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A Summery Twist

Pairing craft beer with food might seem intimidating, but it needn’t be. The key is to keep on experimenting, both with matching and contrasting flavors. Off Color makes it easy with Beer For Tacos. While simple in concept, the finished beer is a blend of two different beers, built with a variety of ingredients. The base beer is fermented with a Belgian yeast strain and spiced with coriander, while the second beer is fermented exclusively with Lactobacillus. The two beers are blended and then refermented with lime. Lactobacillus provides a tartness that accentuates the lime, and Himalayan pink salt ads a touch of salinity, so you’re left with a Margarita inspired beer that’s great with tacos. At its core a German gose, yet with a touch Belgian wit, it is ultimately a beer all its own. Off Color’s latest batch adds a bit of strawberry to the mix, resulting in an irresistible riff on a deliciously complex brew.

Off Color Strawberry Beer For Tacos

Off Color Strawberry Beer For Tacos

4 Pack of 16 oz Can
$10.99

Pouring a rose-colored shade of coral and topped with white foam, the nose here delivers a touch of lime zest along with a wisp of coriander. Light and spritzy upon the palate, a wave of finely textured carbonation washes creamy wheat and ripe strawberry across the tongue. The finish is refreshingly bright and fruit forward, delivering notes of lime curd atop a bed of fresh strawberries. A lovely match for tacos, especially ones topped with fruit-based salsas. We also suggest you give this a try with a slice of Tres Leches cake topped with fresh berries.

Cool Off with a Couple of Cold Ones

Interest in local craft lagers continues to grow, but don’t sleep on Shiner, they’ve been making lagers down in Texas for over a century. Shiner is beloved for their bock, but throughout the years they’ve released a wide variety of lagers that span the spectrum from light to dark. Sunday Funday is Shiner’s latest variety pack, and it’s filled with three different lagers that are perfect for summertime. As we’ve said many a time before - Shiner delivers consistent, quality beer, at a great price.

Shiner Sunday Funday Variety Pack

12 Pack of 12 oz Can
$13.99
$14.99

Shiner Light Blonde

Shiner Light Blonde

We’re often asked what the best light beer is. Shiner Light has long been near the top of our list. First brewed in 2011, it’s stood the test of time because it’s light in body, crisp on the finish, and just 99 calories. Also worth mentioning, it’s 4.2% ABV, but only 5.2 carbs a can. Every drop of Shiner is brewed in Shiner Texas - so if you’re looking for a refreshing, American made light beer, from an American owned company, Shiner Light Blonde checks all the boxes.

Shiner Prickly Pear

Shiner Prickly Pear

Shiner has long incorporated ingredients with a Texas connection into their beers. One such example is fruit from the prickly pear cactus, a variety you’ll find growing in and around Shiner Texas. The fruit imparts a subtle berry note and lovely rosey hue to this well-balanced lager. First released in 2012 as a summer seasonal, it’s one of Shiner’s most requested re-brews. We’re excited to have it back.

Shiner Orale

Shiner Orale

Shiner Orale is a Mexican-style lager with a twist. It’s brewed with a touch of earthy agave nectar. If you’re worried that means it’s overly sweet, fret not. The agave influence is subtle, and this well- fermented lager delivers a crisp and clean finish. A sleeper favorite in the Shiner portfolio that we especially love during warm weather.

Thirsty for Lager

If you’ve yet to check out Urban Chestnut, it’s time to taste what you’ve been missing. Brewmaster Florian Kuplent has brewed beer all over the world and he brings a combination of experience, professionalism, and creativity that shines in the lagers produced at this St. Louis gem. For their latest release, Urban Chestnut partnered up with Old Nation Brewing Co. Old Nation is known for hazy IPAs, but old school German beer is what drew owner Travis Fritts into brewing. This collaborative brew is one of the finest lagers we’ve tasted in 2024. Grab some of this bock before it disappears!

Urban Chestnut Old Maibock collaboration with Old Nation

Urban Chestnut Old Maibock collaboration with Old Nation

4 Pack of 16 oz Can
$9.99

Built with Munich and pilsner malts and crafted using the old decoction mash method, this amber colored lager is a beauty to behold, with bread crust and subtle floral aromas floating above a tall crown of foam. Soft and rounded across the palate, honeyed malt richness is artfully balanced by citrusy and herbal hop flavors from Saphir and Aramis hops. The finish offers a subtle touch of warming spice, followed by lingering notes of toffee. A deeply layered, yet deliciously drinkable bock bier.

