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Goose Island Clybourn: Great Brewpub
Goose Island is Chicago's primary original microbrewery. Although it has been bought out, it still operates as a microbrewery with 2 brewpubs and still produces the same great beer it did before. The original Clybourn pub is the one to which I have been. It has regular Goose Island beer on tap plus house-brewed specialties not available in bottles or elsewhere, with cask offerings. Food is good, the Clybourn place is nice (as indicated, I haven't been to the Wrigleyville one), service is good.
Favorite Dish: It has some great beer plus a range of good brewpub food - salads, burgers, sausage plates, and more like fish, chicken, pasta.
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Goose Island India Pale Ale Beer
I first had Goose Island beer in about 2010, while Goose Island was still a cute, little craft brewery headquartered in Chicago. I had it again, in Japan in 2013, after Goose Island was acquired by Anheuiser Busch - InBev for almost $40 million. While the Chicago Goose Island Brewery still produces smaller batches of beer, it flagship beers like 312 Wheat are now brewed (...or mass produced) in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Goose Island IPA gets exceptional scores at RateBeer.com (95/100 for IPAs). I was not a huge fan, but the beer is drinkable.
Goose Island Brewery
I stopped in a Goose Island Pub in Chicago's O'Hare Airport around 5:30 pm while awaiting a flight. The pub was packed for an early dinner despite the poor service and the grumpy staff.
I started with a Honker's Ale, which is a horrible name for a good beer; unfortunately it cost over $9 for a 20 ounce beer... gotta love airport prices. Later I had their 312 Wheat which was not quite as good as the Honkers.
The food was pretty basic, just a few warm paninis and some cold sandwiches. I decided on their cold stacker sandwich, which was pretty good, and it came with really good chips. The worst part was the $10 price tag on a $5 sandwich.
Goose Island has brew pubs in Clybourn and Wrigleyville.
In 2011 Goose Island brewery was purchased by Anheuiser Busch - InBev for almost $40 million. While the Chicago Goose Island Brewery still produces smaller batches of beer, it flagship beers like 312 Wheat are now brewed (...or mass produced) in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Sadly, this expensive place with average food is one of the only sit down options in O'Hare's terminal C.
Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Beer
I first had Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat in about 2010, while Goose Island was still a cute, little craft brewery headquartered in Chicago. I had it again, in Japan in 2013, after Goose Island was acquired by Anheuiser Busch - INBEV for almost $40 million. While the Chicago Goose Island Brewery still produces smaller batches of beer, it flagship beers like 312 Wheat are now brewed (...or mass produced) in Fort Collins, Colorado.
312 Wheat is an OK wheat, but it doesn't get good scores on RateBeer.com (only 47/100 rating for this style of beer). It is slightly fruity and clean tasting, but lacking the character of a good hefeweizen.
Goose Island Brewery: Chicago's Brewery!
Great beer - Brewed here!
Great food and atmosphere!
Goose Island is best known for its quality beers, made right here in Chicago. There are many varieties to choose from, for everyone!
They have a great pub atmosphere with many different areas to sit, talk, drink and eat. There are also private rooms for meetings or parties, which are great. They have more than just typical bar food. Besides burgers, chicken wings, salads, fries and nachos, they also have fish tacos, veal sweetbreads, a falafel pita, a tilipia po-boy, a Cuban or a pate sandwich.
Favorite Dish: I love the fish tacos and the tilipia po-boy, and I always find a nice beer to drink here.
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Goose Island Brewpub-Clyborn: don't forget The Goose Stop
Goose Island is the premier brewpub in the midwestern US. When it opened its doors in 1988, it was against the grain of the general acceptance of mass-produced lagers popular in the area. Thanks their continued efforts for the last 20 years, things have changed. Home to the the largest Real Ale Festival in the US, it is particularly noted for cask ales. Though the brewery is quite large and its bottles are available well outside the immediate region, the brewpub has remained a local pub though not so small. It's a big bustling affair done up completely in wood. It has a neighborhood bar feel and when a local sporting event is on the TV, it can get rowdy. Chicagoans love their teams, especially the Cubs & Bears. They love their beer too.
Every time I come here and it's been three times now, I order the Stilton Burger. It's made of ground steak and they will cook it as rare as you like. I hate when places say they won't cook your burger rare. If the meat is not good enough quality to serve bloody then how can you charge $10+ for it? This baby is pepper-crusted, topped with gorgeous Stilton, roasted garlic cloves and imported German mustard. It's served on pumpernickel bread with lovely garlic fries. It's $12 but worth every penny. My wife was not so sure about it and we had quite a few burgers in the weeks leading up to this visit after a fairly meat-starved summer of backpacking so we just ordered one. It came out cut in half and on two separate plates without our even asking which I thought was a nice touch. After only a few bites, she said to order another one!
