Beer Ticker The Beer Buzz Celebrate Harvest Season - With A Fresh Hopped Brew

Each fall we anxiously await the arrival of “fresh” or “wet” hopped beers. While most hops are picked and processed into dried hop pellets, wet hopped beers incorporate freshly picked whole cone hops, sometimes the same day they were harvested! Using fresh hops is much like cooking with fresh herbs instead of dried. Wonderfully aromatic and juicy, a good wet hop ale is like taking a walk between the hop bines.

Three Floyds Broo Doo

Three Floyds Broo Doo

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$14.99

Broo Doo is back! For the first time in six packs, this refreshingly old school IPA delivers bright citrusy aromatics, with pronounced tangerine, apricot and juniper. Medium in body, some caramel malt character is accented by notes of orange peel and pineapple. The finish is bold and bittersweet, with a good dose of piney bitterness leaving the palate refreshed and thirsty for more.

Lagunitas Born Yesterday

Lagunitas Born Yesterday

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$11.99

The nose here is incredible! Fruity and floral, it delivers notes of pineapple, mango and even a touch of strawberry. Fruit forward and juicy across the palate, a wave of tropical fruit flavor gives way to a bright and resinous finish. 7.2% ABV and 60 IBU would be IPA territory for most breweries, but for Lagunitas it’s a soft and sessionable pale, dripping with deliciously dank resin. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield, Peoria.

Deschutes Chasin' Freshies

Deschutes Chasin' Freshies

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Regular Price $9.99 Special Price $8.99
with Binny's Card

Deschutes choses a different freshly picked hop each year for their Chasin’ Freshies IPA. This year it’s Simcoe, an American favorite that’s famous for imparting citrusy and piney aromas. Pouring bright golden in color and featuring a vibrantly spicy nose, it’s crisp and clean across the palate, delivering notes of tangerine and honeydew melon. The finish is zesty, with notes of passionfruit and pine. *Not available in Champaign.

Also From Lagunitas - Hoppy Refreshment - That’s Alcohol Free
Lagunitas Hoppy Refresher

Lagunitas Hoppy Refresher

4 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$5.99

Introducing Lagunitas Hoppy Refresher - zero alcohol, zero carbs and zero calories. Whether you’re taking a break from alcohol, counting calories, or just looking for something different, this sparkling hop water is where it’s at. Citra, Equinox and Centennial hops produce a lovely mix of citrusy and floral hop flavors. Hoppy Refresher also makes a great mixer. Try subbing it in for club soda or tonic in your favorite cocktails. It makes a great Aperol Spritz.*Not available in Bloomington.

An Epic Release - The Baptist Is Back

Despite its name, this barrel aged coffee stout is so beautifully balanced that it’s dangerously drinkable. It’s the kind of barrel aged beer you can easily enjoy an entire glass of and for the first time, BBB is available in 12oz cans! We also secured some of the following Big Bad Baptist variants: Chocolate Rupture, Peanut Butter Cup, Vanilla Brandy Barrel, Hazelnut Vanilla Latte & Quintuple Barrel. Supplies are limited, call your local Binny’s for availability.

Epic Big Bad Baptist

Epic Big Bad Baptist

4 Pack of 12oz Cans

$19.99

The nose here is a mocha drenched delight to the senses. The palate delivers massive chocolate and coffee, with notes of vanilla and just a kiss of dark fruit. The finish is long and roasty, with lasting cocoa and molasses. *Not available in Champaign.

Drink Your Dessert

4 Hands is famous for their milk stouts. They continue to experiment with the style, infusing delectable new flavors into rich chocolaty stout. Their wildly popular peanut butter brew is back, and this time in 16oz cans!

4 Hands Absence of Light

4 Hands Absence of Light

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

Regular Price $9.99 Special Price $8.99
with Binny's Card

Of all the 4 Hands milk stouts, Absence of Light might be our favorite. Sweet and aromatic on the nose, it’s rich and smooth, with a delicious peanut butter cup finish. A perfect partner for chocolate desserts and a great candidate for a beer float.*Not available in Bloomington, Springfield.

