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Algonquin Binny's thread

Discussion in 'US - Great Lakes' started by mychalg9, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. 71gto

    71gto Savant (270) Illinois Jun 3, 2009

    I rarely go there anymore because he tried charging like $10 for a KBS last year. Most of his prices are only slightly inflated, but some are crazy. The times I have been in there there was nobody that knew much of anything about anything. I remember being shocked they had such a good selection with no knowledge of beer. In their defense I haven't tried to talk beer with any of them in a few years, so maybe they have educated themselves on their business.
     
  2. beergurujr

    beergurujr Savant (350) Illinois Oct 27, 2003

    It's okay dude. :) 30+ years in and around craft beer, and I do learn new things all the time. BTW could have been factually correct but legally wrong: it has been fairly common for super in-demand beers, that families in the business with different locations to "spread around" product from one store to another. This is against the law and is violation of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission rules. Occasionally somebody will find a keg of Yuengling in an IL bar, or a six pack of Zombie Dust many miles from where it is supposed to be sold.
     
  3. AaronBurr

    AaronBurr Savant (270) Illinois Dec 17, 2011

    Jim, are suggestions welcome for your suburban keg only tasting?

    If so, I'd suggest Brickstone Pale Ale.

    I know Bourbonnais is a stretch for a suburb, but so is Algonquin.
     
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  4. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Advocate (710) Illinois Apr 8, 2010

    At least we're above the Mason-Dixon line up here in 'gonquin.... ;)
     
  5. beergurujr

    beergurujr Savant (350) Illinois Oct 27, 2003

    Feelers have gone out to several IL brewers not currently marketed in the area here. I'll look into Brickstone. Thanks for the suggestion!
     
  6. AaronBurr

    AaronBurr Savant (270) Illinois Dec 17, 2011

    Well that rules out Effingham
     
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  7. AaronBurr

    AaronBurr Savant (270) Illinois Dec 17, 2011

    Awesome.

    Off topic, has anyone been to Mackey's Hideout in McHenry? Looks like they had a Bell's tap takeover last night with some good stuff.
     
  8. It's the last place in the world you'd assume would have an awesome selection, but they do. That being said, I've never risked going there at night...
     
  9. beergurujr

    beergurujr Savant (350) Illinois Oct 27, 2003

    Why is that? It's not ghetto. I assume it's a little bit redneck, though.
     
  10. I've gone during the day and it's moderately "redneck", so I assume the night crowd further reflects that. But in no way am I talking bad about it, 'cause the owner is nice as hell and the selection is great. I'd strongly recommend stopping in if you haven't been.
     
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  11. beergurujr

    beergurujr Savant (350) Illinois Oct 27, 2003

    Okay, here's a list. Better late than never.


    Willowbrook BeerBuzz ‏ @WBBeerBuzz

    Tom Bergman ‏ @northshorebeer (Highland Park)

    beervince ‏ @dgcraftbeers (Downers Grove)

    Beer in Skokie ‏ @BeerInSkokie

    Adam Vavrick ‏ @beeradam (The King! Lincoln Park)

    South Loop Beer ‏ @southloopbeer

    Buffalo Grove Beer ‏ @bgcraftbeer

    Orland Park Beer ‏ @OPBeer

    Jeff Collins ‏ @LakeviewBeer

    Trevor Hagen ‏ @freefal1in (Glen Ellyn)

    Bolingbrook Beer ‏ @BeerDepartment

    Plainfield Beer@plainfieldbeer

    beer at algonquin@beeratalgonquin

    Better here than a separate thread.... we are flying a little under the radar, folks.

    There are probably other store Twitter feeds- we have 29 stores, but I cannot find them. However we have a Beer Manager meeting Wednesday- hopefully I'll get a list of all.
     
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  12. sfoulkes

    sfoulkes Aspirant (35) Illinois Feb 23, 2012

    It'd be super cool if the managers in Naperville and St. Charles did this...
     
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  13. I wish Des Plaines had a twitter account.....
     
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  14. beergurujr

    beergurujr Savant (350) Illinois Oct 27, 2003

    They may be. Twitter isn't all that user-friendly in the search dept.
     
