Goose Island Clybourn

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

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

(312) 915-0071 | map

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

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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.


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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 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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Photo of kmpitz2
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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Photo of StuFox
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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Photo of livin4jc
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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Photo of Southernbrew
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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Photo of studentofbeer
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Goose Clybourn is a fine establishment. The best part is the ever-rotating brews that can introduce you to a lot of styles not readily available.

The atmosphere is all right--a nice big square bar, some booths, a non-smoking room. It's good but not wonderful.

as for the service, it's hit and miss. some waitresses are very nice, while others, not so much. Ive never had a great bartender there.

Also, I tend to find they pour a bit short, which is rather annoying given the price being paid.

the food is also hit and miss--some great burgers and a few decent appetizers, but it's a bit expensive.

what's a lot of fun is the MBA (master of beer appreciation) program, which gets you a free growler every 10 pints and a t-shirt and the opportunity to drink from an imperial pint after 35. not too bad.

the best reason to go here is the beer--it's almost without exception excellent. the rest of the stuff is just ok.

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

I have been to this location a couple of times. I have always been seated in the beer garden, which is the non-smoking section. It does not have quite as much character as the bar, but it is indoors and quite sunny.

A great way to sample the beers is by ordering the samplers. You get to pick 3 of the beers for $6, and they are brought out in 5oz servings. There is always a beer served on cask via traditional hand pump, which on my most recent visit seemed a bit warm even by British standards. You can get the regular line up of Goose Island beers here as well as a good selection of rotating seasonals.

I have had a great experience with the service at this location. The staff has been really friendly, helpful, and even the brewer stopped by for a chat after I had shown an interest in the beers.

The grub is quite tasty, and if you are willing to ruin your beer drinking palate the Burger with blue cheese is highly recommended. There are lots of other, more beer friendly, tasty things on the menu as well. The wife and I really enjoyed the wedge of iceberg salad with bacon and balsamic vinaigrette, I have a feeling this will become a regular starter for us.

Overall quite a nice pub, and as an extra special bonus it is right across from Sam's, so bring some extra money.

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Photo of Weissenheimer
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I'd heard that the neighborhood was pretty yuppified, so when I saw the very well-dressed people who walked in ahead of me I started thinking that maybe this wasn't my kind of brewpub. But as soon as I got in the door I started warming to it. I passed display cases of brewing paraphernalia on the left, and on my right was a large window overlooking the old brew house. I walked through the inner doors to face a large square bar in the middle of the room. Each side of the square had a row of taps and was lined with stools; it struck me as a very serious setup. The bar was surrounded by booths, and on the left was an entrance into the dining room.

I didn't hang around the bar, but from what I saw its atmosphere matched that of the dining room, which was quite friendly and agreeable. The music was piped in at a sensible level so conversation wasn't difficult; as a matter of fact, about 60% of the noise in the room seemed to be from people having a good time chatting over their dinners.

The waitress was very friendly, and in my experience she was off the scale for helpfulness. She seemed to have plenty of firsthand knowledge of the beers, and was happy to make recommendations. This was vital because the large selection was threatening to burn out my brain. I couldn't possibly try even a 5 ounce sample of all those beers over a single dinner.

The beer was probably the most hit-and-miss affair I've ever encountered in a brewpub. It ranged from really lousy to wonderfully sublime. Everyone in my six-person party agreed, though, that the food was marvelous. I wish I came to Chicago more often, because they rotate their beers on a weekly basis and I would desperately like to have them more often. The good ones are well worth getting through the not-so-good ones.

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Photo of RedBaron
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

What can you say about Goose Island? It's simply a classic Chicago brewpub. For the uninitiated to Chicago, you simply have to stop in to their pub for some 'quality brew time'. Goose usually has about 10-12 beers on tap at any given time, and they rotate their selection monthly. Their friendly staff is very well-versed in their beer, and will recommend a drink based on 'taste' preference. My wildcard pick: try the handpump brew. For the last 5 years, or so, Goose has offered one or two, handpump beers and have consistently delivered an outstanding brew: from your typical Mild, to a beefy IPA, the handpump is where it's at.

(Note: The Clybourn location is my preference. The Wrigley location is saturated with tourists).

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

After more than 10 years, I still think Goose Island brews the best range of beers out of any brewpub in the Chicago area, and is definitely tied for first place with a couple other places for best beer. I've always been impressed how each year the brewers at Goose Island churn out several dozen different styles of beer. I first started going to Goose Island about eight years ago, when I was a fledgling beer geek, and the brewers there have always inspired me to keep learning. I'm even working on my own M.B.A., or Masters' of Beer Apreciation, which seasoned drinkers can fulfill by drinking according to season. Every month there are different beers at Goose, and anyone who drinks them all can get their M.B.A., and earn the right to drink from 20-ounce pint glass. After every 15 or so beers "students" can take home a free growler "for home study."

There are many great things other than the beer that bring me back to Goose Island: one is the late night menu, another is the complimentary brewpub tour and tasting at 3 p.m. every Sunday. Yet another reason I keep visiting Goose Island is their sponsorship of great beer festivals, such as the Real Ale Festival. Usually one or more of their current beers is available in a cask-conditioned format. Very tasty!! This place is a five-star brewpub and is my best recommendation for anyone visiting Chicago!

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Photo of kaszeta
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

On a recent trip to Chicago, I decided I needed to stop by and try out some of my favorite Goose Island beers on tap. I originally tried the Wrigleyville location, but since the Cubs were playing it was swamped, so I swung over to the Clybourn location.

I rather like the Goose Island Clybourn pub---it has a nice atmosphere (giant wooden bar in a nice, airy converted warehouse space---airy enough that the guy three stools down was smoking a stogie and I could barely smell it). The staff was friendly and efficient, kept a full glass in front of me. Selection was good, both in beer and food (14 beers on tap, and a 5 page dinner menu, plus separate appetizer and weekend brunch menus). The food was good high-end pub grub as well.

Definitely one of the better brewpubs I've been to.

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Photo of pdxlover
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Ok, first let me admit that I was in Goose Island the first week it opened, back when it was a part of 1800 Clybourn, a converted warehouse mall (the turtle wax factory was on the other side of North Ave : ). I lived basically across the street (on Sheffield) and it became my regular hangout. The neighborhood & the goose have both gone through some remarkable changes (the rest of the warehouse building was dropped), mostly for the better.

The atmosphere and service is really where Goose Island excels over the other Chicago area brewpubs (some of which have better beer). The bar area is open and rarely very crowded, nice wood & brick area, there is a lot of seating and the juke box is still free (!!). The staff is almost always excellent, the bartenders know the beer and are more than willing to let you taste it before choosing. I have brought many people in over the years & they do a good job of steering them to beers they would like, rather than just saying "this is our flagship". The beers rotate, except for a few regulars, and are generally excellent. I am constantly amazed at the quality of so many different styles of beer - they did 100 beers for their 10th anniversary and I don't recall one of them as being bad. Goose probably isn't the best brewer in the area (Mickey Finn's, 3 Floyds & Flatlanders are better), but it is the best combination of diverse styles and quality.

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Goose Island Clybourn in Chicago, IL
Brewery rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 14 ratings