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Binny's Beverage Depot

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9 Ratings

Type: Store

85 Green Bay Rd
Glencoe, Illinois, 60022-4416
United States

(847) 835-3900 | map

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by pmcadamis:
Photo of pmcadamis
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

I hit this joint while spending Thanksgiving with family in Winnetka. It's small...hence the Binny's Express moniker, and their beer section is not large at all. However, the beer that they do choose to carry...mostly 750ml corked bottles and bombers are all extremely highly rated top end brews.

They really don't mess around with average beer at this place. Maybe its due to the high income neighborhood and the general upscale culture of the North Shore, but all of their beer that they carry is top of the line. I picked up DFH 120 minute, Alpha Claus, GI Bourbon County Stout, and Double Dead Guy. They have lots of pricey Belgian stuff and a lot of Three Floyd's too.

I thought that the upper end beers are more expensive here than they are in my hometown, but thats probably attributable to the expensive overhead of operating a business in one of the most expensive areas of the midwest.

The guys working there Friday morning, including the owner, were extremely helpful and friendly. They seemed to be quite beer savvy, and the owner told me that he doesn't carry a beer until he has tried it and liked it! Now that is dedication to selling beer!

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Photo of pagriley
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

It's a binnys, so you get your standard big box experience, but because it is a smaller store in an upscale neighborhood, the service is really good.
As a smaller store, it doesn't have the biggest range of craft beer, but the beer manager is a huge beer geek and very good at picking out a worthwhile and interesting selection - I have found interesting Belgians and sours here that other stores don't often stock.

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Photo of AuntBea
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

The guys in the beer department are very helpful and friendly!

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.86/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Place is well kept and recently remodeled. Very helpful staff. I found a bottle of Kavorka online only at this location and they held it for me, responded back right away. Great selection of Belgian beers, too.

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Photo of The_Beer_Shark
4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of emerge077
3.45/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Binny's review #26 of 28.

This is probably the smallest Binny's in the chain. Nondescript strip mall location, next to a tequila bar and a Dominos. Inside there's a cashier station in the front, where 3 staff members hung out. I said hello and got blank stares, maybe they were just hiding out until closing. Cashier was nice when ringing up though.

Beer selection was pretty limited and relegated to the rear of the small store. Some DFH, Clown Shoes on clearance, $20 Juliet, Hoptimum in the cooler, and a handful of oktoberfest beers by the cheese counter. Daisy Cutter and new Revolution bombers. Very limited import selection, just the basics. Wine and spirits took up 75% of the place, with beer, cheese, and cocktail supplies getting equal shelf space. Highland Park Binny's is far superior in the area, even Schaefers has a better selection. Only a convenient stop for locals if passing by.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

Another great store by Binny's. The Express line stores are a bit limited in size and selection, but this Express store had all the right beers on the shelves. That's the reason I gave this place a high mark for selection. I was impressed with the fine selection of craft brews like Great lakes, Goose Island, Stone, Founders, Dogfish (Raison D'Extra, Sahtea, Theobroma and Namaste), Victory, New Belgium, Bells, Unibroue, Strangford, Bear Republic, FFF (Blackheart), Lambic, just to name a few.

There are plenty of macros available, chilled and ready to grab if you're on the run and don't care about the craft experience.

Service was friendly as I was only in the store for about 10 minutes, but was asked by four different reps if I needed any help looking for something. I also overheard a customer ask a rep if they has Delirium chilled, to my surprise the customer was asked to wait as the rep called the back room and sent out a chilled bottle that wasn't on the shelves. I was impressed. The store seemed well organized and they have plenty of inventory in the back (especially for such a small space) so if you don't see something definitely ask for it. Chances are they might have it in the back.

The beer manager made sufficient use of the available shelf space and packed it with plenty of single-serve and bomber size bottles of some very good beers. I also wanted to mention the plentiful and fantastic use of Beer Advocate 'shelf-talkers'. I can't get enough of those things and I don't know why more stores don't use them. They are free and it makes the shelves look more eye-catching in my opinion.

Overall I was very impressed and would definitely visit this store or the Highland Park store if I didn't find what I wanted downtown.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%

New manager as of November 2007, has instituted beer tastings every Saturday. Today it was 4 beers, including a Hitachino Nest Celebration beer 2007, Dogfish Head 90 min IPA, and Corsendonk Christmas Ale dated 2006. As you can tell just from this tasting he has a real affinity to Belgians and good micro-brewers.

Selection is limited by store size, but there are many bombers on the top shelf, mosty belgians and many of the great midwest micros, plus some specials you might not find elsewhere (Fantome Xmas anyone?).

Overall I'm not sure it's a trip out of your way, but if you're in the area anyway definitely worth a stop.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -14.2%

This store is packed in a little strip mall and parking is tight. Inside they have a cigar case then about 4 rows of wine with the perimeter of the store lined with shelves of wine and liquor. The back half of the store is divided between a small cheese area and 2 sleeved of beer and 3 coolers of beer.

The beer was a more craft beer than American macros and about 1/2 was warm and 1/2 was chilled. The warm section and a good selection of Euro-lagers as well as other lagers from around the world. There was a small beer-amid of BMC bottle cases but for the most part macro 6-packs were mixed in with craft beers. They only had about 10 different 750ml bottles and the rest were 6-packs.

They had a nice display of Christmas beer, both local and Belgian, at the front of the beer isle. The also had a few hang tags for beers that rated high however I couldn't tell how produced the labels.

In the coolers they had some summer beers and Oktoberfest beers mixed in with other craft beers and it is mid-December. They didn't have a lot of local beers but they had about the same number of craft beers from the US as they did imports.

The service was friendly but when I went to pay form my beers the cashier couldn't find a price for the Fantome Sasion. He was turning the bottle upside down and every which way to find the code to type in to the system. By the time he finished it looked like a snow globe so this one will have to sit for a while.

They didn't have any sales but the prices were reasonable for Chicago area.

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Binny's Beverage Depot in Glencoe, IL
Place rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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