Goose Island Clybourn

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PLACE INFO

Type: 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

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BEER STATS
Beers:
10
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
15
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.21/5
Reviews:
221
Ratings:
460
pDev:
9.26%
 
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Photo of nflmvp
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Checked this place out after more than 8 years between visits and it is just as enjoyable as I remembered it.

The atmosphere is all GI and beer memorabilia. I like the lay out and the fact that you walk in right past the brewing operations. Everything is clean and inviting.

The bartender was accomodating and attentive and was willing to talk beer with me...(it's rumored that the Brandywine that I missed out on WILL be produced again this fall in a bigger batch).

The menu selection was nice and when I asked about anything that was NOT on the menu, I found that they had Matilda on tap so I grabbed one. It was rather enjoyable.

I didn't get too far into the food menu but the Clyborn Melt was tastey. When I ordered it, I was asked how I would like it cooked and when it arrived, it was done to perfection.

"Value" is about what you'd expect.

I'll be sure to visit again, as soon as I have the chance.

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Photo of jarsh
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited for lunch on a Thursday while in Chicago on business.

Located in a very large brick building right across the street from Sam's. As you walk in there is a large Irish pub style bar, and booth seating around. There is a sun room with tables to the left, upstairs and downstairs rooms to the right and a huge room with booths on the far side of the bar. The dark and dimly lit pub style bar is where I sat. People mostly sat at tables around the bar or in the sun room and ranged from couples, college age guys to families.

Food: Menu consisted of a wide selection of pub fare. Appetizers, salads, sandwiches and burgers a plenty as well as a few dinner entrees. I had a couple mini munchies(small sampler sized sandwiches) and some onion strings. Everything was decent.

Drink: They had approximately a dozen options including a cask option on tap, all GI beers, all listed up on a chalk board in order of ABV. The saison was on special so I tried that, it was good followed up by a Cask Red which was excellent.

Service: Bartender was mostly friendly but spent most of his time preparing for the day away from the bar, only when my glass was empty did he ask if I needed anything. I guess this would be considered average service.

The Sams and GI combo is definately worth hitting up if your in the area but I wouldn't got too far out of the way for it.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I stopped here last week for a beer before a Sox game. It's pretty convenient to the Red line, and also right across the street from Sam's (one of the best beer stores in Chicago). They only serve their own beers, but there's about 10-12 to choose from. Some stuff you can only buy here, like Dead Goat porter, was pretty good. They also offer a sampler tray (5oz size) of any four beers off the menu. I should have gone for it, 2 of the guys I was with were quicker thinking than me. I'd already ordered 2 beers and it was time to go.

Worth a stop and don't forget to stop at Sam's for stuff to go.

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Photo of millhouse
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped by here on the last full day of our Chicago trip last Fall. They do brewery tours on Sunday... but, if you've ever been to a brewery tour I'd suggest just hanging out and drinking their wares from the restaurant/bar area. They keep something on cask at all times, apparently, which rocks.

As previous reviews have said, this place is simple as pie to get to. Only a block or two from the red line station. It's definitely worth the effort, as I tried everything they had on tap and none of them were anywhere near regrettable in any fashion.

Food... good. This place seemed like Cheers with craft beer. The bartenders knew patrons and patrons met with other patrons on a lazy, rainy Sunday afternoon. This is EXACTLY the kind of place that I dream of owning some day. It's all about the beer here.

It is in somewhat of an odd location. Keep your eye out for the awning with the goose on it. Otherwise, you may miss it.

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Photo of olacub
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Been here before, but just getting around to a review after stopping in last night with some friends. I had a sampler of the Kolsch, Rotweizen, 18-year ESB, and the Matilda, preceded by a pint of the Nut Brown. All good, but only the Matilda was a head-turner for me. Atmosphere and service are decent, but I've found the food to be average at best. The homemade pub chips are great to munch on, but I was disappointed with the sausage sampler, and my meatloaf was bland. The other people in my party agreed, regarding their entrees. Not terrible or offensive, just average stuff. Altogether, Goose is always a decent stop in Chi-town, just not what I'd consider a must-stop destination.

