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Church Brew Works

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Church Brew WorksChurch Brew Works
BEER AVG
3.65/5
Based on:
68 Beers
1,371 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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Reviews by portia99:
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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A - Very unique place...huge expansive room - as you would expect being in a former church. The brewery equipment takes center stage where the alter normally would be. The room is divided into a bar area with first come/first serve seating and a restaurant side with hostess seating. We went on a Saturday night with a playoff hockey game on tv and the place was packed with a diverse and lively crowd. The atmosphere is interesting...takes a minute to absorb the church atomosphere, complete with stained glass, seating that still reminds you that this was where the pews once were. Very interesting just to see this place once.

Q - Got to sample a few of their beers. The pale ale was quite good as was the stout. The Celestial Gold wasn't bad, but more of an entry level/crossover beer for the uninitiated or those new to craft beer. Didn't get to sample some of their bottle only selections, but the Cherry Quadzilla especially sounded interesting.

S - We grabbed a seat at the bar after unsuccessfully stalking a pub table for a while. Service was attentive, but not especially friendly. They were quite busy, but there was plenty of bar staff to help all customers. Never had to wait very long to get a beer.

S - There were, I believe 8 beers on tap - good variety - std light beer, pale ale, stout, several Belgians...and a couple of beers in bottle only - a cherry quad and an IPA (didn't sample either)...samplers were available with pretty sizeable sample glasses. Selection is good if you are into/in the mood for Belgian beers...if not, the typical style selection is somewhaat limmited.

F - Pretty extensive menu...lots of appetizers - the usuals you'd expect but most with some kind of unique take on things...also had some higher end entrees which sounded good too, but seemed a bit on the expensive side. We opted for the pizza...after seeing a large number of these at other tables that looked really good, we couldn't resist. Seems to be the popular item...had about a 1hr wait (which we were informed of at the time of order), but it was worth it. The pizzas have a healthy dose of garlic in the sauce...definitely a garlic lovers dream.

V - Value was pretty good. For 2 pizzas and 7 beers, we paid a little over $50...not too bad. Food was good, beer was good - atmosphere is unique and it is well worth a visit just to check out the building...its not every day you have a brewery in a church. Definitely would consider going back here again.

More User Reviews:
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

Photo of evan35
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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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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Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh, PA
92 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.