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Ardbeg Rocket Tour

UPDATE: The Saturday morning rocket appearance has been moved to the Downers Grove Binny’s Beverage Depot.


Ardbeg has a 30 foot rocket. They’re bringing it to Binny’s.


Sure, Binny’s has hosted events featuring horsesmotorcyclescarsmore motorcycles, and a truck, but we’re pretty sure this is the first time we’ll see an extra-terrestrial form of transportation. Pretty sweet, yeah?


In late 2011, a rocket blasted off the face of the Earth with some precious cargo: a research experiment by Ardbeg. No, they didn’t launch whisky into space. What they did launch was an experiment involving aromatic and flavor-active compounds called terpenes, to test their interaction at the molecular level with charred oak in the low gravity environment of space. It gets a bit sciencey. Will this radically change the way we age spirits?


Anyway, they’re touring the country with a full-size replica of the rocket. Binny’s is honored to be the launching pad for the 28 week tour. Along with the rocket, Ardbeg will be taking names for their committee and sampling out some of their recent single malt offerings. Don’t miss it!

Locations and times after the jump…

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Italian Night in Downer’s Grove

Last Friday was Italian Night here at our Downer’s Grove store. We had four awesome Ducati motorcycles on display, great food, and of course, nearly 150 great Italian wines.

The food was delicious. We partnered with Carlucci, an Italian restaurant near our store. Carlucci set up a three course menu for attendees of our tasting so people could go across the street for dinner after the tasting. Even better, tasters could take a bottle of wine they purchased from us and enjoy it with dinner with no corkage fee.

We also featured pizza from Roundhead’s, Angelo’s, Skuddlebutts, and Barone’s. Amici Italian Deli served up cubed cheese, and Laurie Lu’s provided dessert with mini cupcakes and other sweets.

And of course, the Ducati motorcycles. These fine-tuned machines were on loan from Motor Cycle Center of Villa Park. How better to admire Italian craftsmanship than with their performance bikes? Well, there is the wine…

– Dan Culen is Operations Manager at the Downer’s Grove Binny’s Beverage Depot

Did you miss out on this Binny’s tasting? Be sure to check out our Big Events page for tons of upcoming tastings, seminars, appearances and more!


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Downers Grove 2011 Beer Bowl Winners

On a cold Friday night, Binny’s in Downers Grove wanted to know- Which Craft Beer will reign supreme and be called the champion of the 2011 Beer Bowl?

Our Beer Manager, Matt Bentley, had separated the sixteen contenders into four categories. Bracket #1 featured Pilsners and Lagers. Capital Brewing Supperclub went up against Great Lakes Brewing Dortmunder Gold and Lagunitas Pils took on Victory’s Prima Pils.  Bracket #2 had Pale Ales and IPA’s going against each other.  These match-ups featured Smuttynose Pale Ale against Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Stone Brewing IPA versus Bells Two Hearted Ale. Bracket #3 had Amber and Red beers.  The pairings there were Green Flash Hop Head Red against New Belgium’s Fat Tire and Flosmoor Station’s Pullman Brown versus Avery Ellie’s Brown.

The final bracket had Porters and Stouts.  Great Divide’s Yeti Stout and North Coast’s Old Rasputin went head to head and Founder Porter took on Emmet’s Robust Porter.

When Matt announced the Beer Bowl was beginning, we threw an interesting twist in to mix. First round match ups were tasted blind.  The 100+ participants knew what beers were being tasted but the beers were poured in glasses behind a screen.  The tasters were given a sample labeled A or B and then given a ticket to vote for their favorite sample.  This made for some interesting comments from the tasters, and we had some surprise winners come out of the brackets.

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