Sunday, August 29, 2010


Yesterday we drove to Pittsburgh to attend a birthday party. It was a surprise party held at the "Church Brew Works", voted #1 brewpub in Pittsburgh. Originally this 8,000 sq. foot building was the turn of the century architectural wonder known as The St. John The Baptist Church.
Now, it is a fabulous restaurant and microbrewery featuring their own beers as well as a full gourmet menu. It is a surreal feeling to sip fine beers while pondering the beautiful stained glass windows.
The very front of the church houses the shiny tanks of the brewery and many of the original pews are everywhere in the bar and the restaurant.
The birthday party was held in this outdoor section, called the Hop Garden, where there is seating for about 50 and included a fabulous buffet as well as three different birthday cakes. I was pretty happy about the cakes! (my not so secret passion). Even thought it is open to the sky, the tall brick walls provide a very intimate setting.
After dining and drinking and singing the birthday song and opening gifts, we headed back home. It was a great evening! You can see more about the brewery, including some really beautiful photographs by visiting their web site at


Anonymous said...

The chow was little spicy, but that's okay with me! I think everyone had a good time.

Anonymous said...

And a good time was had by all! I knew you'd like the place. It's a really unique way to preserve the historic old church.

Anonymous said...

Indeed it was great! (welcome to the blog...tee-hee)