New Beers at Binny'sThe Beer Buzz The Beloved Beers Of St. Bernardus

It’s easy to laud the beers of St. Bernardus; they are world class. Prior 8, Tripel & Abt 12 are canonical examples of their respective styles, often imitated in both Belgium and abroad. From 1946-1992, they brewed the venerated ales of the Westvleteren Trappist monastery. In 1992, a new “Authentic Trappist” set of regulations meant Westvleteren could no longer contract their beers outside a monastery, but it’s those same recipes and yeast that are used to produce the beers before you. This compact gift set encapsulates the spirit and pride of Belgium’s extensive brewing tradition. Whether it’s for you, a friend, or a loved one, it offers a taste of the divine, from the comfort of home.

St. Bernardus Gift Set with Chalice

4 Pack of 11.2oz Bottle

$19.99
St. Bernardus Gift Set

St. Bernardus Pater 6 - Single

Patersbier (Father’s beer) is the style that monastic brewers make for themselves to drink with meals. They are typically lower in alcohol than the decadent dubbels, tripels, and quadrupels that are brewed for the public. St. Bernardus Pater 6 is on the bigger side for the style and tasted blind you might mistake it for a dubbel. When tasted side by side with Prior 8, it’s noticeably lighter in body, and delivers a drier finish. Pater 6 is a real gem in the St. Bernardus lineup, one that sadly gets overshadowed by the iconic brews that follow.

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St. Bernardus Prior 8 - Dubbel

The nose here is very similar to Pater 6, with notes of clove, licorice, and raisin. Bottle conditioning helps to produce paradoxical levity, especially when you consider this clocks in at 8% ABV. The palate brings to mind the flavors of gingerbread, accented by hints of citrus and plum. The finish is rich, yet balanced, offering an astounding depth of flavor that’s fruit forward and tinged with spice. Food pairings here are nearly limitless and it's also wonderful to cook with. Try using it in marinades, soups, and sauces, or as the star ingredient in beef carbonnade.

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St. Bernardus Tripel

The nose here is remarkably floral, evoking the fragrance of honeysuckle and lilac. Bottle conditioning with living yeast produces soft, champagne-like carbonation. Notes of peach, coriander, and pear dance across the palate, giving way to a pillowy soft finish that’s accented by wisps of lemon peel and sweet spice. This makes a wonderful aperitif; try pairing with chevre, dried apricots, and spring greens.

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St. Bernardus Abt 12 - Quadrupel

Last, but not least, the beer that St. Bernardus is most famous for. Deep dark fruit takes center stage here, with pronounced fig, date, and prune. Brown sugar richness is accented by hints of licorice, allspice, and chocolate. Quadrupels are famously decadent and are often described as an after dinner or dessert style, but Abt 12 is so well attenuated and effervescent that you’ll be shocked how quickly you finish your glass.

Craving A Cocktail?

Sometimes you feel like a cocktail, but you don’t feel like making a cocktail. Sure, there’s lots premade options these days, but they’re not always that great. Then there’s cocktail inspired beers, but some of those can be pretty rough too. That’s why we’re here - we try ‘em all, so you don’t have to. Here’s a pair of winners that deserve your attention.

Short's Mule Beer

Short's Mule Beer

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$9.99

We’ve tasted a lot of premade Moscow Mules, but Mule Beer puts them all to shame. We’ll take it one step further; this gives even the best freshly prepared Moscow Mule a run for its money. Ginger spice, citrus tang, and honeyed malt sweetness – all are perfectly dialed in here, resulting in a mule that’s amazingly vibrant and fresh. The ginger heat is pronounced, but the interplay of sweet and sour is so mouth wateringly delicious that you find yourself eager to take another sip. Shorts has been perfecting the use of adjuncts for well over a decade, so we had a feeling this might be good. We’re happy to report, it’s phenomenal.

New Belgium Oakspire Old Fashioned

New Belgium Oakspire Old Fashioned

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$13.99

Oakspire was first introduced back in 2018. This unique ale is made with bourbon-soaked oak spirals and barrel char. This year New Belgium decided to tweak the recipe a bit, with the aromas and flavors of a bourbon old fashioned in mind. The nose here offers a lovely mix of caramel, cinnamon, and vanilla. Soft and fruity on the palate, cherry leads the charge, giving way to orange and a hint of mint. A caramel drenched finish is tempered by just enough herbaceousness to leave you longing for another sip.

What Do You Want For Christmas?

