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Bring Home Some Cheer

The holiday season is an exciting time for beer. Cold winter weather and decadent dinner parties have inspired everything from rich roasty stouts to spicy winter warmers, and a few surprises in between. Here are some treasured favorites that we’re excited to welcome back this year.

21st Amendment Fireside Chat

21st Amendment Fireside Chat

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$9.99

If you’re looking for a rich and spicy winter warmer, 21st Amendment’s Fireside Chat is where it’s at. A lengthy and layered malt bill supplies rich malt complexity, offering notes of chocolate and caramel that are artfully accented by a touch of baking spice. Keep the milk in the fridge and serve this with your cookies. *Not available in Springfield.

Bell's Winter White

Bell's Winter White

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$9.99

Winter White is similar to Belgian witbier, but Bell’s omits the coriander and orange peel and instead lets a spicy and fruity Belgian yeast strain do all the talking. It’s soft and smooth on the palate, with citrus and a touch of clove on the finish.

Lagunitas Brown Shugga'

Lagunitas Brown Shugga'

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

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

Some of the best things in life are the product of happy accidents. Such is the case with Lagunitas Brown Shugga’. This beloved holiday classic began as a botched batch of Olde GnarlyWine. The addition of brown sugar not only increased the ABV, but also amped up the rich malty sweetness. Toffee, caramel and big piney hops all rolled into one massive brew that's deceptively easy to drink.

Great Lakes Christmas Ale

Great Lakes Christmas Ale

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$12.99

Many Christmas beers are spiced, but Great Lakes does so judiciously, making this one of the most revered winter brews. Caramelized malt and honey are accented by just a touch of cinnamon, and while crafted with honey, it’s not overly sweet. An artfully balanced brew that pairs wonderfully with a variety of Christmas staples, from glazed ham to gingerbread.

Sierra Nevada Celebration

Sierra Nevada Celebration

12 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$15.99

In 1981 Sierra Nevada bucked tradition by introducing a bold American IPA as their winter seasonal. Brewed with freshly harvested whole cone hops, its piney and citrusy hop bitterness is artfully contrasted by a touch of malt sweetness. One of the first American IPAs, and one we eagerly look forward to each year.

Forget About The Cold - With A Sip of Summertime

Beer Is Agriculture – it’s not just a saying at Almanac, it’s an important reminder that you’re only as good as your ingredients. Be it locally grown fruits, grains or spices, their commitment to quality shines in every beer they bring to market. Popping one of their fruity barrel aged sours is as refreshing as a cool summer breeze, and a much-needed break from the slough of hearty winter brews.

Almanac Blueberry Jack collaboration with Stillwater Artisanal Ales

Almanac Blueberry Jack collaboration with Stillwater Artisanal Ales

12.7oz Bottle

$6.99

Pouring a beautiful rosey peach, there’s a touch of funk on the nose, followed by hints of nectarine and blueberry. Light across the palate, it delivers bright fruity acidity that smacks of blueberry and watermelon. The finish is oaky and herbaceous, with hints of basil, white peppercorns, and a kiss of minerality. A remarkably complex beer.

Almanac Raspberry Sunshine

Almanac Raspberry Sunshine

12.7oz Bottle

$6.99

Hazy pink in color, the nose offers freshly picked raspberries, followed by a touch of earthy funk. The palate is remarkably soft and creamy, with big jammy raspberry and lemon zest. The fruit filled finish is lively and bright, capped by a tiny hint of allspice.

Almanac Fruit Cobbler

Almanac Fruit Cobbler

12.7oz Bottle

$6.99

The nose here is quite remarkable, freshly sliced peaches dusted with cinnamon, cloves and allspice. Eye openingly sour across the tongue, its big fruity acidity is tempered by a wave of sweet baking spice. We’ve never tasted anything like this, and that’s saying something. This is a must try.

Thirsty for IPA

Rarely can you trace the development of a beer style back to a single brewer. Amazingly such is the case with “Brut IPA”. Kim Sturdavant of San Francisco’s Social Kitchen & Brewery created this enzymatic enigma, and while his bruts have yet to make it to Chicagoland, scores of other brewers are having a go at his style. Revolution’s was a real stand out, and we were also quite impressed with Stone’s someone unconventional take on the style. Besides these bruts, a few other IPAs rolled in that are not to missed.

Brut IPA
Revolution Brut Hero

Revolution Brut Hero

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$12.99

Brut IPA should be extremely pale in color, refreshingly light in body and feature a bone-dry finish. Not only does Brut Hero check all those boxes, but the use of Hallertau Blanc hops imbues vinous aromas and flavors to the nose and finish. A must try for beer and sparkling wine fans alike and a real standout in the Hero series. *Not available in Springfield.

