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  • Barrel to Bottle: Lo-Cal Beers
    Barrel to Bottle: Lo-Cal Beers
    If you're not quite ready to commit to Dry January, how about Lo-Cal January? Specifically, low calorie beer options that still taste good. Roger has assembled 9 flavor-packed beers, ciders and hard waters from some well-known breweries, plus one surprising stalwart that has been making low-calorie, flavorful beer for decades. Plus, listener questions are back and this week we've got a controversial topic: aging whiskey in small barrels. 

  • Barrel to Bottle: Bordeaux Basics
    Barrel to Bottle: Bordeaux Basics
    This week the Barrel to Bottle team covers the basics of the world's most prestigious region: Bordeaux! Doug Jeffirs, Director of Wine Sales for Binny's, joins the team to help demystify the topic and cover a few wines that provide excellent value. They're also discussing one of the best wine tasting events of the year, the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux on January 22nd at the Drake Hotel. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

  • Barrel to Bottle: Dry January
    Barrel to Bottle: Dry January

    Are you doing Drynuary? Dry January? Non-Alc New Year? Whatever you call it, there are many reasons our customers seek out non-alcoholic offerings. Non-alcoholic beers have been around for several decades, but now craft breweries have begun producing them in addition to the old stalwarts. Roger's offerings run the gamut from old stalwarts to new craft offerings. Meanwhile, Pat has a whole new category for the Barrel to Bottle crew to sample, whiskey and gin alternatives. 

  • Barrel to Bottle: Louis Martini
    Barrel to Bottle: Louis Martini

    Michael Eddy is the first winemaker at Louis Martini that doesn't share a last name with winery's founder. In his tenure with Louis Martini, Michael has witnessed a huge transition for this legacy brand. He's been presented with the unique challenge of growing the winery and moving it in new directions, while also maintaining the standards wine drinkers have come to expect. 

  • Demo Kitchen Recipe: Brisket Chili
    Demo Kitchen Recipe: Brisket Chili

    What's a football game without chili??? The recipe below is a Binny's favorite, concocted and kitchen-tested by Binny's very own resident chef Scott Becker as well as Binny's-approved by the floor staff at our Highland Park Store. The key to this recipe or any chili recipe for that matter is taking the time to layer all the complex flavors without losing the vibrant flavors of the tomatoes. We do this by NOT draining the canned kidney beans and the canned crushed tomatoes. “Water is our friend,” says Scott Becker. “The more water we need to simmer away, the longer we have for flavors to meld and the meat to get tender without the chili becoming too thick. No one likes rushed chili.”

  • Barrel to Bottle: Redemption
    Barrel to Bottle: Redemption

    It's a special Whiskey Hotline edition of Barrel to Bottle with David Carpenter of Redemption Whiskey. As the master blender, David likes to focus on the grains because they're the star of the show. David is also master blender for Bib & Tucker, a Tennessee whiskey brand that focuses more on the barrel than the grain. Finally, the Barrel to Bottle crew heads north of the border to try some 100% rye Canadian whisky, but it's not your typical Canadian whisky. Don't forget to check out our Redemption Handpicks, which are still available in limited quantities. 

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