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Binny’s New Brew: Smuttynose Baltic Porter


Ben Morgan, customer service manager and resident beer geek at Binny’s Lakeview recommends Smuttynose Baltic Porter. It only seems fitting as winter doesn’t seem to want to leave Chicago.


Alright, so when do you expect to get this fantastic porter in?

It’s hitting the shelves of Binny’s this week!


Why’d you recommend this particular brew?

Smuttynose rarely disappoints, and this beer is one of their best, and it’s only $5.99 a 22 oz bottle at 9.2% ABV. It’s the perfect dark beer to help pass this abysmally overlong winter, haha!


Yeah, about that… So, how does it taste?

The color is an opaque black that lets in little to no light, with a lovely brown lacing that invites the drinker in warmly. The aroma is reminiscent of a freshly made chocolate fudge, or a really good glass of chocolate milk and just a hint of dark fruit such as bing cherries or dried dates. The taste definitely has the fudge quality that you get in the nose and a little bit of caramel, a touch of coffee, smoke and a little raisin. The creaminess of this beer is what really sells it for me. You can barely detect the 9% alcohol until you reach the end of the bottle, leaving you wanting another one!

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Delirium Family Beer Set to Debut For First Time in 12 Years


Brewery Huyghe, famous for their pink elephant and Delirium branded beers, is planning on releasing a new beer in Chicago for the first time in what seems like forever (we have been selling Delirium Tremens, Nocturnum, and Noel for over 12 years, and haven’t seen anything new from Huyghe since then).  The beer in question is La Guillotine, an 8.5% ABV Belgian golden ale that is most definitely worth a shot if you are a fan of Delirium Tremens or similar beers.  We recommend serving La Guillotine in a Delirium Tremens snifter, which are also available for purchase at your local Binny’s.  We expect La Guillotine to be available at Binny’s in 2-3 weeks.

Two Upcoming Events at Highland Park


Check out these exciting events coming up at the Highland Park Binny’s.



The Macallan Portfolio Seminar
presented by Jeremy Fonicello
Thursday, April 4th, 6:30-8:30pm


Join Macallan’s brand ambassador to the United States, Jeremy Fonicello, on a guided tour of the lauded distillery’s portfolio. Jeremy will share his passion for the 187-year tradition of whisky making and the heritage of The Macallan in his distinct storytelling style. Don’t miss this chance to ask Jeremy why his favorite dram has always been The Macallan 18 year old.


RSVP for this limited event by calling 847-831-5400 or emailing




Seraphine Chai Vodka Launch Party
featuring artist Jonatas Chimen
Thursday, April 18th, 6:30 to 8:30 pm


Have you tasted Seraphine? This delicious new Chai Tea flavored vodka is a blend of Yahara Bay’s excellent vodka and organic black chai tea. This spirit is perfect for a Chai Latte Martini or served White Russian style over ice. Binny’s is proud to host the launch party for the artist’s edition bottle, featuring bottle artist Jonatas Chimen. Come taste some chai tea vodka and have your bottle signed by the artist!

Making Its Way to Your Mug: Prairie Artisan Ales


We just got word that Prairie Artisan Ales will be coming to Binny’s in the near future. Their beers should be available at most of our locations sooner rather than later, including Champaign and Bloomington locations (we don’t have hard release dates yet, but we will post again when we do).  This will be Binny’s first time offering a brewery from the state of Oklahoma.  Prairie’s beers are highly rated on all the premier beer websites, and we are excited to offer them. Prairie does a lot of innovative and new stuff; in March alone they released four new beers. Check out the beer labels from these four new brews below, they are some of the coolest labels we have laid eyes on.





Champaign: Sake Seminar With Lindy Mangubat





Learn the ins and outs of this ancient beverage from Lindy Mangubat, CSP, current Sake specialist for Southern Wine and Spirits. She will teach you the rich history and wonderful variations of Sake, while of course, tasting several different Sake types and styles.


What: Sake Tasting with Lindy Mangubat
Where: 802 Town Center Blvd
Champaign, IL 61822
When: Friday, April 5th at 6:30pm


Seating is limited.
To RSVP email or call 217-355-0625.
Free with your Binny’s card.



Toni Kukoc is coming to Binny’s!


Bacardi Rum and Toni Kukoc? What more could you ask for!



Toni is joining Binny’s alongside the Bacardi Girls as they demo classic Bacardi Rum cocktails!


When: March 23rd from 2-3pm
Where: Binny’s in Niles
8935 N. Milwaukee Ave, Niles, Il 60714

*Must be 21 years old or be accompanied by an adult.

Binny’s Loaded Bloody Mary


Day after the St. Patrick’s Day… Saturday mornings after a night at The Hanguppe… Another Cub’s loss… we’ve all been there. But don’t worry, this bloody mary was designed to help you get through it all.


Cocktail GlassBinny’s Loaded Bloody Mary

Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix
Your choice of vodka
Dash of hot sauce


Now for the good part– the garnish. On a skewer place a:
Piccante Salami
Peccoroni with red pepper
Cocktail onion
One massive blue cheese stuffed olive
Drench in balsamic vinaigrette


Give our South Loop Tasting Room a visit and one of Binny’s awesome bartenders will be sure to whip up this meaty cocktail for you!

Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Napa



Outside of a few small areas in Bordeaux, Napa is making the greatest cabernet sauvignon on the planet. We recently visited some of the greatest wineries in the country. For more info on some of our favorite wines from the region, check out the current edition of The Wine Hotline. We snapped these pics on our journey down Route 29 and the Silverado Trail.


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DIY: St. Patrick’s Day Decor


As you prepare for these crafts (By drinking Bailey’s and wine, of course) brush up your knowledge on these key Irish sayings!


“Grab us a snug” means “Snag us a booth!”


Be sure to ask for the Black Stuff! Translation? A Guinness!


When asking for a “spot, drop or touch” of a drink, it means “fill er’ up!!”


Melted Candle Dripping Centerpiece


Materials Needed:
Candle (At least 4 in. tall and thick enough to fit in bottle)
Bailey’s Bottle
Green Crayons


1. Insert candle stick into bottle. (Begin this process over foil)
2. Apply heat to where candle is inserted to merge the two together.
3. Allow candle to melt until it begins dripping.
4. Hold Crayon close to heat and the Crayon will begin to melt/drip down the bottle.
5. Repeat this process until you have your desired centerpiece look.



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Binny’s New Brew: O’so Night Train


Ken Habenicht, beer manager at Binny’s in Buffalo Grove recommends the Binny’s New Brew of the week and breaks down why he loves being in the beer industry so much!


Which brew are you recommending this week?
O’so Night Train


What made you recommend this particular brew? What’s it taste like?
We just got this in the beginning of March and it’s been a popular pick! The nose on this brew took me by total surprise. Sweet vanilla notes were very present and what can I say, I’m a big fan of Vanilla porters & stouts. There is a nice roasty, creamy, and definite coffee notes present. Has a medium body with a dark brown color.


Mhmm.. sounds yummy! We’ll be sure to give it a try! So now, a little about you! What’s your history with Binny’s and what’s the best part of the gig?
I’ve been with Binny’s for 8+ years now and I really enjoy interacting with the customers about what interests them. It’s a true pleasure to see their eyes light up when you show them some special new beer that they absolutely must try. It reminds me of when a child opens up a Christmas gift and the pure excitement that radiates out of them. I’ve heard a customer more than once say looking at our beer wall is like being a kid in a candy shop. Need I say more?
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