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Binny's Beverage Depot

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Binny's Beverage DepotBinny's Beverage Depot
BA SCORE
96
world-class

22 Ratings
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 6.97%
[ Store ]

844 S Randall Rd
Algonquin, Illinois, 60102-5932
United States
phone: (847) 458-2470

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(Place added by: beergurujr on 04-15-2009)
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Reviews by bluemoonswoon:
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%

Efff!!!! this place is huge, why is it out here of all places. Like others have said this place probably compares to the South Loop Binny's in overall size. The first thing I was struck by was the stacks and stacks of liquor up to your eyeballs as you walk in, it's a little intimidating to see about a thousand handles of vodka right when you walk into a store. Anyways onto the beer, it's packed packed packed, this Binny's has just about every bottle of beer that I've seen at all the other Binny's put together. It's nice in a way to see the sheer amount of beer available for me to buy, but the problem with having so much of this stuff is knowing what's fresh and what's been sitting out for a while. Thankfully the beer guys here are friendly and will steer you in the right direction. Still though this place may be big to a fault, plus it's in freaking the middle of nowhere Algonquin! Other than that, this place is for sure worth a look.

bluemoonswoon, Sep 26, 2009
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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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carmike813, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of TTAmod
5/5  rDev +12.4%

This is usually my go-to place for beer.

Their selection is giant, with a full complement of US craft beers and imports from pretty much any country that distributes beer. From what I've seen, this Binny's carries every beer that is distributed to IL. The also conveniently (yet not extremely obviously) organize the US craft beers west coast ---> east coast. Very nice touch, that.

They also started the make your own six pack area, which is great for trying out beers that you want to try, but don't want to risk buying a six pack of. There are about 175 beers in the mix a six section and it costs $9.99 for a six pack. This is more than reasonable. The beers, while not all great and all super rare, are pretty good. You'll occasionally find some surprises lurking in the mix a six (picked up a retired beer once, Summit Gold Sovereign.)

They carry quite a few imports that you can't find anywhere else (full range of Fantome products, for example,) and beer from smaller foreign breweries. The selection is truly vast.

Jim, the beer...guy, is knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. Kyle and Chris, the other beer guys, are also very good.

They handle special releases quite well. I've successfully acquired 120 Minute and Hopslam from them with no issues. I'm sure it'd be equally as painless to acquire BCBS or King Henry, if I was interested.

Prices are about standard. Some are higher than other places...some are lower, but most are the same.

They also have an extremely vast wine and liquor selection, if that's your bag.

Overall, this is a great place to purchase beer. I go out of my way all the time to go here. Couldn't really ask for anything more in a beer store.

TTAmod, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of willseph
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%

The best Binny's I've ever been to, bar none. Very nice, well-lit, clean store with very knowledgeable employees. Tons of available parking in the shared lot as well. I had asked if a couple new releases were still on the shelves and the fella ran in back and dug up one that was on my list. Their day-to-day selection is outstanding as well, it seems like they started carrying JP and FW before my local Binny's did. Speaking of Firestone Walker, I went in this week and they had several cases of the XV Anniversary on hand. Not a bad haul, if you ask me.

willseph, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of elginirishpunk
3.94/5  rDev -11.5%

Was driving aroung my old neighborhood and saw a new binny's. This location has an amazing selection with an even better layout. One of the most inexpensive places to find great craft beer for low prices due to the low taxes. Very willing to work with you if you have a specific request for a certain barrel or bottle. Every hop head in the area should mark this place down as a must see. Just like the other Binny's they offer great specials and feature beer tasting events. Example, I was able to pick up a 750ml of delirium for $7.50 because i was part of their "membership card." Everyother place in the area charges $10 a bottle.

elginirishpunk, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of drewba
4.29/5  rDev -3.6%

Hit up this location after skiing at Alpine Valley, which was pretty much on the way if you're heading back to Chicago or the west suburbs.

A - Beautiful, huge, well laid out store. Easy to get to, ample parking, blah blah.

