Goose Island Beer Co.

Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

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

(312) 226-1119 | map

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Reviewed by Gus_Woltmann

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Behold the renowned Chicago Brewery – a true icon. Regrettably, A-B has taken control of the most famous brands, but fear not, as Goose Island's Chicago locations boast their own unique, non-mass-produced beers that remain truly exceptional. The establishment features a delightful bar and hospitable servers, ensuring a pleasant experience. Despite some mass-produced beers on tap, there's always something extraordinary available. Goose Island holds the honor of being Chicago's inaugural craft beer brewery, etching itself into my memory with fond recollections.
Yesterday at 07:24 AM
Rated: 4.5 by atlbravsrno1 from Maine

May 04, 2023
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4
So I will admit upfront I enjoy the ambience and gastropub feel of clybourn more. However here at Fulton they do have rotating bcbs specials including rare single barrel one-offs which is always a treat. The rest of the list is not a creative but solid. Service is slower but they are friendly and beer centric. Hosting prop day outside shows off the inbev might, but this taproom inside still has slight reminders of GI's roots
Feb 17, 2023
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Reviewed by TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4
After years of procrastinating and visiting the other two GI locations (y'know, when there actually were two other locations, RIP in Peace GI Wrigleyville), I finally stopped into the proper Fulton Street location. The space is relatively small, just a bit of a brick-and-hipster stuck to the side of the brewery to skip some suds to the tour groups and weirdos like me who, for whatever reason, wanna grab a drink from the source. God, we're strange. Anyway, there were some cool offerings not available elsewhere, some standards, and some to-go options. Servers are fine, they know what they're doing; didn't have any of the food on offer, but some of it sorta/kinda looked sorta/kinda tasty from the distance I viewed it at. Ain't I just so much help? Anyway, I'm glad I finally made it in to the Fulton location: it may not be a place I would necessarily patronize on a truly regular basis, but it works as something along the lines of a dessert, a place for occasions (special or otherwise).
Aug 14, 2022
Rated: 3.94 by Gobzilla from California

Jun 10, 2022
Rated: 4.46 by Affinity from Missouri

Apr 29, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 21, 2022
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Reviewed by NibChuck from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
This is the iconic Chicago Brewery. Unfortunately, A-B has hijacked the the most well known brands, but the Chicago Goose Island locations have their own beers (not the mass produced) which can still be awesome. This location has a very nice bar and friendly servers. There will always be something amazing on tap, even though some of the mass produced beers are also on tap. Goose Island was the first craft beer brewery in Chicago and always will be a place that I have great memories of. Any MBA's out there? Kind of a must stop for Chicago.
Oct 26, 2020
Rated: 4.33 by Archfiend from Illinois

Oct 03, 2020
Rated: 4.57 by Jinx989 from Illinois

Jul 11, 2020
Rated: 4.94 by MJSFS from Florida

Feb 21, 2020
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

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.
Oct 27, 2019
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
busted while in town for a concert. pretty happening place and right off the get-go i’d say without hesitation that this isn’t my crowd. that said, once you get past that the service and the selection were fantastic. was able to not only try on-site bottles of vintage BCBS variants but also leave with a few. totally worth it if you can’t get past the crowd of bros throwing back pints of green line.
Sep 15, 2019
Rated: 4.18 by Eziel from Ohio

Aug 15, 2019
Rated: 4.48 by MaximumYuks from Oregon

Aug 14, 2019
Rated: 4.37 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Jul 08, 2019
Rated: 4.3 by Winston3737 from Michigan

Jun 24, 2019
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Reviewed by npolachek from New York

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!!
Jun 21, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by al2913 from Delaware

Jun 07, 2019
Rated: 4.08 by DaveCash from New York

May 22, 2019
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

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.
May 22, 2019
Rated: 4.07 by zaraspook from Illinois

May 21, 2019
Rated: 3.73 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Apr 15, 2019
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

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.
Mar 29, 2019
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Reviewed by slee196 from Illinois

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!!
Mar 28, 2019
Rated: 4.07 by Buck_Jones from Michigan

Mar 09, 2019
Rated: 3.23 by BOZZY13 from Canada (AB)

Feb 21, 2019
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jan 24, 2019
Rated: 4.42 by ECOBOOSTINST from Iowa

Jan 10, 2019
Rated: 4.37 by Scottsbeer from Florida

Dec 11, 2018
Rated: 3.97 by Justinprintz from New Jersey

Nov 17, 2018
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Reviewed by stercomm from Ohio

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
Nov 17, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Nov 09, 2018
Rated: 3.62 by saymike32 from New Jersey

Oct 20, 2018
Rated: 4.65 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Sep 10, 2018
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Reviewed by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

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.
Sep 06, 2018
Rated: 3.93 by Tbarnes1414 from New York

Jul 05, 2018
Rated: 3.79 by vincechan from Canada (ON)

Jul 05, 2018
Rated: 4.01 by Eman17 from Illinois

Jun 03, 2018
Rated: 4.33 by Parkchrisdoug from Indiana

Jun 01, 2018
Goose Island Beer Co. in Chicago, IL
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