Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will expand its distribution footprint to include the Savannah and coastal Georgia markets in early March 2019.
Now that the 2018 expansion to its new Southern Mill location has been completed and raised the brewery’s capacity to 70,000 barrels, Creature Comforts Brewing Co. has been steadily extending its distribution reach beyond its original footprint that only included Athens, Atlanta and surrounding cities in Georgia. This distribution expansion began in November 2018 with the addition of the Augusta and Columbus markets, and now the brewery is ready to send some beers down to Savannah and the coastal Georgia area.
“It’s exciting that our beer will be available throughout Georgia for the first time. We are always grateful when we get the opportunity to use our beer to create enjoyable experiences and positively impact communities within our home state.”
– Chris Herron, Co-founder and CEO of Creature Comforts Brewing Co.
With the help of Savannah Distributing, Creature Comforts will enter the Savannah and coastal Georgia markets in early March 2019 and “plans to distribute statewide by early June 2019.” Prost!
Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has announced that the Limited Release of Athena Paradiso – Tart Cherry, Raspberry & Cranberry will officially begin on Friday, March 1.
Returning as the rotating fruited treatment of Creature Comfort’s Year-Round Athena Berliner Weisse, the latest batch of Athena Paradiso takes that Berliner base and infuses it with tart cherry, raspberry and cranberry. Weighing in at a refreshing 4.5% ABV, Athena Paradiso – Tart Cherry, Raspberry & Cranberry is a gorgeous offering that will most assuredly help ease us all into the approaching days of spring.
“We love the way fruit plays with the acidity in the Athena base and how the dark pink color of the beer mimics the fruit used.”
– David Stein, Co-founder and Head Brewer at Creature Comforts Brewing Co.
Athena Paradiso – Tart Cherry, Raspberry & Cranberry will debut in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts on March 1 and is scheduled to enter distribution shortly after the on-site release. You can expect to find this limited release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Creature Comforts’ distribution footprint in Athens and Atlanta, Georgia. Prost!
Vital Information for Athena Paradiso – Tart Cherry, Raspberry & Cranberry from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.
Release – Limited; March 2019 Style – Berliner Weisse ABV – 4.5% Added Ingredients – Tart cherry, raspberry & cranberry Fun Fact – “The addition of the word ‘Paradiso’ to the Athena brand’s name and the label artwork are intended to instill a vision of paradise, representative of the flavor and aroma of the beer.” Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft Distribution – Athens & Atlanta, Georgia
Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it is getting ready for “the big game” by once again partnering with hip-hop super duo Run the Jewels to release a new batch of Stay G-O-L-D IPA on Tuesday, January 29.
Originally released in October 2017 as one of several IPA collaborations that Run the Jewels created with a handful of breweries across the country, the Creature Comforts’ version of Stay G-O-L- D has been revived to hit fans with that “hazy, juicy, and dank” India Pale Ale experience one more time. Brewed with Citra, Mosaic, Strata, and Chinook hops, Stay G-O-L-D (6% ABV) “offers a great marriage of dank, pine, and resin flavors paired with a punch of peach, melon, and orange tropical notes.”
“Stay G-O-L-D is a high impact, yet very drinkable IPA,” said David Stein, Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Co-Founder and Head Brewer. “We’re all big fans of Run the Jewels here at Creature Comforts so we were thrilled to have another opportunity to collaborate with them.”
With availability in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft, Stay G-O-L-D will officially release on January 29 in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. After the on-site release, a limited amount of Stay G-O-L-D will be available on draft only at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Creature Comforts’ distribution footprint in Athens and Atlanta, Georgia. Prost!
Vital Information for Stay G-O-L-D from Creature Comforts Brewing Co. & Run the Jewels
Release – Limited; January 29, 2019 Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale ABV – 6% Featured Hops – Citra, Mosaic, Strata & Chinook Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft Distribution – Athens & Atlanta, Georgia (draft only)
“Get Comfortable aims to align as many partners as possible to make the largest impact that we collectively can. Beyond the more than 40 local businesses participating in this year’s campaign, we are profoundly honored to welcome a new partner this year in Russian River Brewing Company. Headquartered across the country in Sonoma County, they obviously operate beyond the borders of Athens-Clarke, but they are absolutely a part of our craft beer community,” said Director of Community & Culture, Matt Stevens.
