Beer Ticker The Beer Buzz Wunderbar! Weihenstephaner 1516 Returns

In 2016, Brauerei Weihenstephan celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reinheitsgebot with a Kellerbier. This centuries-old style is a testament to the beauty and grace that can be achieved through the seemingly simple combination of barley, water and hops. Sadly, Kellerbier has long since disappeared from the limelight. Thankfully, Weihenstephaner 1516 is back and it’s a wonderful example of a style that’s yet to receive the veneration it deserves. Amidst a sea of craft congruity, perhaps this timeless classic is just the “new” thing you’ve been looking for.

Weihenstephaner 1516

Weihenstephaner 1516

6 Pack of 11.2oz Bottles

Regular Price $10.99 Special Price $9.99
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Pouring burnished amber in color, this unfiltered lager offers biscuity malt aromas, along with a subtle hit of grassy hops. Medium and body, notes of toasted malt and caramel are contrasted by herbaceous hop bitterness, resulting in a beautifully balanced and flavorsome finish.

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Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier

Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier

6 Pack of 11.2oz Bottles

Regular Price $10.99 Special Price $9.99
with Binny's Card

This naturally cloudy wheat beer pours with volumes of creamy foam, accentuating a silky-smooth mouthfeel. Weihenstephaner’s treasured yeast strain imparts notes of clove and banana to both the nose and the finish. One of the most recognized and highly awarded Hefeweizens in the world.

Weihenstephaner Original Lager

Weihenstephaner Original Lager

6 Pack of 11.2oz Bottles

Regular Price $10.99 Special Price $9.99
with Binny's Card

Similar to a Pilsner, but not quite as dry, this refreshing German Helles highlights malt character without being overly sweet. Classic noble hops provide balance and impart floral and grassy notes to the finish. A perfectly balanced beer, whose simplistic elegance will leave you reaching for more.

A Petite Treat

Need a break from hard seltzer? Don’t want to open a big bottle of champagne? Introducing Vander Mill Brut - the second release in Vander Mill’s adorable Apple Bud Series. Vander Mill Brut is fermented down all the way to zero brix and there is zero back sweetening. What you’re left with is a legitimately dry cider, that’s bright and fruit forward, yet remarkably crisp and low calorie.

Vander Mill Brut

Vander Mill Brut

4 Pack of 8oz Cans

$6.99

When it comes to hard cider, the most enduring misconception is that it’s all sweet. This cute little can will set things straight. Pour into a Champagne flute and it looks the part. The nose is fresh and fruity, with hints of lemon peel and tart cherry. Lively carbonation dances across the tongue, delivering a refreshing wave of palate cleansing acidity, culminating in a bone dry, yet fruity finish. Only 80 calories a can and at 6.5% ABV, this little guy packs some punch. *Not available in Bloomington, Champaign or Springfield.

A Taste Of History - Treasured Cherry Lambic Returns

The city of Brussels was once ripe with cherry orchards and the local producers of spontaneously fermented lambic relied on tart Schaerbeek cherries to create their renowned Kriek beer. Over time, the number of orchards dwindled, interest in traditionally made Kriek diminished and the Schaerbeek cherry all but disappeared. Thanks to the commitments of producers like Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen and Boon – thousands of trees have been planted and this treasured tart cherry is making a comeback. Boon Schaarbeekse lambic is made with 400 grams of Schaerbeek cherries per liter of lambic. The results are breathtaking and it’s one of the best beers of 2019

Boon Schaarbeekse Kriek

Boon Schaarbeekse Kriek

12.7oz Bottle

$9.99

Pouring a striking shade of crimson with rose colored foam, the nose is funky and fruity, with notes of earthy oak and dark fruit. Lively carbonation dances across the tongue, delivering a rush of lemon, cherry and almond. Like other Boon lambics, the acidity here is restrained, allowing for a pillowy soft finish that refreshes the palate and leaves you yearning for more.*Not available in Bloomington, Champaign or Springfield.

Introducing Freezer Brew - Icy Cold Innovation From Sprecher

Beer, meet push pop. Just in time for the dog days of summer, Sprecher introduces a new way to beat the heat. We’ve seen some beer slushies pop up in tap rooms as of late, but Sprecher has been researching and re-engineering these pops for over a year. While we were skeptical at first, we have to say, this Margarita-esq brew is pretty delicious.

Sprecher Freezer Brew Mexican Style Ale with Lime & Sea Salt

Sprecher Freezer Brew Mexican Style Ale with Lime & Sea Salt

6 Pack of 6oz Pouches

$9.99

Step one, put these in a freezer for at least 12 hours. Snip the pouch, push up and take a bite. Sweet, tangy, citrusy and refreshing - these deliver as promised. Sprecher dialed in the sweetness and acidity and didn’t overdo it with the salt. Looking for something unique for your next party – here it is. *Not available in Bloomington, Champaign or Springfield.

