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:
4.12
Beers:
262
Reviews:
19,100
Ratings:
80,681
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.23
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
224
pDev:
14.42%
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Reviews by Jinx989:
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Jinx989 from Illinois

4.57/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Jul 11, 2020
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Archfiend from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Oct 03, 2020
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MJSFS from Florida

4.94/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Feb 21, 2020
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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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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Sep 15, 2019
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Eziel from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Aug 15, 2019
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MaximumYuks from Oregon

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Aug 14, 2019
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Jul 08, 2019
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Winston3737 from Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Jun 24, 2019
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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
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al2913 from Delaware

4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Jun 07, 2019
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DaveCash from New York

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

May 22, 2019
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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
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zaraspook from Illinois

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

May 21, 2019
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bschmidt_37 from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Apr 15, 2019
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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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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
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Buck_Jones from Michigan

4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Mar 09, 2019
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BOZZY13 from Canada

3.23/5  rDev -23.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25

Feb 21, 2019
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Kwright from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Jan 24, 2019
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ECOBOOSTINST from Iowa

4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Jan 10, 2019
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Scottsbeer from Florida

4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Dec 11, 2018
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Justinprintz from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Nov 17, 2018
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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
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Gambyt20 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Nov 09, 2018
Goose Island Beer Co. in Chicago, IL
Brewery rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 80681 ratings