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Binny's Barrel Aged Beer Classic 2018 The Vikings Have Landed! Get ‘Em First At Binny’s

They’re back…Fancy an IPA? Perhaps a DIPA? If you’re looking for juicy juice and milk shakes, kindly step aside. For the battle ready, brace your palates. This is old school American IPA – that’s about as subtle as an axe blow.

Solemn Oath Kidnapped by Vikings

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

The kindest and gentlest of the Viking series, this balanced AIPA is medium and body and delivers citrusy and piney hop aromatics. Pronounced grapefruit bitterness is offset by a touch of sweet caramel malt. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington or Springfield.

Solemn Oath Ravaged by Vikings

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

Say hello to Kidnapped By Vikings turned up to 11. A sturdy malt backbone provides the support against a crushing blow of resin drenched citrus peel. The finish is bold and woodsy, with a lasting hit of tangy citrus. If you really want to test your metal, try pairing this with your favorite Thai curry. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington or Springfield.

Solemn Oath Death By Viking

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

Bordering on a barleywine, this massive DIPA is not for the faint of heart. Wearing its 10% ABV like a badge of honor, it blasts the palate with spicy pine and citrus, followed by a big sticky wave of caramel. A beer you don’t crush, it crushes you. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington or Springfield.

Autumn And Apples: A Pair of Delicious New Ciders

Apple harvest is here and there’s no better time to enjoy a glass of hard cider. This week we have a have a pair of tantalizing new ciders that not only sit beautifully in the glass, but also awaken the senses.

Ace Berry Rose

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Pouring coral in color, the nose is bright and inviting with notes of apple, pear and strawberry. The palate begins with bright jammy strawberry, followed by a rush of tart blackberry. The finish is honeyed and floral, with a lasting touch of red raspberry preserves. It may be Autumn, but this is summer in a glass - perfect for those of us dreading the cold weather to come.

Stem Cider Chile Guava

4 Pack of 12oz Cans

Chile and guava might sound strange, but it’s a tried and true combo that’s beloved by many. Stem absolutely nailed it here, producing and amazingly aromatic cider that’s bursting with fresh guava flavor and aroma. The chili component is earthy and reserved, delivering a touch of raisiny fruitiness and a long slow burn to the finish. One of the best ciders we’ve had in a long time. Stem continues to impress.

Thirsty For IPA Pick Your Style

This week it’s all about the hops. Ok, IPA is always about the hops, but we’ve got some serious stuff this week, including a fresh hop IPA brewed with Strata – one of our favorite new hops. Without further ado – we give you a trio of MUST TRY IPAs.

Fresh Hop IPA

Deschutes Chasin' Freshies

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Each year Chasin’ Freshies features a different variety of freshly harvested hops. 2018 highlights Strata, an Oregon born and bred aroma hop that was designed to be super dank, but not catty. Chasin’ Freshies simple recipe (pilsner malt, flaked oats and Strata hops) allows Strata to take center stage, and what a show! The nose is resinous and tropical, with big mango and a touch of guava. Light and velvety soft on the tongue, it delivers an intriguing mix of tropical and herbaceous hop flavor, with pronounced pineapple and jackfruit on the finish.

New England Style DIPA

Short's Slurm Lord

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

Slurm Lord is billed a NEDIPA, and while it pours hazy and glides softly across the palate, there’s a touch of old school hop bitterness lurking in the finish. The hop aromatics here are off the charts. An impressive hop bill (Citra, Azacca, Amarillo, El Dorado and Mosaic) delivers pronounced guava and pineapple on the nose, followed by a rush of tangerine, papaya and pine across the palate and into the finish. One of Short’s finest IPAs and an excellent value.

Dry Hopped AIPA

21st Amendment Tasty IPA

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

This aptly named IPA from 21st Amendment checks a lot of boxes. It’s massively tropical and juicy like a NEIPA, yet still refreshingly bold and snappy like an old school west coast IPA. A peak behind the curtain reveals a unique hop bill that supplies the magic behind this complex IPA. Calypso, Ekuanot, Azacca, CTZ and Simcoe supply a myriad of resinous aromas and bright tropical flavors, with notes of tangerine, blueberry and pluot.

