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Church Brew Works
Active Beers: 68
Beer Ratings: 1,043
Beer Avg: 3.66
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
3525 Liberty Ave
phone: (412) 688-8200
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 123 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Picked my brother up from the airport and drop by the church for lunch. Like other posters have stated, its a pretty big place for a restaurant. Has that 'cafeteria' feel to it since its hard to separate all the tables into sections to make it more of a close and intimate feeling. Still, its very cool to be eating lunch with some brews with stain glass on the walls and sitting in pews.
I had the pulled pork which I wouldn't recommend. Tasted like a hoagie, not a BBQ pork sandwich which I was hoping for. The pizza was great though. I tried the Hefe Weizen and the Breakfast Stout which were drinkable, but nothing amazing.
I really wanted to love this place, but it didn't blow my mind like I had imagined it would. I would definitely come back with other friends just for the idea of it, but wouldn't keep going back by myself.
08-02-2011 23:04:02 |
More by jschonert
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
I had wanted to visit Church's for some time, just to see the layout of the place. To say the least, I was not disappointed.
Church is located in a large, old catholic church, and so is now a very large brewpub (had to be 30 or 40 tables at least), with a very long bar (close to 40 seats would be my guess) running along the left side of the church. The place still has the remains of the original organ in the upstairs balcony, and the confessionals have been converted into storage areas for glassware, dishes and pots and pans. What appears to be the orignal brewing equipment is located in the back tabernacle area, and the brewpub has maintained the look of a catholic church that now just happens to house a brewpub (great stained glass windows and lofty pillars in this high ceiling building). To no great surprise, I think at least 5 or 10 people came into the brewpub just to take pictures while I was there.
As for the beer, on this day they had 7 different house beers on tap (no guest beers as far as I could tell), and several bottles as well (including their IPA, which was not on tap today). I sampled the hefebrosia (excellent) and the paganator dopple bock (decent), both of which weren't bad at all. As for food, I tried the Traditional Pierogies, which were OK, but nothing to get very excited about (4 doughy cheese and potato filled dumplings, swimming in butter and sour cream).
As for the service, the word that best describes service here would be disinterested. My bartender/waitress was fairly young, and seemed more intent on socializing with friends and patrons her own age. That's fine, and I don't mind a brief wait for a refill, but it's a bit annoying when one then has to wait 10 minutes or so to get one's tab in order to finally leave. I would add that my bartender also seemed a bit disappointed when I only got the pierogies for food, and so didn't seem to be intent on running up a more sizeable tab (hard not to reach the conclusion that this affected the quality of the service I received).
Prices struck me as a bit high for a brewpub. With tax, they seemed to be in the $5.25 to $5.50 range for a pint.
Overall, I'm glad I stopped by, and I might stop by again to show the place to a friend. Otherwise, one visit was likely enough for me, even though I did enjoy the hefebrosia quite a bit.
07-05-2011 14:42:26 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
We stopped in here last Friday while we were in town to see the Sox series against the Bucs. Will have to admit that it was pretty cool to see a full operating brewery inside of an old church.
The atmosphere when you get here is unbelievable. Stained glass remains on the walls and the inside structure still is the same, except that the benches for church got replaced by tables. Plenty of tables and seats at the bar.
The service was good. Must have caught the bartenders in the middle of shifts, but it worked out. They were also knowledgeable about the beer and food on the menu.
the selection was alright. 8 Beers on draft, 2 750 ml bottles to purchase and six packs of other beers to go. Wish they had more to offer.
the food was good and somewhat German and polish themed. Paired up well with the beer flights we got.
Overall, we all liked this place a lot and would visit this place again if driving to or through Pittsburgh again.
06-30-2011 13:32:57 |
More by Flounder57
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $$
Part of the 'Burgh Beer Tour 2011.
Atmosphere: Pretty freaking cool, since it used to be a church, literally. There are still the really high ceilings with the big columns and arches inside, even stained glass windows. At the altar where the service would take place, they have some tall kettles, so you're really worshipping in the right way. The website makes it look like a little more high end than it is, so I was a little nervous going in wearing jeans and a t-shirt, but I fit in in the end, so it was good.
Quality: The beers they had available all seemed pretty solid around the table. I had the coconut stout, and I was really pleased with it and thought they did an excellent job of getting the flavors to work out.
Service: Our waitress sucked. No other way to really put it. She came by, forgot our drinks, came back, forgot our waters, claimed she couldn't take a food order because their computer system was down, yet we watched every other waitstaff member write down other patrons' orders and just put them in manually (How hard can it be? I mean, restaurants took orders for centuries without the aid of computers, right?) and then get their food.
Selection: Not really wide at all, they only had like 5-6 beers on tap, and if you wanted to buy a 750 of a couple of others, you had that option, but it didn't seem like a realistic option unless a couple people wanted to go in on the same beer. Good enough, but not especially eye catching.
Food: We didn't get the chance to try it. See "service."
Value: Overall, we paid a decent price for our beverages, so I can't complain too much about that. And overall, I would definitely go back despite the awful service we received.
