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Sometimes the best beer festivals aren’t really beer festivals at all. Sometimes they’re a celebration of community. If there is anything that The Civil Life Brewing Company knows well, outside of making some of the best beer in St. Louis, it’s community.

On Sunday, May 17th, Civil Life will be holding their 4th annual Pigs and Pints party.  Not only is this party a celebration of Civil Life, but it’s also a recognition of the great restaurants, chefs, and artists in St. Louis.

This party, which runs from 12-5:30PM, is $45 for adults ($5 for children) and is all-inclusive.  You’ll enjoy not only tasty beers from Civil Life, but also Heritage Red Wattle Pork from Kluesner Farms (sourced by Mac’s Local Buys) which will be prepared by The Block and Pappy’s. There will also be ice cream prepared by Baileys’ Range.

It isn’t a party without music and the Bottoms Up Blues Gang and FolknBluesGrass will provide some tunes throughout the day. There will also be face painting and balloon animals for the kids.

This sound like your sort of party?  Well, tickets for Pigs and Pints go on sale starting today at Civil Life, both locations of The Block, and through Mac’s Local Buys.

THIS WILL SELL OUT.  I can’t repeat this enough.  There will be no tickets for sale day-of, if you don’t purchase your tickets as soon as possible, there is a good chance you won’t be able to attend.

Don’t be that guy or gal watching social media wishing they were at Pig and Pints, buy your tickets today.

Last year our friends at The Civil Life brought us a great beer and food event that was fun for all. Well it’s back and it’s going to be even better than last year’s. On Sunday May 19th The Civil Life presents Pigs & Pints Part Deux.

What’s New: Bigger Tent. They super-sized from a 30 by 90 to a 40 by 100. There will be two bands. First up is Bottoms up Blues Gang at 12 noon, followed by Folk’n BluesGrass at 2 PM.

New beers from the Civil Life:

Premium Bitter – 5.6% and fermented with our usual “Bitter” yeast, we dropped in a little more specialty malt and quite a few more hops – Challenger and First Gold – and dry hopped with EKG. Despite being more hop forward, the malt is still right there with the work load being shared between Maris Otter and Pearl. Taps at Noon

Carlbock returns at 1PM!!!

English IPA– 5.8?% We reached to our ESB for yeast and put it against Thomas Fawcett and Simpsons Golden Promise and a touch of Pale Crystal. Bittered with UK Pilgrim. Taps at 2PM

Prairie Pils-5.1% Brewed for Bailey’s Range. For this beer they racked off yeast from the Carlbock and threw it into a Moravian Pils Wort. Hopped with Tettnanger and that’s it.

This family friendly all-inclusive event will include a pig roast featuring pigs sourced by Mac’s Local Buys. These pigs come from Kluesner’s Farm in Marthasville. They’ll be prepared by the good folks from The Block Restaurant in Webster Groves, Mike Emerson from Pappy’s and Skip Steele from Bogart’s. There will even be fresh bread from Companion. Afterwards, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with ice cream from Bailey’s Range. Food will be served from 1PM-3PM.

They luckily didn’t have to turn people away last year but this year they are limiting tickets and it will sell out. Please arrange today to purchase your tickets. AVAILABLE AT THE BREWERY! CASH ONLY. $45.00 adults. Kids 5 to 12 $7.00. Under 5 Free! Under 5 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Actually anyone coming should be a responsible adult.

This is an all day event. Organize a group of friends and get a table. Show us another beer event for $45 (tax included) that goes on for 6 1/2 hours, is all inclusive, has three new beer releases, is ordering over a pound of pig per person, plus sides plus ice cream, is being held on Sunday, May 19th at 3714 Holt and and Jake give you your ticket for free!

Last weekend’s unbearable heat did not stop a bunch of die-hards from getting down on some tasty pints of beer from The Civil Life Brewing (along with other local brewers and a whole hog cooked up by Skip Steele from Bogart’s Smokehouse. A variety of other tasty treats from area vendors were available as well. It was quite a festival, and one that I hear will happen next year as well.

In case you couldn’t make this one, here are some photos for you to check out.

Let’s face it, when it comes to the boys down at The Civil Life Brewing Company, Jake, Dylan, and Mike know how to throw a party. We all remember the pomp and circumstance that was their Grand Opening. It was big! I have no issue saying it was one of the coolest beer events I have ever been a part of. That sense of community and neighborhood that came along with the event was like no other I have seen. Well get ready because they are back for more!

On Sunday, May 6th from 10AM-6PM The Civil Life Brewing Company presents Pigs & Pints. This will not be your run of the mill beer event, instead it will focus on much of what The Civil Life stands for. This is a “Festival of Local.”

This family friendly event will include a pig roast featuring Red Wattle hogs, sourced by Mac’s Local Buys. These Red Wattles come from Kluesner’s Farm in Marthasville. They’ll be prepared by the good folks from The Block Restaurant in Webster Groves alongside vegetables from Local Harvest Grocery and bread from Companion.

If you have a sweet tooth, there will be ice cream from Baileys’ Range and baked goods from Pint Size Bakery. Need coffee? Well you’re in luck, as the new “it” coffee spot in town will be there in the form of Sump Coffee.

There will be entertainment provided by Stickley & Canan and family tunes from Celia along with a balloon artist for the kids. Local speakers will include Justin Leszcz from YellowTree Farm and author Liz Fathman speaking on Missouri farmers.

But Eric, you said beer. What about beer? Of course there’s beer. The Civil Life will be pouring all of their beers throughout the festival including the release of their new American Pale Ale at 11:30. I contacted Head Brewer Dylan Mosley about the beer and he replied to me in typical Dylan fashion:

So you want to know our secrets?

  • APA – Rahr 2 Row Pale
  • Simpsons Golden Promise
  • Pale Crystal
  • Mashed at 151F
  • Bittered and FWH with Columbus and Cascade
  • Cascade for Middle and Aroma Additions

FG at 3.1P for 5% , Fermented at 68F with American Yeast, Crash Cooled and awaiting its turn in the brite tank. Brew was inspired by classic American Pale Ale themes from the Genesis of the American Craft Brew Movement and structured to pair well with a Pig Roast Throw Down coupled with Great Weather on May 6th.

But wait! There’s more! Given that this festival has a local flare, Jake invited some friends from other breweries around town to share in the festivities. The visiting brews available include:

All-inclusive (beer and food) tickets for this event are $40. Kids’ tickets are $5. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at the brewery, Sump Coffee, and The Block. This is sure to be a can’t miss event!