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The Civil Life Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

27 Ratings
Ratings: 27
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Active Beers: 31
Beer Ratings: 235
Beer Avg: 3.77
Taps: 12
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

3714 Holt Ave
Saint Louis, Missouri, 63116-2614
United States

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @thecivillife

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(Place added by: DCon on 09-17-2011)
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4.36/5  rDev +3.3%

I added this on BeerAdvocate over 2 months ago after attending one of Civil Life's "Soft-Openings". I didn't think it was fair to fully review this place from a stand point of it not being opened yet. I just visited here this past weekend and now can do so. Both times I came here, I passed the "warehouse" looking brewery that includes Civil Life within. Also, both times, Jake (the owner) was present and we had a great chat about his image on the place and their brews. Fantastic!

Walking past their outside seating, I'm excited for it to be summer time so that I can sit in one of the many tables and enjoy their beer. They have multiple windows for service for drinking outside. Walking in their front doors, your met with their beer tanks in a "baseball fence" and gate. To the right, you are then can either approach the bar or walk upstairs to more seating. Everything about the place resembles an Irish Pub style of style (seating, floors, plain walls, taps, etc.). Very cool! No televisions were here both times. Who needs them when you have good beer available and good people to converse with?

While talking with the owner off and on both nights, very friendly and so were the bartenders! If all brewpubs/beer bars could be this way, we would see an even greater increase of attendance to these types of venues. Everything here was also clean, fresh, and had the "new" type of feel to it. It will be broken in as time comes.

Very straightforward place. You either can order an 8oz or 16oz brew. The ones I remember available, ENGLISH BEST, ENGLISH BITTER, AMERICAN BROWN, and GERMAN WHEAT. Wish they had a few more available and/or other craft beers offered at their place (guest taps?).

The only tip I suggest is to bring cash with you. There is an ATM on hand but who wants service fees for this? Great environment and if your around the area, worth checking out!

DCon, Dec 15, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev -7.6%

Civil Life is a must stop when you come to STL. Their American Brown Ale is one of the best around and the ESB is a strong second. Bring cash because they don't accept debit/credit cards...I know someone is asking what the heck but stopping and hitting an ATM before is a small price to pay for a good selection of solid beers. You won't be disappointed.

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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

Beautifully done on the inside, with everything wooden. Big communal tables, but also some private booths upstairs. There are tons of games, 2 dart boards, and a bull horn ring game. Outside are more communal tables and a handful of 4 top tables.

Civil Life beers are just consistently solid. American Brown, English Pale Ale, ESB, are some of the highlights. All their beers are in the 4-6% range, allowing you to have several. Beers are sold in half pints or full pints and growler prices are the cost of 2 pints, I believe. Food is also quite good with a handful of made to order deli sandwiches and appetizers (companion pretzels with chive cream cheese are great).

Saturdays are great family days. At least half a dozen parents with their kids there.

Everything is cash only. Bring cash or use the onsite ATM.

redbird, May 15, 2013
Photo of bogiestl
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%

Okay - I'm biased - this place is in my neighborhood. And I only found it because one of the brewdudes from Schlafly's suggested it... they didn't have a sign for the first year they were open!

I think that everything they sell is brewed in-house, and they do a pretty darn fine job at it. I really like their ESB, and tend to take a growler home. Food is kind of limited - sammiches, chips, etc... The help are _into_ beer, and know what they're selling. This ain't a Bud Light kinda joint. A few too many hipsters for patrons, but hey, can't have everything.

bogiestl, May 12, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

This place is truly a diamond-in-the-rough. Great selection of beers (from Weiss- to Bitter to Stout) with a choice of pints or half-pints. I love the beer and the food is very good. There is usually a good crowd and every so often a string-band will be playing just outside the bar area.

JaxonK, Mar 19, 2013
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The Civil Life Brewing Company in Saint Louis, MO
93 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.