New Beers at Binny'sThe Beer Buzz Sizzling Hot Summer Heat - Cool Down With A Kolsch

Kölsch is the beer of Köln, and a growing number of American brewers are trying their hand at the style. Various riffs incorporate newer American hops or sometimes even fruit, but we’ve been particularly impressed by some of the more traditional takes, brews that rival even the best Köln has to offer. Have friends who refuse to give craft beer a try? Give ‘em a Kölsch.

Solemn Oath Lu

Solemn Oath Lü

12 Pack of 12oz Cans

Regular Price $16.99 Special Price $12.99
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Pouring burnished gold with ivory colored foam, Lü begins with bready maltiness that is beautifully contrasted by a dash of spicy hops. Impeccably balanced and super refreshing – this award winning Kölsch is one of the best on the shelf. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield, Peoria

Goose Island Summertime

Goose Island Summertime

15 Pack of 12oz Cans

Regular Price $13.99 Special Price $10.99
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Kölsch is perfectly suited for summertime drinking, something Goose Island picked up on early. For many Chicagoans, this was their introduction to the style, and it remains a treasured summer seasonal. Fruity up front, with a brisk, snappy finish. *Not available in Champaign, Springfield

Metropolitan Krankshaft

Metropolitan Krankshaft

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$9.99

Chicago’s Metropolitan Brewing is steadfastly devoted to German beer and brewing traditions. Be it helles, marzen, dopplebock or schwarzbier - we’ve lauded their delicious achievements on many occasions. Krankshaft is their flagship brew. Light across the palate, a touch of bready malt sweetness is accented by a wisp of lemony hops, all wrapped up in a nice crisp finish.

A Refreshing New Radler From Paulaner

Similar to shandies, radlers combine beer and citrusy soda into one thirst quenching beverage. In the last few years, we’ve seen a major resurgence in this lesser known German specialty. If you’re looking for something that’s lower in alcohol, radlers are famously sessionable. Conversely, if you want to head in the other direction, they make great mixers for gin and tequila. Available for the first time in the U.S., we’re excited to announce the arrival of Paulaner’s Grapefruit Radler.

Paulaner Grapefruit Radler

Paulaner Grapefruit Radler

4 Pack of 16.9oz Cans

$6.99

This mixture of 50% grapefruit soda and 50% helles lager pours a lovely shade of pink with rosey white foam. Aromatic and juicy, it delivers notes of lemon, blood orange, and candied grapefruit peel. At 2.5% ABV, it’s a nice low alcohol option for a brunch or lunchtime refresher. *Not available in Springfield

War Mullet Returns. Is Your Palate Prepared?

Get out the clippers and stand at the ready - War Mullet is back in action. Freed from the bomber and in a slick new four pack, this big ‘n’ brash DIPA is dripping with citrus. You like the sound of that? It’s orangey in the way a Negroni is, not like a creamsicle. Can you handle an old school imperial IPA? You sure?

Three Floyds War Mullet

Three Floyds War Mullet

4 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$13.99

The nose here delivers a barrage of citrus aromatics, with pronounced grapefruit and tangerine, followed by a punch of guava. Medium-full in body, its sturdy malt backbone delivers a touch of honeyed malt sweetness that’s quickly contrasted by a rush of lemon and grapefruit peel. The finish is spirited and pine soaked, with a lingering bite of juniper. *Not available in Champaign,Bloomington, Springfield, Peoria

Hazy IPA The Firestone Way

Firestone Walker’s made some iconic IPAs over the years, but when the hazy New England style IPA began to take over, they remained steadfastly resistant. Eventually they gave it a go but were adamant that it was going to be hazy IPA, their way. The result was Mind Haze, and while it’s a touch lighter and crisper than your average NEIPA, a healthy dose of wheat and oats ensures it’s still plenty hazy. If you feel a bit bogged down by the weightier hazies, this makes for a refreshing change of pace. At this hot sale price, it’s a no brainer.

