Goose Island Clybourn
Active Beers: 301
Beer Ratings: 58,242
Beer Avg: 3.87
Taps: 18 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by kensuthe:
3.9/5 rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Atmosphere - We stopped by this location for lunch during a weekday afternoon, somewhere between normal lunch and dinner hours. The inside of the establishment was interesting, with the Beer Academy off to the side of the entrance area and the bar and seating towards the back. There was also a downstairs seating area, but that was closed when we went. We sat in a booth by the bar, and there was mostly a wood and brick facade. The bar area looked like some kind of hybrid between Cheers and an Applebee's, where everything was kind of generic but you also got the feeling that it could be a lot more fun if there were more people around.
Quality - We each had two beers, and they were all of good quality and served in proper glassware. I had the cask aged English Malt Porter (served at room temperature), and the 312 Urban Wheat. Good pours, and proper carbonation levels in all six beers.
Service - Our server was quick with the orders, quick on the refills, and answered any questions we had. The bar and the kitchen did their part, too. We were there during an off time, though, so I don't know how they stack up during busier times.
Selection - There were somewhere between 10 and 20 offerings from Goose Island on tap, including at least one reserve brew and a cask conditioned brew. This is a brewpub and not a beer bar, so you shouldn't expect to find beers from other breweries here. They offered a nice variety of styles from Belgian dark ale and Russian Imperial Stout to American Pale Ale and Wheat, with several fine points in between.
Food - The food was pretty good for what it was, although it wasn't anything really great. There are sandwiches, salads, soup, appetizers, sides, and entrees of various types to choose from. Between us we had a caesar salad, garlic fries, onion rings, a chicken and artichoke panini sandwich, the stilton burger, and the buffalo chicken sandwich. Some of the dishes that other people had ordered in the booth next to us looked good from where we were sitting, too.
Value - The beer prices were reasonable and the food prices were a little high for what we got. It's not unreasonable, but there are probably better values for your money if you're looking to eat and drink in the area.
09-18-2008 18:10:45 | More by kensuthe
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