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Binny's Beverage Depot

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

24 Ratings
Ratings: 24
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 14.52%
[ Store ]

153 Skokie Valley Rd
Highland Park, Illinois, 60035-4403
United States
phone: (847) 831-5400

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Reviews by beerinator:
Photo of beerinator
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Pretty good selection. If you are nearby I definitely would suggest this place. They have quite a few regional selections as well as a good American Micro and Import selection.

The service, quality and value are very similar to other Binny's locations. If you've never been to a Binny's, think Total Wine or another type chain, but with a better beer selection.

I guess it might be because of the Christmas gift giving season, but they had lots and lots of beer gift packs. Certain brands of Belgians in a box including a chalice. And Unibroue gift packs were just a few of the many gift packs you could choose from. If this is a regular thing, it would definitely be a draw to visit this place (gotta keep that glassware collection going!).

Stop by if you are nearby.

beerinator, Nov 30, 2005
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

slavall, Mar 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

brandoman63, Mar 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Sparky44, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Durb777
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%

This Binnys is a must stop. It's close and convenient for the folks living in the north east corner of the state.

The beer consultant Tom is great and because it's not down in the city you get a lot better service. It is very decently priced and everyone there is more then happy to help you out.

They definitely have a great stock of beers from the west coast to the east. And it seems they get at least 10 new beers in every week. They always have the limited release stuff.

Plus a great import selection

Durb777, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of KTCamm
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%

Beer nirvana!

Ridiculous selection of brews at this highland park institution. A must visit for any BAers in the area.

Full aisles of domestic craft brews conveniently ordered by geography, from west coast to new England. Bombers above sixers with twelve packs in the middle. Then add another row of imports with the same selection.

Almost too many choices to make.

Staff is helpful and knowledgable. Even the check out guy tipped me off to a store in Wisconsin near the border that carried new glarus.

Go here. I did.

KTCamm, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%

A: Very clean, large, all the beer is on the right hand side of the store. In the past year, they just redid and improved their beer section. 2 huge long aisles, left side of this aisle is US Craft brews + right side is all imports

Q: Outstanding! One of the best I have seen, so far, in the Chicago area. I'm jealous, blush. Something for everyone. Tom, even grabbed a 6 pack that had some odd residue, perhaps bottle issue, while we were just walking around and chatting.

S: (TOM, the beer guy) was great! Very friendly, high beer IQ, offered suggestions/opinions. Pointed me in the right direction for new and different beers. We rapped about beers and just everything.

S: Tons of great craft brews and loads of imports, very nice Belgian beer section.

F: N/A (just a few bags of chips and check out counter candies

V: Great beer selection and fair Lake County taxes/good prices.
I will be back and highly recommend this location.

EXCELLENT BEER STORE, STOP IN!

BeerLover99, May 20, 2011
Photo of Bay01
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%

I first came upon Binny's Highland Park when searching several suburban Binny's for the 2010 Founders Nemesis and they were the only store that had it. After seeing their selection and noticing their tendency to have the harder to find stuff in stock I became a regular and it's my go to place for releases that the other stores either sold out of or didn't get. Tom, the beer guy, is active on BA and is always knowledgeable on upcoming releases. Highland Park is a close second only to the Algonquin store.

Bay01, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

The remodeling of this Binny's made room for a huge new craft beer selection, and let me say, it is impressive. A huge craft beer aisle now displays nearly everything under the sun (or at least distributed in Illinois) at typical Binny's prices.

When I was in there on a recent Saturday, there were enough people pulling beer off the shelves to justify the huge selection and to tell me that there are no worries of old beer sitting on the shelves here. Also, they had two or three distributors there with samples, and they were giving away free glasses to anyone who bought a discounted 12 pack. I have no idea whether this is a regular thing, but it was not a bad surprise.

The service has always been friendly, with the beer department willing to help me track down this or that bottle I am looking for.

This location may be out of the way for some people, but it is on one of my normal routes. It is always a great diversion to stop and look through the beer selection here.

