We are in a state of flux again with new beers poised to alter the Civil Brews list in time for summer drinking. The bad news is, we ran out of Scottish Ale yesterday. After meticulously cleaning the lines, we put Civil Lager back on. It joins old favorite Cream Ale, which went back on tap at the beginning of the week.
Let’s revisit these great options for total refreshment. Both are popular with all Civil drinkers.
Our Civil Lager is a deceptively simple summer quaffer. It is clean, crisp, and dry, with pleasant hop spice and grainy malt goodness. Built from traditional German ingredients, this super refreshing beer is accessible and a perfect accompaniment to all warm weather activities. This brand-new batch is brilliantly clear and pale. As pleasant to gaze at as to guzzle, Civil Lager is the perfect choice. Available now!
Cream Ale, too, is crisp and refreshing. It is a light style of North American beer dating back to the mid nineteenth century. These beers are brewed for refreshment, with relatively mild malt and hop characteristics. Cream Ales were brewed as competitors to common light lager beers and have similar characteristics.
The style was generally brewed with some adjuncts to the barley malt, typically corn or rice. Such beers were often light, though with a bit more body than many lagers. Before prohibition, the style did quite well in Canada and the eastern United States.
Early Cream Ales had very little bitterness (usually 15–20 IBUs). After prohibition, variations on the style brewed in the American Midwest were fuller bodied and noticeably hoppier (still in the low 30s IBU-wise).
Our Cream Ale is true to the tradition, especially the more flavorful post-prohibition style. We use Golden Promise as the base malt. This Scottish spring barley is sweet and clean with mellow malt flavors. We forgo corn or rice in favor of a little white wheat and oats. The oats impart a creamy mouth feel and body.
At 4.3% alcohol and 32 IBUs, Civil Life Cream Ale is an all-day quencher for warm summer days. It’s crisp and refreshing, with good body, a little bready malt, and just enough hops for balance.
Stop in now to try these two great beers. And know that the lager train is on track with Czech Pilsner, Vienna Lager, Dortmunder, and Carlbock all poised to return. Prost to summer in Saint Louis. Heat and humidity will only make these beers taste better.
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.