Goose Island Clybourn

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Goose Island ClybournGoose Island Clybourn
BEER AVG
3.9/5
Based on:
207 Beers
16,798 Reviews
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 210
Visits: 415
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: n/a
Taps: 18
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1800 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60614-4939
United States
phone: (312) 915-0071

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @gooseclybourn

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Place added by: BeerAdvocate

Hours:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 1:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
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Reviews: 210 | Visits: 415
Photo of jds16
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Pro: I was pleasantly surprised to see the very large number of beers on tap that were brewed on-premise. I was able to drink nothing but beers I hadn't even known existed prior to my visit. All beers I tasted were very good. I had soup and a sandwich--the soup was excellent and the sandwich was good.

Con: they really needed more than one bartender when I was there at an off-peak time; he was overworked. (408 characters)

Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Came here while on a conference, and Blackhawks were in Stanley Cup Finals.

Very relaxed vibe. Two bars are set up and each with 20+ taps. I went with a few on premises beers. They had 50% off appetizers and $4 pours of 6% or less beers. Awesome!

Service was a little slow, for no reason I could see. Food options looked good but I enjoyed the deal on apps.

I'd come back to this nostalgic place of a brewery that made it. And they still make great beer. (467 characters)

Photo of Chris-1911
4.4/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Although I've been to the Wrigleyville location more times than I can count, I just never made it to Clybourn because I assumed it was pretty much the same. Turns out I was sleeping on this place. The vibe is much more restaurant-ish than the Wrigley location, not that its a bad thing, but the beer selection was much better. They had all sorts of interesting things that I had never seen before. I had the BA Extremely Naughty Goose, Evening Joe, and The Dark Crusader. All three were fantastic. Wish they bottled some of that. Will definitely be going back to try more of the limited production stuff. (611 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Another visit to GI Clybourn on 12.21.14, I feel it's time for a proper review despite having this as my local watering hole for nearly 10 years.

The vibe at Clybourn is always nice, they have sports on the TVs and usually some decent music playing, though sometimes the noise is just that of the patrons enjoying themselves. People are often in a jovial mood, and the clientele is usually quite diverse, from the average Lincoln Park resident, to tourists who are visiting the city, to families having a get together and of course the beer nerds. Everything is fairly harmonious and friendly and representative of those who are there. The quality at GI is quite good, the food is generally good though there have been some definite misses, more sophisticated than typical bar food, but approachable and the quality of the beer is generally above average for the on site brewed beers and the company staples are always available. The service can sometimes leave a bit to be desired, being sat in odd spots or just slow and unresponsive servers can at times plague this place, though generally, the staff is in a good mood and attentive. The selection is always nice, the beer menu is organized by attributes and each generally have 1-5+ options to choose from and there is usually at least 1 or 2 options on cask, which I greatly appreciate. The food is good as mentioned previously, more inventive and creative than most bars, but still definitely bar food and the pub chips are a must have. I've had some definitely bad dishes that were of no fault to the kitchen staff, just a bad recipe or a bad combo of ingredients, perhaps shame on me for even trying them.

Verdict: Goose Island Clybourn is generally a sure bet for good food and good beer. While most people look the other way at Goose Island until Bourbon County is mentioned, the pub consistently makes some excellent beer that often goes unnoticed or unheralded. Add in a nice menu of bar favorites, it's easy to see why this place is always busy. (2,012 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

so sick these guys are still doing it here, where i believe the started it all. so many beers on that arent what we see from them in other markets. no bourbon county on, and i dont think any of the bottled regulars either. cool old brick building, bustling vibe, lots of people, and a blue collar old brew house right when you walk in from the side street. two sided beer menu, all were excellent that i tasted, and i had a real stoke going the whole time i was here, just being where this brand began was very cool. loved the berliner, enkoyed the oatmeal stout, and found the winter warmer delightful as well. the food was homestyle and simple, but quite good, and while the service wasnt memorable, there wasnt anything wrong with it either. prices were fair, especially for downtown chicago standards, and i would highly recommend this to anyone who visits the city. this is where it all began, and its a lot of fun. a cozy place to drink and a historical feeling experience. dont miss this. (995 characters)

Photo of guityler83
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

On a day trip to Chicago, the Goose island brew pub was our last stop - and one I've been wanting to visit for a few years. There was about an hour wait when we checked in with the host so we took the pager and took a quick trip to the Binny's across the road. When we returned we found a spot at the bar and ordered a couple of beers that quickly came (a 3.2% Berliner Weisse for me and a pale ale for the lady). Once we got our beers the buzzer went off and we were seated.

