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Goose Island Clybourn

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Place Score: 93
Reviews: 211
Visits: 419
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: 211 | Visits: 419
Reviews by kensuthe:
Photo of kensuthe
3.9/5  rDev -6%
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. (2,241 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (1,031 characters)

Photo of Suds_With_Buds
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4

Photo of Glenn_Cole_BTBC
4/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Hayes86
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of boothbeer
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of srletend
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of JArt
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of acnapoli
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
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! (71 characters)

Photo of _morandi_
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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 Nat1975
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Homer53
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

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)

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4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of JDoHo
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Beerhemoth
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Highbury09
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of stephensinner
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of rrenjel
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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5/5  rDev +20.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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