Every brewery wants to emphasize the quality of the beers that they brew, and the Civil Life is no exception. We recognize, however, that not every visitor to our pub is a beer drinker. That’s why, since the day we opened, we’ve always offered an excellent selection of carefully curated, value-priced wines (just ask Kerry, customer of the year 2011–2016). Just like we give you a twenty ounce imperial pint of beer for just five gold dollar coins, we offer generous six-ounce pours of around eight excellent wines at prices you won’t find at many other places.
Jake draws on eight years running 33 Wine Bar, as well as his time at Astor Wines and Spirits in NYC, and Joe, who currently selects our wines, draws on his time at 33, as well as Cellar Advisors. Not many craft breweries can boast of that much wine expertise.
We keep things simple by listing our wines by varietal and country of origin. You’ll never see Parker points or Wine Advocate scores on our wine list. And if you’re not familiar with a wine, we’ll describe it and pour you a taste.
Recently we’ve added two very unique items to our list and we’re very excited about them. Both originate in the Basque region of Spain (and you thought we were only influenced by England … ¡Claro que no!).
Txakoli (CHOCK-uh-lee) or Txakolina is a crisp, light, lower-alcohol white wine from producers in the Basque country. Its slight effervescence is activated by pouring it from two or more feet above the glass (a traditional squat tumbler used throughout the Basque region). This lovely bone-dry wine is clean and bright with beautiful acidity. You get some citrus and good minerality with a hint of salinity. At a modest 12% abv, this wine makes a lovely summer quaffer.
We are also pouring Bere Aran, a dry natural cider from the Basque region as well. If you think you don’t like cider, try this one. It’s nothing like English and American ciders most people are familiar with, some of which can be sweet and cloyingly heavy. This sidra natural is dry and tart with slight effervescence and some funky, earthy notes. We pour this from height as well, as the label directs.
Stop by and find out what other interesting things we’re pouring (red wine lovers … don’t miss the Aglianico from Paso Robles). Or swing by for a pint. We’re still brewing the best malt-driven session beers around.
*Txakoli has recently taken a break from our esteemed wine list but come see what other exciting wines have replaced it!!*
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.