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!
    Upvoted May 26
  • 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.
    Upvoted May 26
  • 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.
    Upvoted May 26
  • 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!!
  • 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!
  • R. G.
    R. GuerraJune 17, 2016
    Great beers. Shame their pizza wood oven caught fire recently and no pizza offerings were available
    Upvoted May 28
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
    Upvoted May 28
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Campbell B.
    Campbell BirdOctober 13, 2015
    Great beers, friendly staff, beautiful space. Literally nothing bad to say about this place.
  • Jen C.
    Excellent beers. Be sure to check out the patio, too.
    Upvoted Jul 2
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Katie E.
    Katie EytchSeptember 1, 2014
    Extensive menu for all tastes. Get all the micro brewed beers made there!
  • Zachary G.
    Zachary GraftonJuly 20, 2016
    I'll definitely be back for the pulled pork tostadas. Great price and delicious.
  • Chris C.
    Chris CarlinJuly 20, 2011
    Try the untraditional perogies. When I went, they were roasted peppers with a tomato sauce on top. Delicious!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Scott N.
    Scott NorlinAugust 31, 2014
    The southwestern pizza with chicken on it is amazing!
  • 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.
  • David G.
    David GreenbergerFebruary 15, 2015
    The sampler for 12.95 8, 5oz beers and figure out where you want to take your night ;-)
  • Mark
    MarkJanuary 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Terrific cask conditioned ale and great pizza! A beautiful place!
  • Robert M.
    Robert MasonMarch 14, 2016
    Brew tanks on the alter and tables in place of pews. What's not to love?
  • Doug R.
    Doug RayJanuary 26, 2012
    Housed in an old Irish church, the brewing equipment is located where the Altar should be
  • Phil M.
    Phil MandellaMay 13, 2011
    Excellent brew and foods. The cask conditioned stout is amazing and the perogies are great!
  • 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.
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WasilewskiJanuary 9, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    The dining room & pub have different menus after 4pm so be sure to ask for both!!
  • Dustin S.
    Dustin SmithAugust 10, 2014
    The staff is amazing. Really know their stuff. Beer is unbelievable.
  • Church Brew Works
    Church Brew WorksJune 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    We are almost sold out - call today for your reservation! 412-688-8200
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingNovember 29, 2010
    Try the Turkey, Bacon, Cheddar Cheese Pierogies With Chipotle Aioli
  • Karen L.
    Karen LondonFebruary 23, 2014
    Awesome place to eat... Great food. .. Great atmosphere. . Great beer
  • Ian E.
    Ian EverhartFebruary 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Gouda spinach dip is phenomenal, and the bread pudding is delicious and more than enough for two.
  • PSU-Lion D.
    PSU-Lion DiOctober 20, 2012
    There are only 4 pierogi in an appetizer serving. Better order least!
  • Jennifer
    JenniferApril 22, 2013
    Best beer and you get to praise God for it in church. And on the 8th day God made beer.
  • Gary S.
    Gary SismourFebruary 28, 2014
    It was really good I had the buffalo meatloaf it was so good
  • Carolyn
    CarolynDecember 30, 2015
    Loved their seasonal snowflake cocktail ! Tasty food , quick service .
  • Hugo H.
    Hugo HerreraAugust 8, 2014
    The traditional pierogies are amazing!
  • Noise
    NoiseMay 10, 2010
    The "Cinco Frommagio" (5-cheese) is the only noteworthy pizza here... but it might very well be the single best pizza in Pittsburgh.
  • James G.
    James GillSeptember 29, 2010
    Potato pancakes are an excellent appetizer as well as the non-traditional pierogies w/ sauerkraut & bratwurst.
  • Dan B.
    Dan BrigadoiDecember 29, 2012
    Try the warm apple cider with rum, decent alternative
  • Carly D.
    Carly D-BApril 5, 2014
    Try the pumpkin risotto fritters! They are amazeballlllllllls.
  • Byron F.
    Byron FruitJanuary 29, 2016
    Great beer and food. Get the pizza and Celestial Gold
  • Leif G.
    Leif GordonAugust 9, 2014
    The wild boar pizza and a thunder hop IPA are excellent together!
  • Joan Luise R.
    Uma igreja transformada em cervejaria. And on the eighth Day... Man crentes BEER! ;)
  • visitPA
    visitPAMay 22, 2010
    No, this doesn’t count as going to church But go ahead & worship at the altar of Celestial Gold, Pipe Organ Pale Ale and Pious Monk Dunkel. Read more
    Upvoted May 26
  • Dave P.
    Dave PurshApril 15, 2016
    The pizza during happy hour is a steal at $1.25 a slice.
  • Brandon P.
