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Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

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Piece Brewery & PizzeriaPiece Brewery & Pizzeria
BEER AVG
3.76/5
Based on:
33 Beers
813 Ratings
Place Score: 92
Ratings: 193
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: n/a
Taps: 18
Bottles: 10
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1927 W North Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60622-1316
United States
phone: (773) 772-4422

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @piecechicago

Notes:
8 house taps, 10 guest taps.

Extreme parking enforcement area.
Metered parking on North Ave., permit only on side streets.

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Photo of jackndan
2.13/5  rDev -47.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Piece: This is a place one would expect the tools from Real World to work, much more style than substance. Great looking big barn, I heard it was a former auto repair shop. Unfortunately, it was staffed with uninterested and non-too bright help. Sample:

J-D: Do you have a sampler?
Wait-Person: Ummmmm. . . . I’ll have to check
(intermission)
W-P: No.
J-D: Are you freaking kidding me, bring me the manager; I’ll have to throttle him or her!
W-P: (insipid stare).
J-D: for Christmas crackers, get me a beer.
W-P: sure we have beer.
J-D: (wimpers).

What was eventually brought was an uninspired “beer” like substance. Bad beer, bad help, bad service, fairly good pizza. Do not believe that this is Chicago style anything, go elsewhere.

Photo of laintringulis
2.73/5  rDev -33.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3

Very large establishment, mostly dark with alot of neon lights. Many TVs, noisy jukebox. Large area of tables/chairs for eating. The place appeared clean and tidy. I could see where it might be too noisy on a busy night, between the younger crowds, TVs, and jukebox. They had 5 drafts of their own and several guests drafts (3F, DFH, Bell's). They were out of 3 of their beers. There were only 3 couples in the place and we had gotten very slow service. The kitchen closed early that night, so we couldn't eat and no one knew anyplace in the area that had food. The staff was not knowledgable about their products. Serving us felt like we were imposing on them. The beer we had was tasty, but I did not feel that it was worth going that far away to get beer when there are many nicer establishments in the area with better selections. The menu items sounded good and looked reasonable in price, but again, the kitchen closed early.

Photo of davedahl
2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Piece is a brewpub in the Bucktown area of Chicago.

They have a nice selection of brewpub standbys including a nicely-balanced double IPA. However to non-beer geeks this place is known for the pizza....and the over-abundance of flat-screened TV's. The weekend nights, and most weekday nights, the place is packed with 20-somethings eating pizza and staring at the TV's.

The beer is great, pizza is adequate, atmosphere bland, and service can get slow when with the crowds.

Go for the beer on a weekend afternoon to skip the crowds - and don't feel like you have to try the pizza.

Photo of PudTinkler
2.95/5  rDev -27.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3

Ehh.

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.

Photo of beertooth
2.95/5  rDev -27.7%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I've been here three times in the past year and I really want to like this place, but I just can't.

The pizza is tasty and priced right, but every time I've been the beer has been worse and worse. I had a "smoked" stout tonight that had no body. It tasted like a watery porter with liquid smoke in it. The IPA was unbalanced and had no malt backbone at all. Think club soda with pine sap added. Their barleywine tasted like an old freezer or freezer burnt food. The best beer I had tonight was a guest tap. The last two times I've been here the beer was better, but not great. Their other IPAs are worth a shot and they do brew a decent smoked porter.

Service is decent, but everyone I've had talked to me like I'm twelve years old.

I don't really fit in with the crowd at this place.

Next time I'm in the mood for their pizza I'll just pick some up and pair it with some better beers I have in my fridge and skip everything else.

Photo of ChicagoNick
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of BrewSomerville
3.1/5  rDev -24%
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.

