The Civil Life Brewing Company opened its doors five years ago, but even before then, the three founders were working diligently on the brewery and pub space. They were trying to settle on a name. They ultimately turned to our friend Tuan, brilliant photographer and man of many talents. It didn’t take him long to suggest “the Civil Life.” Everyone knew at once that this deceptively simple name was semantically rich and wholly appropriate for what we were attempting to do.
Perhaps not many would bother looking up a word as simple as civil (in Volume III of the Oxford English Dictionary), but a former English graduate student can never resist the urge. The primary meaning is pertaining to people living together in a community. Our beer and our space have been meant to bring the diverse people of our neighborhood and city together in the spirit of fellowship and shared humanity. And that’s why it’s the Civil Life—the name refers to much more than just beer.
Civil means “not barbarous” and “advanced in the arts of life.” It means “Educated; well-bred; refined; polished; polite.” These are characteristics that aptly describe our great regulars, who rightly view good beer as an essential part of the good life. Civil means “humane, gentle, and kind” and “polite or courteous in behaviour to others.” Many people comment on the fact that they never fail to enjoy excellent conversation over a pint at our pub, often with a stranger.
The Civil Life means good food, good drink, good cheer, and good company. Newcomers often ask us about our name and what it means. We can just gesture to our pub and all our great regulars enjoying it, with smiling faces and pint glasses clinking together. Thanks for five years of the Civil Life. We couldn’t have done it without you. Cheers to every one of you from all of us!
5TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
SUN. OCT 2
12 TO 6 PM
12:00:00 pm FIRST BEERS SERVED (KOLSCH AND ALTBIER RELEASE)
12:00:01 pm Purchase your single beer ticket for special can release and if you so desire purchase your ticket for 6-packs of retail to go. Stay tuned for details.
1:01:15 Jon Bonham and Friends take the music stage.
1:30:02 Single beer ticket for special can release ticket holders (first 240 humans) grab your seat for State of the Beer Union Address. Standing room and some additional seating available for additional humans.
2:00:06 State of the Beer Union Address (Sir Dylan Mosley of Lindenwood to introduce Captain of the Barley Ship Owner Jake Hafner of Tower Grove South)
2:18:39 MAJOR BREAKING NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT
2:21:15 NEW CAN BEER RELEASED INTO THE WILD.
2:22:13 NEW LOGO!
2:22:19 GRAND FINALE SURPRISE
2:22:21 SHOCK AND ALE!
5:45:01532 LAST BEER SERVED
6:00:00 Get in line for 6th Year Anniversary Party.
SEE YOU SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY
Summer is Ending and Autumn is Beginning—Celebrate with Civil Life’s Oktoberfest!
Huzzah! Let’s hear it for the Civil Life’s number one selling seasonal release, Oktoberfest. The annual Oktoberfest celebration in Munich Germany traces its origins back to 1810, but many places around the world now celebrate Oktoberfest. During early celebrations, Dünkel was the main beer drunk. By the mid-1800s, Vienna Lagers and Märzens were the beers of choice. These closely related styles soon began to be called Oktoberfest. Later on, the lighter Helles overshadowed the beers named for this great celebration, but the style lives on.
The history of the style predates the Oktoberfest celebration by hundreds of years. In the 1500s in southern Germany, uneven quality and spoiled beers led to a decree that beer could no longer be brewed between April and September. In March (März), brewers made strong, hoppier beers that could age for a few months and improve. Then, at the end of September and beginning of October, citizens were invited to drink up these tasty brews, emptying the barrels for the next year’s brewing. They were happy to do so.
Back in those days, the beers were pretty much brown. The lighter colored beers came about with advanced kilning techniques in the mid-nineteenth century. The first German beers to benefit from these advances would come to be known later as Oktoberfestbiers.
Our Oktoberfest is a traditional example of a great style, using only German ingredients. The grain bill is mostly pilsner and Vienna malts, with some cara-aroma for color and roasty depth. We use hallertau saphir hops, which are spicy with a hint of tangerine. The final product is a beautiful copper color with deep toasted malt character and a clean dry finish.
Celebrate autumn’s return with this delicious, authentic German lager. Help us empty all those kegs so we can fill them up again. Prost!
Our humble and faithful barman Patrick Hurley put his mind to a few Civil Rules for our ever-growing pub. As we continue to grow we want to express our thanks to all of our customers but also help lay some guidelines so this pub continues to be a place for all people to enjoy themselves. It's all captured below but please in the spirit of our motto
"Be Civil" we must put some framework down so that we can provide a place for all. Peacefully co-existing is a world wide problem. But at the Civil Life, we firmly believe we can do it when all of our patrons maintain respect for others enjoying our fine establishment. Many of you know we have little desire to be a place where people get drunk but we do want to be the best place for people to drink. Guidelines for families, Smoking, large groups are all laid out below in Patrick's exceptional piece. A huge thanks to the wonderfully talented Teresa (Patrick's wife) for making it look so nice.
So please continue to come on down and "Be Civil" We have in our possession massive quantities of beer to serve.
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.