Goose Island Clybourn

BEER AVG
3.84/5
Goose Island ClybournGoose Island Clybourn
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(312) 915-0071 | map
gooseislandbrewpubs.com

Notes:
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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:
8
Ratings:
13
Reviews:
8
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Ratings:
450
Reviews:
219
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
5.76%
 
 
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Ratings: 450 |  Reviews: 219
Reviews by 4thoseabout2bock:
Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Goose Clybourn has a couple of rooms with very different feels. If you come in from the parking lot that it shares with Bed Bath and Beyond, you walk past a restaurant area that feels like any other brew pub or TGIF. The Siebel beer school room is on the left when you enter.

If you walk straight back and to the left you will find the bar. (or enter from the Sam's side, and walk in past the brew kettles). (Sam's is a liquor and beer store directly across the street with 2 full aisles of quality beer)

The main bar room has the full bar in the round -- like Cheers -- really. There are something close to 40 barstools and sets of goose-necked taphandles on the three sides (the fourth side is used as a wait station). Plus there are some high bar tables around the walls now on 2 sides, and booths on the other two. TVs are located throughout the bar room for easy viewing of sporting events. On special occaisions (Bears or White Sox playoff games), they'll put the sound on. Otherwise, the free juke box is the background.

There is a patio off the bar room on one side, and also a downstairs with couches and a large screen TV, and a loft with pool tables. With these varied options, whatver your ambiance preferences, there is a room for you.

Sitting around the bar from early afternoon into the evening you will find everyone -- beer travellers, contractors who are supposed to be at home depot and stopped off here on the way or way back, shoppers and employees from surrounding stores, other regulars and local beerophiles (many of whom have earned their MBAs -- masters of beer appreciation a few times over) and often the owners.

The bartenders are friendly and knowledgable. They will know your name by your second visit.

The food is fine -- its bar food -- a little expensive. The burgers and pulled pork sandwich are good options. The potato chips are addictive, but I can't order them because they used to be free bar snacks once upon a time, and I can't reconcile paying for them.

This leads to the major negative about Goose -- the prices. The strongest beers are $7-8 per snifter. We've been all over, and noticed two things. Goose Clybourn has the best housemade selection, with the most beers and most seasonals of any brewpub we have visited. Most usually only have half a dozen beers or so at a time (except maybe Pizza Port in San Diego and Selin's Grove in PA), while Goose usually has a dozen or so (with something on handpull). But bar none, its the most expensive. The glass sizes are getting smaller for the better beers, and the prices are also getting higher.

Despite that, I have to recommend it highly. The beers are top quality. They have an Ed on tap right now (smoked imperial brown goose) that is wonderful and Will's currently aging another version of it in Bourbon barrels. The Belgians are strong examples of the form. Sometimes bubblegummy, sometimes light and dry and spicy. The Bourbon County Stout is excellent to exquisite, depending on the batch. The selection on any given day will include a half dozen standards (312, Honkers, Kolsch/Summertime. Nut Brown, IPA) and then several seasonals. From hophead offerings and American Barleywines, to Belgian, German and British styles, Will Turner has been doing a very nice job with all of them. Surely Goose Clybourn is a destination that should not be missed. Plus its easy to reach on the red line (North/Clybourn stop).

Also, its fairly close to both Piece and MapRoom, which would make a great Chicago visit Beer Trifecta.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of camiconnell
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of kreg02
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of JuanAlberto
3.88/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 2 | food: 5

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of FlaviusG
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Before the renovation...

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Photo of zimm421
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Mantooth
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mig100
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of cryptichead
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of nater919
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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 haaat
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Jaszucs
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

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 Jamison85
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.33/5  rDev -20.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5

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 rather than a huge bustling city. Tons of quality brews are 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 bylerteck
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

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 Tomkob11
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

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 Claytonis
4.81/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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Goose Island Clybourn in Chicago, IL
3.84 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
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