Ser - Was greeted, but not approached. It was a Sunday night about 10 minutes before closing, so I'm not going to ding them too hard. Plenty of staff around and I even saw an open beer on the desk over in the craft section, so I can only assume the beer guy and/or other staff like and know about what they're selling.

Sel -Massive. Probably the biggest selection I've seen to date. An entire 100 foot wall is littered with import after import, just about anything you could hope for. I didn't linger long in the import section, but I did notice the old standby's such as Rochefort, Struise, Hanssens, lots of Mikkeler (including new releases), Duvel, Chimay, etc. The rest of the craft selection was great as well, tons of variety. I saw Half Acre Gossamer, which puzzled me because I didn't think that got far out of Chicago, but good for you Algonquinites.

Solid store that I'd like to return to to really check everything out because the store and selection are really that massive.

drewba, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%

IMO, the KING of all Binny's around the area. A bit of a drive for me but last year, they had (during Christmas of 2009) some of the original JP La Parcela...which honestly was not supposed to get out of MI but to a few places, and obviously this Binny's got some.

Over summer they still had BCBCS on the shelves and I purchased a few here.

Over Christmas this year (2010) it was not "as" impressive in the sense they didn't have a ton of "can't get anywhere else" stuff, but again, the selection was much better than other Binny's. This is THE place to go around here. Hands down a great place. I will always go here when in town despite it being a 45 min drive.

SpdKilz, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -10.1%

Well another in the long chain of chain beer stores. What can I say. It's Binny's. Two full isles of craft beer. Vast array of American craft as well as a plethora of imports. Stock seems turned over well. No dates were glaringly old. Seasonals were on par with the time of year.

The service is always helpful at every Binny's I've been to. Although I do hate it when they see my out of state ID and have to have someone verify it.

There are very few things at Binny's that really excite me. Since Discount in Milwaukee carries pretty much everything I need. They do have a few gems though. So I always stop when I'm south of the border. Taxes in IL are a killer though. So I only pick out things that are impossible finds in WI.

beerwolf77, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of in780
5/5  rDev +12.4%

Love this place. I'm totally spoiled, as this is the closest Binny's to me, and happens to be the best of the suburban locations, from the 6 or so I've visited. Vast selection of domestics, really almost every Midwestern beer that's distributed to the county is represented (and well). Displays are clean and organized, by the time I've put something in my cart, another 6pk or bomber is taking its place on the shelf. Imported beers well represented as well. Lots of information (like BA ratings) on the shelf talkers, great way to help steer the customers to the good stuff. Jim and Jeff do a great job , and will talk to you all you want about beer - and give you their straight opinions on something if you ask. Only a couple of things I could see improving the experience here - not nearly enough cooler space. There's not an easy fix to that because there's just so MUCH beer - but not a big deal, haven't had much beer that's noticeably been affected by storage conditions. And not something they can control, but would love to see some of the "city-only" beers ( Half Acre) out this way - then probably 100% of my beer $ would go here. Prices are pretty comparable to other beer stores nearby, some times a little higher, sometimes a little lower (especially when they have deals using their loyalty card.

In all, nearly the perfect beer store. I love bringing out of town guests here, they always come away impressed. My kids know it as "Daddys Toy Store".

in780, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of JLeege
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%

This is what a liquor store, better yet a craft beer store should be! This place is incredible. New and clean and very well organized, by country, region, and style, very easy to find what you are looking for. Better yet, if its distributed in the area, they will most certainly have it. They move through product quickly so no worries about getting a bad bottle, just got to check your release dates to get your beer before its gone!

Service is top notch. The best I have ever recieved/seen at a beer store. They seem to always have at least one "beer consultant" on the floor, who are all very knowledgeable and willing to help. When they first opened they carried no Fantome, I asked about this, the beer orderer told me he would see what they could do, I was in there a month later and they had a few of their bottles on the shelves! (I am sure it was not solely because of me, but that gets big points in my book).

If you have never been here, go, now, and bring a credit card, you will feel like a kid in a candy shop! It is really that good!

