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Goose Island Clybourn

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Goose Island ClybournGoose Island Clybourn
BEER AVG
3.85/5
Based on:
210 Beers
64,373 Ratings
Place Score: 95
Ratings: 367
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.93%
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

Notes:
(Linked Listing) Hours:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 1:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

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Reviews by 4thoseabout2bock:
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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Goose Clybourn has a couple of rooms with very different feels. If you come in from the parking lot that it shares with Bed Bath and Beyond, you walk past a restaurant area that feels like any other brew pub or TGIF. The Siebel beer school room is on the left when you enter.

If you walk straight back and to the left you will find the bar. (or enter from the Sam's side, and walk in past the brew kettles). (Sam's is a liquor and beer store directly across the street with 2 full aisles of quality beer)

The main bar room has the full bar in the round -- like Cheers -- really. There are something close to 40 barstools and sets of goose-necked taphandles on the three sides (the fourth side is used as a wait station). Plus there are some high bar tables around the walls now on 2 sides, and booths on the other two. TVs are located throughout the bar room for easy viewing of sporting events. On special occaisions (Bears or White Sox playoff games), they'll put the sound on. Otherwise, the free juke box is the background.

There is a patio off the bar room on one side, and also a downstairs with couches and a large screen TV, and a loft with pool tables. With these varied options, whatver your ambiance preferences, there is a room for you.

Sitting around the bar from early afternoon into the evening you will find everyone -- beer travellers, contractors who are supposed to be at home depot and stopped off here on the way or way back, shoppers and employees from surrounding stores, other regulars and local beerophiles (many of whom have earned their MBAs -- masters of beer appreciation a few times over) and often the owners.

The bartenders are friendly and knowledgable. They will know your name by your second visit.

The food is fine -- its bar food -- a little expensive. The burgers and pulled pork sandwich are good options. The potato chips are addictive, but I can't order them because they used to be free bar snacks once upon a time, and I can't reconcile paying for them.

This leads to the major negative about Goose -- the prices. The strongest beers are $7-8 per snifter. We've been all over, and noticed two things. Goose Clybourn has the best housemade selection, with the most beers and most seasonals of any brewpub we have visited. Most usually only have half a dozen beers or so at a time (except maybe Pizza Port in San Diego and Selin's Grove in PA), while Goose usually has a dozen or so (with something on handpull). But bar none, its the most expensive. The glass sizes are getting smaller for the better beers, and the prices are also getting higher.

Despite that, I have to recommend it highly. The beers are top quality. They have an Ed on tap right now (smoked imperial brown goose) that is wonderful and Will's currently aging another version of it in Bourbon barrels. The Belgians are strong examples of the form. Sometimes bubblegummy, sometimes light and dry and spicy. The Bourbon County Stout is excellent to exquisite, depending on the batch. The selection on any given day will include a half dozen standards (312, Honkers, Kolsch/Summertime. Nut Brown, IPA) and then several seasonals. From hophead offerings and American Barleywines, to Belgian, German and British styles, Will Turner has been doing a very nice job with all of them. Surely Goose Clybourn is a destination that should not be missed. Plus its easy to reach on the red line (North/Clybourn stop).

Also, its fairly close to both Piece and MapRoom, which would make a great Chicago visit Beer Trifecta.

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3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

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4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Awesome wings. Good beers

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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.

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Goose Island Clybourn in Chicago, IL
95 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.