Church Brew Works

BEER AVG
3.7/5
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:
1,576
PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Reviews:
137
Ratings:
241
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
8.87%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 137 | Ratings: 241
Reviews by ffejherb:
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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 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

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

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Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh, PA
3.7 out of 5 based on 1,576 ratings.
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