06-08-2011 21:47:53 |
More by bamadog
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Not a ton to add from what other people have already stated. This is a old church on Liberty Ave down near the Strip District.
Lots and lots of seating for dining patrons. There is also a decent size bar with ample seating. The pulpit now showcases the brewing equipment. There used to be seating there years and years ago.
They had 8 brews on tap (although I can only recall 7 of them) when I was there including: A Pilsner, Pale Ale, Dunkel, Stout, Porter, Strong Ale and and Irish Stout. I enjoyed the Irish Stout and the Dunkel not so much the Pale Ale.
The food is nothing fantastic, nothing terrible (this is off their pub menu). It is your pretty standard types of bar food.
Overall this is a nice place to visit, definitely an interesting vibe. The food is ok and they have a decent selection of their own brews. Some of their brews are decent others seem to miss the mark in my opinion. Definitely worth visiting!
03-16-2011 11:39:42 |
More by IronCitySteve
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
You really can't beat the atmosphere. A brewery in a church- pretty awesome. Seems like 8 beers on the menu with three or four of those being rotating or one-time releases is typical here. I think that's a pretty good for a brew pub. Last time I was there I got a sampler and all 8 beers were high quality. Their year round beers are good but I've been mostly impressed by their rotating or one-time releases. I had some of their christmas beers on a previous visit not too long ago- very good. This time it was belgians- a strong dark ale, a trippel, and a belgian IPA- also all very good. Service has varied from great to rather slow. Food has always been very good too. All the pizzas and all the appetizers I've had have been top notch.
03-05-2011 23:54:35 |
More by burnstar
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stumbled across this place with my wife when visiting Pittsburgh. Little did I know how full-blown this place was! I thought it was a wonderful concept - a brewpub using an entire former church! The minute you walk into the church/brewpub, you see large VATs at the altar protected by a large sheet of glass. You see pews lined up across the church floor with tables. All authentic and wooden that are worn as well. Then to the right is an outdoor patio for outside seating or to serve as a mini biergarten. Really cool stuff going on here. Then on the left side is where the bar is located with additional fermenting tanks / VATs. Their beer selections is quite vast with several rotationals - all are brewed in-house or off site perhaps. They sell growlers to boot which is a major plus for me. The wait staff and bartenders were laidback and very nice. I've returned to this place twice and there were times when they were a bit standoffish, but like every other place it's always a hit or miss with service and food. We had the perogies which was great as this food is a staple of Pittsburgh. The pizza and other apps we had were good. Quality of beer is above average with maybe one or two good (e.g., Millenium triple). A definite must-see whenever you are in Pittsburgh! Do visit the bathroom and say your confessions (former confessional room). ;)
02-24-2011 18:49:33 |
More by CuriousMonk
District of Columbia
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Went here on New Year's Eve when in town for the Winter Classic (go Caps!). They had a special 3 course prix fixe menu, which my friends and I all shared different items on, and then we shared a few samplers of their full selection of brews.
Pretty amazing atmosphere - inside a beautiful old church. That alone made the experience. Intense smell of wort when you walk in.
Food was good but not great. Enjoyed their soups and my chicken-fried duck, but salads were somewhat bland.
Tried all of their available draft beers (not the bottled IPA or quad). Everything was fine, but nothing really stood out. The lagers were the best of the bunch, subtle, drinkable dunkel, Vienna lager, and golden lager (pils?) that would have gone great with pizza (not on the prix fixe menu). Their rotating stout was an ordinary milk stout. The tripel was fine, a little heavy on the banana esters IMO.
Overall, a great experience for the location inside a church, warm knowledgeable server, and solid food and brews, but not beer I would seek out again.
01-06-2011 19:21:02 |
More by lenin2040
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is one of the coolest places i've drank in. You can see the kettles at work on the altar. The smell of an old church and fermenting grain make quite the ambiance for drinking pretty decent brews. I had their chili spiced porter and it with great with their Southwestern Pizza. My brother was drinking their Winter Seasonal which was also fantastic. Other than a small delay for our second round, I would say the service was pretty good. The hostess seated us quickly and were then greated by our waitress who was very knowlegable about the made in house brews. I can not wait until I get back there to try it again.
12-15-2010 20:22:30 |
More by Waltwvu
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Hit this place up on 11/10
This is just a fun place to go. Come on - a brewery in a Church? Hellooo!!! The decor is pretty cool - the seats are all made of pews. Tables are to the right as you walk in and the "bar" is to the left. Up at the alter is where you find all of the brewing equiment. I think the stained glass is the original, though I am not 100% sure on that.
The beer is average, with a good deal of various offerings - multiple stouts, multiple IPA's, a belgian, and a few others. These aren't blow your mind away beers - but it's fun to try and better for the environment.
The food was damn good - the Artichoke Dip was amazing, I got the perogies (come on, it's Pittsburgh!), one of my companions got the Jambalaya which was outstanding. The food here is definitely worth the trip.
Our waitress was attentive without being overbearing, and quite knowledgeable about the beers that they offered.
This is a place that I would come back to for sure!
12-13-2010 18:23:55 |
More by Jayli
Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh, PA
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