Binny's Beverage Depot

BA SCORE
90
outstanding

52 Ratings
Binny's Beverage DepotBinny's Beverage Depot
PLACE INFO

Type: Store

323 W Golf Rd
Schaumburg, Illinois, 60195-3607
United States

(847) 882-6000 | map
binnys.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
90
Ratings:
52
Reviews:
34
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
9.14%
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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by falloutsnow:
Photo of falloutsnow
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

Binny's currently has an entire (huge) store wall, refrigerator space, and large amount of floorspace (usually containing seasonal specialties or promotions) devoted towards its beer selection.
The store has always appeared clean, inviting, and well-kept, to me and the beverages themselves seem to be well-maintained and not terribly old.
Knowledgeable sales staff (regarding beer, at least) seems to be hit-or-miss: there are a few employees in particular who know their beer and enjoy talking about styles and finer aspects with you; there are also those who just "work there," but at least they know where beers are located in the giant selection that Binny's offers.
As just mentioned, the Binny's in Schaumburg has a very large stock: a selection of midwest breweries is well-represented, east coast/New England beers are present to a degree (Sam Adams, Wolaver's/Otter Creek, Ommegang); a full line of Samuel Smith brews and several other English breweries; a modest collection of the more well-known beers from the US west coast; and a good (but not great) stock of Belgian, German, Scottish, and Montreal brews. There are also tons of beers that I'd never heard of before and am unfamiliar with their origins. To put it simply: it's easy to be overwhelmed in this store.
The prices are fair, running from the typical $6-$8 for a six-pack, the larger imported bottles a bit less, and 16-ounce'rs about $5 apiece.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of hockeypuck
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Treyliff
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Huge store with beer, wine and liquor. Large beer selection with an emphasis on IL locals. Biggest downfall is that the singles section is very small. For an out of towner like me, I would have spent much more had I been able to buy 12oz singles. I also got the vibe that most of the limited release beers sell out the day that they are released. I found a few gems and would definitely stop by again if passing through (except for all of the ridiculous tolls). The beer guy was awesome, I could have talked beer with him all evening, top notch.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of FBarber
4/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Typical Binnys - big box store. Solid selection of craft, imports and macro beer. Expansive mix six selection that they keep up to date. They don't seem to have a lot from the Chicago breweries (Spiteful, Pipeworks, Aquanaut, etc.) outside of the very basics. Import election has some unique stuff, but is otherwise pretty small. Service is spot on.

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Photo of puftdank
3.97/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Bones10
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of stevoj
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Passing through Chicago and visited this place due to it’s ratings. Very good selection of local craft brews and Belgians. Surprising selection of Polish beers as well. Prices seemed high, but may be due to cost of living in area. Would visit again.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of ejimhof
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of hopheaddeluxe
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of jsrose16
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of tommy5
4.09/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of mattmarka1
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of KAF
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Rado
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%

Photo of maxcoinage
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of deveau145
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of beersdmf17
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Kubrickx
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of dcsti22
2.86/5  rDev -29.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

They recently expanded their selections a tiny bit, still not on par with the selection at the Algonquin location. That being said, the selection is not bad. Occasionally there ill be someone there to ask you if you need assistance with finding something.
There used to be a gentleman that worked there, had a nice beard going, he pretty much could suggest some brews for you if you told him what you were in the mood for. He has since gone (I have not seen him there in some time) and the rest of the workers are just walking around stocking shelves.

Decent selection, but I rely on my beer apps on my iPhone for any sort of suggestion or rating.

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Photo of dhannes
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Visited on 1/21/13.

A=First impression--clean, organized, and inviting. Organized well, with great signage. I found that the beer section was a bit difficult to navigate a first, due to the large number off offerings. I would estimate 200+ 6-packs, plus another 200 singles.

Q=I haven't sampled any of the purchases, but they carried a wide variety of local and regional brands. The one big negative for me was that only the BMC's and a few others were refrigerated, while the crafts were not.

S=I had two people ask to assist me....but one was in the wine section, while the other was in the humidor. There was no presence in the beer section, but it was 10 a.m. on a Monday morning, so I can understand why there wasn't anyone there.

S=Excellent selection...over 400 brands of beer, with about 75 local crafts, 100 imports, and crafts from Wisconsin, Oregon, and New York. Still, I was looking for a Okocim Porter, and they only carried their lagers.

V=A bit higher than Wisconsin, with most 6-packs between $8.99 and $10.99...some values, but no spectacular deals.

I will definitely return, but wish they would chill the crafts.

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Photo of baker2gs
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I've been stopping in here weekly for over the last year and at least monthly since I began working in the area. Compared to other Binny's the selection is about the same, they do get smaller quantities of some of the harder to find stuff though which causes them to get run out a bit faster. They seem to have a bit more of Belgian and German beers than what I've seen at some other locations. Nothing wrong with an excellent Belgian selection, right? Since the store has been updated to the new look it's a lot nicer inside, very modern and welcoming.

Both Pat and Jamie are equally helpful and knowledgeable. Since they tend to get smaller allotments in comparison to some of the locations in the city, they're very good about keeping a limit on some of the more limited brews so someone doesn't come in and clean them out. I like that everyone has a chance to get a bottle when a new beer with a high demand hits their store. They even did a release for the Bourbon County Stouts (with 3F Behemoth raffle!) that came out earlier this year and it worked out wonderfully.

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Binny's Beverage Depot in Schaumburg, IL
4.05 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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