    Brandon PattersonApril 25, 2013
    Roman Catholic Church converted into a microbrewery of awesomeness! Hail Mary!
  • Timothy
    TimothyMay 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the coconut stout it is AMAZING!!!
  • Elizabeth O.
    Beer! Try the alcoholic slushies too.
  • AST
    ASTApril 18, 2012
    The best ever Stout collection. Breakfast Stout was my favorite.
  • Rachel
    RachelApril 1, 2013
    Ambrosia ale for folks who are not a fan of hoppy beer. Very good!
  • Bre C.
    Bre ChristensonJuly 10, 2012
    Absolutely LOVED the pirogue sauté! But my sensitive nose/stomach couldn't handle the brewery smell
  • Noam C.
    Noam ChermskyApril 20, 2013
    catch this place in the afternoon or early evening. its sadly, no longer, a hip place to be at night time..
  • John F.
    John FinnellJanuary 3, 2013
    There's two menus here. One for dinner and one for the pub. Get the pub menu. Better options.
  • Paul M.
    Paul MillerOctober 19, 2012
    This place is a must visit for any craft beer fan.
  • Raychel K.
    Raychel KnutsenNovember 1, 2011
    Best pizza in Pittsburgh hands down. Best ranch too!
  • Woody W.
    Woody WommackNovember 10, 2016
    Huge menu and a unique atmosphere
  • David G.
    David GreenbergerFebruary 15, 2015
    Kobe steak and cheese, pesto pizza, pittsburgh salad all A+
  • Ana G.
    Ana GebhardtJune 28, 2014
    Their Pizzais great and so is their heirloom tomato salad.
  • Metro Bear
    Metro BearAugust 4, 2011
    The most unique brewery I have ever been too - stop by all the time when in the burgh
  • Amy J.
    Stained glass windows in this pretty old church give it a nice character. Beer is ok.
  • Bre C.
    Bre ChristensonJuly 10, 2012
    Absolutely LOVED the pirogue sauté! But my sensitive nose/stomach couldn't handle the smell
  • Jon T.
    Jon ToewsMay 6, 2013
    The bourbon vanilla stout was tasty And light.
  • Church Brew Works
    Church Brew WorksFebruary 4, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Call today for reservations - 412-688-8200
  • Rajeev I.
    Rajeev IyerJuly 4, 2014
    The pizza is fantastic. Uncommon periogies are hit or miss.
  • Andra Z.
    Andra ZapartanApril 9, 2015
    Cool place. Give it a try!
  • Jon S.
    Jon StapelJanuary 12, 2013
    French Risotto Fritters are amazing.
  • CR J.
    CR JunkinsJuly 4, 2012
    My favorite brew house in the US. I fly all the way from Orlando, FL to come here.
  • Krista
    KristaAugust 10, 2014
    Perogie pizza with bacon is a must
  • Luke W.
    Luke WaddellMarch 5, 2012
    Brick oven pizza: fresh ingredients, delicious dough.
  • Jacob N.
    Jacob NealDecember 28, 2012
    This place is amazing if your ever in town come here. Hell I'm gonna come back to town for this place.
  • 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
    Downvoted May 28
  • Tobias B.
    Tobias BloomSeptember 21, 2016
    Don't venture into the cocktail list. Stick to what the name says they do best.
  • Dan G.
    Dan GreenleafApril 23, 2013
    Go with the sampler...try them all for cheap.
  • John L.
    John LeavittDecember 23, 2012
    Boo! They changed the hummus! It had been my kids' favorite.
  • Amol K.
    Amol KNovember 11, 2014
    One of the coolest venues in Pittsburgh
  • Aaron P.
    Aaron PerkonsJune 4, 2013
    Try the coconut stout!!
  • Cooper M.
    Cooper MillerNovember 22, 2011
    Outta-tawners should know a Pittsburgh salad has meat and French Fries on it.
  • Whitney O.
    Whitney OkonakJuly 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    must have: the spinach, feta & gouda dip; pierogie pizza; coconut stout.
  • Allison C.
    Allison CarlinoJune 22, 2011
    Porterhouse steak with the mac n cheese is amazing, medium rare, nomnom
  • Hiram K.
    Hiram KnickerbockerOctober 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Birch Beer is amazing in addition to the brews...
  • angelatravels
    angelatravelsNovember 9, 2011
    Try the Cherry Beer. It is. Delicious!
  • Robson S.
    Robson SobieskiSeptember 2, 2013
    Lugar sensacional! Antiga igreja irlandesa transformada em cervejaria. Peça todas as cervejas e coma uma pizza maravilhosa! Passada obrigatória pra quem esta' em Pittsburgh!
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