The brew pub had a very established restaurant kind of vibe, no doubt they knew what they were doing and new how to run the place. There was a brewing system (15 BBL?) when we walked in and a few tanks visible from our table. Clean brick and a big island bar in the center, classy look overall.

The beer menu was extensive - full of the staple Goose Island classics (312, IPA, Honkers) some of there more exotic offerings with Sofie, Matilda, Juliet. Lots of one off beers (IPAs, Berliner Weisse, Stouts) and after a couple unique offerings while we figured out what to eat.. we settled on a bottle of Bourbon County Backyard Rye with dinner.

Standard pub fair with big burgers and fries, wraps and sandwhiches. The burgers we ordered were a great compliment to the beer, a pumpernick pretzel role on mine topped off the meal. Great stuff.

Price was moderate, and what you'd expect from a restaruant with a similar vibe. the BCBS Backyard Rye was $30 and though I've had it before was well worth the price to share it with the lady. (1,517 characters)

Photo of alerivers
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Wife and I visited & we both loved our experience. Great beer line up (wish we had distribution of more of those in Tx). Food was great, bartenders were quick polite and gruff. Tasting and tour were the crowning jewel for me. Clybourn is smaller of the 2 breweries but still great to see it all in action. Can't wait to return (326 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Goose Island Clybourn is about what you would expect from a taproom: Lots of brick and wood with a funky industrial background. Lots of noise and really busy on the weekend evening we visited.
Great atmosphere and even better service. That was really the highlight for me, the very helpful and friendly barkeeps. They got us flights quickly, kept refilling my water and talked about some of the beers.
The beer itself ranged from a couple that seemed a bit off-style to me and not very good to excellent. We did not try the food so I cannot comment on that. Overall, a fun pub and I would go back. (601 characters)

Photo of byronic
3.9/5  rDev -6%

Not a bad brewpub, a great space that looks brand new with quite a few taps. The brewery tour on the other hand is very underwhelming. Unless you have very little knowledge of beer skip the tour. It's comprised of standing around and listening to one of the (brewpub)brew masters explain the brewing process.

Highlights included being able to see a few casks aging in the brewing room, having a few samples after the tour and getting a pint glass included in the price of admission. For value this cannot be beat.

The brewpub offers a lot of beer that is created on-site and a new beer is available weekly. The swag selection is very good. Lots of t-shirts, glasses and even a Chicago/Goose Island flag. (705 characters)

Photo of derise
4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Had a great time at goose island Clybourn. I will deff be heading back next time I head out there. The food was really good and the selection of beer they have was off this planet. Best part about the beer selection was that you will never see some of the specialty barrel aged beers on the shelf at a local store. (314 characters)

Photo of Cozuma
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Met some friends for V-Day 2014 here though arrived a little late thanks to chicago's amazing traffic system. The beer was really good Identity crisis was pretty well amazing I enjoyed the fish and chips with the several beers I imbibed over the course of the evening. The waiter's knowledge of the beer was great, it was really nice to have someone who knew what the heck was on the menu instead of "it's a dark beer" or "it's kinda a light beer like you know bud light". The menu itself did a good job of explaining what was going on in many of the brews which they had several made in house exclusively but as for the personal touch the waiter did a pretty good job of offering up his thoughts on the beers. The Identity Crisis was $10 for a small snifter of the stuff probably around 5 oz, really freaking good stuff I bought another egged on by my buddy AJ but still I thought a little steep for a sample size glass. In the end I would definitely go back the place was comfortable and the people were very hospitable to say the least and the beer....well the beer speaks volumes for itself, the other beers were reasonably priced for a Chicago bar. I'd go back that's for sure, someone else needs to drive. TAXI! (1,217 characters)

Photo of Missy82
4.98/5  rDev +20%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Everything was so good! The portions were a good size. Hummus platter and calamari salad was great. The calamari was cooked perfectly. It was like butter. They had a lot of great beers, most of them brewed on site. Waitress was very nice and funny. Always a plus (262 characters)

Photo of ajzbedo73
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

My wife and I met some friends in Chicago and met here for valentines day 2014.

