Binny's Beverage Depot

Binny's Beverage DepotBinny's Beverage Depot
Binny's Beverage DepotBinny's Beverage Depot

975 S Rand Rd
Lake Zurich, Illinois, 60047-2547
United States

(847) 438-1437 | map

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This place is huge. Lots of liquor, wine, beer and cigars. I don't shop here often because it is out of my way. I do stop occasionally when I am in the area. Always been a positive experience.

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Photo of OKFine
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

So I use to work here during the summer. The beer selection is really quite good. Given the suburban setting and distance from any city breweries, Binny's has done an exceptional job of creating a selection of beers to choose from. The manager is a complete dickhead. I'm going to leave that there. But the beer department is absolutely great. They are comprised of mostly home brewers or general die hard beer fanatics. The fanaticism even spills into the cigar staff which is equally knowledgeable and well versed as the direct beer guys. They all have deep cellars and beer for days. Did I mention the manager is a total dick?

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4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

SO. LIving out in the Burbs sucks (BeerWise). We read and find all the best of the best (of the best, Jay from Men in Black) in the Chicago Area. Binny's Lake Zurich, not only has some serious Beer Geeks on Staff but they are some how able to grab some rares and almost every seasonal release possible. Granted, they get it a day late as compared to Chicago City distribution but I am not one to complain. Solid Staff. Large selection. Clean store.

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Photo of xdtfx
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

LZ Binny's is pretty much my to-go source. They carry most of what I am seeking out at the time and overall, have the largest and best selection than any other store in the nearby area. The beer staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Prices are pretty much as good as it gets when it comes to limited/.rar releases, but that's because a lot of the other local places like to gouge prices.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I knew of this Binny's, my local is Buffalo Grove, but was in the area so thought I would stop in and give it a go.

WOW! First of all the actual store is gigantic. Tons of wine, your wife is a fan like mine. Enormous craft beer selection on the righ hand side of the store and the import choices (they have a HUGE wall is just insane, particularly the Belgians!) The American craft brews are divided by regions of the country and the Imports on the far right wall are separated by country. Wonderful idea.

A few of the managers were great in their suggestions and really knew their beer. You will leave here with a wide array of delicious choices.


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Photo of BHwks
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%

Stopped in Binny's today to check out what their new winter offerings might be. Before I get to my experience, a couple of thoughts about Binny's - when you walk in and look around, you realize the goal of the place is to use their buying power to prevent other stores from getting "limited" release beers. They'll have cases of stuff that other stores complain about getting little/no selection of. The unfortunate part is that some of their stock will end up sitting past it's prime. The other problem is half the time, they don't know what they have - for example, behind the front counter they had the little 7oz Rogue bottles and Dogfish Head WWS. In previous trips I've seen regular Founder's Breakfast Stout back there also. What's the logic? Are these beers really that rare? I'm thinking they got Founder's Breakfast Stout confused with KBS, oh well.

Anyway, my experience today was fine. I picked up some Two Brothers Heavy Handed (haven't seen this around anywhere else lately), Yakima Glory, The Bruery 3 French Hens, and that was about it. The beer manager is pretty good if you talk to him, younger guy who's rather passionate about beer and knows his stuff. The rest of the staff is very hit or miss - some will help you out, others will basically ignore you. If you're younger, or at least look younger, you definitely don't get the attention that the rest of the crowd does. It's obvious that the staff ogles over their wine customers, older guys buying expensive scotch, etc, but will let other customers just wander without even saying hi. Additionally, the beer area is WAY too small - it's hard to walk around, let alone get a cart through if you're buying more than just a six pack.

In summary - I go to Binny's as they have stuff other places don't. I acknowledge the great selection, but the "feel" of the place pretty much stinks. Spotty service, completely wine/spirit centered, and a definite feel that you're getting shorted by employees because you're only buying beer. I feel hypocritical by still shopping here, but because of the screwed up distribution model in Illinois I'm left with either not getting certain beers or going to Binny's.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4/5  rDev -5.2%

This is where I normally go to get all of the beers that you can't find elsewhere in the area. That and it's in my hometown and I'm probably too lazy to go that far, but in all honesty I really don't need to. If it's in season beerwise then I'd put an 85% that they have it (which takes into account really hard things to get). That's a better percentage than I would give most places. Also if you want wine or cigars (walk in humidor) or the hard stuff, they got you covered on most of that too. Now as far as service is concerned it depends on who's working. They have a guy for every department who is the resident expert, if you get the chance to talk to the beer guy he does know his stuff as well as the managers. If you talk to any of the regular employees they are probably only good for looking up where to find things you are already looking for. It's been a long time since I went in there looking for a beer that I desired and haven't found it. I recommend it especially for the exotic beer selection (they have a foreign beer wall).

