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:
85
Reviews:
630
Ratings:
1,582
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 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 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
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

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 1,582 ratings.
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