Maplewood turns Ten

It’s been fun to see some of our favorite craft breweries celebrating milestone anniversaries. 2024 marks ten years for Maplewood. Mention Maplewood and one of their juicy IPAs most likely comes to mind, but they’ve long crafted an exceptional and varied lineup of beers. Charlatan pale ale was one of their first offerings, and while the recipe’s been tweaked a touch over the years, it’s always delivered a refreshing mix of American hop flavors. Join us as we celebrate this award-winning Chicago classic at a price that’s hard to pass up!

Maplewood Charlatan

Maplewood Charlatan

4 Pack of 16 oz Can
$8.99
$10.99

Pouring a deep golden color and topped with white foam - a mix of Citra, Centennial, and Simcoe hops results in a bright and citrusy nose with pronounced grapefruit zest. Medium in body, it delivers a rush of citrus across the palate, with tangerine giving way to a crisp finish that’s accented with a touch of pine. A reliable and refreshing American pale ale.

A Regal Release

The House of the Dragon Season 2 premiere is less than a week away - have you chosen a side? Whether you stand behind the Targaryens or the Hightowers, this juicy new cider from Ace will quench your thirst as the two sides battle for power. Have no idea what we’re talking about? No problem, this cider is still mighty delicious.

 

Ace House of the Dragon

Ace House of the Dragon

6 Pack of 12 oz Can
$11.99

Pouring a vibrant shade of pink, aromas of black cherry, peach, and pomegranate float above the glass. Vibrant and tangy across the tongue, it delivers a rush of raspberry, followed by dragon fruit and hibiscus. The finish is bright and bold, with racy acidity leaving the mouth watering for more.

A Taste of the Tropics

With Independence Day less than a month away, we have a celebratory cider unlike anything you’ve ever tasted. JK’s Farmhouse Ciders are produced in Flushing Michigan at Almar Orchards - which have been owned and operated by the Koan family since 1860. Of their many delicious hard ciders, Patriotic Paw Paw steals the show. Never tasted a paw paw? Highly perishable once harvested, it’s rarely grown commercially, making it an elusive treat that remains a mystery to most. It’s native to the Midwest, yet its custardy interior delivers a rich tropical flavor that’s often compared to mango and banana – resulting in some interesting nicknames like hillbilly mango, banango, and hoosier banana. Sometimes found while foraging or at small farmers markets, this hidden American gem has a small but growing following. It was a favorite of presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and helped sustain Lewis and Clark during their journey across the continent. As such, Patriotic Paw Paw is the perfect beverage to raise up and toast this 4th of July.

JK's Farmhouse Ciders Patriotic Paw Paw

JK's Farmhouse Ciders Patriotic Paw Paw

4 Pack of 16 oz Can
$14.99

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.

A Wisconsin Classic

Point Special Lager

Point Special Lager

12 Pack of 12 oz Can
$9.99
$11.99

With over 9,000 breweries operating in the US today, it’s hard to believe that in the 1970s, the number had dwindled to under 200. Smaller breweries struggled to survive post prohibition, and American beer became dominated by a handful of big brewers. In 1973, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Mike Royko remarked, “American beer tastes as if it was brewed through a horse.” The major American breweries were not amused. To prove his point, he assembled a panel of 11 tasters and conducted his own blind tasting of 22 different beers. The lineup was a mix of the major American brands, nine different imports, and a handful from small American breweries. Coming in 2nd overall and 1st amongst the American breweries – Point Special Lager. At the time Point was only available in Wisconsin, but the article made quite an impression. Sales rose by 20% and many made the pilgrimage to central Wisconsin for a taste. If you’ve yet to try their Special Lager, we suggest you make a point to do so. Established in 1857, the Stevens Point Brewery remains proudly independent and Special Lager is an all-malt brew – no rice or corn syrup, just 2 and 6 row barley. In the 50 years since Royko’s taste test, this refreshingly crisp and well-balanced lager has amassed a trophy case full of medals. It’s a great beer at a great price, and every drop is brewed in the small town of Stevens Point.

Hard Tea with a Kick

 

New Belgium Voodoo Hardcharged Tea Lemon

New Belgium Voodoo Hardcharged Tea Lemon

12 Pack of 12 oz Can
$16.99
$20.99

2024 is shaping up to be the Summer of Tea. We’re stocking more hard tea options than ever before, and one of our favorites is from New Belgium. Voodoo Ranger Hardcharged Tea is made with real black tea. It delivers a nice mix of sweetness and acidity, and at 7% ABV, a little extra kick.

