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Church Brew Works

Church Brew WorksChurch Brew Works

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 73
Beer Ratings: 1,157
Beer Avg: 3.62

Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

144 Ratings
Ratings: 144
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.54%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

3525 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15201
United States
phone: (412) 688-8200

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mtnst8

West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | $$

Wonderful building for a brewery. The old cathedral is gorgeous and a really nice feel for this purpose. The selection of beers is great and the staff was exceptionally helpful in weeding through the offerings. Beers are good, though the visit I took the odor of the brewing process in the customer area was almost overpowering. Not sure if that's an "all the time" thing. Must stop in if you're in Pittsburgh.

03-18-2014 20:22:43 | More by mtnst8
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JG-90

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$

Church Brew works is a really cool place. Built in a huge, beautiful old church, with gigantic vats where the altar used to be - pretty sweet. Good selection of PGH and german favorites, food is all good quality and not too expensive. Its been very busy whenever I was there but the service was still very good.

I had a sampler flight last time I was their, getting to try 6 of their different beers was great. They have a bunch of great brews, and do a good job brewing to different styles.

11-11-2013 15:08:08 | More by JG-90
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poonamibaxter

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3 | $$

The beer and food are just okay but it is a really cool building. Definetly worth stopping by and getting a couple beers. I couldn't stop just looking around the place and that I was sitting in a bar at an actual church. Suck it Catholic school! Cherry quad was the best of what I tried. Yes there are better beer places in Pittsburgh but none in a neater place.

08-12-2013 23:24:25 | More by poonamibaxter
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spedprof

West Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

Visited Church Brew Works for the first time yesterday... This is a place that you have to see believe! The brewery/restaurant/pub/hop garden is located in an old church. When you walk through the front door, you stop in your tracks and the beauty of the church and the conversion to a brewery.

The beer was excellent! We had the sampler which was gave us the opportunity to try 5 ounces of 9 different beers. There was a beer to meet everyone's taste. Then, we had a few pints of the beers that we liked. In addition to the beer, the food was terrific and our waitress was a sweetheart! All in all, an excellent experience and we hope to return real soon!

08-03-2013 13:15:43 | More by spedprof
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redmaw

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75 | $$

My wife and I were there for lunch, obviously it is a brewery in a church, a large old church. SO the environment and pretty unique, and we liked it. It was a little dimly lit, but then we came in and went out to full sun so take that for what's it worth. The selection seemed on par with most restaurants around here for lunch, sandwiches salads, and a couple specials. I think they have a completely different menu for dinner, and there was more on it than what is listed on their website. We both got sandwiches and liked them, but they weren't really extraordinary in anyway. I also had two of their beers the st Agricola, which I can't find on BA and there Pious monk dunkel. I thought both were good, the st Agricola (a brown ale that wasn't made as intended per their description) was pretty unique in my experience, there was a lot a fruit and malt, balanced by just enough hops in the background. The price was a little more than I am used to, but it is much more "downtown" than I normally go to so it is probably average or cheap for the area.

Overall I enjoyed it and would go back, but it's not a place I would visit regularly.

07-26-2013 19:00:01 | More by redmaw
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jophish17

Georgia

3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$

Visited twice in the past year, both times for lunch on a Saturday afternoon.

To start with - this is an interesting concept to say the least. I am definitely one of those renovate-before-replace type of people, so I appreciate the work they did here. With that said, as cool as the idea of turning a church into a brewery is, I can't help but think that the building just doesn't do it for me in terms of a brewpub. It feels more like a German bier hall (which may be what they were going for, given the portion of the taps devoted to German style) yet doesn't bring the energy and intimacy of a German bier hall, and I can't imagine this place doing that even on the busiest of Friday nights. Church Brew Works is physically cool, but the atmosphere is a let-down.

Fortunately, the beer is hardly a let-down. I felt that most of the beers would fall into a solid "B" rating. Nothing was exceptional, but very few things were disappointing (the Pipe Organ Pale and Berliner). These guys have been in business a while now, and you can tell - the beer is predictable and well-crafted. Having the sampler twice, and a couple of pints of things that weren't on the sampler, I'd say that the Dunkel and Thunderhop were probably my favorites. I love how the offer German classics alongside American IPAs, stouts and various stouts.

Food here is a bit harder to rate than the beer - the menu *looks* good. It's an exceptionally varied menu - with words like "Thai", "Jerk", "Queso" and "Kobe" on the menu. Creative use of ingredients for some potentially outstanding dishes. However, I felt like they were just trying too hard with what they had to work with - a case of no matter how good the recipe may be, the ingredients still make the meal. I won't say the food was bad, I'd say that the more inspired dishes on the menu just could have been better. Next time, I'll stick with pierogies. I love me some pierogies.

