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Cool Off With a Kölsch

Kolsch is the official beer of Koln, but it’s been beloved throughout Chicagoland for years thanks to some impressive local examples. For those interested in lager, Kolsch bridges the gap and offers the best of both worlds. Brewed with a fruity ale yeast, it’s then cold conditioned (lagered) before release, resulting in a brew that offers the aromatics of an ale, with the crisp finish of a lager.

Solemn Oath Lu

Solemn Oath Lu

12 Pack of 12 oz Can
$15.99
$20.99

Showcasing the rarely recognized, yet perplexingly delicious paw paw, along with blood oranges and basil, this pours a deep rosey gold into the glass. The nose is vibrant and aromatic, offering notes of mango, banana, and a wisp of basil. Refreshingly tangy across the tongue, it leaves the palate awash with a delectable mix of fruit flavors, with ripe pineapple giving way to mango. The finish is bright and citrusy, with a refreshing streak of tangy apple acidity giving way to berry tinged blood orange. JK’s produces some of the best ciders on our shelves and Patriotic Paw Paw is without compare.

Fresh Fruit Flavor

21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon

21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon

12 Pack of 12 oz Can
$16.99
$20.99

Over the years we’ve tasted quite a few watermelon beers. While many have come and gone, 21st Amendment’s endures. Real fruit makes all the difference. Hell or High Watermelon is a pale wheat beer made with whole watermelons. Not only do you get genuine watermelon flavor, but the finished beer is refreshingly dry. For a fun and easy beer cocktail, try serving over ice with a splash of your favorite gin.

Palate Passport Your Ticket To A World Of Flavor

Mention Two Brothers and their malt forward flagship Domaine DuPage comes to mind, but Prairie Path Golden Ale also maintains a loyal following. Clocking in at 5.1% ABV, this sessionable ale is crafted to remove gluten, making it a nice option for those looking for gluten reduced beer.

Two Brothers Prairie Path

Two Brothers Prairie Path

12 Pack of 12 oz Can
$15.99
$19.99

Golden in color and topped with white foam, the nose here is fresh and spicy, with a subtle hint of citrus. Light in body and zippy across the palate, a touch of bready malt is quickly followed by a rush of herbaceous hops. Saaz and Golding hops are the stars of the bone-dry finish, imparting lasting notes of peppery spice and orange marmalade.

Summertime Staple

Summer is in full swing and that has us reaching for one of our favorite seasonal brews – Brooklyn Summer Ale. This crisp pale ale is Brooklyn brewmaster Garret Oliver’s riff on an English “Light Dinner Ale”. Never heard of those? Neither had we. Listen as Garret discusses the inspiration behind this iconic summer brew in this episode of Barrel to Bottle – The Binny’s Podcast.

Brooklyn Summer Ale

Brooklyn Summer Ale

12 Pack of 12 oz Can
$17.99
$18.99

Brooklyn Summer Ale is a beautifully balanced beer. British barley imparts a wonderfully bready character that is artfully complemented by a blend of citrusy American hops. Dry hopping with Amarillo produces bright and fruity aromatics, with pronounced notes of lemon and tangerine. If you’re a fan of shandies, try making your own by mixing equal parts Brooklyn Summer Ale and fresh lemonade.

Get Your Beer for Hot Dogs Here

Where’s the best place to get a hot dog? It’s a hotly contested topic, but one thing’s for certain, a great dog calls for a great beer. Off Color has just the beer, a refreshing golden lager built with a bit of Vienna malt – apropos given Chicago’s love for Viennese style sausage. The other key ingredient is a touch of applewood smoked malt, but don’t call it a smoked beer. The applewood dried malt imparts more fruit character than smoke, adding a lovely depth of character to this thirst-quenching brew.

Off Color Beer for Hot Dogs

Off Color Beer for Hot Dogs

4 Pack of 16 oz Can
$10.99

Pouring pale gold in color and topped with white foam – a honey kissed bready malt character is accented by a fruity apple note. Well fermented and light in body, a touch of herbal German hop character keeps the finish refreshingly bright and crisp. A lovely match for hot dogs and other encased meats.

Palate Passport Your Ticket To A World Of Flavor

This week we’re back in Bavaria to visit one of the most revered breweries in Europe. It’s hard to find a brewery that’s better versed in both the art and science of brewing than Germany’s Weihenstephan. Tracing its roots back to the 8th century, Weihenstephaner officially commenced brewing in 1040, making it the oldest continuously operating brewery in the world. If you’re looking to taste through a variety of German beer styles, the lineup at Weihenstephaner is world-class, with their iconic hefe serving as their standard bearer.

Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier

Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier

4 Pack of 16.9 oz Can
$7.99
$10.99

This naturally cloudy wheat beer pours with volumes of creamy foam, further accentuating its silkily smooth mouthfeel. Weihenstephaner’s treasured yeast strain imparts notes of clove and banana to both the nose and the finish. Delicious as is, this creamy hefe is also an excellent choice for beer cocktails like the Florida Squeeze.

Go for the Gold

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold

6 Pack of 12 oz Can
$10.99
$11.99

Thirsty for a lager, but not sure what to choose? Dortmunder lager is a bit like a German helles, but with a touch more hop character and heft. If you’re a fan of modern German festbier, there’s definitely some stylistic overlap. Dortmunder takes its name from the German city of Dortmund, and while there aren’t many Dortmunder-style lagers in the market, we’re hoping to see that change as interest in lagers continues to grow. Thankfully Great Lakes has been producing an award-winning example for years. Dortmunder Gold pairs well with nearly any food on the table, making it a great beer for your next get-together. In stock and on sale, this craft crowd pleaser makes a great addition to summer coolers.

Flagship Friday - Crack Open a Classic

While we’re happy to bask in the warm summer sun, it’s a long wait until we get to celebrate our next Flagship February. Until then, why not keep the spirit alive and reach for a Flagship on Fridays? Join us as we raise a glass to the craft classics you can depend on. Over the past two decades, we’ve seen thousands of IPAs come and go. Dogfish Head 60 Minute remains a go-to favorite.

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

6 Pack of 12 oz Can
$9.99
$12.99

The follow up to their massive 90 Min IPA, 60 Min is an easy and gentler cousin. Lighter kilned malts allow for 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. A Sam Calagione classic and an iconic IPA.

Tropical Vibes

Noon Whistle was one of the first Chicagoland breweries to brew hazy New England style IPAs. Their initial attempt was so packed with wheat, oats, and hops that it completely gummed up their equipment - hence, the “Gummy” series was born. Over the years, Noon Whistle’s amassed quite a list of Gummies. At 6% ABV, Gummylicious is a touch lighter in body and alcohol, yet like other brews the Gummy lineup, it’s soft and creamy on the tongue, and brimming with juicy hop aromas. Offered in a six pack and on sale for a hot price, this soft and sessionable brew lives up to its name.

Noon Whistle Gummylicious

6 Pack of 12 oz Can
$9.99
$11.99

Pouring a captivating shade of goldenrod, aromas of kiwi, watermelon, and spruce float from the glass. A mix of Citra, Cryo Citra, Mosaic, and Ekuanot hops produces a delicious mix of tropical hop flavors, leaving the palate awash with notes of pineapple, mango, and guava. The juicy finish bursts with tangy passionfruit and tangerine, offering just enough spicy hop freshness to leave the palate eager for more.

Tropical Vibes

Just in time for the hot summer heat, it’s the latest release in Art History’s rotating pub ale series – Punting English Summer Ale. Modeled in the style of a Best Bitter, something you rarely see this side of the pond, it’s a crisp and refreshing pale that clocks in at 4.8% ABV and 22 IBU. Built with Golden Promise malt, Admiral hops, and a yeast from the English Midlands, it’s an authentic taste of sparkling English pub ale that you don’t want to miss. Even if you’ve never had the pleasure of a leisurely cruise down the River Thames, this sessionable ale will make you feel as though you’re there.

Art History Punting English Summer Ale

4 Pack of 16 oz Can
$11.99

Pouring deep golden in color and topped with white foam, the nose is fresh and herbaceous, offering notes of kumquat alongside a touch of florality. Golden Promise is a heritage UK malt, and it imparts a soft crackery sweetness that melds marvelously with the citrusy Admiral hops. The finish is woodsy and floral, imparting a lasting herbaceous note topped with a touch of tangerine.

Art History Good Morning Munich

4 Pack of 16 oz Can
$12.99

Looking for a refreshing lager? Art History’s helles is a must try. Pouring a deep golden hue and adorned with a crown of white foam, Good Morning Munich is medium in body, with German pilsner malt imparting a rounded bready malt character to the palate. Noble Hallertau hops shine in a strikingly herbaceous finish, offering notes of cedar, juniper, and black peppercorn.

