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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.

civillife-stlhopsI don’t know how, but I’ve tricked another brewery into collaborating with us here at STL Hops.

A few of us mentioned to Jake and Dylan at The Civil Life Brewery that we’d love to do a collaboration beer with them sometime. Jake, being the affable fellow he is, and Dylan, being the lovable, stalwart brewer he is, were up for brewing up something cool with us.

Naming a beer is harder work than one would think. During this great revolution of beer in America, there are a lot of breweries which means a lot of new beers are getting named. So, coming up with something unique can be tough.

But not as tough as being a brewer. It’s a sweaty, wet, and sometimes backbreaking job to brew beer. I know first-hand as I, along with Eric, Carl, and Troy helped to brew this collaboration with our friends at Civil Life.

Us all being fans of Civil Life, we wouldn’t want to much with the program too much. Their takes on traditional English and German styles are too pretty to mess with. So we all quickly agreed that a traditional bock not only fit Civil Life but gave us something big to enjoy during the winter.

Luckily for all of us, Troy Meier, the Supreme Overlord of the STL Hops Homebrew Club, has an award-winning recipe for a bock. So Troy sat down with Dylan and they hammered out and scaled up Troy’s recipe. And after almost two month, the Gordian Knot Bock is now ready.

You can get your first taste of this starting today at Civil Life.  It will also be available around town as well.  Here are some of the accounts that have brought in the beer:

Amsterdam Tavern
Baileys Range
The Bridge
Dressel’s
Exit 6
Stacked Burger Bar
International Tap House
Mike Duffy’s Kirkwood
Nick’s Pub
Quincy Street
South Hampton Bar and Grill
Royale
Ryders Tavern
Side Project
Tick Tock Tavern
Three Monkey’s
Triumph Grill
Over/Under

While I’m really proud of this beer, the coolest part is this would have never happened if not for the continued support of the STL Hops community for our local brewers. Thank you one and all, and happy holidays to everyone.

ciceros.jpg Cicero’s Italian Restaurant kicks off their 9th year of 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 Dylan Mosley from The Civil Life Brewing Company. Dylan will be on hand to discuss and sample Mild, Milk Stout, Porter, and Black Ale. 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.

Civil Life BrewingMaking great beer is one thing, building a community is another.  Without at doubt The Civil Life Brewing Company has built a community (and it helps that they make great beer.)

Some people questioned the location, but Civil Life owner Jake Hafner knew that building in the Tower Grove South neighborhood was not only good for his business but also good for the community. He knew that the neighborhood would support him and in turn he’d support the neighborhood.

I know that a lot of people don’t understand why Jake does some of the stuff he does when it comes to Civil Life. Sometimes it can seem erratic or nonsensical. But if you really know Jake, you know that there is a method behind his madness. He does things on his own time and at his own wavelength and it obviously has worked out well for him as they’re now celebrating their 2nd Anniversary.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, Civil Life is throwing a party this Saturday, September 21st beginning at 12PM.  Here’s the rundown of events:

12:00PM – Open for Business
1:00PM – Our First Oktoberfest for our 2nd Anniversary will be released.
3:00PM – The State of the Beer Union Address
3:25PM – Release of our 2nd Anniversary Logo
7:00PM-10:00 PM – Jon Bonham and Friends play on our patio.
11:00PM – Closed until Monday

With great beer goes great food. While one of the original members of Civil Life Brewing, Mike Bianco is leaving to be closer to family in Florida, never fret, Jake hired Brendan Kirby (formerly of Duff’s) to man the kitchen. Brendan is going to be serving up BBQ throughout the day.

Civil Life is a great place with great beer and a great sense of community, if that’s not part of a civil life, I don’t know what is.

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If you haven’t noticed, Civil Life is a big fan of pigs. First we had Pigs and Pints Part 1. Then we had Pigs and Pints Part 2: Electric Pigaloo. If you didn’t make it to either of these shindigs, you missed out on some great food, beer, and fun. Lucky for you, they will never stop in their quest to serve more pig.

This Saturday, July 6th, Civil Life Brewing Company will be having a South City Pig Roast. From 12:30 until the pig runs out, they will be serving 1/3lb sandwiches with 2 sides for $8 (cash only). Throw in a pint of Civil Life beer for $5 and you’ve got a meal that’s tough to beat.

Civil Life is probably the kid friendliest brewery in St. Louis, so bring the whole family down and enjoy some beer and meat this holiday weekend, just like Jesus intended when he invented the United States.

 

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!

ciceros.jpg Cicero’s Italian Restaurant continues their fall 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 a 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 from The Civil Life Brewing Company. Jake will be on hand to discuss and sample some beers including the Civil Life Porter, APA, Milk Stout and British Bitter. 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.