The beer line-up is immense, generally numbering 20 of their beers on tap. They also routinely have a few beers served cask on hand pumps. I've had a few on my first two visits to the pub but unfortunately they were not serving them the night D and I went in 2008. They said the lines were being cleaned but my guess is they did not to be bothered with the time-consuming pouring of cask beer on a night when the White Sox were in the playoffs.
Luckily, Goose Island does sample size glasses, much needed with so many choices! 1) Schwartzbier-Black w/ tan head. Nice roasty malt dark Germanic lager. Not bad. 2) Naughty Goose-Dark brown w/ tan head. Rich malty palate w/ some roast and fair hopping for a semi dry bittersweet finish. 3) Nut Brown Ale-Mahogany w/ sweetish malty palate. A bit cloying but some roast in the finish. 4) Summertime Kolsch-Light golden color and bodied. Nice fruity palate w/ some peppery notes in the semi-dry finish. Not as clean as a beer from Cologne. 5) 312 Urban Wheat-Unfiltered American wheat. Nice crisp beer w/ bready yeasty palate. Clean semi-dry finish. No Widmer but decent.6) Honker's Ale-Amber session beer. Well-balanced malt & hop mix. Would be great on cask. 7) Oktoberfest-Unfiltered amber. Malty spicy fest beer but odd that it's unfiltered and low on carbonation for the style too. Interesting but could be cleaner.
Favorite Dish: 8) Dunkleweizen Bock-Unfiltered ruddy colored strong wheat beer. Banana nose & fruity palate with burnt caramel/butter/brown sugar notes. A bit flat again but otherwise quite nice and quite drinkable for 7.3%. 9) Harvest Ale-Spicy amber fest type beer w/ a cleaner hoppy finish than their “real” fest beer. Much drier and nicer too. 10) Le Petite Saison-Lmeony spicy Belgian style session ale (only 4%) w/ some yeasty notes in the semi-dry clean finish. 11) Matilda Reserve-7%-Reddish golden w/ very little head. Very malty w/ some peppery yeasty notes. A bit cloying & uncertain finish. Smells moldy and tastes like cat ***. This one hopefully was off! 12) Liquid Inspiration Stout-A bit thin for a stout, more like a porter but at 9.5% it's hard to argue with its rich coffee roast palate that dries considerably in the long hoppy finish. 13) Debbie's Little Helper-9.4%-Ver rich deep hoppy brew w/ ample caramel malt to balance the considerable hop additions. 14) Bourbon Country Barrel-Aged Stout-13.5%-Black w/ no little head. Oaky bourbon nose. Extremely rich burnt dried fruit palate. Big oak and bourbon notes. Obvious alcohol. Long burnt bittersweet finish. Truly lovely. 15) IPA-Soft palate w/ fluffy white head. Rich fruit malt palate and very long dry semi-bitter finish. Almost tastes like a cask beer. What a crime the beer engine was not working tonight!
Was a little surprised at the unevenness of the beers. Some were quite bad while others were fantastic. It's tough to have so many beers on tap but unless you can keep them all in good shape, there's no reason in doing it. If the beer engines were working, I would have likely stuck mostly to cask beer and my guess is my overall impression would have been better. Still a top brewpub but a few notches below places like Bear Republic in California and Victory in Downingtown, PA.
We paid $72 for dinner, beers and tip.
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Goose Island Brewery: They brew the beer right there!
This is a great pub! They brew the beer on the premises, so you know you're getting some good beer. It's cool that you can walk around and see all of the brewing equipment. I've even seen them working with the beer on occasion.
The food is good as well! They use the beer in several of the dishes they serve. It's basically good pub food, nothing out of the ordinary. I take people here when I know they would appreciate a good beer with a good sandwich.
Favorite Dish: Beer! All the sandwiches are pretty tasty. They have a cheese dip made with beer that they serve with bread that is good as well.
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Goose Island Brewery: Good beer and atmosphere
Nice place. They brew ales, but it is really on the sweet side, too sweet too often. Food is just OK.
They also offer $5.00 tours of the Brewery every Sunday at 3:00 pm (lasts 60-90 minutes).
Favorite Dish: Loved their Honkers Ale ($4.75). Did not try the food yet but it looked and smelled nice.
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Goose Island Brewery: Ya can leave it.
I sat down at the bar, not great service, this was before the Cubs game started. Decent atmosphere I guess. I ordered a cheeseburger with a coke. The cheeseburger came with chips, guess I shoulda read the fine print. Ok so I can live with that. Oh wait.. the burger was bland, and wait again, so was the chips.. they looked kinda cheesey or bbq maybe but I dont know what they were. MMMM yummy all this for $9.00!! Awesome.....
Favorite Dish: It wasnt that great. No fries, bland. Ill never go back. Lucky thing Im not drinking, $7 for a bottle of Bud, dont even want to know how much for their beers.
Goose Island Brewing Co.: Good beer too
As good as microbreweries get this one! excellent choice of well made beers and food to match - well worth the effort to find.
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