KickInTheChalice, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of brendanbeer
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%

checked out this place again after a few years, and after they did some serious remodeling. its really nice now. the place is huge and has an intense selection of every kind of alcoholic product available, but the beer is what interests us. the far two right shelves house all the beer. but dont get me wrong, these shelves are looong. it would take you a good 5-10 minutes to walk down one of them if you eyed every beer on display. and still, in between the shelves is a giant mound the length of the store of still more beers. i had a guy come up to me a couple times asking if i wanted help or something, i kindly declined. so its nice that they are out to help. while things are pricey, it's understandable, i was out to get some nice beer. you pay pricey for nice-y. hands down this is the best beer selection i've ever found, i'll probably be venturing out to this place every chance i get...

brendanbeer, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%

Having just completed renovations to the entire mall, I finally stopped into Binny's - Highland Park. This location is spotless with a very nicely displayed selection of beers, spirits, and vinos. Humidor is also included, which is right before the beginning of the long aisle of imports. Not only was I impressed with the look but the customer service was great too. Because of the atmosphere, this has to be, hands-down, the best Binny's I have been too thus far. The South Loop or Lincoln Park locations don't compare. Nice lighting, you don't feel cramped and the prices seemed reasonable. What's also nice is savings a bit on the taxes in Lake County.

Everything form Great Divide, Stone, Rogue, FFF, La Bruery, O'Fallen, Two Brothers, Ommegang, macros & micros. You name it and they probably have it. They also have an enormous selection of import beers, perfectly laid out for your browsing pleasure. In the middle of the domestics and imports there are giant cases of beer specials (everything from Old Style to Sierra Nevada). You also don't feel cramped walking down the aisles like some of the other locations (River North). I picked up two beers I had difficulty finding in the downtown locations (bombers of Dreadnaught IPA and Great Divide 16th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA), not sure if its a distribution issue but I wish the downtown location would have a better selection sometimes. Especially, FFF beers. The downtown locations always seem to be out of stuff when I visit.

Overall, great selection, easily accessible (plenty of parking and right off the highway) and great atmosphere. I'll definitely have to stop up here more often while I'm on my way to visit family.

ferrari29, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of steveh
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Going into Binny's anywhere makes me sad to know I have to drive half-an-hour to find selection like this. If I had this sort of choice down the street, I'd definitely be drinking more beer -- so maybe it's a blessing in disguise?

This Binney's has 2, double-sided, very long rows of beer -- different styles, variations, countries, micros -- you name it.

If they don't have the exact beer you've been hunting, you can bet they have something very similar.

Tom (BA member trbergman) took time out from working with a distro rep to show me* some of the favorites, new arrivals, and hard-to-find labels he has on the shelves. If ever I'm looking for something out of the ordinary, I know where to look now.

Wonder if Binny's is looking at the far northern 'Burbs for a location yet -- I know a couple good spots if they're interested!

*And yes, I introduced myself as one of the smart-mouthed, belligerent, Illinois BA members!

steveh, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.4/5  rDev +3%

Renovations are done here, the place is expansive and the bottles are spotless. Long aisle of imports along the wall past the humidor.

Very extensive Belgian selection up first, with what seemed like the entire 12 Percent import portfolio. Further down there was a good selection of traditional Lambics: Girardin, Hanssens, Oude Beersel, Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen. Belgians gave way to the UK, with vintage Harvest Ales, and a number of unfamiliar labels like Porterhouse Red, Marshmallow something, Hook Norton, and others. Germans next, Samichlaus, 1809, vintage cave-aged Aventinus. Scandinavians after that, plenty of Mikkeller, Nøgne, Haand, Carnegie & Synebrychoff Porter, and a Swedish farmhouse ale. Random Asian and Euro imports further down to the end of the aisle, where there was a walk in cooler with common cases of stuff.

