Perhaps it could be the ultimate insult. A developer bought an abandoned church, turned it into a beer hall and advertises, “On the eighth day God created beer.”
Alcohol is treated differently across Christianity. Catholics serve it at religious rituals. I grew up in the Swedish Covenant Church which was temperance at that time. In Iowa only beer could be purchased and only in limited places.
Church buildings are not easily converted to uses other than churches. The ceiling are high and the large windows energy inefficient. Maybe converting to bars and restaurants is one good option. For those with sentimental attachment and a religious hang up with alcohol it would be hard to tolerate.
The hard facts are that churches mostly are not viable economic models. A small number of people supporting a building that is use only a few hours a week plus a preacher and maybe a church secretary mostly will not pencil out. Bigger buildings with more people supporting one pastor has a better chance. A beer hall open eight to ten hours a day probably is a better fit.
I stopped last weekend at a pub in a small town that looked like it had been church several years back. Before going in I asked a local guy getting out of his old pickup if the place served food. In the candid why rural people talk he said, “Yeah, but it’s not the best.”
It was still doing better than the church it once was.