How about a nice football? Don’t say what we think you’re gonna say - you’ll shoot your eye out! We know things have been tough this year, it’s enough to make you say fudge. Well, you know what time it is? No, not little orphan Annie, it’s time for your major award! A big Belgian style tripel from Great Lakes. Better than a bunny suit or a big blue ball, the soft glow of this salacious 9%er is so tasty, you’ll be the envy of the whole block. So treat yourself, and a grab a few for gifts, but get ‘em quick ‘cause this one’s not gonna stick around.

Great Lakes Tripel Dog Dare

Great Lakes Tripel Dog Dare

4 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$11.99

While inspired by a classic Belgian style tripel, this has some real American flare. Everything is bigger and bolder here. Darker in color and richer in mouthfeel, it’s a tripel that’s tailored with the holidays in mind. Belgian yeast imparts fruity and spicy esters to both the nose and the palate, with honeyed malt sweetness giving way to a big warming finish. If you’re a fan of Great Lakes’ famous Christmas Ale, there are some similar flavors at play here, but to be honest, we like this even better.

That’s The Jingle Bell’s Box

Bell's Jingle Bells Holiday Variety Pack

12 Pack of 12oz Cans

$18.99

What’s the most talked about beer style these days? It’s still IPA, but the real question is what kind of IPA. Session, Double, Hazy, Milkshake, Sour, Black, White, Lo-Cal, Fruited… the list goes on. It can get a bit overwhelming, but a good variety pack can help make sense of this ever-expanding style. Pick a beer style and odds are Bell’s brews a great example. This Jingle Bell’s pack focuses on the hoppy side of things by including- Two Hearted Ale (their iconic IPA), Light Hearted (Lo-Cal/Session IPA), Official (Hazy IPA) and exclusive to this pack – Juicy Gossip (A Juicy Pale Ale).

Juicy Gossip

Juicy Gossip

We’ve never tasted this one, so we figured it deserved a review. Ready for a juicy secret? It doesn’t say on the can, but this brewed with Strata, Idaho 7, and Azacca hops. Yeah, we’re excited. The nose here is dank and tropical, delivering pronounced guava, followed by hints of pineapple and papaya. Refreshingly light across the palate, a burst of tangerine leads into to a bright finish, accented by notes of mandarin orange, passionfruit, and lime.

Give the Gift of IPA

First opening doors in 1996, Stone Brewing has grown from a modest 30 barrel brewery in Southern California, to an internationally recognized craft pioneer. Their aggressively unapologetic passion for hops made them champions of IPA in all its many shapes and sizes; and they continue to craft some of the most dependable IPAs on the market. This holiday season they’ve put together a gift pack that illustrates the depth of their IPA prowess. From sessionable refreshers, to resin packed DIPAs - the Twelve Days of IPA runs the gamut. Here’s three of our favorites from this delicious dozen.

Stone Twelve Days of IPAs

12 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$29.99
Exotic Destinations

Exotic Destinations

The nose here is floral and dank, accented by hints of honeydew melon and kiwi. Medium in body, it begins with a burst of tropical fruit flavor, with fresh papaya leading the charge. The finish is bright and tangy, delivering big juicy pineapple and a touch of resinous pine. IPAs that are dosed with fruit can sometimes be great, but ones like Exotic Destinations, which rely on hops alone, are all the more impressive.

Cosmic Runestone

Cosmic Runestone

Before hops, beers were bittered with herbs and spices, and a common choice was juniper berries. There’s some in here, along with a classic American hop (Centennial) and hot new hop (Sabro). It’s fermented with Voss Kveik yeast, a historic Nordic strain that had all but disappeared until recently, when it grabbed the attention of brewers making IPAs. The nose here is immensely aromatic, with pronounced blueberry and juniper. The variety of fruit flavors here is impressive, all achieved with yeast, hops, and juniper. This “Nordic” IPA concludes with lasting notes of nectarine, pear, and plum.

Sublimely Self Righteous

Sublimely Self Righteous

Last, but not least, a beer that is near and dear to our hearts. When the idea of a “Black IPA” was first promoted, many traditionalists cried foul, insisting it was just a gimmicky name for a hoppy stout. The style had a brief stint in the limelight, and while it was eventually recognized as an official style, it never really took off. Perhaps the main reason why – it’s an extremely difficult style to do well. The combination of hop bitterness and dark malts can very easily devolve into a burnt and acrid tasting mess. Or, as Stone proves here, it can be something divine. Impeccably designed and perfectly executed, this is THE Black IPA.