Craft beer covered two aisles, on the opposite side of the import shelves, blocked by stacks of cases in the center. Good local focus with Half Acre Daisy Cutter & Gossamer, Flossmoor bombers including Rail Hopper IPA and .357 Imperial Pilsner. Goose, Metropolitan, Three Floyds rounded out the locals. There were full lines of most other breweries, plenty of seasonals, but little in the way of one-offs. Noticed Stillwater Stateside Saison, 4 Jolly Pumpkin 750s, Great Divide bombers (Smoked Baltic, Oaked DIPA, etc.), cases of Dreadnaught in the center case aisle.

They also had a rare spirits room that was fun to peek in, and a nice selection of whiskies. They would page beer/sprits specialists on the intercom, so help was available if needed. Checkout was quick and friendly. Overall a great selection here.

Comparing this store to Woodmans in Kenosha is completely irrelevant now. Apples and oranges... Woodmans for WI beer, Binnys for a far more extensive import selection, and local craft brew not available in WI.

emerge077, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of crossovert
3.3/5  rDev -22.7%

This place is getting a reno. It doesn't seem like one of the classier Binny's similar to the McHenry one. Inside it reeks and every bottle is covered in dust. It doesn't to necessarily seem to be an old stock thing as much as the whole building was basically covered in scaffolding with workers pumping away at their tools.

They have one wall of the store for beer, but it isn't like the walls at other Binny's. It is still quite a selection though. They had their "rare" beers under lock and key and they weren't all really that amazing and rare of beers but there were a few gems in there. They have a beer cave, but it seemed dedicated to macros and big craft. The selection is between a 4 and 4.5.

It seems like this is a bit pricier than most, could be the neighborhood, it also seemed like the tax was higher. The cashier was an old guy and a bit of a douche but he did look up my Binny's card # as I couldn't find it for some reason. The lady behind the desk was friendlier.

Overall it is with Binny's of McHenry as a really good liquor store but a weaker Binny's location.

crossovert, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of robbyc1
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Can any local Binny's rival the South Loop location. Not really, but this one comes as close as possible. The volume carried and sold is huge, so everything I've gotten here is fresh, helpful service if you ask, leave you alone to wonder and ponder if not. The selection is not as deep as South loop, but certainly as broad. Many midwest and american micros, with full Bell's selection, lots of Belgians, and they keep up on the new ones, saw the 4 new offerings from The Bruery over the weekend, not something that my regular Skokie store will carry anytime soon. One of the best in the north suburbs, a go to location for anything available you seek, downside is it's all on shelves, cold selection is limited.

robbyc1, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%

I love Binny's Highland Park. I live 740 miles away and when I walk in, I am greeted by name. The customer service here is phenomenal thanks to people like Jason, Michael, Rena, and Agatha (who recently left to defend our country). The selection is awesome with so many great Midwest beers and a ton of others from both coasts. FFF, DFH, Founders, Bells, Lost Abby, Two Bros. New Holland, and all of the other Chicago area beers. The place is clean and well lit but what really makes me come back is their people.

ATLbeerDog, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of Morphoenix
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Really good selection here, entire south wall of the store is lined with beer. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Most definitely better than the Sam's Wine & Spirits in town, both in terms of price and selection. If you're in Highland Park, this is the place to go. You can find stuff from Three Floyds, Allagash, Rogue, Avery, North Coast and Dark Horse where American micros are concerned. A nice selection of Belgians, including most Trappist beers. Overall, a nice establishment and well worth checking out if you're in the area.

Morphoenix, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of BigFrank71
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

This is the store i drive over 20 miles to go to. It has a large slection of wines and spirits and LOTS of beers. One side of the wall has the top shelf full of the larger single botte beers from the belgian and european beers tot he micros. Found the ST bernardus abt 12 here rogues dogfishhead etc. They also have a cooler with the basics and some good imports. A far better store then woodmans in Kenosha a very good staff who knows what they sell, and are helpful in making recomendations. Its always been a pleasure coming here to buy the beers i enjoy most, and they will special order for you as well which is a nice touch. Highly recomend this store

BigFrank71, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of younger35
4/5  rDev -6.3%

