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Visit the Historic Landmarks in Lawrenceville

“Jaws drop in awe!” according to founder Sean Casey when asked to describe the impressions of guests walking through the doors of The Church Brew Works for the first time. The breathtaking view of the brewpub garners comparisons to the impressive vista of The Point that visitors enjoy when emerging from the Fort Pitt Tunnel for the first time.

The Church Brew Works, a combination restaurant and microbrewery, opened August 1, 1996 as the first and only Brew Pub in the country located in a former church. The building originally was St. John the Baptist Church. Legendary beer critic Michael Jackson noted the brewery as one of the most beautiful in the world.

Renovations to the 8,000 square foot restaurant have brought the building back to its turn of the century splendor. Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation showed their appreciation for the project by bestowing The Church Brew Works with the Award of Merit for the adaptive reuse of St. John’s.

St. John the Baptist Church was founded by local Irish and Scottish immigrants who worked in the flourishing Carnegie and Diamond Back Steel Works in the historic community of Lawrenceville. This Pittsburgh community was named after war hero Captain James Lawrence, famous for his dying words, “Don’t give up the ship.”

Catty-corner from The Church Brew Works is another famous Pittsburgh landmark, The Pittsburgh Brewing Company. This brewery was founded in 1899 through the merger of twenty different regional breweries. Beer originally delivered by horse drawn wagons is still produced at the brewery, better known today for its flagship Iron City brand.

A block from The Church Brew Works is the childhood home of Stephen Foster, the famous U.S. composer. Three blocks away is beautiful Saint Augustine Church with its 92’ high domed ceiling. Built in 1899, this church is an architectural masterpiece that should not be missed when visiting Pittsburgh.


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