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Binny’s Hand Picked Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Batch No. 3


   The tasting panel conveined in yet another mission to bring you the best of the best single barrel offerings. This time our focus was on a third batch of Binny’s Hand Picked Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve – see also notes from batches one and two. This is a batch you won’t want to miss.


The last two batches have sold quickly, so we’re upping this next purchase to six barrels. Our sample group of fifteen gave us plenty of opportunities to find some world-class bourbon. Here are my personal tasting notes of our top six. You might notice that the six we chose are three pairs of “sister” barrels, barrels that came from the same rick and tier. They are from the same batch distilled on the same day, and sat side by side for over nine years. Still, each carries its own unique fingerprint. Interesting stuff….

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Ardbeg Rocket Tour


UPDATE: The Saturday morning rocket appearance has been moved to the Downers Grove Binny’s Beverage Depot.


Ardbeg has a 30 foot rocket. They’re bringing it to Binny’s.


Sure, Binny’s has hosted events featuring horsesmotorcyclescarsmore motorcycles, and a truck, but we’re pretty sure this is the first time we’ll see an extra-terrestrial form of transportation. Pretty sweet, yeah?


In late 2011, a rocket blasted off the face of the Earth with some precious cargo: a research experiment by Ardbeg. No, they didn’t launch whisky into space. What they did launch was an experiment involving aromatic and flavor-active compounds called terpenes, to test their interaction at the molecular level with charred oak in the low gravity environment of space. It gets a bit sciencey. Will this radically change the way we age spirits?


Anyway, they’re touring the country with a full-size replica of the rocket. Binny’s is honored to be the launching pad for the 28 week tour. Along with the rocket, Ardbeg will be taking names for their committee and sampling out some of their recent single malt offerings. Don’t miss it!

Locations and times after the jump…

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5th Annual Homebrew Contest Winners Recognized


This past Saturday Binny’s hosted our 5th annual Homebrew Contest at our newest store in Champaign, IL.  We would like to congratulate the winners and thank each and every homebrewer who entered a beer into the competition.  A special thanks also goes out to Sam Adams for all of their contributions. Without further ado, here is the list of winners:


Best Label: Sean Wilson


1st Place: Melissa Romero – Peanut Butter and Jelly Time

More winners & pics after the jump…

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Notes from the Humidor


Are you into Limited Editions? Room 101’s O.S.O.K. “One Shot, One Kill” is one that needs to be part of your collection. Available in three sizes, only 1,000 ten count boxes of each will ever be produced. All three are currently available at your local Binny’s walk-in humidor. Full-bodied, complex, yet perfectly balanced.


More notes after the jump…

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Meet Tom Bulleit


After 30 years in the legal field, Thomas Bulleit was able to fulfill his lifelong dream of starting his own distilling enterprise. He took his great-great-grandfather’s 175 year-old bourbon recipe and founded the Bulleit Distilling Company of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. That was in 1988. Now he’s coming to Binny’s.

Meet & Greet with
Tom Bulleit

Tuesday, May 1st 5-7 pm
Binny’s Lincoln Park

Binny’s is honored to host Mr. Bulleit in our store. Come taste the whiskies of Bulleit – still the fastest growing “Small Batch Bourbon” in America – and meet the man behind the bourbon!

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Have a Round on Dewar’s


Attention golfers! Also people who have unused golf clubs sitting in your garage, attic or basement. Dewar’s is teaming up with 670 the Score to give you a free round of golf. That’s 18 holes and a cart.

Here’s the deal. Between now and June 30, buy any Dewar’s blended, 750mL or larger. Be sure that your bottle has a necker tag advertising free golf – that’s your mail-in rebate card. Fill out the card, send it in to the address listed on the card along with your receipt, and they’ll give you a voucher for one free round of golf at your choice of these eleven Illinois courses:


Bolingbrook Golf Club – Bolingbrook, IL
The Den at Fox Cree Golf Course – Bloomington, IL
George Dunne National – Oak Forest, IL
The Links at Carillon – Plainfield, IL
Orchard Valley Golf Course – Aurora, IL
The Rail Golf Course – Springfield, IL
Saint Andrews Golf and Country Club – West Chicago, IL
Seven Bridges Golf Club – Woodridge, IL
Stone Creek Golf Club – Urbana, IL
ThunderHawk Golf Club – Beach Park, IL
Weaver Ridge Golf Club – Peoria, IL


And that’s pretty much it. If your Binny’s doesn’t have the Dewar’s rebate neckers today, they will very soon. For more information and a legal disclaimer in this tiny unreadable light grey font, check out the promotion on CBS Chicago’s website. Fore!

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Meet Riazul Tequila Founder Inaki Orozco


Riazul Tequila has made quite a splash over the past three years, since finding a place on Binny’s shelves. We would like to offer you a chance to taste all three expressions of this intricately crafted, designer tequila, and to meet the man who literally put Riazul on the map. Come meet Riazul founder and CEO Inaki Orozco on his mini-tour of Chicago Binny’s locations:


Meet Riazul Founder Inaki Orozco

Binny’s Chicago – South Loop
Friday, April 27, 5:30-7:30 pm

Binny’s Chicago – Lincoln Park
Saturday, April 28, 1:30-3:30 pm 

Binny’s Chicago – Lakeview
Saturday, April 28, 4:00-6:00 pm 


Riazul is produced from 100% blue agave grown in the Jalisco highlands of western Mexico. Inaki has compared the agave plants to wine grapes, in that the best grapes and agave both have an important relationship with the soil and place where they are grown. Check out the history behind Riazul tequila here, or better yet, come meet him in person at Binny’s!
These are meet-and-greet events and are free of charge.

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West Coast Craft Beer Sale

Over the past few weeks we brought you the Binny’s East Coast Craft Beer Sale. This week we are bringing you the Binny’s West Coast Craft Beer Sale. This includes over 600 craft beers, all from states west of Illinois. You’ll find deals on brews from a plethora of states, from California to Colorado and much more.

We’re offering these great prices through May 1st. Be sure to check back May 2nd for information the next big sale!

Taste at the Track Tickets on Sale Now!


Are you ready for our big spring wine tasting event? Tickets are on sale right now, at this link.


Taste at the Track
Arlington Park &
Binny’s Beverage Depot
June 2nd, 2012 1-5:30pm


This year, our Taste at the track event will be even bigger than it was last year. We’ll pour over 300 great new wines from all around the world, plus food from local restaurants Wildfire, Lee & Eddies, Mon Ami Gabi, RA Sushi plus more TBA, with two free samples plus more food for sale. We’ll have mini-seminars, music by How Far to Austin and the excitement of live horse racing. If you have any doubts at all, check out these photos from last year’s event. And remember this year’s will be even bigger!

Tickets are $25 in advance, and are available through the Arlington Park website. Tickets include entry to the park, plus we’re offering 10% off all wines ordered the day of the event. See you there!

Binny’s Commercial: Tony O and Big Hurt Play Catch


Hold the presses ladies and gentlemen! We’re bringing you the latest in televised Beverage Depot advertising right here. Don’t ask us how, but we were able to get Chicago sports legends Tony Esposito and Frank Thomas in the same room long enough to film this commercial. That’s concentrated awesome.



Boy Howdy has this commercial generated some buzz! Leave your thoughts below in the comments! Thanks again to Big Hurt and Tony O! Want to see more Binny’s commercials and more? Visit the Binny’s YouTube channel.

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