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Playing catch up:

 

884 cases of Chicken Cock stolen in daring truck stop heist.
$10,000 reward offered for its return.

 

Slate.com writer worries about the future of peat.
…supports sustainable Scotch.

 

Absolutely the worst cocktail we’ve ever heard of.
A tough drink to swallow. We’d like to think we could toe the line.

 

Less gross: Girl Scout Cookies inspire beer flavors.

 

Thoughts?

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Whiskey Mystery.

…a great read.

 

Major League Craft Beer.

Click through for the slideshow. Step up your game, Chicago.

 

2012 Bordeaux Futures are out now, prices have come down.

Buy yours at Binny’s now if you’re in the market.

 

Breaking News: “Beer Taste Excites Male Brain.”

Hard hitting.

 

Remember that Maker’s Mark thing? Beam did it with Old Grand-Dad too.

Nobody seemed to notice. Thanks Chuck.

 

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Black Market Beer.
Also discussed: the democracy of beer.

 

The Hopslam Challenge: Can you tell fresh Hopslam from year old Hopslam?
Huge props to Vav on this awesome idea, also to Chicagoist for giving it a shot.

 

Matt Kramer on cellaring wines.
It isn’t that you can’t cellar wines, it’s that you don’t have to.

 

Eric Asimov on food and wine pairing.
Don’t be afraid to mess up.

 

Don’t miss brand new editions of:
the BEER BUZZ
the WHISKEY HOTLINE
the WINE HOTLINE

 

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Tragic story of lost wine.
Not a funny story, but we did giggle at the phrase “frenemy winemakers.”

 

Big changes at Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate.

 

Speaking of The Wine Advocate, check out this Champagne Tasting they held.

 

Question: How to start a new whiskey company?
Obvious answer: white spirits and sourcing.
Other obvious answer: lots of money can’t hurt.

 

The big beer news: Westvleteren 12 was released.
It sold out. Yes, all of it. In about five hours.
Coverage: LookReadWatch!
There isn’t any more, and we don’t know when or if it will ever happen again.

 

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Wine and food pairing: you’re trying too hard.

That said, here’s pairing wine in the post-apocalypse.

 

We’re still excited about winning Wine Enthusiast’s Retailer of the Year

…We’re also pretty stoked on winning Buzz Weekly’s Best of CU “Best Place to Buy Alcohol.”

…extra love to Buzz for mentioning the Binny’s Blog!

 

This was Black Friday at Binny’s Lincoln Park.

This is the hugs and kisses aftermath.

 

Getting beer geeks to play nice? A noble deed.

 

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Congrats to Chicago restaurants awarded with Michelin Stars.

 

Congrats to Binny’s, Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Star Retailer of the Year.

 

Charlie Trotter’s is closing, and they’re selling their cellar tomorrow.

… Except for a couple pallets of wine that didn’t make it to New York.

 

The recent trend in blackening major brands spreads to beer.

 

… Thoughts?

 

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Reports of a worldwide bacon shortage have been greatly exaggerated.

 

The most popular beer in the world.

…probably isn’t your first guess.

 

Winemaking isn’t a dream.

Still, there are other things we’d rather not be.

 

ABC’s 20/20 encourages minor to break the law.

Oh, also eBay is clamping down on illegal alcohol sales.

 

Worst whisky article ever.

Nod to straightbourbon.com.

 

Cutest whisky article ever.

I can haz publicity?