Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin a limited bottle release for Athens to Athens Grist to Grist, a wine barrel-aged Saison brewed in collaboration with Jackie O’s Brewery (Athens, Ohio), on Friday, January 11.
Meant to unify the distinct characteristics of two American breweries that both call a town named Athens home, Athens to Athens Grist to Grist is a Saison that was originally brewed in February of 2017 with a base recipe that included “spelt sourced from Jackie O’s community in Ohio and wheat locally sourced from DaySpring Farms in Danielsville, Georgia.” That Saison base was then split among wine barrels with “half the barrels inoculated with Creature Comforts’ house-mixed culture, and the other half with Jackie O’s house-mixed culture.” After spending a year in those barrels, the two Saisons were finally blended to perfectly marry “Jackie O’s signature lemon meringue flavor . . . with Creature Comforts’ stone fruit notes.” The completed Athens to Athens Grist to Grist comes in at 6% ABV.
“By inoculating the barrels with each of our mixed-cultures separately, we were able to allow our house cultures to develop the flavors they would on their own and then blend the beer to create a unique voice together,” said Blake Tyers, Wood Cellar and Specialty Brand Manager at Creature Comforts. “I have such a huge respect for Brad and the work he’s done at Jackie O’s. I favored the Jackie O’s character in the blend to present something different than what we typically offer, and to present a distinct saison that is truly representative of the collaboration.”
“This project was conceived two years ago through an innocent conversation about how we both brewed in towns named Athens,” said Jackie O’s Director of Brewing Operations Brad Clark. “A seemingly simple discourse led to a collaborative concept that pulls from a time, and most importantly a place. We brewed with each other at both breweries over the course of seven days! Time spent together in our respective place of being, led to some dynamic beers that transcended both environment and glass.”
Athens to Athens Grist to Grist will officially release in the Creature Comforts Tasting Room on Friday, January 11. This Limited Release offering will be available in 750ml bottles and is not expected to see distribution. Prost!
Vital Information for Athens to Athens Grist to Grist from Creature Comforts Brewing Co. & Jackie O’s Brewery
Release – Limited/Brewery Release; January 11, 2019
Style – Saison
ABV – 6%
Featured Grains – “Spelt sourced from Jackie O’s community in Ohio and wheat locally sourced from DaySpring Farms in Danielsville, Georgia”
Treatment – A base Saison split among wine barrels “with half the barrels inoculated with Creature Comforts’ house-mixed culture, and the other half with Jackie O’s house-mixed culture.” Aged for a year and then blended.
Fun Fact – On the label artwork: “Creature Comforts staff member Melissa Merrill designed the label artwork. The artwork depicts an idyllic moment to enjoy the saison.”
Availability – 750ml bottles
Distribution – None. Available exclusively in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co.