Binny's Beverage Depot
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 10 | Show All Ratings:
4.44/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Although tucked away next to Home Depot, this Binny's location is probably one of the best for beer in the suburbs. The west wall is entirely craft beer as well as many stacked in the same area. The beer guy, Vince, is always willing to talk beer. Walk in cooler featuring cans is a cool idea. Vince has been great about special orders as well. Store is very large and has a warehouse feel to it, but every time I have been there, I have gotten great service.
Vince told me they are also focusing on craft kegs with a large board up front listing current inventory. Unfortunately, I have moved from the area, but have always enjoyed this Binny's the most.
09-14-2012 15:15:59 | More by jbell71464
4.8/5 rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Binny's DG is very convenient if you travel on 88 or 355 past Downers Grove area. Located just NW of 355/Butterfield Rd.
The store is located in the old Sam's next to Home Depot which explains that high, warehouse like ceiling. Very large and open layout. Wine located on the right 1/3, liquor in the middle 1/3 and beer takes up about the entire left 1/3 of the store. The cigars and coolers are also on the left side of the store.
The beer selection is up there with all of the Binny's locations. A decent portion of the American Craft beers are stacked on the floor which can take a little time looking for anything in particular, but the advantage is that the cases may have bottled on dates if you can't find one on the actual bottle(s). Also, they have recently added the "can cave" in the back right corner that has all of the craft canned beers.
If you have any questions or are looking for any rarities ask for Vince or Jimmy and they will help you with anything you need. Both very knowledgeable and helpful guys.
07-23-2012 14:44:38 | More by kawilliams81
3.5/5 rDev -20.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
This Binny's has a pretty different layout than most. The beer is scattered around the left side.
This particular binnys didn't see to have as an expansive selection as most. They did seem to be advertising some kind of "can cooler" i guess for canned varieties. So maybe they have a large selection of cans. Why they chose that to specialize in i dk.
The seasonal shelf had some interesting stuff incl Upright beers I haven't seen before.
Overall it is a decent Binny's, nothing to go out of your way for. It's location is also kind of odd it is hidden behind another building from the road.
06-08-2012 14:47:16 | More by crossovert
4.44/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I visit this Binny’s often. It used to be a Sam’s back in the day though I never stopped there during that time period due to me only drinking hard alcohol I obtained elsewhere.
The location, while right off of Butterfield, is a bit off the beaten path to be honest. However, this can be good in the sense they sometimes have a few things the other Binny’s are out of.
Recently they re-did much of the beer section here (which I like) moving many of the “not so hot” beers to other shelves, allowing the more popular beers more exposure.
The beer guy here, Matt, is quite friendly, knowledgeable, and a nice guy. I don’t think he’d recognize me if I went in, but despite that he is still very friendly (we all know how some beer guys are – if they don’t know you they don’t exactly give you the time of day). To be honest I like Matt for the fact there is no beer “list” for the beers that come in. While this may mean you have to be there at the right time it is “fair” for the most part.
The location is actually quite nice. High ceilings (other locations have low ceilings that to be honest kind of make the store seem less than it is). The selection is actually quite nice and as stated sometimes has some fun stuff not available at other Binny’s (do not read King Henry – that sucker came and went in a day).
Not quite on par with Glen Ellyn’s Binny’s, but nonetheless quite nice. Always a stop for me when I am around the area.
12-07-2011 04:04:34 | More by SpdKilz
4.18/5 rDev -5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Binnys store review #25 of 27.
I've been to this store in it's former life as Sam's. Located in a "manly" shopping center (according to the wife) with a Home Depot and Golfsmith. Anchor store in the far left corner of the lot.
Inside there were a couple staff members walking by that said hello. At the service desk, they were very beer-knowledgeable and to the point.
Beer area was along the left side of the store. A small wire rack was first up with seasonal holiday stuff and gift packs. Near the checkouts were a few bins of random individually priced beers, including vintage Anchor Xmas, Dark Horse, Argus, Duchesse, and Belikin from Belize. Long aisle shelving, here the selection seemed a bit more broken up. Belgians for example started at the end of one aisle, and continued a couple aisles over. Good lambic selection here, Hanssens, Girardin, Boon, Oud Beersel, Timmermans Oude Gueuze, and V&D Lambickx. Plently of relatively obscure Belgians like La Dalmatienne, Netebuk, and Saison Erpe'Mere. The wide range of JP 750s was impressive. They had 10 varieties lined up together, then 2 sizes of Leelanau Whaleback White, and Noel de Calabaza on the seasonal rack in the front. New oddball stuff from B. Nektar, like Zombie Killer (a cherry cyser), and a barrel-aged cider from Crispin, "The Jacket". Noticed a new German Landbier here that was also at the Arlington Hts. store, Echt Veldensteiner. Lots of seasonals on display and the usual full lines from assorted breweries on the shelf. Walked out with a Cisco Saison, Leelanau, and a few random singles from the bins in the front.