Service is standard, and the prices are fair. All told, I've always had a good time at the Church Brew Works, but I can't seem to credit the Brew Works for being more than a meeting point with good beer.

06-23-2013 14:59:24 | More by jophish17
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

Church Brew Works is inside a huge old church in Pittsburgh. When you walk in you can see that they made very few changes to the building itself. They still have stained glass windows and the altar where the brew equipment sits. Up and down the aisle are flags from the brewery. The seats look like pews. You can spend a lot of time just looking around at the settings.

They have a pub and dinner / lunch side. We sat on the lunch side and the food was great. We had a pierogi pizza (pizza with potato puree, onions and cheese) that was really unique. Homemade sweet potato fries cooked to perfection. I had a buffalo burger special that was also really good. The waitress was really friendly, knew a lot about the menu and the beer, and made sure we never had empty glasses.

For the price, I didn't feel it was bad. We had 6 people order lunch, we had an appetizer and about 5-6 beers plus other drinkers and it was only ~$120. I don't think you'll find many places with as good of food + beer for $20 a person.

06-16-2013 03:45:59 | More by jeonseh
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$

Such a unique place. A renovated catholic church turned into a brewery. It is such a neat place to visit and the food is always delicious. The beer is pretty good. I like that they have a lot of different stuff on tap and a rotating stout that seems to never be the same when I go. If there is one brewery to check out why you are in Pittsburgh, it should be Church Works. All the brewing equipment is visible from where ever you sit and the brew kettles are right there where the alter used to be. It is very affordable and it was kid friendly as well (we went with a group that had 4 kids 2 and under.

05-08-2013 01:42:14 | More by tommyguz
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LukeK

Indiana

3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$

I read the GABF list of winners and saw that this place right down the way from where I go when I visit "home" won gold for large brewpub??? I had to go.

First off, the place is great. Building is awesome inside and out. It isn't called the church to be clever, it really is/was a church.

We ordered the pizza and a few sandwiches. The pizza was very good, took a while, but definitely very fresh. Food was overall very good.

The beer in my opinion was not excellent, but nothing to scoff at either. I had the IPA and the Renegade Ale. I liked both but was expecting much more hop out of the IPA.

Overall, I think every beer lover needs to go. It is a very unique place, and also one that you can take your entire family to.

02-20-2013 16:22:50 | More by LukeK
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $

Visited on 1/9/13. A Wednesday. Business was slow that night.

BEER
A decent selection of beers on tap:
Gold
Pale ale
Dunkel
Stout
Ipa
Quad - 4
Winter saison - 3.25
Sour
Winter warmer - 3.25

I thought the quality was only just above average overall (for the beers I had - noted above).

FOOD
Pierogies - tasty but not cooked to my liking - served too cool - no crispiness on the outside - thought the sour cream was cheap (not sour).
3-Alarm cheesesteak - decent. Could have used a little more meat. But I was in Pitt not Phila.

SERIVCE
Was fine. I took a while to warm up to the bartender.

ATMOSPHERE
As the name implies, this place is housed in an old, very very large church. A huge space - must have been spectacular in its day. I have not been in many churches bigger than this. Just imagine what this church was back in it heyday, when steel ruled Pittsburgh! I was very impressed with the space, but thought the spaciousness made the atmosphere less than inviting. Business was slow this night, but I've been in bars when its slow. The space works against them. When it is slow there is no human interaction becuae everyone is so far away from each other.

Maybe they can do something different with the lighting (it was dark) or even create a space for better viewing of the one TV (in the corner) I saw. They have plenty of room for a big projection TV for games and other events. Some of the stained glass still seemed to be present. Some lighting for those windows would be interesting.
I sat at one end of the bar. Near a speaker, which played great music. Not sure to the degree this was piped through out the place.

All the brewing equipment was in full view, which is cool.

Though I was alone, it certainly seems like a place that would work well for the kids.

VALUE
Great! Three beers, appetizer and a big sandwich for around $30 was a little unexpected.

OVERALL
Had that rough around the edges feel. I like that. All in all, a nice place to go, but not necessarily the only craft beer place I would visit when in Pittsburgh. You should visit if you haven't. If I lived in Pittsburgh I would find my favorite beer and food on the menu and probably be some sort of regular.

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01-11-2013 17:37:35 | More by Sludgeman
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Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh, PA
91 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.