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Goose Island Clybourn
Active Beers: 236
Beer Ratings: 40,109
Beer Avg: 3.89
Taps: 18 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1800 N Clybourn Ave
phone: (312) 915-0071
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 1:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 197 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
This is a great place to stop when in when it is not peak hours. I always ask what the cask beer is on that day and it is always a good choice. If you go on the weekends expect it to be pretty smoky but other times its very nice to sample beers. If you find a seat close to the bar you can see the brewery equipment and on days when the brew it smells like heaven.
They always have a local game on and it is a pretty local crowd. They have a pretty large beer menu (goose island brews only) and have good descriptions about the brews. I often sample some for free before I get a growler to go.
The staff is pretty knowledgeable as long as you ask them questions that you can read off the menu. Very nice and they all sport the goose island gear you can get at the counter. They are pretty fast with food and are flexible in changing orders to suit your needs. Try the cold chicken livers or the sausage sampler and the hot pretzel if you want to get a meal. They have the traditional burgers, wings and salads if you want and they are pretty big portions. If youre just in for a quick drink or 3 they you need to get the pub chips. They are hand made potatoes chips that have a salty sweet seasoning on them that are wonderful.
If they only have the beer in a bottle they usually double the price of what it is in the store, so ask them if you can go across the street and get it from Sam's wine and spirits for much cheaper. They will give you and honest answer.
I nice place to have a beer and food but it can be a little busy on the weekends.
03-24-2005 02:40:08 |
More by rhoadsrage
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Made my way over to Goose Island Brewery after my eye-opening visit to Sam's across the street. I was hungry and figured the brewpub would be the perfect place to sit down and eat. If you go, you have to get their sampler...$6 for 3 beers, served in 5oz glasses (they looked more like 8oz to me, but I'm not complaining).
When you walk-in the first set of doors, you see their old brewery through a huge glass window to the right. When you walk through the second set of doors, you see the square bar sitting right in the middle of the room. It's a relatively small place, but has a nice atmosphere. Just don't sit in the non-smoking room (I nearly made that mistake until I noticed that the only booths were in the smoking side). The seating in the non-smoking area is lame and doesn't do the place justice. Tons of great glassware line the top of the bar and TVs are spread throughout the place in various places. Seems like a great place to sit down and have a few beers, no matter what the occasion.
I believe they had 14 different homemade brews on-tap, and a wide array of bottles as well. It goes without saying that I sampled a few different selections while I was there..all damn tasty. I also had the opportunity to try their Best Bitter on-cask, which was excellent.
I thought the food was damn good, the two others with me agreed. Simple food, yet well-made and a perfect match to go with my beer. The waitress was very helpful and seemed knowledgable as well. She had sampled all of the current beer they had available and was more than willing to explain them to me in further detail.
To sum things up, I think I could set up a tent between Sam's & Goose Island and just live there for the rest of my life. My advice..eat here before or after you hit up Sam's.
02-22-2005 21:47:54 |
More by hero27
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
It was getting good and late. We had visited Map Room and walked down to Piece Brewpub to sample the wares. Tomorrow was nearly today, and it was going to be a long day chock full of flights and fun. So we did the sensible thing and cabbed it to Goose Island...
It's a big brick wall building with shaped archways. You enter past a small narrow room with fermenters. The front wall of the brewpub has large glass windows that look upon this room, you can get a pretty decent view of it from the bar. A "U" shaped wood bar sits in the middle of the room, seating for two and half dozen and a handful of adjacent bar tables. Glasses, mugs & growlers overhead and a big flatscreen TV. The space above the bar is adorned with vintage wood casks, kegs and cases from Narrangansett and Kruegers. There's a small basement type lounge with half a dozen tables, a cushy couch, and a big screen TV. The walls have painted murals on them and there are beverage tasting institute awards displayed here. Above this room is a perch with a pair of pool tables and Phil's golf game. There's side exterior room with nearly a dozen and a half tables. To the rear is another dining area, this one with a dozen and a half tables and a banquet room beyond that. It's a smart, sharp room with green trim, quite nice.