Photo of BeerZack
3.1/5  rDev -24%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This was a big and busy place that seemed to really fit the neighborhood style. I wouldn't change anything about it from a business perspective, but the beer was just okay. DysfunctionAle was good, the stout OK and the hefe was nice if a little weak. I would definately go back to this place, but mostly to try more of the food. There was a very interesting sounding strong ale that was unavailable at the time that I would have liked to try. This business could not be better, but the beer could be.

Photo of mkopera24
3.13/5  rDev -23.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2

I've been to Piece two times now. I have yet to be impressed. Being located in Chicago, they had a lot to live up to. When you're competing against other brewpubs like Goose Island and Rock Bottom, you really have to step it up a notch to impress this Chicagoan. I would have to say that the food selection first of all is below par. Mainly pizza on the menu. Pizza that, again, doesn't impress this Chicagoan. But before going to this establishment, I was on the website researching which craft beers I would try. I was excited. This excitement was lost when 2 of the 3 beers I planned on trying were out. Either now out of season or they just ran out. The staff there were no help in giving suggestions when I gave an explanation of my tastes. The gentleman I was speaking with had little knowledge of the beers. Comparing that to Goose Island, a place where every staff member apparently has GREAT knowledge in their beers, Piece fell short. But the remaining beers I did have the pleasure of having were decent. But nothing extraordinary. I would definitely go back. It was not bad, but like I said, when you have strong competition in the same city, you want to either meet or beat what they are doing. Will be going again, hoping for a bit of improvement.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.26/5  rDev -20.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in here after work with a new co-worker. Walking in, there is a bar on the right hand side, with some tall top tables in the bar area, and smoe regular restaurant seating around the edges. The ceilings are very high. This place remided me a lot of a converted auto garage, which it may be. This plave really didn't have a vibe to it at all. There were quite a few TV's playing sports, with some unmemorable music playing in the background. The bartender seemed like she was having a bad day, or that she didn't really want to be there, as she was not very warm to us, and took a little while to get our order, even though we were two of three people sitting at the bar. The beer I had was good...really good. Almost good enough to negate the less than stellar feel I got from the place. To her credit, after my beer was empty, the bartender promptly asked if I wanted another, so maybe she was just distracted when we arrived. I don't know. There were about 8 beers on today, but the second one I wanted to try "was pouring all foam" according to the bartender, and I was not able to have one. I found out later that some other folks from BA were there about 10 minutes after I left, and they were able to get that same beer served to them. That made me unhappy. There were a few guest taps hanging out, but nothing to write home about. I know this sounds pretty negative. I didn't get a real good vibe while I was there. Maybe I was too early in the day to really experience what this place is about. I don't know. I will give them another chance and see what I think then, but for now, this was not what I had hoped.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

A leisurely stroll throughout the Chicago streets takes us first to Bangers & Lace then to the Maproom, and now dinner and beers at Piece caps the night with pizza and ale- yea, I'm a happy guy.

The busy dinner hour rush held us up at the door for a few minutes. When asking the door guy for recommendaitons of what's a preferred flagship and a special beer not to be missed, the young fellow replied with Worryin' Ale and Wingnut with no hesitation.

We shrugged off the 20 minute wait for a table for two open seats at the bar. This gave us a chance to take in the large warehouse-type space. Full of beer drinkers and pizza eaters, it looks like there's 50 tables with a curved bar that has to seat 30 or so. The space and personnel handles the Wednesday night crowd very well. A mix of industrial designed lighting, chalk boards, and exposed brick, ductwork, and structure reinforces the notion of being a hipster joint under the tracks; except we're in a pretty nice Chicago neighborhood.

The two pints of beer were nicely promptly delivered and provided a very rewarding taste that's malty rich, seemingly of English origins, firmly hopped with noble and American varieties, and enough of an American experimental attitude to keep the imagination churning. With their strong malty character, the beers were not the perfect match for the garlic pesto pizza but that's my fault. The thin and biscuity crusted pizza is a departure from the famed deep dish Chicago pies and took care of the hunger pangs, but yielded few other reasons to celebrate. This is Chicago- food expectations are high here.