Firestone Walker Mind Haze

Firestone Walker Mind Haze

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

Regular Price $9.99 Special Price $6.99
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Dry hopped with Azacca, El Dorado, Mosaic, Chinook, Cashmere, Callista & Idaho 7 - the nose delivers a remarkable mix of aromas, from fruity and floral, to piney and herbaceous. Soft and light across the palate, a rush of citrus is accented by notes of tangerine, grapefruit, and passionfruit. The finish is refreshingly bright, with a lingering kiss of fresh pine.

Fresh from Decorah

Whenever we hear about a beer made with Nelson Sauvin, our curiosity is piqued. These illusive hops from New Zealand impart massively fruity aromatics, along with an intriguing white wine like character from which they take their name (Sauvin as in Sauvignon Blanc). Fire, Skulls & Money also incorporates Citra, Mosaic, and Galaxy into the mix. If we had to pick a four hop dream team, that might be it.

Toppling Goliath Fire Skulls & Money

Toppling Goliath Fire Skulls & Money

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

$17.99

Freshly squeezed tangerine, pineapple and passionfruit on the nose - followed by a soft and smooth delivery of guava, nectarine and gooseberry. The fruit filled finish is snappy and herbaceous, with notes of mint, grapefruit peel, and juniper.

Celebrate The 4th With The Return of a Half Acre Favorite!

Looking to beat the heat this 4th with a thick and sweet milkshake IPA? Yeah, we didn’t think so… we’ve got just the thing. Raise a toast to our independence with Half Acre Vallejo. It’s brewed right here in Chicago, but this snappy West coast style IPA will leave you feeling like you’re relaxing on the beach in Cali.

Half Acre Vallejo

Half Acre Vallejo

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

$11.99

Vallejo is brewed with a mix of Warrior, Simcoe, Nelson and Columbus hops - but it’s the beloved Nelson Sauvin that steals the show. Dank and tropical on the nose, a complex wave of hop bitterness races across the tongue, leaving the palate awash with notes of guava, kiwi, and fresh basil. The finish is refreshingly crisp and clean, with lingering hints of starfruit, cucumber, and juniper. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield.

Grab A Taste of the Tropics

Tired of the same old scenery – us too. If you’re dreaming of a tropical escape, it’s gonna be plenty hot in the coming weeks, so you’re halfway there. We suggest you toss on some reggae or a bit of calypso, dip your toes in the kiddie pool, and pop a few of these tropical brews.

Revolution Double Dry Hopped Mango Hero

Revolution Double Dry Hopped Mango Hero

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

$13.99

The latest release in Revolution’s DDH series, this tropical ditty is double dry hopped with Mosaic, Sultana and Citra hops.Fresh mango puree also plays a part here, complementing the tropical hop character without completely drowning it out. Soft and creamy on the palate, make sure to drink this one well chilled. Like many fruited hazies, it sweetens up and loses balance as it warms.*Not available in Champaign, Peoria, Springfield.

Around The Bend Maui Gold

Around The Bend Maui Gold

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

$9.99

A good session IPA is a hard thing to pull off and Around The Bend’s Maui Gold is one worth checking out. Brewed with Citra hops, it’s bright and tropical on the nose, offering aromas of guava, papaya and pineapple. It is light in body, without seeming washed out, and the addition of pineapple adds just enough sweetness to complement its refreshing hop bitterness. A cooler-worthy, crisp summer crusher. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield, Peoria

Mas Agave

Thirsty for a beer, or perhaps a cocktail? Can’t decide? How about a cocktail inspired beer! Founders Más Agave returns, but with a twist. If Más Agave is Founders’ homage to the Margarita ,think of the new Más Agave Grapefruit as a tequila barrel aged tip of the hat to the Paloma.

Founders Mas Agave Grapefruit

Founders Más Agave Grapefruit

4 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$14.99

Bright and citrusy on the nose, a burst of fruity sweetness across the palate is followed by a wave of zesty acidity, delivering notes of pineapple, cherry, and sugared grapefruit. The finish offers a tantalizing mix of sweet and sour, accented by a kiss of salt. Be forewarned, this is a dangerously downable 9.7% ABV.

