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Binny's Beverage Depot
$$ - reasonable
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670 Roosevelt Rd
phone: (630) 545-2550
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
About once per year I make a day of cruising around and hitting up a bunch of shops looking for things to add to the cellar...
I made the trip here last year but never reviewed it... A problem that shall be rectified thusly;
Low ceilings give the illusion that this store is smaller than it is-- at least compared to the giant box-store locations from this chain. I rather like it, it makes it feel a bit more cozy.
The beer is all on the right side of the store as you walk in, and the highlights for me were;
6 different Jolly Pumpkin beers
A wide selection of Belgian imports, including many sours like 3F, Hansenns, etc. No Cantillon or Tilquin though.
I wandered around for 17 minutes and was approached only once by an employee-- he seemed friendly and answered my gueuze-related questions.
Prices are exactly what Binny's corporate office says they are-- the in-line pricing amongst all the chains is a double edged sword; when they have a good deal, it's available everywhere.... When a beer you really want is over-priced then you're screwed.
Take the rough with the smooth an keep a stiff upper lip.
02-13-2012 22:07:12 |
More by AleWatcher
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I always stop in Binny's when in the Chicago area and I picked this location to go to this go-around. The selection was very impressive as usual with plenty of rare/limited beers from Three Floyds, Goose Island, Two Brothers, Dark Horse, and plenty other locals. There is a vast Belgian section and another section dedicated to U.S. craft beer that will take a few minutes just to scope out all the breweries that are stocked. The staff didn't know what Half Acre brewing was (and it's brewed locally) so I thought that was odd, but other than that they were semi-knowledgeable and could tell me where to find breweries but not specific styles. If you stop by, check out the shelves carefully because a lot of rare beers are stocked among the year-rounds.
07-18-2011 14:58:33 |
More by VaTechHopHead
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is the "go to" store for when I am back home visiting my family. Went here a few times over break and is one of the better Binny's in the suburbs.
Great selection, friendly service, and had some GI BCBS when I was home at Christmas when no other beer stores in the area did (granted I did go in there a week later and they said a woman came in and bought three cases - the beer guy said he was not working then and would have told her no which I respect).
Overall, I will go here whenever I am in town. Cantillon, JP, and many other great beers are here. Built up my cellar a decent amount from this store.
02-10-2011 04:21:10 |
More by SpdKilz
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My first visit to a Binny's as I am on contract in the northwest suburbs. Went looking for some Bell's Hopslam and Three Floyd's. I found the last two sixers of Hopslam after being approached and helped by a nice worker.
Will definitely be back to scour the shelves, from first glance it had a lot of variety. I wish I had had more time to browse.
The place was easy to find and had plenty of parking.
I saw others in the forums paying around $16 for the sixers of the Hopslam so they can't be that far off. The other prices seemed on par.
01-21-2010 02:20:19 |
More by stoops
quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The Binny's in Lake Zurich is a standard stop for me when visiting family in the NW suburbs. Now that my sister lives in Glen Ellyn this Binny's location became an important stop as well. Similar layout, the beer is placed along the right side of the store. The selection is very good emphasis on USA craft beer as well as the important and somewhat obscure choices from Belgium and Germany. If you want Three Floyds, Lost Abbey, or any other beer available in Chicagoland you'll probably be all right here. The only real drawback for me is that Binny's seems to be moving away from stocking Flossmoor beers, a real shame. But still this is a strong stop.
01-01-2010 04:55:08 |
More by TurdFurgison
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've been here a couple of times in the past, but never got around to adding a review. After visiting yesterday, it seemed like they had one of the larger selections in the chain, similar to the one in Skokie, second only to the South Loop location. Beer was on the shelves right as you walked in, showcasing a shelf of new arrivals. I noticed Eel River, ReaperAle, Bellhaven Scottish Stout, and a few others i'd never seen. Imports were further back along the wall, loosely grouped by country of origin. German, Belgian, European, some other imports were mixed in with the US craft further down the wall. As a sour fan, I was happy to see plenty of traditional lambics from Cantillon, 3F, Boon, also Rodenbach, and a few others from De Ranke & Struise. They had a new T'Smisje Reserva I hadn't seen elsewhere. At least 5 varieties of Jolly Pumpkin, and full lines of Moylans, Bells, Lost Abbey, Goose (including new reserve bombers on sale) and many others. The cooler space for craft was small compared to the wall of macro in the back, but they had signs on the shelf saying "available chilled".
Service was good, there were people on the floor, and at the service desk they found some more Juliet for me. Overall a good shop, with a large variety, and as a bonus they had a few craft beers on sale for Binnys cardholders (free to get one).
04-03-2009 14:39:53 |
More by emerge077
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Quality: This place is always new beers in stock, and has a side stand showcasing all of the new beers that are available.
Service: Service is outstanding. Someone is always around and able to help out with questions, and Anthony (the customer service manager) sends out a weekly e-mail with all the new beers they have in stock.
Selection: The selection is quite good for domestic craft brews. Some of the international selection is lacking, and it would be nice if they had more than just a few single bottles available.
Value: Overall, the prices are pretty good and well in line with other local stores. The sales prices are always very good, and I just picked up a six pack of Great Lakes Dormunder Gold for only $6.49.
03-10-2009 18:04:57 |
More by Thorpe429
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Another run of the mill Binny's, this one however seems to cater more to lambics and guezues than other Binny's I've been to in the past, so if that is what you are looking for this is the place for you. They also do a bit of a better job letting you know which beers are new, as they have a new arrival shelf and tags placed throughout the store. Besides that they layout here is much the same as all the other suburban Binny's, they also have a few beers here that other Binny's lack, but make up for it by not having beers that other Binny's locations do.
09-18-2008 18:38:06 |
More by bluemoonswoon
quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
pretty much like all the other binny's, big and corporate, has a cheese counter like the others. large selection of micros and imports. prices tend to be average to a bit more, i rarely see things priced under what i'd pay elsewhere, unless it's something well past it's prime. service is what you'd expect at a big chain. 3f's prices here are higher than anywhere else, and they raised the prices on the stuff they already had in stock when the price increase should not have hit until the new batches came in. boo.
02-25-2008 22:07:13 |
More by MrMcGibblets
quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I had a good experience at this Binny's. It is in the same shopping center as a Trader Joe's, which is nice. The beer is fairly well organized on the right hand side. The beer guy immediately asked me if I wanted some help, and later, upon my specific inquiries about certain local breweries, gave me some good advice and even pulled some stuff from the back that he thought I might be interested in. Even though I did not make a big purchase, he was very curteous and split a sixer of Founders' Black Rye so that I could try a single. I'd definitely go back if ever in the Wheaton/Glen Ellyn area again.
Also, as far as beer selection goes, the beer guy told me that he does his best to get on the good side with the distributors and it showed, there were quite a few bottles of--3F Dreadnaught, Blonde Bohemothe, etc., Founders sixers, DFH 120 min IPA, WWS, Black & Blue, Forte, etc., and limited release brews from New Holland, Left Hand, and 2 Brothers.
Nice selection of inexpensive singles as well, not just the pricey ones.
06-14-2007 18:29:49 |
More by dnrobert24
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Binny's Beverage Depot in Glen Ellyn, IL