Are you ready for the latest Binny’s Beer Collab? After 18 months of rest in our hand selected bourbon barrels from Buffalo Trace, this beast is ready for release. No marshmallows, candy kisses, or cinnamon wishes – Revolution built this massive imperial rye stout for bourbon barrels, with bourbon drinkers in mind. Dark as night and dangerously delicious, get ready to go toe to toe with Thundertaker.
4 Pack of 12oz Cans
Nose here is decadent and spirited, exuding volumes of bourbon-soaked oak, cocoa, and vanilla. Surprisingly light across the palate, a complex wave of flavor washes over the tongue, delivering notes of caramel, dark chocolate, coconut, and candied orange peel. The finish is spirited and spicy, with hints of dark chocolate fudge, topped with walnuts and black cherries. Adjunct free, yet bursting with flavor, this is another killer release from Rev. The streak continues.
We first tasted Alive in its Jaws during a visit to Half Acre. Designed with some of the most sought after hops on the market, it was destined as a tap room only release. Well, we’ve been patiently awaiting its return, and this time we snagged some. This complex DDH DIPA is super soft and creamy, but beware, behind all the haze, there’s a snappy hop bite.
4 Pack of 16oz Cans
The nose here delivers classic Nelson aromas, with pronounced gooseberry and guava. Soft across the tongue, it offers flavors of apricot and tangerine, followed by hints of blueberry and honeydew melon. The finish is tangy and bold, delivering notes of cucumber, mint, and pomelo.
You might not guess it from the name, but one of the things that's made Local Option a nationally recognized beer bar, is their extensive selection of imports. From lambics to bock bier, they respect the classics, beers that too often get overshadowed by the latest new craze. Here's their house lager, modeled in the classic German fashion, but brewed here in the States. Refreshingly unpretentious, it pairs well with spicy Cajun fare, and Metal.
4 Pack of 16oz Cans
Pouring shimmering gold, with a crown a white foam, the nose here offers a touch of honeyed malt, followed by a wisp of floral hops. Medium in body, it begins with a bit of toasted bready malt, that’s tempered by just enough herbaceous hops to keep things well balanced. Not quite as light in body as your average German pils, it’s Dotmunder-esq, but at a sessionable 5%. Bottom line, it’s a beer you can drink all day.
So many dessert themed beers on the shelves today… We blame Southern Tier. n 2004, they introduced their Blackwater Series, which became home to a variety of ambitious ales with wild flavor combinations. They really turned some heads with Pumking, but when it comes to stout, none has been more revered or enduring than Crème Brulee. It’s an influential classic that got even better when it landed in a nitro can.
4 Pack of 9.6oz Cans
This famous imperial milk stout is brewed with vanilla beans, and the nose here exudes an alluring vanilla richness. The infusion of nitrogen makes this pillowy soft on the palate, delivering a wave of caramelized brown sugar - accented by notes of coffee, chocolate, and cream. Like many of Southern Tier’s dessert inspired beers, this is a great candidate for a beer float. Try adding a scoop of your favorite ice cream or gelato. *Not Available in Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield, Peoria.
Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier pours golden in color, which might seem a bit strange for an Oktoberfest. Most Americans are more familiar with the Marzen style of Oktoberfest, but that rich amber lager is no longer what’s served inside the tents of the famous Munich festival. Beginning in the 1990s, a more modern Oktoberfest style took hold - the Festbier. Learn all about Oktoberfest beer in the latest episode of Barrel to Bottle – The Binny’s Podcast.
Bundled together here is a liter can of Paulaner’s Oktoberfest Bier and an authentic Paulaner “mass” – liter bier stein. When compared to their traditional Marzen – Paulaner’s Oktoberfest Bier is lighter in color and body, making it better suited for long days filled with eating, dancing, and drinking by the liter! Think of it as a German style Helles, with a little more oom-pah! *Not Available in McHenry.
Chicagoans are particular and passionate about their traditions, one of which is enjoying a shot and a beer at the corner tavern. Haymarket crafted a beer in honor of this beloved institution. It’s nothing too fancy, just an honest lager that’s easy to knock back. 2020 has been a strange year, but as we continue to adapt and persevere, there’s still one handshake we can embrace– the Chicago Handshake, a shot of Jeppson’s Malort and an ice-cold beer.
6 Pack of 12oz Cans
Shimmering gold in color, with a beautiful crown of white foam, Chicago Tavern Beer drinks like a classic German Dortmunder. Unfamiliar? Offering more body than a Pilsner, but not quite as sweet as a Helles, it’s a lesser known lager that deserves your attention. Medium in body, this is well balanced and refreshing, leaving the palate thirsty for another.
