Beer

  1. The Secret's Out: Brickstone Dark Secret Aged In Binny's Hand Selected Whiskey Barrels

    The Secret's Out: Brickstone Dark Secret Aged In Binny's Hand Selected Whiskey Barrels

    When it comes to imperial stout, we see a lot of pastry stouts these days. This category includes stouts modeled after all manner of desserts, and we’ve seen everything from cookies to whole chocolate cakes dumped into beer. When we approached Brickstone about doing a collaborative brew, we wanted to go back to basics. Their Dark Secret imperial stout is proof that an imperial stout can be dessert like and decadent, without being overly sweet.

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  2. Barrel to Bottle: It's All Tradition at Samuel Smith's Old Brewery

    Barrel to Bottle: It's All Tradition at Samuel Smith's Old Brewery

    In a beer scene dominated by all the hottest styles and latest releases, sometimes it's refreshing to take a look at the classics. On this week's episode of Barrel to Bottle, Master Brewer Gavin Scoreby shares all the ways Samuel Smith's Old Brewery keeps things traditional, from their centuries-old brewhouse to local delivery powered by horse. The team tastes Sam Smith's Nut Brown Ale, Organic Lager, Oatmeal Stout, Organic Chocolate Stout, and Apple and Perry Ciders. Stick around for the Q&A segment, when the team answers your question about gluten free and reduced beers.

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  3. Barrel to Bottle Episode 76: Sour Styles: Geuze and Lambic

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 76: Sour Styles: Geuze and Lambic

    Sour beers make up one of the most sought after styles around today. Sours are the ultimate beers for beer nerds, perfectly illustrating how beer is a combination of science and art. Roger walks the Barrel to Bottle team through a few favorite Lambic and Geuze examples, and he has a couple tricks up his sleeve, too. Beers tasted include Lindemans Framboise, Lindemans Cuvee Rene, Boon Geuze Mariage Parfait and Firestone Walker Paw Prints, a special collaboration with Binny's Beverage Depot. Plus a couple surprises tasted blind. Stick around for the Q&A segment, when the Barrel to Bottle team list their favorite barleywines.

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  4. Barrel to Bottle Episode 72: Master Cicerone Jason Pratt

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 72: Master Cicerone Jason Pratt

    What does it take to persevere through the many trials and tribulations to reach the highest recognized level of education in the beer world? The Barrel to Bottle team is joined by the Golden Nose himself, Master Cicerone Jason Pratt, one of just eighteen in the world to reach Master Cicerone status. Jason shares his sensory perception techniques and encyclopedic knowledge, covering topics including the latest trends and classic styles, plus his favorite flaws in beer. Stick around for the Q&A segment, when Jason helps the team take on your question about the true shelf life of different IPA styles. This one is for the nerds.

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  5. Barrel to Bottle Episode 69: Brut IPA

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 69: Brut IPA

    Juicy, fruity, dank and hazy - these are all buzzwords to describe the direction of IPA today. But for every action, there's an opposite reaction. Enter brut IPA, the dry new IPA style that's crisp, clean and focused. Roger leads the Barrel to Bottle team through a tasting including examples from Sierra Nevada, New Belgium, Ommegang, Revolution, Hopewell and Misckatonic Brewing, plus a hoppy sparkling water from Lagunitas. Stick around for the Q&A segment, when the team shares their favorite Bourbons (and more) to make the perfect old fashioned.

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  6. Barrel to Bottle Episode 65: Holiday Beers

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 65: Holiday Beers

    Seasons Greetings from Binny's and the Barrel to Bottle Crew! This week, we're talking about the best part of Christmas: winter beers, of course. From old world classics to the craft seasonals they inspired, the team covers the whole holiday beer range. Beers tasted include Weltenberger Asam Bock, Rochefort 10, Avery Old Jubilation, Sierra Nevada Celebration, Great Lakes Christmas and Lagunitas Brown Shugga'. And in this week's Q&A segment, the team gives their favorite holiday gift ideas. Happy Holidays!

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  7. A Wild Collaboration Introducing Paw² Prints

    A Wild Collaboration Introducing Paw² Prints

    To celebrate our 70th Anniversary, we headed to Firestone Walker’s Barrelworks facility, home to their award winning wild and sour ales. Our goal - to blend California terroir with a tropical treasure of the Midwest, the paw paw fruit. We’re proud to announce the arrival of this collaborative project, Paw² Prints. This blend of young and old barrel aged wild ale bursts with tropical aromas and flavors. A refreshingly complex ale - that showcases the rarely recognized, yet perplexingly delicious paw paw.

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  8. Ballast Point Chicago

    Ballast Point Chicago

    If you’ve been to one of Ballast Point’s locations out in San Diego, you know they have always been big on R&D. After a recent visit to their Chicago location, we’re happy to report that research and development is alive and well at this captivating new space in Fulton Market. Their extensive and well curated draft list allows imbibers to sample beer from the brewhouse in Miramar, the several satellite locations throughout San Diego, along with beer brewed right here in Chicago.

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  9. Barrel to Bottle Episode 62: HOPS!

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 62: HOPS!

    Autumn brings the annual hop harvest, which means it’s time for fresh-hopped beer! Roger leads the Barrel to Bottle team through a flight of everything hoppy, from single hop pale ales through fresh hopped IPA’s. Beers featured include Bell’s Two Hearted Ale, SweetWater Mosaic, Lagunitas Super Cluster, Founder’s Harvest Ale, Deschutes Chasin Freshies and Half Acre Now & Then. Stick around for the Q&A segment, when the team gets to talk about themselves, and their favorite beer styles.

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  10. Barrel to Bottle Episode 59: Porter & Stouts

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 59: Porter & Stouts

    All stouts are porters, but not all porters are stouts. As the weather cools off, it's time for Roger to lead the Barrel to Bottle crew through a tasting of darker beers. Featured beers include Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter, Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald, Guinness Draught, Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, North Coast Old Rasputin, Stone Xocoveza and Central Waters Cassian Sunset. And stick around for the Q&A segment when the team tackles your question about grain whisky and Scotch for a $20 Binny's Gift Card.

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