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ciceros.jpg Cicero’s Italian Restaurant continues their Winter Beer School semester this Wednesday from 5:30-6:30PM and a second class from 7PM-8PM. Cicero’s Beer School provides background about beers and beer styles usually directly from people directly in the beer industry. It’s perfect opportunity to learn more about a style you’re unfamiliar with or to just brush up on a style you haven’t enjoyed in a while.

This week’s school is being hosted by Jake Hafner and Dylan Mosley of The Civil Life Brewing Company. Jake and Dylan will be on hand to discuss and sample some American Brown, English Bitter, Wheat and Black Lager. Go out and take advantage of one of the few places where you can drink and learn!

If you can’t make it out to the Beer School, you can check out all of the classes via podcast at Cicerosbeerschool.com.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, which is going to make my job a hell of a lot easier. As we’re very close to having three new breweries open in the St. Louis Metro area, I thought this would be a good time to take a look at where they’re at and what’s in store.

Four Hands Brewing Company

Located right outside of Soulard, Four Hands is easily the biggest of the newest three breweries about to open.  With over 12,000 sq foot of space, it’s going to provide for not only a gigantic tasting room, but also plenty of opportunity to expand.  The photo of the book below is actually a ledger they found which was purchased in 1932.

The Civil Life Brewing Company

To be honest, there are actually a few photos missing from the gallery below.  The reason being is that the photos I took could not even begin to do this space justice.  Owner Jake Hafner has created one of the most unique spaces to drink a beer in the United States.  I hope no one is let down by my hyperbole, but I honestly think a lot of jaws will drop when they walk into this space.

Perennial Artisan Ales

This brewery may be nearest to my heart as it’s just a short drive from where I grew up. The most interesting aspect of this location is that it’s divided into three very distinct spaces. One space for the brewhouse, one for cellaring and conditioning, and one for the tasting room.

Not to mention, they also have plenty of room to grow and plenty of room for all of those fun barrels that owner Phil Wymore plans on bringing in.

As you can see, each location is definitely in a different part of the construction process. The current plan is for the Civil Life to be open by mid-July, Perennial open a few weeks after that and Four Hands in early fall.

I know I over-say this, but damn it’s a good time to be a beer drinker in St. Louis.

Credit: Evan S. Benn / P-D

Breaking news from Evan Benn at the Post-Dispatch this morning in that we’ll soon be seeing a new craft brewery opening up in St. Louis this spring.  Evan reports that Jake Hafner will be opening up The Civil Life Brewing Company at 3714 Holt Ave which is near the intersection of Chippewa and Gravois.

As many of you know, Jake Hafner was the previous owner of 33 Wine Bar which he opened in 2001 before selling it last year.  After selling the bar, Jake took a whirlwind trip all over Europe tasting all kinds of different wines and beer.

As for what styles Civil Life is looking to produce, Jake is still cautious about what they’ll be working on.  “We don’t want to promise styles and then choose a different direction,” says Hafner.

The plan for now is that Civil Life will be a brewery producing kegs and possibly even bottles for the local market.  The location will probably also feature a tasting room in the near future.  As Jake is a big fan of STL Hops, be sure to look for more information about Civil Life on STL Hops over the coming months.

You can also follow Civil Life’s progress via their new Twitter feed.