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Kona Launch!

You’ve been asking for the beers of Kona Brewing Co for years, and now they’re finally arriving. Next week! Shipments start to arrive on Wednesday, December 26th and every Chicagoland Binny’s should have their supply within a week. You’ll find Kona exclusively at Binny’s until early January.


These are solid beers, especially at the everyday low price of $7.99 per 6pk. We’ll get these five Kona beers: Big Wave Golden Ale is made with Citra and Galaxy hops; Fire Rock Pale with Galena, Cascade and Mt. Hood. Koko Brown is a nut brown ale with toasted coconut, and the Pipeline Porter is Kona’s fall seasonal, brewed with Kona coffee. We soaked up all that was left of this coveted release, so consider it a Binny’s exclusive. And Longboard Lager is their most requested beer for good reason. Good stuff for sure. Hopefully we’ll see even more of their beers and other seasonals in the future.


Binny’s Mailbag: Champagne Recommendation


Here’s another peek into Binny’s Mailbag:



Can you give me a champagne/sparkling wine recommendation in the $10 – $15 range? I would prefer something that is not too dry.




Hi Mark,


Sounds like Prosecco would be right up your alley. This light, delicate sparkler from northern Italy tends to be not as dry as true Champagne. A favorite of ours is the Nino Franco Rustico. It’s always a value, and you’ll see extra savings this month when you use your Binny’s Card.


You would probably also love the Gruet Extra Dry – a stunner of a value, this is made in New Mexico (of all places!)  by a French family. This is also just $12.99 with the Binny’s card in December, and is just off-dry with very fine bubbles. They make it using Methode Champenoise, the same processes used in Champagne.

Quick Flight, Small Pours


Tragic story of lost wine.
Not a funny story, but we did giggle at the phrase “frenemy winemakers.”


Big changes at Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate.


Speaking of The Wine Advocate, check out this Champagne Tasting they held.


Question: How to start a new whiskey company?
Obvious answer: white spirits and sourcing.
Other obvious answer: lots of money can’t hurt.


The big beer news: Westvleteren 12 was released.
It sold out. Yes, all of it. In about five hours.
Coverage: LookReadWatch!
There isn’t any more, and we don’t know when or if it will ever happen again.


The Whiskey Hotline: HUGE December Update


Check out the newly updated online edition of The Whiskey Hotline, your global destination for Scotch, bourbon and specialty spirits. This edition is completely packed with breaking spirits news and commentary. Just a few of the things you’ll find:


Our Whiskey Wishlist ♦ Savings on Luxury
An Early Teaser  for our the Biggest Whiskey Event of the Year
2013 Predictions from the Great Brophstradamus
New Stuff ♦ Binny’s Handpicks & More


AleSmith Brewing Heading to Bloomington & Champaign

We have some more breaking news coming in from our two mid-state stores!  The beers of AleSmith Brewing Company will be available very soon at our Bloomington and Champaign locations, hopefully within a few weeks.  AleSmith is one of the premier craft breweries in one of the premier craft beer cities, San Diego.  Our mid-state stores definitely have the advantage when it comes to San Diego craft beers in distribution; another award winning San Diego craft brewery, Ballast Point, is only available mid-state and not in Chicago-land.


The Westvleteren 12 Wait is Over

So the rumors are true: Binny’s has been selected as one of the few accounts in the country to carry Westvleteren 12, specifically our Bloomington, Downers Grove and Lincoln Park locations.


For those who dont know, Westvleteren is a Trappist Abbey Ale from Belgium. The Abbey of Saint Sixtus makes 3 beers, 6, 8, and 12. The 12 is widely regarded as one of the finest ales in the world. Before this historic release, the only way to get this beer was to make an appointment with the monks and buy the beer direct from the abbey, in person, on the third Saturday of the month.


The abbey decided to release a limited amount of beer to fund restorations to their abbey, and as such asked certain parameters be met in dealing with this release. The first is that these packs not be broken up: They are packs of 6 11.2oz bottles with 2 special glasses. The second is that the price is consistent: $84.99 per pack. Third, we will be releasing this at 9:00am on 12/12/12. It will be a first come, first served with a limit of one set per customer, with absolutely no holds or orders.


If you have any questions, drop a comment right here.


Adam Vavrick is resident beer geek at Binny’s Lincoln Park.

Victory Brewing Now Available in Bloomington & Champaign

We have some breaking news from our mid-state locations! Victory Brewing has arrived, and is now available at our Bloomington and Champaign stores. With the addition of our two mid-state stores, Victory’s Flagship Hopdevil, as well as Prima Pils, Golden Monkey, Headwaters Pale Ale, and Storm King Stout can now be found at every Binny’s destination.


Binny’s is doing all it can to bring as many breweries to our mid-state locations, and we will not stop with Victory.


The Glenlivet Nights of Passage

Come in and sample three aromatic and flavorful varieties of The Glenlivet. Brand ambassador Matthew Springate will guide you on a journey into the world of single malt Scotch, as well as answer any questions you might have. Introduce a friend to single malt by inviting them to share The Glenlivet experience! And it’s free, but you have to sign up soon.


The Glenlivet Nights of Passage
South Loop Tasting Room
Wednesday, December 12th, 6:30-8 pm
FREE to the first 25 people who RSVP

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