Goose Island Clybourn

Goose Island ClybournGoose Island Clybourn
Goose Island ClybournGoose Island Clybourn
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(312) 915-0071 | map
gooseisland.com

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Hours:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 1:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
BEER STATS
Average:
3.85
Beers:
8
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
9
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.21
Reviews:
222
Ratings:
465
pDev:
9.26%
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

I went in here before many of you were born. AB had never contemplated even "distributing" GI beers, let alone thinking GI was worth buying. (How far we have come...) When I visited in the early 1990s, I got a little passport-styled booklet that entitled me to an MBA (Master of Beer Appreciation.)

Fast forward at least a quarter century... This brewpub apparently was not part of AB's original GI purchase. But, it recently was bought and, last year, renovated to be cool and, I presume, help AB "feel" the craft market better and, in particular, its culinary side. Mostly good as far as I am concerned. And on the back of the menu, they make a special statement of their intent to discover new brews and foods that go with them.

While the Vibe is cool, it is not start-up authentic. Quality of the beers (I had tasting pours of Soleil and Willow Street) was also good to interesting. Service was quite good as I told the bartender I was a BA Poobah, so we talked quite a bit... given the early lunch crowd on a Sunday was small.) I give a hit to Selection as the bar only offered GI's specialty brews; which range from good to great. But to be truly great, you gotta serve the competition's wares to see how yours stands up. Food menu seemed good; combined American/British gastro-pub items (at least two-thirds) and Belgian cafe food (mussels, cheese, frites.) My flatbread paired well with the two Belgian styles I had.

I could well go here before another 25 years pass (I'll be 90 then.) If you haven't seen the newly-renovated digs, it is worth a brew for you to decide if your money was well spent.

Aug 05, 2018
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Oconomowocian from Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2.5

Been here a few times, pre and post renovation. I thought it was a cool place before the renovation, the new place is OK but last time I was stuck by the back bar for dinner and that is kind of a drag. I like that they frequently have some BCBS or variants for on site consumption and some brewery only stuff. Food is really hit and miss. Last time it was terrible, other times it has been good.

Apr 27, 2018
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.14/5  rDev -25.4%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.75

November 2017:
After a long closure and renovation, sadly Goose Clybourn is now a shell of it's former self.
The worn in wooden bar is gone, in favor of smooth concrete and pipes overhead. The bar has been totally sterilized, we were seated in the dining room, which now has another bar in it. The Siebel room is another dining room now. The atmosphere is more generic, and it was more of a tourist crowd. I gave it a chance, and can't say i'll be going back anytime soon. Remember when Moe's Tavern became Uncle Moe's Family Feedbag on the Simpsons? It's kinda like that.

The food wasn't good. We ordered a couple flatbreads, a short rib and an 'nduja one. The 'nduja was ground pork sausage, not spreadable salami. Short rib was dried out, the crust on both was bland with zero salt, seasoning, or sauce. Just dried out meat on bread. Stilton burger was still on the menu, but the flatbread was so bad we decided not to order entrees, fearing the worst.

They were out of half the beers we asked for, and multiple menu items. The server was kind of apathetic about it, which just made it all the more lackluster. He'd just walk off randomly and never asked if we needed another beer. They have a lot of new staff that seem sort of indifferent. Sad because it used to always be a reliable standby.

4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

2013:
Still lots of rotation of many seasonals, Farmers Market Series, Fulton & Wood draft series. No more BA gatherings, but CBS still hosts Thirst Fursdays here. Food: Still a cut above the usual brewpub bar food, menu seems a little pared down than in the past. Gazpacho is cold on purpose... welcome to the big city. "Go back to Russia!" /Simpsons

2009 edit: With the revamped menu and renovations, Clybourn is a local beer destination now more than ever. Three casks rotating, small plate menu featuring locally sourced edibles, and some damn fine food. Cuban sandwich, sweetbreads, crab po' boy, pork sliders, it's all good. New cask tapped every Monday, new beers debut on Thursdays, also the local BA gathering was hosted here the 1st Thursday of the month (RIP 2011). Some new staff has been hit or miss lately, but service at the bar is always stellar.

10-17-2007

Always have a good time when I visit Goose Clybourn. Here's a tip, sit in the bar area, especially if you are here for the beer. Frankly I don't care about the atmosphere, but if that's your thing, it feels much less like a TGI Friday's in the bar than the front dining room.

Bartender answers questions and offers samples if you need it. There are TV's in the bar area, usually with some type of sports on. Taps are located on the west side of the bar, but taplists are placed throughout the area. You can see the brewing equipment in the back, which is a plus. Drafts are always fresh and spot on.

Fairly standard pub food, with several specialties. The Stilton burger is recommended. Some Tuesday evenings they host tappings of new beers, oftentimes pub-only brews. They are also involved in local beer fests and events, which makes them invaluable to the local craft beer scene.

Nov 05, 2017
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CKlinchock from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Jun 27, 2016
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Phyl21ca from Canada

4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

May 28, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Old school, and better for it.

The bar is a large, square, centrally-located wooden counter just past the side entrance where you can see the tanks and people taking tours. It has super old school and comfy elbow rests with some old but clean dark wood, and is surrounded by restaurant seating. The main side, accessible via a dividing space that seems to serve as the main entrance that we must have missed, is a whole other restaurant-style space.

Very quick, friendly and informative service makes you feel like you're in a small town bar rather than a huge bustling city. Tons of quality brews are on tap, 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.

May 02, 2016
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +10%
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.

Feb 16, 2016
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

5/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Jan 07, 2016
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mdfb79 from New York

4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Dec 29, 2015
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98green from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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

Oct 31, 2015
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JNForsyth from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Oct 17, 2015
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Aug 31, 2015
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jds16 from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Jul 01, 2015
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socon67 from New York

4/5  rDev -5%
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.

Jun 09, 2015
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ovaltine from Indiana

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

A sentimental place for me, because it was the first "craft" brewery I visited, back in the fall of 1988. It wasn't "craft" back then, though I do remember vividly the look I received from the waitress when I ordered a Miller Lite - I quickly changed that to whatever she suggested. Ah, the joys of youth.

Jan 30, 2015
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Chris-1911 from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Jan 24, 2015
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kevanb from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Dec 22, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

so sick these guys are still doing it here, where i believe they 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, enjoyed 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, it was a much more intimate goose island experience than i was anticipating going in.

Dec 18, 2014
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guityler83 from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1%

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.

Nov 17, 2014
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alerivers from Texas

5/5  rDev +18.8%

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

Nov 06, 2014
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SD-Alefan from South Dakota

4/5  rDev -5%

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.

Oct 14, 2014
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byronic from Canada

3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

Sep 19, 2014
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derise from New York

4.76/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Jun 09, 2014
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Cozuma from Indiana

4.21/5  rDev 0%
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!

Apr 08, 2014
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Missy82 from Indiana

4.98/5  rDev +18.3%
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

Mar 23, 2014
Goose Island Clybourn in Chicago, IL
Brewery rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 9 ratings