Binny's Beverage Depot

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16 Ratings
Binny's Beverage DepotBinny's Beverage Depot

Type: Store

4610 W Elm St
McHenry, Illinois, 60050-4015
United States

(815) 385-3200 | map

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Reviews by beerwolf77:
Photo of beerwolf77
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

This is probably the lowliest Binny's I've been to. Looks like an old grocery store from the outside and inside. The selection was less than impressive by Binny's standards. Imports were confined to one medium sized shelf. The domestic craft shelf was solid but nowhere near what I've come to expect from the franchise.

As with all Binny's the prices are fucking stupid. Then add the asinine liquor tax from Illinois and you would have to be an idiot to buy anything that's not from Belgium.

I didn't encounter any staff but I saw them helping customers so they seemed friendly.

Overall a sad representation of a stellar franchise. They need headquarters to come in and revamp this location big time.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Bklyn54
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.25 | selection: 4.75

The McHenry store has been renovated due to some asbestos issues. Great improvement in its appearance. Looks more like other Binny's now. Bigger selection of craft brews with the expansion, added coolers, longer aisles, easier to shop. Check it out. Does not look like a 70's grocery any longer.

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Photo of zaraspook
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3

Not as good as other Binny's i been to

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Photo of wisrarebeer
2.57/5  rDev -30.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.25

I can't believe this is a Binny's. Selection was incredibly limited and several bottles were past their best by dates. Disappointing considering the others are so good. Pretty much looks like an old grocery store from the 70s both inside and out.

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Photo of Hoppity1
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Skunkyluvmuffin
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of drewba
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4

A - A large Binny's sign is posted out front, but the building does not say Binnys and looked a bit run down. In fact, I almost continued driving past because I thought it may have closed down, or was tucked behind the building in question. Inside, it looked like your average liquor store with plenty of displays and stacked cases but was not thoughtfully laid out. The craft section is in the back left corner when entering the store and has some additional coolers

Ser - I went on a Sunday about an hour before closing, so staff was very light, only one guy behind the register who was seemed bored, but did chitchat about getting some GI Juliet in, and one manager type who appeared to be avoiding me. Not a bad experience in any way shape or form, but nothing extraordinary.

Sel - Smaller than the average Binny's, but still solid. Just about everything from the midwest, including FFF alpha king & pride & joy (which are increasingly difficult to find at most binnys, or they're hidden in the back), all annual founders (including Imperial Stout), Goose Island (including Juliet (I bought it all, sorry :D)), and plenty of Bells. There was also lots of newly released stuff like Clown Shoes, Firestone Walker, Grand Teton, so I know they aren't being overlooked for being a smaller store. The American stuff makes up for a little over half of the selection, so the import section is fairly sizeable.

V - With all Binnys, the average 6 pack or bomber price is going to be $1-2 more higher than other smaller, comparable craft beer stores, so that's why it gets the "a bit pricey" tag. I wish they had some sort of customer discount program, or sales, but that's another discussion.

If I lived in the area, this would be the store I'd hit periodically to see if something cool or old hadn't been scooped up yet, but wouldn't make it my regular spot.

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Photo of JLeege
3/5  rDev -19.4%

I have been to a handfull of Binny's in the area, this one does not quite fit the bill. This one is less than 10 minutes from my house but I will gladly make the 30 minute drive to another one most of the time. This store needs a make over inside and out. Not very inviting looking and kind of grungy on the inside.

Overall, their craft beer selection is average, better than your chain grocery, but compared to the other Binny's it is terribly disapointing. They got most of the midwest "usuals" but that is about it. Product also moves extremely slow here for the most part. I would recomend carefully checking bottle dates before purchasing anything here. As a plus you can find some aged gems here, but just sitting on the shelves the quality is a crap shoot. I have picked up a few winners and complete duds.

I cant really say anything bad about the service, the employees are friendly, just none of them really know anything about craft beer.

This place is complete hit or miss, I stop here time to time because it is close, but I would highly recommend seeking out one of the other locations (Algonquin or Lake Zurich) if you are in this immediate area.

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Photo of leakyfaucet12
4.85/5  rDev +30.4%

When it comes to quality service and selection this place is supremely above average. They put me on a mailing list and they are really good about letting me know all the beer that they have coming in. Anything you need in Northern Illinois you can get here but be willing to pay the top dollar. They have everything from Goose Island, Founders, Three Floyds, lots of different imports as well. If I am in a bind and need to get a beer fast I go here and it is luckily 10 minutes from my house. Check this place out!

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Photo of crossovert
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

This is the closest Binny's to my house, it is housed in a building that looks liek it probably went through a few name changes/owners. Its not the cleanest store. Its heavy on the spirits but in the far corner theres a nice beer nook with a ton of imports and craft. The prices were pretty fair, especially for an Illinois store.

Cashier were nice and boxed the beers. Though I didn't receive any help when i was browsing, didn't really need any though everything was pretty well organized.

Overall they had a few brews I haven't seen elsewhere, not too many but enough to make another trip back. I'd go back for sure.

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This was stop #2 on my holiday beer run extravaganza through the NW burbs. The sign on the building had an old-school charm, and the area seemed to be in transition. It was easy to find on the main drag, Hwy 120, and ample parking around the store. The place was pretty quiet inside, aside from two employees and one other customer besides myself.

