Beer Ticker The Beer Buzz A Sensational Saison

Few breweries are as inexorably linked to a style as Brasserie Dupont and saison. Their iconic saison, named simply Saison Dupont, has become the benchmark of the style – a source of praise and inspiration for brewers and beer lovers all over the world. We’re excited to announce the arrival of a new saison from Dupont – Brewers’ Bridge. This collaborative effort with Allagash Brewing Company features both European and American hops and a mashbill of barley, rye and oats. Whether you’re new to saisons or a long-time fan, Brewers’ Bridge is a must try.

Brasserie Dupont Brewers' Bridge Collaboration with Allagash

Brasserie Dupont Brewers' Bridge Collaboration with Allagash

4 Pack of 11.2oz Bottles

$14.99

The nose here is highly aromatic and complex, with notes of black tea, allspice, orange peel and nutmeg. Highly carbonated, yet soft and creamy across the tongue, it delivers notes of thyme, white peppercorn and lemon custard. The striking finish offers a mix of sweet spice and minerality, leaving the palate refreshed and longing for more. Without a doubt, one of the finest saisons we’ve ever tasted.

Fruit filled and Flavorsome

From decadent barrel aged stouts, to refreshingly snappy sours, Destihl’s been brewing up a wide variety of delicious brews since opening their doors in 2007. This central Illinois craft stalwart has expanded over the years, and they’ve become particularly well known for their sours. Their latest is a gose with a tropical twist. If something tropical sounds good, but you’d like to skip the sour part, we’ve got a blonde ale that will help you forget about April snow showers.

Destihl Hawaii Five Ale

Destihl Hawaii Five Ale

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$9.99

Pineapple, coconut, mango, peach and guava - all mixed into one blonde ale. It sounds like a tiki cocktail, yet it never loses its beer identity. Gliding soft and smooth across the palate, it delivers bright tropical fruit flavor, accented by a subtle hint of coconut. A well-integrated and refreshing blonde ale that you’d never guess clocks in at 6.4% ABV.

Destihl Wild Sour Series Pina Colada Gose

Destihl Wild Sour Series Pina Colada Gose

4 Pack of 12oz Cans

$9.99

Destihl’s Leipzig style Gose is refreshing restrained when it comes to salt and coriander, providing an excellent canvas for some interesting fruit additions. This pina colada inspired riff incorporates pineapple and coconut, which not only imbues it with lovely tropical aromatics, but also provides a touch of sweetness that balances out the acidity.

A Pair of Pales

With all the focus on IPAs, pale ales often get overlooked. We’re always on the lookout for a refreshing pale ale. This week we are excited to welcome back a favorite from Spiteful and introduce a double dry hopped beauty from BuckleDown.

Spiteful Alley Time Pale Ale

Spiteful Alley Time Pale Ale

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$9.99

Some hops can be hard to come by, and Spiteful was forced to bench this single hopped pale ale for a bit. Now flush with Simcoe hops, Alley Time is back in action. Pouring golden in color, the nose is citrusy with a hint of pine. Light across the palate, it delivers notes of grapefruit and orange peel, concluding with a refreshingly resinous finish.

Buckledown Luv Tap

Buckledown Luv Tap

4 Pack of 12oz Cans

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

Double dry hopped with Cryo Laurel, Meridian and Cashmere, the nose is intensely floral and tropical, with notes of candied pineapple and lilac, as well as a hint of lime. The palate is soft and fruit forward, offering flavors of blueberry, lemon peel and guava. The finish is floral and crisp, with a lasting touch of tangerine.

Meet the New Newcastle

We’ve said it many times before, and we’ll say it again – brown ales get no respect. Even Newcastle’s, perhaps the most iconic brown ale ever made, rarely gets a taste of the limelight. Well Newcastle Brown has been reborn, right here in Chicago. Lagunitas reworked the recipe, imbuing it with some American flare. Richer, bolder and more aromatic, it still clocks in at a sessionable 4.7% ABV. For the long-established fans, there is no denying this Newcastle is different. Just remember, it’s supposed to be, and while it may be hard to say goodbye, there is always a chance this fresh new face will turn a smile.

Newcastle Brown Ale

Newcastle Brown Ale

4 Pack of 11.2oz Bottles

$12.99

The nose is rich and roasty, with notes of dark chocolate, caramel and marmalade. Similar flavors emerge on the palate, along with an earthy nuttiness and a touch of resinous pine. The finish is long and roasty, with notes of dark chocolate and molasses. A deliciously bold brown ale, that will pair wonderfully with grilled steaks and chops.

Raise a Glass

The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation was founded by Taya Kyle to honor the life and legacy of her husband Chris Kyle. Chris Kyle and his fellow U.S. Navy Seal “Frogmen” experienced first hand the stress that service places on military marriages and families, and the CKFF provides counseling and support to military and first responder couples and families. A natural partnership arose with Texas’ Nine Band Brewing. Their honey wheat ale The Badge is an homage to those who serve, and a portion of all proceeds benefit the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation. Learn more about their mission here.

