The Church Brew Works

Brewery, Bar, and Restaurant$$$$
Lower Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh
  • This brewery is famous for their Italian food. It's one of the most popular in the city!
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    "Try the Turkey, Bacon, Cheddar Cheese Pierogies With Chipotle Aioli"(24 Tips)
    "Pipe Organ Pale Ale and Pious Monk Dunkel."(4 Tips)
    "Get the coconut stout it is AMAZING!!!"(4 Tips)
    Dan G.
    "Try the pierogies du jour with a Thunderhop IPA."(4 Tips)
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  • TheillKittyKat
    TheillKittyKatFebruary 22, 2014
    Left side is all open seating otherwise a table will take forever to wait on...they brew right on site and the church is still Roman Catholic beautiful...a must for true beer lovers!
  • Turki A.
    Turki AmanMay 17, 2014
    PIZZA!! Amazing don't you dare miss it! The atmosphere was great! I really enjoyed it. The waitresses are very friendly.. Service was fast.. Restaurant was clean price was totally fare
  • Kate S.
    Kate SchreckJanuary 12, 2016
    Homemade pierogies are bleeding fantastic!! Gotta get the special of the day! Do the samplers as well!! Only $13 for eight, 5 oz pours! Can't beat that and the stouts are to DIE FOR!!
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduSeptember 3, 2014
    Try a beer flight. The pious monk is one of the top beers I've ever drank. Pirogues are ok. Chicken pizza is really good. Cool setting.
  • Chip A.
    Chip AhoyMay 1, 2014
    Ask for the "pub" menu if they don't give you one. It has a lot of great options and is much cheaper than the regular menu. The pizzas and salads are really good.
  • Watts
    WattsMay 2, 2013
    A must-see destination if you're ever in Pittsburgh. Just have to see it to believe it. Great food, great beers, great atmosphere........words can't describe. Just have to see it for yourself!!
  • Jon C.
    Jon CassieMay 12, 2013
    Be mindful that there are two menus available in the dining room, one if you sit on the left, the other if you sit on the right...and they have rather different selections!
  • Michael W.
    Michael WhelanJune 1, 2014
    Tey the flight. Lots of choices for any beer fan of all walks of life, but the coconut stout is by far the best
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BaileyJanuary 2, 2016
    Def get the wild boar pizza. Awesome bow sauce and sweet corn on it. Beer is decent, but lacked developed flavored that is expected from high quality craft beers
  • Church Brew Works
    Church Brew WorksApril 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Join our mailing list for weekend features, special brewer's dinners, upcoming events and more. Once you confirm your subscription, you will receive a special gift! Read more
  • Judy R.
    Judy RankinAugust 7, 2013
    What an interesting brew pub. The food was amazing and the beer great. You have to go here, you won't find this kind of atmosphere anywhere else.
  • Lella C.
    Lella CirMay 24, 2015
    Awesome experience! The drink prices are very reasonable, and the food isn't bad either. Just go for the atmosphere if your not a huge beer drinker!
  • Dar N.
    Dar NMarch 1, 2013
    Be sure to stop by this re-purposed church for a delicious craft brew. The copper brewing tanks work their "miracles" on the altar you sit at the bar or in the pews and admire the stained glass.
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda MillsMay 26, 2014
    Everything is good! Get beer tasters, their house italian dressing, and DEFINITELY HANDS DOWN the bread pudding!!! Decent price for superb quality!
  • Craig W.
    Craig WillisAugust 4, 2013
    Excellent! Try the spinach & smoked Gouda dip then the pierogi sauté with chicken. I'm sure you beer drinkers would enjoy the house brews, too!
  • Sara W.
    Sara WelkerJuly 16, 2016
    Great atmosphere! My food was really good too. I had my first pierogie, and it was better than expected. The quinoa salad was also tasty.
  • Rob M.
    Rob M.August 14, 2010
    An old church converted into a brewery and restaurant. Love it! I take all out-of-town visitors here. I don't drink beer, but the flights are a good deal. My favorite is the cinco fromaggio pizza -- m Read more
  • Heather R.
    Heather RobtoyDecember 14, 2011
    Second time here and was not disappointed, definitely a must see. The feta, spinach, gouda dip was amazing! Ask for the bar menu for pizza options.
  • Eric O.
    Eric OAugust 20, 2013
    The sampler is eight 5-ounce drafts, so prepare yourself mentally and physically before ordering it (and then definitely do because it's awesome).
  • Amy R.
    Amy RJanuary 20, 2016
    The food was wonderful! Their mushroom soup was nearly a religious experience (yeah, I went there...) and the service was top notch.
  • Ashli W.
    Ashli WordenMay 29, 2011
    We tried the untraditional pierogies, risotto balls and pierogies entree. Everything was amazing, but you HAVE to try the risotto balls. The atmosphere is
  • R. G.
