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Beer Buzz Hits the Road: Ballast Point

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The Beer Buzz recently took a trip to sunny San Diego, so naturally we needed to check out Ballast Point’s new facility in Miramar. Stepping foot into this 107,000 square foot brewery, it is incredible to think how far Ballast Point has come since their humble beginnings in the back of Homebrew Mart twenty years ago. Ballast Point was founded with DIY determination and that passion for craftsmanship can be seen in the gleam of this beautiful 150 barrel brew system salvaged from a brewery in Germany.

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Binny’s Beer Buzz Takes on the 2016 Great American Beer Festival

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The Great American Beer Festival consists of 3800 beers and 780 breweries, attended by 60,000 people. We can’t get enough of what the Denver-based festival has to offer, so our Binny’s Beer Buzz team hit the road again to see what this year’s festival would contain. We’re still dreaming of the mango IPAs, PB&J porters, and an endless amount of sours and imperial stouts. Just a few highlights includ Avery, Wicked Weed, Goose Island, Melvin Brewing, Boneyard, Odell, Fremont and Dogfish Head.

 

Odell Brewing GABF

 

We couldn’t visit one of America’s most mountainous states without spending time at some of the best breweries. More on our stops below.
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Local Liquid: Lombard’s Noon Whistle

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Noon Whistle co-founder and brewer Paul Kreiner grew up vacationing in Marquette, Wisconsin where a local tradition left an indelible mark. Each day at noon a whistle blew signaling that it was time to take a break, relax and have lunch. For Paul and many others that also came to mean enjoying a nice, refreshing beer. Determined to prove that big flavor need not mean big alcohol, Noon Whistle set out to brew more “sessionable” brews, the kind of beverage you could enjoy at any time of day.

 

We recently stopped by Noon Whistle’s brewery in order to taste and see what they were all about. With a brand new canning operation up and running, we are happy to announce the arrival of three tap room favorites now available in six packs at a Binny’s near you.
 
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The Whiskey Hotline Hits the Road: Journeyman Distillery

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Three Oaks, Michigan might be a small town of just 900 people, but it carries a lot of history and some great whiskey. Journeyman Distilling has called it home since the fall of 2010 with owners Bill and Johanna and an opening team of just 3 employees. Since then, Journeyman has grown to a team of 65 and is a full grain-to-glass distillery – meaning everything is done by hand. Journeyman sources their corn and grains from small family farms in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Most of their products are certified organic.
 

Journeyman Distilling Bill

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Beer Buzz Hits the Road: Forbidden Root

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Located in a former movie theater in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood, Forbidden Root is committed to introducing the world to the wonders of “Botanical Beer.” One step inside their doors and their passion is immediately present, the walls decorated with rows of jars containing all matter of bark, berry, root and spice.

 

Forbidden Root Binny's

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Beer Buzz Hits the Road: Maplewood Brewery & Distillery

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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 Buzz Hits the Road: Miskatonic Brewing Company

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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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Beer Buzz Hits the Road: Samuel Smith’s Brewery

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It’s been a fun year of travel for the Beer Buzz. Our latest beer education adventure led us to England where we visited Samuel Smith’s Brewery – Yorkshire’s oldest brewery. Being one of the most traditional breweries whose products we can get, it was a fascinating journey walking through these places.

 

Samuel Smith Brewery

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Beer Buzz Hits the Road: Boulevard Brewing Company

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Perhaps the only thing better than enjoying a great beer is seeing all the hard work and craftsmanship that goes into making it – Preferably while drinking said beer. So when Boulevard Brewing Company invited us to come down to Kansas City to visit the brewery as well as their new barrel aging warehouse we jumped at the chance. We had the chance to try a variety of amazing beers, some right out of the barrel. Here are two classic Belgian style brews from Boulevard that are not to be missed.

 

Boulevard Brewing Binny's

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Beer Buzz Hits The Road: Michigan

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We’re lucky to live in the midwest, home of iconic beers including KBS and Hopslam. It’s been a while since the Beer Buzz team last traveled to Michigan, so we packed up the bus and hit the road again. This time even more beer-loving Binny’s employees explored, tasted and learned about some of Michigan’s best breweries – and even a cidery – and we’re bringing our passion back for you.

 

Binny's Michigan Beer

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