JB175 (43) Bucks County, Pennsylvania | September 10, 2006
Hard to believe that I grew up around Chicago and have been drinking GI brews since before it was legal for me to do so. They had 3 "special reserve" beers available and I decided to sample a Demolition. Unfortunately, there was no Imperial IPA or Bourbon County Stout, but that just means I’ll have to make a few return trips. Also had a Rye PA and a Naughty Goose. Good overall selection of beers on tap, but I would like to see a few more reserve bottles. Food was good - tasty appetizers, big desserts, etc. Try the Stilton Burger - you’ll be glad you did.
AB Inbev has turned this once must stop in Chicago, into utter garbage. I was disappointed to learn of the remodeling after visiting Clybourn at least 50 times. This weekend I gave it a chance and it was one of the top 5 worst meals I've had in Chicago. As far as the decor, its boring and lost all old character. The service was ok, but you would think the server would be smart enough to let me know once I ordered no cheese on a dish that there was also cheese in a sauce, but he didn't and I got a food item I couldn't eat. Luckily this was a blessing in disguise because the food was so disgusting I wouldn't give it to a homeless person. The kids menu includes mac and cheese, which is clearly $8 for Kraft from the box. The Stilton burger lost all character and looked like a generic waste of beef. The menu overall sucks and lost lots of the classic items like the pub chips, onion rings, fish tacos and many others. The menu isn't appealing at all. Its as if someone not from Chicago thought they were making Chicago classics but they all came out wrong.
As far as the alcohol goes, its all stuff made at Fulton, nothing new. And they had a bcs barleywine on. Who cares?
What a shame. A place I once loved will never be visited again.
Expansive pub that clearly has added several additional rooms and service areas to its original design. I sat at a large U-shaped bar in the back of the building and received excellent service from the attentive bar staff. GI drafts numbered about 20 and included a solid amount of brewery exclusives. There were some nice English and German style offerings (including cask!) that I was more than happy to check out. Food was fairly average, but not offensive. Prices were a bit punchy, especially if you were interested in sampling some of the barrel aged stuff (for example, BCBS was well over $1 per oz - hard pass). Overall, a really nice spot that I look forward to revisiting after the renovation is complete.
A nice brewpub attractive décor. Tasted a few new Goose Island brews the beer selection is of course primarily Goose Islaands own. The pub food was really delicious. The place gets my warmest recommendations.
Nice English style pub with plenty of room and a solid selection of Goose Island beers. Food is pretty solid for English style pub with waitress really knowing her beers. I loved the selection of beers of very different styles including some casks. Prices are pretty fair for quality. Worth a stop for sure.
dukeandduke (32) Chicago, Illinois | February 15, 2016| Updated February 16, 2016
2/1/16 - This gem on the North Side has over 20 beers on tap, including cask conditioned beers. Servers knowledgeable and beers served in proper glassware. Food good, not great. Join the MBA program for free growlers every 15 beers.
Across the street from Binny’s, so parking is not really an issue. Pretty nice place, lots of wood. Central bar, large with plenty of seating. Restaurant style seating in separate rooms around the outside. Not busy at all on a Monday evening. Bartender was super friendly and helpful -- he had two samples in front of me to try before I even had a chance to look at the menu. Taplist was a mix of mainline GI beers and brewed on premises brewpub specials. They also had a 50% off appetizer special, which was pretty handy. All in all a good experience and one I would gladly repeat.