Confessions of a {Festive} Mixologist: New Orleans Sazerac

This Mardi Gras favorite is one of America’s first cocktail gems. Many party goes have enjoyed the Sazerac since the early 1800′s. Whether you pour rye whiskey or cognac, you can’t go wrong. Dan uses one of our High West Double Ryes aged in French Oak. Trust us when we say that it makes for a freaking fantastic Sazerac. With so many variations of this classic, this is one recipe you should try. Specifics after the jump.
 

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Wine Hotline: Varietal Profile

Blind Tasting: Chardonnay & Cabernet

 

Recently, a bunch of Binny’s wine consultants got together to do a blind tasting of chardonnay and cabernet. No, we didn’t blindfold our employees. We put a bunch of wines in brown paper bags and let the chips fall where they may. Wine education comes in many forms, but one of the most humbling is to asses a wine without knowing the name, region or price. Here are six of our favorites after the jump, all chosen blind.

 

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Wine Hotline: Ask The Wine Guy

This month, our “wine guy” is actually Barbara Hermann, Binny’s fine wine buyer. Barbara has traveled all over the globe and has decades of experience under her belt. She is an eight-time winner of Geja’s blind wine tasting. So we went to her with this month’s Ask the Wine Guy question. Check out Barb’s answers after the jump.
 

“I sometimes hear wine drinkers use words like ‘jammy’ or ‘buttery.’ Are these typical wine descriptions?
Do they literally mean what they sound like?”

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Beer Buzz: What Kind of Craft Your Own 6 Pack Are You?

We first introduced the Craft Your Own Six Pack racks back in November of 2011, and we were blown away by its success. You have spoken, and we’re listening! So we’re bringing an even bigger selection to these racks. Many Binny’s locations offered 80 or 160 craft beers to choose from, but now that number is jumping by at least 80 beers!

 
Our Craft Your Own Six Pack feature offers a constantly changing selection of craft beer, from local to global, seasonal to everyday craft best buys. And at the low price of $9.99 per 6 pack, it’s a great steal. Find out what kind of “Craft Your Own 6 Pack” you are after the jump!
 
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Beer Buzz: More Headlines

Sunday Blue Sunday

bluesunday-2-4-2014 The 2014 New Holland Blue Sunday is here. Good news: it’s yours for under eight bucks (it used to cost more than an Andrew Jackson). Better news: it also tastes better than ever. We think the secret might be the touch of kombucha blended in.

 

Jamaican Us Crabbie

Our second alcoholic ginger beer is hitting soon. It’s called Royal Jamaican. Crabbie’s is good, and this one is too, but a little different. Less malty, more ginger spice, lighter in body. If you like Crabbie’s, try this one too.

 

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New-Belgium-Snapshot-2-4-2014New from New Belgium comes Snapshot. It’s an unfiltered wheat, and they pretty much nailed the style. Also new from New Belgium comes Spring Blonde. This one’s a Belgian Ale, and it’s a limited seasonal – think pale malt with good Belgian spice. We think you should try both.

 

Southpaw High Five

We still remember the launch of Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout with a smile. It was a favorite on tap for so long, finally available at home! They’re expanding the Nitro line with Nitro Sawtooth Ale, in stores now. Very cool. And on a limited basis, Nitro Wake Up Dead, which sounds dangerous.

 

Good Beer, Great Cause

Stone-Burning-Rosids-2-3-2014Stone Brewing, doing something awesome and releasing an awesome beer at the same time. Stone Matt’s Burning Rosids is – get this – an imperial cherrywood-smoked saison dedicated to fallen brewer Matt Courtright. Cool beer with a meaning. Plus proceeds go to GoDesign, a charity that builds schools and houses in impoverished areas around the world.

 

The Biggest Little Kegs

Bell’s is expending their already cool 5L mini keg offering, with rotating styles on the way. The first release is their Midwestern Pale Ale, their malty workhorse pale. Watch for new styles over time.

 

21,780 Square Feet

Heyoka-2-4-2014 We’ve heard rumblings that we might finally see expanded distribution from Chicago craft veterans Half Acre. We’ll keep you posted. In the mean time, check out exciting new styles from them on shelves now, including Heyoka (everyday IPA in cans) and this year’s Navaja bombers are out now.