A Celebratory Collaboration

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since the premiere of Daisy Cutter. Half Acre is marking the occasion with the release of Daisy Cutter 15 and Daisy Cutter Select. Daisy Cutter 15 is a tropical take with Southern Hemisphere stylings. Select is a collaborative brew with none other than Sierra Nevada. Who better to celebrate pale ale with than Sierra Nevada, brewers of the most iconic American pale ale in the history of craft. Stop by your local Binny’s and pick up these celebratory brews before they disappear.

Half Acre Daisy Cutter Select collaboration with Sierra Nevada

Half Acre Daisy Cutter Select collaboration with Sierra Nevada

4 Pack of 16 oz Can
$16.99

Pouring deep golden orange in color, the nose here is dank and citrusy, with pronounced resin-soaked pine. Featuring hand selected Centennial, Simcoe, and Cryo Cascade hops, this amped up take on Daisy Cutter is medium in body and dripping with citrus. The finish is big and bold, with a burst of tangerine giving way to a lasting wave of grapefruit.

Half Acre Daisy Cutter Fifteen

Half Acre Daisy Cutter Fifteen

4 Pack of 16 oz Can
$13.99

Featuring a mix of Riwaka, Nectaron, HBC 1019, and Strata hops – the mix of aromas here is a delight for the senses, offering pronounced pineapple, gooseberry, and cedar. Soft and creamy across the palate, it delivers an enticing mix of citrusy and tropical hop character, with kiwi and tangerine taking the lead. The finish is fruit forward, yet refreshingly crisp, with lingering gooseberry, peach, and pomelo.

A New Look For An Old School Favorite

It’s time to party like it’s 1996. Back in the early days, Pride and Joy was one of four core offerings from Three Floyds. Originally billed as a mild ale, over the years its shed most of its English identity, and drinks more like a classic American pale. At 5% ABV it’s still a sessionable brew, well suited for the warm weather to come.

 

Three Floyds Pride and Joy

Three Floyds Pride and Joy

6 Pack of 12 oz Bottle
$13.99

Pouring orange amber in color, aromas of tangerine and apricot float above the foam. Medium in body, a touch of caramel malt gives way to a burst of bright citrus, bathing the tongue with orange and grapefruit. The finish delivers soft citrusy bitterness, with lingering spruce and honeydew melon.

Southern Hemisphere Splendor

We love hops from the Southern Hemisphere and Riwaka is one of the best that New Zealand has to offer. It’s the star of the show in this latest release from Revolution. Don’t let the DDH fool you, while double dry hopping is often synonymous with hazy IPA, Riwaka Hero pours crystal clear. Fans of the somewhat confusingly named DDH Revolution Hero from a couple years back will find some familiar flavors to love here. An altogether vibrant and aromatic offering that is not to be missed.

Revolution DDH Riwaka Hero

Revolution DDH Riwaka Hero

4 Pack of 16 oz Can
$13.99

Pouring a rich golden color and sparkling clear in the glass, the nose delivers an aromatic mix of guava, carambola, and gooseberry. Medium in body, flavors of jackfruit, papaya, and pineapple glide across the tongue. The fruit forward finish delivers just enough bitterness to balance, with lingering notes of kiwi, passion fruit, and black peppercorn.

A Double Barrel Aged Stunner

In preparation for their 36th Anniversary, Goose Island crafted an imperial rye stout. Quite fittingly, for this birthday celebration, it was aged for a year in Old Forester Birthday Bourbon barrels. It was then transferred to a fresh set of Birthday Bourbon barrels and laid down to rest once again. After well over a year in oak, the stout soaked up lots of bourbon character, clocking in at a whopping 16.5% ABV! A stout for bourbon lovers and one we found easy to love.

Goose Island Dapper Rye

Goose Island Dapper Rye

4 Pack of 12 oz Bottle
$18.99

Pouring inky black in color, this formidable stout offers an enticing mix of aromas, with pronounced coconut, vanilla bean, dark chocolate, and blackberry. Thick and weighty upon the tongue, a wave of rich toffee character rolls across the palate. The finish is decadent and spirited, delivering flavors of chocolate covered strawberry and mint chocolate fudge.

My Cousin Binny Is Back!

My Cousin Binny is back, bringing you all that juicy Southern Hemisphere splendor! 2024 marks Maplewood’s 10th Anniversary so for Volume 3 we wanted to go big. Clocking in at 8% ABV, this double dry hopped double IPA once again features a trio of hops from New Zealand. Fans of Vol. 1 will be happy to hear that both Riwaka and Motueka have returned. We couldn’t resist as both are hand selected lots from Eggers Farm. New to the mix is Wai-iti, a unique hop with both German and American lineage, it brings bright citrus and stone fruit to the party. Dare we say the finest volume to date, prepare yourself for a veritable fruit salad of tropical hop flavors.