The Quintessential Quince Beer

To be fair, there aren’t many beers made with quince, but when we were introduced to this breathtaking Berliner, we instantly fell in love. Once revered by the people of Berlin, Berliner Weisse is a refreshingly tart and sessionable style of wheat beer that nearly faded from existence. Thankfully American craft brewers have breathed new life in to the style and North Coast’s lineup of fruited Berliners are not to be missed.

North Coast Cranberry-Quince Berliner Weisse

North Coast Cranberry-Quince Berliner Weisse

4 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Bone dry Berliner Weisse is often ordered with a shot of fruited syrup; adding color, flavor and softening the finish. In the spirit of this tradition, North Coast’s Cranberry Quince cuts to the chase, infusing pear and apple aromatics with mouthwatering lactic acidity. Cranberry Quince is one of the finest Berliners we’ve ever tasted. The remarkable balance between sweet quince and tart cranberry results in a paradoxically opulent, yet refreshing beverage, evoking the effervescence and elegance of champagne and classic cocktails. A real conversation starter that speaks to surprising breadth of beer styles.

A Treasured Favorite Returns

Tucked away in the small Wisconsin town of Amherst, Central Waters produces some serious beer. Just as the cool autumn weather rolls in, we welcome back their big warming bourbon barrel aged barleywine. Like their magnificent Cassian Sunset imperial stout, this latest release from their Brewers Reserve offers stunning complexity at a remarkable price.

Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine

4 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Decant into a large snifter to release a mélange of decadent aromas - most notably vanilla beans, demerara sugar syrup and stewed figs. Its soft and creamy mouthfeel delivers lovely confectionary notes reminiscent of buttered toffee and sticky date pudding. The finish is bright and spirited, which we love; but rest assured a bit of time in the cellar softens its edges.

Founders CBS Release Looking For Something Different? Odd Side Delivers

Odd Side Ales lives up to their name. These renegades of Grand Haven are masters of the adjunct, bringing home medals for beers brewed with everything from bacon to sweet potatoes. This week we introduce the latest addition to their tart and tangy Fruitsicle series and welcome back a deliciously spicy stout.

Odd Side Ales Prickly Pear Cactus Pineapple Fruitsicle

4 Pack of 12oz Cans

Ever drank cactus? Pouring a remarkable shade of fuchsia, this tangy mixed fermentation ale combines the berry like fruitiness of prickly pear cactus fruit with pineapple. A touch of lactose adds some balancing sweetness, resulting in a mouthwatering mix of sweet and sour. Try mixing this in an iced blender with tequila for a cocktail that’s part margarita, part paloma, part paleta.

Odd Side Ales Mayan Mocha Stout

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

This nod to ancient Mayan hot chocolate combines rich, roasty stout with Dutch chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg and habaneros. The nose immediately awakens the senses, with all component parts present atop a canvas of roasted malt. Big cinnamon and coffee up front gives way to a wave of chocolate, followed by the slow steady burn of tongue tingling habanero. The kind of complexity that’s often found in massive imperial stouts, in a refreshingly affordable 6.5% ABV six pack.

A Belgian Classic And Its Iconic Glass

What’s Kwak? To simply call it a Belgian amber ale, does not do it justice. Perhaps that was the impetus for reviving the iconic carriage glass and stand – a tall curvaceous flute that instantly grabs one’s attention. Amidst the American craft beer scene dominated by IPAs, stouts and sours; it’s refreshing to return to a classic - an impeccably crafted ale that showcases complexity, clarity and balance, with effortless grace.

Pauwel Kwak

4 Pack of 11.2oz Bottles

A complex and yeasty nose offers notes of roasted walnuts, cloves and star anise. The palate delivers a rich mixture of stewed fruit and caramelized malt, with pronounced raisin, fig and plum. The finish is layered and fruity, with hints of strawberry, peach and muscovado sugar.

