The Civil Life Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.82/5
BEER STATS
Beers:
41
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
450
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
92
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
52
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
2.88%
 
 
Taps:
12
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
The Civil Life Brewing CompanyThe Civil Life Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

3714 Holt Ave
Saint Louis, Missouri, 63116-2614
United States | map
www.thecivillife.com

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Added by DCon on 09-17-2011

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Photo of DCon
4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

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!

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Photo of Gunslinger711
1/5  rDev -76%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

There was no signage on the building that this was a cash only establishment nor was there an AT&T nearby. We did not stay for a beer.

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Photo of jpbolton
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Been living in St. Louis for almost 3 years now and finally made it to Civil Life, and man, I wish I had visited earlier. It's not much to look at from the outside, being just a plain warehouse-looking building, and it is in a South City neighborhood that has seen some brighter days, but once you get inside, you forget about all of that. Inside, the space is a cross between an English pub and modern American craft brewery in a warehouse. Lots of wood with a linear bar on one side and some bench style seating on the other. There is a beer garden outside with some picnic tables as well. Inside has a few games for you to play while you are there.

As far as beer and food go, all of the beers are $5 for 20oz or $2.50 for 10oz. They specialize in mostly English, some German, and a few American versions of English beers. Everything is very sessionable and well crafted. The food menu is limited, but pretty good. The pretzels are about standard for a brew pub. We didn't get any of the sandwiches, but a few of the sounded and looked pretty good. The service is all at the bar, but very attentive and nice.

Overall, I love this place. It isn't fancy, there isn't any pretense, and there are all sorts of people coming and going. This is the St. Louis area brewery for you if you enjoy a nice sessionable pint in a relaxing environment that won't break your wallet.

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Photo of mm9899
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Suds
3.54/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I stopped into this place for lunch with my family on a beautiful, sunny, spring day. Easy to find, with both on-street and off-street parking, the inside is engaging, covered with wood, and with a long bar. There's an upstairs with a small library and games, and the brewing equipment is in the back. Outside there is a nice beer garden with plenty of seating. The beer was mostly British and American style ales with a Belgian Dubble as well. No lagers, and some of the more roasted beers had a homebrew quality. The food is mostly sandwiches, but they were all well prepared and tasty. A serious downside is that they don't take credit: it is a cash only establishment. Bring some dollars, though, since this is absolutely worth a visit.

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Photo of dub_deuce22
3.41/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

Photo of Stlbeerguy88
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Great beer, fun space, love civil life.

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Photo of rxthree
4.46/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
4.13/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Glenn_Cole_BTBC
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of davidanastas
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of HLD1970
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of ccbstl
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of ericdiego
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Get_Lowell
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great craft beer with an emphasis on malty pub styles. Brewery ambiance is relaxed and cozy with plenty of nooks upstairs perfect for reading, board games, or socializing with friends. Board games and bar games available at brewery. Small menu of tasty sandwiches and appetizers available.CASH ONLY! ATM available on-site. Large outdoor seating area.

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Photo of jhestand
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Zomdust
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Beezee
5/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of DavidKIT
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Scientist_McGee
5/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Moun10
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of bsuedekum
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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The Civil Life Brewing Company in Saint Louis, MO
92 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.