Nine Band The Badge Honey Blonde

Nine Band The Badge Honey Blonde

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$8.99

Dark golden in color, the aroma is soft and sweet, with a touch of toasted barley. Medium in body, it’s smooth across the tongue, with a subtle hint of citrusy hops giving way to a honeyed finish. *Not available in Springfield.

Thirsty for IPA?

Another day, another IPA. This week we’re excited to welcome back a few old favorites, including a hop monster from Lagunitas. Also not to be missed, a brand new, citrus drenched IPA from Great Lakes.

Thirsty?
Odd Side Ales Shadynasty

Odd Side Ales Shadynasty

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

Regular Price $13.99 Special Price $12.99
with Binny's Card

It’s not every day that this one comes around, so when it does, you don’t want to miss out. The nose is tropical and juicy, with notes of orange peel, mango and peach. Super soft and creamy on the tongue, a wave of hop fruitiness glides across the palate, delivering notes of guava, nectarine and pineapple. This beer is the cat’s meow.

Thirsty?
Great Lakes IPA

Great Lakes IPA

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

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

Introducing the latest IPA from Great Lakes. The label artwork features images of actual Great Lakes employees, all of whom are now co-owners of this proudly independent craft brewery. As for the beer, expect an exceedingly juicy IPA, with eye popping tropical aromatics and a snappy finish. Simcoe, Mosaic, Lemondrop and Azacca hops impart notes of tangerine, guava and mango, followed by lingering grapefruit and lemon peel. Super refreshing and an excellent addition to the Great Lakes lineup.

Thirsty?
Half Acre Now and Then

Half Acre Now & Then

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

$15.99

Pouring bright orange in color, the nose here is striking, with notes of peach, pear and pineapple. Soft and smooth on the palate, ripe tropical fruit is complemented by notes of lemon and tangerine. Now and Then is brewed with milk sugar, but don’t expect a milkshake IPA. Lactose provides just a touch of sweetness, rounding out a bright and juicy finish.*Not available in Champaign, Bloomington or Springfield.

Thirsty?
Lagunitas The Waldos' Special Ale

Lagunitas The Waldos' Special Ale

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$11.99

Brace yourself, because this one goes to 11. The Waldos’ Special Ale is one of our favorite Triple IPAs. When you go this big, things can get hairy. This years edition clocks in at a whopping 11.7% ABV, yet somehow this dank monster remains dangerously drinkable. On the palate, initial honeyed sweetness is enveloped by a massive wave of juicy tropical bubblegum, followed by a touch of pine. The finish is long and warming, with lingering notes of jackfruit and juniper.*Not available in Champaign or Springfield.

Expand Your Perception of Pales - And Your Palate Will Follow

Dragon fruit, yumberry, passionfruit, pear juice and black carrot juice? Dogfish Head and The Flaming Lips came together to design this intensely tropical and strikingly pink pale ale. Curiosity piqued; we’ve got another oddball. How about a wheat ale brewed with super dank hop terpenes? Introducing the second member of Sweetwater’s 420 Strain Series – Mango Kush.

Sweetwater 420 Strain Mango Kush Wheat Ale

Sweetwater 420 Strain Mango Kush Wheat Ale

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$10.99

The nose here must be experienced to be believed. Taking its name from a famous strain of marijuana, this beer contains no cannabis, but it sure smells like it. Light on the palate, it’s soft and juicy, with a finish that’s super fruity and herbaceous. Dank, but not skunky, this beer is like nothing we’ve ever tasted.

Dogfish Head Dragons and Yum Yums

Dogfish Head Dragons and Yum Yums

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$13.99

Yet again thumbing their noses at convention, Dogfish Head incorporates a variety of bizarre fruits and even a vegetable (black carrot juice) into this refreshing pale ale. Berry like fruitiness dominates, with hints of pineapple and pear giving way to a vibrant finish. Trippy to look at and deliciously different.

Beer for Dessert

Dessert inspired stouts are all the rage and some of the adjuncts are getting downright bizarre. Candy, breakfast cereal, sherbet, cookies, chocolate cake – almost nothing’s off limits. We love a nice decadent stout, but it needs to be done right. This week we have a pair of big imperial stouts. One roasty and bittersweet, the other a touch tropical – both irresistibly delicious.

Central Waters Rum Barrel Aged Coconut Porter

Central Waters Rum Barrel Aged Coconut Porter

4 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$16.99

A bright and spirited nose brims with brown sugar, vanilla and toasted coconut. Jet black in color, with a thin crown of tan foam, the first sip envelops the palate with waves of caramel and chocolate. Rich in flavor, but not overly sweet - the finish delivers notes of maple, molasses and toasted coconut.*Not available in Bloomington.

Stone Espresso Totalitarian Imperial Russian Stout

Stone Espresso Totalitarian Imperial Russian Stout

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$15.99

Totalitarian is the kinder and gentler reworking of Stone IRS, but rest assured it’s no pastry stout - more like a steel fist in a velvet glove. This version added a healthy dose of coffee beans to the mix, intensifying rich roasted notes on both the nose and the finish. The nose is impressively aromatic, and while coffee takes center stage, there are also hints of cocoa and licorice. Soft and smooth across the tongue, a rush of coffee and dark chocolate is followed by a long earthy finish. Wonderful for dessert, even better at brunch. *Not available in Bloomington.

