Goose Island Clybourn

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3.87/5
Goose Island ClybournGoose Island Clybourn
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1800 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60614-4939
United States

(312) 915-0071 | map
www.gooseislandbrewpubs.com

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Hours:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 1:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

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BEER STATS
Beers:
17
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
74
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
219
Ratings:
441
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
5.76%
 
 
Taps:
18
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 219 | Ratings: 441
Photo of CKlinchock
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Vibe - Pretty large old English styled bar. Easily found room for 2 at the bar on a Saturday afternoon, diverse group of patrons watching soccer / baseball. Vibe was pleasant.

Quality - The establishment based in an old and rustic location, but seemed very clean and well kept. Including all the bar setup, draft system seemed clean.

Service - Was great, staff was knowledgeable and willing to discuss and work with you on their selection. They are supposed to charge for their samples, yet provided a few while discussing with them. Everything seemed to kick as we were leaving (4-5 all at once), but they were attentive and knowledgeable.

Selection - Had a fair amount of beers available for selection as well as their Vintage Menu which offered many more. Girlfriend and I were both easily able to find 3-4 beers to sample a piece with no overlap and then settle on a Pint of our favorites from there.

All in all, solid location! Wish we went hungry, but maybe next time. Would recommend to other to check out if they want to get a good feel of what Goose Island has to offer without having to go to the huge main brewery location with more hustle and bustle.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Nice English style pub with plenty of room and a solid selection of Goose Island beers. Food is pretty solid for English style pub with waitress really knowing her beers. I loved the selection of beers of very different styles including some casks. Prices are pretty fair for quality. Worth a stop for sure.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Old school, and better for it. Large square centrally located wooden bar just past the side entrance where you can see the tanks and people taking tours. The bar has super old school and comfy elbow rests with some old but clean dark wood. As mentioned this particular bar is just at the side entrance, it is surrounded by restaurant seating. The main side is a whole other restaurant style area.

Very quick, friendly and informative service, making you feel like you're in a small town bar than a huge bustling city. Tons of quality brews on with a wide variety. Don't be turned off by so many lagers, some are jarringly complex.

The food looked good but unfortunately we did not order any while we were present.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.63/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

2/1/16 - This gem on the North Side has over 20 beers on tap, including cask conditioned beers. Servers knowledgeable and beers served in proper glassware. Food good, not great. Join the MBA program for free growlers every 15 beers.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
5/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of my favorite stops every time I'm in CHicago! The vibe of this bar is somewhere between Cheers, a brewery, and your favorite hole in the wall neighborhood bar. Always great music on, from classic rock to early 90's rap. The service is always great with most servers being knowledgeable about both the beer and food menus.

The food and beer selection are both excellent. The food ranges from traditional pub fare (burgers, fish and chips, pretzels) to more contemporary items (meatloaf, club sandwich, pulled pork). As for the beer list, at least 10-15 offerings on tap, maybe 20, I can't remember the exact number. They have most Goose offerings, from 312, Sofie, and Matilda, to in-house releases, both year round and smaller batches. Last time I was there, the 1814 brown ale, Impervious stout, and Campfire smoked Helles were all awesome. They also have some of the more limited Goose offerings occasionally. They also have a small, high quality tap/bottle list of both ciders and wine for those non-beer people in your party.

Overall, this is just the type of bar I love frequenting. Old school feel and vibe once you're inside, good food, awesome beer, friendly staff, and not much of the pretentiousness so many tasting rooms/brew pubs today have evolved towards.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nice spot, pretty big, with above average food. Nothing mind blowing on tap unfortunately, but good service and some cool things that aren't normally on tap in the North East. Can get flights, would certainly visit again.

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Photo of 98green
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited at 6 on a Friday. It was pretty busy but not overwhelming. Got a seat at the smaller back bar. Solid selection, including several ipa/APA variants, which I like. Didn't get any food. I know that goose is a bit "corporate" at this point, but this place is fine for some good craft selections

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Photo of JNForsyth
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Sat in the bar area at a table, decent crowd for a Monday but the Cubs were playing a playoff game. Waitress didn't have much to say about the beer, was barely around. Plenty of interesting options on tap, had the cuban sandwich and it was excellent.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of jds16
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Chris-1911
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Although I've been to the Wrigleyville location more times than I can count, I just never made it to Clybourn because I assumed it was pretty much the same. Turns out I was sleeping on this place. The vibe is much more restaurant-ish than the Wrigley location, not that its a bad thing, but the beer selection was much better. They had all sorts of interesting things that I had never seen before. I had the BA Extremely Naughty Goose, Evening Joe, and The Dark Crusader. All three were fantastic. Wish they bottled some of that. Will definitely be going back to try more of the limited production stuff.

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Photo of kevanb
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Another visit to GI Clybourn on 12.21.14, I feel it's time for a proper review despite having this as my local watering hole for nearly 10 years.