Sacre Bleu! Blanche de Chambly, Now in Cans

Quebec’s Unibroue is famous for brewing highly flavorful and aromatic Belgian style ales and Blanche de Chambly was the first beer Unibroue released when they opened doors in 1992. Since then it’s garnered over 30 international medals and awards. Simply put, it’s one of the finest witbiers on the shelf, rivaling even the best of Belgium.

Unibroue Blanche de Chambly

Unibroue Blanche de Chambly

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

$8.99

A very traditional interpretation of a Belgian Witbier with an incredible mouthfeel. Pillowy light, creamy and refreshing - with notes of coriander, honey and fresh orange zest. A secondary fermentation produces delicate champagne like carbonation and a silky mousse-like finish.*Not available in Bloomington, Champaign or Springfield.

Bell’s Presents Leaves of Grass

Bell’s founder Larry Bell has drawn inspiration from many sources over the years, including nature, music and literature. The Leaves of Grass series pays homage to Walt Witman’s literary masterpiece, with each release taking it’s name and inspiration from one of Witman’s poems.

Bell's Leaves of Grass Series II: The Prairie-Grass Dividing

Bell's Leaves of Grass Series II: The Prairie-Grass Dividing

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$11.99

Brewed with heirloom grains and plum juice, this gose pours a lovely shade of coral, with a crown of white foam. It’s lively and bright on the palate, with notes of cracked wheat and tart plum. The finish is refreshing and juicy, with notes of lemon, raspberry and kiss of salt.  *Not available in Bloomington or Springfield.

One Good Gose Deserves Another

If you’re lookin’ for another lip smackin’ gose, Perennial’s Suburban Beverage is back, and this time in 4 packs! A good gose needs to maintain the right amount of balance. Not too tart, nor too salty, it should refresh the palate and leave you thirsty for more. Suburban Beverage is on point.

Perennial Suburban Beverage

Perennial Suburban Beverage

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

$11.99

This refreshing gose is brewed with key lime juice, lemon and orange peels. Sharp and citrusy on the nose, a wave of fresh citrus acidity races across the palate, with a touch a salt accenting an invigorating finish. A deliciously tangy thirst quencher.  *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington or Springfield.

Cool Off With A Refreshing Lager

The nights are getting shorter and the autumnal brews are already rolling in. As much as we love a rich malty marzen, summer weather calls for something thirst quenching. Here are a few of our favorite craft lagers, all especially refreshing on a hot summer day.

BuckleDown Fritzicuffs

BuckleDown Fritzicuffs

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

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

We’ve been lauding the hoppier stuff from BuckleDown as of late, brews like Clencher 2 and Circle Pit, but one of BuckleDown’s hidden gems is Fritzicuffs. Craft pilsners seem to be popping up left and right these days, but BuckleDown’s been canning this crushable brew for years. The nose here is classic German-style Pils, full of spicy and herbaceous notes. Crisp, refreshing, and clean – this is a rock solid pils.

Greenbush Oro De Tontos

Greenbush Oro De Tontos

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

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

Mexican lager is another style that’s caught the attention of local craft brewers as of late. Greenbush’s Oro De Tontos returns and this time in cans. Sterling and Mt. Hood hops provide a bit of grassy and herbaceous balance to bready malt sweetness, making this craft take on a macro staple worth seeking out.  *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington or Springfield.

Temperance Basement Party

Temperance Basement Party

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$8.99

The latest from Temperance evokes memories of simpler times and if you’re looking for a break from all the hop drenched hazys and fruit forward brews, this refreshing return to form is worth the price of admission. Medium in body, with a touch of crackery malt - this unfiltered lager is impeccably balanced, concluding with a refreshingly off-dry finish that leaves you thirsty for more. One of Temperance’s finest brews.  *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington or Springfield.

Lagunitas Lagur

Lagunitas Lagur

12 Pack of 12oz Cans

Regular Price $16.99 Special Price $14.99
with Binny's Card

Given their passion for hops, we expected something bordering on an IPL, but hop bitterness is quite restrained here. Loral hops impart their famously floral and herbaceous qualities to this lager, especially on the nose, making this a unique mixture of new and old-world flavors. Nab this summer seasonal before it disappears.

