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Church Brew Works

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Church Brew WorksChurch Brew Works
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3.67/5
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1,383 Ratings
Place Score: 92
Ratings: 206
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: n/a
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Cask: Y
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Visited on 11/25/07 during a weekend trip to Pittsburgh with my wife.

This place is amazing to behold! Everything about the church is still intact, from the pipe organ to the stained glass windows. Massively huge cathedral ceilings stretch far beyond the hardwood floors and ornate woodwork. The bar is quite large and zig-zags around the left side of the brewpub with enough seating for about thirty patrons. Lots of tables are dispersed throughout, and you can view the brew tanks from just about any spot in the wide-open room. The centerpiece of the establishment - brew tanks on the alter - is priceless! It was even more fitting that we visited on a Sunday afternoon.

Selection was pretty good, including four regulars and four seasonals (including one on cask). They had the following beers during our visit: Celestial Gold, Pipe Organ Pale Ale, Pious Monk Dunkel, Thunderhop IPA, 4-Grain Harvest Ale, Non-Denominator Dopplebock, and a Pumpkin Stout on cask. They were out of the Blast Furnace Stout.

Service was prompt, and the bartender described all of the available beers to a "T". I started with the 4-Grain, and also had the IPA and the Pumpkin Stout, with my favorite being the 4-Grain. The quality of the beers was up to snuff, and all of the brews looked and tasted fresh. All were served at proper temperature in nice glassware.

Service was a little slow, considering there were only two other people at the bar, but nothing to shake a stick at. We also ordered lunch. We shared the hummus appetizer, which was quite good. For the entree, I had sun-dried tomato pesto pasta with chicken which was a bit greasy, but pretty tasty. My wife had the portabella mushroom sandwich with fries, which she enjoyed. The server forgot my bread, but it was brought promptly after I mentioned.

This is such a unique place that, even if the beer was lacking (which it wasn't), I'd still visit while in Pittsburgh. I've never been anywhere like it, and I will definitely return on my next trip to Pittsburgh.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.85/5  rDev +18%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Worth the trip to the berg to see this place

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4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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3.34/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

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4.81/5  rDev +17%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

What a setting

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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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Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh, PA
92 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.