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Goose Island Clybourn
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Taps: 18 / Bottles: -
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1800 N Clybourn Ave
phone: (312) 915-0071
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 1:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
2013: Still lots of rotation of many seasonals, Farmers Market Series, Fulton & Wood draft series. No more BA gatherings, but CBS still hosts Thirst Fursdays here. Food: Still a cut above the usual brewpub bar food, menu seems a little pared down than in the past. Gazpacho is cold on purpose... welcome to the big city. "Go back to Russia!" /Simpsons
2009 edit: With the revamped menu and renovations, Clybourn is a local beer destination now more than ever. Three casks rotating, small plate menu featuring locally sourced edibles, and some damn fine food. Cuban sandwich, sweetbreads, crab po' boy, pork sliders, it's all good. New cask tapped every Monday, new beers debut on Thursdays, also the local BA gathering was hosted here the 1st Thursday of the month (RIP 2011). Some new staff has been hit or miss lately, but service at the bar is always stellar.
Always have a good time when I visit Goose Clybourn. Here's a tip, sit in the bar area, especially if you are here for the beer. Frankly I don't care about the atmosphere, but if that's your thing, it feels much less like a TGI Friday's in the bar than the front dining room.
Bartender answers questions and offers samples if you need it. There are TV's in the bar area, usually with some type of sports on. Taps are located on the west side of the bar, but taplists are placed throughout the area. You can see the brewing equipment in the back, which is a plus. Drafts are always fresh and spot on.
Fairly standard pub food, with several specialties. The Stilton burger is recommended. Some Tuesday evenings they host tappings of new beers, oftentimes pub-only brews. They are also involved in local beer fests and events, which makes them invaluable to the local craft beer scene.
10-17-2007 15:51:35 |
More by emerge077
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
First off, if you are coming to this location, then you MUST at least pop in across the street at Sam's Liquor and Spirits Megastore, if even for just a few moments of window-shopping. Back to our regularly scheduled review, not yet in progress ...
They have a couple of entrances to this place, but I came in through the one on West Willow Street at North Marcey. You begin by entering a short passageway and on your left are three glass cases containing vintage brewing equipment, courtesy of the Siebel Institute. On the right are a series of windows allowing you to look into the brewhouse. You then come to another door that opens into the restaurant.
As you enter, there are a pair of booths in front of you and a few more to your left. By doing a right oblique, you are in front of a long, rectangular bar that sits like an island in the middle of the space. The bar is of a laquered dark wood surrounded by swivelling (not snivelling, like some people) wooden stools. The tap handles are in the shape of long-necked geese heads, which face the customers. This can be a little disconcerting at first, since when the bartender closes the tap, it looks as if the bird is attacking you. Actually, that only began to happen after several of their Special Reserve ales, so if you practice a modicum of restraint, the flashbacks may not be as intense. For me, restraint is a foreign concept, replaced instead by rampant hedonism.
To the extreme left of the entrance and down a short flight of stairs is a restaurant area looking out on N. Marcey. To the extreme right and up a flight of diamond-deck steps is a game room with three (3) pool tables, a Golden Tee golf game, and a Megatouch game system. Behind the game room and down a short flight of steps is a banquet room, decorated to look like a home library. I want to comment on the banquet room separately, however. To the right of the bar, but instead of ascending, you descend a flight of steps and you are in the non-smoking lounge with its leather couches, restaurant tables, a mural on exposed brick, and a big screen TV.
Continuing aft along the right side of the bar, you pass the lavatories and then into a separate black-and-white tiled foyer with a mini-bar, a maitre d' station, a separate restaurant area off to the right, and an entrance/exit from/to the parking lot. To the left of the maitre d' station, coming through that entrance, is a pair of glass doors with the Seibel Institute's logo emblazoned on them. The reason for this is that the previously mentioned library in the banquet hall is the set of texts used by the Siebel Institute for their classes, which are held in the Fall and Spring in this very room! Talk about prestige! For those not in the know, the Seibel Institute is one of the premier places to learn about brewing w/o having to trek to UC Davis or anywhere in CO.
Odds 'n' ends from our tour of the place: Chalk boards abound. announcing current (Now Pouring) and coming (Now Brewing) beers, along with "New Beer Premier every Tuesday". There is a lot of vintage signage, as well as disc-plaques commemorating their beers, both past and present. Make sure that you join the MBA Passport Club with an eye towards getting your name on one of the many plaques.
Service is always great here. It's like you are an old friend that they can't wait to see again. They are attentive and ready to answer even the silliest of questions. The food is good and will fill a void, but it doesn't do it for me like at The Silver Cloud, which is a short # 72 North Avenue bus ride away. As far as their beers are concerned, the Special Reserve bottles are fantastic, then there are their seasonals, tapering down to the brewpub standards. It's a wide variety, to be sure, but I just can't quite pull the trigger on a 5.
08-19-2005 19:29:22 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Cross the street from Sams warehouse. This is a large sprawling place. Plenty of room for a large group, the family or for a party. They had 12 of their own selections on tap, no guest taps, and they offered growlers to go. Extensive pub grub menu. I got sort of a corporate feel here, not exactly a comfy neighborhood kind of place. The staff was friendly and they tried to be helpful with my tourist type questions. Nothing overly interesting going on here, but the beer tends to be good and they are able and ready to serve a large crowd here.
