Binny's Beverage Depot

Binny's Beverage DepotBinny's Beverage Depot
31 Ratings
Binny's Beverage DepotBinny's Beverage Depot

Type: Store

1550 E Lake Cook Rd
Wheeling, Illinois, 60090
United States

(847) 459-2200 | map

No notes at this time.

Added by AudioGilz

View: Place Reviews | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.17/5  rDev -21.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.75

This place is an enigma. The older people who work there are kind and helpful. The younger people are pompous jerks who couldn't care less. I have heard these clowns rip the beers they sell. If we have it at this Binny's, it's probably not worth drinking. These same jokers carry on lengthly conversations with their friends while ignoring everyone else in the store. Besides that the selection is decent but not the best in the area. I know people who refuse to shop here or the other locations. I only stop when I have a jones for Spiteful beers.

 556 characters

Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Drove here after calling to make sure they had a beer I was looking for (BA Naked Evil). About a forty minute drive from my house (and I probably pass at least 4 other Binny’s in the vicinity on the way here). But alas, I wanted the aforementioned beer thus I trekked on out to Buffalo Grove.

I walked in and noticed the beer selection immediately on the right. Not nearly as big as other Binny’s near me, though it still had a solid selection. I was pleasantly surprised to find some 2010 Cantillon Classic Gueuze (there were at least 12 bottles) sitting right there on the shelf. Needless to say I picked a couple up and enjoyed one last night.

Not many coolers with beer in it compared to other Binny’s I frequent. Service was good – I was asked if I needed help a few minutes into perusing the beer selection. While not the best Binny’s out there, it still has a pretty good selection, and you may even find a hidden gem or two like I did. If I am in the area I’d stop by it just to see if they have any lingering Cantillon.

 1,042 characters

Photo of elginirishpunk
3.16/5  rDev -21.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

I live down the street from this store. This does have a good selection of craft beer. However, the prices are higher then the surrounding areas. In addition, they do not have the section that other store in the area have when it comes to; 22oz, 750ml, and indiviual bottles. I do a lot of beer samplings with different couples and it can get expensive if you keep buying six packs. If you just drive a little farther in any direction you can find a store with a better selection and more in their coolers for immidiate comsumption.

 532 characters

Photo of BeerLover99
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

First of all, this IS my local beer store. The craft and import beers are on the far right hand side wall. There are bombers on the top shelf of beer wall and some in the coolers. Plenty of 6 packs and cases for every level of beer geek.

The selection for the size of the store is outstanding! In the past year, the quality and variety has increased, especially concerning the US craft beer section. There is a NEW beer section/tower with a wide range of styles from across the USA and around the world.

Kyle is not only THE beer guy, he is MY beer guy. He is very friendly, has high beer IQ, can suggest and comment on almost every beer in the store for newbies or beer geeks.



This store has gone from very good to amazing, considering how limited the space is available.
Kendal is THE beer guy and has taken the craft beer selection, display and options to
a whole new level. Bravo!

 943 characters

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

Binny's is a solid chain, with a solid (or better) selection of craft beer at each location, and Binny's Buffalo Grove is no different. Although they have a noticeably smaller selection than their neighbors to the West, Binny's Lake Zurich, they still have a solid selection of Belgian and other European staples as well as all of the Midwestern goodies I expect from them.

Their staff is solid, and I have had a number of conversations with people in their beer department. Like most places, their non-beer people are not as informed, but they will find someone to help you.

The prices are on par with the other locations, and they will sometimes have great sales (Christmas, Belgian month, American craft beer month, etc.). The one downside is that their beer aisle runs up against the window, so anything sitting at the end for more than a few days might be lightstruck. Choose carefully, but overall you should find what you are looking for.

 947 characters

Photo of Vdubb86
4/5  rDev -0.5%

This place I have been to a few times, in fact I believe that it was the closest one to me until the Binny's was built in my hometown. The quality of this Binny's is just as good as all of the others, I was really pleased with the way that everything is laid out. The seem to now have a larger craft beer section in this store then I remember them having which is definitely a plus. This store seems smaller than some of the other Binny's that I have been to, but still seems to have relatively the same stock as the one nearest myself with just a little less bottles, and there is a smidge more international selection here. The service depends on if the beer guy is there. They are well trained individuals and will really help you out if you're trying to decide. If he's not there, well then it's a crap shoot. Overall, just like the others this is a damn fine store.

