Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

Piece Brewery & PizzeriaPiece Brewery & Pizzeria

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1927 W North Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60622-1316
United States

(773) 772-4422 | map

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 littleg
5/5  rDev +24.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Went here late afternoon on a Saturday with my wife for a few slices and beers. Everything about this place was exceptional. We were immediately seated by a friendly host who gave us our choice of two tables. Within a minute of sitting down our server was taking our drink. She was very patient with my indecisiveness over the beer menu. I finally settled on the Belgian Blonde "Cuffs and Collars." Very nice selection of their own beers as well as guest drafts and bottles.

Our food was delivered very quickly and the goat cheese in marinara was fantastic. Our pizza followed and is probably one of the best pizzas I've had in Chicago.

If your in the area, or are looking to make a trip, this place is worth a stop.

As a side note, Piece has a "To Go" special on Sundays that allows you get a large pizza and a growler for $25.

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.95/5  rDev +23.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Came in on a Wednesday night and it was still busy. We got sat in 10 minutes and server was wonderful.

Piece Brews are absolutely delicious. The Pizza is great. Our server said that the pizza was burnt and they gave us a free appetizer and round of beers on the house. It wasn't necessary but greatly appreciated.

I recommend Piece to any beer lover as well as foodie.

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Photo of krl2112
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Great place. Really good pizza and pizza dessert! Nice beer selections and friendly staff. Cool vibe overall. Tried a few of their brews and really enjoyed them. Wish they had a location closer to me cuz I would go back consistently. Anyone coming into town make sure to try this local gem out.

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Photo of 3fdread
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Definitely has more of the pizzeria feel than brewery. Lucky for everyone they're good at both. Pizza and beer are both great. Handful of solid beers with a strong good menu. Parking is typical north side(sucks), but worth a stop if you're on the north side.

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Photo of KelleyAnn76
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Read the great reviews of this place before a trip to Chicago and decided it was a must-see. Piece did not disappoint. At first, we weren't sure we were getting in - the door jockeys said they were at "max capacity" even though I could see at least 3 empty tables for four through the window. In no less than 2 minutes, we were able to get inside. It was in fact packed, but we found a couple at the bar getting ready to leave and snagged their spots.

Now, this is where it gets impressive. I said this place was packed and I'm not joking, it was wall-to-wall people. But our service at the bar was fabulous. The bartenders weren't rushed to serve us at all and gave us their undivided attention when they were helping us. Beers ordered were delivered in a very timely manner, again, given "max capacity." Beers were great - no complaints there. Good variety, well-described by the staff. I stuck with the Full Frontal Pale Ale; husband had the Veda Belgian Black and the You Will Fail IPA. We were both impressed our choices.

The pizza - I don't even know where to start with this pizza. Good, great, amazing... there aren't enough adjectives to describe how good it was. Thin, crispy, fresh toppings. We ordered a medium "Plain" with chicken, sauteed mushrooms, and fresh basil. By the time my husband and I were completely stuffed, we still had appx 3 or so pieces left, so the medium is a good-sized pie.

If you're planning a trip to Chicago, do make the trip to Piece!

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of Northsider
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is my kind of place! "aww the staff has tattoo and is kind of rude, boo hoo"...ok, then go to Giodando's in the Loop then. If you can't handle tattooed servers, non-Chicago style pizza, great beer, eclectic (but surprisingly awesome) selection of music, please avoid this.

I arrived after work on Friday at about 4:30. I was waiting for my wife and was told I could wait at the bar. Ok, strange since it was still early and not many people were there. I could have just grabbed a seat at a table. I ordered the Stout while I waited. The menu is simple and straightforward...no messing about, easy to read. Beers, their styles, awards, and short descriptions are in the menu.

Got a table after my wife arrived and ordered a pizza. What a brilliant change of pace from normal Chicago style (and by that I mean deep AND thin crust Chicago style) pizza. The food seemed to pair beautifully with the beer, if on purpose or by accident I'm not quite sure.