The vibe at Clybourn is always nice, they have sports on the TVs and usually some decent music playing, though sometimes the noise is just that of the patrons enjoying themselves. People are often in a jovial mood, and the clientele is usually quite diverse, from the average Lincoln Park resident, to tourists who are visiting the city, to families having a get together and of course the beer nerds. Everything is fairly harmonious and friendly and representative of those who are there. The quality at GI is quite good, the food is generally good though there have been some definite misses, more sophisticated than typical bar food, but approachable and the quality of the beer is generally above average for the on site brewed beers and the company staples are always available. The service can sometimes leave a bit to be desired, being sat in odd spots or just slow and unresponsive servers can at times plague this place, though generally, the staff is in a good mood and attentive. The selection is always nice, the beer menu is organized by attributes and each generally have 1-5+ options to choose from and there is usually at least 1 or 2 options on cask, which I greatly appreciate. The food is good as mentioned previously, more inventive and creative than most bars, but still definitely bar food and the pub chips are a must have. I've had some definitely bad dishes that were of no fault to the kitchen staff, just a bad recipe or a bad combo of ingredients, perhaps shame on me for even trying them.

Verdict: Goose Island Clybourn is generally a sure bet for good food and good beer. While most people look the other way at Goose Island until Bourbon County is mentioned, the pub consistently makes some excellent beer that often goes unnoticed or unheralded. Add in a nice menu of bar favorites, it's easy to see why this place is always busy.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

so sick these guys are still doing it here, where i believe the started it all. so many beers on that arent what we see from them in other markets. no bourbon county on, and i dont think any of the bottled regulars either. cool old brick building, bustling vibe, lots of people, and a blue collar old brew house right when you walk in from the side street. two sided beer menu, all were excellent that i tasted, and i had a real stoke going the whole time i was here, just being where this brand began was very cool. loved the berliner, enkoyed the oatmeal stout, and found the winter warmer delightful as well. the food was homestyle and simple, but quite good, and while the service wasnt memorable, there wasnt anything wrong with it either. prices were fair, especially for downtown chicago standards, and i would highly recommend this to anyone who visits the city. this is where it all began, and its a lot of fun. a cozy place to drink and a historical feeling experience. dont miss this.

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Photo of guityler83
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

On a day trip to Chicago, the Goose island brew pub was our last stop - and one I've been wanting to visit for a few years. There was about an hour wait when we checked in with the host so we took the pager and took a quick trip to the Binny's across the road. When we returned we found a spot at the bar and ordered a couple of beers that quickly came (a 3.2% Berliner Weisse for me and a pale ale for the lady). Once we got our beers the buzzer went off and we were seated.

The brew pub had a very established restaurant kind of vibe, no doubt they knew what they were doing and new how to run the place. There was a brewing system (15 BBL?) when we walked in and a few tanks visible from our table. Clean brick and a big island bar in the center, classy look overall.

The beer menu was extensive - full of the staple Goose Island classics (312, IPA, Honkers) some of there more exotic offerings with Sofie, Matilda, Juliet. Lots of one off beers (IPAs, Berliner Weisse, Stouts) and after a couple unique offerings while we figured out what to eat.. we settled on a bottle of Bourbon County Backyard Rye with dinner.

Standard pub fair with big burgers and fries, wraps and sandwhiches. The burgers we ordered were a great compliment to the beer, a pumpernick pretzel role on mine topped off the meal. Great stuff.

Price was moderate, and what you'd expect from a restaruant with a similar vibe. the BCBS Backyard Rye was $30 and though I've had it before was well worth the price to share it with the lady.

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Photo of alerivers
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Wife and I visited & we both loved our experience. Great beer line up (wish we had distribution of more of those in Tx). Food was great, bartenders were quick polite and gruff. Tasting and tour were the crowning jewel for me. Clybourn is smaller of the 2 breweries but still great to see it all in action. Can't wait to return

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Goose Island Clybourn is about what you would expect from a taproom: Lots of brick and wood with a funky industrial background. Lots of noise and really busy on the weekend evening we visited.
Great atmosphere and even better service. That was really the highlight for me, the very helpful and friendly barkeeps. They got us flights quickly, kept refilling my water and talked about some of the beers.
The beer itself ranged from a couple that seemed a bit off-style to me and not very good to excellent. We did not try the food so I cannot comment on that. Overall, a fun pub and I would go back.

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Photo of byronic
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%

Not a bad brewpub, a great space that looks brand new with quite a few taps. The brewery tour on the other hand is very underwhelming. Unless you have very little knowledge of beer skip the tour. It's comprised of standing around and listening to one of the (brewpub)brew masters explain the brewing process.

Highlights included being able to see a few casks aging in the brewing room, having a few samples after the tour and getting a pint glass included in the price of admission. For value this cannot be beat.

The brewpub offers a lot of beer that is created on-site and a new beer is available weekly. The swag selection is very good. Lots of t-shirts, glasses and even a Chicago/Goose Island flag.

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Photo of derise
4.76/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Had a great time at goose island Clybourn. I will deff be heading back next time I head out there. The food was really good and the selection of beer they have was off this planet. Best part about the beer selection was that you will never see some of the specialty barrel aged beers on the shelf at a local store.

