I feel compelled to comment on the last few posts here and hopefully answer BCARís question i.e. " How the hell can that happen?" Well actually there is a very good reason if indeed that was a real and not a rhetorical question. I have been a professional brewer for 13 years, i live in the area and have been coming to piece since they opened the doors. I know a little about beer and a little about the history of piece. Now to answer your question: The reason that the in house beer selection has been somewhat diminished of late is simply due to the fact that the brewer Jonathan Cutler (and yes he is a friend and collegue) has been brewing such fantastic and varied beers and has made the brewery so succesfull that they have had to revamp and expand the brewery to allmost triple the original fermentation space ! This effectively shuts the brewery down to a large degree and makes it impossible to keep up with demand. Donít punish piece for being successful, go back and i think youíll agree that for quality AND variety of beer piece suffers no rival in Chicago. (Untill i open my place that is...)
I thought the pizza was excellent. More of the Connecticut/New York large thin style. Hard to rate the Selection component, as they were out of most anything I wanted to try. How the hell can that happen? A brewery out of beer. Would only come back for the pizza.
Lubiere (547) Ottawa, Ontario | December 29, 2005| Updated December 30, 2005
Nice brewpub with good pizza selection, but beer selection was dismal at best, only 4 taps available. Service was rushed and unattentive. Forgot to mention, do not sell samplers, which is unfortunate, as they have a good reputation for quality.
This is a noisy yuppie bar with rotten service. On my first and probably only visit, our party was left to wait over an hour despite the open tables that we could see. They had only TWO of their own beers available that night, a mediocre fruity gold ale and a lacklustre stout. Their beers have a good rep, but I may never know.
JMerritt (72) Macomb, Illinois | August 22, 2005| Updated December 15, 2005
This place is literally less than a block away from my sister-in-lawís, and I canít believe that I hadnít been here until recently. A neat looking place, very spacious with high ceilings. We went around 1pm on a Saturday for a few beers, and the place was relatively empty, though it did get progressively busier as the hours went by. We didnít eat, just drank about all there was to offer! Service could have been better; they were slow to visit our table and never offered to refill our water. But I think there were only 2 guys waiting on tables, so I canít be too rough. Very nice selection of beers, both their homemade and the guest taps. Prices were extremely reasonable: $3 for 12 oz. I only wish they offered a sampler platter of all of their beers in 4-5 oz. glasses. I will definitely come back; I want to try their pizza - it looked and smelled really good.
Took the L train here on my recent night in Chicago for dinner with the wife as she loves thin crust pizza. Bonus for me because she enjoyed it just as much as I did. Small selection of their own beers with some interesting guest taps. I had their hefeweizen and it was very good. This was a weekday night, so the service was good and it wasnít too crowded. The ambiance is similar to the typical sports bar, but with a more open feel. I liked the tall sky light in the middle. It must be nice and sunny during the day.
Unfortunately, none of their highest rated beers were on tap when I was there, but the ones I tried were pretty decent. Pizza was good too. Service couldíve been a little better, but they do have a lot of different taps, including guest taps.
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.)
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.