Anniversary Party this Sunday! 2pm State of the Beer Union Address Open 12 to 6 pm. Jon Bonham and Friends play from 2:30 to 5:30
But most importantly we are having a fundraiser for Puerto Rico all weekend long. For the low price of $5 for 1 ticket or $20 for 5 win the chance to be a Civil Life Brewer for a day! Join us while we whip up a batch of one of our fine session beers and learn hands on how to make beer at our fine establishment. Our brewers will guide you through the whole brew day process and answer any questions you might have about beer production, what it's like to have their (awesome- Troy Bedikwhose idea this was wrote this!) jobs, and why we do things the way we do! Most importantly, when the beer is done and on tap, we'll invite you and 10 of your closest friends down for a 2 hour party on us.
For those that don't win the grand prize, we will also have prizes of Civil Life Swag and Civil Life beverages you can win! As we pass certain fundraising goals we add more swag! Whose a winner, you're a winner, your're a winner, you're a winner etc...
Drawing will happen at 4 pm this Sunday at our Anniversary party but tickets may be purchased all weekend. Need not be present Sunday to win. Check our web-site Sunday night for winning numbers. We are also considering filling in all of our tasks here with raffle winners! Clean toilets for a night at the Civil Life, Spend 8 hours doing bookkeeping at the Civil Life, Prep food at the Civil Life...etc.
One of the questions we often hear is, “How do you decide which glass to use?” We have dimpled pint mugs and tall nonic pint glasses; they both hold twenty English ounces. As a rule, we pour English-style beers in tall nonics and American- and German-style beers in mugs. Old-timers will recall that when we opened (exactly six years ago) we only used the dimpled pint mugs.
The fact is, we are happy to pour any of our beers into the glass of your choice. Most people don’t have a strong preference, but others most certainly do. On average, customers with a strong preference go for the nonic, without a clear rationale. It’s true that the dimpled mug is considerably thicker. But this, coupled with the handle, keeps the beer temperature constant.
And the old dimpled mug is the stated preference of a few. Take English Chris, for example. He once informed me that, at his local back home, if a barman handed a beer to a patron in a tall pint glass, it would be thrown back in his face … or worse. You may recognize English Chris, whose athletic physique makes it impractical to wear shirtsleeves over his well-muscled shoulders and upper arms. Every pint I serve him is in a well-polished dimpled pint mug. Though his pleasant demeanor suggests he’s above launching a pint glass at an imprudent barman, I have not put him to the test.
When English Chris orders a round, he specifies a jug for himself and pots for the others. Casual research suggests that both these terms sometimes refer to mugs with handles, but clearly usage varies regionally throughout England. The OED defines a pot as “A vessel of cylindrical or other rounded form, and rather deep than broad, commonly made of earthenware or metal (less commonly glass), used to hold various substances, liquid or solid, for domestic or other purposes.”
Handles not being mentioned either way, either of our glasses could be called a pot, yet the visual seems answered by the nonic rather than the dimpled mug. A jug, on the other hand, is defined as a “swelling vessel” with a handle on one side. This is clearly our dimpled pint mug. I, for one, have never doubted English Chris’s keen knowledge of semantics, especially regarding words signifying pub-related items.
Whatever you call your vessel, fill it with delicious Civil Life beer. The tall, thin nonics have a certain elegance. But the dimples in the mugs catch the light and allow the beers in them to sparkle like gems of rare beauty. But unlike gemstones, which just look pretty, beer is tasty and satisfying. Nonic or dimpled mug? Pot or jug? Which Civil Life beer to order? None of these questions has a wrong answer.
Head down to the pub to fill your favorite glass with your favorite beer. And if you see English Chris, buy him a pint. Just make bloody sure it’s in a jug. Cheers!
Introducing Our Newest Beer: Civil Life's Pale Ale
We just started pouring our newest beer called simply Pale Ale. For those who follow the intricacies of craft beer, it drinks very much like what the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) calls British Golden Ale. It’s basically a type of pale bitter. In Australia, beers called Sparkling Ale fall into this category. But all of this nomenclature makes drinking a refreshing ale unnecessarily complicated.
Our Pale Ale sits somewhere between our bitter and our APA. It’s something of a hybrid, with English ingredients predominating, but some American hops adding pleasant bitterness and some spice, citrus, and floral notes. There is a little bready malt, but less than the bitter. It is noticeably less hoppy than our APA.
We start with good old Maris Otter, a classic English barley, as a base. We use our ESB yeast strain and finish the beer with both Cascade and First Gold hops. The result is a beer for all seasons. Crisp, dry, and quenching with a very pleasing sharp, spicy hop finish. The beer is light bodied with subtle malt and layers of spice, citrus, stone fruit, and floral characteristics. It’s food friendly and session strength.
We hope the Civil Life Pale Ale becomes one of your favorites and that it soon graces the tap towers of the finest bars in the area. You can enjoy “pale ale” without worrying about categories and classification schemes. In a world of extreme styles and ever-changing trends, Civil Pale Ale is a true classic.
And as with all of our beers, it’s value priced. An imperial pint of delicious ale for five dollars is the best deal around. We like to think that craft beer is just beer the way it’s supposed to be, the way, in fact, it was for many years. That’s why we take so many cues from beer brewing countries like England and Germany, where great beer has a long, uninterrupted history.
Please join us at the pub soon and try our new beer. And let us know what you think. Many customers tell us, “you just don’t make a bad beer.” We appreciate your confidence and support and remain unflagging in our efforts to keep making the best beer we can for you. It’s been almost six years … we couldn’t have done it without you. We’re raising a pint of Pale Ale to you now. Keep drinking and being 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.