Flagship February - Revisiting The Classics

Tastes and trends in the beer world continue to evolve and sadly we’ve lost some beautifully made beers along the way. Beer writer Stephen Beaumont had a clever idea. Why not use the month of February to revisit some of the classics that helped build the American craft beer scene. We liked his #FlagshipFebruary call to action and revisited some of our favorite flagships. Without further ado, here’s our fourth and final installment. A big round of cheers to all these enduring classics.

Shiner Bock

Shiner Bock

12 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$11.99

RELEASED IN 1973
Introduced in 1913 as a seasonal brew, this beloved bock from Spoetzl Brewery has been brewed year-round since 1973. Malty and rich with just a touch of sweetness on the finish, it’s the perfect partner for a big plate of BBQ – we suggest smoked brisket.

Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale

Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$9.99

RELEASED IN 2002
One of the first craft beers in a can! Over a decade has passed since Oskar Blues filled their first can of Dale’s and it’s as resiny and citrusy as ever. A hearty American classic that blurs the line between APA and IPA.

Two Brothers Domaine DuPage

Two Brothers Domaine DuPage

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Regular Price $9.99 Special Price $8.99
with Binny's Card

RELEASED IN 2002
Two Brothers crafted this iconic Biere de Garde at the behest of a Naperville restauranteur and it’s been their flagship ever since. Rich malt complexity is the highlight here, with notes of caramel, fresh baked bread and just a touch of earthiness. This classic continues to impress, taking home GOLD at the Great American Beer Festival in 2016.

Big Sky Moose Drool

Big Sky Moose Drool

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$8.99

RELEASED IN 1995
A serious beer with a silly name. People rarely talk about brown ales and while the style might not seem very sexy, this is one beautiful beer. Four different malts build an impressive depth of flavor - while Goldings, Willamette and Liberty hops provide just enough bitterness to balance the malt sweetness. One of the best brown ales ever brewed.

Allagash White

Allagash White

4 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Regular Price $9.99 Special Price $8.99
with Binny's Card

RELEASED IN 1995
If you’ve only had one beer from Allagash, chances are it was this one. When it comes to Belgian-style Witbier, it’s hard to beat this multi medal winner. Creamy, fruity and spicy, it’s a perfectly balanced white ale that leaves you reaching for another.

New Holland Dragon's Milk

New Holland Dragon's Milk

4 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Regular Price $15.99 Special Price $14.99
with Binny's Card

RELEASED IN 2001
New Holland began brewing this indulgent stout in 2001 and it quickly became their most recognized brew. Oak aging imparts flavors of vanilla, butterscotch and sweet spice that meld perfectly with its big mocha finish. Unlike most barrel aged stouts, this delicious brew is available all year long, making it a dependable favorite.

Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat

Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$7.99

RELEASED IN 1990
Wheat beer is big in the Midwest, and this beer is one of the major reasons why. It’s not a Wit and it’s not a Weiss, and this uniquely American wheat doesn’t rely on spices or fruits for flavor. Aromatic yeast, soft creamy wheat and a kiss of citrusy hops make this both sessionable and satisfying. A trailblazer that inspired scores of other brews.

Alaskan Amber

Alaskan Amber

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$8.99

RELEASED IN 1986
Alaskan’s signature amber ale is a German style Altbier that drew inspiration from a 19th Century Alaskan Gold Rush era brew. It's rich and malt forward, but with just enough hops to keep things perfectly balanced. Remarkably food friendly and a reliable crowd pleaser.

Founders Dirty Bastard

Founders Dirty Bastard

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$9.99

RELEASED IN 2002
Dirty Bastard might not seem like Founder’s flagship beer, but it’s the beer that saved the brewery. With bankruptcy looming, Founders decided to brew the kind of beer they wanted to drink, instead of the beer they thought people wanted to drink. Founders debuted this massive 8.5% ABV scotch ale at the Extreme Beer Fest and luckily, people loved it. Caramel, toffee, chocolate, molasses and dark fruit all rolled into one dangerously delicious beer.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager

Samuel Adams Boston Lager

12 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$15.99

RELEASED IN 1985
When Boston Beer Company founder Jim Koch looked out at the American beer scene in the early 1980s he saw depressing lack of options and flavors. Thankfully he, and a few likeminded pioneers persevered, resurrecting and tweaking long forgotten beer styles and introducing them slowly, but surely, to a thirsty public. After more than thirty years of experimentation, Jim’s favorite beer is the first he ever brewed, Boston Lager. While the look has changed over the years, the liquid’s stayed the same. Rich caramel malt is balanced by a healthy dose of noble German hops, providing a touch of herbaceousness to a long and satisfying finish. A classic brew and founding member of the American craft revolution.

Left Hand Milk Stout

Left Hand Milk Stout

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Regular Price $9.99 Special Price $8.99
with Binny's Card

RELEASED IN 1999
Not long ago, Milk Stout was an all but forgotten style. Thankfully Colorado’s Left Hand Brewing almost single handedly brought it back to life. Brewed with lactose (milk sugar), notes of dark roast coffee and cocoa slide into a soft, sweet finish. For an even softer and smoother mouthfeel, give the nitro version a try.

Deschutes Black Butte

Deschutes Black Butte

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Regular Price $8.99 Special Price $7.99
with Binny's Card

RELEASED IN 1988
Rarely does a brewery pitch a porter as their flagship brew, but when it’s as good as Black Butte it makes perfect sense. The beauty behind Black Butte, is that it’s rich in complexity, yet light enough in body to leave you thirsty for another. A soft and creamy porter, with a lovely mocha finish.

