Some end of the year stuff:
Beer in Chicago in 2012. Cheers to guysdrinkingbeer.com.
An argument we’ve all had: The
best least bad cheap beer.
For next Tuesday: visit the hangover clinic.
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: Look! Read! Watch!
There isn’t any more, and we don’t know when or if it will ever happen again.
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.
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.
Via the Trib: New breweries in Chicago.
Well, not really. More like new brewery … spaces … eh … just check it out. It’s cool.
Did we mention that we opened a brand new Binny’s in Bloomington today?
…probably isn’t your first guess.
Still, there are other things we’d rather not be.
Oh, also eBay is clamping down on illegal alcohol sales.
Nod to straightbourbon.com.
I can haz publicity?
Wine retailer, the new sommelier.
Suspect questions as headlines:
Are energy drinks the new red wine?
See also: Are eggs as bad as smoking?
Stick around through the comments.
This review (subscription required) got us thinking about “breathable” screwcaps.
Illinois has a disproportionately high number of breweries…
…and an even more disproportionately high number of breweries in planning.
Bears break in, imbibe beer.
Couldn’t find the porridge.
And not in a good way, like in popularity. Like an actual explosion.
You already know that Binny’s Beverage Depot is coming to Bloomington, Illinois. Here’s a bunch of cool new construction pics. As you can see, we’re busy smashing, cutting, framing, building a new Binny’s from a space made of three previous establishments. You can’t make out much in these images other than a better feel for the overall space. They’re just neat pictures.
Again: 1409 N. Veterans Parkway in Bloomington, Illinois.
Opening in early fall.
As we plan this store, we know that we need the best, friendliest and most knowledgeable staff to live up to the Binny’s experience. We have posted wine consultant job openings on WineJobsUSA.com. This listing is for wine consultants, but we need a full team to run this great new location: customer service managers, spirits and beer specialists, and pretty much anybody with enthusiasm and a smile. Email email@example.com if you are interested.
When we opened in Champaign, we received hundreds of applications and had to sort through them all to find the great staff we have today. We’re expecting another huge reaction with the new store in Bloomington.