“Given our desire to transition the Get Comfortable release into an annual collaboration, and specifically our aim to leverage this program to intersect with other craft breweries famous for their philanthropic work, Russian River was an obvious choice to inaugurate this new direction. Whether it’s their annual Framboise for a Cure release, past participation in Ales for ALS, or most recently, their rallying the craft beer world around the Sonoma Pride project in the wake of last year’s California wildfires, they remain an industry leader both in the quality of their product and the reputation of their charity.”
To draw more attention to the campaign in 2019 and in years moving forward, the Get Comfortable program “will begin partnering with another brewery each year to release a collaborative beer to generate funds for the campaign.” Russian River Brewing Company has partnered with Creature Comforts for the 2019 campaign, and the two breweries collaborated to brew Get Comfortable IPA – an India Pale Ale featuring Strata, Amarillo, Comet, and Pahto hops.
“When Russian River put a call out to our friends in the craft beer industry last year to raise money for the victims of the 2017 Sonoma County fires, Creature Comforts came forward to help support the cause. It was pretty early on in our recruiting, so naturally I was blown away that a brewery all the way from Athens, Georgia would help out,” said Russian River Owner & Brewer Vinnie Cilurzo. “Fast forward to the 2018 Firestone Walker Invitational, Adam and I were having a beer and discussing beer and business and he told me about the Get Comfortable campaign Creature Comforts was doing. When Adam asked if we’d like to brew a beer together to help raise money for local charities in Athens, it was an easy yes. At Russian River, we look at giving back to our community as a part of our business model, so it is great to connect with others in the beer industry like Creature Comforts who have the same values.”
The 2019 Get Comfortable campaign and Get Comfortable IPA – available throughout the campaign on draft and in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans – will both launch on Wednesday, February 6 in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts. This event will kick off “a pronounced season of emphasis taking place February 6 through April 10, during which the brewery will donate 100-percent of its Wednesday ‘community day’ profits towards the Get Comfortable fund.” Get Comfortable merchandise, another means of raising funds for the campaign, will also be available during the launch event. Prost!
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 withJackie 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.
Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has announced that will begin the Limited Release of Tritonia with Pineapple and Lemon on December 21.
Just as its name suggests, Tritonia with Pineapple and Lemon is a “tart and refreshing gose with hints of coriander and sea salt” that has been introduced to fresh additions of pineapple and lemon. This tropical take on Tritonia comes in at 4.5% ABV.
“We’re excited to add another Tritonia version to the roster,” said Head Brewer David Stein. “The pineapple and lemon additions perfectly complement the base beer creating a tart, refreshing, and overall balanced experience.”
Tritonia with Pineapple and Lemon is scheduled to debut in the Creature Comforts Tasting Room on December 21 and will enter distribution shortly following the on-site release. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located throughout Creature Comforts Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint in Georgia. Prost!
Vital Information for Tritonia with Pineapple and Lemon from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.
Release – Limited, launching December 21, 2018 Style – Gose ABV – 4.5% Added Ingredients – Coriander, sea salt, pineapple & lemon Fun Fact – On Creature Comforts variants: “In addition to offering two versions of its fruited Berliner Weisse Athena Paradiso each year, the brewery also releases two versions of Tritonia, highlighting different fruits, annually. The Tritonia variant the brewery previously released features cucumber and lime, and pineapple and lemon were added to the new variant.” Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft Distribution – Georgia
Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that Koko Buni, a Milk Porter with toasted coconut, cocoa nibs and coffee, will return in mid-December to serve as the brewery’s winter limited release.
Crafted by the team at Creature Comforts to be a go-to offering that is “perfect for cooler days and evenings”, Koko Buni is a Milk Porter brewed with toasted coconut, an Ethiopian blend of coffee from 1000 Faces Coffee, Ecuadorian cocoa nibs from Athens, Georgia’s bean-to-bar chocolatier, Condor Chocolates, and a Haitian varietal of cocoa nibs from Woodstock, Illinois-based Ethereal Confections. This carefully curated mix of ingredients produces a 6.5% ABV Koko Buni that has a “rich and velvety . . . balance in flavor” that is not at all “overpowering or fatiguing on the palate.”
The 2018 batch of Koko Buni will make its debut at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. in mid-December and is scheduled to hit distribution “shortly following the onsite release.” You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located within the brewery’s distribution footprint in Athens and Atlanta, Georgia. Prost!
Vital Information for Koko Buni Milk Porter from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.