 

Maplewood My Cousin Binny Vol. 3 collaboration with Binny’s

Maplewood My Cousin Binny Vol. 3 collaboration with Binny’s

4 Pack of 16 oz Can
$17.99

Hazy golden in the glass and crowned with white foam, the nose here delivers a mix of pineapple, jackfruit and guava. Medium in body, it begins with a burst of tangerine, followed by cantaloupe, papaya, and rambutan. The fruit forward finish is stunningly fresh and vibrant, delivering flavors of gooseberry, nectarine, cedar, and kiwi.

Brewday Photos

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.

A Celebratory Stout Over 3 Years in the Making!

The wheels started turning on this collaborative effort way back in 2019. The first challenge was getting the Whiskey Hotline’s hand-picked bourbon barrels from Buffalo Trace up to Amherst Wisconsin, at a time when just about everything was shutting down. After conquering a few hurdles, the barrels finally made it to Central Waters, where they became home for a massive imperial stout. Over the years we’ve often lauded the barrel program at Central Waters, and among their long list of world class beers, their stouts that spend extended time in barrel are some of the finest beers we’ve ever tasted. Typically reserved for taproom events only, we wanted to bring that experience to beer lovers down in Illinois. As promised, here is the second volume of our collaborative stout. After over twelve seasons of slumber in our hand selected Eagle Rare and Blanton’s bourbon barrels, this exceptional stout is ready to be enjoyed.

Central Waters 12 Seasons of Slumber Vol. 2 collaboration with Binny's

Central Waters 12 Seasons of Slumber Vol. 2 collaboration with Binny's

22 oz Bottle
$19.99

Pouring pitch black in color, aromas of maple sugar, chocolate fudge, and vanilla bean float above the glass. Thick and weighty upon the tongue, it envelops the palate with flavors of apricot, dark chocolate, and caramel. The finish is bright and spirited, delivering a deep mocha richness that fades into bourbon- soaked dates topped with fig preserves. A rare taste of the complex finesse that can be achieved through extended rest in exceptional oak barrels.

Central Waters Bourbon Barrel French Toast Stout

Central Waters Bourbon Barrel French Toast Stout

4 Pack of 12 oz Bottle
$15.99

Sick of the same old brunch cocktails? Time to switch things up. The nose here is deeply decadent - delivering an intoxicating mélange of milk chocolate, maple, and vanilla. The natural maple flavor here is thanks to Embark Maple Syrup from Wisconsin’s B&E’s Trees, and it imparts a wonderful accent to the stout’s richly layered chocolate malt character. The finish begins with a pronounced bourbon note, followed by bread pudding topped with cinnamon syrup.

Share a Pint of  Pub Ale

If you’ve tasted a Scottish ale in the past, odds are it was billed as a Scotch ale. Sometimes referred to as a Wee Heavy, these hearty brews tend to pack a punch, making them apropos for after dinner sipping. Art History’s 60 Shilling is a Scottish Export ale, a style you rarely find this side of the pond. While also malt centric and richly flavored, a Scottish Export ale is much lighter on its feet. Art History’s latest rendition is a well-fermented and drier take on the style, making it a quaffable pour that’s easy to enjoy by the pint. Wondering what the “shilling” reference is all about? It’s a nod to a time that’s long since passed, where ales in the UK where taxed based upon their strength. So, if you’re looking for big flavor at a sessionable strength, 60 Shilling is worth your coin.

Art History 60 Shilling

Art History 60 Shilling

4 Pack of 16 oz Can
$11.99

Crafted with Golden Promise pale malt, the addition of chocolate and crystal malts results in an ale that pours dark amber in the glass - with aromas of coffee, hazelnut, and clove floating above the foam. Medium light in body, a wave of toasted malt character glides across the tongue, leaving it awash with chocolate and toffee. A bit of unrefined sugar is employed here, allowing for this to clock in at 5.7% ABV, yet remain somewhat perplexing light in body. Fuggle hops impart a touch of bittersweet marmalade that gives way to lingering allspice and molasses. A must try alongside a Forfar bridie or fish and chips.

Art History Krausen

Art History Krausen

4 Pack of 16 oz Can
$10.99

Crack a can of Krausen and you’ll take step back in time, for a sip of satisfyingly smooth American lager. Crafted with two and six row barleys, along with a bit of corn - Krausen takes its name from the German brewing practice of Krausening, where a portion of young actively fermenting beer is added to a batch of lager that is nearly finished conditioning. This secondary fermentation takes place under pressure, resulting in a delicate natural carbonation that’s soft upon the palate. The use of Akoya hops here provides a touch of modern flair. This recently named experimental from Hopsteiner delivers a touch of green tea and white peppercorn to the finish. Overall, an adeptly balanced and sparkling golden lager that’s especially well suited for the warmer months ahead.