Tropical Vibes

Matt “The Magician” Brynildson is at it again, delivering some juicy hop alchemy in the form of Mind Haze Cosmic Crusher. Clocking in at a whopping 9.5% ABV, this tropical DIPA is so perfectly dialed in that its heft remains dangerously well hidden. Galaxy and Strata hops are the stars of the show here, imbuing the brew with bright mango and pineapple aromatics. Perhaps most perplexing, all the massive fruit flavor here is thanks to hops and yeast – no fruit, juice, or extracts added. In stock and on sale now – time to give it a try and taste for yourself.

Firestone Walker Mind Haze Cosmic Crusher

6 Pack of 12 oz Can
$9.99
$11.99

Pouring hazy orange in color and topped with white foam, vibrant tropical aromas leap from the glass, with mango, pineapple, and tangerine leading the charge. A mixture of Galaxy, Strata, Callista, Huell Melon, and Simcoe hops results in a mélange of tropical and citrusy hop flavors, with pronounced cantaloupe and nectarine. White wheat and malted oats impart a soft and creamy mouthfeel, culminating in a big juicy finish that bursts with lychee, honeydew melon, and tangerine.

A Trio of German Lagers

In 1753, the Cramer family began brewing in Warstein, a small town in Germany’s Arnsberg Forest. Centuries later, the Warsteiner Brewery is still independent, headed by 9th generation family member Catharina Cramer. Warsteiner is famous for their pilsener, but we’ve always been big fans of their dunkel, and Brewers Gold is a hidden gem. You’ll find five cans of each in the Warsteiner variety pack - on sale now at a price that’s too good to pass up.

Warsteiner Variety Pack

15 Pack of 11.2 oz Can
$16.99
$19.99

Warsteiner Brewers Gold

Featuring Munich and pilsner malts, Brewers Gold pours amber in color, with a touch of subtle haze. Left unfiltered, it delivers a bolder lager experience that fans of kellerbier have long championed. Named for its featured hop variety – Brewers Gold was selected by Professor Ernest S. Salmon of Wye Collage in 1919. A lesser-known hop variety, it imparts a fruity and spicy character to the brew, along with a hint of black currant on the finish. A beautifully balanced lager that delivers a lasting honeyed malt character.

Warsteiner Dunkel

Dunkel is German for dark, yet while this is dark in color, it is not a heavy beer. Pouring dark amber in color with ruby tinted highlights, aromas of coffee, chocolate, and caramel float above a crown of tan foam. Medium-light in body, it begins with a rush of caramel malt sweetness, followed by a subtle coffee note that’s thanks to the addition of roasted barely. The finish is refreshingly light and clean, with enough hops to provide balance and leave the palate thirsty for another sip.

Warsteiner Pilsener

Brewed with naturally soft spring water, this classic German pilsener pours deep golden in color. Refreshingly crisp on the palate, with a bright herbal finish. The iconic Warsteiner offering and a dependable crowd pleaser.

Noble Hop Magnificence

Breweries are often in search of the hot new hop, but for our latest collaborative brew, we spoke with our friends at Hopewell and suggested a different approach. How about crafting a beer with some of the oldest and most lauded cultivars in the world – Saaz, Spalt, Tettnang, and Hallertau Mittelfruh. Collectively they’re known as the original "noble" hops. The product of centuries of hand selection and cultivation, these revered varieties not only endure, but they’ve also served as parents for many of the modern varieties that are prized today. Many pilsners produced in Northern Germany are famously hop forward, so given Spalt, Tettnang, and Hallertau are all from Germany, it seemed like the obvious stylistic choice for a celebration of classic hop character. To support this generous helping of hops, Noble Device was built with Barke pilsner malt, an heirloom German variety from Weyermann Specialty Malting of Bamberg Germany. This world-renowned maltster has been in operation since the 19th century and their malting of this nearly forgotten summer barley provides a solid malt structure for this invigorating pilsner bier. Join us as we raise a toast, to everyone at Hopewell who made this magnificent lager a reality – ‘tis a beauty to behold and a joy to drink. Prost!

