Binny's Express - Hyde Park
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Reviews by zeff80:
3.88/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped by here after a visit to the Science and Industry Museum. It's a few blocks away. It is small as the name would suggest. And there aren't many beers in coolers. It is fairly cramped and the beers are in the back corner. The beers appear to be well taken care of. They were re-stocking while I was there. The service is quite nice. An employee noticed I was a beer nerd and handed my the last Dogfish Head 120 they had. Nice. The selection isn't huge but they had some stuff that I did not see at other Binny's locations - like the 12oz Stone collaborations. This place worked out really well for me since I had been busy seeing the sites of Chicago and had not had much time for beer shopping.
07-08-2011 19:25:06 | More by zeff80
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4/5 rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Between Binny's Express and Kimbark down the street, Binny's has a smaller but better craft selection. While Kimbark has a large stock of a bunch of good breweries, some decent imports, and a small fridge with bombers, Binny's selection focuses on high-quality 4-packs, 6-packs, and bombers, lining the back wall. This includes a lot of hard-to-find Belgians, Germans, and British beers.
The prices are pretty good, sometimes a little too expensive, sometimes reasonable, sometimes cheaper than Kimbark. The beer guy is usually out and about, and seems friendly. Overall, a great place to go for bombers and harder-to-find packs, with a small but very good selection.
02-13-2012 17:05:31 | More by Etan
3.95/5 rDev +7.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
Glad I found this spot on Google Maps while looking for a bunch of Mies van der Rohe-designed apartments nearby around Hyde Park.
Judging from the reviews, I expected much worse from this joint. But I was so surprised and impressed by their selection!
The place is small, cramped and disorganized. Add to that the fact that they were restocking the shelves so a lot of the beer was hidden behind boxes being unpacked. Hopefully that doesn't happen all the time!
The mess and chaos is something to behold. The store is mostly wine, but suddenly you go from seeing Riesling and cheap jugs of table wine to stumbling upon a trove of craft beers.
Some names... Harviestoun Ola 12, Harvest Ale 2002, Red Hook Barleywine '09, Fort Collins, Grand Teton, Reaper Ale (from California), Port Brewing (Older Viscosity, Mongo), Flossmoor, Lost Abbey, Ska Decadent DIPA, 3Floyds (Dreadnaught, Arctic Panzer, Gorch Fock)
More Belgians than I will ever care for, and some other cool imports like Mikkeler Black Hole Rum and Wine Barrel, Struise/Mikkeller DIPA, Mikkeller US Alive.
AND! Parabola (two bottles) + Abacus (one bottle). $14.99. not bad. Whaaaat!!?? I dig this place. Barrel Aged Gonzo too.
Most beers here are warm, only a limited number are in a cooler and those are rather boring. There are some six-packs (not a lot), from Bell's, Dogfish, Flying Dog, Rogue...most at ridiculous prices (like, $14.99 for Raging Bitch?? I pay $9.99 in NYC!!).
The price of those aged/barreled single beers is not bad, though, and overall, I think the selection here is just outstanding. Service? Fuggedaboutit, which is fine with me. Nice at checkout and that's it.
08-31-2011 21:08:06 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.66/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Super small Binny's where the beer is located all the way in the back corner. I was actually surprised to see any craft beer in there at all. However, what this Binny's lacks in selection it makes up for in quality. I was able to find some limited FFF Behemoth well after the release date that I didn't see anywhere else. There was also some other limited beers that I was able to get that were unavailable at other Binny's locations. Overall, a pretty solid place but you probably will be on your own as there wasn't anyone walking around offering help.
06-08-2011 16:45:08 | More by sgoro
4/5 rDev +9.3%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This Binny's competes almost exclusively with Kimbark to the west for Hyde Park's booze bucks. They're quite different stores, however. Binny's easily wins in terms of selection, particularly imports. I picked up two different beers from De Dolle and a Schlenkerla Eiche just the other day from Binny's--Kimbark sometimes has Schlenkerla Urbock, but its Belgian selection is limited to Chimay, and maybe Affligem.
That said, prices are a bit higher at Binny's on the whole, although 6-ers of Hopslam were a bit cheaper at Binny's this past week.
Turnover is an issue at both stores--they just don't move a lot of beer. Hyde Park is wine country, by and large, and the students at the College don't consume enough craft brew. I tend to get less common, less hoppy Americans and Belgians here.
I occasionally take issue with service at this Binny's. The staff can be stand-off-ish on a good day, but the beer guy makes a noble effort to keep track of comings and goings.
Overall, Binny's Express in Hyde Park scratches the itch of imports and rarities, trumping the selection at most any beer store south of the Binny's South Loop location. You'll pay for it (a bit, but never unfairly), and won't have to make a mad dash for the latest releases.
01-29-2011 18:03:51 | More by wschmit
3.64/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Binny's is my choice of place to buy beer in Hyde Park. I live between this store and the Kimbark Liquors down the road, but unless I'm buying macros, I almost always go to Binny's. The selection is decent, but not great. Prices are decent normally, but get a free Binny's card and shop for stuff on sale, because there is always something on sale. I just bought Moloko bombers on sale even though it just came out, for instance. Their single malt Scotch selection is also pretty good for the limited space they have, and they run great sales at times.
I'm kind of shocked that people have said the service is bad, because I've never had that experience. The guy with the knee pads is extremely helpful with wines and has had a few good beer recommendations for me. I also called ahead to see if they had Moloko and they offered to put as many as I wanted on hold, and they were ready and waiting for me when I got there.
It's not a world-class store, but it's certainly the class of Hyde Park.
08-14-2010 15:27:49 | More by EricCioe
4.18/5 rDev +14.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
So the first time I came here I was amazed looking at a huge wall full of craft selections. I was really excited to find such a great selection. That was till I saw the prices, which were almost uniformly higher than the beer store down the street. Turnover seems to be quite high. Almost every time I am there there is a guy in the beer aisle restocking the shelves. After speaking to some of the employees it seems that they get shipments in on Wednesday and Friday. Some stuff definitely gets better turnover than others though. As I have become a more regular customer I have become better acquainted with the staff. They are quite helpful and nice, much better than the first few times I showed up. Best store in the area.
06-12-2010 21:22:06 | More by Agold
2.25/5 rDev -38.5%
quality: 1.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I live in Hyde Park, and have been increasingly dissatisfied with Binny's. They have a fine selection, especially for Hyde Park, with a lot of turn over. Unfortunately, this can usually be seen in the stacks of boxes blocking parts of the beer aisle. Despite the turnover I have had numerous skunked or stale beers (about 1 out of 5). Binny's is better on imports than local beers and the staff, though knowledgeable, tends towards condescension. Despite the joy of hunting for a beer in jungle of bottles at the shop, I've moved my beer buying a bit to the west.
01-03-2009 03:14:02 | More by mrandolph
Binny's Express - Hyde Park in Chicago, IL
86 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.