Binny's Beverage Depot - South Loop

BA SCORE
94
outstanding

114 Ratings
Binny's Beverage Depot - South LoopBinny's Beverage Depot - South Loop
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

1132 S Jefferson St
Chicago, Illinois, 60607-4426
United States

(312) 768-4400 | map
binnys.com

Notes:
Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 9:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am - 6:00pm

The "South Loop Tasting Room" bar is located inside this Binny's:
http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/17044

Added by katiecoggins on 01-02-2008

PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Ratings:
114
Reviews:
49
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
6.57%
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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 49
Reviews by Realale:
Photo of Realale
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%

Updated: 9/8/09 I initially visited and reviewed this location just after it opened. After several additional visits I will note two things which have changed my score slightly.

First, the positive. On each visit I have been approached on several occasions by several employees asking to provide assistance. Each time the individual has been helpful and well-informed (even if not completely geeky).

The negative is that with a selection this big, it is a simple fact that there are offerings that do not move well. The store seems to do well with getting obviously old seasonal beers out of stock when their time has passed, but some slow-moving year-round selections and one-off brews seem to be sitting longer than I'd prefer.

Original review below:

This location is Binny's new flagship store in the South Loop. The beer selection is substantial to say the least, with two huge aisles, a wall of coolers, and a maze of floor stacks. Parking is behind the store in a smallish (maybe 25-30 cars?) covered lot.

Since the store just opened, quality seemed to be very high. I noted no out of code product, and certainly no dust. Everything sampled so far has been in tip top shape. Pricing was very reasonable too.

How does one go about describing a selection this big . . . . Well, there seemed to be just about everything available in the State of Illinois in the store. Big selections of local craft beers, with plenty of Three Floyds, Capital, Two Brothers, Goose Island, etc. including lots of the special releases and seasonals. Plenty of other craft brewers big and small were there as well, with more Dogfish Head special beers than I've ever seen.

The import section was extremely thorough as well, with the German and Belgian selections being particularly notable. Honestly, it's difficult to find any fault with the selection apart from the fact that it's so huge that even in a store this big there simply isn't room for a lot of each beer on the shelf. There were several holes, but the staff was more than happy to check in back for more.

I've left some headroom to see how they manage freshness and selection over time, but this store is off to a great start.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SlightlyGrey
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75

The wife and I were about to have dinner at EL Ideas, an avant-garde restaurant in Chicago. We debated whether to bring a bottle of something. We got to the restaurant, talked to the dude and he told us to drive to Binny’s, not far away. Well, between Chicago traffic, street closures and assorted bullshit, it took us forever to get there and back to the restaurant. We held back dinner service- I am surprised the chefs weren’t pissed at us.

But back to Binny’s! I am sad I didn’t have more time to peruse this truly ginormous store. Two levels and escalators, need I say more? Turn right and then another right as you exit the second-floor escalator and find a sheer amount of beer. Old Stock, Port-Lost Abbey, the Eclipse series, Bruery, Almanac, Cascade, 4 Hands, Jolly Pumpkin and many more… obscure brews from all over the US, plus all the customary packs and bombers from every big name in American craft brewing. I owe this place another visit, and then some.

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Photo of psoriasaurus
4.6/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of Gambyt20
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of FBarber
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Wonderful selection of beer - especially on the import side, tons of European beers here. Standard Binnys pricing - pretty fair with the occasional sale. Staff is ok, if I need help I generally have to go find someone, but they're helpful once asked. Also there is a bar here with a nice tap list that occasionally offers some sought after options on draft.

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Photo of cryptichead
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of PUbeer
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of BeerOps
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of jschott75
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Inglewood
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of muskiesbadgersnbeer
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of ackeeper
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of johnyb
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of socon67
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Stopped here while at a conference. Great selection of local craft and all the solid domestic\import bottles. Picked up some Three Floyds and Pipeworks stuff. They really take craft seriously, and pricing is fair enough. Must go to Binny's if in the Chicagoland area.

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Photo of robgutie
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of puftdank
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of cubs943
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Very nice, even held stuff for me.

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Photo of Jeremy328
5/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of AndyEdgar
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of aussiebeer
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of HookemHoos
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of jshusc
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

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Binny's Beverage Depot - South Loop in Chicago, IL
4.26 out of 5 based on 114 ratings.
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