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The Church Brew Pub and Downtown Pittsburgh

Now this is courage. In a strange town, one set of friends says they know a great place for lunch, and we need to come through this tunnel to come out for a great view of Pittsburgh. And, they volunteer to be the lead drivers. That takes courage.

It all went beautifully. We made all the right entrances and exits, and while our route was a little eccentric, so as to take advantage of a particular view, we got where we intended to go, wooo hoooo.

Here are some views of downtown Pittsburgh:

Our goal for lunch was the Church Brew Works, where these friends had eaten a few days before with our Doha-Pittsburgh friends.

It’s an old Catholic church, de-consecrated, de-sanctified, now a restaurant and micro-brewery.

Here’s what you see when you enter:

Here’s brewery works, in the old Sanctuary:

Here’s the indoor dining area:

And here is where you can eat outside, in the hops garden, with a feel a lot like Germany:

This is the bar area and souvenier sales:

The food was pretty good, not particularly memorable, but that is often the case where the setting takes precedence over everything else. One set of friends had the beer sampler, which they shared: 🙂

It was another of those great days. It didn’t matter where we went or what we ate, what mattered was doing it together.

June 7, 2011 - Posted by | Adventure, Arts & Handicrafts, Cold Drinks, Cultural, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Friends & Friendship, Travel | ,


  1. There seems to be a problem with the comments section. It is a new format. Thank you, Daggero, for telling me that it won’t allow comments, it keeps telling people that they don’t have a valid e-mail address.

    This is Daggero’s comment:

    There is a link between Pittsburgh and Kuwait ,The Mellon Family . They used to own majority of stocks in Gulf Oil which was in partnership with BP company in KOC ,Kuwait Oil Company ,which ran the oil business of Kuwait from the 1930’s to 1970’s . Small world then and even smaller today .

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 7, 2011 | Reply

  2. Hi! I enjoyed reading your post 🙂

    The Church Brew Pub looks like an amazing setting!

    Comment by Plum Petals | June 8, 2011 | Reply

  3. It feels a little weird partying amidst stained glass windows, sitting in what formerly were pews which have been cut down to a more table-sized seating. Even though you know that it is no longer a consecrated space, it feels a little wrong. On the other hand, they brewed some really good dark beer, just as the ancient monks once did. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 8, 2011 | Reply

  4. love the photos of a very fun day!

    Comment by Grammy | June 8, 2011 | Reply

  5. Intlxpatr ,

    converting the church to a brewery feels not a little wrong but A Lot wrong .

    Comment by daggero | June 8, 2011 | Reply

  6. It was fun, Grammy, thanks to you and the Big Guy. 🙂

    Wait, Daggero. What happens to a mosque which is no longer used? I remember in Kuwait, small, informal mosques were being carted away and destroyed when they had been constructed on public ground. The Christian churches have a ritual – when a building is no longer used as a church, it is de-consecrated, de-sanctified, so that it can be re-cycled as a useful building. Some are turned into homes, even.

    Technically, Christians believe that our bodies are the true temples where God lives, which is why sins of impurity are often considered some of the worst sins – because we sin against the presence of God within.

    How does it work in Islam?

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 9, 2011 | Reply

  7. Intlxpatr :

    When a mosque is no longer in use ,because the people moved to another area, or it has become too old (not with historical value) and unsafe or not maintained it is OK to completely demolish it, So it may not be disgraced by the use of unscrupulous people .

    Mosques are not to be used for selling goods inside the building , sometimes someone will set up a stall to sell say Oud (fragrant oil) or Bakhour (incense ) but they get told to remove their stuff to outside the mosque say to outside yard .

    Some old mosques have shops adjacent to their outside wall (in Kuwait city ) this is an endowment type of charity where the rent of these shops is used to maintain the Mosque and pay the salaries of the staff such as the Imam (Mulla) and the Muathen ( prayer caller ) and the Janitor .

    Comment by Daggero | June 10, 2011 | Reply

  8. So a mosque no longer in use must be destroyed? Not used for a museum, even, or a historical landmark? Wow.

    At a mosque in Qatar, one of the larger ones, every now and then, like twice a year, there would be a sale outdoors, I am guessing mostly religious books, sometimes calligraphy, but it was outside. In Europe, working churches might have a gift store, where tourists can buy postcards, and almost always the Catholic churches have a place where you can buy candles (on the honor system) if you want to light a candle in memory of someone or for a special prayer.

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 10, 2011 | Reply

  9. Intlxpatr :

    That’s right A mosque is to remain a mosque ,if there is a need for it and the money for its up keeps .

    There is the Mosque In Istanbul Ayah Sofia that was turned into a museum by Kemal Ataturk who is a secularist after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire .

    The Mosques in Spain of course have been turned into Landmarks but that’s after the collapse of the Muslim rule in Spain in the fifteen century

    Comment by daggero | June 12, 2011 | Reply

  10. Fascinating, Daggero, and thank you. Did you know that Ayah Sofia was originally built as a cathedral called Hagia Sophia, which is, I think, Greek for Holy Spirit?

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 13, 2011 | Reply

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  12. No thank you.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 11, 2013 | Reply

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