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Church Brew Works

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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 portia99:
Photo of portia99
4.1/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A - Very unique place...huge expansive room - as you would expect being in a former church. The brewery equipment takes center stage where the alter normally would be. The room is divided into a bar area with first come/first serve seating and a restaurant side with hostess seating. We went on a Saturday night with a playoff hockey game on tv and the place was packed with a diverse and lively crowd. The atmosphere is interesting...takes a minute to absorb the church atomosphere, complete with stained glass, seating that still reminds you that this was where the pews once were. Very interesting just to see this place once.

Q - Got to sample a few of their beers. The pale ale was quite good as was the stout. The Celestial Gold wasn't bad, but more of an entry level/crossover beer for the uninitiated or those new to craft beer. Didn't get to sample some of their bottle only selections, but the Cherry Quadzilla especially sounded interesting.

S - We grabbed a seat at the bar after unsuccessfully stalking a pub table for a while. Service was attentive, but not especially friendly. They were quite busy, but there was plenty of bar staff to help all customers. Never had to wait very long to get a beer.

S - There were, I believe 8 beers on tap - good variety - std light beer, pale ale, stout, several Belgians...and a couple of beers in bottle only - a cherry quad and an IPA (didn't sample either)...samplers were available with pretty sizeable sample glasses. Selection is good if you are into/in the mood for Belgian beers...if not, the typical style selection is somewhaat limmited.

F - Pretty extensive menu...lots of appetizers - the usuals you'd expect but most with some kind of unique take on things...also had some higher end entrees which sounded good too, but seemed a bit on the expensive side. We opted for the pizza...after seeing a large number of these at other tables that looked really good, we couldn't resist. Seems to be the popular item...had about a 1hr wait (which we were informed of at the time of order), but it was worth it. The pizzas have a healthy dose of garlic in the sauce...definitely a garlic lovers dream.

V - Value was pretty good. For 2 pizzas and 7 beers, we paid a little over $50...not too bad. Food was good, beer was good - atmosphere is unique and it is well worth a visit just to check out the building...its not every day you have a brewery in a church. Definitely would consider going back here again.

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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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