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Stone Hammers Out Another Solid IPA

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Another IPA from Stone?! Perhaps no other brewery is so inexorably linked to India Pale Ale. For the past 20 years, their aggressively unapologetic passion for hops has made the champions of the IBU and masters of this iconic style. This week we got our first taste of Ghost Hammer, a fresh new IPA featuring a unique new hop.
 

Stone IPA

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Two Tropical Treats from Cali

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We’ve sung their praises before, and we’re here to do it again. From the refreshingly satisfying wild and sour ales of Bruery Terreux to the intriguingly complex and innovative beers of The Bruery, we’re always excited to taste their latest creations. This week we have two tantalizingly tropical beers. One tart, one sweet – both delicious.
 

The Bruery

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Beer Deconstructed: Witbier

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Water, malted barley, hops and yeast – these are the classic building blocks of beer. As brewers continue to manipulate and supplement this treasured combination, the breadth of their labors is both beautiful and daunting. Rest assured we’re here to help you make sense of it all. Ever wonder why a certain beer tastes the way it does? Recognize a familiar flavor but can’t quite put your finger on it? This week we take a closer look at Witbier.
 

Wit Bier Binny's

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10th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest Sponsored by Samuel Adams

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We have hosted the Binny’s Homebrew Contest for ten years… can you believe it? We have another great contest lined up 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 2017 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Read on for more details.

 

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Hop Vapin’ with Lagunitas

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Brewers Mary Bauer and Joe Flores of Lagunitas Chicago recently led an exciting seminar on hops at Binny’s Lincoln Park. To enhance our understanding of hops, Lagunitas placed ground hops into a volcano vaporizer. As different beers from Lagunitas were sampled, attendees got a whiff of a corresponding hop used in that beer.
 

Dan Hop Vapin' Lagunitas

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Celebrating National Saison Day!

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Of all the beer styles brewed toady, few are open to as much interpretation as the saison. Saisons are highly carbonated and refreshing pale ales that were originally brewed by Belgian farmers in order to entice seasonal farmhands or “saisonniers” to sign on for summer work. Yeast plays a big role in their flavor profile and while most are brewed with strains that produce highly aromatic and spicy flavors, some also incorporate wild yeast strains such as Brettanomyces which can impart some earthy funk. So raise a toast to this classic style with one of these refreshing favorites on #NationalSaisonDay!

 

National Saison Day 2017

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Get it First at Binny’s: New From Solemn Oath

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Tucked away in a small Naperville business park, Solemn Oath Brewery continues to grow in popularity; brewing everything from resin drenched IPAs to big spicy Belgian ales, and a handful of incredible barrel aged brews in-between. With their canning line up and humming, they’ve added two refreshing new brews to their lineup. Light, bright and easy to drink; both are perfect for toasting the return of spring.

 

Solemn Oath Binny's

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Fresh Catches from Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Ballast Point Brewing Company

 

Ballast Point Sea Rose

Ballast Point Sea Rose is a lively new wheat ale that delivers remarkably natural cherry flavor. The finish is pleasantly tart, but not puckering and is accented by hints of sweet baking spice. If you’re looking for something unique and sessionable, this one is a keeper. Yet another delicious fruit beer from

 

Ballast Point Bonito Blonde

California loves their blondes, and the latest from Ballast Point is a real beauty. A pronounced malty aroma is complemented by a subtle minerality; giving way to a refreshingly smooth body and a satisfying finish. While not quite as sweet, Bonito’s fruity yeastiness and soft malty mouthfeel reminded us of a much requested yet frustratingly unavailable farmhouse ale from Wisconsin.

 
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Beer Buzz: Dry & Dignified Ciders

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Turned off by the sweetness of many popular ciders? Luckily our selection of cider has never been better and we have a plethora of refreshingly crisp ciders to choose from. Many of these ciders are remarkably wine like in character so if you’re looking for an interesting alternative to serve at your next dinner party, consider giving one of these carefully crafted ciders a try.
 

Dry Cider

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