"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy" has long been (probably mis-)attributed to Ben Franklin -- but there's evidence of that statement's truth via the heavenly brews at Church Brew Works (3525 Liberty Ave. Pittsburgh, Pa.). Let us bow our heads.
This former Roman Catholic Church-turned-celestial brewpub opened its doors in 1996 and currently brews four flagship beers: Celestial Gold, Pipe Organ Pale Ale, Pious Monk Dunkel and a rotating stout blend. A handful of specialty brews are also available year-round as well.
Even if you're not a beer snob, a visit to this pub is enough to impress. Inside, where the altar once stood, now stands glistening steel-and-copper brewworks. There's even an original confessional that now holds Church Brew Works merchandise. We're pretty sure the only thing you'll be confessing is your love for beer, though.
Traditional pub-style eats include cheesesteaks and salmon BLTs, but you can also opt for swankier dinner menu items like Wagyu stripsteak and buffalo wild mushroom meatloaf. Of course, you can always take home a growler or six pack of the fresh brew too.
Hours are Tues.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. and Sunday noon-9 p.m.
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Published at 10:21 AM EST on Jan 29, 2013