Release – Limited/Seasonal, mid-December 2018 Style – American Porter ABV – 6.5% Featured Ingredients – Toasted coconut, Ethiopian coffee from 1000 Faces Coffee, Ecuadorian cocoa nibs from Condor Chocolates & Haitian cocoa nibs from Ethereal Confections Fun Fact #1 – On the beer’s name: “The coconut and Ethiopian coffee used in making the beer inspired its name. ‘Koko’ translates to coconut in Papiamento, a language commonly used in the Caribbean. ‘Buni’ is derived from the word for coffee in Amharic, the primary language found in Ethiopia.” Fun Fact #2 – On the label artwork: “Continuing in [their] effort to frequently work with local partners, [Creature Comforts] worked with Athens artist David Hale on the can design. The design won CNBC’s Battle of the Beer Labels competition in April 2016.” Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft Distribution – Athens & Atlanta, Georgia
Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that Table Beer will return in November to serve as the brewery’s Fall Limited Release.
Crafted to be a “beer that best complements enjoyment with food and friends”, Table Beer is a “refreshing, versatile, and approachable” Belgian-style Blonde Ale that is “highly carbonated with an invigorating minerality.” Hop forward in nature, this beer possesses an “earthy, floral, and soft citrus hop character . . . balanced by complex Belgian yeast flavors and subtle bitterness on the finish.” The recipe is rounded off with “rustic grains and flaked oats” to give Table Beer “a nice grain flavor and firm mouthfeel.”
“Table Beer is really designed for enjoyment with food and with friends,” said CEO Chris Herron. “In an effort to make a beer that would go great with food and be something that is really easily enjoyable, we worked with a variety of different chefs – both locally here in Athens as well as in the Atlanta market – that helped define what this beer would taste like.”
Table Beer releases in mid-November and will stick around for a limited time. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Athens and Atlanta, Georgia. Prost!
Vital Information for Table Beer from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.
Release – Limited, mid-November 2018 Style – Belgian-style Blonde Ale ABV – 4.2% Featured Hops – Sterling, Saphir, Lemondrop & Cascade Fun Fact – On the label artwork: “The beer’s name encompasses the style of the beer and ties into the inspiration and intent of the brew. In a continued effort to support local artists, Creature Comforts worked with Athens artist Bryn Rouse to design the can artwork.” Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft Distribution – Athens & Atlanta, Georgia
Thanks to a recent brewery expansion that included the opening of a second production facility at Southern Mill, an “$11 million, 40,000-square-foot” facility that has increased production capacity to 70,000 barrels, Creature Comforts Brewing Co. now has the ability to extend its distribution reach in Georgia to the areas of Augusta and Columbus. Up until this point, Creature Comforts offerings were only available in Athens, Atlanta, and nearby surrounding cities.
“We’re thrilled we now have the capacity to continue to grow our brands in our existing distribution footprint and also begin supplying additional markets in our home state,” said CEO Chris Herron. “Bringing our second production facility online has been an incredible journey, and we’re excited that more people will be able to experience our beer as a result.”
Creature Comforts Brewing Co. will launch in Augusta and Columbus with “its core portfolio of year-round, award-winning products” in mid-November. Beer lovers in those areas can expect to find Creature Comforts offerings at the local craft beer-friendly establishments that are typically serviced by Savannah Distributing. Prost!
Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that Athena Paradiso – Passion Fruit & Guava will see a Limited Release beginning in mid-October 2018.
Developed to be a fruited variant of the brewery’s Year-Round offering Athena, Athena Paradiso is a Berliner Weisse that boasts “the gentle tartness and subtle sweetness of . . . passion fruit and guava.” Refreshing and easy-drinking, everything about Athena Paradiso (4.5% ABV) – from “the addition of the word ‘Paradiso’ to . . . the label artwork to the overall flavor and aroma – is ” intended to instill a vision of paradise.”
The Tasting Room at Creature Comforts is currently pouring Athena Paradiso – Passion Fruit & Guava on draft and will release 6-packs of 12 oz. cans on October 17. Distribution is expected to follow in late October. Once fully released, you can expect to find this Limited Release offering at select craft beer establishments located in Athens and Atlanta, Georgia. Prost!
Vital Information for Athena Paradiso – Passion Fruit & Guava from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.
Release – Limited, mid-October 2018 Style – Berliner Weisse ABV – 4.5% Added Ingredients – Passion fruit & guava Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft Distribution – Athens & Atlanta, Georgia