Spirits

  1. Confessions of a Mixologist: Rudolph's Cranberry Cocktail

    Confessions of a Mixologist: Rudolph's Cranberry Cocktail

    WGN Radio asked us to create a holiday cocktail to share with their listeners. We had a lot of fun putting together a mix of flavors we thought fully embodied the holiday spirit. We went with our latest batch of Buffalo Trace handpicks as the base and added in ingredients you may have available on your bar cart for an easy, but delightfully tasteful cocktail that even Rudolph would be proud to have his name on.

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  2. Barrel to Bottle Bonus Episode: Game of Thrones Single Malts

    Barrel to Bottle Bonus Episode: Game of Thrones Single Malts

    Brace yourselves, Game of Thrones Scotch is coming. In the middle of recording the recent two-part “All the Islay” podcast, the Whiskey Hotline’s Brett Pontoni wandered off. And when he wandered back into the room, he had news about the upcoming Game of Thrones single malt releases. Listen as the Barrel to Bottle crew reacts to the news and shares specifics about each bottling. Game of Thrones Scotches are coming, and you won’t have to pay the iron price.

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  3. Barrel to Bottle Episode 57: All the Islay Part 2

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 57: All the Islay Part 2

    Picking up from last week, the Barrel to Bottle crew is joined by the Whiskey Hotline to taste through all eight active distilleries in Scotland's Islay region. Part II covers the more peaty distilleries: Lagavulin, Caol Ila, Laphroaig and Ardbeg. Also silly hats. And stick around for our customer Q&A segment, when the Whiskey Hotline discuss what it takes for a distillery to get into the Binny's Handpicked Casks program.

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  4. Barrel to Bottle Episode 56: All the Islay Part 1

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 56: All the Islay Part 1

    Scotland's Islay makes some of the most distinctive and immediately recognizable whisky in the world, from graceful and honeyed to richly peated, smoky and briny. The Barrel to Bottle crew teams up with the Whiskey Hotline in a guided tasting of all eight active distilleries on the Island, with lots of fun facts and Islay info along the way. Part I covers the less peaty distilleries: Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Bowmore and Kilchoman. Keep an eye out for Part II coming next week!

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  5. Confessions of a Mixologist: Caffè Romano

    Confessions of a Mixologist: Caffè Romano
    This is a guest blog post written by JD W., a mixologist at the Binny's Lincoln Park Tasting Room.

    The cocktail we're featuring this time is of my own creation. The goal was to create a drink that does justice to the flavor profile of a lesser-known coffee drink, the Caffé Romano — espresso served with lemon peel. In putting it together, I played off of the proportions used in one of my favorite old classics, the Vieux Carré.

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  6. The Whiskey Hotline Celebrates Bourbon Heritage Month

    The Whiskey Hotline Celebrates Bourbon Heritage Month

    When it comes to whiskey - The Whiskey Hotline is the place to call. Between Brett, Joe and Pat - their collective knowledge is incredible. In celebration of Bourbon Heritage Month, we were curious to hear what their favorite bourbon is right now.

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  7. Barrel to Bottle Episode 50: Q&Apalooza

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 50: Q&Apalooza

    The Barrel to Bottle podcast crew celebrates 50 episodes with a special Q&A roundup. Submit your questions to @binnysbev on twitter, facebook or instagram, or email your questions to comments@binnys.com. If the team answers your question on the podcast, you'll win a $20 Binny's Gift Card. This fun episode collects some lost Q&A segments, and that means we're giving away a whole bunch of Binny's Gift Cards.

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  8. Barrel to Bottle Episode 49: Wes Henderson of Angel's Envy

    Barrel to Bottle Episode 49: Wes Henderson of Angel's Envy

    This week on Barrel to Bottle, Pat and Roger sit down with Kentucky bourbon dignitary Wes Henderson. Along with his father, Lincoln Henderson, Wes created the category-defining Angel’s Envy by blending bourbons finished in Port barrels. Wes talks bourbon heritage, his brand new Louisville distillery, and what’s on the horizon for his iconic brand. Plus, Wes sticks around for our Q&A segment to answer your question about barrel toast and char.

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  9. Confessions of a Mixologist: Seaplane

    Confessions of a Mixologist: Seaplane

    This concoction is only one ingredient separated from its parent potation. The Paper Plane is a bourbon cocktail created by Sam Ross, longtime bartender at the legendary Milk & Honey and now co-owner of Attaboy and Diamond Reef. Though he never worked there, Ross created this cocktail for the opening of The Violet Hour, right here in Chicago. Despite the Paper Plane's young years, it has proliferated across borders and quickly gained classic status.

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  10. Farewell to a Single Malt Legend

    Farewell to a Single Malt Legend

    For several years now rumors have been swirling that Old Pulteney may discontinue some of their older offerings, specifically the award-winning 21-year-old and the underrated 17-year-old. Not surprising news considering age statements on single malts are increasingly disappearing. Pulteney just announced their new lineup, and the 17 and 21 are indeed gone, replaced by new 15 and 18 year offerings.

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