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Photo of crossovert
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%

Stopped into this Binny's today, it is the second closest to my house. It is in a nice looking mini mall with an ALDI next door.

It looks huge and new from the outside. Inside it is huge, new and clean. There is a huge row of imports, with almost as much as the South Loop location. It was Belgian beer month and I was able to snag a ton of deals. There are also stacks of imports and Wisconsin beers in the middle between the imports and domestics. The domestics aisle extends the entire length of the store, though the selection is only slightly above average. The domestics seem to be pricier than the imports. In the back corner there are cases, macros and coolers with most of the more popular stuff being in the coolers. There is also a little nook of seasonals. There are around 1000 different beers to choose from here.

The service was friendly and the prices were surprisingly low for an Illinois store.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

My hometown Binny's. The biggest draw here is the superb selection of hundreds of brews. US macros/micros, Belgians, Brits, Germans; singles, sixers, bombers galore! Some in the coolers, some on the shelves, you're sure to find somethin' tasty to bring home. If not, just talk to the front desk and they'll help you get what they don't (yet) have. Honestly, though, some of the employees do not have the highest beer knowledge, but the manager and a couple others not only know their stuff, but also have great taste.

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Photo of steveh
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

Stopped into this Binny's for the first time today. Great selection of beers from around the world and micros from across the country.

Looking for some Belgians? Look here first. Surprising selection of Eastern European brews too, not just the usual you see in the groceries.

The cashier even commented on a couple of choices and was able to answer a few questions.

Prices weren't bad with my Binny's card -- highly suggest signing up, but my first sighting of $9, regular brand Sierra Nevada styles - Is this Cook County, or just marketing to the neighborhood?

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Holy jackpot. Found everything I was looking for here today and more. Located in a ritzy burb, the rare and obscure tends to linger longer thanks to a more non-beer-savvy clientele.

The guy in the beer dept. was most helpful, locating one of the last 4-packs of Devil Dancer, and helping a couple looking for a case of Hop Juice for their son. The selection here takes up twice as much shelf space as 2/3 of the Binnys in the chain, which can be staggering. Good assortment of Dark Horse, Flossmoor (Ore-Gone IPA from February: sort of old at this point, 2 cases left), Lambics (Cuvee des Champions, Kriek de Ranke), Avery Fifteen, 6 Jolly Pumpkin (although they were confined to the end of the beer shelving opposite the coolers, next to some cider & alcopops). The computer desk in the beer dept. looked to be an employee station, didn't see any signage about letting customers use it.

Checkout guy was friendly and recommended a visit to the Firkin, which I happily took him up on. Awesome selection and service here, worth going out of your way for in the NW burbs.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%

A newer Binny's, has a nice clean look inside and out. Lots and lots of space, high celings give off a sort of warehouse feel. Beer is kept on to one side of the store in coolers and on shelves. Lots and lots of import sixers and singles, I would argue that there are more craft imports than there are domestics at this store, so there is a point of interest right there. Cantillions, Fantome, De Ranke, Lindemans (not just the sweet lambics either) are well represented here for a suburban store. Besides this and a few other domestic bombers you might not find at other suburban Binny's locations, this place is pretty standard. Not bad, but also not that great. Just nice.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%

I guess I'm first to review this place, although someone else added it to the site. This is the closest (and maybe best) beer store in my family's neighborhood, although Dobby's in Palatine gives it a run for the money.

This Binny's location has about 300 beers, broken up approximately as follows:
Belgian ales: ~80
German beers: ~60
UK beers: ~60
USA microbrews: ~100
Other: About 20 (Unibroue line-up, some Japanese beers too).

Most beers are outstanding quality, prices are reasonable (sometimes cheaper than elsewhere, sometimes a lot more expensive). One very nice service they offer is a computer in the beer area, set up for customers to search BA or ratebeer before finalizing selections. This is a big help and I'd like to see other stores emulate the practice.

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Binny's Beverage Depot in Lake Zurich, IL
Place rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 23 ratings