With Halloween just around the corner, hopefully candy and costumes are covered, but what about the beer? If you’re looking for a pumpkin beer, the Barrel Aged Schlafly mentioned above is the way to go. If pumpkin’s not your thing, or if you’re looking for something a little different, give these treats a try.
It’s that time of year again… fresh hop season! The hop harvest is a joyous occasion where freshly plucked hop cones head straight off the bines and into the kettle. Okay, in many cases it means overnighting the hops across the country, and Lagunitas did just that for their super dank, super wet and super tasty Born Yesterday Pale Ale. We wanted to be there for its birthday, so we called up our friends at Lagunitas and headed over for a visit.
Born Yesterday is all about freshness. Freshly picked hops are usually dried and processed as quickly as possible in order to prevent spoilage. For Born Yesterday, freshly picked “wet hops” from the Yakima Valley are the key component of this amazingly flavorful and aromatic brew.
This year, we accepted 40+ entries and the top 10 were judged by beer legend and Boston Beer co-founder, Jim Koch. We were blown away by the incredible homebrew entries and had a blast drinking some delicious Sam Adams beers with Jim Koch. Congratulations to all of the homebrewers who placed or took the time to handcraft and homebrew their entries for the 10th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest sponsored by Samuel Adams. Winners and photos below. See you next year!
India Pale Ale – It’s the beer that put American craft brewing on the map. West Coast, Imperial, New England, Black, White and Rye – the variations on this popular style are nearly endless. Juicy IPAs are currently all the rage, so we’ve selected a few of our favorites to hoist in celebration.
UPDATE (8/1/17): The following homebrewers have advanced to the final round:
-Aaron Liga/Alan Diebel
-Joe & Tom Fuentes
If you did not advance, but would like your score sheet, they will be available for pick up at the final event, or email Hilary@binnys.com.
We have hosted the Binny’s Homebrew Contest for ten years… can you believe it? We have another great contest lined up this year. Once again, we’re excited to host guest judge Jim Koch. Best known as Samuel Adams Founder, Jim Koch will pick the winner this year, and award the coveted first prize: a trip for two to the 2017 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Read on for more details.
In an unassuming red brick building in the Garfield Park neighborhood, thousands of beer filled bourbon barrels lay carefully resting. While most contain expressions of their renowned Bourbon County Stout, many others are filled with experimental brews. While big bourbon character stands at the forefront of BCS, the Goose Island Cooper Project takes a more delicate approach. A shorter time in wood imparts nuanced bourbon notes, while still allowing the base beer to shine. Like Cooper Project No. 1, every drop of this Blonde Doppelbock is carefully crafted and patiently aged right here in Chicago.
Whether you’re lounging in a hammock, chilling by the pool, or just coolin’ off in the shade – we have a bounty of delicious berry brews perfect for these dog days of summer. Even if you’re not into fruit beers, we’ve got a curious thing that might just change your mind.
Summer’s here and the fruit beers are arriving in droves! Here are a couple of our favorites, as well as a few that are brewed year round – that way if you fall in love, you don’t have to say goodbye.
Grab some sunscreen, shades and an extra bag of ice; because summer is here and the thermometers are on the rise. As you’re packing that cooler, reach for some cans and lighten that load. Whether you’re drinking on the boat, near the pool or just hanging out in the yard – it’s hard to beat the freshness and convenience of cans. Here are some refreshing craft brews, all available in cans and all on sale now!
Another IPA from Stone?! Perhaps no other brewery is so inexorably linked to India Pale Ale. For the past 20 years, their aggressively unapologetic passion for hops has made the champions of the IBU and masters of this iconic style. This week we got our first taste of Ghost Hammer, a fresh new IPA featuring a unique new hop.