Binny's Beverage Depot
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
3.85/5 rDev -4.9%
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Binny's currently has an entire (huge) store wall, refrigerator space, and large amount of floorspace (usually containing seasonal specialties or promotions) devoted towards its beer selection.
The store has always appeared clean, inviting, and well-kept, to me and the beverages themselves seem to be well-maintained and not terribly old.
Knowledgeable sales staff (regarding beer, at least) seems to be hit-or-miss: there are a few employees in particular who know their beer and enjoy talking about styles and finer aspects with you; there are also those who just "work there," but at least they know where beers are located in the giant selection that Binny's offers.
As just mentioned, the Binny's in Schaumburg has a very large stock: a selection of midwest breweries is well-represented, east coast/New England beers are present to a degree (Sam Adams, Wolaver's/Otter Creek, Ommegang); a full line of Samuel Smith brews and several other English breweries; a modest collection of the more well-known beers from the US west coast; and a good (but not great) stock of Belgian, German, Scottish, and Montreal brews. There are also tons of beers that I'd never heard of before and am unfamiliar with their origins. To put it simply: it's easy to be overwhelmed in this store.
The prices are fair, running from the typical $6-$8 for a six-pack, the larger imported bottles a bit less, and 16-ounce'rs about $5 apiece.
11-23-2005 17:33:45 | More by falloutsnow
More User Reviews:
2.86/5 rDev -29.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | $$
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.
07-16-2013 20:41:34 | More by dcsti22
4.35/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Visited on 1/21/13.
A=First impression--clean, organized, and inviting. Organized well, with great signage. I found that the beer section was a bit difficult to navigate a first, due to the large number off offerings. I would estimate 200+ 6-packs, plus another 200 singles.
Q=I haven't sampled any of the purchases, but they carried a wide variety of local and regional brands. The one big negative for me was that only the BMC's and a few others were refrigerated, while the crafts were not.
S=I had two people ask to assist me....but one was in the wine section, while the other was in the humidor. There was no presence in the beer section, but it was 10 a.m. on a Monday morning, so I can understand why there wasn't anyone there.
S=Excellent selection...over 400 brands of beer, with about 75 local crafts, 100 imports, and crafts from Wisconsin, Oregon, and New York. Still, I was looking for a Okocim Porter, and they only carried their lagers.
V=A bit higher than Wisconsin, with most 6-packs between $8.99 and $10.99...some values, but no spectacular deals.
I will definitely return, but wish they would chill the crafts.
01-22-2013 04:18:39 | More by dhannes
4.58/5 rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
08-30-2012 17:40:28 | More by baker2gs
3.6/5 rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
This store looks HUGE fromthe outside, but not as big as I expected when I got inside.
The store has virtually the same selection and pricing as all other Binnys with the wonderful exception that they have Daisy Cutter cans!!
That made my visit worthwhile.
I was hoping for some nice sours, but there were none.
The beer is all along the right wall-- with domestic beer running the length of the wall itself, and imports on the facing shelves.
The staff seemed busy and I was offered no help.
Oh well. Maybe it was an off-day.
07-17-2012 17:51:00 | More by AleWatcher
3.84/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Have been here a few times but am yet to review. Walking in this appears to be a bit less than the Glen Ellyn Binny’s which is five minutes from me. The atmosphere was nice with plenty of people offering me help and lots of customers. The quality was okay – similar to other Binny’s. I guess I use the Algonquin and Glen Ellyn Binny’s as benchmarks since I visit them often and they are quite nice. The selection was decent – they had some good 3F stuff there, Daisy Cutter, and a few other odd selections (though nothing “rare” per say). The value was on par with other Binny’s. Not one I’d seek out, but when I am in the area I’d for sure stop by.
12-07-2011 03:57:33 | More by SpdKilz
4.41/5 rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Was in Schaumburg for business not too long ago and this place was recommended to me. I was pretty impressed with the store in general (the hard alcohol selection was VERY impressive and I managed to find a rare bottle I had been looking for but couldn't find anywhere in NY). The store is well laid out and has a very nice selection. There were plenty of brews that were unavailable to me in NY and there were even a few brewery only locals that seemed to make it to shelves in this store (Half Acre, Flossmoor Station). I got to talking to the manager and he was very knowledgeable and an extremely nice guy. Ended up buying more than I could fit in my suitcase for the flight home.
Looking forward to another shopping spree in this store next week when I'll be back in town for business again.
06-23-2011 14:29:03 | More by cosmicevan
4.28/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Not sure what others do when they are in here, but I go in all the time and get most of my brews from Jamie. He is well-versed in most beers and hooked me up with an Abacus when I first went in there. They have an above average selection and I enjoy going in there to just talk beer. They don't always have the more rare beers, since it is a popular area, but for most of my daily pleasures, this is the best place in the area. If you want some of the more rare, but popular beers, I recommend going down to the Hyde Park Binny's Express, since they tend to last a bit longer.
06-06-2011 01:44:49 | More by Duffman929
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Binny's Beverage Depot in Schaumburg, IL
91 out of 100 based on 33 user ratings.