The Blind Pig Co.
Taps: 28 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by champ103:
3.9/5 rDev -13.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
A great place to try some beers in Champaign. The atmosphere is great. It has a unique old wood and barn look to it. The selection is not the best, but for a college town you can't complain. There is something there for everyone, though a bit typical for a beer bar. Some bottle highlights for me are Anchor Porter, O'Fallon's Porter, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, and Tucker. On tap, they have some Rogue beers and Fuller's London Pride. The bartenders are easy to talk to and know about the beers they have. All and all, a fun place to quaff some beers with friends.
12-22-2007 08:58:15 | More by champ103
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4.64/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $
I really really wish I appreciated beer more when I went to college at U of I. I frequented this place my junior and senior year and it was even better than I remembered when I went back a few weeks ago.
The place is dimly lit with wood accents everywhere. The bar is on the left side of the building and the rest is seating. Tall tables, short tables, booths and an area to play darts with lots of chairs. Pretty great set up. Not dirty at all, except for the hipsters, and the place was very well kept.
The service was great. Even for a late Friday night (We got there around 11:30) the service at the bar was quick and the bartenders were knowledgeable about the tap selections and what was in/out/coming up/etc.
There was a large number of taps that were 98% craft. It was great. The selection was a great mix of Illinois locals (Flossmoor, Two Brothers, etc.) and other beers from coast to coast (Sculpin comes to mind, love draft Sculpin). The actually had Sculpin on cask earlier in the night, but that was kicked before we got there.
The prices for drafts were all $5 or $6 for nice pint glasses. When applicable they did use proper glassware. The bottles were a little above MSRP, but not by much which was surprising. I paid $15 for a Boulevard Chocolate Ale as a nightcap which was more than reasonable for a beer that's not on the shelf anymore.
Overall I loved this place and wish I had a place like this right next door like I did in college. If one comes my I wont take advantage of it like I did the Blind Pig during my college days.
12-10-2011 00:25:05 | More by Treebs
The Blind Pig Co. in Champaign, IL
98 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.