09-16-2007 21:42:06 |
More by Billolick
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
(Visited 10/2011): Goose Island's Clybourn location is off Clybourn and North Sheffield on the north side. Parking consists of metered street parking and a space in the shopping center directly across the street. Binny's is right there too (although I didn't have time to stop there).
The interior is spacious and modern looking with the bar area immediately inside. Restaurant seating elsewhere, and a cool "HOPS" sign made out of incandescent bulbs. Brick archways leading to an indoor patio. The brewing equipment is viewable through a window near the door.
Goose Island has 12 or so of their brews on tap, including many seasonals and special brews. On my visit some of the options included Red Felt Ale, Peach Pundit, Candice (Farmers Market Series), Honest Stout and Uncle Dunkel. All of the beers are above average and enjoyable. Samplers are available as well.
Service on a weekday for an early lunch (they literally had just opened) was good. Both my server and the bartender were friendly and well-versed in the available beers.
Lunch was solid too. My sandwich and fries were very tasty.
Overall this spot is one of the can't miss places to visit in downtown Chicago, and I will definitely try to get there again on future visits.
01-03-2012 01:15:02 |
More by Dogbrick
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 |
More by NeroFiddled
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
--- Revisiting the Goose---
On my own this time, still amazed at the sheer variety of weird brews here. Some 25 taps organized in styles (Belgian, Cask, Chef, Farmer's Market, Session, Malty, Hoppy, Sour).
I wanted a Cherry Blossom Barleywine (Farmer's Market Series) but they were out so I settled for the similar Broad Shoulders. Also had a Shakar American Nitro Porter. And wanted to try Liquid Inspiration, a 7.5% stout, but it was too much booze.
Tried food this time, had a pair of pork sliders that were soooo delicious but pricey at $4 each ($8 for the plate). And served with straight-raw hot peppers on the side who's gonna eat those?? Fries with a side of truffle aioli came out fast and hot but were limp and just not exciting. They should have been a side for the sliders. For the price, food was not worth, even though it is fancier than your average brewpub.
Let me add that the pub was SUPER hot for some reason. No A/C or something, no fans. We were all sweating. Great service and pricey beers as usual . Always a good stop for one-off brews, though!
I loved Goose Island Clybourn! My wife and I stopped there after eating at the nearby Alinea restaurant (the best restaurant in the US right now). Brewpub is cozy, with all the wood and the beer tanks around.
We sat at the bar and had a sample of five of their beers and some single pints. I was surprised at how many unique brews they had- stuff brewed with local chefs, a pale ale for the World Cup, some rye beers... cool weird stuff.
Of course I had to have the Bourbon County Stout- Goose Island's best beer ever.
Atmosphere was great, felt like a local hangout, a place I would stop by often if I lived nearby. Didn't try food. Prices were a bit steep, even for a big city like Chicago ($10 for the Bourbon County snifter!), but worth for a one-time visit to this classic of American craft brewing.
Can't wait to go back!
09-01-2011 21:22:57 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped here last week for a beer before a Sox game. It's pretty convenient to the Red line, and also right across the street from Sam's (one of the best beer stores in Chicago). They only serve their own beers, but there's about 10-12 to choose from. Some stuff you can only buy here, like Dead Goat porter, was pretty good. They also offer a sampler tray (5oz size) of any four beers off the menu. I should have gone for it, 2 of the guys I was with were quicker thinking than me. I'd already ordered 2 beers and it was time to go.
Worth a stop and don't forget to stop at Sam's for stuff to go.
06-24-2006 19:32:46 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
This served as our first stop on our Sunday 8/26/07 pubcrawl of Chicago. This bar looks like an average brewpub. Service was efficient enough to keep us satisfied. The selection of beers were very good, a nice variety to choose from. I had a Pere Jacques, which was tasty but didn't blow me away. The only drawback to this place was the prices. While most pints were in the $5 range, any beers not in their standard category were $7 or $8 a pour. That seemed a bit high to me personally. I didn't want to stick around too long, because I was afraid of the tab. Even the glassware for sale was overpriced. $8 for an IPA glass? $9 for a Reserve glass? A bit steep. I would have rather spent time at any other bar we visited and drank the same GI beers in bottles or on tap for much less.
08-31-2007 00:14:05 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
stopped by on a saturday afternoon after wandering around lincoln park for the better part of the day, including a trip to the zoo
location is pretty blah - set in a strip mall in the shadows of a bed bath and beyond, patagonia outlet, and various high-end shops. on the other hand, its also located across from the warehouse style sam's liquor
interior is as non-descript as the exterior...bar area is large and surrounding dining areas could be confused for a bennigans. i didnt eat but the food looked similar but superior to their wrigleyville location which i have ate at.
the beer list is laid out by about 5 different broad styles - seemingly 15-20 taps with a handfull of guests, but who needs those. highlights included bourbon county stout (duh), night stalker, a wheat wine, sofie bottles, naughty goose on cask, fleur, liquid inspiration (great hoppy stout!). plenty of options - i dont typically hang out in this area of chicago (bit yuppity) but its hard to beat the beer selection at the clybourn location. there were 3 casks in total
service was fine - smiling faces and adequate attention.
prices at goose island locations seem to be a bit high. it boggles my mind that they sell bottles at nearly 2x the selling price at bottle shops
08-31-2009 01:47:06 |
More by dirtylou
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