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Beer Social Update


First up, our TOTALLY AWESOME Beer Social event at the South Loop Binny’s on March 8th is SOLD OUT. If you got an RSVP, then you are in for a treat. If not, hopefully we can do this again in a couple months.

If you are going, we want to address some specifics. Check out the repost of the details and final taplist below. The whole list is amazing, but the couple that we expect to tap out early are Bell’s Black Note and Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half. We want to make sure everybody who wants a taste of these two will get their chance, so this is what we’re going to do:
   When you pay the $10 to get in to the tasting, you will also have the chance to buy tickets for Black Note and Better Half. These tickets will be $5 each, will be good for a 4 oz pour, and purchases are limited to one of each.
That means two unique tickets, one for each beer, and you can purchase neither, either or both. Everybody gets a shot at everything they want. And with the rest of this taplist, there’s no shortage of other killer beers to try.


Beer Social
Thursday, March 8th 7-11pm
$10 Buys Your First Pour & More
Binny’s South Loop Tasting Room

Three Floyds Krunk Monk Weizenbock

Three Floyds Ragnarok American Porter

Bell’s Black Note Imperial Stout

Bell’s Oarsman Berliner Weissbier

Half Acre Cipher Belgian Blonde

Half Acre Daly Double IPA

Revolution Eugene Porter

Revolution Anti-Hero IPA

Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half Old Ale

Founders All Day IPA

New Holland Dragon’s Milk Ale

New Holland Charkoota Rye

Dogfish Head Olde School 2010 Barley Wine

Dogfish Head Theobroma Chile Beer

Victory Hop Devil (Firkin)

Victory Donnybrook Dry Stout (Nitro)

Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA


All this plus ICE CREAM

Binny’s Mailbag: Green Beer


A timely question from the Binny’s Mailbag:

Does Binnys sell kegs of green beer for St. Patricks day? If so do I just contact my local store to order it?
– K.

It seems like we’re getting this question a lot more often lately. Must be something in the air.
Green beer is dyed at the distributor. Some distributors color their beer, some don’t. Since distributors cover areas around Chicagoland like patchwork, some Binny’s stores can totally get you emerald suds while others can only hook you up with plain old yellow beer. Which still isn’t bad, right? We’re talking about beer, after all.
We can’t really list on the Blog which Binny’s stores can get green beer – you’ll have to swing by your favorite Binny’s to order your keg. We need keg orders at least a week in advance, and for green beer, orders must be prepaid. Because … you know … nobody wants a green beer on March 18th.
By the way, you can dye your own beer green – just add one drop of green food coloring to your beer glass. Do this to Guiness and the beer will stay black but the head will be an adorable green.
Now we just need a special color of beer for tonight’s Leap Day festivities. We might be a little late on this one. Remind us again in four years.

Clear Creek Seminar with Steve McCarthy


Here is an exciting seminar you should know about if you are interested in craft distilling scene. Binny’s has proudly offered the gorgeous spirits of Clear Creek Distillery for almost two decades. Clear Creek, led by owner and distiller Steve McCarthy, produces artisan craft spirits in traditional European styles in Oregon with local fruit. Here is your chance to taste some of their many liqueurs, eaux de vie and their Oregon single malt whiskey.

Clear Creek Distillery Seminar
with Steve McCarthy
Wednesday, March 28th 6:30-8pm
$10 w/Binny’s Card, $15 non-members

Binny’s Lincoln Park Tasting Room

Adventures in law practice, public policy, and political activism preceded private business for Steve McCarthy. He started Clear Creek Distillery in 1985, and was able to sell his familys manufacturing company two years later in order to devote himself fully to Clear Creek. The distillery was established to find a better way to market the apples & pears that the family was growing in orchards in Oregon. Twenty seven years of hard work has led to a company that is widely regarded as one of the top handful of artisan distilleries in the world!


Space for this tasting is extremely limited, so be sure to RSVP soon: 314-994-4394. $10 W/Binnys Card / $15 non-members.

The Return of Goose Island Nut Brown Ale

We were pretty dismayed when Goose Island axed a few staples from their year round 6-pack lineup in April of 2010. However, after an almost two year hiatus, we will see the return of Goose Island’s Nut Brown Ale next month. No lists, no lotteries, no calling around trying to score a single bottle. Just a simple yet delicious 6-pack that will be on the shelves every day, for $7.99.

Hopefully we will soon see the re-introduction of Goose Island’s Oatmeal stout, another fantastic beer that used to be a year round offering, but was discontinued alongside Nut Brown Ale.

Quick Flight, Small Pours


Archaeologists, yeast biologist discover yeast from circa A.D. 680.
They use yeast to make booze, get headache.


Via The Onion: Brewer finds many beers are named after dogs.
It’s good for a chuckle.


Another good article on the blossoming Chicago beer scene.
What will we be drinking in ten years?


Binny’s is on Pinterest.
We’re just dipping our toe in the water.