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.

Thirsty For Something Different? It’s Your Lucky Day

Saisons - when they’re good, they’re arguably the perfect beer style. Unfortunately, as we’ve said before, it’s a style that is full of pitfalls. Lucky for you, this week we’ve got a winner. Unibroue is renowned for their mastery of Belgian style ales. They’ve once again teamed up with Megadeth, and like À Tout le Monde, Saison 13 rocks.

Unibroue Saison 13 collaboration with Megadeth

Unibroue Saison 13 collaboration with Megadeth

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

Of all the 4 Hands milk stouts, Absence of Light might be our favorite. Sweet and aromatic on the nose, it’s rich and smooth, with a delicious peanut butter cup finish. A perfect partner for chocolate desserts and a great candidate for a beer float.

A Wild Take On Pilsner & A Classic Now In Cans

Interest in craft lagers continues to grow, and they’re a refreshing change of pace from the endless stream of IPAs. Our interest is especially piqued when breweries move past mere replication of the classics and venture to leave their own unique mark. Allagash did just that with Truepenny Pilsner. Allagash operates one of the most respected wild ale programs in the country, and they’ve blended just a touch of wild brew into Truepenny. We’re also excited to report, that after several years of asking, it’s finally here – Allagash White in cans.

Allagash Truepenny Pilsner

Allagash Truepenny Pilsner

4 Pack of 12oz Bottles

The nose here is cleaner than expected, with some nice toasted malt sweetness, followed by a touch of grass and hay. Light and effervescent on the palate, Strisselspalt and Saaz hops impart a pleasant herbaceousness, with nuanced floral accents. The sour component here does not overwhelm, but instead imparts a refreshingly dry minerality to the finish. An immensely refreshing brew. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington or Springfield.

Allagash White

Allagash White

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

If you’ve only had one beer from Allagash, chances are it was this one. When it comes to Belgian-style Witbier, it’s hard to beat this multi medal winner. Creamy, fruity and spicy, it’s a perfectly balanced white ale that leaves you reaching for another. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington or Springfield.

A Hero That’s Here To Stay

Revolution’s introduced us to quite a few hoppy heroes over the years, and we’re proud to announce the arrival of Hazy Hero. If you were a fan of Northeast Hero, Hazy Hero follows in stride, but offers a different hop bill and some super juicy dry hop additions. Best of all, this hero isn’t going anywhere, the haze is here to stay!

Revolution Hazy Hero

Revolution Hazy Hero

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

A good hazy is only as good as its hops and Hazy Hero has those in spades. This juice bomb is massively dry hopped with Idaho 7, Sultana, Centennial, Cashmere, Citra, Amarillo and Mosaic. The nose is bright and tropical, with notes of guava, tangerine and papaya. Soft, but not weighty, it delivers a wave of juicy fruit flavor across the palate, finishing with notes of pineapple, apricot and touch of resinous pine.

Look What’s Back Come On Along

Time to forget all about your troubles, because the silky-smooth imperial milk stout is back, and this time in cans.

Perennial Fantastic Voyage

Perennial Fantastic Voyage

16oz Can

Punch your ticket and hop on, Perennial’s coconut drenched imperial milk stout returns. Rich cocoa, vanilla bean and toasted coconut slippity slides across the tongue, leading into a long and silky finish. German chocolate cake in a can. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington or Springfield.

 Legendary Belgian Lambic - Drie Favorites From Drie Fonteinen

The beers of Drie Fonteinen hardly need introduction. Their impeccably blended lambics and geuzes are highly regarded, both in Belgium and abroad. These award-winning ales are made in the “Oude” or Old tradition, with no artificial juices, syrups or sugar added. Beer of this caliber requires a great amount of time and patience, but once it’s bottled, it tends to disappear within an instant. Give this batch a try before it’s gone.

