Ever hear of Pontiac, Illinois? It’s home to Route 66 Hall of Fame, surrounded by spacious corn fields and full of the kindest people. It’s as American as any town can get. It also happens to be home to hop farmers, Steve and Karen Scott of Vermillion Valley Farm. It’s a centennial farm, meaning it’s been in their family for over 100 years. They live and work on a 9 acre farm where they also grow organic produce that you can find at the local farmers’ market every weekend. The Scott family are responsible for the cascade hops that are used to brew Two Brothers annual fall release, Heavier Handed. This is the second year that Two Brothers will use Vermillion Valley hops.
Reminder: The two Binny’s Handpicked Cedar Ridge bottlings are still the only cask strength bourbon Cedar Ridge has bottled to date. It’s delicious, special, exclusive and limited.
We do like exotic wood finishing, and we certainly like exotic wood finishing more than flavored whisky. So it’s good to see Tap 357 Port Finished, form the makers of probably the best Canadian maple whisky on our shelves.
Fatter, sweeter Crown Royal for the British palate. Pairs well with some Cadbury chocolate candy you’ve never heard of before.
Yes, there’s a John Wayne bourbon. It may soon become rare and collectible if the Blue Devils win.
“Crowd-funding is a great hustle.”
No age statement whiskies: more popular than ever.
We are interested in what you think.
guysdrinkingbeer.com’s Karl Klockars: what about this beer label seems acceptable?
Wine Spectator’s Matt Kramer: good wine retailers push wine value.
Is too many craft beers a problem?
Thoughtful article starts with alarmist headline, finishes on hopeful note.
An interesting read about all the new craft rye, whiskey brands today.
The thing is, MGP juice (can we just call them LDI?) is actually really good.
We recently mentioned countering counterfeit wine.
Maybe the most famous wine counterfeiting saga came to this end.
Awesome Terrible Ways to Open a Wine Bottle
Legendary golfer Fuzzy Zoeller isn’t willing to rest, so he set out to make a vodka that tastes like victory. He wants to share his award-winning Fuzzy’s Vodka with you, and sign a bottle for you too. After a career of victories on tours – the PGA Tour, the Champions Tour – he’s ready to tour Binny’s.
Highland Park – Tuesday, August 5th, 5-7PM
Naperville – Wednesday, August 6th, 1-3PM
Willowbrook – Wednesday, August 6th, 5-7PM
Bartender Angie from the Binny’s Lincoln Park Tasting Room got the inspiration for this potion after hearing about how much Pliny the Elder enjoyed his pears. It’s a well-balanced cocktail, with bitterness from amaro pairing perfectly with the spiced pear flavors of the St. George Liqueur. Be sure to stop by the next time you’re in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, say hello to Angie, and try a Pliny’s Elixir for yourself! You will not be disappointed.
Shark Week. For almost 30 years now it has been a summer institution.
We recently installed a TV in our Lincoln Park Tasting Room. What better way to show it off than a week of sharks? All through Shark Week we’ll feature pints of Lost Coast’s Great White at the special price of $3. At 7 pm each night, we’ll tune into to The Discovery Channel *
See the lineup of shows here.
* except Sunday, as we close at 6 pm.
The dog days of summer are upon us. The solution for this sticky summer slog? The bramble cocktail. It’s a concoction that usually includes blackberry and gin, but variations feature raspberry, blueberry and more. And if gin isn’t your style, vodka makes a great substitution, too. With the many twists on this fruity sipper, it was hard to narrow down the list to just our top four. And if you’re up for something different, check out these Bramble Jelly Shots.
The Classic Bramble
Photo and cocktail recipe courtesy of Liquor Wire. Continue reading
Another one of these already?
Remember Jim Koch, eating yeast, not getting too tipsy?
NPR puts it to the test. It doesn’t work well. Your mileage may vary.
Using science to fight counterfeit wines.
Germany wins World Cup. In the aftermath, beer is stolen.
Ten trucks. Nobody but the cops seem to notice.
Why combat global climate change?
Finally, Americans Tasting International Alcohols
Includes Malort which is only “international” if you aren’t from Chicago.
Have you heard of Airstream Speakeasy? It’s a cool concept: they took a vintage Airstream recreational vehicle and totally fixed it up to make “the world’s most technically advanced mobile cocktail bar.” They’re teaming up with Don Julio to bring this cocktail-centric aluminum twinkie on wheels to your neighborhood – with a special stop at Binny’s Evergreen Park.
Don Julio Ambassador Jackson Miranda will be on hand to answer questions (bring your best tequila trivia) and pour you a sample of Don Julio, both on its own and also as the base in great cocktails that that are simple enough that you can make them at home. We’ll have an engraver on hand, for your chance to get your a special bottle of Don Julio 1942 etched with your own custom message. That would make a heck of a gift. More info after the jump…
This rare blended Scotch was once a secret available amongst a small and elite society, but now everybody can get their hands on Syndicate 58/6. While bottles last.
Rundlets and Kilderkins? Silly names for barrel sizes, for sure, but the whisky isn’t funny: this Hazleburn is the perfect dram: light and refreshing.
Very, very old Armagnac from Delord, Dartigalongue.
For the fourth or fifth time in six years, we’re excited to pass on news that Bruichladdich is ready to stop all the oddball bottlings and launch a core line, including the new The Classic Laddie.