  15. You don't happen to know of a twitter account for the grand store in river north?
     
  16. beergurujr

    beergurujr Savant (350) Illinois Oct 27, 2003

    Nope. I will update the list here when I find new feeds. I am pretty sure almost every store (or indeed, every store), will have them by the end of next week.
     
  17. baker2gs

    baker2gs Aficionado (205) Illinois Apr 19, 2010

    I heard that Bloomingdale has one but I can't find it.
     
  18. duobob

    duobob Savant (260) Illinois Oct 10, 2012

    Me and some of my friends were there they had Black Note on tap along with Hopslam Third Coast and a bunch of others Three Floyds Alpha King, Goose Island BCBS and a great bottle list We won 3 shirts. Had a good time not the nicest place but far from the worst Ive been to.
     
  19. duobob

    duobob Savant (260) Illinois Oct 10, 2012

    Please start stocking Pipeworks and Spiteful brews!
     
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  20. @BeerNerdZach
     
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  21. beergurujr

    beergurujr Savant (350) Illinois Oct 27, 2003

    Working toward those goals.
     
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  22. Kubrickx

    Kubrickx Savant (385) Illinois Sep 1, 2012

    Good people at the Bloomingdale store.
     
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  23. beergurujr

    beergurujr Savant (350) Illinois Oct 27, 2003

  24. What is the lineup gonna be or am I just missing it ?
     
  25. beergurujr

    beergurujr Savant (350) Illinois Oct 27, 2003

    It's fluid right now. Tighthead, Church Street, and Light The Lamp. Small Town and Solemn Oath are going to bottles soon and will taste out then.
     
  26. beergurujr

    beergurujr Savant (350) Illinois Oct 27, 2003

    Brickstone..... IS IN!
     
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  27. AaronBurr

    AaronBurr Savant (270) Illinois Dec 17, 2011

    That's great Jim. I am looking forward to this event.

    Thanks for looking into them.
     
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  28. beergurujr

    beergurujr Savant (350) Illinois Oct 27, 2003

    You are most certainly welcome! Thanks for the suggestion.
     
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  29. beergurujr

    beergurujr Savant (350) Illinois Oct 27, 2003

    Guys- I don't want to sound douchy, but do you think that it's a good idea if some of you emailed Half Acre and let them know you'd like to see them up here? I get asked for their stuff every day. If I'm not mistaken, they're two blocks away, over the county line in Kane Cty. Am I wrong about that?
     
  30. Woodmans isn't carrying them, I don't really stop anywhere else in kane, maybe out in elgin somewhere? Cardinal in crystal lake will get it for you if you ask....
     
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  31. beergurujr

    beergurujr Savant (350) Illinois Oct 27, 2003

    Interesting!
     
  32. Can't say I've ever seen Half Acre in Kane County. Closest places to Elgin that I've gotten it is Bloomingdale Binny's, Schaumburg Binny's and Dobby's in Palatine.
     
  33. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Advocate (545) Illinois Nov 26, 2011

    Same
     
  34. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Advocate (710) Illinois Apr 8, 2010

    I haven't been to Cardinal in CL for a few weeks but I also feel like I've seen Half Acre stuff there. Can't be positive though. I feel like Trader Joes might carry Gossamer but I also may be thinking of somewhere else. I think I visit too many different stores!
     
  35. sfoulkes

    sfoulkes Aspirant (35) Illinois Feb 23, 2012

    They only distribute in Cook County.
     
  36. TMoney2591

    TMoney2591 Champion (930) Illinois Apr 21, 2009

    And Lake...
     
  37. beergurujr

    beergurujr Savant (350) Illinois Oct 27, 2003

    ..... and DuPage.
     
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  38. I don't even know where Kane county is or Algonquin for that matter. I'll probably need to figure that out soon for the event going on there, lol.
     
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  39. beergurujr

    beergurujr Savant (350) Illinois Oct 27, 2003

    If you're coming out from the city, take the Kennedy, and then on to the NW Tollway or whatever they call it these days. Get off at Randall Road north exit. We are about 10-15 minutes north.
     
  40. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Advocate (710) Illinois Apr 8, 2010

    Uh oh, we're getting some Chicago "toughs" out in our neck of the woods?! I'll start boarding up the windows...
     
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