Civil Life Lives High on the Hog for Third Annual Pigs and Pints Festival

May 19, 2014 at 11:30 am
Pièce de résistance. | Richard Haegele
Pièce de résistance. | Richard Haegele

Under gorgeous skies, a throng of 400 people made their way to the third annual Pigs and Pints festival hosted by the Civil Life Brewing Co. (3714 Holt Avenue) on Sunday. The event, which began in 2012 to celebrate all things local, featured Red Wattle pigs sourced from Kluesner's Farm by Mac's Local Buys and prepared by the Block Restaurant and Mike Emerson from Pappy's Smokehouse.

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The Civil Life also debuted its "Roggenbier," a German rye ale that will be a Block exclusive. It poured a cloudy brown color, and though there was no noticeable aroma, it did have a rich, malty flavor with a hint of rye spice and a sweet, dry finish.

click to enlarge Roggenbier, a German rye ale - Richard Haegele
Richard Haegele
Roggenbier, a German rye ale

Eager festivalgoers filled their baskets with strawberry salad, applesauce, potato salad, corn and black bean slaw, and cornbread before picking up a basket full of pork three ways -- pulled pork, loin and bratwurst. Festival workers walked through the crowds handing out cups of Baileys' restaurants housemade ice cream.

click to enlarge Pigs, Pints, and Sides - Richard Haegele
Richard Haegele
Pigs, Pints, and Sides

The Scandaleros and FolknBluesGrass played live, and for the kids, the Civil Life invited a face painter and and balloon artist. Overall, it was a wonderfully civil way to enjoy a gorgeous day.

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