Goose Island BCBS Release 2018 Cans For A Cause

Craft beer in a can is common place these days, but not that long ago it just wasn’t a thing. In 2002, Oskar Blues was one of the first to forge ahead, and they’ve been canning up some world class beer ever since. For the month of October we’ve placed a bunch of their brews on sale - better still, for every case of Oscar Blues sold in October, $2 will be donated to Can'd Aid. These philanthropic rockstars have raised over $3.4 million dollars to date! Learn more about them here.

Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

One of the first craft beers in a can! Over a decade has passed since Oskar Blues filled their first can of Dale’s and it’s as resiny and citrusy as ever. A hearty American classic that blurs the line between APA and IPA.

Oskar Blues Mama's Little Yella Pils

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

Oskar Blues’ homage to a classic Czech Pilsner is a dependable crowd pleaser that is refreshingly true to style. It’s clean, it’s crisp and it’s very thirst quenching.

Oskar Blues Old Chub

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

Old Chub clocks in at 8% ABV, but that strength is well hidden among waves of caramel, coffee and cocoa. The finish is soft and sweet, with a subtle kiss of smoke and spice.

Throw em Back and do Good! Eugene Porter - With A Delicious Dose of Dark Matter

Chicago is home to some incredible breweries, as well as some exceptional coffee roasters. When the two come together, we’re often presented some remarkable creations. We’re excited to announce the return of Coffee Eugene, Revolution’s Eugene robust porter laid to rest for a week on specially selected Dark Matter coffee beans.

Revolution Coffee Eugene

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

Deep dark roasted coffee on the nose, with notes of hazelnut, caramel and even a wisp of smoke. On the palate, an initial a snap of coffee acidity is tempered by caramelized malt sweetness. The finish is bold, layered and long - with notes of chocolate, blackberry and earth.

A Carefully Crafted Confection

We come across quite a few dessert inspired stouts and porters. Artfully integrating adjuncts is no easy task - things can get messy. When a brewery gets it right, we tip our hats. Perrin’s Malted Milk Ball delivers as described. Grab this quick before it’s all gone!

Perrin Malted Milk Ball

22oz Bottle

Pop the bottle and you’re greeted with the aroma of brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla – pretty much chocolate chip cookie dough. Surprisingly light on the palate, an initial rush of vanilla is followed by luscious dark chocolate fudge and a touch of allspice. The finish is bourbon drenched chocolate truffle, with notes of maple syrup and cinnamon.

Pumpkin Brews Are Rollin' On In

It might still feel like summer outside, but it’s that time of year again. Lattes, waffles, ice cream, pasta, wine, beer… people can’t get enough pumpkin! Surprisingly, Americans have been brewing with pumpkin since colonial times. Faced with irregular and expensive supplies of malted barley, early American colonists often added pumpkin to their ale recipes. Fill a glass with one of these modern-day favorites and raise a toast to American ingenuity.

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Dogfish Punkin Ale is a longtime favorite that continues to stand the test of time. Not too sweet, nor too spicy, it’s an excellent example of a well-balanced pumpkin brew. *Not available in Springfield

Big Muddy Pumpkin Smasher

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Big Muddy’s Pumpkin Smasher is another dependable pumpkin beer. Brewed with actual pumpkins, Pumpkin Smasher is one of the few pumpkin beers that really does taste like pumpkin pie. Rich and creamy on the palate, pumpkin and vanilla notes are complemented by a judicious amount of sweet baking spice. If you’re on the fence about pumpkin beer, this is one you need to try.

Southern Tier Pumking

4 Pack of 12oz Bottles

For many fans of pumpkin beer, Pumking reigns supreme. Bold and spicy, yet surprisingly light in body – Pumking mirrors the aroma of freshly baked pumpkin pie with plenty of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Notes of sweet caramel and vanilla glide across the palate, giving way to a nutty and spicy finish.

Ace Pumpkin

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Looking for a break from pumpkin beer? How about a gluten free option? Ace Pumpkin delivers on both accounts. Big green apple juiciness paired with pumpkin pie spices makes for a delicious fall treat. It’s delicious cold, but really shines once heated up. A nice hot mug topped with whipped cream and cinnamon is perfect on a brisk autumn day.