Binny’s Beer Social | Chicago Beer Geeks

Binny’s Beer Social

It was a cold, windy night as my girlfriend and I made the trek across Roosevelt to the South Loop Binny’s. This Binny’s is a little different because it has a tasting room on-site. While the bar is usually stocked with great craft beers, at the Beer Social being hosted this particular evening, they were serving rare and limited releases from 3 Floyds, Bell’s, Dogfish Head, Founders, Half Acre, Revolution, Stone, and Victory.

The Menu

I really liked the organization and execution of this event. We were required to RSVP ahead of time and pay an admission fee, which kept the crowd to a manageable size. When entering, we had the opportunity to buy tickets for Bell’s Black Note and Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half. Buying a ticket meant I didn’t have to worry that those beers would tap out before I got one. Complimentary bottled water and ice cream were another nice touch.

The event admission included a pint of Founders All Day IPA and a pint glass to take home. Coming in at 4.7% ABV, this sessionable IPA was a wise way to start the evening.

Founders All Day IPA (photo by Caitlin Sullivan)

Thankfully, the bar was offering 4 oz tasters of most of the beers, so between the two of us, we were able try a number of beers, including Three Floyds Krunk Monk, Theobroma and Olde School Barleywine from Dogfish Head, Stone Escondidian Black IPA, Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half, Bell’s Black Note, Victory HopDevil, and Half Acre Cipher. My favorites for the night were Olde School Barleywine, Curmudgeon’s Better Half, and Hop Devil.

The Taps

Olde School Barleywine is DFH’s take on the barleywine style ale. It’s a strong brew at 15% ABV. Fermented with dates and figs, its distinctive fruity taste sets it apart from other barleywines. It’s one of my favorites but you need to take it easy because of the high alcohol content.

Curmudgeon’s Better Half is the latest in Founders Backstage Series. It’s an old ale (Founders’ Old Curmudegeon) aged in maple syrup-bourbon barrels (The same type of barrels are used to age Founders CBS). The taste was very malty with a maple sweetness typically not found in most bourbon barrel-aged ales. I liked this one so much I ended up getting a second glass.

The Victory HopDevil IPA was poured from a firkin. It was a nicely balanced IPA that I’d never had before, and was a treat to sample from a firkin.

HopDevil Firkin

While enjoying a Bell’s Black Note, we recognized the Bell’s rep from last month’s Hopslam firkin tapping, so we struck up a conversation with the reps from both Victory and Bell’s. It was pretty cool to hear them talk about how their breweries prepare their firkins (e.g., whether to use finings, whether to use the firkin for primary or secondary fermentation, etc.). You could tell that these guys love their jobs, and it was very interesting to learn that different breweries produce great beers doing using very different techniques.

We had a fun night at the tasting room, and the folks at Binny’s and the various breweries involved came together to put on a great event. I can’t wait for our next trip back to the South Loop!

(Photos courtesy of Oscar, unless otherwise stated)


Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Current day month ye@r *

Random Posts

  • Facebook Fan Page

  • Upcoming Events

    Jul
    24
    Thu
    6:00 pm Ciders and Sliders and Sci Fi Oh MY @ Jerrys Wicker Park
    Ciders and Sliders and Sci Fi Oh MY @ Jerrys Wicker Park
    Jul 24 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Ciders and Sliders and Sci Fi Oh MY @ Jerrys Wicker Park | Fairfield | Montana | United States
    Beam yourself over for an evening with Vander Mill cider, science fiction movies on the big screen, and small sammies. Live late music from Miss Sixty Six. Possible real live angel sighting from Angel’s Envy...
    Jul
    25
    Fri
    8:00 pm Period Panties Launch Party @ Chop Shop
    Period Panties Launch Party @ Chop Shop
    Jul 25 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm
    Period Panties Launch Party @ Chop Shop | Chicago | Illinois | United States
      ATTN: MUST BE 21 OR OLDER TO ATTEND! IDs WILL BE CHECKED AT THE DOOR! Good for admission to the Period Panties Launch Party, held July 25th, 2014, 8pm, at Chop Shop’s 1st Ward...
    Jul
    27
    Sun
    12:00 pm Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across A... @ Navy Pier Chicago
    Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across A... @ Navy Pier Chicago
    Jul 27 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America @ Navy Pier Chicago | Chicago | Illinois | United States
    Along with our 12 collaboration brewers, we’ve invited every craft brewer from these states to serve their beers at the Midwest Edition: WI, MN, IL, MI, IA, MO, IN, OH and KY—more than 600! See...
    Aug
    2
    Sat
    12:30 pm Highwood Craft Beer Festival @ Everts Park
    Highwood Craft Beer Festival @ Everts Park
    Aug 2 @ 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    Highwood Craft Beer Festival @ Everts Park | Highwood | Illinois | United States
    Everts Park   Saturday, August 2 , 2014  GA 12:30PM-4:30 PM, VIP – 11:30AM to 4:30 PM  40 Breweries, 80 Different Craft Beers to Sample Music by:  Draft Week & King By Friday A portion of the proceeds...
    2:00 pm Old Irving Park Beer and BBQ Cha...
    Old Irving Park Beer and BBQ Cha...
    Aug 2 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Old Irving Park Beer and BBQ Challenge @ Chicago | Illinois | United States
      St. Viator presents… 1st Annual Old Irving Park Beer & BBQ Challenge 10 Cook & Local Craft Brewer teams will be presenting unique BBQ pork & beer pairings + an additional beer style from...
    Aug
    17
    Sun
    12:00 pm Chicago Brewers Bean Bag Champio... @ Slapshot Brewing Company
    Chicago Brewers Bean Bag Champio... @ Slapshot Brewing Company
    Aug 17 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Chicago Brewers Bean Bag Championship Of The World @ Slapshot Brewing Company | Chicago | Illinois | United States
    Come out to SlapShot for the day and relax. There will be a bean bag tournament, so bring your A game. We’ll have various sections of pig on the smoker and grills going with brats...
    Sep
    12
    Fri
    6:00 pm 8th Annual Chicago Festiv-Ale @ Carmichaels Steakhouse
    8th Annual Chicago Festiv-Ale @ Carmichaels Steakhouse
    Sep 12 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    8th Annual Chicago Festiv-Ale @ Carmichaels Steakhouse  | Chicago | Illinois | United States
    TICKETS ON SALE NOW! A showcase of craft beers for beer lovers by beer lovers to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Festiv-Ale will take place Friday, Sept 12, 2014 // Post by Chicago Festiv-Ale.  ...

    View Calendar

  • Tag Cloud

  • Archives