Hopewell Noble Device collaboration with Binny's

Hopewell Noble Device collaboration with Binny's

4 Pack of 16 oz Can
$10.99

Pouring richly golden color and topped with a tall crown of foam - woodsy, floral, and herbaceous hop aromas float above the glass. Medium in body, the heirloom Barke pilsner malt imparts a toasted malt character, along with a subtle touch of toffee. The finish is spicy and herbaceous, delivering a complex mixture of hop flavors, with lingering notes of nutmeg, lemon peel, and black peppercorn. Especially well suited as an aperitif, this will pair wonderfully with charcuterie. Its pronounced herbal character offers a lovely accent to blue cheeses, gruyere, and landjager

Award Winning Brew

With the 4th just around the corner, it’s time to fill up your coolers, and we’ve got the perfect beer. Fresh from a GOLD medal win at the World Beer Cup, we’re excited to introduce 21st Amendment Lager. This refreshing golden lager won in the cream ale category, which is seemingly a bit confusing. Before Prohibition, cream ales were a popular style in North America. They were sometimes brewed with a combination of ale and lager yeast, other times they were started as an ale, then finished as a lager. If this sounds a bit like an American Kolsch, you’re on the right track. The most important part, the taste of course. We’re excited to report that 21st Amendment Lager is well deserving of its recent accolade. Perhaps best of all, our hot 12 pack sale price means this gold medal winner comes out to just a buck a can. Now that’s something to celebrate!

21st Amendment Amendment Lager

21st Amendment Amendment Lager

12 Pack of 12 oz Can
$11.99
$15.99

Pouring golden in color and crowned with white foam, the nose offers bready malt character, a wisp of herbal hops, and an inviting minerality. Medium-light in body, Saaz hops add a touch of spice and help balance out the honeyed malt sweetness. The finish is soft and creamy, yet with enough crispness to leave the palate refreshed. A remarkably well-balanced beer that delivers both character and value.

Beer for BBQ

The Spoetzl Brewery of Shiner Texas opened doors in 1909. Founded by German and Czech immigrants, they’ve remained committed to old-world brewing heritage for over a century. They’ve brewed a wide variety of lagers in that time, but none more beloved than their bock. First introduced as a special release in 1913, demand became so great that they began producing it year-round in 1973. Texans love their BBQ, and the rich malty character of Shiner Bock makes it a staple alongside a plate of brisket. Whether you’re smoking brisketpulled pork, or ribs - Shiner Bock is an excellent match for nearly anything you cook on the grill.

Shiner Bock

Shiner Bock

12 Pack of 12 oz Bottle
$13.99
$14.99

Pouring dark amber in color and topped with a tan head of foam, the nose offers notes of caramelized malt and a wisp of dark chocolate. Medium in body, it’s soft across the palate, offering a toasty malt character with toffee accents. The finish is soft and smooth, concluding with nutty malt note topped with bittersweet chocolate.

Tropical Vibes

The Blake family knows a thing or two about apples. They’ve been growing them in Armada Michigan since 1946, and they’ve been making hard cider out of them for over a decade. El Chavo is one of our favorites from Blake’s. Enjoy straight from the can, or try it over ice with a splash of tequila or mezcal.

Blake's El Chavo

Blake's El Chavo

6 Pack of 12 oz Can
$9.99
$11.99

Sweet plus heat is a classic combination, and finding a beverage that artfully incorporates spiciness, is a beautiful thing. El Chavo is a semi sweet cider that’s accented with mango and habanero. The peppers are grown on the Blake family farm, and while they add some heat, it’s a lovely subtle burn that makes itself known without being overbearing. A great partner for Mexican cuisine, especially fish tacos.

BCBS is the barrel aged stout that defined the category. We're offering our existing inventory at heavily discounted prices. Stock varies by location and will not last long. We tasted ten different expressions of this great beer. Here’s how they are drinking in May of 2024.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout Original Vintage 2023

16.9 oz Bottle
$4.99
$13.99

Aged in a mix of bourbon barrels from Wild Turkey, Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace, and Four Roses, the 2023 vintage offers aromas of dark chocolate, caramelized sugar, and bourbon-soaked oak. The body here is a touch leaner than recent vintages, with vibrant dark chocolate taking the lead. The finish is deeply complex and spirted, delivering flavors of cherry cola, sweet spice, and sarsaparilla. For a showstopper dessert, serve as a beer float, adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and freshly grated nutmeg.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout Original Vintage 2022

16.9 oz Bottle
$4.99
$12.99

BCBS Original is the offering with the longest legs, and we always enjoy checking back in on vintages over the years to see how they’re developing. The nose on 2022 delivers decadent dessert aromas, reminiscent of chocolate fudge and coconut macaroons. Thick and rich upon the palate, expect flavors of caramel and chocolate alongside roasted pecan. The finish delivers a bright confectionary quality with lasting notes of maple syrup and strawberry jam.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout Sir Issac's

