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Thirsty for something different? Craft breweries are releasing more beer than ever and Binny’s is here to help you navigate the sea of choices. In this Craft Brew Collection we put together an assortment of big flavorful brews. Our collection is perfect for gift giving and a great way to expand your beer palate.

Goose Island Matilda Belgian Style Ale

Goose Island Matilda Belgian Style Ale

Matilda is Goose Island’s homage to the iconic Trappist ale Orval. Like Orval it’s brewed with the wild yeast Brettanomyces, but it’s a little less funky and a bit more nuanced. Wonderfully aromatic on the nose, peppery spice combines with grassy hops to produce a complex, yet refreshingly dry finish.

Boulevard Tank 7 American Saison

Boulevard Tank 7 American Saison

With Belgian born brewmaster Steven Pauwels at the helm, Boulevard likes to put their own unique spin on Belgian classics. Tank 7 is earthy and spicy like a traditional Belgian Saison, but healthy additions of Citra and Amarillo hops impart the tropical flavors and aromas of a fruity APA. Bright and effervescent, it’s complex yet refreshing, artfully hiding its substantial ABV. A uniquely American Saison, and one of the best on the shelf.

Three Floyds Alpha King Pale Ale

Three Floyds Alpha King Pale Ale

Alpha King is one of Three Floyds’ longest running brews and over the years, both the beer and packaging have undergone some changes. Billed as a pale ale, it used to drink more like an IPA. Nowadays, the hop bitterness is a bit toned down, focusing instead on alluringly fruity hop aromatics. Balanced, juicy and refreshing - hail to the king, baby.

Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA

Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA

As the IPA style continues evolve over time, a few timeless classics remain refreshingly true to themselves. 90 minutes of continuous hopping imparts plenty of citrusy hop aroma as well as a hefty dose of resiny hop bitterness. A sturdy malt backbone provides balance and adds some complexity to this massive IPA. Worlds apart from many of today’s hazy DIPAs, but there’s nothing wrong with that.

Great Lakes Brewing Co. Christmas Ale

Great Lakes Brewing Co. Christmas Ale

Many Christmas beers are spiced, but Great Lakes does so judiciously, making this one of the most revered winter brews. Caramelized malt and honey are accented by just a touch of cinnamon, and while crafted with honey, it’s not overly sweet. An artfully balanced brew that pairs wonderfully with a variety of Christmas staples, from glazed ham to gingerbread.

Lagunitas Brown Shugga’ Strong Ale

Lagunitas Brown Shugga’ Strong Ale

Some of the best things in life are the product of happy accidents. Such is the case with Lagunitas Brown Shugga’. This beloved holiday classic began as a botched batch of Olde GnarlyWine. The addition of brown sugar not only increased the ABV, but also amped up the rich malty sweetness. Toffee, caramel and big piney hops all rolled into one massive brew that's deceptively easy to drink.

A Local Favorite

Revolution’s wildly popular winter seasonal Fistmas is back in stock! Wrap your sixers up in stylish Revolution gift paper, free with your purchase while supplies last.

Revolution Fistmas

Revolution Fistmas

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$9.99

Fistmas is a hoppy red ale that’s spiced with ginger and orange peel. This mix of sweet caramel malts, citrusy hops and ginger spice, results in a remarkably well-balanced holiday ale that leaves you thirsty for another.

A Christmas Tradition Continues

2019 marks the 45th annual release of Anchor’s Christmas Ale! Each vintage of this trail blazing winter warmer features a slight tweaking of the recipe, making vertical tastings of multiple past vintages a fun holiday tradition. Available in 6 packs and stylish 1.5 liter magnums, pick some up to enjoy this year and some for your cellar.

Anchor Christmas Ale

Anchor Christmas Ale

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Regular Price $12.99 Special Price $11.99
with Binny's Card

50.7 oz Bottle

Regular Price $16.99 Special Price $15.99
with Binny's Card

Citrusy and spicy on the nose, it offers pronounced caramel and chocolate aromas, alongside a touch of lemony spruce. Medium in body, this year’s vintage is surprisingly bold yet balanced, with just a hint of baking spice accenting a rich malty core. Over the past few vintages, Anchor Christmas has been creeping up in ABV, and at 6.9% ABV, Anchor might have landed on the sweet spot. *50.7oz Bottle not available in Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield.

