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Binny’s Champaign is Your “Official” Party Superstore


Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day in pure Irish fashion at Binny’s, your “Official” St. Patrick’s Day headquarters. Taste favorites like Crown Royal, Captain Morgan, Bailey’s, Fireball, Tippy Cow, Bushmills, Guinness and much more! Learn how to make a Jameson Irish Mule, while your Jameson branded beanie gets printed with the logo of your choice. Jam to our bagpiper’s tunes from 1-5pm and score plenty of emerald swag for the holiday.


Binny’s Champaign
“Official” St. Patrick’s Day Event

Thursday, March 3rd


St. Practice Day Binny's

Don’t be selfish – share this post with your friends! There will be plenty of green swag for everyone.

Party with Trojka!


Trojka: A colorful collection of flavored liqueur. All the way from Switzerland, we’d like to welcome Trojka to the shelves of select Binny’s. We’re celebrating their arrival with a tasting at Binny’s in Champaign. Stop by to taste Pink, Yellow, Red and Green. There will be Trojka representatives on hand talking about the brand, Trojka cocktails and more!
Trojka Vodka Tasting
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Koval visits Binny’s Champaign


at Binny’s Beverage Depot
for a FREE seminar

Friday, June 14, 7pm
or call 217-355-0625


KovalBinny’s in Champaign is excited to hold this seminar with Koval distillery. Koval is hand made in Chicago, and they offer some of the most interesting and innovative spirits you have ever tasted. Learn all about this fabulous young distillery and why their products stand out – and of course, taste some! The seminar will feature whiskies from unusual grain types including wheat, spelt and rye. You’ll also have a chance to taste their signature 47th Ward Four Grain and Koval Single Barrel Bourbon.

Space is limited and seats will go quickly, so RSVP soon.

Jim Beam Seminar in Champaign


This ain’t your Grandpas Bourbon! When Jim Beam started distilling in 1795, bourbon was pretty simple. Now it’s more complex and lots of fun! Join us for an evening of sippin’ and learnin’ with Kyle Gilligan of Jim Beam Brands this Friday.


Jim Beam Bourbon Seminar
Binny’s in Champaign
Friday, May 17th 7pm
RSVP (217) 355-0625 or


During this seated seminar, taste several of the Beam family whiskeys, and to learn how they are made. See how this family is changing the way we think about this traditional American spirit.


Space for this event is limited so sign up early! The seminar will begin promptly at 7 and is free with your Binny’s card. If your plans change and you are unable to attend please contact us as we always have a waiting list.



RSVP by email by sending your name, phone number and # in your party to and we will contact you to confirm your reservation, or call us at (217) 355-0625.


Katharine Schenck is a Wine Consultant at the Champaign Binny’s.

Champaign: Sake Seminar With Lindy Mangubat





Learn the ins and outs of this ancient beverage from Lindy Mangubat, CSP, current Sake specialist for Southern Wine and Spirits. She will teach you the rich history and wonderful variations of Sake, while of course, tasting several different Sake types and styles.


What: Sake Tasting with Lindy Mangubat
Where: 802 Town Center Blvd
Champaign, IL 61822
When: Friday, April 5th at 6:30pm


Seating is limited.
To RSVP email or call 217-355-0625.
Free with your Binny’s card.



Binny’s & Sam Adams Present a Stein Hoisting Contest


We hope you can join us for Binny’s & Sam Adams first ever stein hoisting contest.  If you think you have what it takes to be crowned the Midwest stein hoisting champion, just show up at Binny’s in Champaign anytime during the scheduled event time.  There will be big prizes for the contestants with the best times, including trips to Boston for the best female and male times.


Champaign: Get your FREE Orange & Navy Binny’s Shirt


Orange & Navy.


There’s just something about those two colors. Aren’t they great?


So we just printed up a limited run of Binny’s Beverage Depot T-Shirts. Check ’em out. There’s a big Binny’s logo on the front, and the back bears our motto, “If you can’t find it at Binny’s, it’s probably not worth drinking.” All done up in orange & navy. Classy.


Binny's Shirts


You can get your hands on one of these beautiful pieces of apparel for just $9.99. Chicago area people, we love you, but these are only available at the Binny’s in Champaign.


But wait – we want this shirt on your back so bad that we’re going to give 100 of them away. Here’s all you have to do: Come into the Champaign Binny’s this Saturday, the 25th. Make a purchase. When you are at the register, say our tagline, “If you can’t find it at Binny’s, it’s probably not worth drinking.”


