Florida Craft Brewery: Civil Society Brewing Co.
Established: November 20th, 2015
Location: 1200 Town Center Dr #101, Jupiter, FL 33458
Known For: The brewers are masters of that palate stroking flower the hop. From their IPA’s and DIPA’s to their hoppy pale wheat ale, named Pulp, which by the way is currently ranked #10 on the top 250 beers in Florida list on Beer Advocate, Civil Society is a hopheads dream come true.
Current Beer Menu: Pale ale, IPA’s, DIPA’s, saisons, brown ale, blonde ale, and a milk stout. The guest tap is currently from Copperpoint Brewing Co. out of Boynton Beach, FL. They offer 4oz, 8oz, 12oz (for DIPA’s), and 16oz pours of whatever is available on tap.
Price Range: Anywhere from $2 to $7 depending on the size of your beer. Crowlers are also offered to go and range from $9 to $13.
Wine Menu: Civil also thinks outside the box and provides a little more for the non-beer drinker in the family. They offer wine by the glass and by the bottle. The per glass price ranges from $6 to $13 while the price per bottle ranges from $25 to $50. Most styles are offered.
Food Menu: Food is not offered, but there is a plethora of restaurants within walking distance, such as JJ Mugs, Jumby Bay, and Das Biergarten. Civil also allows you to bring food in and provides menu’s on the bar top.
Ambiance: Relatively large, well-lit, L-shaped space that invites you in. Murals adorn the majority of the walls, which add a bit of an artistic feel next to the unfinished look of the bar and brewing areas. The tap room felt very comfortable to me, maybe because it’s not a space where you can easily feel cramped and standing at 6’8″ I often do feel cramped. The brewing area is wide open for all to see, which in my eyes is a definite plus. On a side note, Civil doesn’t allow children in the tap room, but there is seating outside where children are allowed. Man’s best friend, on the other hand, is welcome with open arms.
Bar Seating: There is room for 20 or so around the bar with 7 tables of varying sizes and a leather couch for those that feel the need to relax in style.
Staff: Kaleb and Maggie were the bartenders the day I paid a visit. Both are very informative about what’s on tap and what the next offerings will be.
Merch: T-shirts of varying colors and styles for guys and gals. Glasses and hats are also available. All pieces are adorned with their kickass logo.
Best days or time of year to go: Midafternoon during the week is definitely the preferred time to go if you want to be able to enjoy your beer while shooting the shit with your buddy or whoever is tending bar. The only time this isn’t true is during Spring Training (the entire month of March) when the crowd empties out of the baseball stadium looking to quench their thirst with something that doesn’t end in the word Lite.
Regular Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 3:00pm – 11:00pm & Friday – Sunday: 12:00pm – 11:00pm
Spring Training Schedule: Tuesday – Thursday: 11:00am – 11:00pm & Friday – Sunday: 11:00am – 11:00pm
–The French bulldog in the logo is named Bella and belongs to Karl, who is the head brewer.
–Civil named their milk stout “Gary” after brewer Evans’ pitbull who’s named Gary Coleman.
–About 10 days before Cigar City Brewing’s fabled Hunahpu’s Day, the boys at Civil Society got the call that they too were invited to share their hoppy wares with the 3,500 festival goers.
–Civil is quickly making a name for itself within the Craft Beer community and the locals couldn’t be happier for them.
Overall Rating (1-5): Absolutely a 5+. These guys are doing everything right!
What’s missing: Not a damn thing!
In closing, if you are coming into town, Civil Society is a must stop, but please be prepared to mule a few crowlers home to your craft beer loving relatives. If you are a South Florida native and haven’t paid Civil Society a visit yet, I don’t know what in the hell you are waiting on. Jump on the hype train now while there’s still room to grab a beer.
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