A Perfect Porter For The Holidays
Lexington Brewing Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Peppermint Porter

Lexington Brewing Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Peppermint Porter

4 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Regular Price $11.99 Special Price $10.99
with Binny's Card

If you’re familiar with Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co., chances are it’s from their wildly popular Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, or perhaps their Town Branch lineup of bourbon. Since the release of KY Bourbon Barrel Ale, they’ve been experimenting with barrel aging a wide variety of different beer styles, but no riff has created a greater stir than their Bourbon Barrel Peppermint Porter. Bourbon and mint work famously well together - throw some chocolatey malt in the mix, and you’ve got the perfect porter for the holidays. *Not Available in Rockford.

Smokes the competition

For many years, Rauchbier (smoked beer), was an obscure style of beer known by few outside the German town of Bamberg. In 1988 Alaskan Brewing Company released their first batch of Smoked Porter, sparking a storm of curiosity, followed by a deluge of awards and accolades. Each batch is vintage dated, and despite its seemingly modest ABV (6.5%), it ages beautifully with time. This smoky masterpiece is only released once a year, so make sure to get some 2020 before it disappears.

Alaskan Smoked Porter

Alaskan Smoked Porter

22oz Bottle

$8.99

The specialty smoked malt used in this perplexingly delicious porter is smoked with local Alder wood. Alder imparts a softer and gentler smokiness that artfully complements notes of chocolate, coffee, and caramel. From sweet to savory, this porter pairs wonderfully with a wide variety of dishes, but blue cheese stuffed dates just might take the cake. It’s also a phenomenal beer to cook with – imparting a rich smokey depth to sauces, stews, and braised dishes. *Not Available in Rockford.

2020 Vintage Now Available

Stout season is just around the corner and we’re happy to announce the return of a classic. Brooklyn’s Black Chocolate Stout is an award-winning example of a rich Russian Imperial Stout. It’s also one of the earliest American takes on the style, and one that helped revive an all but forgotten English ale. As you’ll notice, each bottle of BCS is vintage dated and we always make sure to add a fresh six pack to our cellars each year. While it’s wonderful fresh, it’s also a very affordable candidate for a vertical tasting of multiple vintages, allowing you to taste how RIS develops over time.

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$12.99

Jet black in color, this complex brew delivers the flavors and aromas of dark fruits, roasted nuts, coffee, and chocolate. Brooklyn’s brewmaster Garret Oliver is revered for his masterful pairing of beer and food and he suggests you serve this decadent stout with chocolate desserts, ice cream, and cheesecake. It also pairs wonderfully with savory dishes. We’ve especially enjoyed it alongside a grilled porterhouse steak, dressed with sauteed portobellos, and blue cheese.

Winter Brews Are In!  Time To Stock Up

The official start of winter is still a ways away, but the holiday and winter beers are already rolling in. Winter brews can run the gamut from soft and spicy, to dark and rich. One thing’s for sure, people are quick to stock up on their favorites. Here are a few of ours. Grab some early, before they disappear!

Victory Winter Cheers

Victory Winter Cheers

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

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

This popular winter seasonal relies on a famously fruity and spicy hefeweizen yeast to impart its holiday character. The addition of Citra hops adds an American twist, to an otherwise spot-on helles weizenbock. Pillowy soft on the palate, the finish is citrusy and spicy, with lingering notes of clove and orange peel.

Victory Merry Monkey

Victory Merry Monkey

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$12.99

Victory made a name for themselves with Golden Monkey, their take on a spicy Belgian style tripel. Over the years they’ve released several riffs, and 2020 marks the introduction of this holiday themed variant. Brewed with cranberry, orange peel, cinnamon, and nutmeg - the sweet spices accentuate the estery Belgian yeast Golden Monkey’s famous for, while the tartness of the cranberry offsets the perceived sweetness in this 10% ABV tripel. The finish is fruit filled and spicy, not unlike a slice of brandy-soaked fruit cake. *Not Available in Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield, Peoria.

Three Floyds Alpha Klaus

Three Floyds Alpha Klaus

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$13.99

Ready for a break from the typical Christmas brew? The nose here is roasty and resinous, with pronounced coffee, chocolate, and citrus. This hoppy porter is refreshingly old school, with roasted malts and bold hops combining to deliver notes of dark chocolate covered orange peel, espresso, and a touch of resinous pine. Put the milk away, skip the cookies, and enjoy a nice big mug of Alpha Klaus this holiday season.