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Photo of Gritsak
4.25/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Went into chicago for the night this past weekend and decided to stop in at the brewpub for lunch and a beer. It was pretty easy to find and parking wasnt a problem at the time. I could imagine on a busy night you might have to search around a bit harder though.

The atmosphere was very relaxed. It wasnt very busy when we first got there, but gradually began to pick up as we were finishing. The area was very clean and well layed out with plenty of room to walk around and plenty of seats at the bar.

Service was pretty good. The waiter "couldnt" split up our check for some reason and there was a mistake on it also, but he was quick to fix the problem. He also didnt know if there was any happy hour deals at the time and mis quoted a promotional price they were running on the beer i got. Other then the little things he was friendly and eager to help.

Selection was good. I was hoping for some more interesting things on tap that arent offered in bottles. I stuck with the willow st. wheat, which is a american pale wheat since i didnt want anything to strong before the drive home. If i was staying in town i would definitely had tried the tripel or bareywine they offer.

Food was excellent. I ordered the cripsy chicken tenders with pub chips. The chips were very well seasoned and a hit at the table. The chicken was also very good and although it looked like a small portion when it was first brought out, each tender was solid with chicken so it ended up filling me up. We also tried the buffalo calamari. The buffalo sauce dominates the flavor but they are quite tasty and washed down clean with the willow st. wheat. Others at the table ordered a bacon cheese burger and the stilton burger, all of which said it was one of the best burgers they've had.

I spent about $15 for a beer and meal which is pretty good, especially for chicago. Monday night is $9 pitcher night and 1/2 off apetizers, so if i lived up there that was be on my schedule every week.

overall the place makes me miss having thirsty dog brewpub 10min from my house. Its nice to go to a place with a relaxed atmosphere where you can have good food and beer without breaking the bank.

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Photo of mcallister
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Man how I love visiting both the goose resteraunts and their beer (all at the same time) when I go to Chicago. Too bad my sister had to move to New York.

I have to admit I like the Wrigleyville location better but only slightly, it's atmosphere seems a little more lenient than the Clybourn location. Clybourn seems to me to be a little more formal, a little more upscale per say.

The beers inclued all of the original bottlings as well as a few others they only serve at the brewery. Still wondering if they serve the delectable Bourbon County Stout and Imperial IPA. Those are two fantastic hard to beat beers.

Food is also very good, with appetizers that go hand and hand with the beers. And shouldn't all brew pubs have pretzels. The Goose makes some great soft pretzels with fabulous dipping sauces. The rest of the menu is also very good but I like to go and have a liquid diet with a few appetizers.

Now to find a place like this when I visit my sis in New York!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Yet another stop on the BA/CTA pubcrawl. Goose Island Cylbourn has an inviting feeling from the minute you walk in the door. The main area features a large square bar in the middle surrounded by tables on every side. There's a nice neighborhood pub feel and even though it was crowded our group was made to feel welcome. We split up a bit and some took bar seats while others took tables. I took a table over by the beer chalkboard.

There were about 10 or so brews on tap, including a Russian Imperial Stout on cask which ended up being quite tasty. I also sampled the Poor Richard's Ale and found it to be good as well. There is definetly a style for every beer lover to try here. Our table service was good even though the place was pretty packed. I ended up ordering a veggie burger with stilton and a side of pub fries. Only ran me about 9 bucks and hit the spot midway through the pub crawl. Tasty stuff.

The beer selection here is a bit better than the Wrigleyville location, but I liked the food at both places. You could go here and have lunch and a couple brews for around $20, which isn't bad for Chicago. Good beer, good food, friendly service and a nice atmosphere. I'm looking forward to getting back here again sometime. Plus, Sam's is right across the street if you want to pick up some goodies. A must stop if you're in the area.