Three Floyds Alpha King

Three Floyds Alpha King

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$12.99

RELEASED IN 1996
Originally released in 1996, both the packaging and recipe for Alpha King have undergone some changes over the years. While always billed as a pale ale, it used to drink more like an IPA. Nowadays, the hop bitterness is a bit toned down, focusing instead on fruity hop aromatics.Often overshadowed by another iconic pale from Three Floyds, we find ourselves routinely reaching for this classic. Hail to the king, baby. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington or Springfield.

Anchor Steam

Anchor Steam

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$7.99

RELEASED IN 1971
Few breweries are as closely linked to a particular beer style as Anchor is with Steam Beer. A unique product of the 19th century, Steam Beer is fermented in large shallow vats with lager yeast, but at ale yeast temperatures. The resulting beer is fruity and floral, with rich caramel malts balanced by woodsy Northern Brewer hops. When Anchor artfully brews this American classic it’s Steam Beer, for everyone else it’s a California Common.

Bell's Amber Ale

Bell's Amber Ale

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$9.99

RELEASED IN 1985
From mouth puckering sours to sugary sweet pastry stouts, so much of today’s talked about beer is all about extremes. Balanced beer might not seem sexy, but at the end of the day, it’s something we revere. Bell’s Amber offers caramel malt sweetness that’s perfectly contrasted with citrusy and earthy hop bitterness. When it comes to amber ale, Bell’s Amber is a benchmark beer. Need a fail proof food and beer pairing? This classic amber pairs wonderfully with just about anything.

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold

Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Regular Price $9.99 Special Price $8.99
with Binny's Card

RELEASED IN 1990
Originally named, The Heisman, this iconic lager won gold at GABF the first year it was entered. A name change and a trophy case full of medals later, it’s still one of our go to craft lagers. Modeled after a lager style made famous in Dortmund Germany, Dortmunder Gold is bready and slightly sweet, with a rich and satisfying mouthfeel. It’s one of the finest examples of the style and a beer and a real crowd pleaser.

Stone IPA

Stone IPA

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Regular Price $11.99 Special Price $10.99
with Binny's Card

RELEASED IN 1997
Originally brewed in celebration of their 1st Anniversary, this is the first in a long line of iconic IPAs from Stone. Double, triple, black, white, red, Belgian, fresh, coffee… when it comes to IPA, Stone has done it all. In 2016 Stone tweaked their classic IPA recipe by adding Southern Hemisphere hops to the dry hop bill. While still piney and citrusy at its core, the aroma and finish now feature a beguiling touch of topicality.

North Coast Old Rasputin

North Coast Old Rasputin

4 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$8.99

RELEASED IN 1996
No discussion of Russian Imperial Stout is complete without Old Rasputin. It’s one of the original American examples of the style and a refreshing reminder that a well-crafted imperial stout need not rely on adjuncts for complexity or depth of flavor. This rich roasty stout is available year-round and it’s an affordable way to study how RIS develops in the cellar. After more than twenty years on the market it’s still going strong, the embodiment of its slogan – Never Say Die!

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

12 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Regular Price $15.99 Special Price $13.99
with Binny's Card

RELEASED IN 1980
It’s hard to overstate the importance of this enduring American Pale Ale. A beer that’s inspired countless homebrewers and brewmasters alike, its superb balance marries the sweetness of caramel malt with the citrusy bitterness of the Cascade hop. A deliciously drinkable American classic that helped birth a craft revolution.

Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA

Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$14.99

RELEASED IN 2001
As the IPA style continues evolve over time, a few timeless classics remain refreshingly true to themselves. 90 minutes of continuous hopping introduces plenty of citrusy hop aroma as well as a hefty dose of resiny hop bitterness. A sturdy malt backbone provides balance and adds some complexity to this massive IPA. Worlds apart from many of today’s hazy DIPAs, but there’s nothing wrong with that.

Odell 90 Shilling

Odell 90 Shilling

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

Regular Price $9.99 Special Price $8.99
with Binny's Card

RELEASED IN 1989
Odell’s been brewing this aromatic amber ale since they first opened their doors 30 years ago. True to its Scottish roots, it features a complex, nutty malt profile that is accented by notes of toffee and maple. Few American breweries have a Scottish style ale as their flagship brew, but when you brew one as good as 90 Shilling, it’s easy to see how so many fans fell in love.

New Belgium Fat Tire

New Belgium Fat Tire

12 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Regular Price $15.99 Special Price $13.99
with Binny's Card

RELEASED IN 1991
This craft stalwart is a poignant reminder that balanced beer is a beautiful thing. Caramelized malt sweetness is met with just enough hops to keep this medium bodied amber balanced and drinkable. Its delicate caramel aromas and biscuity malt character complement a wide variety of cuisines, making Fat Tire a dependable go to for food and beer pairing.

Victory Golden Monkey

Victory Golden Monkey

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles or Cans

Regular Price $12.99 Special Price $11.99
with Binny's Card

RELEASED IN 1997
Golden Monkey pours shimmering gold in color and is intensely aromatic, with spicy Belgian yeast delivering hints of allspice and banana. Initially sweet and fruity, a touch of herbaceous European hops provide just enough balance to keep its 9.5% ABV dangerously well hidden. It’s rare to see such a deliciously complex Belgian-style Tripel in a six pack; making this one of the best deals in craft beer.