The Pilsner style is rooted in tradition, with a history spanning Germany and the Czech Republic. But that isn’t stopping the greatest craft brewers in America from making the style their own. With more Pilsners than ever, and more thirsty drinkers picking up six packs, we’re seeing explosive growth in the category. These new craft styles stick with tradition… to a point. Some have more hop character than their continental counterparts while staying true to the crisp and quenching character. As craft drinkers demand more complex and varied styles, it all adds up to a thrilling new trend – steeped in an old tradition.
We’re excited to announce the new and improved Wine Hotline, featuring a knowledgeable, experienced wine team eager to take your calls and answer your emails. From rooting out rare and collectible wines to discovering new and hidden values, we’re ready to talk to you.
Something you probably haven’t tried before: 2013 Armas de Guerra Blanco. Its principal grape is doña blanca, usually seen in smaller doses in white blends. Great for spring, this Spanish white is fresh and rich without sweetness. For under $12, you have to try this.
No more filibustering – San Francisco’s 21st Amendment has hit Illinois. This West Coast brewery enjoys a solid reputation for flavorful beers full of attitude. We especially love the fact that they ship in cans. And all for under ten bucks a six pack? We’d happily ratify that.
UPDATE: All the spots for our Bubble Hockey Tournament have been filled!
The icy stare before the faceoff. The crack of the puck on the stick. The roar of adoring fans. The marriage of power and grace. Mucking it up and grinding it out. Thrilling victory, chilling defeat. We’re talking, of course, about bubble hockey.
Binny’s and Labatt Brewing are offering you the once-in-a-lifetime chance to bring your bubble hockey skills to the table with a high-stakes tournament. Join us for this single-elimination, one-on-one bubble hockey event at Binny’s Oak Brook on April 25th. We have just 32 spots, and they
will fill quickly already filled!, so call to reserve your spot soon: (630) 861-1810. Only the best of the best will go home with our first place prize: the bubble hockey table itself.
Wait – before you click the back button, this isn’t your every day Hot Toddy. Instead of tea Bartender Angie uses pimento dram for a chai like spicy character. We don’t have a medical degree, but Angie’s Hot Toddy Pimento will cure all of your ills.
The rumors are true… Chicago Blackhawk Kris Versteeg is coming to Binny’s. Kris will answer your questions in an exclusive Q&A session, sign photographs and pose for pictures. And he’s bringing some Bud Light Ice Crew ladies, too. They’ll be giving away a set of tickets to a future game in the Bud Light Legends Lounge. Stop by to meet Kris and enter for your chance to win tickets!
Veel Geluk, which means ‘good luck’ in Dutch, is a mix of genever from Holland and raspberry liqueur. If you’ve ever had genever you are aware it can be tough to swallow on its own. When mixed with the raspberry liquor the sweetness balances out the bitterness of the gin. Bartender Angie created this cocktail and enjoys mixing it up for her husband. Give it a try at the Lincoln Park Tasting Room, or mix one up at home.
Thrillist ranks US Presidents by degrees of partying.
Gives new meaning to “political party.”
Whisky scented fabric. From Scotland… where else?
Cellaring Beer with Adam Avery.
One more reason to get a Binny’s Card.
Restores your faith in humanity.
An oldie but a goodie:
Check out this quick and handy Whiskey Family Tree.
This guest post is by Roger Adamson, Beer and Spirits Specialist at Binny’s Willowbrook. Roger is both a homebrewer and mixologist and is using his background in history to research and write a book on classic cocktails.
Certain beers are hard to get. Plain and simple. One of the most requested seasonal rarities we see here at Binny’s is Bells Hopslam. Demand for this Imperial IPA is so high that our supply tends to sell out just as soon as it arrives. Luckily, amidst a burgeoning craft beer scene there are several other excellent Imperial IPAs to choose from. We recently sat down and tried Hopslam next to other big juicy IPAs to see how they stacked up.
As of late, there is an immense interest for tiki-inspired drinks. Bartender Angie came up with one that’s sure to make you feel like your toes are inches deep in the sand. It’s quite literally called Tiki Drink, and is full of all the sunshine you’ll ever need. We know what you’re thinking… bring on the mini umbrellas! (Cabana boy not included.)