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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 FleeVT:
Photo of FleeVT
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was on vacation with my brother visiting family and we were "dragged" to this place under the guise of being virtuous. As most have already described, the atmosphere is amazingly unique. It really is difficult to capture in words the feeling when taking in the scene. As you approach the brewpub, the sign out front is the only clue innards of the building; a beautiful historic red brick structure complete with steeple and ornate stained glass.

The inside is dimly lit by the ambient light from the beautiful stained glass windows and some antique fixtures. A lot of the original material from the church was used in the renovation. Pews were shortened to make benches, the chairs from the old rectory are now used at 4-tops, even the lanterns have been witness to a sermon. But the centerpiece of the establishment is the altar, now the brew house.

The beer quality was adequate. I had the sampler which included the three mainstays (Celestial Gold, Pipe Organ Pale Ale, Pious Monk Dunkel), and three rotating specialty beers (or which I only remember the Winter Stout). No tasting notes were taken; this was more of a just enjoyment and recon visit. The beers were good. The atmosphere is probably more the selling point, but the beers were good. Of all the beers tasted, the Dunkel stood out as best.

Service was fantastic. We had an older woman who was very attentive. When we started asking lots of questions, she actually sat with us and talked our ears off. It was great. We got the whole history of the place (which I'm sure all of the servers can give you) with her own personal take on some of the refurbishment decisions. Although she admitted she was not a beer drinker, she very knowledgeable of their offerings and able to make recommendations for our group.

The selection was great for a brew pub. I believe there were 7 brews on tap when we visited. Not sure about the mass produced stuff, didn't think to ask!

I can't comment to heavily on food, we were only there for a couple of pints. Being on vacation in Pittsburgh I had to try some traditional fare, so ordered a plate of Pierogies. They were fine. My Pittsburgh family gave them a 3.5 out of 5. I have a feeling some of the other offerings may be better. The menu was the same as the one currently posted online.

All in all I left thinking, I wouldn't search out their brews, but I would definitely be back. Great atmosphere, good beer, decent food, and all for a great value.

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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
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