JLeege, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of cjacobsen
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%

YES, THE RUMORS ARE TRUE.

I always loved the Binny's in Schaumburg, but I live about a mile down the road from this Binny's so when it opened up, needless to say, I was excited. It's huge with a great selection. The selection differs from other Binny's locations mainly due to the ordering of the beer staff. Now that they've been open for some time they know what turns around decently and what doesn't sell.

Speaking of the staff, they're polite, knowledgeable, and actually interested in what they sell. They're great to share information with, talk about upcoming releases, and they'll even keep an eye out from certain releases that you're looking for, even if it's not on the usual order slip.

The place is always clean and they seem to do things right. The bottle conditioned beer that should be kept in the cooler, will always be in the cooler. With the exception of the few bottles that need to be visible, the beer is kept in the case as to keep it out of the light.

cjacobsen, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Trekked up here with VDubb86, just to see if the vaunted rumors were in any way accurate. On initial observation, it seems like any other larger Binny's. Upon closer inspection, the selection is a decent degree larger than others, with several selections I haven't seen elsewhere in the area. Ask VDubb: I danced on many sightings. Seriously. One of the employees chatted us up a bit, and they made sure that if we needed help we would be taken care of. Prices are as reasonable as at other locations. Despite the greatness of my local Binny's (LZ), I can see myself rocking the way up to this one several times for random enjoyment.

TMoney2591, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of Vdubb86
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%

Made the trek here with TMoney2591 for we'd heard good things of the selection of beer here. We were not disappointed. Hailing from Lake Zurich (which has it's own Binny's, which has a great beer selection) this place was better. They had everything and then some. We were able to find the good American stuff that wasn't really in any other store. The international beer selection was even better than that. If you're looking for a beer distributed in the area in any way shape or form this place will probably have some of it. Hell I found things there from Sprecher that were sold out the last time I visited the brewery! The service was friendly, the beer guy was engaging and talkative with us TMoney2591 found beers from very random countries he'd thought he'd never see. Corporate sets the prices the things on sale at that Binny's is the same as the others. It was a good trip and well worth it.

Vdubb86, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of crossovert
4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

Heard good things about this place and it is not too far form here.

It is a lot like the Lake Zurich Binny's, a big new place in a strip mall. This one had a slightly longer domestic aisle but almost the same exact format.

Like most newer Binny's the right side is imports and the left side is domestics with the cheaper beers in the back of the store. There is also a small fridge of craft beers and ciders.

The service was friendly but I didn't need much help, like most binny's it is very well organized. You probably could find a few beers here that don't sell out as quick as in other locations with big selections.

Overall this is a solid Binny's location in the northwestern suburbs.

crossovert, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of Czap
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%

What can I say about this place that already hasn't been said? It is huge, it is immaculate and the selection is outstanding. I usually find myself at the Mchenry Binny's just for the convenience factor, so when I walked into the Algonquin location and saw a beer selection that must be at least 10x the size, I went into a beer geek frenzy.

It seemed every Midwest brewery's entire line was represented, and I must have spent an hour reading the bottle labels of brews that I've never seen before. My wife was not happy. I even overheard a couple guys ask where the New Glarus was on two seperate occasions. I'm sure they knew better and didn't truly think it would be avaliable, but they must have been amidst an intense beer shock and awe attack, and figured they'd take a chance.

Needless to say, this is the finest liquor store I've walked into. Every employee I talked to was knowledgable and the majority of the selection was all room temp. I ended up purchasing a Goose Island Naughty Goose, GLBC Grassroots, Hennepin and a berlinerweiss, but it killed me to stop at that. If you're in the area, this is a must stop.

Czap, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

Right when I fell in love with the Schaumburg location, a new location opened up in Algonquin.

