A Civil Week
We’re proud of the great beers we brew and always grateful for the compliments we receive for our tasty pints. But more often than not, customers also praise the atmosphere we’ve created in our pub. We can’t take all the credit, though. Our regulars shape our pub every night of the week.
In fact, every night the Civil Life is a different place, with different bartenders working and different groups of regulars coming to see us. Unless you’re that tall, blond, white-wine-quaffing friend who comes in every night, you probably have a picture of our pub drawn from the experience you have on a particular night.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays tend to be a little slower, with lots of regulars taking their seats at the bar. Thursdays are generally busier, with lots of regular faces. You might even hear our notorious bluegrass jam band that plays twice a month. The early part of Friday is slower, but with a loyal coterie of regulars served by either Joe or me––we take turns bartending Friday’s early shift. The night is busy, but plenty of regulars are still in attendance.
Saturdays bring a diverse crowd, with regulars weighted on the early end of the day. Many people from the hinterland make their way in, often for the first time. We sometimes get buses of revelers, and we are thankful when they don’t come in drinking cans of beer and raising a ruckus. Getting twenty customers at once, who’ve already been drinking, makes it harder to attend to our cherished regulars, which is one reason we continue to discourage buses. On the plus side, all of our full-time bartenders work Saturday, including the Captain of the barley ship himself.
Sundays feature tacos in the warm months and soup in the cold months with lots of regulars in attendance. We’re only open noon till seven, but the kitchen stays very busy.
Whichever day you come in, we thank you. Over the next several weeks, we’d like to paint a series of pictures of what the Civil Life is like each day of the week. We hope you’ll enjoy this peek into the different faces of the Civil Life. As always, keep drinking and being Civil!
The Tent Returns
While summer doesn’t officially arrive until June 20, the most reliable indication of this seasonal change is the reappearance of our compact tent, providing a modicum of protection against the punishing rays of the sun, as well as beer-diluting raindrops.
Normally, the tent also symbolizes the coming of our Pigs and Pints festival. Unfortunately for this event’s legions of rabid fans, we are not doing it this year. Our expansion plans are underway, and soon many changes will be gracing the Civil Life.
In the meantime, enjoy our beer garden and the pleasures of taking a restorative pint al fresco. Bask in the cool shade of the tent in the full knowledge that the sun will not skunk the delicious pint you are about to enjoy. Yes, just minutes of sun exposure can cause your beer to become light struck.
True, a sip of skunky beer may bring nostalgic memories of a clear bottle of Corona consumed at the beach or poolside, but Civil Life beers are best enjoyed in the shade. And you will no doubt enjoy many in shady bliss this summer. The time is now! Come enjoy the beer garden.
Your traditionalist friends at the Civil Life know that once upon a time, our South City neighborhoods were dotted with crowded beer gardens, where Saint Louisans enjoyed good beer in good company (and sometimes good weather). Relive these days with us, a time when local breweries thrived and neighbors enjoyed the kind of community that a good beer garden fosters.
And you’ll also be enjoying some great traditional beers, staged for a comeback soon. Our delicious German Pilsner is lagering in a big tank now, and will soon be ready for consumption by our thirsty neighbors. If we keep our regular Mark from siphoning all the pilsner into his gigantic growler, there may be enough to go around.
We are brewing a double batch of this refreshing summer beer exclusively for cans! They will be released in June … just in time for float trips and outdoor events. Our cans protect against the light and air that could damage your beer. That’s more than can be said for glass, especially clear glass. And let’s face it, the taste of Corona is better as a distant memory.
Come visit us soon and enjoy the weather and great beer in our beer garden. We’ve got a nice tent up for you again. No need to thank us … it’s all part of the Civil way. As always, be Civil and drink 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.