 870 characters

Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

Made a quick jaunt over here with my boy VDubb86 this afternoon to check out the wares. After visiting several Binny's locations, I'm convinced it's the best chain in the country, much less Illinois. Seriously: Beastly selection, good prices, good volume, helpful service if you need it...what more could you realistically ask for? In all honesty, the selection at this particular location is somewhat smaller than the others nearby, but it's still pretty damn good. I feel so privileged to be back in the realm of solid chains.

 528 characters

Photo of crossovert
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

This is a nice clean Binny's on hwy 83.

It has the beer on the northern wall and the matching aisle on the other side. It is a bit smaller than the Lake Zurich Binny's. It has a lot of good stuff packed in a smaller space though.

Like most Binny's it has a nice selection of Eastern Euro imports, most of the Belgian beers were on sale as it was Belgian beer month.

There wasn't really much service and the cashiers didn't look very knowledgeable. It is a nice Binny's for the area, but if you go a little west to Lake Zurich that Binny's is bigger and better.

 563 characters

Photo of schanker21
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

This is the place I frequent more than any other in the area. Selection is pretty good, especially for domestics. Great Lakes, Founder's, Dark Horse, Bell's, Goose Island (including reserves), pretty much all the high quality Midwestern beers, as well as your typical, not too hard to find Mountain/West Coast stuff. Decent selection of Germans, and a pretty good selection of Belgians. You'll find Ommegang, Chimay, Duvel, The Bruery, etc. always in stock.

Service is fine. Mostly hands-off. Occasionally someone may ask you if you need help, and they always seem to know what's in stock (especially in-demand/special stuff). They seem pretty knowledgeable, however, I never ask for help, so I couldn't tell you too much.

I rated the value as inexpensive 'relative' to other places in the Chicagoan suburbs. If I was in downstate Illinois, some of these prices would seem ridiculous, but for the area I've yet to find a place that beats Binny's overall. Sometimes you can find deals that beat them, but on a consistent basis Binny's has the best prices.

The biggest knock on this place, as other people have mentioned, is the huge window that a lot of the beers sit next to. Thankfully they have made it the area where it's mostly ciders that sit next to the window, however when I was there tonight, I noticed overstock of Dark Horse and some others that were sitting literally in the window. For me this puts a knock on the quality as I don't know what other overstock has previously sat in the window. I wish they would fix this problem.

 1,545 characters

Photo of Olivander
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%

In short, I love coming to this place. The entire right wall, which is about 100 feet long, is lined with specialty beers, some of which you can find chilled in an adjacent section of the store. The employees are helpful and can make good recommendations for beers to try. It looks like the beers are separated by country, and within each country, by price, so if you have a certain type of beer you are looking for, it's relatively easy to find. They frequently have sales on specialty beers, so I like stopping by every so often to check for specials. The store as a whole is well-organized and very clean. I have never had to fight any crowds here and have always felt comfortable while in the store. Overall, a great liquor store with more types of beer than you can ever drink.

 782 characters

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.9/5  rDev -3%

Not a terrible location and thankfully just off a direct road (Lake Cook) on my way to or from home in Wisconsin. I immediately noticed when I went to the beer section they had stuff RIGHT UP against the front windows. Needless to say I didn't pick anything from there and probably never will. Stupid, stupid, stupid. I haven't had one of the beers I picked up but the dates on the dated ones were good. The quality suffers from their idiotic positioning of beer in direct sunlight.

Everything I got, I took from as far back into the shelf as I could reach.

The service was fine. No one walking around asking if I needed help and the cashier carded me and took my money so all was fine there.
[EDIT - The service over the phone, particularly for the Samuel Adams' Utopias has been fantastic!]

The selection was good though. I saw a bunch of things I'd love to go back for that I haven't seen else where, I'll just be making sure they're from the back of the shelf.

The prices were on par with everything else in the area. Not a bad location at all but the whole window thing really hurts them.

 1,097 characters

Photo of emerge077
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%

It was a pain in the ass getting here, there was a fender bender at the nearest intersection, and a large craft fair in progress in the parking lot. All that aside, it didn't affect the scores for the place.