Confessions of a {Festive} Mixologist: Fruity Wine Spritzer

You know that expression, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” We hear that wine has that same effect, too. So why not mix them together? This custom cocktail is fresh, crisp and sure to put some pep in your step this Valentine’s Day! This white wine spritzer is perfect for a party of two – or twenty!
 

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Fun fact: This wine spritzer was created with love by Dan’s fiance. Awwww! <3
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Confessions of a {Festive} Mixologist: Manhattan Love Story

This story is everybody’s favorite. When Jefferson’s Rye Whiskey meets cherry bitters, this original Manhattan becomes extraordinary. Jefferson’s is full of spice, and the cherry bitters gives it an extra bit of sweetness. Mix one this Valentine’s Day for that special someone, even if that special someone is you. Recipe after the jump.
 

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Confessions of a {Festive} Mixologist: Berry Beer Cooler Cocktail

Opposites attract, right? Dan Culen, Binny’s mixologist, made that happen when he mixed beer and vodka in this unique cocktail. Be ready to share, because this cocktail recipe is best enjoyed with many. Careful though, it will sneak up on you like a bad blind date on Valentine’s Day. Recipe after the jump.
 

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Quick Flight, Small Pours

Beer Jelly Beans.

Not jelly bean beer, that’s totally different.

 

Some people take beer too seriously.

“Ceramic squirrel” is just gravy.

 

Malort in the news.

And again.

 

Wine: the glass makes the difference.

For better or worse, but it’s totally true.

 

Top 5 beers in the world?

This blogger gets it right, even if it is a listicle.

 

Newcastle can’t afford to hire Anna Kendrick for a commercial for the REDACTED.

Our favorite thing in quite a while.

 

…Thoughts?

 

Top 10 Beer Picks For The Big Game

 
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Revolution A Little Crazy

A Belgian-style IPA with Citra hops? We love it, you should too. Gives your party some international flair while keeping the Seattle fans happy with a punch of Pacific Northwest Citra hops. Football inspired deviled eggs are the only thing that seem right with this crazy IPA.

 

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Two Brothers Night Cat

MORE CITRA HOPS! Another light bodied brew with a balanced hop profile. Light enough to keep you going strong through the whole game, and going through this.

 

 

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Allagash White

This classic wit sets the mark for the style and pleases all palates. A sure hit for beer geeks and novices alike. If you haven’t ever had it, you should. Speaking of things trying things you’ve never had… Bacon wrapped tator tot bombs. You’re welcome.

 

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Great Divide Yeti

Made right in the heart of Denver, this massive and hoppy Russian Imperial stout is as powerful as the Broncos offense. Goes great with salt – try it with these pretzel dipping sauces.

 

 

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Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold

This award winning golden lager might be as close as Cleveland will get to a championship… possibly ever. It’s a well balanced callback to the centuries old German style. And nothing pairs better with a German style, American brewed beer then cheddar beer weenies.

 

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Red Hook ESB

A Seattle classic with just enough spicy, citrusy hops to balance the malty sweetness. It’s been a popular craft buy since 1987 for a reason. Perfect with this cheddar bacon cheese dip we found.

 

 

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Breckenridge Ophelia

We always have room for another hoppy wheat. The newest from Colorado’s Breckenridge Brewery drinks so light and fresh that you’ll wish it came in bigger bottles. It’ll pair very nicely with this watermelon helmet of fruit.

 

 

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Kona Longboard Lager

A quaffable Hawaiian crowd pleaser. The mighty longboard is known for converting fledgling beer drinkers to the way of craft beer, and it’s still flavorful enough for the faithful. Works great with this Hawaiian salsa.

 

 

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Tallgrass 8 Bit Pale Ale

This galaxy hopped pale is one of our favorites, and the throwback can will make you want to break out the NES and play some Tecmo Bowl after the big game. Don’t blow into the cartridge! Try it with these Jiffy Muffin corn dogs. Aren’t they the cutest?

 

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Deschutes Red Chair

An IPA masquerading as a pale ale? It’s a resinous, hoppy, smashmouth kind of beer. It’s the perfect beer to soak these wings in.

 

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