Civil Life, The

3714 Holt Avenue, St. Louis, MO, 63116, United States
Latitude: 38.59063, Longitude: -90.25805

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  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 4:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 4:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 4:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Wifi Available
Cask Beer
Indoor Smoking
Available Parking
Beer Pricing: $
Public Transit
Proper Glassware
Outdoor Seating
Family Friendly
Selection: 4.25 | Atmosphere: 4.88 | Service: 5.00
94.2
out of 100
Overall Beer Mapping Score
Based on 2 reviews.
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4.9
out of 5
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Friday 7th of December 2012 01:38:14 PM
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They specialize in session beers and I think the highest alcohol beer they had on tap was 5.6% ABV. They are trying to fit into a small niche amongst craft beer drinkers within a small niche amongst beer drinkers in general. And seem to be doing a good job of it! We first tried their brown ale at a pizza restaurant near our hotel and were fairly impressed. Then a bartender at another brewery suggested we check them out. The brewery is in an industrial area in an industrial building, with a nice metal gateway and sign on the way into the outdoor beer garden. It being winter, the outside was closed down, but we noted that they have a drive-through style window from the tasting room inside to minimize servers having to run in and out. Great idea!

Coming through the main door you can see the open area where the brewing equipment is located to the left and there was a brewer in action while we were there. To the right of the entrance is the tasting room itself, a long dark wood bar with a huge selection of glassware on matching shelving behind it. There are a few tables as well, but this is the type of place you want to belly up to the bar and talk with folks. Immediately on entering Sj and I felt at home here and it seemed warm and cozy after after the damp and cold evening outside. Our bartender looked like a young Gary Oldman with astonishing handlebar moustache, and was incredibly helpful and friendly, probably adding to the relaxed feel of this bar. They don't do samplers here, but our bartender let us try several things before we ordered. You can buy half or whole pints served in style-appropriate glassware. As you order the bartender puts a chalk mark for each half pint on a strip of chalkboard set into the bar itself. Half pints are $2.50 and pints are $5. By the end of our stay here, we tried pretty much all the beers and there was not one that wasn't great to amazing. The top of my ranking was the mild (never had better) and a German Alt. Each of the beers was subtle, to style and perfectly balanced. It takes some serious skill to do this many lower gravity beers and keep that level of clean ferment and balance. Two local friends of ours met us here and have vowed to return frequently! This would be my second home if I lived close by. Probably for the best that I don't!

I'm pretty sure this the highest rating I've given to date.
Selection: 5 | Atmosphere: 4.75 | Service: 5 | Food: N/A
98.3
Overall
Monday 17th of October 2011 09:06:16 PM
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I visited on a beautiful Saturday afternoon and found folks sitting outside in the beer garden in front and on the side of the brewery. It was a bit difficult to spot at first, we didn’t see a sign right away but eventually saw their Biergarten sign. We went inside the main building and found a brewery. It was fenced off to keep the public out. To the right of the main entrance was a two-story tasting room inside the warehouse brewery. What a great set up. They’ve only been open a few weeks and currently have five beers on tap; an American Brown Ale, British Bitter, German Wheat, Rye Pale Ale, and a English Best. They have room for 12 beers, I hope to see more next time I visit. I tried all the beers and all were excellent. Beers are $2.50 for 1/2 a pint or $5.00 a pint. They don’t have a sampler flight but the 8 ouncers are small enough that you can have a few; plus you can have tasters of all the beers. They also have growlers to go. They’ve done the right thing by focusing on the beer first. They are starting off with a very limited food menu; pretzels, some sandwiches, a few other items. They are a cash only operation right now but there is an ATM just outside the tasting room but inside the warehouse. There is parking on both sides of the brewery. What a nice relaxing place to hang out for a few hours and enjoy some great beers.
Selection: 3.5 | Atmosphere: 5 | Service: 5 | Food: N/A
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