Goose Island Brewpub & Tour

On my July visit to Chicago, I visited The Goose Island Clybourn Brewpub and took the short tour they offer. Goose Island is Chicago’s Best Known Craft Brewer. The Clybourn facility is where it all started back in 1998. The company’s main brewery today is located a few miles away. I showed up for my 12:30pm tour early so I could have lunch and a few beers before the tour began. The food has a reputation for being good, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed with my burger. The only disappointment was that the one of the beers I’d come there to try (since it is only available at their brewpubs), Maude, a sour Flanders brown ale, ran out just before I was able to get a glass. Instead, I tried the Raspberry Kolsch, which was good, and the White Pine IPA, which I enjoyed so much I returned on my way out of town the next day to pick up a growler of.

The tour wasn’t really a tour as much as it was an informative session about the company, it’s beers and it’s way of doing things, and then a tasting session of six of Goose Island’s beers. The samples I tried (they differ from day to day) were Golden Goose Pilsner, Blonde Ale, Five Rings, Willow Street Wit, Time of the Saison, and the Foxxy Brown. I liked the Five Rings and Foxxy Brown best of the samples I tried. 


After the tour I shared a bottle of Goose Island’s excellent sour, Juliet, with a nice couple from St. Louis that I had met during the tasting. Ever since I tried my first sour beer back in February, I’ve been trying to sell as many people as possible on the style. They seemed to enjoy it. 

The tour cost $10 and can be set up using the phone number on this web page for Goose Island-Clybourn. It is advisable to book in advance- I booked mine two weeks out and still got one of the last available spots for the day. The brewery is a couple blocks walk from the Red Line’s North & Clybourn stop, as well as the Brown Line’s Armitage stop. It’s a perfect addition to any Chicago Itinerary.

White Pine IPA

2 Responses to “Goose Island Brewpub & Tour”

  1. Kris Koeller says:

    Great post. I love brewery tours, and especially tasting rooms…

  2. Callie says:

    Yum, what a good idea. I love the taps shaped like geese, too!

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