Although Civil Life beer finds itself as far west as Kansas City and as far east as our nation’s capital, most of the beer we brew is consumed right here in Saint Louis by thirsty locals. That’s due in no small part to the great local bars and restaurants that have supported us since the day we opened.
Over the years, we’ve partnered with some of our best accounts to produce exclusive beers for them, available only at their establishments as well as the Civil Life itself. We’ve brewed a Goal!-den Ale (coming back next month!) and an American ESB for our soccer loving friends at the Amsterdam Tavern. We’ve brewed a pilsner for Dave Bailey’s Range. The Royale served a Kölsch we brewed for one of their St. Louis Feast Day parties. We’ve brewed a special APA for Mangia Italiano. We’ve brewed a hoppy wheat for Dressel’s, an “Extra Special Beer” for Llewelyn’s, the “Proper Pint” for I-Tap, and a Dunkel for Global Brews. The Stagger Inn in Edwardsville has served a special ESB we brewed just for them. And soon, our Roggenbier will be back on tap at the Block.
This week, two of our exclusives return to the taps at the Civil Life. When Saint Louis’s own James Beard Award-winning chef Gerard Craft was opening his new pasta place, Porano, downtown, he asked us to brew a beer for him to serve there. Our Porano American Wheat beer is the only draft beer served at Porano. Meanwhile, Steve Gontram of Five Star Burgers is getting ready to expand his burger empire with a new location on Olive in Creve Coeur. Like his other two locations, it will be serving the exclusive Stevie’s Five Star Amber Ale, a beer as American as burgers themselves.
Porano is an American style wheat beer. We originally used an ESB yeast strain but have switched to the yeast we use for our British Bitter. It’s the same beer you love but a little cleaner. The brewers also scaled back slightly on the hops. We use pale malt as well as two types of wheat, all grown in Wisconsin. Porano is hopped with centennial and zythos. This refreshing, food-friendly beer is dry with a little wheat tartness as well as some floral, citrus, and tropical notes.
Stevie’s Five Star Amber Ale is a medium bodied beer brewed primarily with pale, amber, and crystal malts and hopped with chinook and simcoe. It’s a little darker and more flavorful than many ambers and has a rich bready, toasty malt profile and some subtle notes of pine and citrus from the hops.
Next time you dine at Porano or Five Star Burgers, grab a pint of Civil Life Beer. They are both currently on here at the pub, too, so come down and see us. We thank you, as always, for enjoying a pint or two at our pub, but every time you order one of our beers at one of the many great local bars and restaurants that carry Civil Life, you also support us. Keep up the good work.
p.s. I’ve just received a communique from our very own Barley Ship Captain. This summer, we will brew a special lager for Guerrilla Street Food. Civil Life will be the only beer they serve! Make sure to grab a pint and a snack from these most civil guerrillas.
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.