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Photo of battlekow
4/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in for about half an hour while waiting around in Chicago, waiting for my girlfriend's plane to land.

I had one beer, the Imperial SmokED Brown Goose (I swear they capitalize the ED; the menu says they've nicknamed the beer "ED"), but I've tried a lot of the other stuff on the menu before. I was almost afraid to go in, expecting a hipster kind of place, but the atmosphere was suprisingly inviting and calm. The bar was about half full and people were sitting around and talking quietly. The bartender was very friendly and even tried to talk me out of buying the $10 bottle of Bourbon County Stout. They were out of a couple beers, including the XXX Porter, which was my first choice, so that was annoying, but the only real negative. Didn't try the food. I'll definitely go back next time I take a trip down 94 East.

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Photo of IPA17
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Very good sports bar and it was very crowded due to the 1st game of the world series, with with the White Sox winning it. 2 pool tables and plenty of TVs. The quality was excellent with obvious care put into each beer. There were about 14 beers available!!! Amazing. There were, among others, an IPA, a Brown Ale, A Rauchbier, a pale ale, red and blond. I was a little disappointed in there being no Porter or Stout (esp. since they had 14 beers). We didn't try the food but it smelled great and looked great. The value was good--a 4 beer (5 ounce each) sampler was $6. I would be back in a heartbeat if I lived anywhere near Chicago. Keep up the good work Goose!

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Photo of karst
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I will add that the value comment did not include two 4 packs of beer sold at the same price as served at bar or booth ($7 per bottle for Matilda and $ 10 per bottle for Bourbon County Stout) Although the Bourbon County Stout is so great it was almost worth it!

We took the 90 minute tour followed by tasting all the beers on tap. The tasting room was THE SEIBEL INSTITUTE ! to sit there was worth the $3 tour admission. Valuable books where locked away behind glassed in shelves on the outer wall and the opposite wall had group photo's of the classes graduated since the start with a noticable gap for the prohibition years. The Seibel Inst. has been downsized and when it changed ownership the old staff of 10 yrs ago was released. By contract they were not allowed to teach the brewing arts anywhere else! What a waste.


Tour guides rotate - ours worked at the main brewery and although very friendly admitted to no knowing several details when questioned. He did relate a few war stories about his early days kegging beer at this downtown brewpub. The brewery was tight for the 15 or so tourists. Samples were poured from pitchers taken from the taps.

We had their famous burger and chips and found it very well done. I had a cask ale - Red Velvet which was very warm but had a nice head. The pint was the last of a cask tapped Tuesday - 6 days earlier. Seeing how slowly I was drinking it my waitstaff offered another beer as exchange but happily accepted my refusal. No other cask conditioned beer was available yet although the next 2 up were chalked up on the beer menu - The Doppleweisen Bock would have been nice!.

I would have enjoyed my visit more if the person waiting on me had suggested checking with Trader Joes 1/2 block down the street or Sam's just behind the brew pub to save $20 off the $28 4 pack of Matilda.

I was having such a great time I even paid $40 for a 4 pack of Bourbon County Stout (not available on shelves this late in the year).

The tap brews were noticably better especially the Oktoberfest, IPA and Hefeweizen.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

First off, if you are coming to this location, then you MUST at least pop in across the street at Sam's Liquor and Spirits Megastore, if even for just a few moments of window-shopping. Back to our regularly scheduled review, not yet in progress ...

They have a couple of entrances to this place, but I came in through the one on West Willow Street at North Marcey. You begin by entering a short passageway and on your left are three glass cases containing vintage brewing equipment, courtesy of the Siebel Institute. On the right are a series of windows allowing you to look into the brewhouse. You then come to another door that opens into the restaurant.

