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Goose Island Clybourn
Active Beers: 235
Beer Ratings: 40,923
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)
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| Reviews: 197 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
What can you say about Goose Island? It's simply a classic Chicago brewpub. For the uninitiated to Chicago, you simply have to stop in to their pub for some 'quality brew time'. Goose usually has about 10-12 beers on tap at any given time, and they rotate their selection monthly. Their friendly staff is very well-versed in their beer, and will recommend a drink based on 'taste' preference. My wildcard pick: try the handpump brew. For the last 5 years, or so, Goose has offered one or two, handpump beers and have consistently delivered an outstanding brew: from your typical Mild, to a beefy IPA, the handpump is where it's at.
(Note: The Clybourn location is my preference. The Wrigley location is saturated with tourists).
10-08-2003 03:18:40 |
More by RedBaron
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4
After more than 10 years, I still think Goose Island brews the best range of beers out of any brewpub in the Chicago area, and is definitely tied for first place with a couple other places for best beer. I've always been impressed how each year the brewers at Goose Island churn out several dozen different styles of beer. I first started going to Goose Island about eight years ago, when I was a fledgling beer geek, and the brewers there have always inspired me to keep learning. I'm even working on my own M.B.A., or Masters' of Beer Apreciation, which seasoned drinkers can fulfill by drinking according to season. Every month there are different beers at Goose, and anyone who drinks them all can get their M.B.A., and earn the right to drink from 20-ounce pint glass. After every 15 or so beers "students" can take home a free growler "for home study."
There are many great things other than the beer that bring me back to Goose Island: one is the late night menu, another is the complimentary brewpub tour and tasting at 3 p.m. every Sunday. Yet another reason I keep visiting Goose Island is their sponsorship of great beer festivals, such as the Real Ale Festival. Usually one or more of their current beers is available in a cask-conditioned format. Very tasty!! This place is a five-star brewpub and is my best recommendation for anyone visiting Chicago!
09-11-2003 15:28:48 |
More by marcobrau
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
On a recent trip to Chicago, I decided I needed to stop by and try out some of my favorite Goose Island beers on tap. I originally tried the Wrigleyville location, but since the Cubs were playing it was swamped, so I swung over to the Clybourn location.
I rather like the Goose Island Clybourn pub---it has a nice atmosphere (giant wooden bar in a nice, airy converted warehouse space---airy enough that the guy three stools down was smoking a stogie and I could barely smell it). The staff was friendly and efficient, kept a full glass in front of me. Selection was good, both in beer and food (14 beers on tap, and a 5 page dinner menu, plus separate appetizer and weekend brunch menus). The food was good high-end pub grub as well.
Definitely one of the better brewpubs I've been to.
06-02-2003 12:31:27 |
More by kaszeta
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Ok, first let me admit that I was in Goose Island the first week it opened, back when it was a part of 1800 Clybourn, a converted warehouse mall (the turtle wax factory was on the other side of North Ave : ). I lived basically across the street (on Sheffield) and it became my regular hangout. The neighborhood & the goose have both gone through some remarkable changes (the rest of the warehouse building was dropped), mostly for the better.
The atmosphere and service is really where Goose Island excels over the other Chicago area brewpubs (some of which have better beer). The bar area is open and rarely very crowded, nice wood & brick area, there is a lot of seating and the juke box is still free (!!). The staff is almost always excellent, the bartenders know the beer and are more than willing to let you taste it before choosing. I have brought many people in over the years & they do a good job of steering them to beers they would like, rather than just saying "this is our flagship". The beers rotate, except for a few regulars, and are generally excellent. I am constantly amazed at the quality of so many different styles of beer - they did 100 beers for their 10th anniversary and I don't recall one of them as being bad. Goose probably isn't the best brewer in the area (Mickey Finn's, 3 Floyds & Flatlanders are better), but it is the best combination of diverse styles and quality.
05-12-2003 14:06:18 |
More by pdxlover
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
This is a fantastic brew pub, one of the finest I have ever been in. Great reuse of the old Turtle Wax factory!!
The bar is a nice rectangle with plenty of seats. Large number of tables and a small outdoor area as well. Nice nostalgic decorations and a great view of the beer tanks.
The beers are awesome and reasonably priced. Besides their standards, they always have new beers in rotation. In fact, they did 100 different beers for their anniversary a few years back. I'm a big fan of their IPA, Wheat, Kolsch, & ESB. I've also has some awesome Belgian style ales & French farm house brews. Like I said, always something new and tasty to try.
The food has improved over the years and is now more than decent. Good salads, fantastic burgers, more than passable Mexican food & BBQ.
This location also attracts a high percentage of attractive female beer drinkers. These ladies for the most part are not drinking macros, but are enjoying the tasty beers served up by Goose Island.
This is a must stop on your visit to Chicago. This staff is friendly and knows their beer. They will make you feel like a regular in no time!!
04-27-2003 16:02:10 |
More by Redrover
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
This place is in a great location, right across the street from Sam's, the best beer store in Chicago. A quick stroll past some brewing equipment brings you into the place. A large square-shaped bar is in the center of the facility with plenty of tables, and a medium sized non-smoking section which is seperated enough to not get smoky at all. The food is great, awesome salads and sandwiches with reasonable prices.
The beer prices are very reasonable as well with daily specials. I got Honkers Ale for $3 a pint while I was there, as well as a Dublin Stout for $4. The beer is as fresh as it can get, and served at the right temperatures. The bar seems to fill up quickly, so get there early if you want a seat in the big square. I prefer the clean air non-smoking section, even though it resembles a cafeteria sort of.
This place most definitely demands a visit when in Chicago, for the freshest Goose Island beer you can find.
04-18-2003 13:40:42 |
More by AudioGilz
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Very cool place, very relaxed with alot of wood, antique photos and advertising and the such. Big bar pouring all the regular Goose Island brews and a few more. Good bartenders, although I think they could be a little more interested in the beer! This place runs the gamut from being like a family restaurant to a little bit of a meat-market. Still, good food (maybe a little on the fatty side) and excellent pints. I really have no idea how much beer comes from the microbrewery, but who cares? They're all good. Well recommended.
07-23-2002 13:59:14 |
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