The bar staff was courteous although very busy. They took care of our orders swiftly and efficiently but with little opportunity for conversation otherwise. The visit to Piece was satisfying and rewarding but I left with the impressions that Chicago has better to offer. Although the business model for this brewpub seems strong and loyal, it has a sense that it is 1992 and can use a remodel from concept to execution to fulfill the demands of today's beer enthusiasts.

Photo of bilyboy65
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

A: This place has an interesting setup to it. Very much is trying to sell you on its name and beers. Walk in and on the wall is a a big display of merchandise for the brewpub. The taps are all the same piece symbol. Standard setup, tables and a big standing area in the center of the bar. What makes this place stand out to me is the offering of other choices besides the beers they brew. Allowing people to mingle and talk about the craft brews they serve and the standard beers sold in stores.

Q: Each beer came in the proper style of glass. Everything seemed clean and tidy.

S: The place kept filling up as people got off of work, but only one bartender remained. He was good, but not good enough to work alone at this time.

SE: Had a good selection of beers on tap that spanned a wide variety of styles. The food menu was relatively plain and standard. Lot of options though for the few choices presented.

F: Only ordered a pizza. Nothing special about it.

V: Not being a city boy this place was about what I would expect to pay at home. Especially for a craft brewpub with a selection like it had.

Photo of bditty187
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

When we walked in we were greeted with a sterile, clean... sort of stiff feeling brewpub. The bar was off to the right with high top seating and more seating off the main room. Clean walls, a few TVs about... it was sort of restaurant-sports bar meets brewpub. For some reason it didn't feel "beery" even though there was a huge chalkboard touting all the awards their beers won. Impressive and cheesy at the same time. The atmosphere wasn't cozy and it wasn't classy either... it was sort of just neutral.

We found a seat at the bar; it was around 2pm on a lazy Monday. I was not thrilled with the beer selection; it was heavy on wheat beers and lighter offerings. No stouts or porters, nothing too hoppy. I tried their ESB and it did nothing for me. However, the guest taps were great. Racer 5, two 3F beers and about 10 other tasty offerings... I had a Racer 5 with my pizza. It is a shame I needed to drink a guest beer at a brewpub...

The pizza was thin crust, simple, greasy and nothing special. The bartender talked us into getting the spinach dip and chips, it was far from great.

The service was above average but not overly noteworthy. It took sometime for us to get our check as one of the two bartenders/waitress seemed to have disappeared. But, overall, no complaints.

We stopped here because it was close to the train stop and a short walk to Map Room. Nothing about Piece was outstanding enough for me to recommend to others and I really have no need to return the next time I am in Chicago. Sadly, it was a forgettable brewpub experience.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped at this place after Dark Lord Day 2007. Decent place, but there was a number of things that pissed off the inner beer geek in me.

The place was packed. Not to capacity like Map Room or Three Floyds were when I visited, yet this place was completely stuffed full of people to point of annoyance, despite being much larger than either place. We got on the list for a table, and were quoted an hour and a half wait, but we were welcome to stand at the bar. Using our empirical knowledge of packed restaurants, we decided to order a pint and check back with the hostess in a few minutes, since usually places shoot a much higher estimate. So after 20 minutes of standing in an aisle with a pint in my hand, attempting to dodge the waitstaff who seemed to be in a hurry and subsequently pissed off, we were finally seated.

The place was very well kept. It was a cool, modern, and UBER trendy place full of "cool" young trendsters. Has the feel of a sports bar / exclusive club where they only let in douchebags with popped collars who smell like they just used a whole can of Axe body spray. I kind of felt out of place wearing my DFH t-shirt and jeans, but I really don't give a fuck about image, and people who care TOO much really annoy me for some reason or another. Anyways, as soon as I walked in the door, I came to the realization that this is the type of place that "cool" people come to drink good beer, and not necessarily because they enjoy it, but because it LOOKS cool.

