The committee gathered, tasted and voted, and now the 2014 Binny’s Handpicked Single Malts are on their way. Brett’s annual trip to Scotland yielded excellent whiskies this year. Now that we have sorted through all the options and honed the selection to just the best of the best, we can hardly wait for these selections to arrive (and they always take months and months, of course). Until then, get your wish list ready:
Ever heard of Swisher, Iowa? It’s home to Cedar Ridge Vineyards Winery & Distillery and most importantly, where we picked our latest batch of Handpicked bourbon barrels. Yup, plural. We just couldn’t pick one. But more about Cedar Ridge first.
Owners Jeff and Laurie Quint have built quite the distillery/winery. Located in eastern Iowa, it’s just a short drive from Cedar Rapids or Iowa City. Jeff serves as Master Distiller and Master Winemaker. In addition to crafting award winning small batch spirits (like our Handpicked barrels), Cedar Ridge produces wines from their own estate-grown grapes. Fun fact: Cedar Ridge is the first licensed distillery in the state of Iowa since the age of prohibition.
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After being run out by law enforcement during prohibition, J.K. Williams has made their way back to Central Illinois. They are using the recipe their great, great, great grandfather passed down to make classic American whiskey. We’re welcoming them back with a J.K. Williams whiskey tasting. Find more information about the tasting after the jump.
White Dog. ‘Shine. White lightning. Moonshine. Whatever you call it, you’re going to love Ole Smoky’s Tennessee Moonshine.
Here’s your chance to meet Master Distiller of Ole Smoky, Justin King, and taste some of the best ‘shine out there. He knows his stuff. Justin has studied and learned distilling methods that were passed down from his great grandparents. Notably, Justin helped produce their award-winning Apple Pie Moonshine that was recently named Best of Class Moonshine by the American Distilling Institute.
Meet Ole Smoky Master Distiller
Binny’s in Bloomingdale
Wednesday, January 22nd from 6-8pm
Can’t make it? Stop in to any of our 30 locations and pick up a mason jar of Ole Smoky for yourself. Recipes, cocktails and more here.
The faithful know it’s that time again, time for the Great Brophstradamus to make his predictions for the spirits world in the coming year. How wise is Brophstradamus? We aren’t sure, but his beard is legit. His predictions have been meticulously translated from the original quatrains by time, a secret decoder ring and Google. 2014 will bring more. More what?
A question we hear often: “My friend loves whiskey. What should I get him?” The answer, of course, is whiskey. But if you’re looking for something more creative, here are the TOP TEN WHISKEY GIFTS from our own wishlist. For more whiskey favorites, check out the Whiskey Hotline.
On my most recent trip to Ireland I had the opportunity to travel with Bord Bia (the Irish Food Board) and attend their Origin Green Conference focused on sustainability and green food and beverage production in Ireland. I met Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny, watched the Gaelic football championship game (Ireland’s Superbowl) in a traditional Irish pub and visited my favorite brewery, Guinness.
Day one of my trip started in the County Cork at the historic Midleton Distillery. Midleton is home to Jameson, Powers, Paddy and pure potstill Redbreast, one of the best Irish whiskeys on our shelf. They also provide whiskey on contract to support long existing independent brands.
From the most recent edition of the Whiskey Hotline, What’s Rollin’ In!
The Only One I Love
With a name like Yellow Rose, you know it’s from Maine. Just kidding. Yellow Rose is the first legal distillery in Houston, and they’re all about extremes. Take their Outlaw Bourbon. Their secret mashbill recipe? 97% corn, despite what their website says. The Straight Rye? 95% rye. Our favorite is their Double Barrel – a bourbon that sees finishing time in cabernet barrels for six months. They first caught Brett’s eye while he was judging at the American Distilling Institute 2013 competition. Only a matter of time before they hit the shelves at Binny’s.
How does that old saying go? “Beer before liquor?” Ballast Point proves that’s bunk by following their knockout beers with exceptional spirits, coming soon. We got a sneak preview of their delicious rums and phenomenal gin a few months ago, when their beers first hit Chicago. And we’re hoping that someday we can get their whiskey too.
First, a couple great events. For more info and to RSVP for either of these, call 312 768-4400.
Ian MaCallum of Glen Garioch is hosting a dinner at Binny’s South Loop on October 2. Along with great whiskies from this classic Highland distillery, we’ll enjoy barbeque from Lillie’s Q.
• Then, John Glazer of Compass Box is coming to Binny’s South Loop on October 8 for a tasting of some of his industry-shaking vattings, including the stunning new Delilah’s bottling, among others.
By the way, we got a limited amount of the stunning new Compass Box Delilah’s Bottling. Super cool, Mike. Grab some soon, because not only does it support one of our favorite bars in Chicago, but it’s a steal at this price.
New at Binny’s, two gin expressions from our friends in Madison, Yahara Bay. Their gin is good, their barrel aged gin is even better.
You already know that California’s St. George Spirits makes a delicious Dry Rye Gin. But did you know about the limited new barrel aged version? It’s awesome.
We really like this new barrel aged gin trend.
Ever wonder barrel sizes? Barrel, Hogshead and Butt
Back from Scotland and getting settled in. A quick recap of everything that happened since I checked in on Day 6…
Pulling samples at Signatory Edradour Warehouses