I got caught poking around back there by one of the managers, and told him I was just looking around. He said, "Oh, come and have a look at this", and opened a doorway to a room that houses 10 beer hall style tables and composite photos of graduating classes of the Siebel Institute of Technology, doing "courses in brewing technology. They're all about "Zymurgy", the art of brewing. Apparently the bookcases of ancient literature makes up the oldest brewing library in America. We got to hear a bit about the history of Siebel, good stuff.
Back at the bar... 13 taps (Wheat, Ale, Brown Ale, IPA, Rye Stout, Schwartz, Sahti, Barleywine, Bourbon Stout, Scottish Ale, Winter Brown, Dopple, Pils) and a cask (Scottish Ale). The 312 was a pleasant unfiltered Wheat, the Rye Stout amazingly flavorful, the Sahti was nice (but it's no Juhlia), the Dopple sweet, syruppy and thick, the Lake Effect Barleywine nice but young.
On another visit, the Naughty Goose was an English Brown on crack (That was a compliment), the Icarus a nearly 9% Belgian Strong Dark Ale, was deep and fruity, and the just absolutely amazing Le Deuxieme, a spicy fruity Strong Belgian Ale at 7.6%
Tomorrow quickly became today and I was feeling the effects. Was feeling silly, like the goose, it was time to go, but not before Mike bought us each a bottle of Bourbon County Stout to go.
02-12-2005 20:58:05 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I only stopped in here briefly, but I was impressed with it. As you walk in, the brewing equipment is in a large room just inside the door, before you get into the actual bar. Once inside, there is a large bar sitting infront of you. ITs a beautiful wooden structure, with seating around at least 3 sides of it. I didn't make it past that, but from what I saw, there was a good deal of restaurant seating around the rest of the establishment. It felt very cozy, with the bartenders chatting with the patrons very openly. I was offered a sample of any beer I wanted to try when I couldn't decide what to get in a growler. I will definately make a trip here again to have some food and a couple of samplers of their fine beers. I think I would go to this one again before I went back to the Wrigleyville one. It just felt less like a sports bar.
01-24-2005 15:24:29 |
More by kmpitz2
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
There are two selling points for Goose Island. The first is the beer sampler. You can get 3 small glasses of whatever beer you want, mixing and matching from their homebrewed selection. This is a great touch and really allows you to get a good feel for the range of beers they have. If you are a party of three or more, you can probably cover all the beers in a single round, allowing everyone to taste each beer and then make informed decisions about what they want for the next round. The other great thing about Goose Island is the specialty burger. This is a giant party, caked in pepper, with roast garlic as a spread and a black bread bun. Yowza. Not date food, but still tasty as hell. The only problem is that the burger is so huge it takes up room that might be filled better by beer. There is a Goose Island in Wrigleyville too. That one has a slightly different beer selection (during the summer, it's the only place to get the cursed goat porter). The atmosphere in that one is a bit more yuppy-ish, and after Cubs games it is not only a madhouse, but the bouncers and waitstaff get real testy, which is understandable considering the number of drunken Northsiders they have to deal with, but still. Go on non-game days.
09-10-2004 17:55:02 |
More by StuFox
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5
I've been here a few times. They are located next to Sam's Wine - so you can stock up on stuff when you leave - HOWEVER - you must not walk between stores if you do you may be booted.
They have a very nice decor with memorabilia from the Goose Island history. I believe they carry all of their beers and do have samplers. Their food is average for a sports-bar type menu. I wouldn't call it cuisine, though. The service I have had has been excellent and the restaurant is clean - even their bathrooms. They haven't been too crowded, I usually go during the early afternoon or on Sundays, though.
If your in the area or like Goose Island beer, stop by. Otherwise, I wouldn't make a special trip over to this restaurant.
