Feeling spiritual? You will when
you visit the Church! Walking into this deconsecrated Catholic Church will
be like no other brewpub experience. The sheer beauty of the edifice makes
this trip from anywhere worth the while. Keeping all the original windows,
lights, and cut-down pews, the building retains its "religious" atmosphere,
though all creeds are welcome to partake of the "divine" food and beer.
As you enter the large wooden doors, your eyes are drawn to the altar area which is now the brewery. They could not have chosen a better spot for it! It is here where Brewmaster, Bryan Pearson and staff work their "miracles" turning grains and water into some of the best beers in the country. They perform their magic on a 15 BBL Specific Mechanical Systems brewhouse with a 1500 BBL annual limit.
All the religious euphemisms
aside, quality of product is the most important "commandment"
here(Sorry!). Brant Dubovich oversees the brewing with a religious fervor and Chef Jason Marrone has created an eclectic menu using rarely-found ingredients prepared in unique combinations.
They have only four year-round beers, but a wide selection of seasonals:
Celestial Gold, Pipe Organ Pale Ale, Pious Monk Dunkel, and Blast Furnace Stout are the flagship brews, but the seasonals are plentiful...Easy Rider APA, Heavenly Hefe, and Non Denominator Dopple Bock. They also offer one beer on cask. Other seasonals are 4 Grain Harvest Ale, Penance Porter, English Mild, Raspberry Imperial Stout, Absolution Ale, 140 Shilling Wee Heavy, Weizenbock, Maibock, Burly Friar Barleywine, et al. As you can see, there is always something brewing here!
The winding bar was built from the oak boards salvaged from the trimming of the pews. Carefully refinished, the result is stunning!
There is plenty of off-street
parking in the rear and street parking in front. Tours are given Mon-Fri
at 5PM. Operating hours are Mon-Thurs 11:30AM-11:45PM, Friday & Sat.
11:30AM-1:00AM, and Sunday 12:00-10:00PM.
Check out their website for special events, specialty beers, directions and an extended history of the Church.
So, make the "pilgrimage" to Pittsburgh and visit Church Brew Works as part of your "revival". You'll be glad you did!