Once inside, I realized first off that the beer shelves were right up against the front window, experiencing the sun in all it's glory. To be safe, I pulled a six pack of Hop Monster from a closed case in a display set back from the windows. (Edit: it tasted a bit old and the hops had faded, and they were sitting on several cases.) Quality score takes a hit for that... I was able to flag down a passing employee and ask about Devil Dancer, to no avail. He bent my ear though, mentioning how over the top boozy it was. That was ok, I continued my chase for the dragon. There were a good amount of limited beers and obscure seasonals here, maybe 5-6 lambics. 2009 Saison Dupont, which was nice to see, usually it's 1-2 years out of date (pulled a bottle from the back). 2008 Avril. Good amount of craft seasonals stacked on the floor with displays for 2 Hearted and Alpha King. Near the cooler there was a sad reject rack of winter seasonals. Checkout was quick and friendly, despite the mad weekend traffic.

 1,219 characters

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.7/5  rDev -8%

Made it out here and was a bit disappointed. Service is mostly hands off in terms of beer selection, if you are looking for spirits, like other people in the store were when I was there, then there is a bit better service in this area. Beer is nice and organized, sixers here, singles and 750s there. Some of the beer has been sitting on the shelf for quite some time, I found four packs of Great Lakes Black Out Stout from over a year ago. Besides this, the selection here is smaller than at other suburban Binny's locations. Not really a beer destination unless you live in the Buffalo Grove area.

 599 characters

Photo of tmitch75
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

A pretty big liquor store with beer across the right wall. Store overall seems clean and well organized.

I didn't really ask any specific beer questions (so I can't speak to beer knowledge). The service was definitely friendly, polite, and helpful.

A very strong selection of imports and micros. Micros include a wide range of styles and several limited releases and other unusual beers. They usually have at least 3 or more styles from each brewery, and also offer a large selection of bombers. Imports are from all over the world with a very good selection of Germans and Belgians. The selection is really one of the bigger ones I have seen in the area.

Overall quite a good place to pick up a variety of beers if you are in the area.

Visited on 8/5/08.

 759 characters

Photo of younger35
4/5  rDev -0.5%

I went to this Binny's looking for some Kentucky Breakfast Stout (to no avail) and was pleasantly surprised by the selection. The Binny's I went to downtown Chicago didn't have near this selection. They have lots of American micro's that will solve your beer need at that moment guaranteed. They had quite a bit of Founders, Three Floyds, Southern Tier, Two Brothers, Goose Island and all the other usual suspects. It was all well organized and very clean all around. They had quite a few barley wines and a few lambics along with a entire selection of seasonals. The Belgium selection was also good with all the other usual Belgium brews. I don't really know enough about the Belgium side of things to say if they had anything special, but they did have a lot. A pretty nice store if you're out in that area.

 809 characters

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

This place is in a strip mall and it looks a bit small from the front but it opens up when you walk in past the Cigar store Indian. The beer is a long isle to the right with a big cooler behind it. You can walk around the outside of the cooler and see almost all of the beer or you can walk in and see it from the backside, plus a few kegs and stacks of cases.

They had rows of warm 6-packs and bigger bottles with most of the big regional names and a good mix of imports. They had a few big bottles that were from last season so I was happy pick up a few barleywines. I didn't really find any big gems but they have a 6-pack for every occasion. They did have quite a few singles of Sinebrychoff Porter but I couldn't find the date on any of the bottles.

 758 characters

Photo of circuitmonkey
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%

I remember first thinking as I walked to the back where the fridges were that “the selection is greater than most liquor stores, but it isn’t that great” but that was until I looked over to the right where they had a huge wall with all sorts of microbrews, ciders, barely wines and lambics from all over the place. It was the biggest selection of beer I have seen, but that’s out of two places that could really be called a “great place to buy beer” (this one, and Steve’s in Madison/ Middleton). They had to of had at least 5 different breweries represented from Wisconsin (not counting leini’s or berghoff) and had a pretty nice selection of trappist’s too. If you are searching their website and find something you like, be sure to email them first to see it is in stock, as I found out the hard way that their website doesn’t apply to all of their locations. Still a great selection, although just a hair on the pricey side.

 938 characters

Binny's Beverage Depot in Wheeling, IL
Place rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 31 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.