Church Brew Works

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Church Brew WorksChurch Brew Works
BEER AVG
3.64/5
Based on:
66 Beers
1,344 Ratings
Place Score: 92
Ratings: 197
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 4.11
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 by botham:
Photo of botham
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Church Brew Works is a unique place to enjoy a brew, albeit a bit out of the way in Pittsburgh. the ceoncept of converting a church to a brewpub has novelty on its side, even though the pews as seating is a bit uncomfortable. most of the original decor is left, with the brewing equipment where the altar would be. the bar is off to one side, with tables and chairs throughout the space. the size of the space removes any chance of an intimate setting, however this is not a bad thing.

quality is good. proper glassware and clean conditions for the beer and food, as well as some good brews as well. the food was on par with a normal brewpub; above bar food in quality but below fine dining.

service was nice. though the wait staff might not know beer, they were more than willing to inquire and do not mind obscure questions.

selection was decent. eight or so offerings with a couple special editions availble in 750ml bottles. nothing too extreme style wise, but solid brews throughout the spectrum; the coconut stout was excellent!

the food was good. do not expect anything out of the ordinary as far as brewpub fare goes, but a couple unique menu items seem to creep into the otherwise base list.

overall this is a stop that is worth the trip for those visiting Pittsburgh. it is a ten minute bus ride (provided the buses are running), and is close to the universities. cheers!

More User Reviews:
Photo of bruceb
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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4.44/5  rDev +8%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

What a setting

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

This place is enormous. A small brew system occupies the pulpit, with fermentation/serving tanks behind the long bar to the left of this picture. I'm not so sure about the tawdry yellow flags and signs though--it seems to detract from the majesty of this place. They also had un ugly yellow bopping hot air driven promo thing outside that I associate with cut-rate used car lots. It was crowded but not insane and our service was accurate and fast.

We had a pretty good pizza with wild boar and BBQ sauce made with one of their beers along with a side order of terribly cooked fries. My wife and I shared a sampler of all their beers. This was a mixed bag--some were good, others not as thrilling. None were outright terrible, but overall they reminded me of the brewpub beer quality from the early 1990's. My favorite was actually the light lager since it was the cleanest of the bunch. I have a hard time believing that these beers won GABF medals, but I know that things can change batch to batch and possibly brewer to brewer. I tried to look up some details on the brewer, but the garish bright blue website didn't have any information. I would certainly recommend checking this place out, but I found several better places for beer even in the same suburb.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Always something great and different on tap, falafel meatball sandwich

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Great perogies and pizza, great aps and entrees too, albeit on the pricey side but a great dining experience in a old Catholic church, tons of great craft beers all on tap and very fresh that rotate often, you will spend Morton's/ Ruth Chris money (at least I do) but very satisfying.
Try it

Nebbie

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Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh, PA
92 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.