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Beer Buzz: Hoppy Alternatives

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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.
 

Hopslam Binny's

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Beer Buzz Hits the Road: Spoetzl Brewery

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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.

 
I recently had the good fortune to escape the bitter Chicago cold and make a visit to the Spoetzl Brewery down in Shiner, Texas. Shiner is about an hour and a half drive from Austin but the scenery from the bus does not disappoint. The landscape was dotted with cattle ranches, oil pumpjacks, and prickly pear cacti. Before I knew it we arrived in Shiner, where the Spoetzl Brewery stands tall a short distance from the charming downtown.
 

Spoetzl Brewing

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A Look Behind Avery Brewing Company’s Barrel-Aged Series

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Meet Andy Parker, Avery Brewing Company’s “barrel herder” and fourth employee. Andy and his team lead the ever growing barrel program at Avery. He’s done everything around the brewery from cleaning tanks to taking out the trash to brewing quality beer. Andy broke down Avery’s longstanding barrel-aged series and gave us some insight into what’s to come for the Boulder brewery. Scroll down to read more.

 

Avery Barrel Program

 

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Not Your Father’s Root Beer in Bottles is Back!

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UPDATE 2: 11/22/14

 
Thanks to everybody who came out for this release. The lines were long this morning and bottles SOLD OUT very quickly.
 
We hope there will be another batch *sometime* but we have no idea when that might be.

 
 

UPDATE: 11/16/14

 
Not Your Father’s Root Beer – the 10% ABV version in bombers – is back for a limited release. It will be available at the following Binny’s locations on Saturday, November 22nd, when doors open at 9 am:
 
Algonquin
Des Plaines
Evergreen Park
Lake Zurich
Lincoln Park
Oak Brook
Plainfield

 

These bottles will sell out quickly, and this may be the last chance ever to snatch up the 10% version of Not Your Father’s Root Beer. Six packs of the 5.9% bottling will be back sometime in early December at all Binny’s locations.

 

Not Your Father's Root Beer at Binny's

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Binny’s Takes on GABF

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Ask any of the beer-loving Binny’s employees about this year’s Great American Beer Festival, and they’ll answer with one word: Incredible. From tequila barrel aged lagers to an unbelievable number of sours, they tasted everything they could to really experience GABF. With a few quick stops at local Colorado breweries, here is their take on GABF.

 

Binny's GABF

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Hop Harvesting with Two Brothers Brewing Company: Heavier Handed

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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.
 

Hop vines

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Beer Buzz: Beer News

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Penrose Packages Appearing PromptlyPenrose Brewing

 

It’s true. The delicious beers of this up and coming Geneva brewery will hit Binny’s shelves before the 4th of July! Their initial launch will include P2 Belgian-Inspired Pale Ale, and Proto Gradus Belgian-Inspired Single Ale, and these two are just the start. Plans include the release of all four of their year-round offerings. The Beer Buzz reached out to Penrose Brewmaster Tom Korder for his thoughts:

 

“Bottles are yet another great way for us to get it in the hands of thirsty new friends.” Introducing people to nuanced and refined craft beers that are more accessible than many of the common styles available today… are they damn proud of that?

 

“We’re damn proud of that,” Korder said.

 
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Beer Buzz: Chicago Craft Beer Week 2014

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Binny’s is excited to join beer enthusiasts across Chicago in celebrating Chicago Craft Beer Week. We’re joined by old favorites including Deschutes and Central Waters, new friends like Vancouver’s Parallel 49, and more! Dates and times after the jump.

Chicago Craft Beer Week at Binny's

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