The beer was good, but fairly pedestrian. The thing that really pissed me off, though, was the menu itself. The printed menu had about 4 beers listed with no mention of style. I could only guess based on the brief descriptions what the styles may be. What's even more fucked up, I looked over at my friend's menu and noticed that his beer list was different than mine. Neither was up to date, so we had to look at the chalk board above the bar. The chalk board had all the current offerings, but no style info. We asked the barstaff, and they didn't know a damn thing about the beers they were serving aside from the names, and they even gave us a pissy sneer that more or less said, "We're busy and don't have time for you, so just order something with a cute name."

So, finally I ended up ordering the Golden Arm, simply because I knew it would be a lighter beer, and I needed such, after standing in the heat all day whilst drinking Dark Lord. Turns out it was a Kolsch, and a surprisingly good one. My friend ordered the Flat Iron Stout (the only beer on the chalk board that had the style in the name). It was a very good Dry Stout, but it had a caramel flavor (not like caramelized malt, but REAL caramel). Good, even if it isn't to style. My other friend ordered a Full Frontal, just because he is a lecherous bastard and wanted to ask the hot bartender for a Full Frontal. It turned out to be a delicious IPA, and I ended up drinking a couple of them throughout the night. Another friend of mine ordered Dolomite, which turned out to be a malt liquor, served with a small brown bag over the glass. Nice touch.

The pizza was great, though. A wide variety of traditional and untraditional toppings (mashed potatoes?). Served on gigantic trays that they place on a rack over the table; just at the right height that a pint glass can fit under. It's a great idea for saving space, but it makes it impossible for the already bimbo waitstaff to see that you are in need of a refill... which brings me to my next point. My friend that was drinking the Full Frontal was in the restroom when the waitress came to the table. She simply took his empty glass and asked everybody else at the table which beer he just had. We weren't quite paying attention to what was going on, so we simply said "Full Frontal," not knowing that we had unsuspectingly ordered his next beer for him. It turns out that that's what he wanted, but that's no excuse. To give her credit, we should have seen that coming, but in our defense, I have had great waitstaff that have asked what I had just to see if I enjoyed it, or to simply shoot the shit about the beer and be personable. Regardless of whether or not it was our fault, she really should have waited until he was back at his seat to ask if he even wanted to order another beer to begin with.

To make a long story short: call in your pizza for carry-out and pick up a growler to go along with it, but don't stay, and do your research here first, otherwise you'll have no way in hell of knowing what you're getting yourself into style-wise. This place has a LOT of potential, but it seems like their focus is on image rather than beer, which is a shame because it seems like their brewer really knows what he's doing.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Piece has a very large open feel to it. High arched ceilings and clear glass skylights across the center of the space. It is decorated with modern and contemporary furnishings in an industrial barn-style building. Restored heavy wooden beams and trusses support the arched roof.
The smell inside is very nice. Garlic, pizza dough and other pleasant scents greet as you enter.
On this particular visit our party was unable to sit at the bar, due to pretty good sized crowd. We ended up at table in the smoking section. Most of the other patrons were there for the pizza.
The pizza is not the pizza that Chicago is famous for, but something different. We had a white pizza (no tomato sauce) olive oil and garlic as the sauce on a bready cracker type crust. The pizza was actually pretty good.
The Piece beers I tried were very enjoyable and well made. Top Heavy Hefe and Fornicator were very tasty and good examples of the style.
Our waitress knew a little bit about the beers. I hope to be able to sit at the bar on my next visit. This would allow me focus more on the beers and find out if the bartenders know anymore than the waitress did.

Photo of hoosier222002
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

We stopped in to Piece on a Monday afternoon. Nice atmosphere to the place. Plenty of big screens showing ESPN around the room. I was able to enjoy a Dysfunctionale which was an extremely good Pale Ale. The next beers enjoyed were there Worryin Ale and the Porter.

