Walk into a church on Sturegatan street in the Swedish municipality of Sundbyberg, and you’ll find a very special service. No, not mass: bar service. Welcome to Omnipollo’s Church (Omnipollos kyrka).
It all began in 2008, when a few friends started brewing beer together at home in what they called Sundbybergs köksbryggeri (The Sundbyberg Kitchen Brewery). Their original “brewery” was, as the name suggests, a household kitchen. But it wasn’t long before the budding beer entrepreneurs had outgrown their humble digs, and found themselves on the hunt for a new location. The brewers aimed for a basement that could house 110-gallon (500-liter) equipment, but no such place could be found. Then came an unlikely suggestion: Why not use the neighborhood’s old, empty church?
There was only one question: how to support the complex requirements of modern brewing in a setting more fit for consecration than fermentation? So began a serious renovation project. The brewers decided to increase their capacity, replacing the old church’s floors, installing drains, and bringing in brewing equipment that could handle up to 330 gallons (1,500 liters). Last but not least, a bar was created in the elevated galleries of the church, where an organ or choir may have sat previously. Sundbyberg Kitchen Brewery was running out of their church for a few years but in 2021 the brewery Omnipollo took over.
Today, Omnipollos kyrka offers a unique environment in which to grab a casual drink. From the elevated bar, you can sip a beer and look down on the brewery nestled in what was once the nave. In the future, the owners hope to up the aesthetic experience even more by adding an on-premises art museum.
Know Before You Go
The brewpub is open Thursdays at 5 pm, Fridays at 3 pm, and Saturdays at 2 pm Sundbyberg can be reached by metro (blue line toward Hjulsta) or commuter trains (toward Bålsta) from downtown Stockholm.