Much of what is now part of Tower Grove South neighborhood (bounded by Arsenal, Grand, Chippewa, and Kingshighway) got its start a hundred or so years ago. Over 13,000 people call this fine neighborhood home, whether they own homes or rent apartments. It’s a diverse and friendly area and we are proud to be a part of it.
Just the other day, I, like many Saint Louisans, was doing my civic duty by voting in our recent mayoral election. I walked down to the Fanning School gym, where I have voted for years. A Civil neighbor recognized me, saying “You guys put our little Holt Avenue on the map.” No one ever recognized the name of her humble little street when she told them where she lived. Now she says people say on hearing “Holt Avenue,” “Oh! That’s where the Civil Life is!”
She also thanked us for keeping the area clean and doing our part to make the neighborhood a better place for everyone. We are happy to do our part, just as we know our neighbors do all they can to keep Tower Grove such a great place to work and play.
We want to make sure we can always live up to our name, and that means more than just making and serving great beer. But a community only works as well as all of its members work together. We are honored to live and work among so many great people. We’re fortunate to have so many neighbors as great regulars, and we can’t do it without you.
This neighborhood has many fine bars and restaurants, and their continued support for the Civil Life has kept us strong. From the beginning, we’ve enjoyed the support of great places like Amsterdam, the Royale, and Mangia Italiano. You can always enjoy Civil Life beer at Ryder’s Tavern (just around the corner on Chippewa), Three Monkeys, Tower Pub, the Black Thorn Pub, Tree House (and the Night Owl upstairs), and other area spots. In Tower Grove East you can find us at Riley’s Pub and the Tick Tock Tavern. We are proud to tell our loyal South City fans that 6 of our top 20 draft accounts are located within a mile and a half of the brewery.
South City no doubt supports South City.
When you’re not headed to our pub, stop by and support other neighborhood businesses. Wherever you drink Civil Life beer, you support us, and we thank you for that. A stroll or a bike ride through the neighborhood, with a stop or two for a pint is not just a pleasant activity, it’s a real way of supporting the neighborhood and building community.
Let’s continue working together to keep Tower Grove South the safe, beautiful, fun place that it has become. Just like the neighborhood, the Civil Life is a place where all are welcome. Stop in any time for a pint. We’d love to see you!
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.