The music was farking brilliant and seemed to be straight out of my music collection. One moment we'd hear Siouxsie and the Banshee, followed up by a 1950's oldie, followed by Junior Senior...just awesome! Eclectic but awesome...not the droning heavy metal you hear at Kumas or Local Option, but just as good (stuff you wouldn't normally hear on the radio!).

Staff is all tatt'd up, which was great. That sort of thing makes me feel very comfortable. Value was good, not expensive at all really: 3 beers + 1 small pizza (perfect for 2 people who don't glutten themselves) = ~26 bucks.

I love this place and will return as often as I can stomach the hipster-laden and hippie-smelling Wicker Park.

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Photo of dukeandduke
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

2/19/16 - Came late one Friday, very crowded but able to get a seat at the bar. This place was highly recommended for the pizza and beers, a recommendation not only spot on, but even exceeding my high expectations. The two beers I had, The Bowie Beer and the award winning The Weight Beer, were excellent, as good as their respective namesakes. The pizza was very good, in terms of taste, texture and crust. Not sure why I never made it here before, though I definitely want to hit this again, both for the beer and pizza.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

My favorite place in Chicago for pizza and beer. I always thought the pizza was better than the beer, but since I've been going there, they've stepped up the beer game, both with the house brewed stuff, and the guest taps. They make a few great beers that go great with eating pizza- The Weight and Golden Arm come to mind. Great thin crust, New Haven style pizza bucks the Chicago deep-dish trend, but I'd rather be eating the thin stuff when drinking any day . Cool natural lit wide open room in the center/bar area, but the booths can be dim and dark. I suggest going during the day, or right when they open for lunch. Sunday Pizza and a Growler to go for 20 Bucks is an awesome deal. I go back every time I visit Chicago.

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Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I have been going to Piece since it very first opened. In the past few years the beers have only gotten better, the seasonals especially -- the dark, strong and sweet Festivus and Truth, a new blonde doppelbock currently on tap called the "fornicator", the belgian style trippel, saison and a biere de garde, also currently on tap called Surrender. The Top Heavy Hefeweizen is true to form with a lovely bananaey thing going on. The Dark and Curvy is a very nice dunkelweizen. Really really fine beers.

The unfortunate thing that happened sometime after Piece opened was the Real World. They set up shop right across the street. One of the cast members (or several of them) were servers. The cameras were rolling in the bar, on the street, all around the neighborhood. Piece became hip, and the cell phone to person ratio increased exponentially.

Well, the real world is gone, but around 8ish Thursday through Saturday, the hip factor kicks in and the laid back atmosphere evaporates. I say unfortunate, but at the same time, I am very happy that Piece continues, and in fact is thriving. They just expanded their beer making capacity to keep up with demand. Now there is more good beer for everyone. But alas there is not any more space. so go early. Try these delicious beers. Also enjoy the white pizza with clam and bacon -- think clam chowder -- it works).

We've had great service at the bar. Again I am usually there before the hip crowd rolls in. But even if we have to stand in a room full of the hip and trendy, the beers are worth it. The selection of house beers usually includes 4-5 regular beers (golden arm, top heavy or big and curvy, dysfunction/worryin ale, dark bier in summer, flatiron porter or strong arm stout in winter) plus a couple seasonals. The guest taps are no slouches either -- three floyds, capital, sierra nevada and sometimes rogue along with a few european offerings: wittekerke, guinness, stella

This is a great Chicago beer stop -- easy to reach off of the Blue Line (Damen Stop), or from the Map Room, or from Clybourn Goose Island via North Ave. Clybourn Goose's housemade beer section is usually a tad better, but I give Piece the nod for food.

I am very happy for Jonathan Cutler, the brewer, that he got recognition this year at GABF as small brewpub/brewmaster of the year. IMHO it was well deserved.

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Photo of RTrain12
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went here with the family after we went to the circus on a sunday night. It was very easy to get from the united center. I was alittle worried about going here because I heard the wait is to be seated can take awhile. But we parked with ease and walked right in and sat down to a booth.