A: The atmosphere was nice. Just what I would expect from a brewery. We sat in the bar at a high top table, the Olympics were playing on all the televisions. Staff was very friendly. All of the brewing vessels were visible, which I thought was cool. The place was clean, bathrooms were clean as well. The whole place was abuzz. Not too noisy. Not too dark, but not too bright.

Q: Quality was very good. I enjoyed all off the beers I had that evening. I did have one the best, if not the best beer I have had to date. The identity crisis was amazing. I was a little disappointed to find out that when it is gone, it is gone for good.

S: Service was perfect. The guy was patient while my wife and I waited for the other couple. He kept us in drinks. Offered appetizers while we waited. He was very attentive while not being overbearing. His knowledge of their beers was outstanding, offering suggestions for pairing and what each beer/style offered. His knowledge of beer in general was outstanding. Overall he made us feel very welcome and comfortable.

S: Selection was very good. Several different styles with several different beers within each style to choose from.

F: Food was good, but not great. I can only speak for myself though. I had the fish and chips, which was good. The fish was a little soggy. I would have liked a crisp batter. But the flavors were there for sure.

V: Value was good in my estimation. We were there for over 3 hours, had food and drank a lot of great beer. Our bill was 103 dollars, which was about what I expected to pay.

Overall this was a great experience. I will definitely return on my next trip to Chicago. Beer was great, service was great, atmosphere was warm and inviting, and the food was good. (1,824 characters)

Photo of maxcoinage
4.19/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Love both of Goose's brewpubs, excellent food at both. Lot's of good brews available only on site. Did the brewery tour as part of a private event that included food and drinks once, tour guide was informative without boring people and had a good sense of humor. Not the best place to catch sports on TV, but don't think thats why you would go here. (349 characters)

Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Located in Lincoln Park, the brewery has been around since 1988, one of the earliest craft breweries in the USA. There had been some recent Internet chatter about the lease being up and the brewpub closing after 25 years, but they apparently have arrived at an agreement and the place is safe for the next 10 years. Whew! I wandered into the venerable old place to find it virtually unchanged from my many visits over 15 years ago. Their old event room now had a door with glass inserts sporting the Siebel Institute logo, complete with brewing students busy at study within. When I arrived it was just after 11 AM and the pub was not busy yet, so I was able to snag a high table in the bar proper. The bar is built as a central rectangle with four sides to sit at and be served. Dark old woods with many years of wear dominate the place giving it a well-used and comfortable feel, like coming back home after a long absence.

My server, Cristina, was very up-beat and helpful during my stay. Apparently all the servers need to be Cicerones, so she was very knowledgeable about her beer styles and pairs. I ordered a sampler of 4 beers from the extensive list of beers split between pub exclusives and regular Goose Island beers--nearly 30 to choose from! The place mat they bring the beers out on has a lot of details on how to taste beers--very slick. I followed this with another sampler and a fine bowl of mussels in a Matilda and cream broth. Since I ordered all the craziest beers they had on tap (Double IPA, smoked beer, sour saison) the servers had a little pow-wow trying to place them in the best order for me to drink them. I appreciate the forethought and effort that they put into that! Overall the beers were very good. One of the strangest was a beer made with peat smoked apples that tasted like a combination of beer, smoky peated scotch and calvados. Worth a try, but I wouldn't want a whole pint of it! I was pleased with my trip back to Goose Island. They have maintained their original feel, but with expanded selection and improved education of their servers. A fine hold-over from the first wave of brewpubs. (2,132 characters)

Photo of stercomm
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Been here a couple of times, very good place. Was in the first Thursday of the month when there were a bunch of beer geeks in the party like room exchanging tastings of their home brews. We sat at the bar so we old watch the football game. Good crowd at the bar. Always have a great selection of on premise brewed beers as well as the mainstream Goose beers. Food was good. Wait staff very attentive and engaging. Willing to stop and chat beer and offer a quick taste before deciding.

Good place, great selection of brews. (524 characters)

Photo of smartassboiler
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I've been here twice: once for dinner and beers a couple years ago, and then also to pick up my BCBS snifters during one of their releases.

The Atmosphere inside is nice. It's a comfortable place with one level of seating. It strikes me as your standard brewpub atmosphere.

The Quality was great, both for the beer and the food.