Brut DIPA
Stone Enjoy By Brut IPA

Stone Enjoy By Brut IPA

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$15.99

Stone sunk their claws into Brut IPA and made it their own, amping up the ABV and hopping it with literally a dozen different hops. Tropical and floral on the nose, it’s light in body and finishes with a touch of fruity sweetness. This might not be totally “true to style” but we’re sure Stone couldn’t care less. It’s a tasty beer and at the end of the day, that’s all that matters.

DIPA
Coronado Never Better

Coronado Never Better

6 Pack of 16oz Cans

$13.99

We’ve been saying it a lot lately, and here we are saying it again – Coronado’s putting out some of the most reliably excellent IPAs in the market. It’s not overly bitter, nor does it seem big or boozy – it’s a refreshingly crisp and clean DIPA that amazingly aromatic and dangerously easy to drink. On top of all that, it’s DIPA in six packs of 16oz cans! Incredible beer – amazing value.

New England IPA
Perrin Push Hop

Perrin Push Hop

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$12.99

We’ve seen the New England style IPA birth the “Milkshake IPA”, but what about a “Sorbet IPA”? One look at the name and you get a sense of what Perrin is after. This push pop inspired brew is creamy like a Milkshake IPA, but not quite as rich or sweet. A tasty riff on a popular new style. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington or Springfield.

Single Hop IPA
Greenbush Party Wolf

Greenbush Party Wolf

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

Regular Price $9.99 Special Price $7.99
with Binny's Card

Michigan loves Centennial hopped IPAs. Greenbush takes their seat at the table, dealing out this old school single hop Centennial IPA. Generous hop bitterness is matched by just enough malt sweetness, producing a satisfyingly balanced finish. *Not available in Springfield.

A Wild Collaboration

To celebrate our 70th Anniversary, we headed to Firestone Walker’s Barrelworks facility, home to their award winning wild and sour ales. Our goal - to blend California terroir with a tropical treasure of the Midwest, the paw paw fruit. We’re proud to announce the arrival of this collaborative project, Paw² Prints. This blend of young and old barrel aged wild ale bursts with tropical aromas and flavors. A refreshingly complex ale - showcasing the rarely recognized, yet perplexingly delicious paw paw. Read how it all came together here.

Firestone Walker Paw2 Prints collaboration with Binnys Beverage Depot

Firestone Walker Paw2 Prints collaboration with Binny's Beverage Depot

12.7oz Bottle

$12.99

Bright and vinous on the nose, with hints of tropical fruit and oak. A big blast of refreshing acidity awakens the palate, followed by a rush of lemon, kiwi and pineapple. The lively finish delivers notes of mango, cantaloupe and toasted oak. *Not available in Champaign or Springfield.

Decadence Delivered A Rare Release From Perrin

We try quite a few dessert inspired stouts and porters. Artfully integrating adjuncts is no easy task - things can get messy. When a brewery gets it right, we take notice and Perrin’s Malted Milk Ball is one of our favorites. This limited-edition gift set marks the return of this rarity along with a brand-new barrel aged brew. Introducing Perrin Reserve 2018 – a brandy barrel aged, triple mashed Russian imperial stout, made with bourbon barrel aged honey, caramelized lactose sugar and golden raisins!*Not available in Champaign, Bloomington or Springfield.

Perrin Reserve Russian Triple Mash Imperial Stout

Perrin Reserve 2018

The nose here is remarkable, offering plenty of vanilla, honeycomb and cocoa powder. Bright and bourbon forward, it glides across the palate, delivering ribbons of caramel and stewed figs. The finish is rich, deep and spirited, with hints of caramelized peaches, allspice and brandied cherries. One of Perrin’s finest creations. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington or Springfield.

Malted Milk Ball Imperial Porter

Perrin Malted Milk Ball

Pop the bottle and you’re greeted with the aroma of brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla – pretty much chocolate chip cookie dough. Surprisingly light on the palate, an initial rush of vanilla is followed by luscious dark chocolate fudge and a touch of allspice. The finish is bourbon drenched chocolate truffle, with notes of maple syrup and cinnamon. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington or Springfield.

Game of Throne’s Gift Packs Get The Royal Treatment

Winter is here, and Ommegang’s brewed up something special. This limited-edition gift pack brings together all four Royal Reserve ales, along with a commemorative chalice. Each of these complex creations were designed with a particular character in mind. Daenerys’ brew might just be our favorite, but we’ll let you decide who reigns supreme.*Not available in Springfield.

Hand of the Queen

Ommegang Hand of the Queen – Barleywine for Tyrion

The nose offers notes of orange peel, brown sugar and dates, with a hint of sweet baking spice. The palate begins with pronounced honey and molasses, giving way to candied citrus and allspice. The finish is earthy and warming, with notes of walnut, mint and a touch of pine.