Staff was nice, and helpful. The resturant is very big and open, with a big bar. I wish this place was alittle closer to my house! The pizza was amazing! If you go, make sure you get the bacon, and clam pizza with white sause! The beers were ok IMO. I had the camel toe egyptian pale ale, and captain kickass. I liked the camel to better than the kickass. The brew pub called the camel toe a PA, but to me it seemd more like a DIPA. And that is what it was listed on BA.

If you like pizza it is well worth the stop. The wife and I will be back soon!

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Photo of Realale
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I went here with some friends for dinner; probably didn't get the best look around the whole place but the lighting, furniture, etc. were all and fit the casual atmosphere. It's a bit more of a restaurant than a brew-pub (visually), but you can see where they brew the beer behind the glass. My biggest complaint is that they have way too many TVs all around; that's a bit of a turn-off to me.

As you might guess by their name (and their logo), pizza is one of their specialites (besides beer). We ordered a pizza which was really great, and they make them somewhat unique. The service was nice and prompt.

They had a number of house beers available -- covering quite a variety of styles; I ordered a couple glasses of the Dunkel Weizen, which was excellent. They serve everything in the appropriate glassware as well (weizen-glass for me, and a snifter-type glass for my friend who ordered a strong or dark ale).

Very nice; I will definitely consider coming back here when I'm in Chicago next. Probably a better place to come with friends, rather than by yourself, I think.

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Photo of tedsox31
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I have been here several times now, and every time I have come away impressed. The brewpub is one big high-ceiling room with plenty of natural light. There are two smaller sections off the main room that interact with the main room. Also included is a bar and plenty of tvs to watch a variety of sports.

The quality has always been top-notch here. I recently had the barleywine which was quite excellent. The kolsch is also very good here, as are all of the beers.

Service has always been quick and friendly. Depending on the server, you will get some that know about the beer and some that don't.

Selection of beer is good, usually around 8 or so beers on tap at any given moment.

The food is awesome, if you like pizza (and who doesn't?). You have so many choices, and every type that I have gotten I love. Whenever I am near Wicker Park in Chicago I try to stop by for a pint and a bite of pizza. It isn't super cheap, but nor is it overly expensive. Highly recommended.

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Photo of cratez
4.38/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

9th stop on a recent trip to Chicago with my girlfriend.

VIBE: massive "open air" interior has a sizable bar with several flat screens and various dining areas dispersed throughout the restaurant. Two-seater tables off to the left, some communal tables and stools in the middle, and large booths toward the front. Windows were open on our visit, which we enjoyed. Downmarket atmosphere has a sports bar feel to it. Pretty cool vibe.

SERVICE: initially we were seated in the two-person tables section, but it was quite cramped and we could hear everything that the patrons beside us were saying, so the waitress agreed to move us. She was very graceful about it even though we moved to another server's area. The male waiter wasn't nearly as friendly but he provided timely service and decent recos.

SELECTION: I ordered the Dysfunctionale IPA and Flat Iron Stout and the lady scored a wine of her liking. The Stout was too malt-forward for my tastes; however, the IPA was one of the best that I've sampled in a while. House taps span a wide range of styles (Belgian Single, Kolsch, Rye Beer, DIPA) and the guest draughts come from top-notch breweries such as 3Floyds, Bell's, Half Acre, Sierra Nevada, and New Belgium. Although the bottle list is lacking for Chicago, it still includes a few gems like Saxo and Bahnhof Berliner Weisse.

FOOD: we went with a custom pizza (pepperoni, Italian sausage, tomato, spinach, onions) that was absolutely sumptuous. The "large" can feed 4 people and, at $13, it's dirt cheap. Also had a fresh mixed green salad to start. We couldn't have been happier with our dinner.