That’s it. Tell your friends.


We’re limiting this promotion to 100 300 free shirts, limit 1 per person. After that, you’ll just have to shell out ten bucks to get one. Of course, these shirts are only available to people 21 years of age or older.


Update: Due to the huge response so far, we’re increasing the number of free shirts we’re giving away from 100 to 300. That still won’t be enough, so come in early!



   A quick note to our great community in Champaign, home to the newest Binny’s Beverage Depot and some of the rockinest people in Illinois: Binny’s is teaming up with The News Gazette to host the next Champaign-Urbana tweetup.


Champaign-Urbana Tweetup
Monday, April 16th 6-9pm
“Everyday Favorites” Wine Seminar
Binny’s Champaign


   Here’s your chance to get together with other media-savvy beverage lovers, enjoy a wine seminar hosted by Binny’s wine guy Trey Johnson, enjoy some give-aways, and just generally hang out. Props to News-Gazette staff writer Meg Dickinson for getting this thing rolling. Don’t forget that it’s an ages 21+ event, and is FREE to attend. Once again, follow this link to RSVP.

   By the way, be sure to check out Binny’s on Facebook, twitter, and now Pinterest. We’d love you to join in the conversation. We’ll see you in Champaign at the #CUTweetup!

Beers Available Exclusively at Binny’s in Champaign


Our newly opened Binny’s in Champaign has an interesting mix of beers when compared to our Chicago city and suburban stores.  The store features 9 breweries that aren’t in distribution in Chicagoland, and around 40 beers that you won’t find in the Windy City.  Also, there are 9 additional breweries that we are featuring at our store whose beers you won’t find anywhere else in the city of Champaign but at Binny’s.  The number 9 seems to be a theme for this blog, as there are 9 breweries that we are actively trying to recruit to distribute their beers in Champaign.

Breweries available at Champaign Binny’s but nowhere else in town

Brooklyn Brewery Lager, Pilsner, Pennant Ale, East India IPA, Brown Ale

Brasserie de Cazeau Saison

Central Waters Brewing Company Glacial Trail IPA, Ouisconsing Red Ale, Slainte Scottish Ale, Mudpuppy Porter, Satin Solstice Imperial Stout, Bourbon Barrel Stout
Dugges Ale Never Mind the Bollox!
Evil Twin Brewing Soft DK


Brouwerij ‘t Gaverhopke Extra

Brouwerij Hof ten Dormaal Blond, Amber


Stillwater Artisanal Ales Stateside Saison, Our Side w/ Mikkeller, Folklore

Uinta Brewing Company Wyld Extra Pale Ale, Baba Black Lager, Monkshine Belgian Style Blonde Ale, Dubhe Imperial Black IPA, Tilted Smile Imperial Pilsner, Cockeyed Cooper, Detour Double IPA, Labyrinth Black Ale

Breweries available in Champaign but not available in Chicago


Atwater Brewery   Grand Circus IPA

Ballast Point Brewing Company Pale Ale, Calico Amber Ale, Big Eye IPA


Michigan Brewing Company Celis White, Celis Raspberry

Cottrell Brewing Co. Old Yankee Ale, Mystic Bridge IPA


Joseph James Brewing American Lager, Hopbox Imperial IPA, Weize Guy Hefeweizen, Tahoe Blue Pale Ale, Red Fox Imperial Stout, Foxtail Gluten-free Ale



Mad River Brewing Company Steelhead Extra Pale Ale, Steelhead Double IPA, Steelhead Scotch Porter, Steelhead Extra Stout, Jamaica Red Ale, Jamaica Sunset IPA


Schlafly Brewing Pilsner, Kolsch, Pale Ale, Dry hopped APA, Winter ESB, Oatmeal Stout, Coffee Stout, Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout, Oaked Barlewine, Biere de Garde, Grand Cru

Tommyknocker Brewery Jackwhacker Wheat, Pick Axe IPA, Imperial Nut Brown, Butt Head Bock, Hop Strike Black IPA


Breweries we are trying to bring to Champaign

Great Lakes Brewing Company

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Argus Brewery

5 Rabbitt Cervercia

Metropolitan Brewing

Three Floyd’s Brewing Co. (Hey it’s worth a shot, right)?


Great Divide Brewing Company

Avery Brewing Company

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