Binny's Beverage Depot
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by schanker21:
3.85/5 rDev -4.9%
This is the place I frequent more than any other in the area. Selection is pretty good, especially for domestics. Great Lakes, Founder's, Dark Horse, Bell's, Goose Island (including reserves), pretty much all the high quality Midwestern beers, as well as your typical, not too hard to find Mountain/West Coast stuff. Decent selection of Germans, and a pretty good selection of Belgians. You'll find Ommegang, Chimay, Duvel, The Bruery, etc. always in stock.
Service is fine. Mostly hands-off. Occasionally someone may ask you if you need help, and they always seem to know what's in stock (especially in-demand/special stuff). They seem pretty knowledgeable, however, I never ask for help, so I couldn't tell you too much.
I rated the value as inexpensive 'relative' to other places in the Chicagoan suburbs. If I was in downstate Illinois, some of these prices would seem ridiculous, but for the area I've yet to find a place that beats Binny's overall. Sometimes you can find deals that beat them, but on a consistent basis Binny's has the best prices.
The biggest knock on this place, as other people have mentioned, is the huge window that a lot of the beers sit next to. Thankfully they have made it the area where it's mostly ciders that sit next to the window, however when I was there tonight, I noticed overstock of Dark Horse and some others that were sitting literally in the window. For me this puts a knock on the quality as I don't know what other overstock has previously sat in the window. I wish they would fix this problem.
02-04-2010 03:14:29 | More by schanker21
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4/5 rDev -1.2%
Drove here after calling to make sure they had a beer I was looking for (BA Naked Evil). About a forty minute drive from my house (and I probably pass at least 4 other Binny’s in the vicinity on the way here). But alas, I wanted the aforementioned beer thus I trekked on out to Buffalo Grove.
I walked in and noticed the beer selection immediately on the right. Not nearly as big as other Binny’s near me, though it still had a solid selection. I was pleasantly surprised to find some 2010 Cantillon Classic Gueuze (there were at least 12 bottles) sitting right there on the shelf. Needless to say I picked a couple up and enjoyed one last night.
Not many coolers with beer in it compared to other Binny’s I frequent. Service was good – I was asked if I needed help a few minutes into perusing the beer selection. While not the best Binny’s out there, it still has a pretty good selection, and you may even find a hidden gem or two like I did. If I am in the area I’d stop by it just to see if they have any lingering Cantillon.
10-12-2011 23:53:41 | More by SpdKilz
3.16/5 rDev -22%
I live down the street from this store. This does have a good selection of craft beer. However, the prices are higher then the surrounding areas. In addition, they do not have the section that other store in the area have when it comes to; 22oz, 750ml, and indiviual bottles. I do a lot of beer samplings with different couples and it can get expensive if you keep buying six packs. If you just drive a little farther in any direction you can find a store with a better selection and more in their coolers for immidiate comsumption.
06-13-2011 19:56:06 | More by elginirishpunk
4.58/5 rDev +13.1%
First of all, this IS my local beer store. The craft and import beers are on the far right hand side wall. There are bombers on the top shelf of beer wall and some in the coolers. Plenty of 6 packs and cases for every level of beer geek.
The selection for the size of the store is outstanding! In the past year, the quality and variety has increased, especially concerning the US craft beer section. There is a NEW beer section/tower with a wide range of styles from across the USA and around the world.
Kyle is not only THE beer guy, he is MY beer guy. He is very friendly, has high beer IQ, can suggest and comment on almost every beer in the store for newbies or beer geeks.
MIGHTY FINE BEER STORE, CHECK IT OUT!
This store has gone from very good to amazing, considering how limited the space is available.
Kendal is THE beer guy and has taken the craft beer selection, display and options to
a whole new level. Bravo!
04-28-2011 15:38:46 | More by BeerLover99
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
Binny's is a solid chain, with a solid (or better) selection of craft beer at each location, and Binny's Buffalo Grove is no different. Although they have a noticeably smaller selection than their neighbors to the West, Binny's Lake Zurich, they still have a solid selection of Belgian and other European staples as well as all of the Midwestern goodies I expect from them.
Their staff is solid, and I have had a number of conversations with people in their beer department. Like most places, their non-beer people are not as informed, but they will find someone to help you.
The prices are on par with the other locations, and they will sometimes have great sales (Christmas, Belgian month, American craft beer month, etc.). The one downside is that their beer aisle runs up against the window, so anything sitting at the end for more than a few days might be lightstruck. Choose carefully, but overall you should find what you are looking for.
02-07-2011 16:46:01 | More by KickInTheChalice
Binny's Beverage Depot in Buffalo Grove, IL
91 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.