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Church Brew Works

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BEER AVG
3.66/5
Church Brew WorksChurch Brew Works
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

3525 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15201
United States

(412) 688-8200 | map
churchbrew.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
81
Reviews:
630
Ratings:
1,567
PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
237
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews by BlueHammer:
Photo of BlueHammer
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is just a cool place. Period.

I'm reviewing this on my second visit to Church Brew Works. The first time was several years ago (ahh long before my beeradvocate days).

The first time I went in, years ago, it was a very strange experience. Having grown up Catholic, when you walk into a Church there are certain things you are supposed to do. Belly up to the bar is not one of them. But here I was in what LOOKED like a Catholic Church but instead I was in a brewpub.

This being my second experience and having some idea of what to expect, it was a little easier to sit in the former church (in a "pew" at my table), order food and have a few beers.

That said, this place is awesome! The atmosphere is unique, to say the least. It's cool and dim inside the former church. A bar is to your left and many many tables are spread out throughout the rest of the space. During the summer months there is an outdoor patio, which they call the "hop garden".

The quality is excellent. The food is delicious, with a variety of options (being a vegetarian, that's very important to me!). The service was good. Our waitress was very busy with several parties so she didn't come back to check on us as often as we might have liked but she was knowledgable about the food and brews she was serving.

All in all, if you are EVER in Pittsburgh this unique place is NOT to be missed!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of madelf66
4.06/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Ctb6582
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of godawgs
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of nater919
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of muc1987
4/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Cavernous space...dispute the the obvious ketchiness of a brewery in a church, I thought the place was pretty cool. 20 or so seat bar on the left, brewhouse altar, completely open floor plan , stain glass...6 beers on tap, the two I had were good. Food was excellent and reasonably priced.

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Photo of smanson56
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Spoda1983
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Brown120
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of ArtAttackEd
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of AndrewTobias
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jcMPLS
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of Brian29
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.98/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of e_beaulieu
4.18/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of schroeder1200
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of MarkLinton1
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

One of the most unique breweries you will find anywhere. The beer is brewed on the alter of a 1902 Roman Catholic Church, and it is truly "holy water". Food is phenomenal. A must do when in Pittsburgh.

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Photo of Kwak
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Photo of Child_Pugh
2.72/5  rDev -33%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

Had only about 60% of their beers on tap, one bartender on a Weekend night, and surrounded by bridal showers. Weird vibe, poor selection.

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Photo of lamb0176
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of brother_rebus
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75

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.

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Photo of JArt
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh, PA
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,567 ratings.
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