The Seasonal Drinking Debate … Whatever Side You’re on, You’re Right!
With Saint Louis summer already in full swing, many customers have commented on how great our menu is right now. Beers like German Wheat, Civil Lager, Pink Boots Table Beer, Czech Pilsner, Dortmunder, and Carlbock are refreshing staples for summer drinking.
A vocal minority of drinkers, however, has voiced the opinion that any day is the right day for a stout, regardless of the weather. These beer lovers enjoy full-bodied beers with rich, layered roast character.
Right now, in addition to our classic American Brown Ale, we have our popular Milk Stout as well as our Extra Stout. The Milk Stout’s lactose-derived silkiness and smoky roast notes have earned it a loyal following. Two Thursday regulars have nicknamed it “Milky” and order it whenever it is on the board.
The Extra Stout’s full mouth feel and deep, earthy roast character, coupled with an intriguing herbaceous note have made it a new favorite. Many converts to this great beer will order it on the hottest day, and their looks of satisfaction suggest that this beer remains refreshing despite its strong flavors and substantial body.
Unfortunately the supply of both Milk Stout and Extra Stout is getting low. Given the number of seasonal drinkers, sales have slowed with the hot weather, but their days are numbered nonetheless. Enjoy them while we have them!
When supplies run out, comfort yourself with an American Brown. Or experiment with a lighter style. Rest assured that no Civil Life beer—lager or ale—skimps on flavor. And rest assured, too, that our classic Porter will be returning by the start of fall. Stay tuned for news of other dark beers slated for brewing later this year.
And, seasonal drinkers, know that our lager yeast strain is going strong and plenty of great summer quaffers will be available this summer and into fall. And everyone can enjoy some truly refreshing styles that defy being associated with one time of year only. Styles like STL Best and Vienna Lager are lighter bodied but have great toasted malt complexity and clean finishes.
The Civil Life is your pub for every season. Drink what you like when you like it. Just be sure to Drink Civil and Be Civil.
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.