Beer

  1. Barrel to Bottle Episode 47: Adjuncts in Beer!

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 47: Adjuncts in Beer!

    Beer is simple - just water, barley, hops and yeast, right? These days, breweries are adding all kinds of stuff to their beer, from fruit and spices all the way through candy and breakfast cereal. Roger leads the Barrel to Bottle crew through an epic tour and blind tasting across the spectrum of adjuncts in beer. And stick around for this week's double Q&A segment, where the team tackles two listener questions.

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  2. National IPA Day 2018

    National IPA Day 2018

    In the world of craft beer, IPA is king. At last year’s Great American Beer Festival, the number of American-Style IPA submissions dwarfed all others at 408 entries! A Chicagoland brewery took home gold BTW… Today we celebrate India Pale Ale – a once nearly forgotten British style that America made its own. From soft and hazy NEIPA, to bracingly bitter West Coast DIPAs, this forever evolving style comes in many shapes and sizes. The Binny’s Beer team tastes its way through a sea of IPA - here are a few of our favorites.

     

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  3. New and Exciting IPAs

    New and Exciting IPAs

    The relentless wave of IPAs keeps rolling in. Session, Sour, Double, Hazy, New England, Milkshake… we make sense of all the haze and call out our favorites. This week we’re excited to announce the return of a local classic, along with two fresh new faces.

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  4. Binny's x Pollyanna Brewing Company Collaboration: Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Fun Size

    Binny's x Pollyanna Brewing Company Collaboration: Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Fun Size

    When you hear Fun Size, candy comes to mind, but unlike so many other dessert inspired stouts, the Fun Size lineup is not cloyingly sweet. The adept balance of roasted malts, salt and lactose results in paradoxically drinkable decadence. We fell in love with Fun Size at first taste and its ramped up imperial cousin left us speechless. Eager for a glimpse at the magic behind this remarkable beer, we took a trip to Pollyanna to brew a batch.

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  5. Summertime Sours

    Summertime Sours

    If the weather forecast pans out, the start of July is going to be a hot one! As you stock up for 4th of July celebrations, consider tossing a few sours into the mix. In the hot summer sun, nothing slakes thirst like a snappy sour.

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  6. Barrel to Bottle Episode 42: Prost! to Pilsner

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 42: Prost! to Pilsner

    When anyone mentions beer, the first thing that comes to mind is probably Pilsner - the brilliantly golden, effervescent and refreshing style. Born in Bohemia, Pilsner has become one of the most widely brewed and recognized styles of beer in the world. The Barrel to Bottle crew covers everything Pilsner, from classic Czech and German examples to heavily hopped American favorites. And in a customer Q&A segment, Roger answers your question about Sierra Nevada's influence on the craft beer scene. Prost!

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  7. The Beer Buzz Hits the Road: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp

    The Beer Buzz Hits the Road: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp

    Back in 2014, the Binny’s Beer Team had the pleasure of attending Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp #110 in Chico, designing a spicy IPA that came to be known as Ryeday the 13th. Fast forward to 2017, we were pumped to return to camp, this time in Mills River, North Carolina.

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  8. Barrel to Bottle Episode 40: Beers of Summer with Sam Calagione and Josh Noel

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 40: Beers of Summer with Sam Calagione and Josh Noel

    Brewer, author, music geek and raconteur – Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione is one of the leading voices in the craft beer industry. This champion of independent craft joins us to discuss his refreshingly unique SeaQuench Ale, the leading pick in Chicago Tribune beer writer Josh Noel’s 2018 Beers of Summer. We taste some of Josh’s other picks, discussing beer styles, tastes and trends along the way. Plus, Sam answers your questions in a lightning round Q&A.

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  9. Binny's x Noon Whistle Collaboration: G'Day Gummy

    Binny's x Noon Whistle Collaboration: G'Day Gummy

    Noon Whistle is a remarkably open place. From propped doors and windows, to a wide-open brew house, a visit to their Lombard location is an unobscured look at the laborious world of brewing. Chat with brewmaster Paul Kreiner and it becomes clear it’s a labor of love, with late hours spent brewing batches for a burgeoning local fanbase.

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  10. Barrel to Bottle Episode 33: Forbidden Root with Randy Mosher and Nick Williams

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 33: Forbidden Root with Randy Mosher and Nick Williams

    It takes something extra to make it in Chicago’s craft beer scene, but Forbidden Root makes it look easy. In this episode, the Barrel to Bottle team chats with Forbidden Root Head Brewer Nick Williams and craft brewing guru Randy Mosher. They explain what sets their beer apart, their cutting edge use of bark, stems, flowers, herbs and spices, all based on the foundation of brewing tradition.

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