The Civil Life Brewing Company | St. Louis, Missouri
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The Civil Life Brewing Company
Excellent based on 22 ratings
Type: Brewery (see listing)

3714 Holt Ave
St. Louis, Missouri United States 63116 [ print map ]
314 448 1978 | twitter

Hours: Tu-F: 4-10, Sa: Noon-10

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The Civil Life Brewing Company

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Beer Available At The Civil Life Brewing Company (arranged by most recent)
The Civil Life American Brown 85, The Civil Life American Rye Pale 84, The Civil Life Gordian Knot Bock , The Civil Life Sunday Morning Pale Ale , The Civil Life Tap Of The Hill Lager , The Civil Life Munich Dunkel 71, The Civil Life Milk Stout 82, The Civil Life Ericís Special Beer 81, The Civil Life Goal!den Ale 58, The Civil Life íRye Love You!í Lager , The Civil Life Oktoberfest , The Civil Life #CarlBock 50, The Civil Life Big American Stout 88, The Civil Life ESB 73, The Civil Life Mikeís Ordinarily Bitter , The Civil Life Ruby Mild 60, The Civil Life Dresselís Hoppy Wheat 76, The Civil Life Ericís Peat Smoked Ale 69, The Civil Life Roggenbier 70, The Civil Life English Pale Ale 83
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22 reviews for The Civil Life Brewing Company
 Ambiance  86%
 Service  84%
 Selection  75%
 Food  74%
 Value  84%
 Overall  82%
 Rating  90%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
edgallow  (109) nashville, Tennessee | October 8, 2014
Nice taproom with an outside area. Great selection of beers.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
jackl  (468) Charlottesville, Virginia | August 4, 2014
NOTE: CASH ONLY. Narrow space with a rustic ambiance. Plenty of polished wood, beer-related bric a brac etc. Thereís a slate inlay along the barmanís side of the bartop that the staff use to keep track of your tab with chalk, which is something I havenít seen before. This place seems to specialize in English and German style session beers. There were 10-12 on tap, most in the 4% range. It was a pretty refreshing change of pace, different than what most other places in the area seem to be doing. Unfortunately, half pint pours are the smallest serving size available, so itís hard to tour the tap list. I settled on drinking their Ruby Mild and Northern English Brown. Both were solid, but itís very strange drinking these styles on keg when Iím so used to cask from my years in England. If these guys are so intent on recreating English styles, why donít they put a few more cask lines on their bar and really go for it? Otherwise, the value was great, as was the service. Worth a stop.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 18/20
deyholla  (339) Minneapolis, Minnesota | July 5, 2014
A German bierhall feeling tasting room with dark wood accents and a focus on German and English styles. The bartender was knowledgeable about the beer. A good number of taps were available and both half and full pours were available. No food available but prices were probably the best during my visit. A refreshing change from the usual high alcohol beers.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
brokensail  (933) Orange County, California | July 1, 2014
Stopped here during the RBSG 2014 bus tour.

Really cool brewery/bar. They have a small patio/beer garden out front, sort of a cramped long bar area in the main room, and some additional seating in a small balcony. It was a bit tight for a group full of fat beer losers, but it worked out.

Lots of beers on tap, most of which are English in influence, but a couple German styles as well. For the most part, well done and drinkable beers. I guess their not things for most people to get excited about, but this would a great place to just sit and drink some beers.

They do halves and fulls, all at reasonable prices. Only bummer here: CASH ONLY.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm  (106) Cincinnati, Ohio | June 28, 2014
Visited during RBSG bus tour. Cool ambiance, inside. A little cramped for our large group perhaps, but otherwise nice. Bartenders provided excellent service and had great hair / mustaches. Like gendv138 said, seems like they are trying to cultivate an old-timey vibe, and they seem to pull it off. The whole concept of the place is cool, too: session strength ales, most of which seemed to have a mild English influence. Thatís a cool, unique concept. Fun place to visit.
GenDV138  (190) Falls Church, Virginia | June 23, 2014
Visited on the RBSG 2014 bus tour. Kind of has an old timey vibe. Nice long bar and a long seated table. Good beers, didnít pay much attention to the prices since I just stuck to what they were giving out. Seemed like reasonable beer prices. Nice space, good spot to check out in St. Louis.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris  (636) Burnaby, British Columbia | June 23, 2014
A great English style brewpub with a second balcony floor and huge outdoor space. Service was decent and they have a large selection of their own beers. Beer prices are well priced and the traditional English ales are up to par. A great local.
hopscotch  (246) Vero Beach, Florida | June 23, 2014
Leave ambition, problems and white noise at the door. Nice, low key place with a solid lineup of session beers. Would visit this place on the regular if I wasnít from far far away. Part of the RBSG 2014 bus tour. Cool name for a brewery... extra points for that!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 17/20
jtclockwork  (187) , New Jersey | June 21, 2014
Part of RBSG tour. Nice brewery. Great service. Beers were solid.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 18/20
Strebs  (199) St. Louis, Missouri | February 8, 2014| Updated February 18, 2014
I canít begin to imagine a better situation than Civil Life. Itís in a light industrial area of south StL, on the edge of a solid blue collar residential neighborhood. The building is a metal shed constructed warehouse with a gravel beer garden in front, with German festival style picnic benches built by the owner and his crew. The spartan pub itself is in what was probably the office area, and reminds me of the reception area of St. Bernardus in Watou. Thereís a chain link fence separating the brewing operation from a seating area outside the pub, but inside the building. Currently, they only have seven beers on tap, but each is incredibly delicious for being session beers. A very limited food menu largely depends on what Mike, one of the crew, brings in that day. Since the artisanal bakery, Companion, is right down the street, you can count of some of the best baked bread in North America. Highly recommended. UPDATE: A new addition to the team, Brendan, formerly of Duffís, has brought the culinary offerings to new heights. The brewmaster has also brought out newer, bigger beers...Big American Stout and Big American Brown, both over 6% and tastier. I didnít think that I could like this place more, but I do!

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