Any real beer connoisseur knows that drinking craft beer is not a solitary activity. Don’t get me wrong, drinking a great beer can be very enjoyable while sitting on the patio but it becomes a party when you add additional craft beer imbibers. That’s why I always recommend that you do a tour and tasting when you have the chance when visiting a brewery. Everyone that does the tour is there to have a good time and enjoy some local brews.
Several years ago, my wife and I as well as our friends John and Angie made a trip to Chicago for sightseeing and of course some beer drinking…one of the stops for beer drinking was Goose Island near Clybourn Station. The address for the Goose Island Brewpub is 1800 N. Clybourn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614.
Of course, we had to do the obligatory tour of the brewing facilities located at this brewpub. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable regarding his job…the only problem with him was that he was from Michigan and was a Michigan Fan…so much so that he had the big blue block M tattooed on his forearm. I felt sorry for the poor guy. The four of us are all big Buckeye fans so we had to give him as much grief as possible. He was a good sport about it though…although we did make sure to keep an eye on him in case he was just a good actor…the last thing we wanted was to see him spitting in our beer samples.
Honestly, he was a great tour guide and we had a lot of fun with him. The samples at the brewpub are very generous. Pitchers of each beer were placed on the tables after the tour and passed down. Glasses that were provided were approximately 6 ounces each and there was never an empty pitcher. Our Tour Guide
One interesting fact that he provided was that hops and cannabis are closely related…Angie blurted that answer right out when he asked if anyone knew what hops were related to…hmmm, makes me wonder what other interesting facts Angie may know about hops and cannabis.
Julie and I after the tour and samples.
As you can see by the glass in my hand, the sample glasses were very generous. You might notice that John was also having a great time while they were taking the pic, and yes I know that I look like Uncle Fester…I know that all of you who are reading this were thinking it…it’s ok, I know!!!!
If you are ever in Chicago make sure you stop in to Goose Island. I know that they are now owned by big corporate beer but I am sure that you will have a great time.
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