A Special Bavarian Bock

Bock beer originated in in the German town of Einbeck in the 14th century, but it was Munich brewers who created the remarkably rich and decadent doppelbock or “double bock” style. Doppelbocks can vary greatly in color, strength and body, but Hofbrau’s 8.4% ABV Winter Spezial manages to be rich and satisfying without being too heavy. A tremendous beer and an unbelievable value.

Hofbräu Winter Spezial

Hofbräu Winter Spezial

6 Pack of 11.2oz Bottles

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

5 Liter Mini Keg

Regular Price $22.99 Special Price $19.99
with Binny's Card

The nose here bursts with roasted malt character, with hints of chocolate and caramel. Medium in body, it delivers layered malt complexity, with pronounced plum and brown sugar. The finish is bold but balanced, with a lingering touch of rich dark fruit. This delicious doppelbock pairs wonderfully with a wide variety of hearty winter meals including prime rib and roast duck. *6 pack not available in Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield, Peoria.

A Pair of Iconic Belgian Brews

Today’s beer scene is all about what’s new and innovative. As much as we enjoy discovering new favorites, we often find ourselves returning to the classics. Regardless of style, brewery or country, the following Belgian brews are two of the finest beers on our shelves.

Saison Dupont

Saison Dupont

4 Pack of 11.2oz Bottles

Regular Price $13.99 Special Price $9.99
with Binny's Card

Not only do many consider this THE example of the style, some have gone so far as to call it the best beer in the world. One thing is for sure, if you haven’t had the pleasure of tasting this tremendous saison, it’s a must try. Spicy, earthy, hoppy and effervescent, it compliments nearly any cuisine.

Duvel 4 Pack Gift Set with Chalice

Duvel 4 Pack Gift Set with Chalice

4 Pack of 11.2oz Bottles

$13.99

Brilliantly golden in color with a tall crown of bright white foam, this unique Belgian ale possesses the crispness of a pilsner, but with the added complexity of fruity Belgian yeast. Saaz and Styrian Golding hops provide its signature hop profile that is spicy, earthy and herbaceous. Remarkably refreshing despite its high ABV and wonderfully food friendly. *Not available in Springfield.

Punch Out And Grab A Cold One - 2nd Shift Is Here

For such a seemingly simple style, pilsner is a true litmus test for brewing prowess. A world class pils requires patience and attention to detail, as any flaws have nowhere to hide. 2nd Shift’s Technical Ecstasy is a near perfect pils. If you’re unfamiliar with 2nd Shift Brewing, it’s time to get acquainted. We’re excited to announce that 2nd Shift is now available at all Binny’s locations. Steve and Libby Crider are the husband and wife team behind this St. Louis gem, and over the past decade they’ve amassed an impressive portfolio of beers. Be it a crisp pilsner, a snappy saison, or a juicy IPA, 2nd Shift does it well.

2nd Shift Technical Ecstasy

2nd Shift Technical Ecstasy

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

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

Pouring brilliantly golden in color and topped with a tall crown of white foam, the nose offers an alluring wisp of herbaceous noble hop character. Medium in body, sweet bready malt is perfectly balanced by grassy Saaz hops. A streak of minerality on the finish leaves the palate refreshed and thirsty for more.

2nd Shift Little Big Hop

2nd Shift Little Big Hop

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

Regular Price $12.99 Special Price $10.99
with Binny's Card

Fruit forward and tropical on the nose, this NEIPA bursts with the aroma of fresh pineapple, cantaloupe and kiwi. Soft and creamy on the palate, it’s bright and citrusy, delivering flavors reminiscent of peach and tangerine. The finish is fresh and tangy, with notes of guava and peppercorn.

2nd Shift Art of Neurosis

2nd Shift Art of Neurosis

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

Regular Price $14.99 Special Price $13.99
with Binny's Card

It took owner/founder/brewer Steve Crider 37 batches to perfect this IPA recipe – get the name now? It was the first beer he released to the public and remains a taproom staple. Art of Neurosis is classic old school West Coast Style IPA. Simcoe and Columbus hops combine to produce a wave of dank and citrusy hop flavor, culminating in a massive, grapefruit drenched finish.

Our Cups Are Full Again! - An All New American Beauty

A Grateful Dead beer... didn’t Dogfish do this before? Don’t let this flashback deceive you, this is an all new riff. Like your favorite crunchy jams, what’s seemingly familiar is a little bit different this time around.

