1. Whiskey Wednesdays: MGP Bourbon With Master Blender David Whitmer

    Whiskey Wednesdays: MGP Bourbon With Master Blender David Whitmer

    Join the Whiskey Hotline and MGP Master Blender David Whitmer for a bourbon tasting featuring our newest handpicked single barrels of George Remus.

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  2. Bourbon Women Night 2018 Single Barrel

    Bourbon Women Night 2018 Single Barrel

    Bourbon Women Night is an opportunity to taste spirits and network with the women of the spirits industry. Each year, Bourbon Women Chicago members choose a single barrel that will be released the night of the event. Over the last few years, they have picked single barrels from Smooth Ambler, Four Roses, J. Henry & Sons and Journeyman Distillery. This year’s handpick comes from Dekalb, Illinois.

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  3. Bourbon Barrel Aged Wines

    Bourbon barrel aged wines have exploded in popularity alongside bourbon. We’re happy to offer three different takes on this up and coming style. These wines are aged in traditional oak and then finished for several months in used bourbon barrels to add complexity without the sweet bourbon notes overwhelming the wine.  

    Bourbon Barrel-Aged Wine

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  4. The Whiskey Hotline Hits The Bourbon Trail

    Recently, a group of Binny's female leaders attended the Bourbon Women Sip-Osium, an annual conference hosted by the Bourbon Women Organization out of Kentucky. It wouldn't be a trip to the Bourbon Motherland without a few stops along the Bourbon Trail. Read more about our trip below.  

    Buffalo Trace Distillery

    Freddie Johnson Buffalo Trace Distillery Binny's

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  5. Bourbon Heritage Month 2016

    Why does bourbon get a whole month? The US Senate declared September “Bourbon Heritage Month” back in 2007. The bill passed with unanimous consent, and calls for consumers who enjoy bourbon to celebrate the family heritage, tradition and longstanding legacy that the bourbon industry contributes to America and the world. Whether you enjoy this classic American spirit on the rocks, neat, or in your favorite cocktail, let us know how you’re celebrating. We plan to celebrate Bourbon Heritage Month this September with four of our favorite handpicked bourbons.  

    Bourbon Heritage Month Binny's

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  6. Confessions of a Mixologist: Minneapolis Hustler

    Confessions of a Mixologist: Minneapolis Hustler

    The taste of bourbon is a bit too austere for some. Fret not; there are some wonderful cocktails that can soften it up a bit. One such example is the Minneapolis Hustler. I came across this gem on one of my favorite mixology websites, Cocktail DB. This cocktail has much in common with a classic cocktail from years past known as the Oriental Cocktail. It's an interesting mix of citrus, sweet and sour with a touch of subtle herbaceousness to boot.

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  7. Confessions of a Mixologist: Monte Carlo

    Bourbon is back in a big way. The Manhattan, for example, has once again become many peoples' go to way to enjoy America’s spirit. (Sure you can make a Manhattan with bourbon. Why not? -ed.) So check out this splendid reworking of the Manhattan called the Monte Carlo. The key difference is the substitution of Benedictine in place of vermouth. Benedictine is an aromatic liqueur that has been produced in France since the 18th century. If fact, B&B (Benedictine and Brandy) was one of the first packaged premixed cocktails. Benedictine is a versatile mixer and makes a great addition to any liquor cabinet. Also, if you simply mix Benedictine with bourbon, you just created a Kentucky Colonel. This distinguished elixir is perfect for sipping on your front porch as the last days of summer wind to a close.  

    Monte Carlo

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  8. Confessions of a Mixologist: Eastern Sour

    Confessions of a Mixologist: Eastern Sour

    Give this unconventional bourbon cocktail a try. The key ingredient in this drink is Orgeat syrup, a sweet and nutty syrup familiar to Tiki devotees like myself, but a mystery to many. Do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle tout suite. This delicious almond syrup is the magical ingredient in dozens of tropical drinks, most famously the Mai Tai. While most tropical drinks use rum as the base spirit, the Eastern Sour substitutes Bourbon and the results are delicious. The Eastern Sour was created by Tiki drink legend, Trader Vic Bergeron. Below is my version which is refreshingly sour. If you want to sweeten it up a bit, just add simple syrup.


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  9. Binny's Derby Mint Julep

    Binny's Derby Mint Julep

    It's time for the Kentucky Derby! We're celebrating with a classic - you guessed it - a Mint Julep. Of course our favorite is a Buffalo Trace Mint Julep. We headed to the Lincoln Park Tasting Room for this not-so-secret recipe:


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