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Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
Active Beers: 31
Beer Ratings: 650
Beer Avg: 3.78
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 10
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1927 W North Ave
phone: (773) 772-4422
8 house taps, 10 guest taps.
Extreme parking enforcement area.
Metered parking on North Ave., permit only on side streets.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 114 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
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.
05-01-2007 01:51:13 |
More by bjohnson
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.
09-10-2011 21:47:55 |
More by cratez
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.
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.
08-20-2006 00:56:33 |
More by Tbone
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.
08-06-2008 02:25:27 |
More by hoegaardenhero
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here on a Saturday afternoon. High ceiling gives tis place a bigger, airy feeling. Nice bar area, and a good amount of seating. Plenty of televisions to check out sports.
On our stop, there were 6 or 7 beers on tap, plus a very impressive guest tap list. We tried 4 of the beers between us, and 3 of the 4 were outstanding. Hard to be a fresh, solid brewpub beer. Beers seemed to lean toward the hoppier styles, but there was also a hefeweizen that was outstanding.
Service was good, no problems in that area. Our server even offered explanations for each style if needed.
We has pizzas, and they were very good. Different from the Chicago deep dish, but very tasty.
Overall, Piece is now one of my favorite stops in CHicago. Great beer, good pizza, ands a friendly, lively atmosphere.
05-09-2009 18:49:54 |
More by Bierguy5
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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...
02-17-2010 08:26:02 |
More by hawks10
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.
10-05-2011 17:27:00 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
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.
07-17-2007 19:44:12 |
More by dfried
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
I've only had the pleasure of visiting Piece once, but it will definitely be on my list each time I visit Chicago from here on out (which isn't nearly often enough).
The beer selection is great. They've a wide variety of styles on hand. Growlers are reasonably priced (and the growler bottle itself is a beautiful cobalt blue). Stuck with IPAs for beer and they both remarkable (Captain Kick Ass and Camel Toe).
The pizza is out of this world. We each ordered our custom personal pizzas and they were tremendous. Great combos of crust and sauces/styles. Good, fresh ingredients.
After I paid my tab my pockets were still heavy enough that I felt I could spring for a Growler of Captain Kick Ass so it must've been a pretty good value cuz I was pretty broke if I remember right.
Great place. A must-visit if you're near Chicago. And make sure to take home one of those beautiful, cobalt-blue growlers...
11-22-2007 16:41:05 |
More by zook74
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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
04-04-2009 22:21:20 |
More by Flippindiscs
Piece Brewery & Pizzeria in Chicago, IL
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