You want to know what gets me super excited?...Restored Buildings. While I was in Baltimore, I came across a sign that read, “Ministry of Brewing.” I was intrigued. The sign gave me good trouble vibes.
If you ever find yourself strolling down East Lombard street in Baltimore and you see a sign that says "Ministry of Brewing", stop by for a cold glass of beer. Don’t be alarmed. The building is a church, but no one will be reciting a sermon. When you first walk in, you will be blown away by the marble floors and cherry wood staircase. After gawking over the historical architecture, there will be a sign-in sheet just as you would for a traditional Sunday service.
I'm not fond of beer, but I purchased a glass. It was pretty good. I mean, you can't visit a "ChurchBar" and not have a drink. That would be sinister-(Laugh with me!). Also, laugh at ChurchBar. I don't know what else to call this unique environment. Any suggestions?
Here’s a little history of the building. The church was originally built in 1857 by architect Louis Long. The building has a Roman Revival structure. It served the German Catholic immigrant community in East Baltimore during the 19th-century. Before being known as Ministry of Brewing, it was St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church. Here’s more information from the National Register of Historic Places. The church closed in 2011 and was abandoned until the new owners of the brewery purchased it. Check out their website and Instagram page.
I couldn’t just leave this experience in Baltimore. I had to share it with you guys and of course do a little more research. Restoring old and abandoned churches to hip environments is a thing. Here’s a list of churches that have been restored into some pretty cool environments, like a LIBRARY!
Till next Monday,
Stay curious and explore!