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Goose Island Clybourn
Active Beers: 237
Beer Ratings: 41,766
Beer Avg: 3.89
Taps: 18 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1800 N Clybourn Ave
phone: (312) 915-0071
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 1:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My second trip to Chicago in two years. On my way to Dark Lord Day, the lady and I stopped here for a late lunch/early dinner. We never went to the bar except when I passed it to go to the bathroom. Bar was full at around 6:30 on a Friday night. Although from our seats on the front side of the building, it was quiet enough that you wouldn't have even known there was a bar. We were seated promptly and with a welcoming smile.
Although the brewery/pub have only been around since 1988 (according to the sign), you could tell from the memorabilia on the wall that there was a lot of heritage that went into the pub, grub and brews! The atmosphere was a cool, chic and yet somehow managed to balance itself with traditional.
Our hostess came over and asked if we wanted drinks to start. We did but asked about the beers. She was very happy to spend a few minutes talking about the various brews on the menu. I had an Ed, which was the [imperial?] smoked brown ale I believe. It was delicious. She had an imperial IPA. Not the best she ever had but she said it was pretty damn tasty.
We order a sausage and cheese plate for an appetizer. All I can say is wow! I don't know if that was sausage. It seemed more like polish/russian style salami and there was 4 types of cheeses, spicy mustard (like gulden's but better), apple slices, 4 small pieces of toast and some olives (that she ate cause I hate olives). She thought that the sausage/salami had a skin that was too tough. I thought it reminded me of the stuff my mom used to get in Boston from the Russian store on Comm. Ave. Yeah I liked it. The cheese were very good but went with her IPA better than my brown ale. Still very good though! Now the mustard and toast went with everything! And the apples added enough sweetness to take the edge off the mustard.
As far as dinner goes all I can say is I will be back next year! I had the Steak Frites. OK this steak was cooked as ordered and came on a bed of thinly sliced french fries. It also had a blue cheese and butter sauce lightly poured across the top. She had a turkey burger (she likes that sort of stuff). She said it was better than 90% that she had in a very long time. O yeah came with the same fries. We were gonna have a few more beers before we left but we were stuffed. And for us, that came as a shocker!
Yup, I must say I liked this place. And I say this while I only like Goose Island's Brew Master/Brewer's Series beers and find that the regular offerings are just that, regular. It's not a bad thing though. The beers are always good, not ok, but actually good.
04-29-2008 20:02:48 |
More by RixBeer
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Every year I try to go on a "Mancation" and this past year(2009) was no exception.Went to Chicago just to sample the locale Brew and was elated to get to be on the tour for Goose Island. Showed up by taxi and was not impressed so much as the strip mall around the brewpub but going thru the doors, could smell the excitment in the air. Our tourguide was very cool and explained all the makings of a Goose beer. After learning some of the finer points of brewing the Goose, we retired to a large sampling room were half pints were poured and I believe 8 were poured. then to the bar area with our new G.I. glass to taste some of the rare from Matilda to Red Felt, Sofie, and a great pulled pork sandwich. Was a bit upset at pricing of the bottles for sale. But trying to get 312 Urban Wheat in my area of PA and have found an outlet and hopefully soon, I now at least can get the Honkers Ale A wonderful E.S.B. in my area.Overall worth the trip from Pittsburgh!
02-03-2010 03:34:31 |
More by nukem5
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
I was lucky enough to stop here for lunch with my girlfriend and old friend. First off, the food was superb. I got a Cuban pork sandwich, which was excellent. My girlfriend got fish and chips which was also top notch. My friend got a steak sandwich which appeared mouthwatering. Goose Island was much nicer than I expected. It was very, very nice and very clean. They had a very extensive list of available beers on tap that you can only try AT Goose Island. I made sure to try the FairytAle, Foxxy brown ale, and Honest stout. They were all pretty good, especially the Honest stout. Their only guest tap was the Anchor 2010 Christmas Ale. It was a more expensive than I expected. The beer was fine but you can't get a meal for less than about $14 per person. I really enjoyed stopping in.
12-13-2010 04:44:36 |
More by aasher
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Very good sports bar and it was very crowded due to the 1st game of the world series, with with the White Sox winning it. 2 pool tables and plenty of TVs. The quality was excellent with obvious care put into each beer. There were about 14 beers available!!! Amazing. There were, among others, an IPA, a Brown Ale, A Rauchbier, a pale ale, red and blond. I was a little disappointed in there being no Porter or Stout (esp. since they had 14 beers). We didn't try the food but it smelled great and looked great. The value was good--a 4 beer (5 ounce each) sampler was $6. I would be back in a heartbeat if I lived anywhere near Chicago. Keep up the good work Goose!
10-27-2005 02:44:12 |
More by porter17
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Made my first trip to GI Clybourn yesterday evening. Hostess was friendly, and things were still rather quiet as it was early in the evening. We were seated in a smaller area below the bar, which was lacking a little of the energy of the main restaurant, but it wasn't too bad. Service was super quick and competent, even as the place got more crowded later in the night. I had wanted to order all three of their cask-conditioned ales, but two of them had blown, and the one I got (Hex-A-Gone) was undercarbonated to the point of being lifeless and a little oxidized. Aside from that, everything we ate/drank was utterly delicious. Soft pretzels, steak sandwich, fries with truffle aoli and curry ketchup, and this amazing burger with braised hog jowls and a fried duck egg. The Night Stalker was the highlight, beer wise, but everything else (IPA, rye pale ale, Fleur, Wheatmiser) was very good as well. I asked our server if they had any bottles of Juliet available for purchase; while he said they were sold out, both at the pub and at Sam's across the street, he gave me his BA username and offered to hook me up in a trade. You can't ask for too much more than that. Prices were fair; I expected the beer to be a bit cheaper than it was, being a brewpub, but it was still a good value. Overall, a very positive experience, and I wouldn't hesitate to visit GI again.
