Pig Minds Brewing Co.

BEER AVG
3.7/5
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

4080 Steele Dr
Machesney Park, Illinois, 61115-8358
United States

(779) 423-2147 | map
pigmindsbrewing.com

Notes:
Monday - Thursday: 3pm - 11pm
Friday & Saturday: 12pm - 1am
Sunday: 12pm - 8pm

Added by emerge077 on 05-31-2012

BEER STATS
Beers:
23
Ratings:
378
Reviews:
46
PLACE STATS
Score:
89
Ratings:
28
Reviews:
8
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
5.28%
 
 
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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.74/5  rDev +19.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

More of a family atmosphere. Bt running the place is phenomenal. Highly knowledgeble and knows how to handle the place...owner?? Vanilla royal bitch slap is awesome. Could not score a bottle, too late. Sweep the leg is world class!

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Photo of hoosier222002
3.9/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of JeffSK
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Penguins66
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Definitely one of the more unique concepts--a brewery with a [presumably] 100% vegan menu. The food is, in a word, unique. One thing we've learned over several visits is vegan food can actually be quite filling. I wouldn't eat it every day but it's a nice change of pace. The Pig Mind [black bean & quinoa] burger and [meatless] nachos especially pair well with their beers. Portion sizes are generous and prices are definitely reasonable.

Most of the beers we have tried have been excellent. There is always something interesting on tap. For example, on our most recent visit they had a soy milk chili porter. Atmosphere is basic, with a warehouse feel, a smallish L-shaped bar, several tables, and few TV's.

The only negative, and it's relatively minor, is every bartender we've had has not been especially friendly. We've come to expect prompt service but not much else.

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Photo of egrace84
3.78/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of wapcap
4.14/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

A very good place to check out in the Rockford area. Easily the best brewery around. Food was very very good. Place was family friendly. Beers were good, nothing blew me away, but all good. Check out next time ur in the area!

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Photo of pkeating59
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.75

Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Stopped here for lunch while passing through the area, and it was a good experience.

Atmosphere is pretty minimal and industrial, high ceilings, tanks in the back, open dining area with table seating, and an outdoor patio with some young hop bines growing.

Beer selection was good, there were around 10 house brews on and two that I had were good. Oak & Cherries was probably the highlight.

We had the Korean BBQ tacos and T.L.T. sandwich, and both were flavorful. The tacos had a heavy smoke taste which I liked, but the seitan/meat substitute likely never saw a smoker. I smoke and cook a lot of vegetarian food at home, and was just glad to see everything wasn't tofu and garden burgers. Overall the experience was good, though it would be nice to see a little more variety in beer styles and selection.

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Photo of CSO
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of rossracing
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of jrs3994243
3.39/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Photo of redleg411
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of italianstallion
3.52/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Photo of twb0392
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Vegan brewpub in a Rockford "suburb"; go figure. Beer is decent and good atmosphere though.

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Photo of bluto3773
4.64/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Trifecta1
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Clean bar, nice employees, good service. However, I wish the beer were more consistant. Mouthfeel on all beers are lacking. It'd also be nice if there were more taps. Food is extremely good for vegan food, of which I am not accustomed, but very pricy. The beer, on the other hand, is very reasonably priced.. Their best beer is Joe Daddy, by far, so be sure to get a taste of it if you visit.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of stouts4me
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Bad name, should be vegetable minds, there ain't no pork here- so don't think you are getting BBQ with your beer. That said, some of it is not too bad. The best beer they have is Joe Daddy, imperial coffee stout. Their Anniv party where they released bottles, just go drink Joe Daddy. They did'nt have those bottled beers on draft- 1 st clue, not that good, glad I did'nt load up . They should've barrel- aged the Joe Daddy, WINNER ! Hope they read this and do this.Update: at least they bottled Joe Daddy, keep fingers crossed.

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Photo of kidzord
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Lookoutzombies
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of Tconder
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ksbuell
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of foretheloveofbeer
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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Pig Minds Brewing Co. in Machesney Park, IL
3.7 out of 5 based on 378 ratings.
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