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Black Market Beer.
Also discussed: the democracy of beer.


The Hopslam Challenge: Can you tell fresh Hopslam from year old Hopslam?
Huge props to Vav on this awesome idea, also to Chicagoist for giving it a shot.


Matt Kramer on cellaring wines.
It isn’t that you can’t cellar wines, it’s that you don’t have to.


Eric Asimov on food and wine pairing.
Don’t be afraid to mess up.


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Craft Idea: Wine Bottle Yarn Vase


Get ready… we’re giving you more reasons to drink wine!
You’re welcome.



Materials needed:
Yarn (the thicker the better!)
Hot glue gun

To get the labels off, soak the wine bottles in hot water and dish detergent soap for about a half hour. They will begin to peel on their own, but the help of a razor blade can’t hurt.

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Firestone Walker Debuts Three Beers at Binny’s

It has been a full two years since Firestone Walker debuted at Binny’s. They have had great success, thanks in part to things like being one of two breweries in the world they still employ primary fermentation in wood barrels (Marston’s). To commemorate being available in Chicago-land for two years, Firestone Walker has released three new to Illinois six-pack offerings:


DBA: An excellent choice if you are looking for a beer to session. This ESB is incredibly balanced with hints of vanilla and fruit. Binny’s Lincoln Park Beer Manager Adam Vavrick told us “DBA is literally my #1 favorite beer in the world.” DBA is a year round offering.


Pale 31: “Pale 31 is an ode to our home California, the 31st state to be added to the union.  Beer may not be associated with terroir the way wine is, but we believe that where we’re from impacts how our beers taste. This dry-hopped California Pale Ale represents the bold yet approachable spirit that embodies our state.” Pale 31 is a year round offering.


Velvet Merlin: “A decadent Oatmeal Stout brimming with cocoa and espresso aromas.  This beer features a rich, dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavor with a creamy mouth feel and wonderfully dry finish. The addition of U.S. grown fuggles hops contributes the perfect amount of bitterness to this exceptionally balanced beer.” Velvet Merlin is a seasonal offering.


All three of these new offerings are available at most Binny’s locations. To see if your local Binny’s has them in stock, give them a call or email


Tighthead Brewing Company Expanding Distribution

Tighthead Brewing of Mundelein is planning to quickly expand distribution of their beers south of Armitage Ave. This means that the beers of Tighthead will be available at several additional Binny’s locations. So far, only our Lake Zurich and Algonquin stores have been able to sell Tightheads beers because of their proximity to the brewery. Tighthead is Draft only, with several beers available in both the 1/6th and ½ barrel sizes. But there is good news on the horizon for beer lovers sans a kegerator, or those who don’t like to drink beer a keg at a time: Tighthead plans to add canning and bottling lines in mid 2013.



Tighthead offers us 4 different styles: A Blonde, IPA, Pale Ale, and Amber Ale. If you wish to order a keg of any Tighthead beer, inquire at your local Binny’s or send an email to Otherwise, keep an eye out for their delicious offerings in bottles and cans later this year.

Tapping a Firkin of Hopslam


 fir·kin  (fûrkn)


1. A small wooden barrel or covered vessel.
2. Any of several British units of capacity, usually equal to about 1/4 of a barrel or 9 gallons (34 liters).


 hop·slam  (hp slm)


1. That awesome, hopped-up beer from Bell’s that everybody wants right now.


Binny’s South Loop Tasting Room 
Thursday, January 24th
6:30 – 8:30pm

$10 Buys your first pour of Hopslam
Six packs available for sale
Reservations are required. 312-768-4400

Binny’s Commercials: Mike Ditka is Intense


Da Coach loves Binny’s. He loves low prices. He knows Chicago institutions. He knows aromas. He has a new line of wines. But you don’t have to take our word for it:




See? The guy is intense. Almost too much to fit into fifteen seconds at a time, and you should see what didn’t make the commercials. Leave your thoughts below in the comments, and check out more on the Binny’s YouTube channel.

Newest Trappist Brewery Debuts at Binny’s


In May 2012, the International Trappist Association approved Engelszell to be a Trappist Brewery. This was a big deal, as Engleszell became only the eight producer of Trappist beer, and only the second outside of Belgium (Austria). In one sentence, a Trappist Brewery is a brewery where the beer is still brewed by monks. For more info on Trappist Breweries, check out this link.


Binny’s is now featuring two selections from Engelszell. First is Gregorius, a dark triple brewed with honey that clocks in at 9.7% ABV. The second offering is Benno, a 6.9% ABV saison. Both are available in 11.2oz bottles for $5.99 apiece. If you are interested, please contact your local Binny’s for availability.


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