Blind Pig Pub

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Type: Bar, Eatery

98 Exchange Street
Athol, Massachusetts, 01331
United States

(978) 249-2795 | map

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Added by BlindPigAthol on 01-20-2010

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 8
Photo of Mug140
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Owner/Chef is knowledgeable and readily converses about the beers on tap and those coming. I've also seen her work one on one with customers with food allergies about which dishes are "safe" for them and how she can modify other dishes to accommodate them.

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Photo of thatbentleyguy
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Amazing little beer bar and pub in one of the most unlikely places! They are also just about the only beer bar outside of the Boston area and Worcester's Armsby Abbey that thoroughly does their homework, paying close attention to the pulse of the MA brewing scene and its myriad new breweries.

When a new brewery opens in Massachusetts, this will typically be one of the first places outside its immediate local area to serve it up on tap. Before Jack's Abby was regularly distributed anywhere outside 495, The Blind Pig had it - on tap. Bottles of Night Shift Brewing, a new kid on the brewing block in Everett, somehow showed up here, and NOWHERE else outside 495. Same goes for Mystic - only pub outside 495 to have it. Only place to serve Wandering Star Craft Brews, of Pittsfield, outside of the Berkshires, the immediate Boston area, and Armsby Abbey. Slumbrew often on tap, as is Element, Lefty's, Pretty Things, and so many others. They may only have about ten taps, but those are on constant rotation with beers from all over MA and New England.

They hold tap takeovers about once a month - recent ones including Lefty's (Greenfield), BBC (Deerfield), Wormtown (Worcester), Maine Beer Co (Portland) and Element (Miller's Falls).

Unbelievably reasonable prices for craft beers - Athol prices if you will - with just about all craft pints between $4 and $5, including ones regularly dished out in metro Boston or Northampton for twice that. A pint of Pretty Things Fluffy White Rabbits or Element's Dark Element for $4.50? Yup.

Food also available, though slow service is the norm (and only downside of the place). Amazing turkey club sandwiches with thick Thanksgiving-esque slices, good soups, locally sourced burgers, and much more!

This place confuses me. Why? As I stated above, this is pretty much THE place where new MA beer comes first, after its local area. And it's in Athol!?! Especially confusing because, for example, there is NOT A SINGLE BAR in the Pioneer Valley that pours Wandering Star, Jack's Abby, Cody Brewing, or has bottles of Night Shift or Mystic in its fridge. And there are a LOT of supposedly groundbreaking establishments in that region, that are a whole lot more pretentious about what they are doing. Their innovation has stalled as far as serving up the best new local beers, while a humble, down-to-earth spot in a forgotten N. Central MA mill town is quietly outdoing them, for half the price.

The Blind Pig is a wet dream for MA craft beer lovers, whether or not you live near its spot in the sticks! Get yourself to Athol, though check to make sure they are open first! Hyper-small business in sleepyville = odd hours!

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Photo of DrEntropy
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The Blind Pig is indeed an oasis and definitely worth visiting. Food is excellent and atmosphire is open and very friendly. Taps have always been fresh with a great selection of local craft beer along with a guest taps from away. I get the sense that they have a very strong following and rotate their casks pretty quickly looking at their weekly tap lists.

Here's their end of the year tap list as posted on 12/28/10 on their FB page:

Cisco's Santa's Beered
Pretty Thing's Jack D'Or
Smutty's Star Island Single
Pioneer's Belgian Red
Harpoon's Belgian Pale
Smutty's Smuttanator

Coming up....
Allagashes Hugh Malone
Cisco's Winterwood
McNeill's Dead Horse IPA
Harpoon's Cider

I have family in the area and stop by every chance I get. Highly recommended - a bright light in the wilderness.

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Photo of brewhiker
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This small space (65 seats) in Downtown Athol is an oasis in the North Quabbin region. Nice long bar along one wall and a range of booths along the other. 2 or 3 TVs but they are not overwhelming.
Nice pub food menu incorporating local farm fresh veggies and beef from the nearby humane farm/processing center. Decent selection of vegetarians options as well (the chili is great).
The beer and drink selection is outstanding, especially for such a small venue. 9 taps of tastiness! They often have special brews from Wormtown, The Peoples Pint, Element, Cape Ann or other artisianal breweries. Served in proper galssware too!

Well worth the 7 minutes off Rt 2 if you are anywhere in the area [and worth the trip if you are not!]

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Blind Pig Pub in Athol, MA
4.08 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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