The Behrend beacon. (Erie, Pa.) 1998-current, December 03, 1998, Image 7

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    Church Brew Works is
a heavenly good time
By Roger Burlingame
staff writer
During our very lengthy Thanks
giving break, I had the opportunity to
be in Pittsburgh, where 1 was lucky
enough to visit The Church Brew
Works. This restaurant located on
Liberty Ave. is just outside of
Bloomfield. It is a church which has
been renovated and transformed into
a restaurant/brewery. The Church
Brew is somewhat like Hoppers here
in Erie, in that the beer is made on the
premises and one can even view the
vast kegs where the beer is brewed.
At The Church Brew Works, the mas
sive kegs are placed on the altar,
where all the people can look upon
them. And there will be great rejoic
The atmosphere was wonderful.
The cathedral ceilings and the stained
i lass windows were all reminiscent
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of an ancient European Catholic
Church. The seating is situated in the
auditorium and is quite spacious. The
custom cut oak bar is about fifty feet
long and is also very beautiful.
The bartender was our waitress and
the service was perfect. She talked
us into trying the sampler platter of
all the beers that are made at The
Church Brew Works (about seven)
from the very light ales to the semi
dark draught. All the beers were En
glish style and extra delicious. My
brother’s favorite was the Bell Tower
Brown, their darkest beer, so that’s
what we ordered.
To start our meal, we each ordered
the Seven-Onion Soup. It was superb.
I believe it is an English version of
French onion; I couldn’t tell you
which one is better. Next, we enjoyed
some Pittsburgh-style perogies. They
were so good we skipped the salad
and had another order. For the en
tree, I had the Wild Mushroom and
Buffalo served on foccocia bread
it was a little bit of heaven. I’d never
had wild buffalo before, but rest as
sured I will have it again. The unique
blend of the flavors of the wild mush
rooms, buffalo, and a light, sundried
tomato glaze was distinct and excep
tional. My brother had the Lagered
Barbecue Brisket; it was also a suc
cess. The beef was extremely tender
and their barbecue sauce is un
We were so full that we couldn’t
even think of dessert, which was sad
because they had quite an extensive
list of interesting sounding desserts.
All in all I think this restaurant has
a great concept, a great menu, a great
service staff, and a great drink menu.
If you find yourself in Pittsburgh
make sure you attend services at The
Church Brew Works.
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Auditions to be held
for Spring Play
by Valerie Trost
staff writer
Hopefully most students had the
wonderful opportunity to see Crimes
of the Heart and experience Behrend's
own quaint studio theatre. Now all
interested persons have the chance
once again to appear on stage. Audi
tions for the Spring production The
Visit by Friedrich Duerrenmati and
adapted by theatre coordinator Tony
Elliot begin Monday in the studio the
A dark tale of mystery and corrup
tion, The Visit is about an immensely
well-off woman who appears back in
the village of her birth and childhood
Tony Elliot, Director of the Spring Production The Visit
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only to find the entire town in eco
nomic turmoil. She is more than in
clined to come to their aid. However,
she requests a trade for her financial
services. She demands vindication,
or “justice" for crimes that were com
mitted towards her in the past, and her
version of "justice" comes at a mas
sive price. Can she seed her revenge
and buy an entire town? The Visit is
an unforgettable journey to a very
frightening side of human nature.
New faces (and old) are strongly
encouraged and welcomed at the au
ditions. There are fifteen completely
open roles for both men and women
of all ages. No preparation is re
quired; all materials are provided at
the audition. All one needs to bring
is a copy of her/his Spring semester
schedule and yourself (of course).
So when and where can students
audition? Auditions are being held
this Monday, December 7, from 7-9
PM and will continue again Tuesday,
December 8, from 5-7 PM. They will
be held in the Behrend Studio The
atre (next to Turnbull). Anyone with
further questions should contact Mr.
Elliot in person or by phone at 898-
Rehearsals for students that are cast
in the production will begin as soon
as they return from the semester break
on January 12. Hopefully all persons
interested in this can find time in their
busy schedules to become involved.
Hope to see you there!
photo by Andrea