Tired Of The Same Old Seltzers? Time To Try Odd Side

Think all seltzers are the same? Think again. We’ve tried A LOT of them and they’re all over the map. It makes sense, as they can be made in a variety of ways with extracts and flavorings of varying quality. It should come as no surprise that when Odd Side, masters of the adjunct, tried their hand at this hot new category, they produced something that is a cut above. Zero carbs, zero sugar and gluten free – and only 110 calories a can. If you like hard seltzer, you need to try Odd Side’s.

Odd Side Fuzzy Navel Hard Seltzer

Odd Side Fuzzy Navel Hard Seltzer

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$9.99

When’s the last time you had a Fuzzy Navel? Yeah, it’s been awhile for us too. We’ve tried quite a few cocktail-inspired hard seltzers and this is probably the most spot on one that we’ve tasted. The peach and orange aromatics are remarkable and unlike your typical Fuzzy Naval, it’s refreshingly light and crisp on the finish. It’s a seltzer, that dare we say, surpasses its inspiration. How about that!

Odd Side Pina Colada Hard Seltzer

Odd Side Pina Colada Hard Seltzer

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$9.99

Have you ever looked at how much sugar and calories are in a Pina Colada? It’s pretty shocking. So, if you like Pina Coladas, but you’re watching your carbs and calories, this hard seltzer is a must try. Tangy pineapple and just enough coconut, with a refreshingly light finish.

Hey Hosers - Zoom In On This, Eh

Good day eh, and greetings from north of the border. Up here in the Great White North, we love our lager, and our back bacon, oh and donuts. So, like, the hosers over at Odd Side, they brewed this beer, and it’s a beauty, eh. So if you like that smoothie milkshake stuff, take off, eh. They brewed a peanut butter beer that might be more your speed. This pilsner is for fans of Elsinore.

Odd Side Great White North Pilsner

Odd Side Great White North Pilsner

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$9.99

Pouring brilliant gold in color with a crown of white foam, this classic pilsner is dry and spritzy across the palate. A healthy dose of Hallertau imparts a classic noble hop character to the finish. Refreshingly crisp and clean, this pils is a beauty.

Odd Side Bourbon Barrel Aged Peanut Butter Cup Stout

Odd Side Bourbon Barrel Aged Peanut Butter Cup Stout

4 Pack of 12oz Cans

$19.99

For the first time in Illinois, it’s the barrel aged version of Odd Side’s popular Peanut Butter Cup Stout – and it’s in cans! The aroma here is spot on, with plenty of peanut butter and chocolate, and just a wisp of bourbon vanilla. Rich, soft and creamy, it hides its heft dangerously well. Dessert in a glass, and a delicious partner for freshly made s’mores.

Just In Time For Summer Gumball Head in 12 Packs!

Are you ready for the summer? All you meatballs better stock your fridges and coolers to the brim, because the next few weeks are gonna be a scorcher.

Three Floyds Gumballhead

Three Floyds Gumballhead

12 Pack of 12oz Cans

$21.99

Originally released as a summer seasonal, Gumballhead got its name and label artwork from the Rob Syers comic character Gumballhead the Cat. This crushable American wheat showcases the Amarillo hop in all its glory, delivering big grapefruit, apricot, and peach aromatics. A super refreshing crowd pleaser, that’s especially well-suited for summertime BBQs. *Not available in Peoria.

Fresh From Montana

Odds are, if you’ve only tried one beer from Big Sky Brewing, it was their famous brown ale Moose Drool. It’s a serious beer with a silly name, and one of the best brown ales on the shelf. This time of year, we shift our sights to their unique summer seasonal. Summer Honey is a pale ale brewed with, you guessed it, honey, along with a touch of sweet spices. While it’s lighter and not quite as spicy as Great Lakes Christmas Ale, fans of that beer will find some familiar tastes and aromas here.

