Confessions of a Mixologist: Negroni

If you’re not familiar with this classic cocktail, it is widely known as an aperitif but most certainly can be enjoyed as a cocktail at any time. The drink’s origins are pretty much unknown but what we do know is how it got its name. A Count by the name of Camillo Negroni asked his bartender at a small cafe in Italy in the early 1900s to make a few alterations to the already existing drink, such as gin in place of soda water and an orange garnish instead of lemon. Shortly after the drink grew in popularity, the Negroni family opened their own distillery and started creating a ready-made version of this classic cocktail.
 
According to imbibe and Campari, the official Negroni Week is June 2nd to the 8th, but we won’t tell anyone if you decide to drink a few of these any other day of the year. Recipe after the jump!
 

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Confessions of a Mixologist: Patio Season

The Binny’s Lincoln Park Tasting Room is officially open now. Not only does the new space boast an epic, sixteen beer tap list and a cruvinet wine systeam featuring sixteen wines by the glass. The space also features expert mixologists who are excited to share designer cocktails, including their very own signature creations. Head to our new Lincoln Park Tasting Room and try these for yourself, or check out our not-so-secret recipes and make them at home.

 

To keep up with our upcoming events and tastings at this location, scroll through our many Binny’s Lincoln Park events.

 

Lincoln Park Tasting Room

 
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Lincoln Park Tasting Room: Breakfast at Binny’s

Celebrate dad at this Father’s Day brunch extravaganza! This weekend event features cooking demos by Executive Chef John Meisler and John Kinder. Additionally, mixologists Eric Hay and Debbi Peek will showcase their favorite brunch cocktails. You and dad can test your skills at the Bloody Mary Bar while you learn about cooking with rum, brunch cocktails and other tips to create the ultimate brunch.

 

Breakfast at Binny's with Don Q Rum

 

Breakfast at Binny’s
Binny’s Lincoln Park Tasting Room
Saturday, June 14th 10:00am-2:00pm

 
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Evergreen Park Events: Bottle Signing with Rich Dollaz

Ciroc Vodka ambassador, Rich Dollaz is stopping by Binny’s in Evergreen Park for a bottle signing to celebrate 79 Gold, a spirit with balanced hints of nuts, vanilla and loads of caramel. This is Rich Dollaz first foray into the world of spirits. It makes for an excellent cocktail spirit. (See examples below) Mr. Dollaz is known for his role on VH1′s Love and Hip Hop.

 

 

Rich Dollaz 79 Gold

 
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7th Annual Homebrew Contest Sponsored by Sam Adams

Get ready for the 7th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest sponsored by Samuel Adams! We heard your feedback last year, and we made some changes. This year, we’re expanding the contest to two rounds: a first round held at four Binny’s locations, plus a final round at our Lincoln Park store.

 

Here’s the deal. We are accepting entries starting Sunday, June 1st, as soon as our doors open at four locations. Drop off your entry at one of four participating Binny’s stores, complete with a filled entry form. We’re accepting 50 entries per store. Contest entry is free. Get all the details after the jump…

 

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Beer Buzz: Only Child Red Rover

Sometimes we get to do some fun stuff… Like brew with our favorite breweries. This time around, Downers Grove beer consultant, Vince Bingen spent a day with Only Child Brewing of Northbrook.
 

Only Child Red Rover

 
What’s the story behind Red Rover?
Red Rover is an Imperial Red Ale that was meant to be a homebrew that my friend Joe and I came up with. Joe and I loved this beer a lot but could not brew it, because our homebrew set up requires us to be outside and my little apartment balcony just wasn’t working. I told Ben from Only Child about our dilemma and he said COME ON OVER!
 
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Quick Flight, Small Pours

3D ice cubes rock.

 

Hot in the news: powdered alcohol.

 

Lagunitas in Chicago? Their first batch was bottled this month!

 

Thoughtful reflection on the job of the wine critic, by Asimov.

 

IPA, stout, and lager lollipops? Of course.
Other flavors include cocktails, wine, sriracha bacon. Blue cheese.

 

This story with Jim Koch has raised some eyebrows.
In short, he suggests you eat yeast in yogurt to not get drunk.

 

If you have Parker access, absolutely read Neal Martin’s Bordeaux 2013 report.

 

The cutest beer story in years.

 

…Thoughts?

Beer Buzz: Half Acre Expands Distribution

This announcement has been a long time coming: We are proud to report that Half Acre beers are now available at all Chicagoland Binny’s locations.  For years, thirsty beer drinking Binny’s shoppers in Orland Park, Willowbrook, Algonquin, McHenry, Naperville, St. Charles, Glen Ellyn, Plainfield, Downers Grove, Bolingbrook, and Evergreen Park have been deprived of delicious offerings such as Over Ale and Gossamer.  But the suburban Half Acre drought is now over, and in our opinion there is no better way to celebrate than with a cold 16oz can of Daisy Cutter.
 

Half Acre at Binny's