Try Not To Suck

Joe Maddon’s Respect 90 Foundation takes its name from a simple fundamental – run hard to first base, respect those 90 feet, and respect will come back to you. Equally simple advice from coach – have fun out there and try not to suck.

Looking for a refreshing new way to do good, Respect 90 partnered with Rags of Honor, a charitable organization that provides employment and services to homeless veterans, to design Try Not To Suck German Style Lager. As Rags of Honor works to launch RnR Brews, the folks at Haymarket stepped up to the plate to craft this refreshing new brew. A big round of cheers to these philanthropic all-stars and to opening day at The Friendly Confines.

Joe Maddon's Try Not to Suck German Style Lager

Joe Maddon's Try Not to Suck German Style Lager

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$8.99

We’re a big believer in Joe’s commitment to paying it forward – so from now until the end of theseason, Binny’s will donate ALL proceeds from the sale of Try Not To Suck to Respect 90. Hats off to their continued work towards improving lives right here in Chicago and beyond.

Gotta Have That Funk! A Taste of the Wild Side

Whether you’re new to funky and sour beer, or on the lookout for the latest tart and tangy brews, we have three excellent releases that you will not want to miss - a funky stout that was four years in the making, a fruit filled barrel aged sour (in a can!) and Funkwerks finally makes it to Illinois!

Funkwerks Raspberry Provincial

Funkwerks Raspberry Provincial

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$10.99

In 2013, a batch of Funkwerks’ sessionable sour ale Provincial wasn’t quite to specs, so they added a bunch of raspberries. Out of this happy accident, Raspberry Provincial was born, and it’s become one of their most recognized beers. A refreshing balance of bright acidity and jammy berry sweetness makes this a tantalizingly tangy treat.

Almanac Cherry Sournova

Almanac Cherry Sournova

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

$16.99

There are quite a few kettle sours available in cans, but Almanac was determined to bring the more nuanced side of sour ale to cans. Their Sournova series utilizes a mixed culture fermentation of Saccharomyces, Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus, along with a few other microflora, to create a softer sour ale with a touch of earthy funk. It’s light on the palate, but the cherry flavor is deep, dark and rounded.

Lagunitas Sonoma Farmhouse Brett Stout

Lagunitas Sonoma Farmhouse Brett Stout

22oz Bottle

$7.99

Lagunitas has made some unconventional beers over the years, but this might be the most interesting one yet. This blend of barrel aged stouts includes stout aged in Sonoma County red wine barrels for 4 years! The nose is funky and layered, with notes of chocolate, oak and cherry. Similar flavors present on the palate, giving way to a long dry finish with notes of blackberry and cocoa nibs.

Out With The Ordinary! Stem Salted Cucumber

Need a break from the same old, same old? How about a hard cider? Stem produces some of the best cider on the shelf and one of our favorite seasonals is back. A collaborative effort with Colorado pickle makers The Real Dill, A Salted Cucumber is not only delicious straight up, it’s also a great cocktail mixer – especially with gin.

Stem Salted Cucumber

Stem A Salted Cucumber

4 Pack of 12oz Cans

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

Built with a refreshingly dry cider base, A Salted Cumber is dry hopped with Cascade and Citra hops and finished with fresh cucumber juice and sea salt. The nose is remarkably aromatic, with notes of floral hops and freshly cut cucumber. It’s snappy and bright on the palate, with just a touch of salt on the finish. An amazingly refreshing hard cider.

The Secret's Out

When it comes to imperial stout, we see a lot of pastry stouts these days. This category includes stouts modeled after all manner of desserts, and we’ve seen everything from cookies to entire chocolate cakes dumped into beer. When we approached Brickstone about doing a collaborative brew, we wanted to go back to basics. We headed down to Bourbonnais to brew up a batch of their Dark Secret Imperial Stout, which was then laid it to rest in our hand selected Maker’s Mark and Stranahan’s whiskey barrels. After nine months in oak, these tremendous beers are finally ready to enjoy. As for which one’s our favorite, we’re keeping that a secret.

Brickstone Dark Secret Aged in Binnys Hand Picked Makers Mark Barrels

Brickstone Dark Secret Aged in Binny's Hand Picked Maker's Mark Barrels

12oz Bottle

$7.99

Thick in body and black as night, the nose offers an enticing preview of things to come, with notes of cocoa powder, vanilla and oak. Lusciously soft across the tongue, it delivers big notes of vanilla, followed by caramel, chocolate and roasted pecans. No adjuncts, yet it drinks like a pecan turtle in a glass.

Brickstone Dark Secret Aged in Binnys Hand Picked Stranahans Barrels

Brickstone Dark Secret Aged in Binny's Hand Picked Stranahan's Barrels

16.9oz Bottle

$9.99

If the Maker’s Mark Barrel Aged Dark Secret tastes like a pecan turtle, the Stranahan’s barrel aged variant reminds us of chocolate covered strawberries. The nose is similar, but a touch more oaky. The finish offers a lovely mix of chocolate, berry fruit sweetness and licorice spice.