Monday, November 9, 2009

A brewery in CU, whaaaat???

Blind Pig Brewery is open, it has been for a while, it's not their beer on tap. That is about to change.

The beer release party is November 17 at 3 p.m.

The first beers they will be having are a K├Âlsch, Hefe Weizen, IPA and a Hard Cider made with Curtis Orchard apples. Future beers are an English Bitter, Weizen Bock, and an Oatmeal Stout. They may be brewing Belgian styles and winter seasonals soon.

The brewery is located at 120 N. Neil St. in Champaign.

Champaign/Urbana doesn't have a rich history of breweries, I can only find a reference to one.

In 1996 (roughly) Joe's Brewery quit brewing. Prior to that it was known as Chief's Brewing Company. 88 and Broadway claimed to have Joe's beer on tap, although I'm not sure where that came from.

Legends also claims to have "Legends Special Ale" on tap, although I'm not sure where that comes from either.

Destihl is now planning on opening the Champaign version in spring of 2010.


Shawn Norman said...

Legends Special Ale is made by Goose Island. Murphy's had one at one time, too (my girlfriend used to bartend there), and lots of other bars around Illinois, and while they are all "made specially" for each establishment, they're pretty much the same.
Btw, we love Destihl, and they're building one across from Jim Goulds, but you probably already knew that.

Virgil G (vgrid) said...

They've been building the one across from Jim Goulds for like 2 years now.

Thanks for the info on Legends. Last night, we were thinking it might be Lienenkugel, but GI makes sense too.