Church Brew Works

BEER AVG
3.68/5
Church Brew WorksChurch Brew Works
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

3525 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15201
United States

(412) 688-8200 | map
churchbrew.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
90
Ratings:
1,621
Reviews:
638
PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Ratings:
247
Reviews:
139
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
8.87%
 
 
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Ratings: 247 |  Reviews: 139
Reviews by ffejherb:
Photo of ffejherb
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of mkyer
4.06/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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

Photo of KatieIPO
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
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 -7.9%
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 -16.3%
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 -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Zonian1
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

I visited the Church Brew Works for the first time on a Sunday in Feb, 2017. Had some food and got a flight of most of the beers on tap that day. The longtime manager came by and visited us for a while, regaling us with stories about this storied place, so that was cool. The food was decent. For the beer, I was expecting an assortment of Pilsners/Lagers, since this iconic Pittsburgh craft beer location has long featured those styles. Instead, there was a bit more variety, although no IPAs, as they had recently sold out. A decent bock and a nice wine barrel aged tripel were available. The vibe is not a beer geek vibe, but the place is cool to see nevertheless. If you are visiting Pittsburgh, maybe this shouldn't be #1 on your list, but it is definitely worth a visit!

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Photo of bobpgh
3.09/5  rDev -23.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of bylerteck
3.24/5  rDev -20.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

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

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Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh, PA
3.68 out of 5 based on 1,621 ratings.
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