6 Pack of 50ml Bottles
If you’ve never tasted Jeppson’s Malort, you haven’t truly lived. This bracingly bitter beverage is beloved by a loyal cult of devotees, who delight in the masses’ inability to stomach it. Malort is once again proudly made right here in Chicago, and we sat down with CH Distillery founder Tremaine Atkinson to talk about the mystique of Malort. Check it out here and enjoy a Chicago Handshake while you listen.
For the last few years, Sierra Nevada partnered with different German breweries to create a unique Oktoberfest offering. This year, they broke with tradition, but their solo effort still features classic German stylings - with a Sierra love for hops. Due to the pandemic, Sierra Nevada cancelled their Oktoberfest gathering, but they’re still going to live stream entertainment! So pick up a twelver, fire up the grill, and turn your backyard into a biergarten.
12 Pack of 12oz Bottles
Pouring dark golden in color, this edition of Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest is in the style of the modern German Festbier that is served at the annual celebration in Munich. The nose is crisp and bright, offering a touch of biscuity grain, as well as herbaceous German hops. Medium in body, a bit of honeyed sweetness is quickly tempered by a hefty dose of spicy Spalter hops. Overall a well-balanced and refreshing change of pace from your typical American Marzen.
It’s that time again; unleash the pumpkin spice! Ok, maybe the pumpkin spice craze has gotten a little out of hand, but here’s a combo that’s tried and true – sweet baking spices and apple cider. Seattle Cider spices up this 6.9% ABV hard cider with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. The level of spice here is more than subtle, but not over the top, which is appreciated, because some spiced ciders taste like you’re drinking a candle.
4 Pack of 16oz Cans
Like all of Seattle Cider’s offerings, this cider begins with fresh pressed juice from a variety of Washington grown apples. Seattle tends to lean towards the drier side of things, and while the warming spices here add a touch of perceived sweetness, the finish is still refreshingly tangy. There’s real pumpkin in here too, and you get just a touch on the finish.
Seems like everyone is making hard seltzer these days, and most appear to be following the same playbook. Bright and skinny 12oz cans, 100 calories or less, gotta have black cherry… In steps Destihl, but they didn’t quite follow the rules. Their variety pack includes eight 16oz Cans. Depending on the flavor, they’re either 130 or 140 calories, but remember, that’s for a 16oz can. As for the flavors, those come from real fruit, not extracts! As a result, they aren’t crystal clear in color, because as Destihl points out, real fruit isn’t clear.
8 Pack of 16oz Cans
As is the case with all four varieties, the beauty here is the natural fruit flavor. The lemon still pops, but it’s more subdued than most seltzer brands – bringing to mind a slice of lemon in water, instead of lemon candy or cleaning products. The finish is fruity and fresh, with just a tiny touch of ginger heat. Excellent on its own, or great as a mixer.
So… coconut is the star of the show here. The pineapple is present, but it’s definitely in the background. Mixes well with the Agave Lime, and also with, you guessed it, rum.
Last, but not least, we have quite possibly the best of the bunch. You taste first with your eyes, and this pours a lovely shade of pink. Props to Destihl for resisting the urge to simply call this rosé. To do so would sell short the wonderful raspberry flavor here.
Now more than ever, it’s important to remember that life is full of ups and downs, strikes and gutters. We take comfort in the little things, like a carefully crafted beverage. Famous for their milk stouts, Left Hand’s homage to El Duderino requires no mixing. Just pop, pour, and taker easy.
4 Pack of 13.6oz Cans
Pouring burnished gold in color, the mesmerizing cascade of tiny bubbles eventually culminates in a dense crown of white foam. Like The Dude’s favorite cocktail, this white stout is rich and creamy on the tongue, delivering flavors of coffee, cocoa, and vanilla. One of the most spot on cocktail inspired beers, but that’s just like, our opinion. *Not Available in Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield, Peoria.
Nelson Sauvin hops are some of the most sought after in the world, and for good reason. These remarkably aromatic hops impart a beguiling mixture of fresh fruit flavor, reminiscent of a Sauvignon Blanc wine, from which they take their name. We can’t get enough Nelson, unfortunately neither can most breweries! With everyone in the vying for this New Zealand gem, prices skyrocketed and Nelson forward beers are hard to come by. Thankfully Modern Times has the hook up. Grab this pair of IPAs before they’re gone!
4 Pack of 16oz Cans
Nose here is tropical and herbaceous, offering aromas of fresh mint, lychee and guava. Soft across the tongue, it delivers an impressive depth of fruity hop complexity, with pronounced notes of strawberry, tangerine and pineapple. The finish delivers tangy passionfruit, tinged with just enough piney bitterness to leave the palate thirsty for more.
