To be fair, I live in a Bud Light area. So any Goose Island on tap usually just sits there. And no telling when the last time the lines were cleaned. (I'm no expert but I'm at the point where I can tell a fresh beer from a stale one and I will inspect the beer for clarity for floaters due to dirty lines).
The true test would be if I ever make it back to Chicago. And to continue, there are tons more local breweries than there were when I first had Goose.
If you can find Ballast Point 'Sculpin' IPA or 'Dorado' IPA I think it's amongst the best bottled beers out there.
And here's a fun fact...When Goose Island was bought out by Bud, Bud paid something like $16 million US.
The company that recently bought Ballast Point paid $1 billion US. Granted there's a few years between the sales but still it's astounding.
My favorite however is Wormtown 'Be Hoppy' IPA and it is brewed locally but it is a small brewery.