Binny's Beverage Depot
Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 1 | Display Reviews Only:
3.8/5 rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
First downstate outpost of Binny's i've been to (27 of 29)... This one attempts to compete with Friar Tuck just a mile or so down the road. Pretty standard layout as far as Binny's go, beer is on the far right of the store, 4-5 aisles of beer, and many coolers full of craft beer sixers. Cold craft beer is almost an anomaly for the chain, hopefully a growing trend though. In the corner by the stock room doors, there was even a couple doors of craft bombers and import 750s.
There was an army of staff here, but no one actively offering help in the beer section (similar to Friar Tuck). I flagged a guy down and asked about Tasmanian IPA from Schlafly, which was already sold out here apparently, though currently plentiful in Kansas City and Saint Louis. Checkout was friendly enough also.
Selection was typically vast, though seasonal beers weren't really featured aside from an end cap with a few generic "winter ales". Mix a six area in the back of the store, though nothing remotely exciting worth picking up (did notice a bottled Bent River beer here oddly). Looked for some lambics but came up empty, which may be a distributor issue, as Friar Tuck hasn't had any for awhile either. Settled on a Genghis Pecan and moved on over to Friar Tuck, who was also out of TIPA sadly.
It remains to be seen who will come out on top, but the beer scene here could use a little competition, hopefully it pushes each store to find their niche.
01-01-2013 00:28:37 | More by emerge077
Binny's Beverage Depot in Bloomington, IL
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