Dogfish Head American Beauty Hazy Ripple IPA

Dogfish Head American Beauty Hazy Ripple IPA

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$13.99

This latest American Beauty is a hazy IPA brewed with spelt. Spelt is an heirloom grain that imparts a touch of earthy nuttiness to the brew, but the real stars of this show are bright citrusy hops. Medium in body, it delivers a rush of juicy fruit flavor, followed by a refreshingly tangy finish.

Also from Dogfish Head
Dogfish Head IPAs for the Holidays

Dogfish Head IPAs for the Holidays

12 Pack of 12oz Cans

$18.99

This holiday variety pack showcases Dogfish Head’s expertise – “off centered” ales that artfully incorporate unconventional methodology/ingredients. Inside you’ll find a pair of iconic IPAs alongside a category defying wine-beer hybrid and a gin inspired botanical IPA. It’s a perfect pack for holiday parties and a great gift for the hopheads in your life.

90 Minute

As the IPA style continues evolve over time, a few timeless classics remain refreshingly true to themselves. 90 minutes of continuous hopping introduces plenty of citrusy hop aroma as well as a hefty dose of resiny hop bitterness. A sturdy malt backbone provides balance and adds some complexity to this massive IPA. Worlds apart from many of today’s hazy DIPAs, but there’s nothing wrong with that.

60 Minute

The follow up to 90 Minute IPA, 60 Min is an easy and gentler cousin. Lighter kilned malts allow its hefty hop bill to shine, with 60 minutes of continuous hopping adding plenty of citrusy and piney hop flavor. The finish is refreshingly old school – bitter, but by no means overbearing. An iconic IPA that continues to stand the test of time.

61 Minute

Wine-beer hybrids – many have tried, and many have failed. Dogfish Head successfully threads the needle here, with Syrah grape must imbuing this refreshingly crisp IPA with an enchanting mix of dark fruit aroma and flavor. On the nose, there are notes of pine and black currant, complimenting a woodsy palate that’s accented by hints of elderberry and marmalade. The finish is bright and fruity, with notes of blackberry and juniper

All Things Yet IPA

Unique to this variety pack, All Things Yet IPA is a “Botanical” IPA, that drew inspiration from gin. Like gin, it’s wonderfully aromatic on this nose, with notes of lemongrass, juniper and coriander. Light and citrusy on the palate, it concludes with a bright and floral finish, offering notes of licorice, cedar and cardamom.

Significant New Release - A Barrel Aged Variety Pack From BuckleDown
BuckleDown Significant Barrel Aged Variety Pack

BuckleDown Significant Barrel Aged Variety Pack

4 Pack of 12oz Cans

$19.99

What do you get someone who loves beer? More beer of course! Whether you’re looking for something for friends, family, or yourself, we’ve got something special from BuckleDown. Significant is BuckleDown’s big bourbon barrel aged stout and this brand-new variety pack allows you to try the original, along with three different variants! We couldn’t resist and popped all four at once. We don’t usually rank favorites, but chocolate might take the cake.

Double Your Fun

When you hear Fun Size, candy comes to mind, but unlike so many other dessert inspired stouts, the Fun Size lineup is not cloyingly sweet. The adept balance of roasted malts, salt and lactose results in paradoxically drinkable decadence. We’re excited to announce the arrival of a citrusy new Fun Size. Also, if you haven’t tried our latest collaborative Fun Size, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Fun Size with Coconut and Almond, there’s still a little bit left. Grab some before it’s gone and double your fun!

Pollyanna Orange Fun Size

Pollyanna Orange Fun Size

16.9oz Bottle

$8.99

The nose here offers a lovely mix of dark chocolate and fresh orange zest. Medium in body, it delivers the classic fun size flavors of vanilla, peanut and chocolate - all wrapped in a fruity finish with notes of chocolate fudge and orange liqueur. *Not available in Springfield or Peoria.

Pollyanna Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Fun Size with Coconut and Almond collaboration with Binny's

Pollyanna Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Fun Size with Coconut and Almond collaboration with Binny's

4 Pack of 12oz Cans

$29.99

The nose here delivers as promised, with big almond, coconut and vanilla. Surprisingly light in body, a big wave of chocolate washes across the tongue, with a bright splash of coconut and almond. The finish is long and warming, with hints of vanilla, allspice and just a kiss of salt. Aged in Binny's Hand Picked Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrels.

Gather Round The Fireside With A Tasty Winter Warmer

As the weather gets colder, we welcome the return of our favorite winter seasonals. A big malty brew is a great way to shake off the bitter cold and 21st Amendment’s Fireside Chat does just that.

