Church Brew Works

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Church Brew WorksChurch Brew Works
BEER AVG
3.7/5
Based on:
73 Beers
619 Reviews
Place Score: 90
Reviews: 134
Visits: 216
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews: 134 | Visits: 216
Reviews by SwiftyMcBeer:
Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

First off, this place is a stone cold stunner in the looks department. It feels a little sacriligous, but just keep telling yourself they were going to tear the place down. I have no idea if that is true by the way, it just made me feel better. They had all their beers in on-tap or bottled and I like that they rotate the stout out on a regular basis, good sign. The service was a little slow but they were slammed and understaffed, seemed like the crowd caught them off guard. Food was nothing spectatular, the pierogies felt like they were from a Mrs. T's box, a big no-no when you are in Pittsburgh.
Visited here and East End in the same day and I enjoyed East End more. Felt like you were a part of something there, here you just felt like another customer on a busy day. (776 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of lamb0176
4.15/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of brother_rebus
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3

The beer is tasty and well made here. Awesome merchandise options. The joint was ppropriately staffed too. Unfortunately they were missing something like 4-6 of their drafts. Kind of a bummer, but warrants a trip back for sure. The thing that bothered me was the building. Now this may sound whiny and choosy. The place was probably a decrepit crumbling mess when they purchased it. It was probably super expensive to get work done there. But turning a church into a brewery is touchy; if you cant afford to do it right, maybe dont take on such an immense task. Im no religious nut or architect. But one of the roman arches of the atrium was held together with plywood and screws... The two side porticos of this beautiful old building were harryhackjobbed; door knobs ripped right out and liquid nails'd shut... C'mon meow. Hopefully these are temporary fixes. I'm surprised some historical society isn't crawling up they necks. (929 characters)

Photo of JArt
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of kkdowning
1.3/5  rDev -67.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 3

Beer that is consistently watered down, awful service, and passable food. But hey, it's in a church! That's just so wacky and different, right?

This is a place to take out of towners as they'll love the location, but if you're a local there are so many better options. Avoid. (276 characters)

Photo of Jaszucs
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of indurTheB
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The place was a little empty when I visited, but then again it was about a crisp 0 degrees outside. Being a Floridian, I was "schooled" a little about the temperature at which an IPA is supposed to be served. I guess we like our IPAs to cool us off a little bit. Overall, this is a great place to visit just because of the unique vibe. (338 characters)

Photo of Dcbelkot
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

Photo of Coronaeus
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of RyFikes
2.88/5  rDev -28.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75

I took a day trip to Pittsburgh with my fiance and had dinner at CBW. I love the theme of "beer worship" and the whole set up was very tasteful. Maybe even too tasteful, I'd like to see them take it a step further. My biggest problem with the place was the acoustics. If you closed your eyes you would think you were in a school cafeteria, which for me does not promote a hang-out-and-drink vibe because if you raise your voice EVERYONE can hear you. There is not even background music, probably because it would be too echo-y. On top of that the bartender was very condescending to my fiance when she asked about the beers. Smug bartenders is something that I just don't tolerate. Aside from all that the food was great, the beers were average. (749 characters)

Photo of mikemands
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

took the road trip in September, food was excellent, cool atmosphere like a cafeteria, decent beer. bought a mug. will return next time I'm in Pittsburgh. (154 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

After a chilly morning shopping in Pittsburgh’s Strip District, it is time for some lunch at Church BrewWorks in Lawrenceville, a couple of miles past the Strip. On the way there you can pass the historic Pittsburgh Brewing Company, former home of Iron City Beer.
The food is good and they are locally known for their wood-fired pizzas. Check on-line for their changing menus for both food and beer. They always (almost) have their core beers on tap with a rotating selection of seasonals or one-offs. Their rotating stouts are their best beers although their Pious Monk dunkel is also pretty good. There is limited availability of bottles for sale, but most beers are available in growlers. There is also a small shop with tees, glasses, and other stuff available.
The real draw here is the building itself – an old Catholic church repurposed into something useful - a tax-paying business which brings people into the area to spend money. The pews have been repurposed as seats for the tables, the altar is now the brewing area (behind Plexiglas, feel free to genuflect), the stain glass windows are mostly still there. The rest rooms are cater-cornered with the females being near the entrance and the males beside the altar. Parking can be difficult – there is a small lot behind the building and street parking can be tough, particularly during sporting events.

Note: Any beers => 8 % are served in an 8 oz glass. If this is on the beer menu, I can't find it. This can be an unpleasant surprise if you are expecting a 12 oz shaker. (1,557 characters)

Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of imdabuzzard
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Worth the trip to the berg to see this place (44 characters)

Photo of sirsteve42
4.19/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of JCHOMA
3.34/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

Photo of Brock915
4.81/5  rDev +19.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of PretzelCity
3.99/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of evan35
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of greg4579
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of bruceb
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Mike_winwood
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of ksolekjr
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

What a setting (14 characters)

Photo of Jaketoman1
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh, PA
90 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.