    R. GuerraJune 17, 2016
    Great beers. Shame their pizza wood oven caught fire recently and no pizza offerings were available
  • Abhinav S.
    Abhinav SharmaMarch 23, 2012
    The pizzas are on the pub menu but amazing, especially the southwestern if you can do spicy. Also get the beer tasting menu
  • Campbell B.
    Campbell BirdOctober 13, 2015
    Great beers, friendly staff, beautiful space. Literally nothing bad to say about this place.
  • GingerBeardMan
    GingerBeardManAugust 31, 2012
    Food here is hit and miss depending on the day, but worth going just for the atmosphere. Sit on the bar side for less-expensive menu options.
  • debbie
    debbieDecember 22, 2014
    Well worth the trek. Beer sampler is an awesome deal w 8 5oz pours for $13. Sign up for the mailing list for a free pint glass.
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MillerJanuary 17, 2013
    If you have young kids, don't expect crayons at the table. Caters to adults, but does provide kid-friendly food and drink!
  • Kyle W.
    Kyle WilliamsMarch 2, 2015
    Really. Best church I've been to. I wish I lived here I would start going back to church again.
  • Sean C.
    Sean CurryAugust 19, 2013
    Great beer list. Definitely make your own taster. Additionally all their desserts are great!!
  • Michael T.
    Michael TholeSeptember 25, 2016
    It's highly rated for pizza, but they no longer serve it due to the pizza oven burning down at some point in the past. Perogies are delicious.
  • Gregory S.
    Gregory SchwenderOctober 9, 2015
    The church itself is really pretty and a great concept. If only they spent more time making the beer taste good.
  • Jim F.
    Jim FisherJuly 13, 2015
    Good food, good beer, ample off-street parking out back. Try the pizzas and pierogies.
  • Senator Bob Casey
    Senator Bob CaseyJuly 30, 2013
    I'm pushing for legislation that would cut taxes for small breweries. The Small BREW Act would help small breweries like Church Brew Works by cutting the excise tax that small breweries pay. Read more
  • Michael S.
    Michael SApril 29, 2011
    Witches Kiss is awesome bitter beer. Lance at yhd bar us awesome. Every pizza rocks.... Can't go wrong here with pizza !
  • Mike A.
    Mike AyersSeptember 25, 2014
    Great location, wide selection of beers and great food! I really enjoyed their IPA
  • Justin L.
    Justin LockeJanuary 29, 2015
    Fantastic Samplers of beer and great atmosphere
  • Marco I.
    Marco IulianellaJune 15, 2013
    Thunderhop IPA is a hophead's dream come true. And the wild boar pizza is outstanding!
  • Chris C.
    Chris CarlinJuly 20, 2011
    Try the untraditional perogies. When I went, they were roasted peppers with a tomato sauce on top. Delicious!
  • Katie E.
    Katie EytchSeptember 1, 2014
    Extensive menu for all tastes. Get all the micro brewed beers made there!
  • Kathryn F.
    Kathryn FultonJanuary 8, 2013
    Good service, nice renovation. Pizza was really good. The black peppered pasta was delicious but the portion was very small and it was pricy.
  • Preston S.
    Preston ShimerSeptember 1, 2011
    The menu features good stuff besides the pizza which is cooked in a wood fired oven. Try the Buffalo Steak.
  • Zachary G.
    Zachary GraftonJuly 20, 2016
    I'll definitely be back for the pulled pork tostadas. Great price and delicious.
  • Painting with a Twist
    Some of the best beers in the Burgh. Try the Thunderhop if you love IPA's.
  • Jon C.
    Jon CassieMay 12, 2013
    When a restaurant makes its pierogies daily and fresh, it's not hard to know what to do.
  • Church Brew Works
    Church Brew WorksOctober 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Just announced at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival Brewpub of The Year Bronze Medal - Celestial Gold Bronze Medal - Pipe Organ Pale Ale Silver Medal - Pious Monk Dunkel Gold Medal - Heini's Hooch
  • Chris L.
    Chris LivengoodDecember 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Quality Pittsburg brew, quality Pittsburgh fun. The best tip I can give is to check it out at least once. It's a must see.
  • Scott N.
    Scott NorlinAugust 31, 2014
    The southwestern pizza with chicken on it is amazing!
  • David G.
    David GreenbergerFebruary 15, 2015
    The sampler for 12.95 8, 5oz beers and figure out where you want to take your night ;-)
  • george h.
    george haffMarch 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    for the ulimate blasphemy, eat some meat here on a friday during lent. dont worry -- this wont actually change the way jesus feels about you.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Doug R.
    Doug RayJanuary 26, 2012
    Housed in an old Irish church, the brewing equipment is located where the Altar should be
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