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Billy Meade
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Post Number: 4
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Posted on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 07:11 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I will be in Schaumberg (near Woodfield Mall)next month for a conference. I've been to pubcrawler and read reviews on Prairie Rock Brewing Co and RAM Rest. & Brewery. I plan on going to Goose Island. If I don't have time to go, does Goose Island have their beers out in local beer bars? Also, can you buy their beers at local stores? Any other must visit breweries?
 

Brandon Dachel
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Posted on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 08:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

> If I don't have time to go, does Goose Island
> have their beers out in local beer bars?

You'll find Goose Island at nearly any supermarket in Northern IL. Call me crazy but I actually thought their Oktoberfest (may not be out by next month) has always been pretty darn solid.

My personal favorite brewpub in the far northern suburbs is Flatlanders in Lincolnshire. They serve real ale there and have good food. Pricey though. Mickey Finn's in Libertyville also has a real ale or two on tap typically. I cannot say that Mickey Finn's is a *must see* place, but the beer is pretty good.
 

Bob L.
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Posted on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 08:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I can get some of the Goose Island beers in Virginia.
 

Jeffery Swearengin
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Post Number: 377
Registered: 03-2002
Posted on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 09:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You'll find Goose Island's regular beers just about anywhere in IL. However, if you want to drink the "really good stuff" then you'll have to visit one of the brewpubs. My favorite is the Clybourn location. Try the award winning Naughty Goose which just come up a couple of weeks ago. They also just brought up the RyePA which is made with 100% Tomahawk! Awesome!

p.s.
Don't forget to ask for some Pere Jacque or Demolition in 4-pack bottles to go, if you like Belgian Ales. My other favorite Chicago-area brewpub is Flossmoor Station. The Pullman Nut Brown is always a treat. Enjoy the beer!

CHEERS! Beertracker

"From man's sweat and God's love, beer came into the world." ~ Saint Arnold of Metz (580-640) - Patron Saint of Brewers

 

Tom Meier
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Post Number: 169
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 10:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Tomohawk is columbus is zeus right?

All columbus IPA is good schtuff
 

HEU Brewer
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Posted on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 11:18 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Skip the Ram last time I was there the beers were mediocre at best.

Prairie Rock is so so and is worth a trip ONLY if you can't go anywhere else.

I would DEFINATELY drive down to Goose Island on Clyborne.

Take I-90 east to I-90/94 and Exit North Ave and head east

You will run into Clyborne, turn Left and the brewpub is right there.

Most definately worth the trip.

Flatlanders as Brandon mentioned is excellent, Abe's Honnest ALe on Cask is godly.

HEU Brewer
 

Jeffery Swearengin
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Posted on Monday, August 23, 2004 - 11:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Yes! Tomato or tomato(e). It's basically all the same. Tomahawk® is a registered trademark of Yakima Chief whereas Columbus® was registered by
Hopunion & Zeus® was registered by Hopsteiner.
CHEERS! Beertracker

"From man's sweat and God's love, beer came into the world." ~ Saint Arnold of Metz (580-640) - Patron Saint of Brewers

 

Vance Barnes
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Post Number: 947
Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 02:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

And if you go to Goose Island on Clyborne Sam's Liquors is right out the back door. Awsome selections of Belgians, UK, micros. Just go to Sam's first cause they close earlier than GI.
 

Mark Zgarrick
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Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 02:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Brandon, you're not crazy. I've been enjoying Goose's Oktoberfest offering over the last few years as well. Always pick up a couple 12 packs each season - a great beer for the $.
 

Pam Phillips
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Registered: 07-2004
Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2004 - 06:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Goose Island is well distributed. I've seen it on tap and in bottles whenever I visit Chicago. You do need to visit the pubs for the real thing. They do a lovely cask bitter!
 

Josh Weber
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Registered: 03-2003
Posted on Friday, August 27, 2004 - 12:16 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Maybe late, but if you're going in the city, either of the Goose Islands is good, whether Wrigleyville or the original. Map Room and Piece are good if you're in the city but it could be tough to get around if you're not familiar w/ the area. Piece is right off 90 on the way in from Schaumburg, pretty good food. If you're staying in the suburbs, RAM is right in Schaumburg but not the most exciting beers. Don't know if you have a car, but try Lunar Brewing - a brewpub about 25 minutes southeast, just a regular bar but they have some great beers plus a good selection of beers hard to find elsewhere. Reasonably priced too.