As you enter, there are a pair of booths in front of you and a few more to your left. By doing a right oblique, you are in front of a long, rectangular bar that sits like an island in the middle of the space. The bar is of a laquered dark wood surrounded by swivelling (not snivelling, like some people) wooden stools. The tap handles are in the shape of long-necked geese heads, which face the customers. This can be a little disconcerting at first, since when the bartender closes the tap, it looks as if the bird is attacking you. Actually, that only began to happen after several of their Special Reserve ales, so if you practice a modicum of restraint, the flashbacks may not be as intense. For me, restraint is a foreign concept, replaced instead by rampant hedonism.

To the extreme left of the entrance and down a short flight of stairs is a restaurant area looking out on N. Marcey. To the extreme right and up a flight of diamond-deck steps is a game room with three (3) pool tables, a Golden Tee golf game, and a Megatouch game system. Behind the game room and down a short flight of steps is a banquet room, decorated to look like a home library. I want to comment on the banquet room separately, however. To the right of the bar, but instead of ascending, you descend a flight of steps and you are in the non-smoking lounge with its leather couches, restaurant tables, a mural on exposed brick, and a big screen TV.

Continuing aft along the right side of the bar, you pass the lavatories and then into a separate black-and-white tiled foyer with a mini-bar, a maitre d' station, a separate restaurant area off to the right, and an entrance/exit from/to the parking lot. To the left of the maitre d' station, coming through that entrance, is a pair of glass doors with the Seibel Institute's logo emblazoned on them. The reason for this is that the previously mentioned library in the banquet hall is the set of texts used by the Siebel Institute for their classes, which are held in the Fall and Spring in this very room! Talk about prestige! For those not in the know, the Seibel Institute is one of the premier places to learn about brewing w/o having to trek to UC Davis or anywhere in CO.

Odds 'n' ends from our tour of the place: Chalk boards abound. announcing current (Now Pouring) and coming (Now Brewing) beers, along with "New Beer Premier every Tuesday". There is a lot of vintage signage, as well as disc-plaques commemorating their beers, both past and present. Make sure that you join the MBA Passport Club with an eye towards getting your name on one of the many plaques.

Service is always great here. It's like you are an old friend that they can't wait to see again. They are attentive and ready to answer even the silliest of questions. The food is good and will fill a void, but it doesn't do it for me like at The Silver Cloud, which is a short # 72 North Avenue bus ride away. As far as their beers are concerned, the Special Reserve bottles are fantastic, then there are their seasonals, tapering down to the brewpub standards. It's a wide variety, to be sure, but I just can't quite pull the trigger on a 5.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A really nice brewpub here with plenty of free parking. Walking in the front , the brewing equipment is to the right of the entrance. A large bar area with numerous tables and 15 or so taps is just past the brewing area. There is a non - smoking area in a room at the back of the building. This is where the wife and I choose to sit on this wednesday evening in July. It's quiet back there compared to the front bar area. There's also a banquet room next to the no smoking area they call the " bierstube ". The pub is nicely decorated with dark wood paneling, brewania, and old Chicago pictures on the walls. Service was good , though the waitress wasn't very beer savvy , she did know the tap beer selection. No cask beers this night, too bad. Of the brews they were pouring , the Saison and the Imperial Brown Goose were the highlights.
The food was better than average pub grub. Beer and food prices were on the high side of reasonable, though average for the Chicago area.

Definately one of Chicago's go to beer joints.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped here for dinner after coming out of Sam’s and noticing this across the street. We sat at the square bar which had a very pubby feel to it. Pretty relaxed environment with not too much smoke. Service overall was pretty good and the bartender seemed to know a bit about the beers. Food was great all around, definitely some of the better brewpub food I have had. There was also a good variety to the food offered so everyone should be able to find something to suit their needs. The beer list was impressive for a brewpub with about 12 beers of varying styles. I had a Strong Fruity Belgian Ale, a small beer of cask and their IPA all of which were quite enjoyable. It annoyed me a bit that they didn’t update the chalkboard and remove the listed barleywine on cask that had kicked, teases. All around enjoyable visit, this would be a place I would hang out at a lot if it was in the area. Good food and good beer.

