Binny's Beverage Depot is the Midwest's largest wine, spirits and beer superstore. If you can't find it at Binny's, it's probably not worth drinking.
This week on Barrel To Bottle with Binny’s Beverage Depot, Kristen Ellis and Jeff Carlin sit down with a co-founder of Scofflaw and gin aficionado Danny Shapiro to talk about the often misunderstood world of gin as he offers a guide to tasting the complexities of quality gin. Working his way through three distinct categories of gin, Danny tastes through three unique examples: Sipsmith, Nikka Coffey, Scofflaw Old Tom. Also on the docket, recipes for three great gin cocktails that will […]
Mar 12 2018
Hosts Kristen Ellis and Jeff Carlin are joined by the world-renowned Whiskey Hotline on this episode of Barrel to Bottle with Binny’s Beverage Depot. Special guests Brett Pontoni and Joe Maloney explain the basics of American Whiskey. What’s the difference between bourbon and rye? And what about those mysterious allocated whiskeys? Have a question for Binny’s Beverage Depot? Hit us on Twitter and you might win a $20 gift card toward your next purchase! Follow @BinnysBev Want to attend an […]
Oct 02 2017
Trophy hunting is a big thing in the whiskey world, but those bottles might only be available one day a year. The Barrel to Bottle team flips whiskey on its head by focusing on the bottom shelf – great whiskeys at a great price available every day. And in the Q&A segment, the Barrel to Bottle team gives their favorite non-Kentucky Bourbon picks.
Jul 30 2018
Even if you're not that into wine, you've probably heard of The Prisoner, which is just one of the many wines created by Dave Phinney. Dave shares his experience in wine making in California and beyond and shares tastes of Orin Swift wines Blank Stare, Mannequin, Slander and Abstract with the Barrel to Bottle team. Topics include the benefits of partnering with Gallo, the origin stories of some of his distinctive labels, balancing the dirty work of vineyard management and wine making with the inspiration of marketing, and making a 200 point wine that sells for a trillion dollars. Plus Pat shares the details of an upcoming release of exclusive Binny's Handpicked expressions from Phinney's distillery project Savage & Cooke.
Jul 01 2019
Is that the red or the white? The Barrel to Bottle team takes a look at California’s ‘own grape’ from the craze of the 1980s to today’s high quality dry red versions. Zinfandel has a rather arcane history and no French connection, meaning this underdog had to grow into prominence all on it’s own, of course with the help of a few dedicated grape growers and winemakers. You can’t ignore how important it has been to the larger wine culture in the United States. The Barrel to Bottle crew samples Biale Black Chicken, Tommasi Heracles Primativo and the one that started it all, Sutter Home White Zinfandel. Plus, in this week’s Q&A and in response to the more expensive versions displayed in the Holiday Cali Cab cast, the team shares their favorite value California Cabernets clocking in around $20.
Jan 21 2019
What do you get when you mix traditionally French varietals (plus a little riesling and gewurztraminer) with German winemaking knowhow? Alsace! The Barrel to Bottle team takes a closer look at one of the world’s most iconic wine regions dedicated almost entirely to white wine production. Alsace is legendary for its benchmark examples of some of the world’s most popular white wine varietals, unmatched in balance and concentration.
Sep 10 2018
Binny’s Beverage Depot takes you into the mysterious world of mezcal! Hosts Kristen Ellis and Jeff Carlin are joined by spirit specialist Monique Huston with a detailed breakdown of the hottest and most complex spirit coming out of Mexico. From tepeztate to tobalá and everything in-between, Monique shares her experiences exploring Mexico’s small batch palenques (distilleries) and their unique histories. Have a question for Binny’s Beverage Depot? Hit us on Twitter and you might win a $20 gift card toward […]
Nov 20 2017
The difference between history and legend is sometimes murky. Whiskey insiders were shaken to learn that the long held story of Jack Daniel’s wasn’t exactly true. The legendary distiller actually learned his craft from a slave – Nathan “Uncle Nearest” Green. Author and historian Fawn Weaver joins the Barrel to Bottle crew to share Green’s story, his impact on distilling, and about the research and experiences that led her to launch Uncle Nearest 1856, a new award-winning Tennessee whiskey.