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze Cuvée Armand & Gaston

25.4oz Bottle

$33.99

This special cuvee is blended from a variety of lambics, 100% of which were brewed at Drie Fonteinen. The nose here is funk forward, with a good amount of classic barnyard notes and a chalky minerality. The palate delivers complexity with fineness – accented by notes of lime peel, earth and leather. The finish offers notes of white pepper, cedar and lemon zest. A routinely tremendous offering from Drie Fonteinen.

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze

Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze

25.4oz Bottle

$25.99

The nose here is both fresh and funky, with notes of lemon peel, leather and hay. Bottle conditioning produces pillowy soft carbonation, offering an interesting foil to its tongue tickling acidity. The finish is refreshingly tart and citrusy, with notes of black peppercorn and pomelo.

Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek

Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek

12.7oz Bottle

$16.99

Nose here is very soft and fruity, with notes of cranberry and baking spice. An initial burst of tart cherry is followed by notes of almond and orange peel. The finish is bright and fruity, with hints of allspice and lemon. An artfully layered and beautifully balanced kriek.

Take A Walk - On The Odd Side

Odd Side Ales lives up to their name. Their masterful use of unconventional adjuncts has led to medals for beers brewed with everything from bacon to sweet potatoes. This week we received a bunch of goodies from Grand Haven. Be it a snappy sour, a juicy pale or a decadent stout, Odd Side continues to deliver some of tastiest brews on the shelf.

Odd Side Ales Hazel's Nuts

Odd Side Ales Hazel's Nuts

4 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$19.99

If you’ve never tried Hazel’s Nuts, you’re missing out. One of OSA’s most celebrated brews, this beer delivers big hazelnut flavor and aroma. Bourbon barrel aging adds some lovely vanilla notes, and dark roasted coffee supplies just enough acidity to keep things balanced. Be careful, this dangerously drinkable 11% ABV stout can really sneak up on you. Now available for the first time in 4 packs!

Odd Side Ales Double Bloysenberry Blackberry Black Currant Fruitsicle

Odd Side Ales Double Boysenberry Blackberry Black Currant Fruitsicle

4 Pack of 12oz Cans

$11.99

We’ve been asking for this one for months and the wait is finally over. Pouring a stunning shade of fuchsia, the nose here bursts with ripe berry aromas. Soft and juicy on the palate, tart blackberry gives way to raspberry jam and a touch of lemon, all concluding in a bright and vinous finish. Our favorite fruitsicle.

Odd Side Ales Hoplicated

Odd Side Ales Hoplicated

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$11.99

Citra lovers take notice. The nose on this imperial pale ale is incredible, offering an alluring mix of tropical fruit and citrus. It’s big and juicy on the palate, with pronounced lemon, lime and tangerine. The finish is long and resinous, with notes of passionfruit and pine.

Pick Out Your Pumpkins

It’s that time of year again! Lattes, pancakes, ice cream, pasta, wine, beer… prepare for all things pumpkin! Despite the recent pumpkin craze, brewing beer with pumpkin dates all the way back to our country’s founding. Faced with irregular and expensive supplies of malted barley, American colonists often added pumpkin to their ale recipes. So, fill a glass with one of these modern-day favorites and raise a toast to American ingenuity.

Big Muddy Pumpkin Smasher

Big Muddy Pumpkin Smasher

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$9.99

Brewed with actual pumpkins, Pumpkin Smasher is one of the few pumpkin beers that truly tastes 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.

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$10.99

Schlafly doubles down on the squash by using pumpkin and butternut squash in this rich and satisfying autumnal brew. On the nose it’s spicy and aromatic, with hints of clove, nutmeg and cinnamon. Medium in body, expect flavors of roasted pumpkin, brown sugar and caramel malt. 8% ABV and packaged in a six pack, now that’s a gourd value!

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$14.99

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 Bloomington or Springfield.

