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 jophish17:
Photo of jophish17
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Visited twice in the past year, both times for lunch on a Saturday afternoon.

To start with - this is an interesting concept to say the least. I am definitely one of those renovate-before-replace type of people, so I appreciate the work they did here. With that said, as cool as the idea of turning a church into a brewery is, I can't help but think that the building just doesn't do it for me in terms of a brewpub. It feels more like a German bier hall (which may be what they were going for, given the portion of the taps devoted to German style) yet doesn't bring the energy and intimacy of a German bier hall, and I can't imagine this place doing that even on the busiest of Friday nights. Church Brew Works is physically cool, but the atmosphere is a let-down.

Fortunately, the beer is hardly a let-down. I felt that most of the beers would fall into a solid "B" rating. Nothing was exceptional, but very few things were disappointing (the Pipe Organ Pale and Berliner). These guys have been in business a while now, and you can tell - the beer is predictable and well-crafted. Having the sampler twice, and a couple of pints of things that weren't on the sampler, I'd say that the Dunkel and Thunderhop were probably my favorites. I love how the offer German classics alongside American IPAs, stouts and various stouts.

Food here is a bit harder to rate than the beer - the menu *looks* good. It's an exceptionally varied menu - with words like "Thai", "Jerk", "Queso" and "Kobe" on the menu. Creative use of ingredients for some potentially outstanding dishes. However, I felt like they were just trying too hard with what they had to work with - a case of no matter how good the recipe may be, the ingredients still make the meal. I won't say the food was bad, I'd say that the more inspired dishes on the menu just could have been better. Next time, I'll stick with pierogies. I love me some pierogies.

Service is standard, and the prices are fair. All told, I've always had a good time at the Church Brew Works, but I can't seem to credit the Brew Works for being more than a meeting point with good beer.

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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