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Confessions of a Mixologist: Sheridan Road

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Bartender Angie built this cocktail around memories she had with her Grandmother. They would often take a drive in the fall down Sheridan Road from the city up to Highland Park and watch all of the leaves change color. Additionally, the rum of choice is Angie’s favorite, and she was quite pleased to find that the port mixed perfectly with the gin and bitters.

 

Sheridan Road

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Holiday Cooking with Don Q Rum

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John Meisler, Executive Chef and Global Brand Ambassador for Serralles USA is making his way around to a few Binny’s locations to share his classic New Orleans style cooking. Chef Meisler is known for his iconic recipes that he makes with Don Q Rum. This year, he is going to whip up a few different recipes that you can learn how to make for your holiday dinners, including cocktails to pair.
 

Don Q Cooking Demos John Meisler

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Black Friday 2015: Goose Island BCBS Release

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UPDATED 11/10/15 — Vintage BCBS info!

UPDATED 11/17/15 — Bloomington and Champaign info.

UPDATED 11/19/15 — Goose Island Bourbon County Snifters.

UPDATED 11/25/15 — Goose Island Bourbon County Prices.

 

Ah, November. The month of mustaches, cold weather, unlimited stuffing and – of course – the ultimate shopping day. We say this every year, but Goose Island has outdone themselves with an even better lineup of barrel-aged beers than ever, and an eventful Black Friday planned for beer lovers in Chicago. Binny’s locations across Chicagoland will all release Bourbon County Brand Stout when doors open on Friday, November 27, with the grandest release of them all right next door to the Goose Clybourn brewpub at our Lincoln Park location. Here’s what you need to know:

 

Goose Island BCBS 2015

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Cigar Spotlight: CAO Pilon

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The CAO Pilon has an interesting back story: Master Blender Rick Rodriguez uses an old and expensive process to ferment the tobaccos used in this cigar. In the 1800s, men called Piloneros would create round pilons, or stacks of fermenting tobacco leaves. Pilons are made in an 18-month fermentation process, sometimes longer, involving hemming tobacco leaves together and stacking them layer by layer. This process, though time-consuming, is known to maximize the flavors and color of the leaves. It comes across in the new CAO Pilon, now available in three sizes; Churchill 7×48, Robusto 5×52 and Corona 5.5×44.

 

CAO Binny's

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Fall Preview: Binny’s Handpicked Casks

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The Whiskey Hotline hit the road this year. We’ve been all over the country and all over the world in search of casks of the finest spirits around. When we find the best of the best, we claim them as our own and call them Binny’s Handpicked Casks. Watch for these selections over the next few months:

 

Binny's Handpicked Casks

 
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Binny’s Beer Buzz Takes on GABF 2015

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In an annual tradition, the Beer Buzz once again sent an entourage to The Great American Beer Festival, where breweries from all over the  country load up their finest and head to sunny Colorado for a weekend-long beer festival that features hundreds of breweries, thousands of beers and a TON of beer loving fans. The Beer Buzz team went out to experience the fest and here’s their take on everything!

 

Binny's GABF Coors Brewing

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Baltika: *Russian* Russian Imperial Stout

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In 18th century England, a dark and malty beer known as porter grew to such popular demand that it eventually spurred the beginning of commercial brewing as we know it.  Different brewers offered varying interpretation of the style, and eventually the porters that were richer or “stouter” in character had the most appeal. One of the most famous admirers of this hearty new style of beer was Catherine II of Russia — Catherine the Great. Brewed to a formidable strength in order to prevent spoilage during its long journey to Russia, this rich and hearty brew earned the name Russian Imperial Stout. For the first time, we are excited to offer a Russian Imperial Stout actually brewed in Russia. Za Vas!

 

Baltika Russian Imperial StoutBaltika Russian Imperial Stout
Dark as night in the glass, aromas of rich roasted malt and allspice leap from the glass. The dry palate is accentuated by a fruitiness like prune cake and vintage port before a decadent and bittersweet finish that shows notes of dark chocolate covered caramel. Heavily roasted malts were clearly used in moderation, most likely more for color than for the dark roasted coffee flavors that dominate so many American interpretations of the style. This may not be the Imperial Stout you are used to, but it is a delicious return to form, that you don’t need to be royalty to enjoy.

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Moonlight Graham

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Bartender Kyle whipped this one up with ingredients that he had in his home while jamming to some tunes. His playlist must have been on point because he mixed up one delicious cocktail. The ginger and raspberry syrups mix eloquently and blend well with the Armagnac and Fernet Branca to make one deliciously smooth drink.
 

Moonlight Graham Binny's

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