Brophy’s Barrel


It’s been a while since our last update, but Brophy’s Barrel is still going strong. Actually, things got busy around here shortly after we took out the Lemon Hart 151. We didn’t put anything into the wood, so it sat dry for a few weeks. These miniature barrels do have a limited lifespan – just like real barrels – and we’re starting to worry that ours is nearing its end. How many different beverages have been in this barrel? We’re losing track.


So what do we do? Give up? That’s not like us at all. Barrel triage – we rehydrated the barrel by submerging it in water over a weekend. Here’s the newly refreshed barrel right out of the water:


20 points to anybody who can tell us where this pic was taken.

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UGCB Weekend des Grands Crus 2012


   If you were lucky enough to attend the Binny’s Presentation of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2009 Vintage Tasting, then you know what a special treat it is to taste this wonderful vintage from Bordeaux. If not, well, you missed out. Now UGCB wants to give you the chance to taste this wonderful vintage in Bordeaux.


Weekend des Grands Crus
de Bordeaux

May 12th & 13th, 2012


   This is an “exclusive weekend in the very heart of the prestigious Bordeaux appellations for all fine wine passionates.” How cool does that sound? The schedule for the weekend includes a Grand Crus tasting including over a hundred winemakers and chateau owners pouring two vintages of their great wines, including 2009.

   Other optional activities include a dinner at a wine estate, a “soiree des grands crus” (at a chic wine bar with a DJ) plus vineyard tours and a golf tournament. 

   If you’re in the market for an engaging, wine-centric visit to France this may, be sure to visit the UGCB site for more info and to register.


Binny’s Top 25 Cigars of 2011 Part One: 25-16

2011 had to be the most difficult year in choosing our top 25 cigars. With so much great tobacco in today’s market and so many wonderful cigars compiled with that great leaf, we could have easily compiled a top 50. While I would easily smoke each and every cigar chosen to take spot on this list, the top honor went to a cigar that really stood out from the rest… but more on that one later.


We’re going to introduce these cigars in chunks. First up are our cigars 25-16. In our opinion, these represent the finest of the year. Be sure to let us know what you think of our choices below in the comments section!

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Beers Available Exclusively at Binny’s in Champaign


Our newly opened Binny’s in Champaign has an interesting mix of beers when compared to our Chicago city and suburban stores.  The store features 9 breweries that aren’t in distribution in Chicagoland, and around 40 beers that you won’t find in the Windy City.  Also, there are 9 additional breweries that we are featuring at our store whose beers you won’t find anywhere else in the city of Champaign but at Binny’s.  The number 9 seems to be a theme for this blog, as there are 9 breweries that we are actively trying to recruit to distribute their beers in Champaign.

Breweries available at Champaign Binny’s but nowhere else in town

Brooklyn Brewery Lager, Pilsner, Pennant Ale, East India IPA, Brown Ale

Brasserie de Cazeau Saison

Central Waters Brewing Company Glacial Trail IPA, Ouisconsing Red Ale, Slainte Scottish Ale, Mudpuppy Porter, Satin Solstice Imperial Stout, Bourbon Barrel Stout
Dugges Ale Never Mind the Bollox!
Evil Twin Brewing Soft DK


Brouwerij ‘t Gaverhopke Extra

Brouwerij Hof ten Dormaal Blond, Amber


Stillwater Artisanal Ales Stateside Saison, Our Side w/ Mikkeller, Folklore

Uinta Brewing Company Wyld Extra Pale Ale, Baba Black Lager, Monkshine Belgian Style Blonde Ale, Dubhe Imperial Black IPA, Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner, Cockeyed Cooper, Detour Double IPA, Labyrinth Black Ale

Breweries available in Champaign but not available in Chicago


Atwater Brewery   Grand Circus IPA

Ballast Point Brewing Company Pale Ale, Calico Amber Ale, Big Eye IPA


Michigan Brewing Company Celis White, Celis Raspberry

Cottrell Brewing Co. Old Yankee Ale, Mystic Bridge IPA


Joseph James Brewing American Lager, Hopbox Imperial IPA, Weize Guy Hefeweizen, Tahoe Blue Pale Ale, Red Fox Imperial Stout, Foxtail Gluten-free Ale



Mad River Brewing Company Steelhead Extra Pale Ale, Steelhead Double IPA, Steelhead Scotch Porter, Steelhead Extra Stout, Jamaica Red Ale, Jamaica Sunset IPA


Schlafly Brewing Pilsner, Kolsch, Pale Ale, Dry hopped APA, Winter ESB, Oatmeal Stout, Coffee Stout, Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout, Oaked Barlewine, Biere de Garde, Grand Cru

Tommyknocker Brewery Jackwhacker Wheat, Pick Axe IPA, Imperial Nut Brown, Butt Head Bock, Hop Strike Black IPA


Breweries we are trying to bring to Champaign

Great Lakes Brewing Company

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Argus Brewery

5 Rabbitt Cervercia

Metropolitan Brewing

Three Floyd’s Brewing Co. (Hey it’s worth a shot, right)?


Great Divide Brewing Company

Avery Brewing Company

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