Mother of Dragons

Ommegang Mother of Dragons – Smoked Porter and Kriek blend for Daenerys

Pouring black as coal with ruby highlights, the nose offers soft subtle smoke, coffee and licorice. Silken across the palate, it delivers a complex mélange of flavors, with pronounced cocoa, tart cherry and sarsaparilla. The finish bright and dry, with the richness of a chocolate cherry cordial.

Queen of the Seven Kingdoms

Ommegang Queen of the Seven Kingdoms – Sour Blonde Ale blend for Cersei

The nose is citrusy and floral with notes of white peppercorn, anise and chamomile. Initially soft and creamy, a big burst of lemony acidity races across the tongue - leaving the palate awash with pineapple, tangerine and a kiss of sweet spice.

King in the North

Ommegang King in the North – Barrel Aged Imperial Stout for Jon

Pitch black in color, this massive imperial stout offers aromas of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. A rich enveloping mouthfeel blankets the tongue with the flavors of molasses, licorice and chocolate covered caramel. The finish is long and dry, with notes of oak and espresso.

Drink Your Dessert A Trio of Tasty Treats
4 Hands Chocolate Milk Stout Variety Gift with Glass

4 Hands Chocolate Milk Stout Variety Gift with Glass

3 Pack of 22oz Bottles

$22.99

Stout season is upon us and breweries are doubling down on dessert inspired stouts. If you’re a fan of milk stouts, 4 Hands makes one of the best on the shelf. Each year they tinker with the recipe, infusing delectable new flavors into their rich chocolaty stout. This year’s gift set includes a signature glass and bottles of this year’s variants: Chocolate Covered Cherry, Mississippi Mud Cake and Bananas Foster. These disappear quick - stop in and get your hands on some fast!

Introducing A Super Sessionable Sour From Odell

Need a break from the rich stuff? How about a refreshingly sessionable sour from Odell? Sippin’ Pretty gets its beautiful pink color and bright fruity character from three super fruits – guava, acai and elderberries.

Odell Sippin' Pretty

Odell Sippin' Pretty

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$9.99

The nose here is citrusy and tropical, with big vibrant guava. Fresh guava splashes across the palate, followed by hints of raspberry and watermelon. Elderberries impart a woodsy earthiness to the tangy salt kissed finish. Similar to a gose, but without the coriander, this is a real thirst quencher.

Heroes For The Holidays

Of all the beer styles on our shelves, none is more beloved than IPA – and when it comes to this iconic style, our friends at Revolution have amassed quite the cast of characters. The 5th installment of their League of Heroes variety pack just landed and it’s a great gift idea for the beer lover on your list. Revolution’s wildly popular winter seasonal Fistmas is also back in action. You can wrap them up in stylish Revolution gift paper, free with your purchase of either (2) six packs of Fistmas or League of Heroes twelve packs! *While Supplies last.

Revolution League of Heroes

12 Pack of 12oz Cans

$19.99
Revolution Cashmere-Hero

Revolution Cashmere-Hero

Cashmere – not a hop you see every day. This cross between Cascade and Northern Brewer is famously aromatic and tropical, and here it delivers loads of lemon, peach and pineapple aromatics. The palate is amazingly fruity, with hints of strawberry, honeydew melon and coconut. Fruity and floral on the finish - this is a remarkable IPA.

Revolution El Dorado-Hero

Revolution El Dorado-Hero

Featuring El Dorado hops from Washington’s Yakima Valley, the nose here is earthy and bright, with notes of green grass and watermelon rind. The palate is a mixture of fruity and floral flavor, with a hint of peach and a touch of pine. Floral notes continue into the finish, concluding with a hints of rose petal and a touch of lemon peel.

Revolution Crystal-Hero

Revolution Crystal-Hero

When it comes to beer, when we hear crystal, we typically think of malt. Crystal is also the name of a hop, that despite being around since the 1980s, is only now receiving the attention it deserves. The nose here is fruity and herbaceous, with a touch of pine. The palate is refreshingly fruity, with notes of bright tangy pineapple and guava on the finish. One of our favorite Heroes.

Revolution Anti-Hero

Revolution Anti-Hero

The first in their now famous Hero series and a true champion of the Chicago craft beer scene. Anti-Hero is citrusy, piney, crisp and clean. It’s hard to find an IPA with greater crowd appeal.

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Revolution Fistmas

Revolution Fistmas

6 Pack of 12oz Cans

$9.99

Fistmas is a hoppy red ale that’s spiced with ginger and orange peel. This mix of sweet caramel malts, citrusy hops and ginger spice, results in a remarkably well-balanced holiday ale that leaves you thirsty for another.

