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  1. Barrel to Bottle Episode 47: Adjuncts in Beer!

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 47: Adjuncts in Beer!

    Beer is simple - just water, barley, hops and yeast, right? These days, breweries are adding all kinds of stuff to their beer, from fruit and spices all the way through candy and breakfast cereal. Roger leads the Barrel to Bottle crew through an epic tour and blind tasting across the spectrum of adjuncts in beer. And stick around for this week's double Q&A segment, where the team tackles two listener questions.

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  2. Barrel to Bottle Episode 46: California Wine with Benziger and Concannon

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 46: California Wine with Benziger and Concannon

    This week on Barrel to Bottle, Kristen and Greg sit down with two VIPs of California wine, Chris Benziger and John Concannon. Chris Benziger carries the tradition of his family's winery into the next generation, with all of Benziger's releases certified sustainable, organic or biodynamic. John Concannon is an advocate for environmental stewardship and sustainability. As a fourth generation vintner, he is hoping for a future as bright as his family's rich legacy: from bottling the first petite sirah in 1961, to importing key cab clones from Chateau Margaux in 1893 that is now found throughout California. Plus, Chris and John stick around to help with this week's customer Q&A about wine in cans.

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  3. Top Ten Deals from the August Wine Sale

    Top Ten Deals from the August Wine Sale

    With 38 locations in the Chicagoland area, Binny's is your one stop shop for all your beverage needs. Below are some of our best wine deals from our August Wine Sale. All are ready to enjoy tonight!

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  4. National IPA Day 2018

    National IPA Day 2018

    In the world of craft beer, IPA is king. At last year’s Great American Beer Festival, the number of American-Style IPA submissions dwarfed all others at 408 entries! A Chicagoland brewery took home gold BTW… Today we celebrate India Pale Ale – a once nearly forgotten British style that America made its own. From soft and hazy NEIPA, to bracingly bitter West Coast DIPAs, this forever evolving style comes in many shapes and sizes. The Binny’s Beer team tastes its way through a sea of IPA - here are a few of our favorites.

     

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  5. New & Notable: A Dazzling Dozen

    New & Notable: A Dazzling Dozen

    Every day our buyers are tasting with winemakers and deciding which wines to stock on our shelves. Only the best bottles make the cut. Below are a dozen delicious new arrivals. All are Binny's approved and ready to enjoy!

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  6. Barrel to Bottle Episode 45: Demystifying the Bottom Shelf: Whiskey

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 45: Demystifying the Bottom Shelf: Whiskey

    Trophy hunting is a big thing in the whiskey world, but those bottles might only be available one day a year. The Barrel to Bottle team flips whiskey on its head by focusing on the bottom shelf - great whiskies at a great price available every day. And in the Q&A segment, the Barrel to Bottle team gives their favorite non-Kentucky Bourbon picks.

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  7. Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Illinois Sparkling Co.

    Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Illinois Sparkling Co.

    A group of our wine specialists recently visited Illinois Sparkling Wine Company. Founder and lead winemaker Mark Wenzel walked us through the vineyard and shared his family's story. In their cave, we had a first-hand view of the winemaking and aging process and finished our visit to the winery with a hands-on demonstration of disgorgement and bottling.

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  8. Everyday Bourbon Values

    Everyday Bourbon Values

    As high-end bourbons have continued to climb in price, and disappear from the shelves, it’s nice to have a few brands that deliver consistently great flavor and value. We’ve highlighted a few of The Whiskey Hotline’s favorites that scratch that bourbon itch without breaking the bank. In fact, they’re some of the best spirits values around under $30.

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  9. Barrel to Bottle Episode 44: Rollin Soles and Oregon Wine

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 44: Rollin Soles and Oregon Wine

    Rollin Soles is a scientist. An early "flying winemaker," Rollin gained experience as a fixer at wineries around the world before founding Argyle in Dundee, Oregon. Rollin sits down with Kristen to talk about Oregon's natural splendor, his no nonsense approach to winemaking, and his newest project, ROCO Winery. Stick around for customer Q&A, when Kristen and Greg recommend citrusy wines. >

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  10. New and Exciting IPAs

    New and Exciting IPAs

    The relentless wave of IPAs keeps rolling in. Session, Sour, Double, Hazy, New England, Milkshake… we make sense of all the haze and call out our favorites. This week we’re excited to announce the return of a local classic, along with two fresh new faces.

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