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Binny's Beverage Depot

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Binny's Beverage DepotBinny's Beverage Depot
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

38 Ratings
Ratings: 38
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
[ Store ]

323 W Golf Rd
Schaumburg, Illinois, 60195-3607
United States
phone: (847) 882-6000

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Reviews by garymuchow:
Photo of garymuchow
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Very nice selection of domestics with good beers from all across the states. Imports selection seemed somewhat less impressive, but good nonetheless.
Seemed to have a guy around just helping out with beer.
Prices are a little hard for me to gauge since I ways paying attention to stuff I can't get in my neck of the woods (so I don't know the going rates), but a couple of beers I saw were actually more expensive in MN, so I'll give the benefit of the doubt.
I do know I wish and had more time and more money to spend when I was there.

garymuchow, Oct 20, 2008
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2.86/5  rDev -29.7%

They recently expanded their selections a tiny bit, still not on par with the selection at the Algonquin location. That being said, the selection is not bad. Occasionally there ill be someone there to ask you if you need assistance with finding something.
There used to be a gentleman that worked there, had a nice beard going, he pretty much could suggest some brews for you if you told him what you were in the mood for. He has since gone (I have not seen him there in some time) and the rest of the workers are just walking around stocking shelves.

Decent selection, but I rely on my beer apps on my iPhone for any sort of suggestion or rating.

dcsti22, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of dhannes
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

Visited on 1/21/13.

A=First impression--clean, organized, and inviting. Organized well, with great signage. I found that the beer section was a bit difficult to navigate a first, due to the large number off offerings. I would estimate 200+ 6-packs, plus another 200 singles.

Q=I haven't sampled any of the purchases, but they carried a wide variety of local and regional brands. The one big negative for me was that only the BMC's and a few others were refrigerated, while the crafts were not.

S=I had two people ask to assist me....but one was in the wine section, while the other was in the humidor. There was no presence in the beer section, but it was 10 a.m. on a Monday morning, so I can understand why there wasn't anyone there.

S=Excellent selection...over 400 brands of beer, with about 75 local crafts, 100 imports, and crafts from Wisconsin, Oregon, and New York. Still, I was looking for a Okocim Porter, and they only carried their lagers.

V=A bit higher than Wisconsin, with most 6-packs between $8.99 and $10.99...some values, but no spectacular deals.

I will definitely return, but wish they would chill the crafts.

dhannes, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of baker2gs
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%

I've been stopping in here weekly for over the last year and at least monthly since I began working in the area. Compared to other Binny's the selection is about the same, they do get smaller quantities of some of the harder to find stuff though which causes them to get run out a bit faster. They seem to have a bit more of Belgian and German beers than what I've seen at some other locations. Nothing wrong with an excellent Belgian selection, right? Since the store has been updated to the new look it's a lot nicer inside, very modern and welcoming.

Both Pat and Jamie are equally helpful and knowledgeable. Since they tend to get smaller allotments in comparison to some of the locations in the city, they're very good about keeping a limit on some of the more limited brews so someone doesn't come in and clean them out. I like that everyone has a chance to get a bottle when a new beer with a high demand hits their store. They even did a release for the Bourbon County Stouts (with 3F Behemoth raffle!) that came out earlier this year and it worked out wonderfully.

baker2gs, Aug 30, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev -11.5%

This store looks HUGE fromthe outside, but not as big as I expected when I got inside.

The store has virtually the same selection and pricing as all other Binnys with the wonderful exception that they have Daisy Cutter cans!!
That made my visit worthwhile.

I was hoping for some nice sours, but there were none.

The beer is all along the right wall-- with domestic beer running the length of the wall itself, and imports on the facing shelves.
The staff seemed busy and I was offered no help.
Oh well. Maybe it was an off-day.

AleWatcher, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of SpdKilz
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%

Have been here a few times but am yet to review. Walking in this appears to be a bit less than the Glen Ellyn Binny’s which is five minutes from me. The atmosphere was nice with plenty of people offering me help and lots of customers. The quality was okay – similar to other Binny’s. I guess I use the Algonquin and Glen Ellyn Binny’s as benchmarks since I visit them often and they are quite nice. The selection was decent – they had some good 3F stuff there, Daisy Cutter, and a few other odd selections (though nothing “rare” per say). The value was on par with other Binny’s. Not one I’d seek out, but when I am in the area I’d for sure stop by.

