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Beer Available At Piece Brewery & Pizzeria (arranged by most recent)
Firestone Walker Opal 96, Half Acre Vallejo IPA 99, Piece The Weight 96, Piece Golden Arm 43, Piece Dysfunctionale 96, Piece Roland The Headless 80, Piece Swingin Single 44, Piece Top Heavy Hefeweizen 97, Piece Camel Toe Egyptian Pale Ale 98, Piece Dark n Curvy 96, Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA 97, Piece Rambler , Piece Full Frontal Pale Ale 95, Piece Oktoberfest 44, Piece The Ploy
StewardofGondor (122) Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin | June 20, 2005| Updated August 8, 2005
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
A nice place just a few minutes away from Goose Island, if youíre in the area. Well light with natural light, with a lot of open space. The weather was warm, so some window paneling was slid away to let in the open air and lively beat of the street. The brewery had about 7 of their beers on tap while I was there, and I tried a few before getting a growler ($12 first fill, $10 thereafter.) Overall, nice place, and if I ever have time to spare after Goose Island and shopping at Samís, Iíll drop by here again. (Update - I returned, beers were still good and the White Pizza was really fíin tasty. Recommended.)
frankenkitty (97) Oak Lawn, Illinois | June 10, 2005| Updated November 14, 2005
38 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 7/20
Iím going to have to go back and try again because this first impression really sucked ass. We had a couple of good brews, but the smoking section of the dining room was a small corral infused with the inane whine of a high-pitched exhaust fan. (They should consider a re-name to "Pierce" for what it did to my eardrums.) It was a shame, but we were forced to just leave before ordering what I expected to be a very good pie.
Parking is awful with restrictions around every turn. (I was able to fodge a parking pass from a different section of the city and we faked it on a side street.)
Bar clientelle was the notorious North-side Chicago parody: stuck-up, pretentious and better than all-yíall. Other than that, the atmosphere was inviting with huge skylights over the center dining area giving the smallish place a very open feeling. Staff was accomodating, friendly and apologetic.
Re-rate, Nov. 14, 2005. Nope, not alot has changed. That noise has been fixed but the service got worse, the wait was outrageous and the beer selection dropped like a rock. I will try ONCE more, but without my wife as she has given up on it.
Frank (73) Chicago, Illinois | May 31, 2005| Updated July 8, 2010
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
I couldnít say enough good stuff about this place if it wasnít for the fact that it is bathed and dripping with yuppie scum. The pizza is excellent something like New Haven style wood oven pizza with high quality toppings. Their salads are great too. This is all aside from the beer of course, which ranges from very good to mind-blowing. Thereís some inconsistency between batches, Iíve found, but you can always count on at least one of their drafts will be a real treat. Their specialty seems to be wheat beers and indeed their hefes are amazing but Iím an American boy so I prefer their IPAís and such which are rich, fruity and refreshing. I would probably make this a weekly stop if it wasnít for the crowd.
NobleSquirrel (209) Chicago, Illinois | April 12, 2005
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Good pizza, good beer, well worth dealing with the yuppies. Prices are reasonable, particularly when they have deals. Rarely have the exact same lineup each week. Nice.
TAR (30) Lafayette, Colorado | February 18, 2005
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
To me, the 6-hour drive each way to Chicago is totally worth it, if only in search of their world-class wheat beers. They also have some of the best [NY-style] pizza in the land. Pricy? Without a doubt. But trust me, itís worth every penny. Piece always boasts a good range of styles and plenty to choose from, so plan on spending a while here. Thereís no cask, unfortunately, which reminds me to start a petition, demanding they start. A few guest taps also appear here, ranging from macros to anything by Three Floydís and Capital, to name a few. I donít hesitate to say that Piece has slowly, but surely, earned its reputation in such a wonderful beer town, and will continue to do so if they continue to churn out such a quality selection. Much of their stuf is hit and miss (steer clear from both their "Kolsch" and "Pils"), which are dirty, "please the masses" messes, but upon each visit, youíre sure to find something to keep you grinning from ear to ear for at least a few hours. Iím boosting the ambience to a "4" due to the fact that all they played last time I was there, Iron Maiden, The Replacements, and The Velvet Underground dominated the stereo speakers loudly and clearly.
BBB63 (145) La Porte , Indiana | January 31, 2005| Updated November 13, 2011
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Overall, I like the place because not only do they serve their own beers but has some outstanding guest beers too (Kazoo Bells Two Hearted on tap for example). They are known for the pizza, but I am more a fan of thicker crust pizza. The service was good but the bartender seems to talk as if I know nothing about beer (It is like a Chimay if you heard of that...which I respond, which one Red, White or Blue...itís like Chimay...duh...finally she comes back and says it it like Chimay Red, now I got something to work with). Still overall, a good place to watch a game and enjoy above average brews. So thumbs up!
austinpowers (152) New York, New York | January 26, 2005
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Piece was fine, and their brews were largely unremarkable, except for their massive hefe called Big íN Curvy, which had an immense wheaty nose. Well done! The bartender chick didnít demonstrate any knowledge of beer or have much to say about their offerings, which I thought was a bit sad. Nice enough interior - wasnít able to try the food.
muzzlehatch (255) Burlington, Vermont | November 9, 2004
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Visited in July 2004. All the beers were good to very good (a nice kolsch, yeah!) and the pizza terrific. Like the modernist look for the most part, the waitresses were mostly very cute but seemed bored...Iíll definitely go back, but itís no Goose Island.
Terminus (340) St. Louis, Missouri | October 28, 2004
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
this is a very good brewpub. Their beers are very solid, but they have some great guest taps-Bells, Three Floyd Gumballhead when i was there. Its a fun place and their pizza ROCKS!!!!!
fly (227) austin, Tejas, Texas | September 16, 2004
46 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 7/20
Was in there not long after it opened (I think). Though she didnít know a lot about beer, the woman behind the bar was quite friendly and let us sample some of the beers for free - which is a big plus in my book. If only there was more atmosphere there and a wider selection. I was impressed that the staff did suggest the better beers, so they either knew SOMETHING or had been well trained - the brief conversation tended to make me think it was training.
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