A Juicy Collaboration - From The City By The Bay

After years of collaborating with Anchor on events, San Francisco clothing company San Franpsycho teamed up with Anchor Brewing to create this juicy IPA. San Franpsycho IPA is brewed with a unique mixed culture yeast strain that produces a big estery nose. Those bold aromas are further accentuated by generous dry hopping, along with a healthy amount of peach and apricot purees.

Anchor San Franpsycho IPA

Anchor San Franpsycho IPA

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$9.99

Dank and fruity on the nose, aromas and peach and apricot are accented by notes of lemon, mango and pine. Soft across the palate, a wave of stone fruit flavor is punctuated by notes of pineapple and papaya. The finish is soft and fruity, with a touch of tangerine and juniper.  *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington or Springfield.

When’s the last time you tried the beer that put Anchor on the map? A uniquely American beer that’s stood the test of time.

Anchor Steam

Anchor Steam

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$7.99

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 fermented at ale yeast temperatures. Anchor Steam is fruity and floral, offering rich caramel malt flavor 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.

Chainwide Tasting The Bruery Sports A New Look - Can You Dig It?

Be it the wild and sour ales of Bruery Terreux, the intriguingly complex beers of The Bruery, or the juicy IPAs of Offshoot Beer Co., California’s Bruery produces a varied and impressive line-up of world class beers. Reacting to changing tastes and trends, they’ve revamped and restyled – offering both revered classics and their latest creations in 16oz cans!

The Bruery Mischief

The Bruery Mischief

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

$14.99

Inspired by the classic Belgian golden strong ale Duvel, Mischief sports some new world flare thanks to the addition of American hops. Super dry and effervescent, the aroma of spicy Belgian yeast is accented by notes of tangerine, pear and honeydew melon. After all these years, this award-winning classic is still one of our favorite releases from the Bruery. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington or Springfield.

The Bruery Or Xata

The Bruery Or Xata

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

$14.99

Are you a fan of Horchata? That sweet and spicy Latin American favorite served as the inspiration for Or Xata. This blonde ale is brewed with rice, cinnamon and fresh vanilla beans. A dose of lactose provides a touch of sweetness as well as some creaminess. A perfect partner for enchiladas or chicken mole. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington or Springfield.

The Bruery Barrel Aged Bakery Coconut Macaroon

The Bruery Barrel Aged Bakery Coconut Macaroon

16oz Can

$7.99

Pastry stouts are all the rage and the Bruery Bakery series is on point. This release delivers as promised, brimming with big chocolate and coconut flavors and aromas. Soft and creamy across the tongue, it’s rich, but not overly sweet, concluding with a nice warming finish. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington or Springfield.

Bruery Terreux Wit The Funk

Bruery Terreux Wit The Funk

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

$14.99

This is not your typical witbier. Fermented with Brettanomyces and the Bruery Terreux house mixed yeast culture, this funky wit is sent to the Terreux Foeder Forest to rest in French and American oak. Lemony, spicy, funky - this has to be tasted to be fully appreciated. Soft and subtle, yet at the same time vibrant and refreshing; a barrel aged sour in a can and an amazing one at that! *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington or Springfield.

Bruery Terreux Goses Are Red

Bruery Terreux Goses Are Red

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

$14.99

This is not your typical gose. Aged in oak foeders with grapes, it transforms into a fruit filled refresher that blurs the line between wine and beer. Soft and effervescent on the palate, a nice does of acidity lifts its ripe berry flavors and adds some snap to the finish. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington or Springfield.

Thirsty For IPA? Pick Your Style

Another week, another round of IPAs. Whether you’re looking for a massive DIPA or something more sessionable, we’ve got a solid lineup. We’re especially excited to announce the arrival of a killer collaborative brew between Lagunitas and Short’s – Fluxed In Paradise.

Thirsty?
Lagunitas Fluxed in Paradise

Lagunitas Fluxed in Paradise

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$11.99

Massively tropical on the nose, this hazy IPA is bursting with guava, pineapple and passionfruit. The palate is super dank and herbaceous, with notes of basil, lemongrass and pine. The finish big and resinous, with lasting flavors of pineapple and pine.

Thirsty?
Cigar City Humidor IPA

Cigar City Humidor IPA

4 Pack of 12oz Cans

$9.99

It’s been awhile since we saw something new from Cigar City. Humidor IPA is another variant of Jai Alai, this time laid to rest on cedar wood spirals. Much like White Oak Jai Alai, the wood aging adds some spicy peppery notes. The cedar also imparts a unique sandalwood character that melds well with the malt character, while also accentuating the citrusy hop bill.