There wasn't a clear "beer" sign that I could see when I entered, but there were about a dozen other signs for wine and spirit varieties. The coolers were my default, so I headed that way, then towards the back right corner of the store. About half to 3/5 of the cooler space was devoted to craft beer, including some interesting 5L minikegs like Shlenkerla Urbock ($40) and Monschof Schwarzbier ($20). At the right end of the coolers there were some free standing racks with craft bombers and 750s. Around the corner there were wooden shelves with a bunch of seasonal xmas ales. Along the wall there were a ton of imports, then US craft like JP Roja & Oro, with interesting laminated info sheets, complete with pictures of the barrels at the brewery. Port and Lost Abbey were at the end of the shelf in the corner. Glassware in different styles were located towards the end of the shelves. I counted ten Dark Horse beers on the wire rack shelving in the middle of the beer area. There were quite a few 3Floyds bombers, also Bear Republic, Founders, and many more. Grabbed a couple singles of Hop Rocket that were still lurking around, since its my favorite Arcadia beer, and Acme tells me they held up well. This store is obviously craft focused with plenty of variety.

The one employee I saw did ask me if I needed any help on his way back to the storage area, then got me a box after I went through the checkout. This Binnys is worth your time if you're in the area.

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Photo of steveh
4.65/5  rDev +25%

A great little place tucked out of the way in what seems like the middle of nowhere (though growing fast).

The beer selection wasn't huge (by other mega-store standards), but that was outshined by the quality of the beers available.

Top that off with BeerGuru's expertise and honest, friendly help and this is a place I'll visit more often.

For you cross-over fans, the wine selection is great too and BG's counterpart at the wine shelves (Michael) is just as knowledgeable and helpful as the Guru.

Great place, thanks Jim!

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Photo of TechMyst
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%

Good Prices. Good selection.

Bells, DFH, FFF, victory, avery, sprecher, flying dog, pyramid, SN sleeman, capital...a good cabinet on Belgians, 2 racks of German brews. mostly wine and liquor; cigars also; and a few utensils. Nice little discount table...

Beer Guru is helpful. Tells me that Stone won't be in Illinois until 2008! Maybe Wisconsin in '07...

My first place to really start buying craft brews. Nice area of chilled sections. Only other places around I know of are Woodman's in Rockford, a Wine Cellar place in Belvidere, and Logli in rockford has a nice selection of beers. Cub had a mildly good section of macros, but they've been bought out so we'll see what they have in...

Binny's is the best so far though.

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Photo of dhchatfield
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Living in McHenry County, Illinois and being a BA is, in a nutshell, challenging at times. One of the tiny points of light to be found is Binny's Beverage in McHenry.

The store itself is in a converted supermarket. By nature of its' location and demographic, the majority of the clientele is skewed toward the macro-brewery offerings. A large selection of hard liquor is present, with a moderate wine department as well.

The real surprise is a quite good selection of the kind of beers we all look for, painstakingly maintained by the in-store beer guru, Jim Kube. Jim has a real knowledge and interest in US craft beer.

One caveat: Service does indeed suffer when he is not present. I'm hoping the chain will spring for an Airstream in the parking lot where Jim can live, keeping him on premises at all times.

With regard to selection, this store will always be near and dear to me as my very first foray into the top 100 list was purchased here. It was a 3F's Dreadnaught, which is always in stock and $2 less than the nearest competitor.

St. Bernardus, Bear Republic, Rogue, Bell's, DFH, Hennepin, Urthel, and Great Divide are but a few of the beer's represented along with a very good selection of other European offerings. (Okocim Porter for one) The German section is well stocked, making it easy for me to snag something for my Deutschen Frau.The closest selection this varied requires a 30+ minute drive to Schaumburg, the living hell of traffic and retail stores.

BA shelf talkers and printed reviews are in abundance as well. You can tell a solid effort is being made to promote beer advocacy.

Prices, as mentioned above, are in some cases very good, and in most in line with the market in Chicago.

This store puts the Mecca back in McHenry.

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Photo of datamike
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%

I agree that Binny's has one of the best selections in the area, but it really doesn't have much competition.

On the day I was there, I didn't see any Fantome, but they did have St. Bernadus, and some other Belgians you don't normally see. Obviously Westvleteren was not there as it's only available from the brewery. I am not sure what this other guy is referring to.

Noticeably absent were both Orval and Leffe.

Glassware selection was virtually nil, and what they did have was old, dirty, and cheap looking. No official Belgian glassware available.

Store was dirty...

Not bad, but more expensive than Cardinal Liquors in Crystal Lake though Binny's has a slightly larger selection.

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Photo of apfactor
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Binny's of Mchenry has the best selection of the area that I am aware of.
When my homebrew is out I make a trip there to stock up on others such as Dogfish Head, 3 Floyds, Trappist, St Bernardus, Seasonal Sierra Nevada's, Rouge, Allagash. A good selection of US micro's and also has a solid selection of imports though I worry about the shelf life of them...Creative American Microbrew has not exactly taken off in the area YET, so Binny's really does a good job of taking the risk to bring in the good stuff. The store is large and there is plenty to choose from. I have had a good experience with the service so far as well.

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Binny's Beverage Depot in McHenry, IL
3.72 out of 5 based on 16 ratings.
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