SpdKilz, Dec 07, 2011
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4.41/5  rDev +8.4%

Was in Schaumburg for business not too long ago and this place was recommended to me. I was pretty impressed with the store in general (the hard alcohol selection was VERY impressive and I managed to find a rare bottle I had been looking for but couldn't find anywhere in NY). The store is well laid out and has a very nice selection. There were plenty of brews that were unavailable to me in NY and there were even a few brewery only locals that seemed to make it to shelves in this store (Half Acre, Flossmoor Station). I got to talking to the manager and he was very knowledgeable and an extremely nice guy. Ended up buying more than I could fit in my suitcase for the flight home.

Looking forward to another shopping spree in this store next week when I'll be back in town for business again.

cosmicevan, Jun 23, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Not sure what others do when they are in here, but I go in all the time and get most of my brews from Jamie. He is well-versed in most beers and hooked me up with an Abacus when I first went in there. They have an above average selection and I enjoy going in there to just talk beer. They don't always have the more rare beers, since it is a popular area, but for most of my daily pleasures, this is the best place in the area. If you want some of the more rare, but popular beers, I recommend going down to the Hyde Park Binny's Express, since they tend to last a bit longer.

Duffman929, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of BullDurham
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Well lit, clean, and well set-up store.
As you enter the beer section is the first thing you see along the right side of the store. American bombers and sixers first along the wall followed by belgium, german, then asian closer to the coolers.
Coolers have a bit of everything,founders, three floyds and others.
The employees are polite and more than happy to help you find what you need or make suggestions on what you may like.
This is my go-to store, and I end up at this Binnys once a week, worth the stop everytime.

BullDurham, May 05, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

This Binny's is one of many on Golf road. It is fairly large on the outside but doesn't house the largest selection out there for Binny's

The English beer selection particularly was sparse. They seemed to have about 75% of what the big Binny's have.

It only had one row of beers, usually Binny's has 2, but it was alright. There was a discount bin with nothing real interesting in it.

There didn't seem to be any beer guy walking around.

There are a few Binny's not too far away form here that I would choose instead.

crossovert, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

I first stopped in here looking for some BCBVS, and have made it a point to return since. Once you get past the slightly wacky parking lot, move to the right of the store for the beer. As per usual for the chain, there's plenty of great beers to choose from, both domestic and imported. The prices are pretty good, not amazing, but definitely not too high, either. The service is pretty damn good, with the guys working the beer section very amicable and up to answering queries (even for BCBVS for the thousandth time of the week). A great place to stop at if you're in the Schaumburg area.

TMoney2591, Dec 19, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Stopped in here while in the area for sweemzanders wedding. Typical Binny's. Two full isles of craft beer. Nothing mind blowing as far as selection. About a half dozen breweries we can't get in Wisconsin so that's the only real draw for me. Otherwise we have stores that are equal or better back home.

Super clean and well lit. Very warehouse like. Prices are my biggest complaint. They over charge for everything. Compared to WI anyways. Then add the INSANE Illinois taxes on to your purchase and you are looking at paying a hefty premium for beer.

Overall save for some locals that I can't get at home Binny's is just another big beer store. Meh!

beerwolf77, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -1.7%

The Binny's chain does a nice job of keep Chicago-land stocked with great beer. After doing a little research, stopping at the Schaumburg shop made the most sense on the way to o'hare.

grocery-store setup, much the same as any other Binny's location. There's a long wall of bombers and imports, a long row of domestic sixers, and a cooler featuring mostly a sub-sample of the beer out on the floor.

I was doing some tailgating shopping and picked up a Metropolitan sixer and a Great Lakes sixer as well as a cool mixed 12 pack of Ska cans. I also grabbed the hoppin frog pumpkin and dfh/victory saison du buffs.

The Belgian selection is nice with 4 or 5 different Cantillon options and other standard imports.

Tons of port/lost abbey, stone, allagash, goose island, three floyds, and other stuff you'd expect to see.