07-19-2009 16:57:59 |
More by trill
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
The primary intention of my trip was to visit Three Floyds yet I stopped in at Clybourn for lunch before I made my way south to Munster. It's really easy to find and I REALLY appreciate that it has an off street parking lot that is "ample and free". Its a pretty large place with a warm brick and wooden vibe to it that I found very relaxing. I grabbed a seat at the bar which always gives you the best advantage for scoping out the ale. There was an amazing selection of Goose Island products. I caught it on a Thursday, which is when they roll out the new brews. Today was the release of "Coffee Stout" which is Black Cat Coffee Stout on steroids! One f* AMAZING brew!! Had the Madura cask as well. The food is good; I enjoyed the walleye. The staff really seem to enjoy working there, which really adds to the experience at a brewpub and I think makes the difference (...besides the beer that is). They offer sampler flights and sell bottles to go. There's no shortage of swag. The beer was really worth the trip. Thursday is the day to hit. There were 24 different draught beers and 3 additional cask offerings to choose from!!! I'm glad that I stopped in; quite a memorable stop.
11-08-2009 14:29:48 |
More by jjayjaye
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
The bar atmosphere is nice. There is a bit of smoke to be dealt with, but other than that it's a nice square bar that has comfortable stools and a rail for you to put your feet on (bar owners: this rail is important!).
The service we received was good, the bartenders were very attentive.
The quality of the beers was great. They had at least 15 or 16 of their own beers on draft. Ranging in style from a German Style Hefe to a Barleywine. Roggenbocks and Small Beer were also two styles that you just don't expect to see on a brewpub menu. The selection was outstanding. They have a hand pump draft engine as well. Any beer drinker should be able to find a style they would enjoy.
The food was good. I would definately eat here again. The menu is varied and I'm looking forward to my next meal here.
This place has parking!
The brewpub is also right next to a great beer store (with more parking!). I find no reason for you to skip Goose Island Clybourn. This is going to become my local brewpub. Want to meet for a pint?
04-06-2005 15:08:04 |
More by beerinator
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Visited this past Thursday as the second severe storm moved through Chicago that afternoon. The atmosphere was a wonderful blend of a small tavern feel on a grand scale with a lot of people having a great time enjoying good beer. We were seated at a table next to large glass windows overlooking the fermentation tanks. After coming in out of the rain I was pleasantly surprised to see they had a barley wine on draft. They were also more than willing to provide free samples of anything they had on draft. The service was great and the waitress clearly knew her stuff about the beer. The selection was great with about 10 normal alcohol strength beers and 5 or 6 high gravity offerings. The burger I ordered was excellent, served on wonderful marble rye, if only they had a rye beer to pair it with, oh well. The prices were a little high, but with the Go Chicago cards we had purchased earlier in the day, we got 20% off. The card said it would only apply to food, but they took it off the whole bill, even the $8 IPA glass I bought. We asked about growlers and were shocked by the price compared to what we're used to here in NC; $32 for Imperial Brown Goose plus $3 for the growler itself, their normal beers, $15 plus $3 for the growler. Oh well, it is Chicago. Overall, I enjoyed this place and would love to visit again if I'm back in the area.
08-27-2007 04:37:04 |
More by atsprings
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
It’s hard to be shopping in the area and NOT stop here. The brew pubs were not included in the sale of Goose Island, and they are still wonderful. Lots of events. Lots of one off beers. Hit this place up for lunch. A good rule of thumb is that any event they host is absolutely worth attending.
08-05-2013 01:48:36 |
More by Fluffheady
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I started coming to GI back about 1.5 years ago when I first moved to IL. I was living in Schaumburg at the time, so we only went for the Beer Academy. When I moved into the city about a year ago, I really started appreciating this place. GI Clybourn is now our favorite bar/grill. If we can't decide where to eat, someone always brings up Goose.
The food here may not be a huge gourmet selection, but it is above the standard of most brewpubs. Bison and Turkey burgers are always delectable. The chef's specials have never disappointed. The pub chips and nachos make an awesome drinking snack. I think my only complaint is that they removed Bison Meatloaf from the menu.
The service is usually decent, with the regular wait staff being the best. I have only had bad service once, but then again I am started to know most of the employees.
The beer is really what makes GI Clybourn shine. They usually have 10+ Beers on tap. There are always several seasonals available. Usually, there is something on cask as well. The beer tends to be a bit pricey, but the brewmaster (Will) does an excellent job with everything.
If you are visiting Chicago, or just looking for a great place to grab a beer, make sure you check out GI Clybourn. With Sam's right across the street, it doesn't get any better.
Removed all the complaints as they changed things for the better. I heart Goose
01-25-2008 04:35:12 |
More by raverjames
Goose Island Clybourn in Chicago, IL
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