Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
Active Beers: 32
Beer Ratings: 783
Beer Avg: 3.77
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 10
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 164 | Reviews: 117 | Display Reviews Only:
4.55/5 rDev +12.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I stopped by Piece with some friend while on the way home from Dark Lord Day. I really liked the atmosphere. It had the perfect combination of modern, hip, and old fashioned. The music was eclectic (jazz, elvis, hank williams, indie rock). The people were eclectic (bohemians, Japanese business men, hippies with dreds so long they have to put their hair in their coat pocket). The service was very good. It seemed that our waitress was covering half the brewpub, but she still managed to be friendly, and prompt. She was also able to give good descriptions of the beers. The beer was as good as I've had at other great Midwestern brewpubs like Minneapolis Town Hall, or The Great Dane. The Top Heavy Hefe was the perfect antidote to a weekend overdose of RIS and DIPA at DLD. The kolsch they had on was one of the most flavorful I have tasted. The Egyptian Pale Ale reminded me a lot of Bell's Hopslam. While the Big Black Maria was a very well balanced coffee porter. The pizza was some of the best I've ever had. Great toppings with the perfect crust. My sister lives a couple blocks from Piece so I guess I will be visiting her more often to give myself an excuse to hit up the brewpub.
04-28-2008 18:22:38 | More by KarlHungus
4.28/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
We arrived in Chicago in the early afternoon this past weekend and decided to knock Piece and the Map Room off of our to-do list early enough where we could get a seat.
We took the Blue Line to Damen and, after a brief lapse in directional judgment, found Piece. It's incredibly close to the CTA station.
We were seated immediately and perused the menu. We were surprised at how many people were eating pizza at 2 in the afternoon. The place wasn't packed full, but for that time of the day they were doing some nice business.
We immediately ordered two beers - I had the Hefeweizen and my wife had the Golden Arm. Both were very good for their styles and better than I was expecting based on some of the reviews that I had read.
Later, I moved on to the Dysfunctionale and thoroughly enjoyed it. I did manage to spill half of it and the waiter graciously helped clean up my mess. I was very grateful to see that he wrote that one off as a spill on the ticket and didn't even charge me for it. I made up for it on the tip that I left and thought that was above and beyond service. Afterwards, I moved on to the Big Black Maria porter and enjoyed it the most. It was very flavorful and tasted just like a Porter should. All of the offerings that we tried were very fresh and carbonated properly.
We were saving up our appetite for dinner that night and opted for their goat cheese appetizer. It was very tasty and hit the spot. We were drooling at some of the pizzas being brought out to the other patrons and would like to come back some time and give it a try. It's not Chicago-style, but looked delicious nonetheless.
Besides Goose Island, this is apparently the only other truly local brewpub in Chicago. I can't bring myself to consider the not-to-be-named chain brewpub in town to be in the same category. I will not hesitate to go back to Piece again if I can fit it in.
04-27-2008 20:39:17 | More by millhouse
3.65/5 rDev -9.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went here after taking my girlfriend to school to get some food.
Overall, the atmosphere of the place reminded me a bit of a small local pizza joint, with its beat up wooden tables, mixed with a loud sports bar that blares music and has flat screens around too. Also, had a bit of the fake "artsy" atmosphere that reminded me a bit of a starbucks. The pizza though was good; nothing special but not bad. It was super fresh and piping hot when it came out which I did like. The service was quick and the server seemed rather informed as he knew all about the different types of beers. To go to piece, you have to make sure that you want pizza since that really is the only food on their menu besides 3 salads and a few apps. Not a bad thing just a forewarning before you go. When i was there they had 6 Piece beers on tap and also about that many of guest tap. The beers ran about $6 a pint which seems to be about average for a pint in the City of a micro and a small pizza was 11. So overall costs about 28 with tip and tax for a small pizza and a 2 beers. It was nice but not really a place that I would be dying to go to again.
04-03-2008 04:31:19 | More by jeonseh
4.43/5 rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I've been to Piece twice now under very different circumstances. My first visit was on a beer-related trip with fellow BAs on a very busy Saturday night, the second with a large group of family (including my kids - 3 and 5) on an early Sunday evening. Both visits were resounding successes.
The space is visually appealing, and the long communal tables in the main room fun at busy times.
The house-made beers that I've tried (mostly IPAs so far) have been very good to outstanding. There was a wide selection available on each visit, covering a broad ranges of styles. In addition, they have a nice tap and bottle list of other craft beers, including Three Floyds and Bear Republic. Nice.
