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The Civil Life Brewing Company

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33 Beers
311 Ratings
Place Score: 94
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: --
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

Place added by: DCon on 09-17-2011

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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 7
Reviews by DCon:
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4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
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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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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