The pizza that my wife and I enjoyed was very good. I would recommend it to anyone.

Now the downside of the visit: The service was poor at best. There appeared to be one lady working the bar and the tables in the restaurant at the same time. On one occasion, I sat with an empty glass for quite a while. It also took her quite a while to run our credit card to cash us out to leave. The service was a big negative.

With exception of the service, I liked the place. May have to give it another try and hope for better service though.

Photo of donnebaby
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

This place had a barn-like feel to it with wooden rafters strung with Xmas lights. A big, wide-open room with a long bar and totally stuffed with finished wooden tables, some higher than others, and some booths. Cement floors. Atmosphere was so-so--like a sports bar more or less.

Would've liked to try the food, but went after dinner. Mostly pizza anyway.

The beer, I thought, was pretty interesting. I was pretty surprised. Had the Worryin Ale, Big n Curvy, their Anniversary Ale, and the Hefe Weizen--in a big 22oz. glass. Lots of other beers on tap, including 3 Floyds, Bells, and Pabst, and a great selection of bottles, including 10 great int'l selections.

They also have free wireless internet.

I'd go back.

Photo of ms333
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

After hearing great things about this place, I decided to finally quit wavering and get my ass in for a visit. It's a decently large (compared to other, slightly similar places I've been to) place, with that kind of Max and Erma's faux-semi-postmodern-industrial motif going on, what with exposed brick and ductwork intermingling with drywall, metals, and smooth 'n' shiny woods. It's never been my thing, but at least it's not a turn-off. A few flat screens line the wall over the bar and into part of the seating area, allowing for a glimpse into the sporting world not often seen at brewpubs these days (sometimes awesome, sometimes not). As per usual, I eschewed tables and whatnot for a seat at the bar. I ordered a flight of everything to give myself a sense of what Piece was all about beer-wise. The bartender was generally amiable, though it seemed as though the lunch rush was just about to begin, and the staff was preparing to deal with it. As such, friendly and helpful though the were, the staff made sure things were done with a sense of urgency, with the next item on the agenda to follow right away. I didn't feel rushed, but I didn't feel not-rushed either. Weird. Anyway, the beers were generally solid, though nothing really grabbed my attention. It's clear that's the basic MO here, to brew good, semi-traditional beers. I have no problem with that whatsoever, but I could easily think of at least two other offerings in the same style I'd rather have for each beer. (I know I shouldn't have thought that, but it's where my brain went whilst sampling.) Suffice it to say, nothing was either growler- or return-visit-worthy. I didn't try any food and have heard mixed reviews on the pizza (I think it depends on how you feel about thin vs. thick crust and whatnot...and I'm in the latter camp, myself). Prices seemed on par with pretty much every other Cicago brewpub I've been to.

In all, I enjoyed my time at Piece, and have enjoyed a couple visits since, but it's still really not a place I wholeheartedly look forward to visiting, and I never find myself saying "Man, you really need to go to Piece!" I don't mean to knock the place too badly, but I just can't get all that excited about it.

Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of woodychandler
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

The entryway was an inverted “V”/ triangular/wedge shape, in keeping with their logo. The maitre d’ station was just inside of the door, with the curved, “U”-shaped bar at a right oblique. The décor was earthy, with sea-foam green and brick red for the walls and the wood top of the bar had a reddish mahogany tone to it. The left part of the space, facing aft, was mostly high tables and chairs with a bank of benches against the wall. Beyond that was a semi-private party room with some really bright abstract paintings on the wall. Above this space, there was a multi-fretted guitar hanging in the overhead as a nod to part owner Rick Neilsen of Cheap Trick. The kitchen was straight back, with the washrooms flanking either side. The serving tanks were visible behind the back bar, through a couple of windows. The front wall, which overlooked North Avenue, had a couple of glass and wood panels that could be folded open in good weather. The ceiling featured a steeply angled skylight that ran well over half of the length of the place. They also used a lot of blackboards to announce such things as “Daily Specials”, “Now Pouring”, and “Upcoming Events”, all in colored chalk. I mention this last because it has inspired me to use colored chalk in the classroom as a way to offset my standard white chalk. Finally, I liked the renditions of King Gambrinus atop the tap stations.