08-26-2004 01:09:01 |
More by livin4jc
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
Good sized brew pub. Big bar, four sided, probably seats 30 people. At the time there were 14 different beers on tap, including the barley wine. A couple special reserve bottles were available as well. The bartenders were very friendly and happy to chat when they weren't busy. Very informed about the beer as well. Prices were reasonable. Food was typical pub grub, the burger I had was very good and the prices were average as well. Probably one of the funnest places I visited based only on selection and atmosphere. I can't recommend this place highly enough.
08-20-2004 03:47:01 |
More by Southernbrew
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
Goose Clybourn is a fine establishment. The best part is the ever-rotating brews that can introduce you to a lot of styles not readily available.
The atmosphere is all right--a nice big square bar, some booths, a non-smoking room. It's good but not wonderful.
as for the service, it's hit and miss. some waitresses are very nice, while others, not so much. Ive never had a great bartender there.
Also, I tend to find they pour a bit short, which is rather annoying given the price being paid.
the food is also hit and miss--some great burgers and a few decent appetizers, but it's a bit expensive.
what's a lot of fun is the MBA (master of beer appreciation) program, which gets you a free growler every 10 pints and a t-shirt and the opportunity to drink from an imperial pint after 35. not too bad.
the best reason to go here is the beer--it's almost without exception excellent. the rest of the stuff is just ok.
06-22-2004 01:02:29 |
More by studentofbeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I have been to this location a couple of times. I have always been seated in the beer garden, which is the non-smoking section. It does not have quite as much character as the bar, but it is indoors and quite sunny.
A great way to sample the beers is by ordering the samplers. You get to pick 3 of the beers for $6, and they are brought out in 5oz servings. There is always a beer served on cask via traditional hand pump, which on my most recent visit seemed a bit warm even by British standards. You can get the regular line up of Goose Island beers here as well as a good selection of rotating seasonals.
I have had a great experience with the service at this location. The staff has been really friendly, helpful, and even the brewer stopped by for a chat after I had shown an interest in the beers.
The grub is quite tasty, and if you are willing to ruin your beer drinking palate the Burger with blue cheese is highly recommended. There are lots of other, more beer friendly, tasty things on the menu as well. The wife and I really enjoyed the wedge of iceberg salad with bacon and balsamic vinaigrette, I have a feeling this will become a regular starter for us.
Overall quite a nice pub, and as an extra special bonus it is right across from Sam's, so bring some extra money.
06-05-2004 20:08:06 |
More by Gueuzedude
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
I'd heard that the neighborhood was pretty yuppified, so when I saw the very well-dressed people who walked in ahead of me I started thinking that maybe this wasn't my kind of brewpub. But as soon as I got in the door I started warming to it. I passed display cases of brewing paraphernalia on the left, and on my right was a large window overlooking the old brew house. I walked through the inner doors to face a large square bar in the middle of the room. Each side of the square had a row of taps and was lined with stools; it struck me as a very serious setup. The bar was surrounded by booths, and on the left was an entrance into the dining room.
I didn't hang around the bar, but from what I saw its atmosphere matched that of the dining room, which was quite friendly and agreeable. The music was piped in at a sensible level so conversation wasn't difficult; as a matter of fact, about 60% of the noise in the room seemed to be from people having a good time chatting over their dinners.
The waitress was very friendly, and in my experience she was off the scale for helpfulness. She seemed to have plenty of firsthand knowledge of the beers, and was happy to make recommendations. This was vital because the large selection was threatening to burn out my brain. I couldn't possibly try even a 5 ounce sample of all those beers over a single dinner.
The beer was probably the most hit-and-miss affair I've ever encountered in a brewpub. It ranged from really lousy to wonderfully sublime. Everyone in my six-person party agreed, though, that the food was marvelous. I wish I came to Chicago more often, because they rotate their beers on a weekly basis and I would desperately like to have them more often. The good ones are well worth getting through the not-so-good ones.
12-28-2003 01:19:59 |
More by Weissenheimer
Goose Island Clybourn in Chicago, IL
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