Grab A Glass With These Seasonal Selections

Drinking beer straight from the bottle might be convenient, but to fully appreciate the entire spectrum of flavors and aromas, you need to pour your beer into a glass. Rest assured, Binny’s offers a wide selection of glassware, and when you purchase a six pack of Ballast Point’s new Spruce Tip Sculpin, you’ll receive a Sculpin pint glass for free! *While Supplies Last.

Ballast Point Spruce Tip Sculpin

Ballast Point Spruce Tip Sculpin

6 Pack of 12oz Bottles

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

The latest edition to the Sculpin family is an intriguing one. As one might imagine, spruce tips impart a piney character that melds perfectly with resinous west coast hops. Much to our surprise, they also imbue the beer with some uniquely fruity flavors, with pronounced notes of lemon, rosemary and red grapes. A fresh new face for a familiar classic, thanks to a centuries old brewing spice. We grabbed our first taste of Spruce Tip Sculpin at Ballast Point’s Chicago taproom. Read about our visit here. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington or Springfield.

Deck The Halls With IPA

Malted barley, water, hops and yeast – the traditional building blocks of beer. Incorporating additional ingredients or “adjuncts” is à la mode, but for Dogfish Head it’s always been their raison d’ être. Their “off centered” ales succeed only because the foundation on which they’re built is solid from the start. This holiday variety pack showcases this expertise – offering a pair of iconic IPAs alongside two category defying beer-wine hybrids.

Dogfish Head IPA for the Holidays

12 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$18.99
Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA

Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA

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.

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA

The follow up to 90 Minute IPA, 60 Min is an easy and gentler cousin. Lighter kilned malts allow its hefty hop bill to shine, with 60 minutes of continuous hopping adding plenty of citrusy and piney hop flavor. The finish is refreshingly old school – bitter, but by no means overbearing. An iconic IPA that continues to stand the test of time.

Dogfish Head Sixty One

Dogfish Head Sixty One

Beer/wine hybrids – many have tried, and many have failed. Dogfish Head successfully threads the needle here, allowing Syrah grape must to imbue this refreshingly crisp IPA with an enchanting mix of dark fruit aroma and flavor. On the nose, there are notes of pine and black currant, complimenting a woodsy palate that’s accented by hints of elderberry and marmalade. The finish is bright and fruity, with notes of blackberry and juniper.

Dogfish Head Viniferous IPA

Dogfish Head Viniferous IPA

Viniferous IPA is fermented with Riesling and Viognier grape must and hopped with Hallertau Blanc, Huell Melon and El Dorado. The level of complexity here is breathtaking. The nose is woodsy and herbaceous, with notes of cedar and lemon balm. Soft and delicate across the palate, it delivers notes of starfruit and honeydew melon. The finish is fruity and floral, with lingering kiwi and lychee fruit. Exclusive to this variety pack, we hope to see this stunning IPA return in the future.

 ‘Tis The Season For Barrel Aged Beer

With the first snow of the year already under our belt, porter and stout season is officially here. This week we have two deliciously decadent barrel aged offerings that pair wonderfully with desserts. Better yet, you can simply serve them as dessert. Step one, pour into a snifter. Voila, dessert is served!

Lagunitas Willettized Gift Set with two Lagunitas Mason Jars

Lagunitas Willettized Gift Set with two Lagunitas Mason Jars

22oz Bottle

$14.99

Lagunitas Willettized is back, and with the holidays upon us, we’re excited to announce the arrival of the first ever gift set from Lagunitas. Willettized takes its name from the Willet rye whiskey barrels that house this decadent coffee stout for up to nine months. The nose is bursting with the aromas of cocoa, caramel and vanilla. The palate is awash with rich chocolate fudge, accented by hints of baking spice and dark fruit. Spice Island coffee from Chicago’s Metropolis Coffee further enhances this chocolate lovers dream, adding a touch of roasted nuttiness to the finish.

Saugatuck Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Neapolitan Milk Stout

Saugatuck Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Neapolitan Milk Stout

4 Pack of 12oz Bottles

$19.99

Stout topped with a hefty scoop of ice cream is a deliciously quick and easy dessert. With this in mind, Saugatuck brewed up an imperial version of their Neapolitan Stout - a big oatmeal milk stout that perfectly melds rich chocolaty malt flavors with jammy strawberry notes and a touch of vanilla sweetness. As if this wasn’t decadent enough, it was then laid to rest in bourbon barrels. The finished brew is nothing short of magical, with bright bourbon notes on the nose, a touch of berry sweetness on the palate and rich chocolate covered caramel on the finish. *Not available in Champaign, Bloomington or Springfield.