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Beer Available At The Civil Life Brewing Company (arranged by most recent)
The Civil Life Mikeís Ordinarily Bitter , The Civil Life Ruby Mild , The Civil Life Dresselís Hoppy Wheat 73, The Civil Life Ericís Peat Smoked Ale 68, The Civil Life American Rye Pale 84, The Civil Life Ericís Special Beer 80, The Civil Life Milk Stout 81, The Civil Life Goal!den Ale 60, The Civil Life American Brown 87, The Civil Life Roggenbier 70, The Civil Life English Pale Ale 82, The Civil Life Big American Stout 87, The Civil Life Cream Ale , The Civil Life Altbier , The Civil Life German Wheat 72, The Civil Life Stevieís 5 Star Amber Ale , The Civil Life English Best , The Civil Life Proper Pint , The Civil Life Big Year Brown , The Civil Life #CarlBock 56
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jackl (400) Charlottesville, Virginia | August 4, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
deyholla (302) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | July 5, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
brokensail (811) Orange County, California | July 1, 2014
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
DrSilverworm (95) Cincinnati, Ohio | June 28, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
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 (136) Falls Church, Virginia | June 23, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
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.
Ferris (435) Burnaby, British Columbia | June 23, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
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 (230) Vero Beach , Florida | June 23, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
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!
jtclockwork (163) , New Jersey | June 21, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 17/20
Part of RBSG tour. Nice brewery. Great service. Beers were solid.
Strebs (167) St. Louis, Missouri | February 8, 2014| Updated February 18, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
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!
thegreenrooster (66) St.louis, Missouri | November 6, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
When looking up the heavy hitters in the St. Louis beer scene donít forget about the Civil Life down on the south side. Kinda a industrial looking building at first but then you notice the awesome wrap around bier garden complete with communal seating. There are 10 beers on tap at $2.50 a half pint and $5 a full pint. Growlers are available as well. The beers are either English pub ales or German lagers. Simple drinking beers and nothing over 5% ABV. Food is decent and they are now open on Sundays serving soups. Overly friendly staff is also a plus. When sitting outside you donít even have to go inside for a refill. Just find the little "drive thru" window and ring the bell. Nice little place for meeting and conversation. There are no TVís or loud blaring music. A far cry from the dive bars that south city is known for.
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