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Goose Island, Shoreditch, E1

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222 Shoreditch High Street
E1
E1 6PJ
Phone: 02073929606
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Pub SignMan left this review about Goose Island

This is a nicely presented, modern brewpub from Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery, handily located close to Shoreditch High Street station. You enter to a long, main bar area with scruffy floorboards to the front and a bare concrete floor further into the room. The bar runs down the left-hand side and has a nice glazed tile counter front with a solid wood top and a tidy bar back notable for the two large conditioning tanks suspended above it. Seating is almost exclusively in the form of high tables and stools alongside aged brick wall to the right with several large arch-shaped windows along its length. The rear left wall, just beyond the end of the bar, has been covered in colourful flyers for various gigs and events around Chicago, although they all looked fake to me, so might just be marketing gimmicks. Next to this, a small hatch allows you to peek into the kitchen and on the rear wall there is a DJ booth in front of a chain curtain which bears the brewery’s logo and the area around it looked like it might possibly double up as a stage for live music. Steps to the rear left lead up into a rear room which has the feel of a dining area or perhaps a small function room, furnished with long tables and many chairs. The in-house brew plant is visible to the rear of this room. A loud, quite funky soundtrack was playing throughout my visit and the noise from the post-work crowd did its best to drown the music out. Upon leaving, I was a little surprised to find doormen operating a ‘one-in, one-out’ policy, as the bar didn’t seem to be especially crowded.
I counted twelve keg taps here which dispensed two beers from the core Goose Island range plus ten from the in-house brewery, with a further Goose Island brew available from a barrel on the bar back. I was rather surprised to find two handpulls on the bar which offered a choice of Thornbridge Peveril and Marble Manchester Bitter. I took a bit of a punt on the latter, unsure as to how much turnover the cask ales get in here, but was pleased to find it was in good nick and a lot cheaper than many of the keg options.
I thought this seemed like a pretty good place for Goose Island to showcase their beer and an interesting project for them to brew a few experimental recipes in the onsite plant. The presence of a couple of handpulls was also a big plus point for me and I would say this is one of the better craft beer bars in the Shoreditch area.

On 2nd January 2020 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Goose Island

A modern brew pub with a rank of large high tables running most of the length of the righthand wall,which is fully exposed brick ,while the industrial ducting in the ceiling giving it a hip feel.The bar is to the left,while a small raised area at the rear has more traditional tables and chairs while a glass panel behind which sits the brew kit.A trip to the downstairs loo (worth inspecting) will show more brewing kit at this lower level.Muzak wasn't too loud,tables will be reserved but sensibly indicating the time when the table is booked.The food menu is mainly pizze and subs,there is also quite a long bottled list.
The bar has a 12 tap gantry with 10 from Goose Island,many at high ABV while two guest kegs were also carried.There are 4 handpumps offering their own Harvest MILD DH (doubled),a decent Buxton Downfall Ekuanot £5.25 with a further pump unclipped.
If you want to sample Goose Island keg beers with recipes from the US ,then this place will suit.I was expecting more options in real ale,so in future I may just pop in the see what's on,but would not aim for this pub as a destination for real ale.

On 1st June 2019 - rating: 7
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Goose Island

Decent brew-pub, with a rectangular bar at the front and a small slightly raised seating / dining area at the back with the brew-plant behind a glass screen at the rear. Semi-modern furniture and decor (of the BrewDog variety) throughout. It looked like there were eight craft beers brewed on site, plus the regular and Midway IPAs, available from the keg taps, and two Siren guest ales - Liquid Mistress and Suspended in Olicana (£5.20) - being dispensed from the pair of handpumps at each end of the counter.

On 19th May 2019 - rating: 7
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Shoreditch High Street, 0.22 miles, 4 min walk (show)
London Liverpool Street, 0.45 miles, 8 min walk (show)
Old Street, 0.57 miles, 10 min walk (show)
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2nd Jan 2020, 19:00
Review submitted by Pub SignMan
 
5th Aug 2019, 22:39
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