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Goose Island Clybourn

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BEER AVG
4.26/5
Based on:
4 Beers
36 Hads
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 215
Visits: 431
Avg: 4.17
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 | map
www.gooseislandbrewpubs.com

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Hours:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 1:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
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Reviews: 215 | Visits: 431
Reviews by 4thoseabout2bock:
Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Tomkob11
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of boilermakerbrew
5/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of my favorite stops every time I'm in CHicago! The vibe of this bar is somewhere between Cheers, a brewery, and your favorite hole in the wall neighborhood bar. Always great music on, from classic rock to early 90's rap. The service is always great with most servers being knowledgeable about both the beer and food menus.

The food and beer selection are both excellent. The food ranges from traditional pub fare (burgers, fish and chips, pretzels) to more contemporary items (meatloaf, club sandwich, pulled pork). As for the beer list, at least 10-15 offerings on tap, maybe 20, I can't remember the exact number. They have most Goose offerings, from 312, Sofie, and Matilda, to in-house releases, both year round and smaller batches. Last time I was there, the 1814 brown ale, Impervious stout, and Campfire smoked Helles were all awesome. They also have some of the more limited Goose offerings occasionally. They also have a small, high quality tap/bottle list of both ciders and wine for those non-beer people in your party.

Overall, this is just the type of bar I love frequenting. Old school feel and vibe once you're inside, good food, awesome beer, friendly staff, and not much of the pretentiousness so many tasting rooms/brew pubs today have evolved towards.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nice spot, pretty big, with above average food. Nothing mind blowing on tap unfortunately, but good service and some cool things that aren't normally on tap in the North East. Can get flights, would certainly visit again.

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Photo of Claytonis
4.81/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Eman17
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Photo of elkinbrown
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of MattMorin
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of chippo33
4.38/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of 98green
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited at 6 on a Friday. It was pretty busy but not overwhelming. Got a seat at the smaller back bar. Solid selection, including several ipa/APA variants, which I like. Didn't get any food. I know that goose is a bit "corporate" at this point, but this place is fine for some good craft selections

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Photo of JNForsyth
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Sat in the bar area at a table, decent crowd for a Monday but the Cubs were playing a playoff game. Waitress didn't have much to say about the beer, was barely around. Plenty of interesting options on tap, had the cuban sandwich and it was excellent.

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Photo of Abbo
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great place. Glad I visited

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

-Layout is fine. Well-designed, but pretty standard. Nothing physically to set it apart from a thousand other pubs.
-Service was great. Everyone was polished, crisp, on their game.
-Food... bad. Highly disappointing poutine (to save time I won't elaborate, suffice to say everything about it was wrong), decent German-style burger, the few other things I had were OK.
-You know their distributed beers. All are solid (312) through incredible (BCBS). Their pub-only brews are fair through great, usually leaning towards fair. Maybe they test the marketability of potential wide-release brews here? It is nice that a lot are brewed on-location.
-Only their beers are available, but they also have a good selection of wines and spirits.
-Growler fills available.
-T-shirts and other merchandise is available.

With so many other places with actual character nearby, I wouldn't pick this as my first choice for a place to hang out with friends. Still, if I am here, I know that there are a few humbly great brews beneath those handles.

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Photo of Suds_With_Buds
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4

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

Photo of Hayes86
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of boothbeer
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of srletend
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of JArt
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of acnapoli
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The atmosphere is so all American and hip. The food was also excellent!

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Photo of _morandi_
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of jds16
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Nat1975
4.13/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Homer53
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

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Goose Island Clybourn in Chicago, IL
93 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.