A Refreshingly Crisp Collab

Now for a pilsner, and it’s one with quite a story. Chicago’s Half Acre partnered up with Firestone Walker for a lager, and while it was brewed out west, at its core is grain from the Midwest - Edelweiss Old World Czech Style Lager Malt from Sugar Creek Malt Co. This winter two row barley was bred outside of Vienna Austria from a pair of Moravian Hanna varieties. As farmers turned to newer varieties it all but disappeared from existence, a small reserve of seeds tucked away at an Austrian seed bank, nearly forgotten for the last eight decades. Sugar Creek decided to resurrect this heritage barley, a laborious task that began with a small plot of land and a 200 gram packet of seeds. Hand sewed and winnowed over the past few years at their third-generation family farm in Boone County Indiana; Sugar Creek now harvests thousands of pounds of this barley, which they call Edelweiss. It produces a highly under modified malt, making it better suited for old school brewing practices, as opposed to the simpler infusion mash setups that highly modified malts make possible. Head Brewer and longtime pilsner devotee Matt Brynildson was up to the task, and Trailing West marks the first decoction brew at Firestone Walker. Hats off to Half Acre, Firestone Walker, and Sugar Creek for this exceptional lager. Pick this up before it disappears and share some with friends.

Firestone Walker Trailing West collaboration with Half Acre

Firestone Walker Trailing West collaboration with Half Acre

6 Pack of 12 oz Can
$11.99

Sparklingly clear and topped with bright white foam, a subtle bready malt note is accented by floral and woodsy hop aromas. Medium in body, a generous helping of Hersbrucker and Hallertau Mittelfruh produces a fresh herbal hop character that lies atop a bed of soft honeyed malt. Invigoratingly crisp, this palate cleansing pilsner concludes with a rush of spicy hops, with lingering notes of lemon peel and mint.

From the Darkness of Chaos  A Mighty Stout Emerges!

What is best in BA stouts? To let the whiskey barrel sing like steel, cast aside the adjuncts, and hear the lamentations of the pastriarchy. Before you sits a spirited barrel aged stout, awakened from a long oaken slumber. Battle of the Barbarians spent a year resting in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels that were hand selected by The Whiskey Hotline. It was then finished in Three Floyds’ Bubblegumhead malt whiskey barrels. A double barrel aged masterpiece for whiskey lovers to hoist on high.

 

Three Floyds Battle of the Barbarians collaboration with Binny's

Three Floyds Battle of the Barbarians collaboration with Binny's

4 Pack of 12 oz Bottle
$26.99

Pouring dark as night and crowned with mocha colored foam – the nose here begins with a wisp of florality floating atop aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, and coconut. Pillowy soft across the palate, flavors of chocolate, toffee, and dried cherry roll across the tongue. The finish is richly layered and spirited, delivering the decadence of chocolate covered strawberries, with wisps peppermint and allspice.

Presenting Invigorator Doppelbock

The Women of Binny’s are back with another stunning collaborative creation. This time they traveled to Kalamazoo for a brew day with our friends at Bell’s. Lager fans take notice, the Women of Binny’s once again set their sights on a richly flavored dark lager - the beloved Bavarian doppelbock. Invigorator’s impressive depth of character is thanks to six different malts from Weyermann Specialty Malting of Bamberg Germany. This world-renowned maltster has been in operation since the 19th century and their richly caramelized malts shine in this deliciously decadent lagerbier. Whether you’re a long-time fan of doppelbock or new to the style, this is a dark lager you don’t want to miss.

Bell's Invigorator Doppelbock Collaboration with Women of Binny's

Bell's Invigorator Doppelbock Collaboration with Women of Binny's

6 Pack of 12 oz Bottle
$16.99

Pouring dark amber in the glass, raised up into the light it reveals a stunning garnet hued shimmer. Earthy malt aromas float above the foam, followed by notes of plum and pecan. Medium in body, it begins with rush of deeply caramelized malt, followed by flavors of birch syrup and sarsaparilla. Well fermented and deceptively easy to drink, it’s difficult to believe this clocks in at 8.5% ABV. The finish delivers an enticing mélange of fruit and spice, reminiscent of pumpernickel toast, fig preserves, and spiced apples. Will complement a wide variety of dishes but is a must try with heartier fare such as roast duck and sauerbraten.

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