Goose Island Beer Co.

Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

1800 W Fulton St
Chicago, Illinois, 60612-2512
United States

(312) 226-1119 | map
gooseisland.com

Notes: OWNED BY ANHEUSER-BUSCH INBEV
BEER STATS
Average:
4.02
Beers:
260
Reviews:
17,080
Ratings:
67,524
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.23
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
222
pDev:
14.66%
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Photo of Harrison8
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

This brewery is tucked off in what feels like one of the annex's of Chicago, having sat in the Uber for a long while. The exterior feels very cozy, with a handful of outdoor tables along the side walk and a food truck parked adjacent. Interior is a high-ceiling, dimly lit space with approximately half the light coming through the large front windows. Interior space is shaped somewhat like a "P" with a bar running down the length of the "P". Seating is available opposite the bar with slightly more intimate and standing-room area available in the "D" of the "P". Despite visiting on the Chicago Marathon day, when thousands of additional tourists are in town, the bar doesn't feel overwhelmed with patrons. Bar staff handles pours quickly and efficiently, offering up a few suggestions, but not lingering on conversation. Tap list and bottle list are strong, and are for the most part up-to-date. We only noted one bottle that had 'sold out', but was not mentioned on the tap list (no stamp noting it). Selection on tap spans a wide array of styles, leaning towards the more light and sessionable, with the bottle list focusing on cellared beers from years prior. Prices seem to be fair, with older aged beer fetching a higher price. Worth a stop to try some of the harder-to-find Bourbon County variants, otherwise not really worth a trip considering how many of the tap list beers are available around the city both on tap and in retail stores.

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Photo of npolachek
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

The bartenders here were superb. All Cicerone and extremely knowledgeable about beer. The selection is terrific with many cellared aged beers. Special shout out to Pete for going above and beyond. Highly recommend visiting if you are in Chicago!!

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Photo of Sabtos
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

This place looks absolutely massive from the outside, as it understandably should, but on the inside, it's surprisingly quaint, especially on a busy Friday evening. Space is at a premium and even though the bar is relatively large, it comes across more like a gift shop at times, with a few views of the packaging area. Either way, you will be crammed in here real good.

Staff does their best taking and serving orders at the bar, especially when they have to limit orders to one 6oz. per. Considering their pedigree and catalog, they have no issue pulling out all the stops whenever they want. The taplist was outrageous when we were there and when something kicked, something even better came on. Then there's the ridiculous cellar list, which was reduced a little by the time we arrived, but still absolutely killer for those that have not had access to GI's bigger stuff over the years.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.25

Pretty good size tap room with a variety of tap offerings. They also have an extensive cellar list including '08 BCBS and several past Prop and Coffee BCBS offerings, however they are all well above original retail. Service was sketchy, i waited for 5 minutes while 4 bartenders split a small pour of beer, before taking my order. There was also a bearded bartender with a man bun who was condescending and rude. Worth going to once, but not a place I would seek out again next time in Chicago.

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Photo of slee196
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Woot! The famous Goose Island tap room, finally!
First of all, what a lovely place and decor. But I was a bit confused when we entered as no one was there to guide us where to go or to greet us. We waited for a while and just walked around and sat in the back. Their beer selection was quite nice and I definitely liked the bourbon barrel aged one I tried. It was strong, dark, sticky, creamy, slightly sweet and very aromatic. Overall, an awesome place and will visit again!!

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Photo of stercomm
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Great new venue, nice taproom, stopped by while they were offering a bunch of Bourbon County Stouts on tap. Staff was very friendly and efficient. Light and airy feel to the location. Great experience

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Photo of CisPiece88
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Nice small brewery located just outside of downtown. Little small for the area to sit and hangout but very nice. Brewery tour was nice and tour guide was very cool.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

The vibe is very snobbish and the brewery lounge/taproom seems more like a cigar den rather than a brewery. There is no arguing the quality is quite good for their brewery only brews. Their year round beers however, well those are just average. The service is just as snobbish as the crowd, very holier than thou attitude. The selection can't be complained about.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Crowded slightly cramp taproom, they had several beers on the board. Cozy interior, but go early. This is where they do the Fulton & Wood series. Will try another time when I can sit down.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Had a quick solo stop in here on a Friday night. The bar spots were all taken when I walked in but a few tables were open. Draft list is small but well formed. A couple of their standards and then around 4 of their barrel aged/wild/belgian offerings. Which I enjoyed within a 4 pour barrel aged brews flight. At $20 for the flight, not bad value. The tap room is a good size - not too big, not too small. I'm sure it fills up on a Saturday. At the side there's a yeast lab (I think) which is fun to peek into and see all the science behind the beer.