Ace Pumpkin

Ace Pumpkin

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Regular Price $9.99 Special Price $8.99
with Binny's Card

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.

Abita Pecan Ale

Abita Pecan Ale

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Regular Price $9.99 Special Price $8.99
with Binny's Card

Pumpkin not your thing? How about pecan? Louisiana is known for their love affair with pecans, but unlike pralines or pecan pie, don’t expect boatloads of sweetness out of this beloved seasonal from Abita. Freshly roasted Louisiana pecans impart a lovely nuanced nuttiness to this soft and creamy amber ale.*Not available in Bloomington or Springfield.

Jonesing For Juice? - BuckleDown Releases The Haze!

In 2013 BuckleDown collaborated with Chicago’s DryHop Brewers and entered the hazy game with Release the Haze. We’re excited to announce that it’s back and it’s even bigger than before.

BuckleDown Release the Haze in collaboration with Dryhop Brewers

BuckleDown Release the Haze in collaboration with Dryhop Brewers

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

$11.99

Double dry hopped with massive amounts of Simcoe and Citra - the nose is super juicy, with notes of pineapple, lemon and tangerine. It’s fruit forward and soft across the palate - delivering a wave of tropical hop flavor, followed by a bright and juicy finish.

Out With The Ordinary - Stem Chile Guava Returns

Need a break from the same old, same old? How about a hard cider? Stem produces some of the best cider on the shelf and one of our favorite seasonals is back. Chile Guava is not only delicious straight up, it’s also a great cocktail mixer – especially with tequila.

Stem Cider Chile Guava

Stem Cider Chile Guava

4 Pack of 12oz Cans

Regular Price $8.99 Special Price $7.99
with Binny's Card

Chile with guava might sound strange, but it’s a tried and true combo that’s beloved by many. Stem absolutely nailed it here, producing an 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 on the finish.

Drink Your Milk Stout

For the uninitiated, milk stouts take their name from lactose, aka milk sugar. Lactose is an unfermentable sugar, so its addition provides sweet creaminess to the finished stout. This all but forgotten English style stout was brought back to life by American craft brewers and Moloko remains as one of the best. We’re excited to announce that this classic made its way out of bombers and into six packs. Stay sharp and be forewarned – Moloko is dangerously easy to drink, fiendishly hiding its hefty 8% ABV.

Three Floyds Moloko

Three Floyds Moloko

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$13.99

Dark malts make for a lovely nose here, with notes of coffee, cocoa and plum. Soft and smooth across the palate, a big and bold roasted malt character is accented by notes of chocolate, cherry and hint of bittersweet orange peel. The finish is long, sweet and creamy. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington or Springfield.

 Hop Monsters - Unleashed

Not long ago, massively hopped beers were synonymous with big bitterness. Brewers could soften bitterness with a rich malt bill, but in the age of the IBU, hop forward beers had bite and hop heads rejoiced. We are currently in the juiciest of times. Brewers are using more hops than ever, but late stage additions and dry hopping produces hop bombs that are soft, sweet and fruity. Whether you’re looking to soothe that sweet tooth or slay something old school, we’ve got you covered.

Miskatonic Snake 'N' Shake

Miskatonic Snake 'N' Shake

4 Pack of 12oz Cans

$11.99

Miskatonic’s latest Milkshake style IPA is made with two of our favorite hops – Denali and Vic Secret. Super soft and creamy, the tropical fruit character here is incredible, considering no actual fruit was added. The finish is sweet, but not overdone, with lingering pineapple and vanilla. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington or Springfield.

Great Lakes Nosferatu

Great Lakes Nosferatu

4 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$11.99

Need a break from malty marzens and spicy pumpkin ales? This big resinous red is loaded with Simcoe and Cascade hops, but it also features a heathy of amount of caramel malt character. Bursting with citrusy hop aromas, its medium in body and finishes with a sharp hop bite. Think of it as an Imperial Red IPA, one that’s so fiendishly well-made that it continues to stand the test of time.