4 Pack of 16oz Cans
The nose here is classic Nelson, with aromas of gooseberry and fresh pineapple rising from the glass. Light in body, its soft and creamy on the palate, delivering a rush of mango, nectarine, and starfruit. The finish is tangy and vinous, with hints of cucumber, juniper, and honeydew melon. One of Modern Times’ finest.
Turns out Misbeehavin’ Meads not only makes mead, they also make hard cider. We first tasted their Caramel Apple Cider last year and we’ve been anxiously awaiting its arrival ever since. In 2019, the barrel aged version of this autumnal treat took home gold at FOBAB. We’re excited to report that Misbeehavin’ will be filling some of the Whiskey Hotline’s hand selected bourbon barrels with this delicious cider. While that patiently rests in oak, we’ll raise a toast to the coming of fall with this remarkable cider.
How do you make a cider taste like a caramel apple? Misbeehavin’ adds brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and cardamom. We think the subtle hint of cardamom is the magic ingredient here, as it evokes memories of a wide variety of baked apple treats. Sweet, but not overly so, we could go on about how amazing this is, but it is probably just better you taste some for yourselves.
We’re big on BrickStone. They continue to quietly pump out some of the most consistently exceptional IPAs on the shelf. Why don’t you hear more people talking about them? Maybe it’s because they aren’t from Chicago, or because they don’t put their beer in 16oz cans… we remain perplexed. At the end of the day, it’s what’s inside the can that counts and BrickStone continues to impress.
6 Pack of 12oz Cans
No longer a rotating member of the Haz’D Up Series, Haz’D Juice is now available all year long. Double Dry Hopped with Citra, Mosaic, and Huell Melon, the nose here is citrusy and tropical, with pronounced pineapple, tangerine, and guava. Pillowy soft on the palate, it delivers flavors of honeydew melon, passionfruit, and sweet Meyer lemon. The finish is fruit forward and bittersweet, with a lingering kiss of juniper. *Not Available in Champaign, Bloomington.
A double dry hopped hazy from 3 Floyds? We tried to find out what with - unfortunately, that remains classified. Full flavored to be sure but prepare to meet the softer and gentler side of 3 Floyds. They can’t all be a slap across the face, sometimes you have to give the troops what they want. Floyds soldiers on.
6 Pack of 12oz Cans
Nose here is fruity and dank, with notes of resinous pine and honeydew melon. While soft across the palate, it’s not as weighty as your average hazy - delivering a rush of fresh citrus, with pronounced pineapple and nectarine. The finish is bright and tangy, with lasting flavors of tangerine and papaya. *Not Available in Champaign, Peoria.
You’re probably used to hearing us talk about big barrel aged beer from Central Waters. Truth be told, not only do they make some of the best BA beer on the market, but they also brew some incredible IPAs. This week we’re excited to announce the amped up version of Unsettled IPA. Extremely Unsettled is a DDH DIPA that drinks like a tropical fruit cocktail. It’s extremely hard to believe that there’s no actual fruit in this beer.
6 Pack of 12oz Cans
The nose here is tropical and herbaceous, with hints of lime, guava, and basil. Pillowy soft across the tongue, a wave of tropical fruit flavor delivers pronounced pineapple, cherry, and watermelon. The finish is big and bright, with lasting notes of peach and passionfruit. *Not Available in Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield, Peoria.
With September just around the corner, we’re usually marking down the dates of our favorite Oktoberfest celebrations. This year is going to be a little different. Thankfully, all our favorite Oktoberfest beers are in stock and available now – including one of the best American examples of the style. So grab some Great Lakes, and join some friends online for some virtual gemütlichkeit!
6 Pack of 12oz Bottles
Lots of breweries make great ales, but it requires disciplined mastery of brewing science to produce consistent and clean lagers. Great Lakes does just that. Like their Dortmunder and Vienna lagers, this Oktoberfest is impeccably designed. Balanced, refreshing and satisfying - it’s one of the finest Oktoberfests around.
There’s pumpkin beer, and then there’s Pumking. This is THE beer that put the style on the map. So what’s the secret? Southern Tier knows how to artfully use adjuncts, and pumpkin beer is all about the spices. Combine that with the fact that it in no way seems like it’s 8.6% ABV – you’ve got the official elixir of All Hallows’ Eve.
4 Pack of 12oz Bottles
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 spicy and nutty finish.
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.
Follow @BinnysBev, for updates and to follow the journey from barrel to bottle…or can.