Goose Island Wrigleyville
Active Beers: 301
Beer Ratings: 58,327
Beer Avg: 3.87
Taps: 20 / Bottles: 10
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by 4thoseabout2bock:
3.28/5 rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Sheffields and Goose Wrigley are fine beer bar options if you are going to see the Cubs or have another reason you need to be in the area.
Perhaps it is unfair to judge Wrigley by comparing it to Clybourn Goose, but there is really no comparison. The selection is always better (more and more seasonals) at Clybourn (where the more interesting beers are brewed) and the staff is more knowledgable. (The food, which is not a high point at either location, is the same.)
The beer selection is usually 6-8 taps. They lean toward usual Goose offerings (honkers, 312, hexnut, summer/kolsch, maybe an IPA, or other pale ale) and a couple seasonals. The waitstaff get a little glassy eyed if you ask a question about the beers. It feels alot like places in the Rock Bottom chain, or any other corporate type brew pub. The vibe here is appropriately sportsbar, since it is a sports bar, located on a block where many restuarants and other sports bars turnover pretty often. A few stalwarts remain and Goose has survived where several other brewing attempts have failed.
I am glad Wrigley Goose exists, it is a step above the alternatives in the area (although probably on par with Sheffields). Its a fine way to start an afternoon at the ballpark. It has also served as a venue for Chicago Beer Society events, which have all been excellent beerspectacles. Goose Island has done its part in making Chicago a great beer town. And Goose Wrigley is fine for what it is. But, I have to recommend Clybourn over Wrigley as a destination.
The other negative in general about Goose is that even though I respect the role they have played in building up local beer, they now seem to be extracting a pound of flesh for their finer products. $7-8 a snifter for their best beers (i.e. Bourbon County Stout and its ilk). Yes they are good. But that's a really expensive beer.
(I'd rather they take the pound of flesh -- I could stand to lose a few of those.)
08-21-2006 01:16:57 | More by 4thoseabout2bock
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