OVERALL: Piece is exactly the type of place that my girl and I would regularly visit if we lived in Chi-Town. They're doing the "beer & pizza" thing really well. A choice destination for its award-winning craft brews and flavourful, unpretentious cuisine.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.38/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Made the jaunt into the city with warriorsoul the day after dark lord, before our flight. Pretty close to the blue line (Damen stop) on a side street. Open windows were quite inviting as we strolled in. Sat down at one of the tables in the restaurant area. The inside of the joint was pretty sweet actually. It reminded me of an old airport hanger. Quite amazing architecture with brick walls on the sides and wooden beams on top. Skylights in the center of the place stream light on in as if you're outside in a beer garden.

The bar, which looked like an S curve had about 20 tables. 3 mushroom taps with 7 draft towers each peak out. Flat screen tv's, about 10 or so are showing all sorts of sporting events--i believe baseball, basketball, hockey, and nascar were all on when we were eating. This place seems like it could be an excellent spot after work or on the weekends to catch a game or hang out with friends. Lots of seating in the main area and plenty of bar space. It seemed as though you could see a tv at any seat.

Growing up in the New Haven area, I've had real pizza. This was definitely right up there with the stuff from home. Small, medium, and large with the usual toppings. They also had panini's and salads on the menu. This is what a pizzeria should be. Pretty decent prices with pies ranging in the 10-16 dollar range. A couple bucks for each topping added. We shared a large pepperoni pizza, which was fantastic. I think our eyes were bigger then our stomachs as we couldn't finish the whole thing.

Our waitress was prompt, kind, talkative, and seemed to be knowledgeable about the beer selection. Damn fine service on her part.

On to the beers. A nice selection of bottles of which I noticed that they were mostly Belgian style. Unibroue, Saison dupont, delerium, bitburger and the like. About ten in all with most that I can't remember. A nice selection of guest brews on tap also with 3 Floyd's and Sierra. Chalkboard of house brews included a stout, red, barleywine, pale ale, heffe, pils, and lager. Good selection of house brews if you ask me. I enjoyed a pale ale, which was quite hoppy and damn fine. The stout was also pretty damn decent.

All in all an excellent stop in Chicago. Would be my local if I lived there. Good food. Good beer. Good atmosphere. warriorsoul and I left stuffed and a bit buzzed. Would make this a definite stop next time I'm in the area. Possibly next year at DLD.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in here on a Saturday afternoon. High ceiling gives tis place a bigger, airy feeling. Nice bar area, and a good amount of seating. Plenty of televisions to check out sports.

On our stop, there were 6 or 7 beers on tap, plus a very impressive guest tap list. We tried 4 of the beers between us, and 3 of the 4 were outstanding. Hard to be a fresh, solid brewpub beer. Beers seemed to lean toward the hoppier styles, but there was also a hefeweizen that was outstanding.

Service was good, no problems in that area. Our server even offered explanations for each style if needed.

We has pizzas, and they were very good. Different from the Chicago deep dish, but very tasty.

Overall, Piece is now one of my favorite stops in CHicago. Great beer, good pizza, ands a friendly, lively atmosphere.

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Photo of hawks10
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Been to Piece quite a few times over the past couple years, I always have a good time. The pizza and the beer are always top notch...

Atmosphere is good, not terribly noise, can easily carry on conversations without shouting. Tons of seating area, very long bar with a bunch of flatscreens behind, and a gorgeous exposed wood, barn style ceiling...

Place can get pretty crowded at times (best to get there after 10:30ish on a Friday or Saturday) but the service seems to always keep up.

Parking can get ridiculous at times, we seem to always luck out. But be prepared to circle around for a while some nights, weekends, obviously are quite difficult.

Growlers are $16 and $12 for a refill (I think), also have glassware and shirts, etc. for sale.

Overall Piece is definitely worth it. Try to get there at off-peak times and you shouldn't have a problem. Stick with the house beers, they are all top-notch. Even if you don't usually dig thin crust pizza (I usually don't) Piece's thin crust is friggin' fantastic. Get a Large and take some home with a growler...

