Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Passing Through Pittsburgh... (part II)

As promised, here are a few more pictures of The Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh. Oh yeah, the beer and food are great too. I tried the Belgian at the brewery and bought a variety case during our travels (I was directed to a beer store from our hotel which was filled with pallets of cases of beer. You could only buy cases...even of Chimay! I guess that's one of the fun parts of States Rights! I'm assuming you could buy 6 packs are "regular" stores in PA). The Pale and India Pale Ales were good; on the malty side which was a nice change for me. I'm used to citrusy hop heavy pales that seem to be all over Michigan. The Dunkel was nice too.

The bright tanks behind the bar are watched over by saints.

A different view.

It's true! There is beer in heaven.From the steps of the Church you can see of the old Pittsburgh Brewing Co., home of Iron City Beer.

The other end of the Pittsburg Brewing Co. complex. It really is a beery block...

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Passing Through Pittsburgh... (part I)

I suppose this is a semi-appropriate post for Easter. During our recent road trip to West Virgina, we passed through Pittsburgh. I have been wanting to visit The Church Brew Works for years so I was great to finally make it there. The brewery is in a stunning former Catholic church. The pictures really don't do it justice...

We found ample parking outside on the street, which was a nice surprise since I really had no idea what kind of neighborhood the brewery was in.

This is the view on facing the front. Since its a huge space my camara (or more acurately, I) had difficulties with the lighting.

The former altar is now the brewery.

A closer view of the brewhouse. The large stainglass medalion from the front is reflecting on the glass that separtes the sancu...I mean the tasting room from the brewhouse.

Slightly fuzzy details of the stunning glass in the reflection of the brewhouse glass separator . More photos to follow...