Jun 18 2018
This week on Barrel to Bottle, Pat and Roger sit down with Kentucky bourbon dignitary Wes Henderson. Along with his father, Lincoln Henderson, Wes created the category-defining Angel’s Envy by blending bourbons finished in Port barrels. Wes talks bourbon heritage, his brand new Louisville distillery, and what’s on the horizon for his iconic brand. Plus, Wes sticks around for our Q&A segment to answer your question about barrel toast and char.
Aug 27 2018
Scotland’s Islay makes some of the most distinctive and immediately recognizable whiskey in the world, from graceful and honeyed to richly peated, smoky and briny. The Barrel to Bottle crew teams up with the Whiskey Hotline in a guided tasting of all eight active distilleries on the Island, with lots of fun facts and Islay info along the way. Part I covers the less peaty distilleries: Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Bowmore and Kilchoman. Keep an eye out for Part II coming next week!
Oct 15 2018
The hunt is on in the wide-world of whiskey for all things Pappy Van Winkle, but are there cheaper alternatives that are easier to find?This week, Kirsten Ellis and Jeff Carlin welcome back to Barrel to Bottle w/Binny’s Beverage Depot, Whiskey Hotline expert Joe Maloney and Beer Buzz expert Roger Adamson to find out. Kristen lays out the historic legacy of Pappy Van Winkle while Joe puts Roger and Jeff to the test in a blind tasting of unique alternatives […]
Jan 22 2018
This week on Barrel to Bottle, a man whose name is synonymous with Napa Valley, Michael Mondavi. Michael shares his unique perspective in a conversation that's lighthearted but touches on some vital issues in the wine world and beyond: from natural, organic and biodynamic viticulture; labor shortages in an age when a legal, documented migrant workforce is scarce: the impact climate change is having on grape vines today; the changing role of the wine critic; to the timeless, refreshing taste of rose over ice. Stick around for the Q&A segment, when the team answers your question about where to start with old world wine.
Jun 10 2019
Happy Independence Day! The Barrel to Bottle Crew celebrates the 4th with a special episode. What did people drink in revolutionary times? From rum to rye… from cider to sherry, you might be surprised at the variety of drinks the founding fathers enjoyed. Plus, Roger brings you revolutionary cocktail secrets.
Jul 02 2018
In 1981, the Widmer family fell in love with Tuscany, purchasing the Brancaia estate in Castellina in Chianti. Since then, with oenologist Barbara Widmer at the winemaking helm, Brancaia has grown to include three estates across Tuscany and a portfolio of accessible and world-class wines. Barbara walks the Barrel to Bottle team through some of her favorites, including Brancaia Tre, Chianti Classico Riserva, Ilatraia and Il Blu. And stick around for the Q&A segment, when the team answers your question about Bordeaux futures.
Mar 25 2019
Mezcal, it's not just smoky tequila with a worm in the bottle. On this special Whiskey Hotline & Friends edition of Barrel to Bottle, Pat, Brett and friend-of-the-pod Monique Houston are going to help demystify mezcal.
Drink along at home with the following mezcals:
Apr 03 2020
Greek wine has experienced a resurgence in the last few decades, thanks in no small part to Ted Diamantis and his company, Diamond Importers. Ted joins the Barrel to Bottle crew to taste highlights from his collection and to discuss this historic and vibrant wine growing country. Wines tasted include Santo Assyrtiko, Douloufakis Dafnios Vidiano, Skouras Saint George and Alpha Estate Xinomavro.
Oct 29 2018
In the sixty years since its founding, Rodney Strong Vineyards has grown to near ubiquity in the world of wine. Director of Winemaking Justin Seidenfeld joins Greg and Binny's Head of Wine Barbara Hermann to speak to the historic importance of the winery, including the founding for the Russian River Valley and Chalk Hill regions. He shares how he uses a modern, state of the art winery and vineyard management to produce classically styled, consistent wines in large enough quantities to be available everywhere. And he shares his experience tasting holy s*** wines. Wines tasted include Rodney Strong Charlotte's Home Sauvignon Blanc, Chalk Hill Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon and Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Stick around for the Q&A segment, where Justin answers your question about harvesting grapes.