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Photo of Viggo
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Perfect way to celebrate my 21st birthday. Been in there before but years ago. Interesting decor, looks like an old school british pub, neat little rectangular bar in the middle of where we were eating, sat in a booth/chair table right by the bar. Place has a neat vibe to it, theres a big chalkboard on the wall stating all the beers available at that time, I think there was about 15 or so when we were there. Got there about 4 pm, and between 4-6 pm everyday theres half price appetizers, so we started off with an order of hot wings (excellent) and then I had the appetizer of Dusseldorf pretzels with my beer. Had a pint of Rotweizen and Icarus, and did a sampler of the IPA, 17 year ESB and something I can't remember. Food is good, beer is good, staff is good, nothing bad to say about this place.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped by on a saturday afternoon on a beautiful Chicago day. A friend and I made it a point to stop here on a recent trip right before checking out a Chicago Fire game, it certainly made for an excellent lunch. Parking was more than ample on the surrounding streets and lots so we had no problem which can be a serious rarity in such a busy city. That was nice for a change. The entrance was very cool with large plate glass in the entryway with a great view of some older brewing equipment on display, this certainly set the mood. We were immediatly seated and given menus in a large sunny seating area. We found the service to be pretty good, our waitress seemed a little slow at times, but that wasn't much of a problem as my friend and I just talked the whole time. The beer was very good, I half expected it to be a little... run of the mill, because of the size of this company/brewery but we found the drafts to be spot on, some very nice surprises were to be found. The food was definatly excellent. I had the Stilton burger which was top notch, one of the best burgers I've had and went excellent on this warm day with their Hefeweizen. The only real bad point was the price, everything, including the beer was fairly pricey, which is too bad, but perhaps unavoidable, at least the quality justified the price to an extent.

This was a highlight on our trip and I'm glad we made the effort. I'm sure I'll be back when I'm in town again. Also check out Sam's across the street, you will NOT be disappointed by them either. Between the two you have a thin slice of beer nirvana.

Slàinte!

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Photo of mentor
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in here one Friday evening in late April 2005 with a couple BAs I'd met up with earlier in the day at 3F. Parking was readily available on a nearby street and there was no wait to be seated. The dining sections are two different areas split off of a large central bar. The bar, in the shape of a square is located in a large central room and provides seating on all four sides. We grabbed seats at the bar and were immediately greeted by one of the three (at least) bar-tenders working that evening. He presented us with a menu that had a selection of about 10 different beers with enough of a cross-selection of styles that anyone could find something of interest. Goose Island was busy, but not packed, which was nice as the noise level added to the atmosphere, but did not make conversation difficult. The menu was quite large with offering that would suit any type of visit from casual lunch alone to full dinners that wouold suit a family gathering. Our food did take quite a while to arrive. But this was good in a way, as we were able to swap stories, plus our bar-tender was quite attentive to the volume in our glasses. My chicken sandwich (typical pub fare) came with a wedge of iceberg lettuce and was reasonably priced. I'm glad I braved the friday evening Chicago traffic to stop in for a visit.

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Photo of beerinator
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The bar atmosphere is nice. There is a bit of smoke to be dealt with, but other than that it's a nice square bar that has comfortable stools and a rail for you to put your feet on (bar owners: this rail is important!).

The service we received was good, the bartenders were very attentive.

The quality of the beers was great. They had at least 15 or 16 of their own beers on draft. Ranging in style from a German Style Hefe to a Barleywine. Roggenbocks and Small Beer were also two styles that you just don't expect to see on a brewpub menu. The selection was outstanding. They have a hand pump draft engine as well. Any beer drinker should be able to find a style they would enjoy.

The food was good. I would definately eat here again. The menu is varied and I'm looking forward to my next meal here.

This place has parking!

The brewpub is also right next to a great beer store (with more parking!). I find no reason for you to skip Goose Island Clybourn. This is going to become my local brewpub. Want to meet for a pint?

