Taste at the Track

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The start of summer means another fantastic day for Binny’s Taste at the Track at Arlington Park. Guests sampled from hundreds of domestic and international wines, including special high-end, allocated selections. Some favorites included Faust, Miraval Rose, and Pingus PSI. This event featured an expanded craft beer selection with 20+ beers and food tastings from top Chicagoland restaurants including Jake Melnicks, Bar Toma, Café Spiaggia, Cowboy Grille and River Roast. You can view all of the pictures from this event on this Facebook album. Check it out, and tag your friends!

 

Taste at the track 2015

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8th annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest sponsored by Samuel Adams

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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:
 
Keith Bosker
Michael Casmer
John Comastro
Jason Deal
Matt Emilino
Larry Gualano
Nick Gualano
Dave Hellwege
Ken Kaczmarek
Ian Kalmes & Tom Monahan
Jeff and Jackie Kopala
Daniel Morgan
Michael Pastore
Brandon Simak
Gregg Stark
Jon Weaver
Jim Williams

 

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.

 

Binny's Homebrew Contest

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Father’s Day Gift Giving Guide + Bottle Engravings

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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.

 

Father's Day Gift Giving Guide

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Margarita Classics

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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.
 

Taco Night Margarita

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Des Plaines Grand Re-Opening Tasting

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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.

 

Binny's Des Plaines

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Golf Legend Fuzzy Zoeller Bottle Signing Tour

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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.
 

Fuzzy Zoeller

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Ardbeg Odyssey Tour + Day + Perpetuum

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

 

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Taste at the Track 2015

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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.

 

Taste at the Track

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Brunch at Binny’s!

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brunch.m2Join 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.
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