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Photo of Tbone
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

There are alot of very mediocre (at best) bars in Chicago with ratings undeservingly above Piece (all of the Charlies Ale House's for example).
Although most of these have only 1 or 2 ratings. Even if you ignored Piece's own beers, its tap list would be superior to many ranked above it. If I even move from chicago, Piece will be 3rd on my list after only Maproom and Goose Clybourne.

Here is the quick and dirty list of what Piece has over other good beer stops in Chicago.

1. They have both high quality, fresh beers brewed on premise and a very good selection of about 10 guest taps (which includes 3 Floyds, and Sierra Bigfoot)

2. They have quality pizza, including a wonderful white sauce with clam and bacon that is found almost nowhere outside a couple nationally famous places in New Haven, CT.

The atmosphere:
If I know most beer geeks, they will not enjoy the huge and pretentious Wiker Park crowds that pack Piece most nights of the week after 8. So, do what I do and go earlier. At the right time this place can be pleasant with a very open and airy airport hanger feel. Also they have many T.V.s and it can be good for watching games (though you won't hear much sound).

Johnathon brews some very solid, high quality stuff. His Top-heavy Hefeweizen is near to top of my list for the style, as is the Dark-n-Curvy Dunkelweiss. Hopheads will appreciate the Disfuntionale IPA, and the occasional Wingnut DIPA. He has also been making a "Dark Bier" that he merely describes as "Dark", but it is a very nice, malty, roasty, black lager. He has been getting more and more into Belgian styles. Tonight he had a Biere de Garde that was extremely tasty and should please anyone who appreciates a good Trippel (though he also makes an actual Trippel). His latest beer as of tonight was a very good Fornicator Pale Bock which we thought was probably a Blond Doppelbock in the 7% abv range.

The food can be excellent if you know what to get. The pizza is NOT chicago style (which is good given that the city is bursting with mediocre chicago style pizza). It is more like thin crust NY pizza, but a bit more crispy. The meatball and pepperoni is pretty good, but the crown jewel is the white sauce (olive oil, garlic, parmesean) with bacon and chopped clam. I know some of you are cringing. But I have taken over a dozen people there who cringed at the sound of it and everyone of them loved this pizza once they tried it.
They do tend to under-season their pizzas, but that's what the oregano, cheese, and red pepper flakes they give you are for.

Some will say that Piece is not 100% true to the best examples of East Coast pizza. However, it is far higher quality in crust and toppings than the majority of pizza joints in Chicago, regardless of style, and better than most NY style pizza joints I have encountered.
The goat cheese and the spinach dip apps are worthwhile, as is the mixed green salad which has blue cheese, candied walnuts, and green apples.

Also, I have always had good service there.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

i had a great time at this place. the space is quite cool-and old brick building w/ chalkboards covering the walls around the restaurant and behind the bar explaining the beers as well as all of the medals. the waitress i had was a real cute hipster chick who had very respectable knowledge of the beers and was on the ball with service. the IIPA(which they called an egyptian pale ale) and the pale (which they called an extra special pale) were both quite good. they could use more selection as they only had about 6 on tap too many of which were on the light side. they have no porter/stout/other darker after dinner beer which was especially annoying because of their great location right next to a train stop (which means no driving) so i was really looking forward to slowly working my way from pale ale down the darkness scale but there weren't enough offerings. the pizza was excellent and the music was pretty exc. i had a great exp. and this place is definitely worth a stop.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

The famous Piece! The just won some award for "Number 1 Independent Pizzeria" in America or whatever. Is that why they're mobbed? And I mean mobbed! Saturday evening there, around 6:00pm.

The wife's luck got us parking right by Piece, both amazed at the comings and goings around North Avenue. Lotta buzz! Bucktown/Wicker Park- a 'hood I ought to explore. 30-minute wait, then some more but we get in, the place is crowded and extremely loud and/or "lively". It looks like everyone and their grandma has come to Piece!

But... service is outrageous. And I mean outrageous. Despite the craziness, we got a server right away and he took care of us. It was a bit like being at Per Se in NYC or one of those exceptional fine-dining restos. You're thinking of having something and the guy materializes himself in front of you with what you were thinking/expecting. Fucked-up good!