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

This is a great place to stop when in when it is not peak hours. I always ask what the cask beer is on that day and it is always a good choice. If you go on the weekends expect it to be pretty smoky but other times its very nice to sample beers. If you find a seat close to the bar you can see the brewery equipment and on days when the brew it smells like heaven.

They always have a local game on and it is a pretty local crowd. They have a pretty large beer menu (goose island brews only) and have good descriptions about the brews. I often sample some for free before I get a growler to go.

The staff is pretty knowledgeable as long as you ask them questions that you can read off the menu. Very nice and they all sport the goose island gear you can get at the counter. They are pretty fast with food and are flexible in changing orders to suit your needs. Try the cold chicken livers or the sausage sampler and the hot pretzel if you want to get a meal. They have the traditional burgers, wings and salads if you want and they are pretty big portions. If you’re just in for a quick drink or 3 they you need to get the pub chips. They are hand made potatoes chips that have a salty sweet seasoning on them that are wonderful.

If they only have the beer in a bottle they usually double the price of what it is in the store, so ask them if you can go across the street and get it from Sam's wine and spirits for much cheaper. They will give you and honest answer.

I nice place to have a beer and food but it can be a little busy on the weekends.

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Photo of hero27
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Made my way over to Goose Island Brewery after my eye-opening visit to Sam's across the street. I was hungry and figured the brewpub would be the perfect place to sit down and eat. If you go, you have to get their sampler...$6 for 3 beers, served in 5oz glasses (they looked more like 8oz to me, but I'm not complaining).

When you walk-in the first set of doors, you see their old brewery through a huge glass window to the right. When you walk through the second set of doors, you see the square bar sitting right in the middle of the room. It's a relatively small place, but has a nice atmosphere. Just don't sit in the non-smoking room (I nearly made that mistake until I noticed that the only booths were in the smoking side). The seating in the non-smoking area is lame and doesn't do the place justice. Tons of great glassware line the top of the bar and TVs are spread throughout the place in various places. Seems like a great place to sit down and have a few beers, no matter what the occasion.

I believe they had 14 different homemade brews on-tap, and a wide array of bottles as well. It goes without saying that I sampled a few different selections while I was there..all damn tasty. I also had the opportunity to try their Best Bitter on-cask, which was excellent.

I thought the food was damn good, the two others with me agreed. Simple food, yet well-made and a perfect match to go with my beer. The waitress was very helpful and seemed knowledgable as well. She had sampled all of the current beer they had available and was more than willing to explain them to me in further detail.

To sum things up, I think I could set up a tent between Sam's & Goose Island and just live there for the rest of my life. My advice..eat here before or after you hit up Sam's.

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Photo of slander
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

It was getting good and late. We had visited Map Room and walked down to Piece Brewpub to sample the wares. Tomorrow was nearly today, and it was going to be a long day chock full of flights and fun. So we did the sensible thing and cabbed it to Goose Island...
It's a big brick wall building with shaped archways. You enter past a small narrow room with fermenters. The front wall of the brewpub has large glass windows that look upon this room, you can get a pretty decent view of it from the bar. A "U" shaped wood bar sits in the middle of the room, seating for two and half dozen and a handful of adjacent bar tables. Glasses, mugs & growlers overhead and a big flatscreen TV. The space above the bar is adorned with vintage wood casks, kegs and cases from Narrangansett and Kruegers. There's a small basement type lounge with half a dozen tables, a cushy couch, and a big screen TV. The walls have painted murals on them and there are beverage tasting institute awards displayed here. Above this room is a perch with a pair of pool tables and Phil's golf game. There's side exterior room with nearly a dozen and a half tables. To the rear is another dining area, this one with a dozen and a half tables and a banquet room beyond that. It's a smart, sharp room with green trim, quite nice.
I got caught poking around back there by one of the managers, and told him I was just looking around. He said, "Oh, come and have a look at this", and opened a doorway to a room that houses 10 beer hall style tables and composite photos of graduating classes of the Siebel Institute of Technology, doing "courses in brewing technology. They're all about "Zymurgy", the art of brewing. Apparently the bookcases of ancient literature makes up the oldest brewing library in America. We got to hear a bit about the history of Siebel, good stuff.
Back at the bar... 13 taps (Wheat, Ale, Brown Ale, IPA, Rye Stout, Schwartz, Sahti, Barleywine, Bourbon Stout, Scottish Ale, Winter Brown, Dopple, Pils) and a cask (Scottish Ale). The 312 was a pleasant unfiltered Wheat, the Rye Stout amazingly flavorful, the Sahti was nice (but it's no Juhlia), the Dopple sweet, syruppy and thick, the Lake Effect Barleywine nice but young.
On another visit, the Naughty Goose was an English Brown on crack (That was a compliment), the Icarus a nearly 9% Belgian Strong Dark Ale, was deep and fruity, and the just absolutely amazing Le Deuxieme, a spicy fruity Strong Belgian Ale at 7.6%
Tomorrow quickly became today and I was feeling the effects. Was feeling silly, like the goose, it was time to go, but not before Mike bought us each a bottle of Bourbon County Stout to go.

