Church Brew Works

Church Brew WorksChurch Brew Works
Church Brew WorksChurch Brew Works
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

3525 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15201
United States

(412) 688-8200 | map
churchbrew.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.64
Beers:
97
Reviews:
646
Ratings:
1,668
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.05
Reviews:
140
Ratings:
264
pDev:
11.85%
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Reviews by Ozzylizard:
Photo of Ozzylizard
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of StrangerTides
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of DangerDawg
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of Rubezahl
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Matt23
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of chiefz1
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Fee
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Well-known in Pittsburgh, this is one of the older craft breweries in the city. Super crowded on weekends, the place has more of a neighborhood feel during the week. Beers are good, but not as spectacular as the best breweries in the city. Good food and service though.

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Photo of ManBearPat
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of philbe311
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of West_Chester_Ale_Tester
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of DaveCash
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4

Photo of Zenboy99
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of ADKbeerguy
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of weird_al_1106
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Pittsburgh-Redneck
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of Beermann60
3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.76/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of zp6167a
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of mkyer
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of KatieIPO
3.2/5  rDev -21%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4

The beer here is pretty good, but not amazing, especially compared with some other breweries in Pittsburgh. Food is pretty standard bar food, and I absolutely love their sweet potato fries. Service is very slow, especially on busy nights. I have spent 2+ hours here just to grab dinner and drinks. That being said, it's a must see for any beer lover when you visit Pittsburgh. The space itself is really beautiful and the novelty of drinking beer in a large church is worth the stop. Just prepare yourself for a long visit.

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Photo of francus
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

As you can plainly see, this is a brewery restaurant located inside a converted church. Despite the signage on the outside of the church finding the entrance was a bit challenging. I wasn't the only one who found it confusing. Just go up the steps and enter the middle doors like you would if you were going to service.

The architecture is interesting and they did their best to keep the look and feel of the original interior. Upon entering the eye is taken to the brewing equipment. The stained glass are the originals. The place has a dated feel about it. The bar tops are a bit worn and there are sticky areas. The place could probably use a good power washing. That said, this is still place that is interesting to visit, if for no other reason than the feel of the place.

The beers are top notch and those that were made to a style seemed to be on target. The food is rather pricey, but the beers are average priced. T-shirt are actually pretty cheap as far as brewery shirts go (100% cotton). Despite the food price, there are appetizer special during happy hour (half price) and on Tuesday's there are $6 burgers until 9. The burgers are decent, but not amazing. The service was a bit slow, but it was crowded as well.

I recommend going at least once when you're in PIT.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.4/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Well, you can't miss this place. This is an absolutely massive church where you walk through the front door greeted by an old, musty church smell and creaky, bouncy floors galore. The table arrangement is a little odd. The semi-open floor plan tries to fit seating into some of the leftover pew space--it almost feels like a crowded Applebee's, especially considering how popular this place is. While unique, the place could use some touching up, as tables are a bit sticky and funky. We should have just sat at the bar on the left, which has really cool tanks behind it, and of course there is the even nicer display up by the alter where the beer is apparently brewed.

Food is really off the wall and all over the place style-wise--we had alligator pierogies and Japanese beef cheesesteak--both were surprisingly good.

Service is prompt and attentive, but not at all knowledgeable about their brews, or beer in general, again reminding of Applebee's, especially with the goofy beachy theme going on this day. With their size and how busy they are I imagine their staff pool largely consists of recent chain restaurant employees, but they should still train them more on their product.

The beer selection is pretty wide for a moderate to small taplist, hitting many styles including IPAs and stouts, but with special focus on German styles, which in my opinion were the best options of the day.

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Photo of heddar33
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh, PA
Brewery rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 1668 ratings