The pizza is amazing. I thought perhaps I was in a sufficient state of refreshment on my first visit that my senses may have been deceived, but I'm happy to report that was not the case. Truly delicious stuff, and in my top three pizza places for sure.
Service has been good despite the crowds, with fine beer knowledge and an appropriate level of attention. Prices are very fair, and bordering on cheap for Chicago.
01-03-2008 05:48:14 | More by Realale
4.3/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
I've only had the pleasure of visiting Piece once, but it will definitely be on my list each time I visit Chicago from here on out (which isn't nearly often enough).
The beer selection is great. They've a wide variety of styles on hand. Growlers are reasonably priced (and the growler bottle itself is a beautiful cobalt blue). Stuck with IPAs for beer and they both remarkable (Captain Kick Ass and Camel Toe).
The pizza is out of this world. We each ordered our custom personal pizzas and they were tremendous. Great combos of crust and sauces/styles. Good, fresh ingredients.
After I paid my tab my pockets were still heavy enough that I felt I could spring for a Growler of Captain Kick Ass so it must've been a pretty good value cuz I was pretty broke if I remember right.
Great place. A must-visit if you're near Chicago. And make sure to take home one of those beautiful, cobalt-blue growlers...
11-22-2007 16:41:05 | More by zook74
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I am biased, because an old college friend and ultimate frisbee teammate is one of the owners of this Chicago hot spot. I read alot of positive reviews and I am glad to report that this place did not dissappoint. Larger sized room, multiple levels, a large bar to the right and a large open area in the rear where you can see in to the kitchen that turns out all that tasty New Haven, Ct. style pizza. The crowd was on the younger side (25-35 year olds) when I visited. The game was on the multiple TVs, the vibe was easy going and fun. I tried 3 or 4 differant styles of beer and each was was fresh, tasty and a respectable or better take on the style. Very fun place, I'm sure I would be a frequent partaker in here if I was local. I wish there was a place like this alot closer to northern westchester county , N.Y.!
11-18-2007 19:36:56 | More by Billolick
3.1/5 rDev -23.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$
The Beers were better than the pizza.
A couple of buddies and myself ordered a large pizza with sausage, pepperoni, and green peppers. We recieved a large pizza with loads of green peppers, a nearly undetectable amount of sausage, and not one piece of pepperoni.
The sevice however did make up for the mistake by offering a new pizza and gave us a pitcher of free Beer. The server apologized, and then the manager came over to appologize. So they made up for that, and I understand that shit happens anyways.
Prices were reasonable and the Beers were flavourful.
They have valet parking, which was a nice touch.
11-03-2007 15:55:48 | More by BrewSomerville
3.93/5 rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
piece is a decent stop. go for the food though, not for the beer. the brews they had on tap were rather inconsistant with what they had in the menu, and a couple of them that i wanted were the ones they did not have. had a few samples, and none of them were impressing. the octoberfest was decent though.
the food was pretty good, however. the pizza is not the usual chicago-style deep dish, but it was still damn good.
prices are reasonable, right on track with other establishments similar to it.
10-13-2007 17:17:18 | More by botham
2.95/5 rDev -27.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$
That would some up my impression of the place. Many have hit it on the head with the + points in certain areas and (-) points in other areas. The servers were....uh....not good. They didn't seem the least bit friendly.
The selection...average at best. Great, they serve what they make, not so great that they make about 3-5 run-of-the-mill beers.
Atmosphere and crowd were OK...I didn't see the yupster element mentioned earlier. Not a destination unto itself, but a worthy stop on a Bucktown crawl.
08-07-2007 16:54:42 | More by PudTinkler
3.78/5 rDev -6.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$$
A nice set-up on the inside with natural lighting during the day and plenty of seating. Not necessary my type of crowd however, a bit too trendy for my taste, which led me to skepticism. However they have some great beer made on the premises and some amazing pizza. Not somewhere I would tend to hangout at on a regular basis, but the porter was great and the pizza was some of the best I've had. A wish I would have got a growler to take home. I definitely recommend this place for lunch or dinner, maybe not a Friday night though. The beer was reasonably priced but the pizza was just a bit on the pricey side, not outrageous though. Definitely worth it.
07-30-2007 04:22:38 | More by letsgopens
Piece Brewery & Pizzeria in Chicago, IL
91 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.