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Photo of Cozuma
4.21/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Met some friends for V-Day 2014 here though arrived a little late thanks to chicago's amazing traffic system. The beer was really good Identity crisis was pretty well amazing I enjoyed the fish and chips with the several beers I imbibed over the course of the evening. The waiter's knowledge of the beer was great, it was really nice to have someone who knew what the heck was on the menu instead of "it's a dark beer" or "it's kinda a light beer like you know bud light". The menu itself did a good job of explaining what was going on in many of the brews which they had several made in house exclusively but as for the personal touch the waiter did a pretty good job of offering up his thoughts on the beers. The Identity Crisis was $10 for a small snifter of the stuff probably around 5 oz, really freaking good stuff I bought another egged on by my buddy AJ but still I thought a little steep for a sample size glass. In the end I would definitely go back the place was comfortable and the people were very hospitable to say the least and the beer....well the beer speaks volumes for itself, the other beers were reasonably priced for a Chicago bar. I'd go back that's for sure, someone else needs to drive. TAXI!

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Photo of Missy82
4.98/5  rDev +19.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Everything was so good! The portions were a good size. Hummus platter and calamari salad was great. The calamari was cooked perfectly. It was like butter. They had a lot of great beers, most of them brewed on site. Waitress was very nice and funny. Always a plus

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Photo of ajzbedo73
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

My wife and I met some friends in Chicago and met here for valentines day 2014.

A: The atmosphere was nice. Just what I would expect from a brewery. We sat in the bar at a high top table, the Olympics were playing on all the televisions. Staff was very friendly. All of the brewing vessels were visible, which I thought was cool. The place was clean, bathrooms were clean as well. The whole place was abuzz. Not too noisy. Not too dark, but not too bright.

Q: Quality was very good. I enjoyed all off the beers I had that evening. I did have one the best, if not the best beer I have had to date. The identity crisis was amazing. I was a little disappointed to find out that when it is gone, it is gone for good.

S: Service was perfect. The guy was patient while my wife and I waited for the other couple. He kept us in drinks. Offered appetizers while we waited. He was very attentive while not being overbearing. His knowledge of their beers was outstanding, offering suggestions for pairing and what each beer/style offered. His knowledge of beer in general was outstanding. Overall he made us feel very welcome and comfortable.

S: Selection was very good. Several different styles with several different beers within each style to choose from.

F: Food was good, but not great. I can only speak for myself though. I had the fish and chips, which was good. The fish was a little soggy. I would have liked a crisp batter. But the flavors were there for sure.

V: Value was good in my estimation. We were there for over 3 hours, had food and drank a lot of great beer. Our bill was 103 dollars, which was about what I expected to pay.

Overall this was a great experience. I will definitely return on my next trip to Chicago. Beer was great, service was great, atmosphere was warm and inviting, and the food was good.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Love both of Goose's brewpubs, excellent food at both. Lot's of good brews available only on site. Did the brewery tour as part of a private event that included food and drinks once, tour guide was informative without boring people and had a good sense of humor. Not the best place to catch sports on TV, but don't think thats why you would go here.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Located in Lincoln Park, the brewery has been around since 1988, one of the earliest craft breweries in the USA. There had been some recent Internet chatter about the lease being up and the brewpub closing after 25 years, but they apparently have arrived at an agreement and the place is safe for the next 10 years. Whew! I wandered into the venerable old place to find it virtually unchanged from my many visits over 15 years ago. Their old event room now had a door with glass inserts sporting the Siebel Institute logo, complete with brewing students busy at study within. When I arrived it was just after 11 AM and the pub was not busy yet, so I was able to snag a high table in the bar proper. The bar is built as a central rectangle with four sides to sit at and be served. Dark old woods with many years of wear dominate the place giving it a well-used and comfortable feel, like coming back home after a long absence.

My server, Cristina, was very up-beat and helpful during my stay. Apparently all the servers need to be Cicerones, so she was very knowledgeable about her beer styles and pairs. I ordered a sampler of 4 beers from the extensive list of beers split between pub exclusives and regular Goose Island beers--nearly 30 to choose from! The place mat they bring the beers out on has a lot of details on how to taste beers--very slick. I followed this with another sampler and a fine bowl of mussels in a Matilda and cream broth. Since I ordered all the craziest beers they had on tap (Double IPA, smoked beer, sour saison) the servers had a little pow-wow trying to place them in the best order for me to drink them. I appreciate the forethought and effort that they put into that! Overall the beers were very good. One of the strangest was a beer made with peat smoked apples that tasted like a combination of beer, smoky peated scotch and calvados. Worth a try, but I wouldn't want a whole pint of it! I was pleased with my trip back to Goose Island. They have maintained their original feel, but with expanded selection and improved education of their servers. A fine hold-over from the first wave of brewpubs.

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Photo of stercomm
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Been here a couple of times, very good place. Was in the first Thursday of the month when there were a bunch of beer geeks in the party like room exchanging tastings of their home brews. We sat at the bar so we old watch the football game. Good crowd at the bar. Always have a great selection of on premise brewed beers as well as the mainstream Goose beers. Food was good. Wait staff very attentive and engaging. Willing to stop and chat beer and offer a quick taste before deciding.

Good place, great selection of brews.

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Goose Island Clybourn in Chicago, IL
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