Thirsty?
Toppling Goliath King Sue

Toppling Goliath King Sue

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

$18.99

It’s back! Pseudo Sue gets amplified to monstrous proportions in the Hazy DIPA from Toppling Goliath. The Citra hop runs wild here, imparting a myriad of tropical aromas and flavors, with pronounced mango, guava and pineapple. Dangerously easy to drink, this is one of our all-time favorites from Toppling Goliath.

Thirsty?
Goose Island So Lo IPA

Goose Island So Lo IPA

15 Pack of 12oz Cans

$11.99

Goose Island enters the lo-cal craft game with So-Lo. Brewed with Idaho 7, Kohatu and Chinook hops, the nose is citrusy and herbaceous, with a touch of pineapple. At only 3% ABV you’d expect a super light body, but surprisingly there is a bit of mouthfeel here, no doubt thanks to the addition of oats to the mashbill. Refreshingly crisp with a good amount of piney hop character on the finish. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington or Springfield.

An Epic Release

Barrel aged beer is all about big flavors, but how do you push the envelope, without completely going off the rails? We’ve seen some interesting experiments over the years, but Epic took things a step further when they started aging their adjuncts. The Baptist family continues to grow and what we have here today the crème de la crème. Only the finest hand selected Baptist barrels make their way into Big Bad Baptist Reserve. It’s exceedingly big and complex, yet thanks to careful blending, breathtakingly nuanced.

Epic Big Bad Baptist Reserve

Epic Big Bad Baptist Reserve

22oz Bottle

$17.99

Coffee, coconut, whiskey, rum, chocolate, dark fruit… On paper this seems like it might be too much, yet with all these big flavors in play, Baptist Reserve is remarkably round and balanced, weaving a complex tapestry of confectionary notes without becoming too sweet. A testament to the art of blending and one of the most impressive stouts we’ve ever tasted.

What A Difference A Barrel Make

Apparently, we weren’t the only ones to be mega impressed by Central Waters’ Rye Barrel Aged Stout. Back by popular demand, and this time in 4 packs, this latest addition to the Brewer’s Reserve series is aged in rye whiskey barrels. We still love the Bourbon Barrel Stout, but these rye releases have really been special.

Epic Big Bad Baptist Reserve

Central Waters Rye Barrel Stout

4 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$15.99

The nose here is decadent and spirited, with notes of vanilla, cocoa and a tiny wisp of mint. Gliding effortlessly across the palate, it delivers notes of toffee, maple and stewed figs. Like Central Waters’ Bourbon Barrel Stout, this is exceedingly complex - unlike so many other barrel aged stouts, it’s so remarkably balanced that you’ll find yourself reaching for another.

The Summer of Seltzer, Ice Cold Sparklers - Sizzling Hot Savings

Now here is something you don’t see every day - a big, burly scotch ale, laid to rest in Laird’s Apple Brandy barrels. In 1698 Alexander Laird emigrated from County Fife, Scotland – ultimately settling in Monmouth County New Jersey. He eventually set up a distillery and began making apple brandy, so well in fact, that “future” President George Washington once wrote the Laird family for guidance on the production of cyder spirits! So fill a glass with this brandy drenched scotch ale and raise a toast - Slàinte Mhath!

Odd Side Ales Macdougal's Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Scotch Ale

Odd Side Ales Macdougal's Apple Brandy Barrel Aged Scotch Ale

12oz Bottle

$6.99

Caramel apple on the nose, with just a touch of candied orange peel. It’s pillowy soft and creamy on the palate, with biscuity malt, followed by a rush of candied apple. The finish is long and spirited, with notes of citrus, allspice and oak. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington or Springfield.

Thirsty For IPA? Pick Your Style

What a week for IPA! We taste A LOT of IPAs, and we’re happy to report that this week’s lineup includes some of the best juice of 2019. Whether you’re looking for the soft caress of a creamy NEIPA, or a West Coast slap across the palate, we’ve got you covered.

Thirsty?
4 Hands Scale of Complexity

4 Hands Scale of Complexity

4 Pack of 12oz Cans

$9.99

4 Hands tries their hand at a hazy, and this one’s a winner.Huell Melon is the star of the show here, imparting plenty of stone fruit and melon aromas. Creamy on the palate, notes of apricot and peach are followed by a soft and fruity finish, with notes of honeydew and basil.

Thirsty?
Toppling Goliath Supa' Sumo

Toppling Goliath Supa' Sumo

4 Pack of 16oz Cans

$17.99

Supa’ Sumo is back in action, this time in 16oz cans. As you might have guessed, this is a big IPA. Mosaic and Citra impart a beguiling mix of tropical and citrus aromatics. Juicy fruit flavor races across the palate, with pronounced nectarine and pineapple. The finish is bright and lively, with notes of tangerine and pine.