Jul 22 2019
This week on Barrel to Bottle we're doing another blind taste test. Because that's the best way to test anything, in the opinion of the Whiskey Hotline. Speaking of which, we've got a Whiskey Hotline quorum this week, with Pat and Brett Pontoni stepping up to the mics. Also along for the ride is longtime Binny's buyer Mike Baba. Greg and Roger round out the panel. Five hosts, 10 whiskeys and only you'll know what they're tasting.
Blind taste along at home with the following spirits:
Mar 27 2020
This week on Barrel To Bottle with Binny’s Beverage Depot, Kristen Ellis and Jeff Carlin present a conversation with winemaker Delphine Laborde of Maison Veuve Clicquot. Born in the heart of France’s Champagne region, Laborde shares stories about her life amongst the vines, celebrating the 200th anniversary of Madame Clicquot’s Veuve Clicquot Rosé, and the difference between French and American winery dogs. Plus, one lucky listener wins a $20 Binny’s gift card for asking a great question about champagnes that […]
Mar 05 2018
The Barrel to Bottle podcast crew celebrates 50 episodes with a special Q&A roundup. Submit your questions to @binnysbev on twitter, facebook or instagram, or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. If the team answers your question on the podcast, you’ll win a $20 Binny’s Gift Card. This fun episode collects some lost Q&A segments, and that means we’re giving away a whole bunch of Binny’s Gift Cards.
Sep 03 2018
Fever Tree is a favorite of the Barrel to Bottle Crew. Pat samples a lot of mixers so he would know. But we want to know, why does Fever Tree have so many varieties? Alex Brick is here to answer that question, and mix up a range of cocktails from the traditional to the unique.
Oct 16 2020
Chardonnay is a versatile grape that can be grown almost anywhere by almost anyone. That means you can coax a wide variety flavors out of the grape. Many listeners might know Chardonnay for being buttery and heavily oaked, but the Barrel to Bottle crew is here with some more subtle expressions. Plus a listenera Q&A about identifying corked wine.
Drink along at home with the following wines:
Oct 09 2020
Tiki cocktails are one of Roger's passions. But some members of the Barrel to Bottle Crew don't want to go through the hassle of mixing a 15-ingredient cocktail. Maybe you're the same way? If you don't want to stock up on multiple fruit juices, syrups, liqueurs and types of rum, this is the perfect episode for you.
Check out our blog post for all the Quarantiki recipes featured in today's episode.
Oct 02 2020
Canadian Whisky is still a bit of a mystery to many drinkers, including some Barrel to Bottle hosts. The Whiskey Hotline is here to help, blind tasting six bottles from the Great White North, to prove that Canadian Whisky is more than just big plastic bottles you find in your grandparent's liquor cabinet. Plus an in-house Q&A about barrel charring.
Drink along at home with the following whisky:
Sep 25 2020
We asked Lincoln Park wine manager Gabe what topic he could talk about for a half an hour. Besides video games, Gabe's passion is Bordeaux. Not only does he love Bordeaux, but he's been there for En Primeur. Gabe takes the B2B through some of his favorite Bordeaux selections and gives a behind the scenes look at En Primeur.
Drink along at home with the following wines:
Sep 18 2020
You might think that all Oktoberfest beers are the same, but Roger is here to show you that's not the case. The Barrel to Bottle Crew will help you clear up some of the confusing aspects of Oktoberfest, starting with why it's in September. They'll run through a sampling of German and American offerings, as well as give you some great food pairings. Plus, in a very convenient Q&A session, a listener wants to know the best glass for serving Oktoberfest and Festbiers. Prosit!
Dink along at home with the following beers:
Sep 11 2020
Resident wine guy Chris takes the Barrel to Bottle Crew through some of the lesser known appellations of the Rhone Valley. The Rhone Valley offers wines that are easily accessible or very complex, so it's the perfect region to start your wine journey.
Dink along at home with the following wines:
Sep 04 2020
Stanley Tucci has a lot to learn about making a Negroni. The question is, does he hunger for knowledge on this classic cocktail, or does he just want to play games? As Roger runs through all the ways in which The Tooch screwed up this cocktail, the Barrel to Bottle spends their big night screwing up this cocktail. But the great thing about a Negroni is you can transform it into almost anything.
Mix up some Negronis at home by visiting our blog for all the recipes featured in this episode.