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4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I only stopped in here briefly, but I was impressed with it. As you walk in, the brewing equipment is in a large room just inside the door, before you get into the actual bar. Once inside, there is a large bar sitting infront of you. ITs a beautiful wooden structure, with seating around at least 3 sides of it. I didn't make it past that, but from what I saw, there was a good deal of restaurant seating around the rest of the establishment. It felt very cozy, with the bartenders chatting with the patrons very openly. I was offered a sample of any beer I wanted to try when I couldn't decide what to get in a growler. I will definately make a trip here again to have some food and a couple of samplers of their fine beers. I think I would go to this one again before I went back to the Wrigleyville one. It just felt less like a sports bar.

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3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

There are two selling points for Goose Island. The first is the beer sampler. You can get 3 small glasses of whatever beer you want, mixing and matching from their homebrewed selection. This is a great touch and really allows you to get a good feel for the range of beers they have. If you are a party of three or more, you can probably cover all the beers in a single round, allowing everyone to taste each beer and then make informed decisions about what they want for the next round. The other great thing about Goose Island is the specialty burger. This is a giant party, caked in pepper, with roast garlic as a spread and a black bread bun. Yowza. Not date food, but still tasty as hell. The only problem is that the burger is so huge it takes up room that might be filled better by beer. There is a Goose Island in Wrigleyville too. That one has a slightly different beer selection (during the summer, it's the only place to get the cursed goat porter). The atmosphere in that one is a bit more yuppy-ish, and after Cubs games it is not only a madhouse, but the bouncers and waitstaff get real testy, which is understandable considering the number of drunken Northsiders they have to deal with, but still. Go on non-game days.

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4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I've been here a few times. They are located next to Sam's Wine - so you can stock up on stuff when you leave - HOWEVER - you must not walk between stores if you do you may be booted.

They have a very nice decor with memorabilia from the Goose Island history. I believe they carry all of their beers and do have samplers. Their food is average for a sports-bar type menu. I wouldn't call it cuisine, though. The service I have had has been excellent and the restaurant is clean - even their bathrooms. They haven't been too crowded, I usually go during the early afternoon or on Sundays, though.

If your in the area or like Goose Island beer, stop by. Otherwise, I wouldn't make a special trip over to this restaurant.

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4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Good sized brew pub. Big bar, four sided, probably seats 30 people. At the time there were 14 different beers on tap, including the barley wine. A couple special reserve bottles were available as well. The bartenders were very friendly and happy to chat when they weren't busy. Very informed about the beer as well. Prices were reasonable. Food was typical pub grub, the burger I had was very good and the prices were average as well. Probably one of the funnest places I visited based only on selection and atmosphere. I can't recommend this place highly enough.

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Goose Island Clybourn in Chicago, IL
Brewery rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 15 ratings