21st Amendment Fireside Chat

21st Amendment Fireside Chat

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$9.99

The nose here is an inviting mix of toffee, cocoa and sweet spices. A lengthy malt bill imparts rich and layered malt complexity, offering notes of chocolate and caramel, all artfully accented by a touch of baking spice. Keep the milk in the fridge and enjoy this with some cookies. *Not available in Bloomington.

Binny’s X Noon Whistle X YOU! Introducing Your Gummy

If you’ve never had a Noon Whistle Gummy, where have you been? Thankfully, many of you have, and a bunch of you helped us design this brand-new brew. From a list of 14 different hop varieties, you cast your votes on social. Citra, Mosaic and Lemondrop came out on top - a trio of citrusy strains that you can learn more about on Barrel to Bottle, the Binny’s Podcast. Dry hopped, canned up and delivered - Your Gummy is here!

Noon Whistle Your Gummy

Noon Whistle Your Gummy

4 Pack of 12oz Cans

$14.99

The nose here is bright and juicy, with notes of passionfruit, pineapple and papaya. Sliding effortlessly across the palate, it delivers a rush of tangerine, followed by notes of nectarine and lemon peel. The finish is refreshingly tangy, with hints of grapefruit and juniper. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield or Peoria.

Jonesing For Juice?

Are you ready for some BIG beer? We’ve got a pair of juicy brews from Heretic, whose soft and supple mouthfeel devilishly disguises their massive ABV. Heretic has some devout followers, yet they remain a bit of a sleeper here in Chicagoland. Time to wake up and smell the juice!

Heretic You Can't Handle The Juice

Heretic You Can't Handle The Juice

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

$11.99

Make America Juicy Again, turned up to 11! The nose here is bright and fruity, with pronounced passionfruit and mango. Soft and creamy on the tongue, a wave of fruity hop flavors washes across the palate, delivering notes of tangy citrus and fresh juicy melon. The finish is big and juicy, with just a tiny hint of bitterness to tie things together. A delicious DIPA at an incredible price! *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield or Peoria.

Heretic Tangerine Tornado

Heretic Tangerine Tornado

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

$11.99

This is a blonde ale, with tangerine. If you haven’t been wowed by blonde ales in the past, you need to give this one a try. At 9% ABV, it has more in common with a mimosa than your typical blonde ale. In fact, over at Heretic they make “Beermosas” with it. You can give that a try, but we dig this big juicy blonde just the way it is. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield or Peoria.

Quieres un Cafecito?

Brown ales – they get no respect. Whenever possible, we show our love for this woefully underappreciated beer style, and Cigar City Maduro is one of the best on the shelf. This week we’re excited to introduce Cigar City’s latest riff on their award-winning brown. If you’ve never had a Cafecito, it’s a Cuban-style espresso that’s whipped up with sugar. Depending on the café, these can be sweet, but Cigar City’s homage shows some restraint, resulting in a wonderfully rich brown ale with bold coffee flavor and a semi sweet finish.

Cigar City Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale

Cigar City Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale

4 Pack of 12oz Cans

$9.99

Brewed with a proprietary blend of coffee from Tampa’s Buddy Brew, the nose here is bursting with the aroma of freshly roasted coffee. Medium in body and soft across the palate, it delivers rich and layered mocha flavors. A touch of lactose sugar provides just enough sweetness to round out a cocoa filled finish. One of the finest coffee beers of 2019. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield, Peoria.

He Knows If You’ve Been Bad Or Good

Need a break from the same old spicy Christmas ale? Three Floyds has you covered. Put the milk away, skip the cookies and enjoy a nice tall glass of Alpha Klaus this holiday season.

Three Floyds Alpha Klaus

Three Floyds Alpha Klaus

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$13.99

The nose 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.

Ready For S’more?

We’ve tasted through quite a few marshmallow brews as of late, and this week we welcome back a favorite from Off Color. Dino S’mores was one of the first S’more inspired brews, and it’s still one of the best. If you’re hungry for S’mores, time to pick up a 4 pack – no campfire required.

Off Color Dino S'mores

Off Color Dino S'mores

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

$18.99

Brewed with marshmallow fluff, graham flour and cocoa nibs, Off Color artfully transformed a classic campfire treat into silky smooth stout. As it warms closer to room temperature, notes of vanilla, cocoa and cream become more pronounced, perfectly complementing its roasty and chocolaty finish. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington, Springfield, Peoria.

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.