Church Brew Works

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3525 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, USA - (412) 688-8200

Church Brew Works Pittsburgh Reviews

Andy99 Andy99
579 reviews
A restaurant and brewpub in a former church Jul 12, 2012
One of the most striking restaurant settings I have encountered is the Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh. The restaurant is located in a former Catholic church and a large one at that. St. John the Baptist Church opened in 1907 in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Lawrenceville. But in 1993, with the consolidation of several Pittsburgh parishes, the church was closed and deconsecrated. The church building was purchased and repurposed as the Church Brew Works, opening in 1996. The renovation of the building retained many of its features, including the stained glass windows, a side chapel, the wooden floor, and the altar reredos. Tables and booths replaced the pews and brewery vats were placed in the altar area.

Entering the restaurant continues to give the feel of entering a church. It is a very striking picture and the size of the enterprise is surprising. Does the food match its setting? I'd say it does. We arrived for lunch and were seated nearly in the middle of the former nave. First off was a appetizer of Untraditional Pierogies appetizer. This zesty turn on the Polish (and Pittsburgh) staple featured chicken and a salsa topping. I ordered a Buffalo Burger with cheddar cheese and bacon and Susan the Traditional Pittsburgh Style Salad. The salad included grilled chicken, but Susan asked for it without the traditional French fries mixed in. The Buffalo Burger (made with Buffalo meat) was great! Cooked to a nice Medium and very tasty and juicy. (Vastly better than the Buffalo Cheeseburger at the Mitsitam Cafe.)

The restaurant also has pizza and very interesting sounding main dishes also on its menu. As it is a brewpub, a number of draft and bottled beers are available, with featured brews listed on a chalkboard.

Definitely recommended!
Church Brew Works
Church Brew Works interior
Untraditional Pierogies appetizer
Buffalo Burger with cheddar cheese…
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Chokk says:
Sounds like the church came in to good use
Posted on: Jul 15, 2012
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pinchora pinchora
162 reviews
Feb 02, 2008
On June 1, 1902 the cornerstone of St. John the Baptist Church on Liberty Avenue was laid. In early January 1915, a fire broke out in the sanctuary and caused major damage to the church. New floors, altars and paint were required. The building served as a spiritual sanctuary to its members during the first and second world wars. Those wars also marked the loss of many enthusiastic, energetic members - the young men who died and did not return from these wars. Even with booming industrial giants at its back door, the parish was often plagued by lack of money. When St. John's seemed to be getting out of debt, the depression struck. There was a stop in the growth and a gradual decline in the industrial strength of the area. On the 6th of August in 1993, the church was put under an act of suppression by the Bishop of Pittsburgh. The building lay dormant until the construction began in early 1996. It was almost three years to the day when The Church Brew Works reopened the doors of St. John the Baptist for business on the 1st of August in 1996.

Once walking into the main doors you feel that you are underdressed to be going to a church service. But once through the doors you feel that you are walking into another world. The insides look like a looks like the naive of the church with an alter in the back...only theirs one twist. Where the pews would be there are chairs and tables and in the back of the church where the alter is there is a big brew house in the alter where they brew 4 types of beers. Two Lagers and 2 Ales who have won Awards at TheGreat American Beer Festival™ in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2005!

The main reason why people go there is for their American Cuisine. They have a wide variety of pizza's including their Infamous Pittsburgh Pierogie Pizza. They also teamed up with Dave and Andy's Ice Cream to make the only ice cream that is made from the brewing process and boil it down into a molasses like syrup and make small batch Ice Cream. The joint venture in ice cream making brought the attention of USA TODAY who voted Dave & Andy’s the 5th best ice cream in the country.

The food is wonderful...the service was great...and the atmosphere was very inviting. It is a great place to hangout with friends and to have a good time!
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the infamous pierogi pizza
spinach, artichoke and tomato pizza
travelman727 says:
Fantastic review! You have my curiosity going and my taste buds salivating! I will definitely check out the Church Brew Works on my next trip to Pittsburgh :-D
Posted on: Jul 08, 2007
froggoddess froggodd…
16 reviews
Worth going, just to say you have Mar 29, 2008
Everyone raves about the Church Brew works, but not being a beer drinker, I have to say I'm not in love with it. The food is pretty good, the beer tastes like beer. It's a little pricey.

The ambiance is definitely cool, with the big copper tanks, the old-churchy feel, and spacious clean bathrooms. It's worth checking out.
david40price says:
I too don't like beer at all, but I do like this place. The ambiance is fantastic. I don't think the food is anything special and perhaps a little on the expensive side, but it is a cool place to go to and well worth taking out of town guests.
Posted on: Nov 08, 2011

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