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Binny's Beverage Depot
$$ - reasonable
[ Store ]
124 McHenry Rd
phone: (847) 459-2200
(Place added by: AudioGilz)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 16 | Show All Ratings:
quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
08-06-2008 03:51:59 |
More by tmitch75
quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Binny's is a solid chain, with a solid (or better) selection of craft beer at each location, and Binny's Buffalo Grove is no different. Although they have a noticeably smaller selection than their neighbors to the West, Binny's Lake Zurich, they still have a solid selection of Belgian and other European staples as well as all of the Midwestern goodies I expect from them.
Their staff is solid, and I have had a number of conversations with people in their beer department. Like most places, their non-beer people are not as informed, but they will find someone to help you.
The prices are on par with the other locations, and they will sometimes have great sales (Christmas, Belgian month, American craft beer month, etc.). The one downside is that their beer aisle runs up against the window, so anything sitting at the end for more than a few days might be lightstruck. Choose carefully, but overall you should find what you are looking for.
02-07-2011 16:46:01 |
More by KickInTheChalice
quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
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 isnt 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 thats out of two places that could really be called a great place to buy beer (this one, and Steves in Madison/ Middleton). They had to of had at least 5 different breweries represented from Wisconsin (not counting leinis or berghoff) and had a pretty nice selection of trappists 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 doesnt apply to all of their locations. Still a great selection, although just a hair on the pricey side.
07-12-2005 21:25:47 |
More by circuitmonkey
quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $
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.
02-04-2010 03:14:29 |
More by schanker21
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$$
I live down the street from this store. This does have a good selection of craft beer. However, the prices are higher then the surrounding areas. In addition, they do not have the section that other store in the area have when it comes to; 22oz, 750ml, and indiviual bottles. I do a lot of beer samplings with different couples and it can get expensive if you keep buying six packs. If you just drive a little farther in any direction you can find a store with a better selection and more in their coolers for immidiate comsumption.
06-13-2011 19:56:06 |
More by elginirishpunk
quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
12-31-2009 21:21:41 |
More by Olivander
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