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Goose Island Beer Company — Clybourn
(Anheuser-Busch InBev)
1800 North Clybourn Avenue
Chicago IL 60614

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Visited: June 10, 2013

Opened: 1988

Closed: 2017

Annual Production: 2,500 bbl

Contributors: Diane Crawford, Jonathan Surratt

Closed for renovations in January 2017.

Finally, after missing for more than four years, my tasting notes from my 1993 visit magically reappeared. In May 1998, I spent a week working here as part of my training at the Siebel Institute...thanks to Matt Brennan for showing me the ropes, and for passing along quite a few great beers!

Sadly, Goose Island was unable to renegotiate a renewal of their lease, so this original brewpub was scheduled to close at the end of 2008. But the building's owner was unable to find anyone who wanted the space, so Goose Island gets to stay in its original home.

Updated: January 15, 2017


Beer List

    • Date: October 28, 2001 (#3955)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 19 points
      Overall Impression (3½)
      Bright deep golden, thick head. Fresh spicy dry-hop aroma. Light-medium body, MASSIVE intense complex hop flavors! Moderately bitter and drying.

    • Date: December 12, 1993 (#2484)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 12 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Nice deep amber and thick head. A little thin in body. Alcohol flavor OK. Otherwise unimpressive. A Doppel should grab you by the short hairs...this one doesn't.

  • Bohemian-Style Pilsener
    6.20% abv.
    • Date: June 10, 2013 (#9184)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 16 points
      Appearance (3)
      Golden, hazy. Dense head.
      Aroma (2½)
      Grassy hops. Spicy, floral, tropical fruit.
      Mouthfeel (8)
      Medium body, moderate carbonation. Smoky, mildly grainy malt. Moderate noble hop flavor and bitterness, grassy, almost vegetal. Fruity, hoppy, biscuity finish.
      Overall Impression (2½)

  • Barley Wine-Style Ale
    • Date: August 14, 1999 (#3341)
      Package: draught
      Place: Great Taste of the Midwest, Madison WI
      Score: 14 points
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Dark dark red, thick head. Smells like...horseradish...? Incredibly thick and creamy. Tons of dark caramel flavor. Eternal sweet and bitterish finish.

  • Golden or Blonde Ale

  • Bourbon County Stout 1996
    Imperial Stout

  • Bourbon County Stout 2003
    Imperial Stout

  • Bourbon County Stout 2005
    Wood- and Barrel-aged Beer

  • Christmas Ale
    Barley Wine-Style Ale

  • Corazon

  • Demolition Ale
    Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale

  • Dublin Stout
    Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout

  • Geordie Brown Ale
    English-Style Brown Ale

  • Hex Nut Brown Ale
    American-Style Brown Ale

  • Honest Stout
    Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout

  • Honker's Ale
    American-Style Pale Ale

  • Imperial India Pale Ale
    American-Style India Pale Ale

  • Jubilation Ale 2000
    Experimental Beer

  • Kilgubbin Irish Ale
    American-Style Amber/Red Ale

  • Kriek
    Belgian-Style Fruit Lambic

  • Lolita
    Wood- and Barrel-aged Beer

  • Maduro
    English-Style Brown Ale
    6.40% abv.

  • Marisol
    Belgian Style White (or Wit) / Belgian-Style Wheat

  • Matilda
    Belgian- and French-Style Ale

  • Naughty Goose
    American-Style Brown Ale

  • Oktoberfest
    German-Style Märzen/Oktoberfest

  • Perc Jacques
    Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale

  • PMD Mild Ale
    English-Style Pale Mild Ale

  • Porter
    Robust Porter

  • Ruby Mild
    English-Style Pale Mild Ale

  • Rye Stout
    American-Style Rye Beer

  • Smooth India Pale Ale
    American-Style India Pale Ale

  • Smooth Oatmeal Stout
    Oatmeal Stout

  • SPF
    German-Style Kölsch/Köln-Style Kölsch
    5.60% abv.

  • Strong Brown Ale
    Old Ale

  • Sweet Southern Kiss
    Wood- and Barrel-aged Dark Beer

  • Xocolatl
    Experimental Beer

  • XXX Porter
    Wood- and Barrel-aged Dark Beer