Solid suburban stop - mission accomplished.

dirtylou, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of brdc
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

I was just making a U turn after eating some pizza, and stumbled on this place.
As I had been to other Binny's locations before, I decided to stop and check it out.
Looks like a supermarket, not exactly appealing, but well organized and easy to locate what you are looking for, assuming they have it.
It has rows upon rows of shelves, beers mostly on the right side.
It has a very good selection of locals, decent amount of imports.
Staff is courteous, but nobody semed to know much about beer. You have to locate stuff by yourself to find out if they have something, or not. Prices are average.
Not something to go out of your way, but if in the neighborhood, well worth a stop.

brdc, May 01, 2010
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3.91/5  rDev -3.9%

Been to this Binnys a half dozen times over the years, just getting around to reviewing after stopping in today. Pretty much the standard Binnys layout with beer along the wall on the right side.

US craft bombers/sixers up first, moving into English, Belgian, German, and finally Eastern Europe and Asia. In the middle there were short rows of case displays where some seasonal and limited bombers resided. Some Cane & Ebel 4-packs were dated BB: 7/19/09 and there were at least 3 cases there. There was a good selection of FFF bombers along the wall with the brand new BrooDoo and recent Munsterfest (on sale w/binnys card). I was looking for traditional lambics/sour ales and didn't find much besides Lindemans, Goudenband, 1809/Gruut, and Duchesse. Some JW Lees cask aged going for $9.99, standard UK imports and a few interesting obscure ones here and there. German bombers from Schlenkerla, Plank, Moosbacher, Innstadt. Imports in general seemed fairly standard although representing a broad range.

Also present were Flossmoor Wheat & Brown, but no IPA. Jolly Pumpkin selection was limited to Noel & Weizen Bam. So in some cases you don't see the full line from a particular brewery, probably based on sales history. There was a good amount of Bells, Founders, Goose, also Ft. Collins, Reaper Ales, a bunch of Ska cans, 2 from Southern Star (Pine Belt & Blonde).

There was an employee on the floor asking everyone if they were finding what they wanted. Sadly they hadn't received any Juliet, but they had most of the GI reserve line. Another staff person was looking for a beer on the shelf that someone at the register had asked about, so it seemed that they were really helping customers out. In the past my only interaction was at the registers, which has since improved.

Overall a good stop, helpful staff, and a good amount of craft to choose from.

emerge077, Oct 12, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Everytime I visit IL, I make sure I go to Binnys!
Fantastic selection of not only beer, but wine, liquor, and even cigars which is another hobby of mine.
Great staff that helps you out and has very unique sales and selections depending on what time of the year it is. Seek out any binnys for that matter. Chances are that you will find whatever you are looking for!
Its like a grocery store only for alcohol!

They have pretty much everything at fair prices, especially if you are a Binny's member which is totally free, you just have to sign up for it.

sweemzander, Sep 12, 2009
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Binny's has a tremendous selection of craft beers. Every time I go in, I find that they have yet another brewery that I'm interested in. Import selection is good as well, I've had many German beers and never had issues with beer quality.

Service is OK, I feel that more focus is put on their wines than the beer, but on the few occasions I've asked for help in the beer department, people have been very friendly and have had excellent recommendations.

Price is reasonable, when this location first opened I remember that Binny's had the absolute rock bottom price you could find, and this held true for a few years. Now I see prices on certain beer items have gone up compared to other retailers. I'm sure there are other factors at play here. For the most part, price and what you get is still excellent. The bottom line is Binny's is still my #1 place to find pretty much any beer I want to try.

Prostman81, Jul 30, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

In Chicago on business, staying in Schaumburg, so this was an easy stop for me....

Looks like your typical Pennsylvania state liquor store, but this is Illinois, so it is double this size and half of the store is mixed singles, six packs and bombers of beer! Sweet Jesus, man are Pennsylvanians oppressed.

Great local and regional selection and a very impressive Euro selection. Went a little nutty, stocked up with a lot of 3 Floyds, both Dreadnaught and Alpha King. Scored a few Flossmoor, and settled my Euro craving with Bernardus Wit and Weihenstephaner Hefe. Threw in a La Fin Du Monde for good measure. Spied a good selection of Port and Lost Abbey, though passed on the Angel's Share.

Such a large amount of beer, I'm sure I missed something.

Was able to grab a serviceable tumbler $1.29. Great for my hotel room.

Definitely recommend a Binny's card, saved me close to $20 on a $115 original tab. Reasonable prices, I just went overboard on beer - needs to bring the Floyds to PA!

Service is a little weak, more focused on register coverage than anything else.

Overall great experience.

bwd110, May 15, 2009
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Binny's Beverage Depot in Schaumburg, IL
91 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.