The Service was also also great. The waitstaff was friendly and prompt, and the guy I dealt with to pick up my glasses was very helpful.

The Selection is always fantastic. They have most of their regular lineup, seasonals, and then plenty of draft-only offerings. This is where they often have a special draft-only release on top of their normal draft-only offerings. They'll tap BCBS occasionally throughout the year as well. Furthermore, this is the place to go for Goose Island glassware. They had 10-12 different glasses available when I stopped in.

Their food is always fantastic. They have a good selection of stuff on their menu which is mostly American-style bar food, but it's very good. It's very similar to the Wrigleyville location. I can't remember if they share the same menu, but there are definitely commonalities.

I slightly prefer the Clybourn location simply due to the quality of the beer selection being slightly better than the Wrigleyville location. (1,307 characters)

Photo of isualum12
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

Walked in to thr front half empty but the bar full. sat at the bar and watched the USA Mexico soccer game. Nice buzz in the place. ordered a nice black beer. Everyone seemed welcomed.

food- ordered soup (daily special which I was told was tomoato....) It was a cold tomato with cucumber. More or less it was nasty.

Service was ok. took a while to order food.... (364 characters)

Photo of heytomcat
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went here while taking a course at the nearby Siebel Institute. I loved the decor. Lots of dark wood, brass and cool pictures. The beer menu was huge. Too much to choose from. Had a Matilda and loved it. The Chedder Burger was outstanding. I wish I could have stayed longer in Chicago so I could hang out here more often. (321 characters)

Photo of SeanBond
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Excellent place to have a drink, and the food is great. Extensive beer menu, with plenty of beers you can only get on tap here.

The place is always busy, and there's a wide range of patrons, so you'll never feel out of place. The food menu has some great items, and their appetizer range is extremely tasty. Highly recommended for brewpub fans, and a must-visit for anyone who likes at least one Goose Island beer! (415 characters)

Photo of Fluffheady
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of betterbitter
4.15/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Goose Island restaurant/brewery has long been one of our favorite places. The beer selection is great - the classic Goose Island brews plus a rotation of new beers every month. I always enjoy trying to new brews.

We have taken our kids here a number of times, although I would say it's adequate with a kids menu. The food is fine but not great, but we go more for the atmosphere and the beer. (393 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

One of the bigger beer spots in Chicago with a huge bar and restaurant area. The vibe is a somewhat upscale pub feel.

A good selection on tap in terms of quantity. Was disappointed to see nothing barrel aged on tap and the cask options were also not all that interesting when I visited.

As far as food goes, only had the onion rings and found them to be below average.

Definitely worth a visit if you are in the neighborhood, especially given that it is across the street from a great Binny's. (497 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

I got over here when finally visiting Chicago and overall really enjoyed the place and particularly the beer selection.

The place and atmosphere were great. A nice old brick building, it starts with good character points. It has a nice bar in the middle of the central room of the pub and has nice view of brewing facility. A very nice plus is that it has different areas/ rooms with different feels, both breaking up what is otherwise a large place and providing different atmospheres. In the daytime, this allows some areas that are dark and some bright with window light, very different seating arrangements, etc. At lunch, though, it seems very quiet and almost dead but I assume this is just the time and the fact that it is in a more residential area.

Quality of the beer, despite the relatively recent takeover, is excellent and they had some great locally-brewed seasonal choices, specials, etc. not available in bottles which in generally were a great quality.

Service was pretty effective but, especially considering the fact that it was not too busy, could have been a little more efficient, helpful and friendly.

Beer selection was pretty impressive, especially the fact that there were at least two cask choices available only at the pub in addition to a variety of tap choices.

Food was good, but not great. Salads were pretty basic and not exciting at all. Chili was good but standard. Then again, because of the time and circumstances of our visit, we were not especially hungry and did not get anything particularly exciting like the lamb burger that one other reviewer mentioned, so gave them little opportunity to really shine. (1,652 characters)

Photo of ajanesz
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

I recently visited Goose Island Clybourn during my Siebel brewing course. I liked the overall atmosphere. The lighting and finishes were high quality. The visible brew house and tanks were a plus. Servers and waitstaff were friendly and helpful. Beer selection was deep and food was well above average for a brewpub. Overall, very nice brewpub. I would certainly come back. (373 characters)

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Goose Island Clybourn in Chicago, IL
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