Overall a good selection for the western burbs, about the same as Bolingbrook, slightly behind Glen Ellyn.
11-28-2011 00:02:20 | More by emerge077
4.88/5 rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Downers Grove Binny's is my "must-stop" anytime I'm back in the area. As other have stated before me, Matt is an awesome beer guy to talk to and has always kept me posted about the newest releases and more rare bottles to hit the store. We also seem to agree palate-wise (for the most part), so I'm always sure to ask about anything that I might otherwise pass by to find out if something really impressed him.
The selection at this store is great, with two full racks of American craft beers in addition to more pallets stacked with more American beers. They also have an entire rack of imported craft beer arranged by country, where I have often found some interesting things to try.
Reasonable prices, a great selection, and a friendly, knowledgeable staff - what more could you want out of a beer store?!?
08-31-2011 12:50:19 | More by MarkIntihar
4.21/5 rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
So if you've been in a binny's store, then you could find your way around this place without much issue. These stores are usually put into previously built box stores with all the feel of a 1980's grocery store-- or perhaps an electronics store.
The selection is about the same at all the suburban locations, but this store gets some beers that Plainfield doesn't. This shop also gets beer sooner than Orland.
The beer guys are knowledgeable and friendly-- and I've been recognized by a few of them despite the fact I've only been in there about 7 or 8 times.
The big thing about Binnys is this: an educated consumer will find some great deals. Sending your grandma there to pick you up "some interesting beer" would not be wise. Look for the "craft beer month" and "Belgian beer month" and stock up!
08-19-2011 13:38:09 | More by AleWatcher
4.78/5 rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is my go-to shop for all my craft beer needs, whether it is picking up my common 6 packs or stopping by for a big release.
Their selection is by far the largest in the Western suburbs. It is much more expansive than that of both Naperville or Glen Ellyn Binny's. They keep a good amount of bombers/750s in stock (which other binny's often fail to do). Huge shelf of belgians and other imports, two long shelves of everything American craft (FFF, Founders, DFH, etc, etc.), and beer setups throughout the floor.
Service here is a standout. Matt is the most knowledgeable and easy to talk to beer guy at any shop around. He isn't afraid to give honest opinions (he won't say everything is great just to make a sale). He's quick to make recommendations and informative on new releases. The remainder of the staff is always helpful and I'm constantly asked if I need any help.
03-12-2011 19:06:47 | More by BrewmasterNate
4.65/5 rDev +5.7%
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My local Binny's is at the Willowbrook location, just a few blocks from my house, but after I went into the Downers Grove Binny's I made it my regular.
While I haven't been to every Binny's location, I have been told that this is the one with the highest beer footprint. The selection is massive, with beers you won't find anywhere else in the area. This is quite possibly the only place to buy Cantillon in DuPage County, as well as Dieu du Ciel!, Baird Brewing, and De Striuse.
Not only does this Binny's have the largest beer footprint, but the staff in the beer department are immersed in the craft beer scene. Provided they aren't swamped with work, they are more than happy to shoot the breeze with you about anything beer-related. After two visits they will likely know you on a first-name basis, not to mention that they'll keep you posted on what day a certain high-profile release will be set to arrive.
It would be much easier for me to go to my local shop, but the selection and service at Binny's Beverage Depot - Downers Grove is just too tough to beat.
08-04-2010 21:48:58 | More by yeahnatenelson
4.15/5 rDev -5.7%
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
formerly sams now binnys.. ordered some chicago brews and east coast brews not available in mpls.they ship fed-ex home in just 2 days which is great.. ive used them on a couple of occasions for some hard to find 3fff their customer service is outstanding..they were out of stock on some bombers that i wanted so they shipped them free about 2 weeks later overnight.. ive only used them 3 times but each time the order was placed and on time (except for the out of stock) and packaged very well i recommend them when you are looking for some east coast brews or some good deals on wine for yourself or for gifts
01-31-2010 22:27:49 | More by gatornation
Binny's Beverage Depot in Downers Grove, IL
95 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.