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Whiskey Hotline Hits the Road: Whiskey Acres Distilling Co.

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The Whiskey Hotline recently took a brief adventure west which led us to a quaint little farm + distillery in DeKalb, IL. We were led around by the Whiskey Acres team which is run by father + son duo Jim and Jamie Walter, and co-founder Nick Nagele. They like to think of our area as the “Napa Valley of corn,” so it made sense to them to start turning this agricultural gold into delicious whiskies.

 

Binny's Whiskey Acres

 
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Barrel to Bottle Podcast: Episode 4

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Scarcity in beer. It sounds like an oxymoron, however, when everyone wants to get their hands on the same beer it creates hysteria! Binny’s Beer Buzz team Roger Adamson and Pat Brophy join hosts Kristen Ellis and Jeff Carlin to break down scarcity in beer. The Beer Buzz crew offer delicious alternatives to some favorite, and often unavailable, styles.

 

Binny's Barrel to Bottle WGN Radio

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Barrel to Bottle Podcast: Episode 3

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Hosts Kristen Ellis and Jeff Carlin are joined by the world-renowned Whiskey Hotline on this episode of Barrel to Bottle with Binny’s Beverage Depot. Special guests Brett Pontoni and Joe Maloney explain the basics of American Whiskey. What’s the difference between bourbon and rye? And what about those mysterious allocated whiskeys?

 

Binny's Barrel to Bottle WGN Radio

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Wine Hotline Hits the Road: Burgundy

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With so much history surrounding Burgundy, I was thrilled that my first trip to France would start here. As we walked through the streets in the heart of Beaune, I was fascinated by the exquisite 15th century architecture, specifically the Gothic design of the Hospices de Beaune.

 

Binny's Burgundy

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Barrel to Bottle Podcast: Episode 1

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On the inaugural episode of Barrel to Bottle with Binny’s Beverage Depot podcast, hosts Kristen Ellis and Jeff Carlin tackle one of the most common questions people have about wine: What should I drink and when? They discuss seasonality, food pairings, and tips for avoiding extra calories from wine. Plus, Kristen offers up some strategies for getting those who might be overwhelmed by Binny’s the vast selection of wine or as she calls it ‘shelf anxiety.’
 

Binny's Barrel to Bottle WGN Radio

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10th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest Winners Recognized

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This year, we accepted 40+ entries and the top 10 were judged by beer legend and Boston Beer co-founder, Jim Koch. We were blown away by the incredible homebrew entries and had a blast drinking some delicious Sam Adams beers with Jim Koch. Congratulations to all of the homebrewers who placed or took the time to handcraft and homebrew their entries for the 10th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest sponsored by Samuel Adams. Winners and photos below. See you next year!

 

Binny's Homebrew Contest

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Raise A Glass to National IPA Day!

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India Pale Ale – It’s the beer that put American craft brewing on the map. West Coast, Imperial, New England, Black, White and Rye – the variations on this popular style are nearly endless. Juicy IPAs are currently all the rage, so we’ve selected a few of our favorites to hoist in celebration.

 

National IPA Day

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10th Annual Binny’s Homebrew Contest Sponsored by Samuel Adams

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UPDATE (8/1/17): The following homebrewers have advanced to the final round:

-Aaron Liga/Alan Diebel
-Joe & Tom Fuentes
-Lawrence Gualano
-Nick Gualano
-Grant Judickas
-Ken Kaczmarek
-Jeff Landers
-John McGuire
-James Miller
-Brad Ramsey

If you did not advance, but would like your score sheet, they will be available for pick up at the final event, or email [email protected]
 

 

We have hosted the Binny’s Homebrew Contest for ten years… can you believe it? We have another great contest lined up this year. Once again, we’re excited to host guest judge Jim Koch. Best known as Samuel Adams Founder, Jim Koch will pick the winner this year, and award the coveted first prize: a trip for two to the 2017 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. Read on for more details.

 

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