All the same selection, but with nicer displays, more friendly help, and even has a few gems here and there that other locations do not. Its actually just overall more welcoming due to that its in a newer building perhaps

Classic Binny's that I also frequent whenever I visit IL. Same great selection, only with slightly different variety and friendlier staff to help you out! Seek this place out, or any Binny's for that matter.

sweemzander, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of cudmud
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

I frequent five Binny's and this is my favorite due to location, selection, and parking. This store also appears to have more roon for shopping than the other locations.

I think this location has a greater varity than the other locations in Kane county. Thus, if you live in northern Kane county, you might want to try this location over St. Charles.

The help is always willing to help and offer their advise. Overall, the help appears to be very knowledgeable about beer.

Binny's always has the best prices in the Chicago area. Likewise, you can always count on fresh beer.

cudmud, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.45/5  rDev 0%

Knowing the Binny's in Schaumburg, I wasn't expecting anything but a newer location in Algonquin but this place really amazed me.

The beer is located in the same area, off to the right just when you walk in. Everything is clean and a bit darker as far as lighting level. The front of the building which faces east is probably the only problem I have with the place. The completely glass front lets light pour right over all the product which is really sad.

Beyond that, it's so clean and very well organized. The selection is absolutely incredible like the other Binny's and I'd wager they actually have more rare things available here. 2007 Barley Wine from Sprecher and Triple Bock from Samuel Adams (yeah, I know the chance it's bad by now is at about 95%) are what I picked up. I also saw a lot from other breweries that I didn't see elsewhere.

The service is great as always. I called a week in advance (before heading down to Illinois) to see if they had Triple Bock left and they held one for me.

The prices are pretty much comparable to any other location. Reasonable. [I was mistaken in reporting higher pricing for cold bottles. Sorry for the misinformation]

BeerFMAndy, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of thewimperoo
4.15/5  rDev -6.7%

I stopped in to pick up a bottle of BA BORIS. The building is nice and new looking. The layout is open and easy to move around.

The service was nice and friendly.

The selection here is pretty great. Imports fill the far right wall, while American craft selections take up an entire row of shelving and a bunch of stacks. They had most anything I could think of wanting. I would put the selection here in Algonquin up against any of the other suburban Binny's that I've been to.

I will definitely make this one of my primary beer shopping locations.

thewimperoo, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of emerge077
4.41/5  rDev -0.9%

Best suburban Binnys. Largest/deepest selection for sure...

Brand spanking new store, right off Randall Rd. in a new shopping center. The building is large, occupying the southern corner space of the strip. Major service points for letting me run in right before they were closing. The staff that let me in asked me if I was looking for anything in particular as I made a beeline for the beer department. Effortlessly he pointed out what I casually asked about, and I was in & out in less than 10 minutes.

The beer section was towards the back, halfway up on the right side. An hour could be spent here easily perusing the countless beers. The import shelf is something to behold, it is truly massive. There are a dizzying array of options here, imports were organized by country of origin, and the craft stuff was grouped by brewery. Probably anything available at the South Loop location can be found here. Good lambic representation, Drie Fonteinen, Hanssens, Cantillon. Flossmoor was here with the latest IPA Shimkos Simcoes. Hoppin' Frog from OH, and Leelanau Whaleback White were also a couple I noticed. Overall I was impressed and plan to return when in the area again. Barley House is a decent beer bar up the street, maybe 2-3 shopping center clusters south...

8/09: Visited again and had more time to peek around. Loved the case of rare Scotch, Bourbon, & liquors in the front, it felt like a museum. (Acme, they have Macallan 25 ;) Talked to a beer guy, Jeff who was very helpful. Grabbed a BA Boris while I was here, and noticed BA review sheets tucked into the shelves next to their respective beers. That adds major service points for me, plus the forum participation from beergurujr, the resident beer specialist. Lots of limited and obscure items, sad to see a few cases of Flossmoor Shimkos still hanging out here that never made it to Chicago. Oh well. My one gripe is that there wasn't alot of cooler space devoted to the craft & imports. Maybe throw the IPAs and German lagers in there so they last longer...

emerge077, May 11, 2009
Binny's Beverage Depot in Algonquin, IL
96 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.