The whole thing reminded me of the Dogfish brewpub in Delaware- a loud, crowded joint, three-people-deep at the bar, boisterousness all around. Only here service is WOW and tables are shared, which I like.

8 house brews on tap plus a bunch of guests, including a Bell's sour, New Belgium Grand Cru, Sierra Life&Limb, FFF Alpha King, Half Acre and more. Their house brews were alright good but not amazing. The 10% Anniversary Ale tasted like a Euro Strong Lager, all booze and no subtlety. Fornicator Dopplebock was blah... another lager/ale with lots of alcohol but no complexity (surprisingly, the wife liked it).

Dysfunctional IPA was the winner, a very solid pale ale. I'm giving quality relatively low marks because of my disappointment with the brews, but other than that, they are fresh and varied.

Pizza is a lil' pricey and the ingredients are a tad boring (no gourmet toppings here) BUT OH MY GOD. Best pizza ever! This coming from a New Yorker talking about pizza in Chicago! It is true. Unfreakinbelievably good.

I will make Piece a priority destination next time I'm in Chicago.

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Photo of NickyPogs
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

This was an awesome place to hang out, grab a beer, and eat some pizza. Stopped in on a gorgeous Sunday night and of course the place was packed but the wait to get a beer was minimal. The wait for a pizza was a little bit longer, but that's to be expected. And it was well worth waiting!

They have a nice selection of rotating beers on draft and they make some really interesting and enjoyable brews. The atmosphere inside was really cool, high ceilings with sky lights to let in a lot of natural light. The dining/bar area were a big open room that was very inviting. I'd definitely recommend stopping in and checking this place out, very happy I did.

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Photo of 98green
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I've stopped here on a couple of recent trips to Chicago, usually after a session at Link's Taproom around the corner. It is always packed when I try to stop in (~9 or 10PM, both weekdays and weekends), so be prepared to wait or have a Plan B. Their beer is solid, but the reason to come is the New Haven style apizza. Highly recommended all around.

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Photo of Flippindiscs
4.3/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Piece is my favorite brewery in Chicago. It is a bit trendy and has lots of hippsters but the clear span garage like atmosphere is great. It is cool that the place is co-owned by the guitarist from Cheap Trick.

Their Belgian Pale I had the other week was absolutely amazing. All their beers seem to be high in alcohol and high in hops. Great aromas on every beer. The have a chalkboard inside that shows all their awards and every year they seem to walk away with a gold. Great place to stop by when in Chicago

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4.3/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Large interior, kind of a wrap around bar in the corner, with lots of seating all around, some in raised floors, some on the bar level. Nice modern decor and wood working all around, plenty of TVs for the sports fans. The service was above average, we had a nice waitress, she knew what the beers were and a little about them, though its hard to impress a beer enthusiast/geek. It was kind of busy, for a Friday afternoon not bad, the crowd was a modern city crowd by my take, frat boys to crusty punk rockers and everything in between.

The food was definitely a winner. We could barely finish a large between four people, and probably wouldn't have had it not been delicious, fresh ingredients, fresh sauce. Have I had better, probably, but not much.

The beer was outstanding. I was only there for an early dinner, and wish I could have stayed longer. I tried a seasonal IPA that was plenty hoppy enough for this hop head, and the regular smoked porter which was pretty good, maybe better if it was not a hot July afternoon, but when in Rome I guess.

Overall: I went to the Map Room and Piece as my beer destinations for a recent trip to Chi-town. They were polar opposites besides both having awesome beer. Where as the Map Room seemed a little more laid back, get a dank Belgian style, Piece was a little more high paced, big American beers and sports style. As a beer destination I like Piece a little more, as I am a sucker for brew pubs, for a neighborhood bar that I Frequent I would choose the Map Room. Thanks to Todd the Surly head brewer for recommending Piece on a thread a couple of weeks ago. Great beer.

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Piece Brewery & Pizzeria in Chicago, IL
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