Don’t be fooled – this isn’t your average bloody mary. It’s a meal in a glass. You’ll experience sweet, bbq, sour and savory flavors that will make your taste buds water nonstop. We recommend whipping this one out for your tailgate or friendly brunch. As always, garnish like you mean it. Leave no blue cheese stuffed olive behind.
Breweries often release small batches of Russian Imperial Stout to great critical acclaim, with devotees scrambling to get their hands on a rare bottle or two. Some are so coveted that they have entire beer festivals celebrating their release. Thankfully there are plenty of amazing Russian Imperial Stouts that are readily available. As good as many of these are fresh, with time many transform into something really special, rivaling even the brightest cherry or the whitest of whales. Here are some of those classics, all of which are in stores now. All will age gracefully, gaining complexity over time.
The warm weather is
almost here! Below are a number of vibrant and refreshing wines to enjoy throughout the spring and summer months. Whites like the chardonnay and albarino featured are ideal for warm weather, but don’t hesitate to enjoy any one of the following reds. Fresh, fruit driven, and lighter bodied, all the following reds can also be enjoyed with a slight chill.
Salty, sour and spicy – welcome to the wild side of the craft beer scene. Gose, pronounced “Go-zuh”, is another obscure European beer style that was all but lost until American craft brewers breathed new life into it. Gose is a tart, sessionable wheat beer that is spiced with coriander, so fans of Belgian Wits and Berliner Weiss will find some familiar flavors here. The defining characteristic of Gose is that it’s brewed with salt and it’s this salty minerality that makes it such a distinctive style of beer. While it may not be for everyone, when done well it can be a wonderfully refreshing palate cleansing brew that is perfect for the coming warm weather. Here are some excellent examples. Let us know how it goes.
No category in wine is hotter than rosé! It’s a great choice for those seeking something more than a white, less rich than a red, and more suited for the spring and summer months. And roses are the IDEAL wine to enjoy with the warmer weather and the grilled meats/vegetables served during this time. Below are the latest releases, ready to be enjoyed tonight or this weekend!
Schlafly may be new to Chicagoland but they are veterans of the Midwest craft brewing scene. Opening their doors in 1991 they focused on brewing quality examples of classic beer styles (of particular note is their Kolsch). But they are also brewing up some great versions of popular new styles, such as imperial stouts, and Schlafly’s take is nothing short of tremendous.
Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
On the nose it’s an intoxicating mix of vanilla, toffee, dates and roasted pecans. Rich and decadent with notes of cocoa and coffee, leading to a bright spirited finish. This is a hidden gem from an unsung hero. As good as it is fresh, it also ages beautifully and with vintage dated 25.4oz bottles priced at $11.99 they are an affordable way to build up your cellar.
Legendary golfer Fuzzy Zoeller hit a hole in one with his own vodka that tastes like victory. He wants to share his award-winning Fuzzy’s Vodka with you, and sign a bottle for you too. After a career of victories on tours – the PGA Tour, the Champions Tour – he’s ready to tour Binny’s.
Thursday, April 28th
Binny’s Oak Brook
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Save the date – Johnnie Walker Blue bottle engravings are back! It’s turned out to be an annual tradition here at Binny’s Beverage Depot and is a fantastic gift idea for the Scotch lover in your life. While you wait for the engraving professionals to do their thing, sample Johnnie Walker Platinum, Johnnie Walker Rye Cask, Johnnie Walker Double Black and Haig Club!
Saisons are highly carbonated and refreshing pale ales that were originally brewed by Belgian farmers in order to entice seasonal farmhands or “saisonniers” to sign on and work the summer months. As such saisons are often thought of as summer beer. Thankfully many excellent breweries are now producing this style year round and we think it makes an especially fine choice to toast the arrival of spring.
Of all the beer styles brewed toady, few are open to as much interpretation as the saison. Yeast plays a big role in a saison’s flavor profile and while most are brewed with strains that produce highly aromatic and spicy flavors, some also incorporate wild yeast strains such as Brettanomyces to impart an earthy funky finish. So we hope you raise up a toast to warmer weather and the changing of the seasons, and here are a few of our favorites to fill your glass.
Deschutes Armory XPA
XPA? In this case, it stands for Experimental Pale Ale. Fruity and yeasty with a good malt backbone, Armory drinks like a well-crafted English Pale Ale with an American twist. Classic American standbys like Centennial and Cascade mix with Citra hops to provide a bright citrusy finish with a touch of tropical fruit.
Surly Xtra Citra Pale Ale
Surly certainly crafts some masterfully hopped beers, and have now brewed an aptly named ale that showcases this pungent, fruity hop. The Xtra explodes with Citra’s tropical aroma we know and love, but at 4.5% abv makes for especially easy drinking. Balanced by a creamy body and at only $7.99 for a 4pk of tallboys, this may be the best deal in craft beer we have.