Pittsburgh’s Church Brew Works isn’t the only brewery to take over and renovate a former church, but it might be the most dramatic. The brewery is located in the former St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, which was originally built in the late 1800s then expanded in the early 1900s to service the growing population of Irish and Scotch Catholic immigrants moving to the city. When the mills shut down in the latter half of the 20th century, the church suffered and was shut down in 1993. Church Brew Works restored the building to its former glory and opened its doors in the last ‘96. They brew at the altar and you get to sit in real church pews while staring at the vibrant stained glass. Church Brew Works has done well on the competition circuit over the years, even winning the Large Brewpub of the Year at GABF in 2012. Even if they weren’t brewing good beer, we’d want to visit the brewery because it’s so stunning.
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The brew team works their magic at the altar.
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Tanks line the walls beneath the stained glass.
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You can't get more dramatic than these doors.
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Here's the building "back in the day."
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I've always thought drinking beer was a religious experience.
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Seating is a mix of church pews and bar top chairs.
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When you're brewing in a church, you're obligated to get playful with the beer names.
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Best church sign ever.
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What's a church without stained glass. Lots of stained glass.
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Not many breweries can boast a landmark like that.
Church Brew Works