Big Sky Summer Honey

Big Sky Summer Honey

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$8.99

This pale ale is brewed with Montana honey, but judiciously so, ensuring it complements without overwhelming. While it might sound sweet, it’s actually a wonderfully balanced brew, with just enough hop bitterness to keep it refreshing. It’s a bit like a Belgian style witbier, yet fuller flavored, and crisper on the finish. *Not available in Champaign.

Up To Speed On Odell? It’s Time For ANOTHER Montage

Wait, didn’t we just see a Montage? It’s not deja vu, we recently featured the Odell Montage variety packs, in cans. This Montage pack is bottles, and it offers a different selection of brews, including an IPA that you can only find in this variety pack – Cryo IPA, an IPA made with cryogenically frozen hops! Twelve tasty Odell brews, for the hot sale price of 13.99!

Odell Montage Variety Pack

12 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Regular Price $18.99 Special Price $12.99
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Cryo IPA

Cryo IPA

100% of the hops in this IPA are “Cryo Hops”. Yakima Chief Hops developed this proprietary hop processing technique whereby hops are frozen with liquid nitrogen to separate and concentrate the lupulin powder. Odell was tight lipped about the varieties, but after some prying they divulged that Chinook, Cascade, Simcoe & Citra were used. The nose here is super bright and aromatic, with notes of peach, pineapple and tangerine. Fruit forward and light on the palate, it delivers a solid mix of tropical hop character with pronounced honeydew melon on the finish.

India Pale Ale

IPA

This is old school American IPA. Much like its English forebearers, Odell IPA features a fruity yeast strain and a solid malt backbone. Hopped with nine different varieties of American hops, the nose is spicy and piney, setting the stage for a citrusy core and a big, resin packed finish.

Peach Stand Rambler

Peach Stand Rambler

The nose here is vibrant and candied, with notes of apricot and peach preserves. Soft and light across the palate, biscuity malt character is accented by a wisp of wildflower honey. The finish is bright and juicy, yet surprisingly crisp and refreshing.

Fresh From The Forge - New Brews From AleSmith

It’s hard to overstate the quality of beer that flows from San Diego’s AleSmith Brewing Company. Over the past two decades, they’ve amassed an impressive trophy case of accolades; including 20 medals from the Great American Beer Festival. For many years they remained unapologetically faithful to the classics, displaying a penchant for English inspired ales. As of late, they reminded us they’re also keen to innovate, introducing a pair of hazy IPAs and a bright snappy sour. Whether you’re a long-time fan, or one of the uninitiated, there’s never been a better time to familiarize yourself with what’s brewing at AleSmith.

Alesmith Juice Stand

Alesmith Juice Stand

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$9.99

Yes, this IPA is juicy, but all the fruit flavor is from hops. The nose offers an alluring mix of lemongrass, jackfruit and tangerine. Medium in body, it glides effortlessly across the tongue, delivering hints of blueberry, papaya and cantaloupe. The finish is bittersweet and juicy, with notes of basil and watermelon. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield, Peoria.

Alesmith Cosmic Omnibus in Collaboration w/Modern Times

Alesmith Cosmic Omnibus in Collaboration with Modern Times

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

$12.99

Introducing a juicy collaboration between two of San Diego’s finest breweries. Cosmic Omnibus is hopped with Citra, Enigma and Vic Secret. The nose here is bright and citrusy, thanks in part to the hops, but also from the addition of lemon and grapefruit peel. Soft and creamy across the palate, it delivers a concentrated depth of citrus flavor that’s reminiscent of a fine limoncello. The finish is zesty and fruit forward, with hints of pineapple, grapefruit and kiwi.*Not available in Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield, Peoria.

Alesmith Forgeberry

Alesmith Forgeberry

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$9.99

If you’re looking for something sour, but not too sweet, check out Forgeberry. This snappy sour adeptly incorporates just enough jammy raspberry to both pucker the palate, yet leave it tantalized and watering for more. Added bonus, it’s only 120 calories per can! *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield, Peoria.