New Belgium Accumulation

New Belgium Accumulation

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

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

This wheated IPA delivers fluffy white foam that’s soft as new fallen snow. It bursts with tropical fruit aromas, thanks to healthy dry hopping with Mosaic and Amarillo. Soft and creamy across the tongue, flavors of guava and pineapple give way to a bright and citrusy finish. A refreshing change of pace from the heavier holiday brews. *Not Available in Bloomington.

Delicious Holiday Treats From Southern Tier

Southern Tier has a beer for every season, or in some cases, several. As we’ve mentioned before, dessert themed beers are all the rage these days, but when it comes to adjuncts, Southern Tier paved the way. We’re excited to announce the return of a Southern Tier standout – Salted Caramel. Even if you, or your friends, don’t normally reach for beer, if you like salted caramel, this is a must try. Also in stock, a pair of winter classics – 2XMAS and Old Man Winter.

Southern Tier Salted Caramel

Southern Tier Salted Caramel

4 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$13.99

Next stop, butterscotch city! Pop the cap and the air is filled with the aroma of burnt sugar and browned butter. Pouring dark caramel in color, it delivers deep flavors that match. Soft and creamy on the tongue, an initial burst of sweetness is tempered by just enough bitterness to balance. You’d never guess it, but this clocks in at 8.6%, a bit more “sessionable” than its original double digit ABV. Salted Caramel is a great base for a beer float, and it’s also a perfect partner for batch of blondies, or a pineapple sundae. *Not Available in Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield, Peoria.

Southern Tier 2XMAS

Southern Tier 2XMAS

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Regular Price $10.99 Special Price $9.99
with Binny's Card

Is one of your holiday traditions to enjoy a glass or two of Glögg? 2XMAS is Southern Tier’s homage to that Scandinavian favorite. Brewed with figs, orange peel, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves - the nose is spicy and citrusy, with hints of raisin and caramel. Spices are well integrated here, complementing the depth of flavors without overwhelming. The finish is warming and soft, with a lasting kiss of cardamon. This makes a surprisingly good partner for savory dishes like smoked pork chops, pickled herring, and roast duck.*Not Available in Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield, Peoria.

Southern Tier Old Man Winter Ale

Southern Tier Old Man Winter Ale

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

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

If you need a break from the adjuncts, Old Man Winter is Southern Tier’s take on an English old ale. It pours amber in color, and the nose offers aromas of citrus and caramel. Medium-full in body, there’s enough hop bitterness here to keep things balanced. Roasted malt flavors are accented by notes of walnuts and cocoa on the finish. *Not Available in Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield, Peoria.

A New Favorite from Founders

Founders KBS is one of our favorite barrel aged stouts. Once an exceedingly limited release, Founders recently ramped up production, determined to fill enough bourbon barrels to make this iconic favorite available year-round. We’re excited to introduce the latest riff on their imperial breakfast stout – KBS Maple Mackinac Fudge, along with a new batch of KBS Espresso.

Founders KBS Maple Mackinac Fudge

Founders KBS Maple Mackinac Fudge

4 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$22.99

Pouring black in color with a dark beige head of foam, the nose here delivers as promised, offering pronounced maple, chocolate, and coffee. The palate is awash with lasting mocha flavor, accented by hints of toffee and vanilla. Despite its component parts, this is not overly sweet, with bright coffee acidity providing the perfect foil for a touch of maple sweetness. Hands down one of Founders’ finest brews. *Not Available in Rockford.

Founders KBS Espresso

Founders KBS Espresso

4 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$22.99

If you’re looking to double down on coffee, KBS Espresso is the way to go. This expression is brewed and aged as traditional KBS, but after it’s pulled from the barrel, it’s further conditioned on espresso beans. Earthy coffee aromas are the star of the show here, producing a truly remarkable bouquet that evokes the vibrancy of freshly ground beans. The palate offers a remarkable depth of flavor, with pronounced dark cocoa, accented by hints of almond-esq nuttiness. The finish is bright and bittersweet, with just a touch of tart blueberry. *Not Available in Rockford.

Give The Gift Of Bier!
12 Biers Of Christmas

12 Biers Of Christmas

12 Pack of 16.9oz Cans

$32.99

Looking for a gift for beer lovers? The 12 Biers of Christmas covers the full spectrum of German lager, from light and refreshing to dark and rich. It’s packed with pilsner, helles, marzen, bock – and even a few flavorful ales to boot. It might only be October, but we expect these to disappear fast, so stop in and grab a couple before they’re gone.

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.