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

 

The Glenlivet Single Malt: Nights of Passage

Glenlivet is touring the country to share their delicious Single Malt Scotch varieties. During these presentations, you’ll learn about the Glenlivet brand, the product, the production and taste three of their flavorful Single Malt varieties, including the 12, 15 and 18 year.

 
The Glenlivet distillery is near Ballindalloch in Moray, Scotland and produces single malt Scotch whisky. It was founded in 1824 and has operated continuously, minus a brief closure during World War II. Glenlivet is one of the biggest selling single malt whiskies in the United States.
 

Glenlivet at Binny's

 

Binny’s Lincoln Park
Wednesday, May 28th, 6:30-8:00pm

 

Binny’s Highland Park
Thursday, May 29th, 7:00-8:30pm

 

Spots are limited, so call soon to reserve your seat.

Cigar Spotlight: Achilles Eternos


Achilles Eternos

 

Labeled as Curivari’s ultra-premium line, Achilles is the latest release from this highly acclaimed boutique cigar manufacturer. It finally hit the market late in 2013 after years of working on the blend to perfect everything about it. Consisting of all Nicaraguan tobaccos, the cigar is covered with a silky wrapper grown in the famed Jalapa valley of Nicaragua. The Eternos measures 6.25×52 and has a natural box-press that adds charm to the feel of the cigar. It’s medium to full in body with a meticulously balanced full-flavored profile. The leather and graham cracker core are accompanied with flavors of café con leche and roasted nuts. The cigar intensifies with every puff and finishes extremely long on the palate. It’s evident that the cigar uses well-aged tobaccos that derive from 2007 and 2008 crops. Construction is immaculate with a perfect draw and a laser straight burn. There are many cigars released from different manufacturers on a yearly basis, yet very few of them display the type of sophistication that the Achilles does.

 

Achilles Eternos