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Old 04-21-2014, 01:08 PM   #11
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+1 for Half Acre. If they're too busy, or if you want food, you can go across the street to Bad Apple. It isn't a brewery, but they have a huge tap and bottle list and good burgers.

For stuff to take home, find the nearest Binny's. If you can't get Founders (from Grand Rapids) or 3 Floyds (Indiana) where you're from, I'd recommend grabbing a few of those. They're reliably good.

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Old 04-21-2014, 01:21 PM   #12
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+1 for Half Acre. If they're too busy, or if you want food, you can go across the street to Bad Apple. It isn't a brewery, but they have a huge tap and bottle list and good burgers.

For stuff to take home, find the nearest Binny's. If you can't get Founders (from Grand Rapids) or 3 Floyds (Indiana) where you're from, I'd recommend grabbing a few of those. They're reliably good.
I think I may be in Elkhart in a few weeks, is that close to 3 floods?

So what does goose Island lack that others overlook it for other options? I had some of their Burton County Porter for Xmas and it was pretty good. My Wife loves the Sophie. I'll find a Binnys and stock up for home.
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Old 04-21-2014, 01:33 PM   #13
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I think I may be in Elkhart in a few weeks, is that close to 3 floods?
Not really. 3 Floyds is basically on the south side of Chicago.

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So what does goose Island lack that others overlook it for other options? I had some of their Burton County Porter for Xmas and it was pretty good. My Wife loves the Sophie. I'll find a Binnys and stock up for home.
It's certainly not a knock on Goose Island. They have good stuff! But I only went there once because it's a pretty busy area. Half Acre seems a little more "local" because they're smaller and their tap room is still new. Plus I have friends near there, so I'm biased
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Old 04-21-2014, 01:49 PM   #14
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I don't think Goose Island Clybourn lacks anything compared to the others (it has more selection than both in fact, maybe the food is a bit better at Revolution), but Revolution and Half Acre are both smaller local breweries people like. I'll second the recommendation for the Hopleaf, especially if you like Belgian Beer. But another plus for Goose Island Clybourn is that one of the biggest Binnys in the city is right across the street.

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Old 04-23-2014, 02:00 AM   #15
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So where did you end up going?

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So where did you end up going?
I got stories of my Chicago visit but will have to wait till I have a place I can type as opposed to from my phone
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Finally got some photos and willing to share my trip to Chicago.

I was only supposed to be there one night. My coworker does not drink beer, actually turns out he does not like to leave the hotel, so I was on my own. I woke up from a nap around dinner time. It was very windy and starting to storm. I was tempted to take my coworker up on the executive lounge dinner in the hotel but figured I would rather see the city or at least drink some of its beers. I had already figured out how to get to Goose Island and I have been so impressed by the Bourbon County beers, so I headed out to the subway before I got trapped in the hotel by laziness.

I stopped at the Binnys first. I really did not see many bombers worth carrying back across country, all of the 3 Floyds were in 6-ers. So I went to Goose Island. The place was nearly empty. After talking to the bartender and hearing about the 5 oz tasters I decided to do a round of those to start. The bartender poured me two of them then told me something was wrong with one of the other kegs, but he'll get to it. I was hoping to sample the missing two first as they were the less body or hopped beers, but after quite a while I realized they weren't coming soon. When they all arrived they were of different pour sizes, nowhere near 5 oz though.

The servers did not seem to have any passion or true knowledge of beer. It seemed like it was just a job to them, they could be working in any restaurant. The food was not very impressive either.

I was pretty disappointed at my lost opportunity. Fortunately the trip got extended one day and I was able to meet a friend for pizza at Lou Manaltis, which renewed my faith in Chicago dinning. Before leaving the next day I visited the local wine shop next to the hotel and was recommended a selection of local beers which I brought home.

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Oh dear, I'm sorry Goose Island was so disappointing. Were the beers you did try enjoyable at least?

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Were the beers you did try enjoyable at least?
Not really. I may be a bit of a stickler on Service having waited tables for years and passion for what you are serving, but if the beers were good I could have overlooked that. In the SD area most every server knows their beer and most every brewery has 2 or more big beers to sample. Having tried the Bourbon County Stout I was expecting some big things from them. The Stout I tried was good and I remember a bock but everything else was forgettable.

I have since been back in the area (Indiana) and was able to stock up on some 3 Floyds and some other local beers I am looking forward to trying out.

The true eye opening experience for me was the L and subway. The L from midway was a nice convenient ride. My first impression of the subway was it was dank and dark and a little seedy. I was comparing it to our "Coaster" that has free wifi and wisks me down the coast with views of the Pacific Ocean. I like to sit on the second floor in the nice padded seats and check out the surfers when on it.

The only problem is there is only 11 trains on a good day, last one leaving at 5:15 PM and costs $5 per trip or $12 if you want to catch the amtrak which runs till 9PM. If i picked a random time in the day to travel it would take me 4 hours to get 35 miles from the airport to my home. I would guess there are more subways per hour than Coasters per day. Your public transportation rocks.
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Don't know if this is proper post etiquette to jump in with my own questions about things to do in Chicago.

I'll be in Chicago on 4th of July weekend. Going to the DMB concert. I've been looking for restaurant ideas. Was planning to hit Lou Malnati's so I'm glad to hear that will be a good choice.

My wife does not drink beer so I thought about going to Dusek's for dinner one night instead of hitting a brewpub. There was a write up about this restaurant in Draft Magazine and it looked interesting. Beer pairings and beer stuff for me and good food and cocktails for my wife.

Anyone been to Dusek's, is it a good choice?

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