Beers: First off, NO samplers! 8=( I started with their Dysfunctionale, an IPA, followed by Surrender, a Biere de Garde. Both were quite good, but I do not feel qualified to comment on their beers if, like Simple Simon, I was unable to taste their wares. Bah!

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

I dragged some friends here for a drink prior to a planned dinner event because of Piece's medals at WBC and GABF.

We arrived at about 5:30pm. The space seemed large, with an abundant number of televisions. We were only interested in drinking, but the relatively flaky wait-staff let us sit wherever we wished, which ended being between the bar and the kitchen.

There were about 5 homegrown beers on tap, including one (Amarillo Brillo) not shown on the menu (you should check the board above the bar). There was also Three Floyd's, Founder's and Bell's products on "guest taps."

After a slow first round our server was relatively quick with the drinks, which was appreciated.

The place seemed clean and friendly, although the service seemed a bit ditzy and unorganized. The pizza, which we didn't eat, looked awesome.

In future visits to Chicago, I would be willing to re-visit Piece.

Photo of heytomcat
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Went here on a rainy Thursday and it was packed. Not a lot of room to wait for a table. The atmosphere is basically one big square room so it gets pretty loud. Despite that, the beer and pizza was pretty good and the service was great. I would definitely go here again when it's less crowded.

Photo of mcallister
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Went to Piece on a recent beer trip with many fellow BA's and really liked the place and their beers, and their chocolate pizza.

It seemed to be more geared toward a restaraunt than a brew pub and things seating was open. The beer selection although somewhat small had some very good beers indeed. Especially the camletoe IPA and their Helles bock. We had a Chocolate pizza courtesy of the fellow BA's that was outstanding. I normally don't eat sweet (have to watch the calorie intake with all this beer) but I could have eaten the whole damn thing myself.

The only fault I saw was that our waiter was fairly slow, however we did have a party of 12

Photo of jvande7
3.63/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This place has great beer. That is why I go here. That is the summary of this review, read on for more details...

The service leaves a bit to be desired, at least at the bar. The servers, if you decide to get a table, are good. At the bar it's a different story all together. The past few times I have gone in there it takes an unreasonably long time to get a beer. And I'm not talking about friday night full house, I'm talking lunch time even when there is only maybe a dozen people in the place. And I'm 6' 4'' tall so I'm fairly sure they see me.

The pizza is pretty damn good if you get the right thing, we usually go for the spinach artichoke and fresh garlic pizza. All they really offer is pizza though, the beer is the real treat there. Their guest beer selection is not bad but they are always out of at least 3 beers (including their own sometimes).

The atmosphere is really not my style, and unlike most great brewpubs. It's a sportsbar with many plasma tv's on the walls, always with baseball or basketball on. I just guzzle my fill of delicious handcrafted beers and race for the door. I really dread going here during major sporting events, and usually get a growler to go if it looks too packed and sports-crowdish in there. I enjoy sports, hockey mostly, but I'd prefer to see beer things on the wall. Or some kickass local artwork that rotates every so often. Of course there's bound to be a couple tv's in any bar, but every square inch of wall has plasma tv on it. It just doesn't have much personality and that's a shame because it's been around for some time now.

Lastly, I gave it a reasonable rating under value. I did that because you have to consider the area, you will pay five bucks for a beer in most bars in this area. It's become very upscale yupster recently. So it may have deserved a rating of "a bit pricey" but it all depends on what you're used to paying for a high quality pint of goodness.

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Piece Brewery & Pizzeria in Chicago, IL
92 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.