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9th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest Winners Recognized


Wow – where do we begin?! This year, we accepted 45 entries and the top 12 were judged by beer legend and Boston Beer co-founder, Jim Koch. We were blown away by the incredible homebrew entries and had a blast drinking some delicious Sam Adams beers with Jim Koch. Congratulations to First Place Winner Tommy Crawford for brewing a professional quality Black IPA that won him two tickets to the sold out Great American Beer Festival and to all of the homebrewers who placed or took the time to handcraft and homebrew their entries for the 9th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest sponsored by Samuel Adams. Winners and photos below. See you next year!


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9th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest Sponsored by Samuel Adams


UPDATED 08/23/16 — The following entries have advanced to the final round in the Binny’s Homebrew contest! Winners will be announced Wednesday, August 24th at Binny’s Lincoln Park during the final event. Entrants must be present at Final Judging Event no later than 8:00 pm on August 24th to claim tasting evaluation sheets and any prizes.

Final Round Homebrewers:
Tommy Crawford
Matt Dillinger
Matt Emling
Darren Fuller
Mike Goddard
Sean Leheney
Kyle Lindsey
Mark Roberts
Andy Siekmeier
Jon & Val Weaver
James Wright
Adam Young

Binny's Homebrew Contest


We have been doing the Binny’s Homebrew Contest for nine years… can you believe it? We have another great contest lined up for you this year. Once again, we’re excited to host guest judge Jim Koch. Best known as Samuel Adams Founder, Jim Koch will pick the winner this year, and award the coveted first prize: a trip for two to the 2016 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Read on for more details.


Binny's Homebrew Contest Samuel Adams


Homebrew Contest Drop Off
Binny’s Lincoln Park
Sunday, August 21st


Here’s the deal. We start entries on Sunday, August 21st, as soon as the doors open at Binny’s Chicago – Lincoln Park at 11:00 am. Drop off your entry, complete with a filled entry form. We’re accepting just 75 entries. Contest entry is free. The contest will likely fill up fast; keep an eye on our Twitter and we will announce when the contest is full. Binny’s beer experts will judge the 75 entries and narrow them down to the top 10. We’ll announce the top 10 HERE the day before the final event on August 24th.


Homebrew Contest Final Judging
Binny’s Lincoln Park Tasting Room
Wednesday, August 24th


Join us at the Binny’s Lincoln Park Tasting Room on Wednesday, August 24th, for a special celebrity judging featuring Samuel Adams Founder, Jim Koch. Koch will judge the remaining top 10 homebrews and pick the winner. This event will feature samples of Sam Adams beers, plus we’ll have several limited release beers will on draft. Winners will be announced around 7.


The first place homebrewer will win a trip for two to the 2016 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, including tickets, airfare and hotel. Several runners up will also win valuable prizes, to be announced. A label is not required, but we do love cool labels. We’ll pick one “Best Label” winner, who will receive a $50 Binny’s Gift Card. All participating brewers will receive beer evaluation sheets with judges comments.


– Each household may enter one beer.
– Entrants must drop off three 12oz bottles or two 22oz bottles of their beer, plus a completed entry form rubber banded around the bottles. Click here to download entry form.
– Entrants must be present at Final Judging Event no later than 8:00 pm on August 24th to claim tasting evaluation sheets and any prizes.


Questions? Leave a comment here on the Binny’s Blog, or email us at Best of luck to everyone!

Beer Buzz Hits the Road: Maplewood Brewery & Distillery


Maplewood founders Ari Megalis and Adam Cieslak are trailblazers. While the number of craft breweries and distilleries in Chicago continues to grow, Maplewood Beer and Spirits is the first to brew and distill all under one roof. We needed to check it out for ourselves, so we headed to Logan Square to have a look at our new neighbor’s facility (in case you haven’t heard, we just opened our doors in Logan Square)! Here are two solid new brews from Maplewood as well as a tried and true favorite that is not to be missed.


Maplewood Brewing Binny's

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Beer Classics: American Pale Ale


As interest in craft beer continues to grow, throngs of thirsty craft converts continue to fall in love with IPA.  Looking to get your hop fix without the boozy heft of an IPA?  Brewers responded by creating the “Session IPA”; but what about the good old American pale ale? Perhaps that’s just it, they seem too old fashioned. We contest that a well-crafted American pale ale is a timeless classic that deserves more love.  Here are a few must try examples of the beer style that birthed the American craft beer revolution.


American Pale Ale

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Beer Buzz Hits the Road: Miskatonic Brewing Company


Something mysterious has arisen nary a mile from the woods of Waterfall Glen. Venture to the bend of a long, winding road and you’ll discover Miskatonic Brewing Company. Miskatonic pays homage to author H.P. Lovecraft, whose macabre blend of fantasy, horror and science fiction has inspired countless and varied artists over the years including the likes of: Stephen King, Mike Mignola, John Carpenter and Metallica. We were immediately intrigued and decided to pay them a visit.


Miskatonic Mural

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Old Style Beer and Binny’s Recognize Chicago’s Local Heroes


Binny’s and Old Style Beer partnered to recognize members of the Chicago Fire Department who have proven themselves local heroes both on-duty and off-duty. Twelve amazing heroes were presented with one-of-a-kind Old Style mini fridges, beer and swag. The brave individuals were honored for their dedication to the field. Some fundraised a large amount money and spread awareness, others helped their communities, and some saved lives. Check out the full list of our 2016 Chicago Local Heroes below.


Old Style Binny's EMWQ

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