Yes, These Are Our Real Jobs
You may have noticed that your friends behind the bar at the Civil Life aren’t the youngest lot. And you will also have noticed that there haven’t been a lot of personnel changes since we opened almost five years ago. For some people, tending bar is a fun college job or a decent paying gig in between real jobs. For us, it’s a noble profession and one we take quite seriously. We hope to further your understanding that many men and women working as bartenders, waiters and waitresses are serving you drinks and food because they considered and then chose this as their profession.
In Europe, the hard-working men and women who serve food and drink have long been considered professionals and have been well compensated for the consistently high level of service they deliver to their customers. This is starting to become more common in better establishments in the US.
With the growth of craft beer, serious wine, and elevated cocktails, those who serve drinks must be more and more knowledgeable each day. But knowledge alone won’t make your night (remember that genius professor you had who couldn’t teach worth a damn?). Personality plays a big part, too.
Regulars want to see the same faces and they develop real relationships with their servers. At Civil Life, we regard our regulars as friends and try to provide everyone who walks through our doors the same experience we would expect to have ourselves.
There are plenty of bars and restaurants with rapidly changing, often quite young staff, who provide adequate service, but don’t always have the knowledge, experience, and professionalism to really make your visit truly exceptional. Some will become seasoned professionals. Most will move on to something else. Fortunately, those that move on from well run establishments, do so with a deeper respect and understanding of the profession.
A traditional public house provides more than just good food and drink for a fair price in a pleasant atmosphere (though we are fanatically committed to doing just that), it also serves as a community space, a place were friends, family, and neighbors (as well as visitors) come together, not just for food and drink, but for conversation and good cheer. And that is just what you’ll find at the Civil Life, where the men and women behind the bar want you to feel like a part of our family.
Maintaining the best professional bartenders is a real commitment at the Civil Life. Good pay, insurance, paid vacation, and a retirement plan certainly help all of us here at Civil Life stay on for the long term to keep serving all of you. Our hair may get a little gray (those of us who still have hair), but our affection for customers and our commitment to the best service possible will never waver.
And remember, every time you spend your hard-earned dollar coins on Civil Life beer, you provide a good living to the eight full-time and two-part time employees at the Civil Life Brewing Company. We’d like to say, thanks … and cheers!
The Civil Blog has returned. It is predominantly authored by Civil Life Barman, Dr. Patrick Hurley, who can be found tending to our bar patrons on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. He is also responsible for tending to our draft lines, which is recognized as one of our most important tasks. Special guest writers will appear from time to time. We hope reading this blog will give you much insight about the Civil Life and most importantly help you understand a bit more about all of us that work here and the beers we put our hearts into.