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A Peek Inside The Revamped Goose Island Brewhouse

By Emma G. Gallegos in Food on Oct 20, 2017 9:38PM

Almost two years ago, when AB InBev bought the Clybourn Avenue brewpub where it all started for Goose Island, they promised they wouldn't be making any drastic changes. Well, they broke their promise, but that isn't a bad thing.

The Goose Island Brewhouse was opened in 1988—a lifetime ago for the craft beer movement—and it hasn't been updated since then. Ten months ago the space was closed for renovation, and it's set to re-open soon. (There's not an exact date yet.)

You can still enjoy American classic from Executive Chef Marcus Rasmussen who will be serving its clientele from an open kitchen that features a wood burning grill. There's more space for on-site brewing, and the brewing equipment, which hadn't been updated since 1988, has been replaced. Jon Naghski, who is in charge of brewing, will be working with a 15-barrel system and four single fermentation vessels.

The old space has been completely revamped. The main bar is now light, open, sleek and modern. There's a private dining room available for events called the Fulton & Wood Room, according to the Chicago Tribune. A side room has been rebranded the Vintage Ale Bar, an intimate space to enjoy the Goose Island’s barrel-aged beers, including the Bourbon County Brand Stout.