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Binny's Beverage Depot

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Binny's Beverage DepotBinny's Beverage Depot

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 7.11%
[ Store ]

975 S Rand Rd
Lake Zurich, Illinois, 60047-2547
United States
phone: (847) 438-1437

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(Place added by: katiecoggins on 12-16-2007)
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

brandoman63, Aug 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

beersdmf17, Jul 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Fusebuddy, Jul 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ChicagoForty, Jun 17, 2014
4.93/5  rDev +16.8%

SO. LIving out in the Burbs sucks (BeerWise). We read and find all the best of the best (of the best, Jay from Men in Black) in the Chicago Area. Binny's Lake Zurich, not only has some serious Beer Geeks on Staff but they are some how able to grab some rares and almost every seasonal release possible. Granted, they get it a day late as compared to Chicago City distribution but I am not one to complain. Solid Staff. Large selection. Clean store.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

dedbeer, Oct 08, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev -1.9%

LZ Binny's is pretty much my to-go source. They carry most of what I am seeking out at the time and overall, have the largest and best selection than any other store in the nearby area. The beer staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Prices are pretty much as good as it gets when it comes to limited/.rar releases, but that's because a lot of the other local places like to gouge prices.

xdtfx, Jul 21, 2013
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4.14/5  rDev -1.9%

I knew of this Binny's, my local is Buffalo Grove, but was in the area so thought I would stop in and give it a go.

WOW! First of all the actual store is gigantic. Tons of wine, your wife is a fan like mine. Enormous craft beer selection on the righ hand side of the store and the import choices (they have a HUGE wall is just insane, particularly the Belgians!) The American craft brews are divided by regions of the country and the Imports on the far right wall are separated by country. Wonderful idea.

A few of the managers were great in their suggestions and really knew their beer. You will leave here with a wide array of delicious choices.


BeerLover99, Apr 28, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -12.3%

Stopped in Binny's today to check out what their new winter offerings might be. Before I get to my experience, a couple of thoughts about Binny's - when you walk in and look around, you realize the goal of the place is to use their buying power to prevent other stores from getting "limited" release beers. They'll have cases of stuff that other stores complain about getting little/no selection of. The unfortunate part is that some of their stock will end up sitting past it's prime. The other problem is half the time, they don't know what they have - for example, behind the front counter they had the little 7oz Rogue bottles and Dogfish Head WWS. In previous trips I've seen regular Founder's Breakfast Stout back there also. What's the logic? Are these beers really that rare? I'm thinking they got Founder's Breakfast Stout confused with KBS, oh well.

Anyway, my experience today was fine. I picked up some Two Brothers Heavy Handed (haven't seen this around anywhere else lately), Yakima Glory, The Bruery 3 French Hens, and that was about it. The beer manager is pretty good if you talk to him, younger guy who's rather passionate about beer and knows his stuff. The rest of the staff is very hit or miss - some will help you out, others will basically ignore you. If you're younger, or at least look younger, you definitely don't get the attention that the rest of the crowd does. It's obvious that the staff ogles over their wine customers, older guys buying expensive scotch, etc, but will let other customers just wander without even saying hi. Additionally, the beer area is WAY too small - it's hard to walk around, let alone get a cart through if you're buying more than just a six pack.

In summary - I go to Binny's as they have stuff other places don't. I acknowledge the great selection, but the "feel" of the place pretty much stinks. Spotty service, completely wine/spirit centered, and a definite feel that you're getting shorted by employees because you're only buying beer. I feel hypocritical by still shopping here, but because of the screwed up distribution model in Illinois I'm left with either not getting certain beers or going to Binny's.

BHwks, Nov 25, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

This is where I normally go to get all of the beers that you can't find elsewhere in the area. That and it's in my hometown and I'm probably too lazy to go that far, but in all honesty I really don't need to. If it's in season beerwise then I'd put an 85% that they have it (which takes into account really hard things to get). That's a better percentage than I would give most places. Also if you want wine or cigars (walk in humidor) or the hard stuff, they got you covered on most of that too. Now as far as service is concerned it depends on who's working. They have a guy for every department who is the resident expert, if you get the chance to talk to the beer guy he does know his stuff as well as the managers. If you talk to any of the regular employees they are probably only good for looking up where to find things you are already looking for. It's been a long time since I went in there looking for a beer that I desired and haven't found it. I recommend it especially for the exotic beer selection (they have a foreign beer wall).

Vdubb86, Sep 08, 2010
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Binny's Beverage Depot in Lake Zurich, IL
93 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.