The Clybourn brewpub I think is being renovated still but this is a good enough option to go and see what GI is up to.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I came to Goose Fulton lured by an instagram post showing a bottle menu of Bourbon County goodies and rarities. Alas, it was all gone when I visited (please update the printed menu!)

Other than that, this is a clean, modern taproom. Friendly servers, only a few folks on a Saturday early afternoon after opening time... around 20 beers on tap divided by styles. Nothing exciting, sadly.

The only barrel-aged stuff on tap: Brasserie Blanc and Hombre Secreto.

I will likely not return, unless Bourbon County is available.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Did the brewery tour. Awesome tour guide, I think his name was Johnny. Coolest part was the Barrel house. The tap room was solid, some quality beers on tap. Wish there was more seating but overall a good experience.

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Photo of BeerMe8
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Tour was cool, especially the barrel room across the street. Bar area is kind of small and there wasn't much of a selection when I was there. A little bit of a drive outside the main Chicago area located in a warehouse district.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

I'm reviewing my visit to bourbon barrel-aging warehouse, the Belgian-style brewing plant across the street and the wild ale barrel-aging warehouse around the corner.

These production buildings were opened to the public for Open House Chicago in October 2012 and included a hard-hat tour of the taproom. (So, our samples were in the wild ale warehouse.)

I've selected this to review to continue an earlier thread that I responded to about AB (GI's parent) buying up too many little guys with the implication that it is undermining the craft brewing industry. (Preview on my opinion: it's have the opposite effect, acquisition by "big guys" is making the industry grow in multiple ways as it brings in capital and expands markets.)

Back to the tour... I ride my bike by the open bourbon barrel and the smell totally draws me in. The tour is being led by a new marketing staffer who seems sincere about GI remaining and becoming a bigger part of the community. (They are.) He introduces the head brewer who, I believe, was the son of GI's founder. After about 15 minutes of inhaling the fumes in an enclosed space (we didn't need samples at that point), they bring us around the corner for wild ales... most of which are in wine barrels. Their aroma is milder and I can actually concentrate on the explanation of the chemistry of wild ales. They give us samples. Good enough then and good enough since then (although they are not the best value... but also are expensive to make.)

We go to the Belgian brewing and bottling plant across the street and then the front room of the taproom.

So, here's the question: Is all this acquisition good for craft brewing? It absolutely is. I continue to track GI's premium beers to see if they are following AB's pledge not to alter recipes. My notes over the years indicate no decline in quality. My main wonder is if AB will release the capital so Bourbon County can expand to the point that we can find the offerings on the shelf again.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.44/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

2/4/16 - First trip to the tap room and definitely won't be the last. About 10 offerings, many of which are limited releases / productions which allow beer lovers to sample a wide range of offerings. Their Bourbon County Series is outstanding. Great place to sample a few beers. Would like to take the tour someday as well. Staff knowledgeable and friendly. Prices reasonable. Near downtown and the stadium. Cheers!

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Had a great time at the Goose Island tasting room at 1800 W. Fulton. I'm not a huge fan of GI's non-barrel aged offerings, but they had a nice selection of non-distro stuff on tap, including their old oatmeal stout and a nice double IPA brewed with orange juice. The staff is really nice and helpful and the hour-long tour is definitely worth it.

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Photo of emerge077
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Although I've been to the Fulton brewery a number of times, to the brewdeck, for various events, etc., this was a visit to the public taproom preview yesterday. I'm not sure why there are already so many place ratings for a brewery not even open to the public until this weekend.

Lots of friendly staff on hand, lots of tour groups, sharp looking modern space, all about the corporate branding. Subway tiled walls, a wheelchair accessible ramp, full view of the bottling line past the bar. A few goose drafts, nothing too wild. A Dunkel with cascara and cacao nibs was on cask. A small nook in the back with assorted swag merchandise.

Overall an ok experience, probably will be a nice spot during off hours minus all the tour groups.

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Photo of Wobbly
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

A good brewery that used to be much better. If not for their excellent Bourbon County Brand series, I would give much lower marks. Their base line beers are completely uninspired and their mid tier (Sofie, Pere Jacques, Matilda, etc.) are good but overrated.

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Goose Island Beer Co. in Chicago, IL
Brewery rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 67524 ratings