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  1. Barrel to Bottle Episode 65: Holiday Beers

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 65: Holiday Beers

    Seasons Greetings from Binny's and the Barrel to Bottle Crew! This week, we're talking about the best part of Christmas: winter beers, of course. From old world classics to the craft seasonals they inspired, the team covers the whole holiday beer range. Beers tasted include Weltenberger Asam Bock, Rochefort 10, Avery Old Jubilation, Sierra Nevada Celebration, Great Lakes Christmas and Lagunitas Brown Shugga'. And in this week's Q&A segment, the team gives their favorite holiday gift ideas. Happy Holidays!

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  2. Barrel to Bottle Episode 64: Port 2016

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 64: Port 2016

    If you take out all the glamorous wine categories… Binny’s Wine Buyer Bill Newton is responsible for everything else. One of his favorite categories is Port, which is getting extra attention for the release of the 2016 vintage – the first declared Port vintage since 2011. What Port lacks in glamour, it more than makes up for in intensity and age-ability. Bill shares a favorite vintage aged Port and talks about this great vintage. Stick around for the Q&A segment, when the team answers your question about red wine and cold weather.

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  3. A Wild Collaboration Introducing Paw² Prints

    A Wild Collaboration Introducing Paw² Prints

    To celebrate our 70th Anniversary, we headed to Firestone Walker’s Barrelworks facility, home to their award winning wild and sour ales. Our goal - to blend California terroir with a tropical treasure of the Midwest, the paw paw fruit. We’re proud to announce the arrival of this collaborative project, Paw² Prints. This blend of young and old barrel aged wild ale bursts with tropical aromas and flavors. A refreshingly complex ale - that showcases the rarely recognized, yet perplexingly delicious paw paw.

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  4. Binny's Top 10 of 2018

    Binny's Top 10 of 2018

    Each year, our buyers taste thousands of products. Some are brand new, some are returning items. Some good, some bad, some absolutely fantastic. What's important is that only the best of the best makes it to the shelf. We asked our buying team to each pick a favorite item within their buying category. Here is what they chose for 2018.

     
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  5. Barrel to Bottle Episode 63: California Cabernet

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 63: California Cabernet

    Cabernet is king, especially during the holidays. The full Barrel to Bottle team is in the house, joined by Binny's Wine Buyer Bill Newton, to talk through everything California Cabernet Sauvignon, tasting samples from Sonoma to Napa. Wines featured include cabernet bottlings from Gundlach Bundschu, Rodney Strong Alexander's Crown, Ulysees and Robert Mondavi. Stick around for the Q&A segment, when the team tackles your question about Malbec.

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  6. Ballast Point Chicago

    Ballast Point Chicago

    If you’ve been to one of Ballast Point’s locations out in San Diego, you know they have always been big on R&D. After a recent visit to their Chicago location, we’re happy to report that research and development is alive and well at this captivating new space in Fulton Market. Their extensive and well curated draft list allows imbibers to sample beer from the brewhouse in Miramar, the several satellite locations throughout San Diego, along with beer brewed right here in Chicago.

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  7. Confessions of a Mixologist: Rudolph's Cranberry Cocktail

    Confessions of a Mixologist: Rudolph's Cranberry Cocktail

    WGN Radio asked us to create a holiday cocktail to share with their listeners. We had a lot of fun putting together a mix of flavors we thought fully embodied the holiday spirit. We went with our latest batch of Buffalo Trace handpicks as the base and added in ingredients you may have available on your bar cart for an easy, but delightfully tasteful cocktail that even Rudolph would be proud to have his name on.

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  8. Barrel to Bottle Episode 62: HOPS!

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 62: HOPS!

    Autumn brings the annual hop harvest, which means it’s time for fresh-hopped beer! Roger leads the Barrel to Bottle team through a flight of everything hoppy, from single hop pale ales through fresh hopped IPA’s. Beers featured include Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, SweetWater Mosaic, Lagunitas Super Cluster, Founder’s Harvest Ale, Deschutes Chasin Freshies and Half Acre Now & Then. Stick around for the Q&A segment, when the team gets to talk about themselves, and their favorite beer styles.

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  9. Barrel to Bottle Episode 61: Tokaji with Laszlo Meszaroz

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 61: Tokaji with Laszlo Meszaroz

    The Barrel to Bottle crew takes a walk on the sweet side this week. Tokaji is Hungary's sweet white, loved for complexity and class on par with the sweet wines of Bordeaux in France. Laszlo Meszaroz, Director of the Disznoko winery, joins the podcast team and shares the rich history of the region, plus examples of the region's sweet and dry white wines. Egeszsegere!

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  10. Barrel to Bottle: Top 5 Episodes of 2018

    Barrel to Bottle: Top 5 Episodes of 2018

    It's been a great year for the Barrel to Bottle team. They've covered pilsners to stouts, cabernet to Champagne (a couple times), whiskey to... well... whisky. And they've interviewed a ton of big names in the industry: Sam Calagione, Wes Henderson, Garrett Oliver, Randy Mosher and Nick Williams, Chris Benziger and John Concannon, Mike Siegel, Jimmy and Eddie Russell, Binny's very own Wine Buyer Barbara Hermann... and that's just off the tops of our heads. We asked Kristen and the team to take a look back and share their favorite episodes of the year. Check them out - and if you haven't already, download and listen!

     
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