16.9 oz Bottle
$9.99
$24.99

For Sir Issac’s stout, Goose Island set out to capture the flavor of fig cookies and they nailed it. The key ingredient – 10,000 pounds of dried black mission figs. This indulgent offering delivers fig preserve richness atop spice cake dressed with chocolate and caramel sauce. While adjunct additions can sometimes fade with time, Sir Issac continues to impress. We’d go so far as to say it’s drinking better than ever. An absolute must try with your favorite blue cheese.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Backyard Stout

16.9 oz Bottle
$9.99
$24.99

Inspired by 2013 favorite Backyard Rye, but not a note for note reproduction, Backyard Stout uses bourbon whiskey barrels in place of rye. Bourbon imbues this berry forward stout with a softer roundness - with rich bourbon sweetness providing the perfect foil to bright berry acidity. The magic ingredient here is mulberries, an earthy dark purple berry you’ll find growing wild in backyards and parks throughout Chicagoland. Featured alongside boysenberries and marionberries, the dark fruit flavor here nothing short of stunning. Aromas of blackberry jam and raspberry sorbet set the stage for dark chocolate covered raspberry on the palate. The finish achieves a remarkable balance of sweetness and acidity, making this a refreshing standout amidst its decadent counterparts. Hat’s off to Goose Island on this expression - it is one of the finest BCBS variants to date.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Bananas Foster Stout

16.9 oz Bottle
$9.99
$24.99

2017 Proprietor’s Stout is one of the most requested rebrews in the history of BCBS. Costa Rican banana puree imparts the lovely natural banana flavor. Even after several months in bottle, the banana character is still deliciously vibrant. It’s accented nicely by a spicy cinnamon note that results in a banana bread richness across the palate and finish.

 

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout Coffee

16.9 oz Bottle
$9.99
$24.99

Coffee was the first variant of BCBS and after a long hiatus, Goose Island once again partnered with Intelligentsia Coffee on this robust return to form. Featuring a blend of coffee from Burundi by the name of Turihamwe, its sweet and fruity notes have faded a bit, with earthy notes now coming to the forefront in both the aroma and palate. The finish offers a bright streak of dark chocolate that’s accented by a hint of blueberry.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout 30th Anniversary

16.9 oz Bottle
$14.99
$39.99

This 30th Anniversary offering was aged in a mix of Booker’s, Baker’s, Knob Creek, and Basil Hayden, bourbon barrels. The nose here is bright and bourbon forward with pronounced vanilla bean. Soft and creamy upon the palate, with a rounded elegance reminiscent of chocolate silk. The finish is decadent and layered delivering flavors of chocolate covered strawberry and bourbon bread pudding. A bourbon drinkers BCBS.

Goose Island Proprietor's Bourbon County Brand Stout 2023

16.9 oz Bottle
$21.99
$29.99

Rice pudding served as the inspiration for the 2023 Proprietor’s Stout. If you’ve never tasted rice pudding, it’s time to make some. Until then, Goose delivers it in liquid form. A meticulous melding of cassia bark (think cinnamon), brown sugar, raisins, and toasted rice imbues this bourbon county with an alluring mixture of fruit and spice, with an inviting spiced rum character on both the nose and finish. We’re happy to report that the toasted rice character remains the key standout, perfectly capturing the comforting character of rice pudding. We also suggest you try blending some of this with other expressions, particularly Coffee and Original.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Angel’s Envy 2-Year Cask Finish Stout

16.9 oz Bottle
$29.99
$39.99

The most ambitious project in the 2023 lineup, this stout was laid down for a year in Angel’s Envy bourbon barrels, after which a portion was transferred into port casks, then aged for an additional year. The final blend remains a marvel to behold, bursting with bright fruit character and sporting a ruby colored highlights in the glass. The nose offers an amalgamation of old oak, pipe tobacco, and toffee topped with walnuts. A wave of chocolate covered orange peel washes across the palate, followed by notes of raspberry, peach, and apricot. The deeply layered finish, delivers lasting notes oak, plum preserves, and dried fig. Absolutely singing right now - grab this before it disappears.

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Eagle Rare 2-Year Reserve Stout

16.9 oz Bottle
$29.99
$39.99

The majority of BCBS spends time aging in charred oak barrels that held bourbon for 4-6 years. This vintage reserve spent two years resting in oak that previously held Eagle Rare, a 10-year-old single barrel offering from Buffalo Trace. Extended time in barrel allows for additional oxidation that brings stone fruit flavors to the forefront, with pronounced nectarine melding marvelously Buffalo Trace’s distinctive fruit forward yeast character. The finish is enrobed in chocolate, with a caramelized richness that brings to mind the corner piece from a pan of brownies. An exceptional bottling that’s holding up beautifully.

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