Aug 28 2020
At this point it's pretty obvious that hard seltzers are more than just a passing fad. One of the biggest questions we get at Binny's is "what are these things exactly?" Hard Seltzers can be made many different ways , as Odd Side Ales' plant manager Joel Brower explains to the Barrel to Bottle crew. After the interview, Roger, Pat and Chris sample through different brands and flavors of hard seltzer.
Drink along at home with these hard seltzers:
Aug 21 2020
It's hard to believe Half Acre Brewing Co. is now considered a veteran of the Chicago craft beer scene. But 14 years will change a lot of things. Co-founder Gabriel Magliaro sits down with the Barrel to Bottle crew to discuss the history of the brewery and the challenges they've faced over the last decade plus.
Drink along at home with these beers:
Aug 14 2020
We couldn't fit all our time with Geoff and Marcy Larson into our weekly episode, so we're sliding into your feed with a bonus ep. Hear about some of the other creative ways Alaskan Brewing has survived and thrived in the Last Frontier.
Aug 11 2020
Aug 07 2020
The Barrel to Bottle Crew is looooooooong overdue for this episode. Luckily, we've got someone to guide us through this unexplored category; Binny's Buyer Jack Spethman. Jack takes us through the basics, including some tips for cutting and smoking. Then Pat and Roger run through a few sticks that Jack gave them to sample. Also, a listener Q&A about how to pair with spirits.
Jul 31 2020
Jul 24 2020
Is this the Summer of Rosé pt. Deux or should it be Rosé All Year? Alicia and Chris take us on a journey around the world of Rosé. From California to France and back again, these refreshing wines (porch pounders, really) are great in the warm weather, but they're excellent to drink year-round as well.
Drink along at home with the following rosés, all day or all year.
Jul 17 2020
The Highball is the ultimate lazy cocktail. By definition, it should only be two ingredients. Pat's not even sure it deserves its own episode. But-not ones to leave well enough alone-Roger and Chris are here to prove that you can get a little fancy with a Highball, elevating it from a two-ingredient cocktail to something a little more complex.
Mix along at home with the following cocktail ingredients:
Jul 10 2020
The beer scene is dominated by flavor-blasted IPAs and stouts, but the German Helles style has been making a quiet comeback. Roger and Chris, the masters of nuance, are here to show you that subtle does not equal boring. The Barrel to Bottle crew has 5 refreshing beers that are perfect for the hottest summer days. In the listener Q&A, the Barrel to Bottle crew tackles the loaded question of beer expiriation/born-on dates.
Drink along at home with the following light and crispy boys that aren't Hamm's:
Jul 03 2020
OK, so maybe you aren't going to brunch very often right now. But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy these cocktails on your own, whatever time of day, wherever you are. Greg, Roger, Alicia and Chris take you from the basics to the more advanced. As always, the Barrel to Bottle crew is more than willing to offer up a few variations to suit your ingredient list.
Drink along at home with the following brunch cocktail ingredients
Jun 26 2020
It doesn't get any cheddar than this. It's unbrielievable that it took this long, really. The Barrel to Bottle Crew is finally doing cheese pairings. Chris has some bonafides in this department, so he'll be leading us through a selection of wine and cheese pairings. Roger isn't forgetting about the beer-loving curd nerds either, he's got some great IPA, Belgian, sour and cider pairings. We promise you'll have a gouda time listening to this episode.
Jun 19 2020
The Quarantini series rolls on with a twofer: The Gold Rush and the Margarita. While Greg and Pat stick with the basics, Roger and Chris get very fancy with several variations. It wouldn't be a cocktail episode without The Fruit King making an appearance to Tiki things up. Then, a listener wants to know the Barrel to Bottle Crew's favorite champage cocktails.
Mix along at home with the following cocktails:Pat's Gold Rush INGREDIENTS:
To make honey simple syrup, combine three parts honey and one part water, heat in sauce pan until combined. Try Chris' version with an egg white. Or with ginger beer and lime juice instead of lemon juice. Roger substituted Laird's Apple Brandy with bourbon and also added a dash of All Spice Dram.
Build in a measuring cup with ice, mix with a knife. Do not rim the glass. Try Chris' version with Key lime juice and Herradura Blanco.Pat's Spicy Paloma INGREDIENTS:
Build in a shaker over ice. Rim glass with tajine and salt. Add pinch of Tajine to cocktail.Roger's Rum-a-Rita INGREDIENTS:
Jun 12 2020