In 18th century England, a dark and malty beer known as porter grew to such popular demand that it eventually spurred the beginning of commercial brewing as we know it. Different brewers offered varying interpretation of the style, and eventually the porters that were richer or “stouter” in character had the most appeal. One of the most famous admirers of this hearty new style of beer was Catherine II of Russia — Catherine the Great. Brewed to a formidable strength in order to prevent spoilage during its long journey to Russia, this rich and hearty brew earned the name Russian Imperial Stout. For the first time, we are excited to offer a Russian Imperial Stout actually brewed in Russia. Za Vas!
Baltika Russian Imperial Stout
Dark as night in the glass, aromas of rich roasted malt and allspice leap from the glass. The dry palate is accentuated by a fruitiness like prune cake and vintage port before a decadent and bittersweet finish that shows notes of dark chocolate covered caramel. Heavily roasted malts were clearly used in moderation, most likely more for color than for the dark roasted coffee flavors that dominate so many American interpretations of the style. This may not be the Imperial Stout you are used to, but it is a delicious return to form, that you don’t need to be royalty to enjoy.
Did you know September is Bourbon Heritage Month? We don’t want The Whiskey Hotline to have all the fun, so we’re celebrating with our favorite bourbon barrel aged beers. Sure, folks get excited for the super rare ones, but did you know there are great bourbon barrel aged beers available on shelves all the time?
Wow – where do we begin?! This year, we accepted 75 entries and the top 17 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 Jon Weaver for brewing a professional quality Kolsch that won him two tickets to the Great American Beer Festival and to all of the homebrewers who placed or took the time to handcraft and homebrew their entries for the 8th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest sponsored by Samuel Adams. Winners and photos below. See you next year!
Blue Moon Cinnamon Horchata Ale is launching in the Chicagoland area and we’re celebrating with beer and tamales! Score Blue Moon swag, munch on a tamale from The Tamale Spaceship and sample Blue Moon Cinnamon Horchata Ale at select Binny’s locations. Time and dates below.
Everybody knows about the Reinheitsgebot – the Germany Beer Purity Law of 1516. But there is a growing collection of brewers looking outside the traditional toolbox of water, grain, yeast and hops for exciting new flavors. A recent write-up in Crain’s about beer trends got us thinking about some of our own favorite herbal beers – from hot new arrivals to old standards. Our top five:
You first tasted them on tap at your favorite local pub, and you haven’t stopped asking for them ever since. Binny’s is proud to be the first to offer the beers of BuckleDown Brewing in cans!
American craft brewers are famous for innovation, from blurring stylistic lines, using bold new hops or adding unique herbs, fruits and spices. Wisconsin Brewing Company’s new beer Blister in the Sun is a perfect example of this kind of ingenuity, with the bold hop profile of IPA, the creaminess of Belgian Wit and the crisp finish of lager all rolled into one exceptional brew. We had never heard of an India White Lager before, but we’re glad we discovered this one. This spirit of experimentation inspired us to craft some beer cocktails using this refreshing new brew.
UPDATE: Please note the updated times and locations.
Small Town Brewery is whipping up some refreshing, All-American root beer floats with everyone’s favorite hard root beer: Not Your Father’s Root Beer. Visit one of our many locations for a taste this holiday weekend. Times are subject to change.
The homebrewers below have moved on to the second round. The winner will be announced at 7pm on Thursday, August 27th at our Lincoln Park Tasting Room:
Ian Kalmes & Tom Monahan
Jeff and Jackie Kopala
The Binny’s Homebrew Contest is back! This year, we’re excited to host guest judge Jim Koch. That’s right, Samuel Adams Founder Jim Koch will pick our winner this year, and award the coveted first prize: a trip for two to the 2015 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Details below.
Shopping for Dad can be tough. Luckily, we’ve narrowed down the best gifts in each category and have a ton of custom engravings. Follow this gift giving guide and you’ll become his favorite child. Although, he probably
can’t won’t admit it.