Thirsty?
Stone Aggro Agronomist IPA

Stone Aggro Agronomist IPA

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$12.99

Stone’s latest IPA is brewed with Citra, Sabro and experimental hop HBC 692 from Perrault Farms in Toppenish, Washington. The nose here is citrusy and herbaceous, with hints of mint and coconut. Expect a complex delivery of hop flavor across the palate, with notes of basil, juniper, tangerine and plum – all capped off with a nice lemony finish. *Not available in Champaign.

Thirsty?
Odd Side Ales 2 Cats in the Wall

Odd Side Ales 2 Cats in the Wall

4 Pack of 12oz Cans

$9.99

Be forewarned, this beer is 10% ABV, but it sure doesn’t taste like it. Amazingly aromatic, this big DIPA offers notes of guava, passionfruit and papaya. Despite its high ABV, its soft on the palate, delivering peach, plum and a touch of lemon. The fruit filled finish smacks of pineapple, with just a touch of resinous pine.

Thirsty?
Odd Side Ales El Dankerino

Odd Side Ales El Dankerino

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$12.99

El Dankerino, (for those of you who aren’t into the whole brevity thing), is a super dank West Coast style DIPA that pays homage to LA’s Hollywood Star Lanes, and of course, The Dude. Aptly named, the nose is very piney and dank, with hints of citrus and tropical fruit. Hopped with Citra, Amarillo and Simcoe, it’s massively fruity and resinous, but with enough malt backbone to keep its hefty ABV well hidden.

Surly’s Summer Stunner

Summer – we’re in the thick of it. Hot summer sun calls for something cool and refreshing, and while plenty of today’s hazys and NEIPAs are tropical and juicy – they can weigh you down. In steps Surly with their latest creation – Stunner Tropical Ale. It’s super aromatic, a touch hazy, and refreshingly crisp and juicy. True to its name, we were stunned at how much we loved this brew. One of the best brews of 2019!

Surly Stunner Tropical Ale

Surly Stunner Tropical Ale

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$10.99

Dry hopped with El Dorado, Amarillo and Mosaic, the nose is bursting with bright tropical aromas, with notes of guava, pineapple and papaya. Medium in body, a wave of tropical fruit rushes across the palate, with pronounced tangerine and passionfruit. A touch of lactose softens its hop bitterness, but doesn’t leave things sweet, ensuring your palate is thirsty for the next sip.

The Summer of Seltzer, Ice Cold Sparklers - Sizzling Hot Savings

Hard Seltzer Water – it’s officially a craze. Interest in these low-cal refreshers has exploded. So what are these things? That depends on the brand, some are made from malt, like other FMBs, (Flavored Malt Beverages), while others are made by fermenting sugar. Often packaged in slim cans, they might all look similar, but there are subtle differences (see below). As for which ones taste best, we want to hear what you think. We’re running a bunch of variety packs at SUPER HOT prices, so there’s never been a better time to taste your way through the field. Show us your favorites @binnysbev.

Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer Variety

Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer Variety Pack

12 Pack of 12oz Cans

Regular Price $12.99 Special Price $10.99
with Binny's Card

Zero sugar, 4.5% ABV and 90 calories per 12oz can – gluten free. Each variety pack includes 3 cans of each of the following: Grapefruit, Clementine Hibiscus, Pear Elderflower and Cranberry.

Henry's Hard Sparkling Water Variety Pack

Henry's Hard Sparkling Water Variety Pack

12 Pack of 12oz Cans

Regular Price $15.99 Special Price $9.99
with Binny's Card

Zero sugar, 4.2% ABV and 88 calories per 12oz can. Each variety pack includes 4 cans of each of the following: Blueberry Lemon, Lemon Lime and Strawberry Kiwi.

Smirnoff Seltzer Variety

Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer Variety Pack

12 Pack of 12oz Cans

Regular Price $15.99 Special Price $11.99
with Binny's Card

Zero sugar, 4.5% ABV and 90 calories per 12oz can - crafted to remove gluten. Each variety pack includes 3 cans of each of the following: Raspberry Rosé, Berry Lemonade, Cranberry Lime and Pina Colada.

Truly Hard Seltzer Wild Berry

Truly Hard Seltzer Wild Berry

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

Regular Price $9.99 Special Price $6.99
with Binny's Card

Last, but not least, we need to give a shout out to one of our favorites – Truly Wild Berry. 5% ABV, 100 calories per 12oz can – gluten free. Most hard seltzers are made with natural flavors, but they don’t always taste that way. The berry flavor here is delicious, yet still refreshingly dry.