This was the third Binny's I've been too and like the Buffalo Grove one, I really liked this one. It's pretty big and clean and the workers were helpful. The selection was really good with all the normal's (Three Floyds, Two Brothers, Great Divide, Avery, Dogfish Head, Left Hand, Bear Republic, Victory, Boulder Brewing, Arcadia, Brooklyn Brewing, Founders, Moylans, Goose Island, Rogue etc...). The selection of Belgium's and Euro brews were pretty much the same as the other Binny's, not the greatest but enough. They have the staples. The only thing that I wish was a bit different was that they had a bit more variety with the bombers. Most of the stuff is 6 or 4 packs and sometimes I just want to try a brew and don't want an entire sixer. Overall a pretty nice store with a decent selection.

younger35, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of FirkinDave
2.4/5  rDev -43.8%

My girlfriend was looking for a specific beer that is rather hard to get so she called ahead to see if they had it in stock. She was told twice over the phone that "Oh yeah, we've got some left." Suprise: She get there less than an hour after calling and it's out of stock. Not only that, but as she's looking for the beer that she was told was in stock, an employee randomly cards her in the middle of the store (ever happen to you???) and says "we've been out for a couple of days..." Plus a "this must be for someone else huh?" comment was also uncalled for. No one had the balls to say "sorry, I didn't realize we were out" or even an "oops." I'm sure this is not a company-wide issue with them, just this store. The people at the Binny's in Chicago we're nothing but great and helpful, maybe Highland Park just needs a little help.

FirkinDave, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.15/5  rDev -26.2%

This place looks dark when you drive into the strip mall but they have a window tinting that is pretty dark. Inside I got the feel that it was an older liquor store than Binny's had bought out. To my right was a wall that had Craft Beer written in big wooden letters. There was no need to wander the store for the beer section. It was mostly one long isle with a walk-in cooler at the end. They had a few piles of beer in the middle but I'm not sure if they were on sale or they just arrived. The beer selection was a mix of imports, locals and nationwide beers that didn't feel like they were in an order.

I walked into the cooler and it was large cases of BMC with a few 6's of mainstream beer. They had some interesting random glassware for sale right outside the cooler door but they all looked pretty dusty and didn't seem really worth the price.

rhoadsrage, Sep 11, 2006
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3.55/5  rDev -16.9%

Quality did not appear to be an issue, as nothing had an aged look or coating of dust. Overall, a nice selection to be had, but I was disappointed in the lack of singles or mix your own six-pack options. Oh well. Service was not too good, but I didn't mind since I was happy to look around on my own. Great Lakes, Bells, and Goose Island had good representation. Not much Three Floyds, but that seems to be common everywhere. Good options in the Belgian category and other imports, but I was mainly focused on Chicago beer. If you are in the area, it is a pretty good stop.

, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Been a couple times now, when visiting the northern suburbs Binny's in the best beer store around. Large space, mostly wine and liquor, and speciality food items, but one whole side is dedicated to beer. Lots of Belgian ales, German ales, Chicagoland area beers, cases of generic but still decent micro's. Helpful staff, they pulled out a six pack of Victory Prima Pils for me with some effort. Second best thing to Sam's, Binny's has a good selection and pretty good prices, second favourite beer store in Chicago.

Viggo, May 30, 2005
Photo of BobLuvBeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Binnys in Highland Park is conveniently located off route 41. Exit at Lake Cook road, and it is right there basically.

Store is 3/4 wine and spirits and 1/4 beer. But, it is a large facility, so the 1/4 space is very adequate. They have a good selection of Belgians, Hefe's and various bombers all in singles, so you can make your own variety pack. They offer a wide range of 6 packs of just about all the beers available in the Chicago area. Three Floyds, Two Brothers, Goose Island, Unibroue, Bells, Rouge and many more. If they do not have something, their staff will take your name and number and call you if they can get it.

For quick party needs they have a walk in cooler area, which stocks cases, singles, 12'ves and six'es of the more "popular beers", even some of the good stuff :).

So, if you find yourself taking route 41 (edens) on a trip from Chicago to Wisconsin, take a quick trip into this gem and pick something up.

BobLuvBeer, May 11, 2005
Binny's Beverage Depot in Highland Park, IL
94 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.