Award Winning Classics
Alesmith Nut Brown Ale

Alesmith Nut Brown

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$9.99

If you’re looking for something sessionable, but you’d like to take a break from hop forward stuff, give this nut brown a try. While it’s not actually brewed with nuts, roasted malts impart nutty aromas and flavors to this English style brown ale. Soft across the palate, a rush of cocoa is accented by hints of roasted pecan and toasted rye bread. Those accustomed to American brown ales will find the finish surprisingly light and dry, leaving the palate refreshed and ready for another. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield, Peoria.

Alesmith IPA

Alesmith IPA

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

$9.99

Tired of Smoothie and Milkshake IPAs? Here’s a classic West Coast IPA, in all its glory. Siting brilliantly clear in the glass, it bursts with citrusy hop aromatics, with pronounced grapefruit peel and juniper. Crisp and clean across the palate, there is just enough malt body to support a big wave of citrusy hop bitterness. Like a tall gin and tonic, this is a great summer refresher. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield, Peoria.

Thirsty For A Refreshing Lager? Have A Helles

Hooray for Helles! We couldn’t be happier to see the recent influx of interest in this classic German style. Helles is German for light, as in color and body. The style came about long before humankind started watching calories. Chicago’s Metropolitan Brewing has artfully showcased the beauty and elegance of classic German styles for years. It should come as no surprise that their new Helles is one of the finest we’ve ever tasted.

Metropolitan Stromhaus Helles Lager

Metropolitan Stromhaus Helles Lager

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$9.99

Similar to a pilsner, but with a touch more body and sweetness, the Helles style leaves little room for error. Pilsner malt imparts a touch of bready sweetness here, which is tempered by just enough herbaceous hop character. The finish is crisp and clean, proudly situated on the far dry end of the style. Amazingly refreshing and infinitely food friendly, this impeccably made Helles is a much-needed respite from the thick and murky depths of todays craft scene. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield, Peoria.

It’s Tiki Time

Looking for an escape from the new normal? Left Hand delivers a much-needed taste of paradise with this latest Nitro release. Like a good tiki cocktail, this beer is deceptively easy to drink – you’d never guess it clocks in at 7.5% ABV. This weekends to do list - break out your Hawaiian shirt and toss a couple of these on ice.

Left Hand Gettin' Tiki With It Nitro

Left Hand Gettin' Tiki With It Nitro

4 Pack of 13.6oz Cans

Regular Price $9.99 Special Price $8.99
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If you thought nitro was just for stouts, think again. An already soft and creamy wheat is made paradoxically light and fluffy, thanks to the burst of nitrogen when you pop this can. Pineapple and coconut are present here, both on the nose and the palate, but unlike many other beers that have attempted this combo, Left Hand adeptly showed enough restraint to keep things balanced and natural tasting. All this is missing, is a little umbrella. *Not available in Champaign, Springfield, Peoria.

Crack A Can Of Lo-Cal Craft Binny's Beer Collabs

Each year, Binny’s hand selects hundreds of different spirit barrels, including a bevy from Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey, Weller, Eagle Rare, Knob Creek and more. As soon as the barrels are emptied the clock starts ticking, and it becomes a race against time for our beer team to get them in the hands of our favorite breweries so they can be filled while the barrels are still as fresh as possible. The process is almost always painstaking, like when we rented a semi truck to make the 5 hour trek to Kentucky to pickup Weller barrels. Once loaded, we immediately turned the truck around and drove our precious cargo 10 hours to northern Iowa to make sure our barrels were as wet as possible for our collaborative beer with Toppling Goliath. Each of our projects has a similar strenuous story, but the end results far outweigh the grind that comes along with trying to help craft the best beers in the world.

Collaborative brews are underway, and a variety of stouts and some other big brews are patiently resting at the following breweries.

Binny's Beer Collabs

Follow @BinnysBev, for updates and to follow the journey from barrel to bottle…or can.