Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Schedules Bottle Release Event for Arcadiana Barrel-Aged Saison

creaturecomfortslogo_editedOn Saturday, July 21 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) will close down its Tasting Room to host the very special Arcadiana Bottle Release Celebration.

Previously released as a “clean” (a.k.a. non-wild) Saison back in 2015, Arcadiana triumphantly returns later this month as “a saison brewed with American and European hops, that aged in wine barrels for one year with the brewery’s house-mixed culture of yeast and bacteria.”  This treatment results in a “soft, lightly tart” Saison that offers “citrus and berry notes on the palate.”

“Saisons are so tied to the land. It’s a seasonal beer that’s based on the farm from which the beers were made. We always try to loop in a local source to our farmhouse styles of beer.”

 

– Wood Cellar and Specialty Brand Manager Blake Tyers on the use of wine barrels sourced from Yonah Mountain Vineyards in Cleveland, Georgia

The Arcadiana Bottle Release Celebration will be a private, ticketed event held on July 21 in the Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Tasting Room. Tickets will be available through Xorbia beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 7 (click here for a direct link to the ticket page).  Tickets cost $60 each and include “36oz of beer to taste onsite with a special draft list, 2 bottles of Arcadiana to take home, small plates of food paired with the beer, and a vintage [Creature Comforts] Four Year Anniversary stemware. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase more bottles onsite” during the event.  You must be 21 or older to attend the Arcadiana Bottle Release Celebration and this is a “ticket holder only event.” Prost!

Vital Information for Arcadiana from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; July 21, 2018
Style – Saison
ABV – 6.2%
Treatment – Aged in wine barrels – sourced from Yonah Mountain Vineyards –  for one year with the brewery’s house-mixed culture of yeast & bacteria
Fun Fact – On Arcadiana’s name & label artwork: “The beer’s name is a reference to the poetic idea of Arcadia – a utopia where people live in harmony with the natural world. The label is a watercolor illustration created by local artist and Creature Comforts staff member Melissa Merrill.”
Availability – 750ml bottles
Distribution – None; available only at a ticketed, brewery-only bottle release event

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Creature Comforts Brewing Co.’s Cosmik Debris DIPA Slated for Seasonal Return

unnamed (98)Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has announced that Cosmik Debris Double IPA (2018) will officially begin its Seasonal release on Friday, March 23.

Released in March when “the most recent crop of hops becomes available to . . . brewers”, Cosmik Debris (8% ABV) is a fan-favorite Double India Pale Ale that employs the use of five pounds of its featured hops per barrel – Simcoe, Idaho 7, Mosaic, Cascade and Chinook hops.  This considerable hop bill comes together to produce “a bursting aroma of citrus zest, melon and subtle pine” and strikes “a beautiful balance between firm bitterness and malt, with notes of starfruit and orange marmalade on the palate.”

“Cosmik Debris has a brilliant aroma from the hop profile that will lessen with age.  This beer should be kept cold and consumed as fresh as possible.”

 

– David Stein, Head Brewer at Creature Comforts Brewing Company

Cosmik Debris will initially release in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. on March 23 and then enter distribution shortly thereafter.  You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located within Creature Comforts Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint in Athens and Atlanta, Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Cosmik Debris from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal, late March 2018
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
Featured Hops – Simcoe, Idaho 7, Mosaic, Cascade & Chinook
Fun Fact – Concerning the can’s artwork: “Creature Comforts collaborates with local artists on the can designs for its seasonal and limited releases. The label artwork for Cosmik Debris depicts a galactic scene that was designed by Athens artist Kim Deakins.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Athens & Atlanta, Georgia

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Creature Comforts Brewing Co. to Begin Canning Reclaimed Rye

CCBC_product_0002Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has announced that Reclaimed Rye will join the brewery’s portfolio of canned Year-Round offerings in mid-February.

Developed as Creature Comforts Brewing Co.’s attempt to “reclaim” the Amber Ale style, Reclaimed Rye (5.5% ABV) is “a uniquely complex and full-flavored amber ale that the brewery ages on French oak.”  The French Oak works with the beer’s malted and flaked rye to create “a well-rounded body, with notes of toasted bread, spice, and subtle vanilla.”  Reclaimed Rye now joins Tropicália American IPA, Athena Berliner Weisse, and Bibo Pilsner as the fourth year-round offering from Creature Comforts to be made available in cans.

“We have wanted Reclaimed Rye in cans for three years,” said Creature Comforts Co-founder and CEO Chris Herron. “It is a favorite beer around the brewery and in the market, but capacity constraints have kept it as a draft only offering. With our capacity increase coming from our new brewery, the wait is finally over and cans of Reclaimed Rye will finally be a real thing!”

Cans of Reclaimed Rye will officially release onsite at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. on February 17, and distribution will follow shortly thereafter.  You can expect to find Reclaimed Rye available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located within the brewery’s distribution footprint of Athens and Atlanta, Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Reclaimed Rye from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Year-Round; cans launch February 17, 2018
Style – Amber Ale/Rye Beer
ABV – 5.5%
Treatment – Aged on French Oak
Fun Fact – On the naming of Reclaimed Rye: “The beer was named with the brewers’ intentions in mind of shedding new light on the amber style – reclaiming it back from the ordinary. In addition, the name is a nod to the wood that was reclaimed to make up the bars, picnic tables and paneled walls in the brewery’s tasting room. Local woodworkers, Oneta, designed and built the reclaimed wood additions to Creature Comforts’ tasting room.”
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Athens & Atlanta, Georgia

Creature Comforts Plans Brewery Release of Tritonia with Mango, Orange & Lime

CCBCTritoniaCan_editedCreature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has announced that it will hold a limited, brewery-only can release of Tritonia Gose with Mango, Orange & Lime beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday, January 19.

To take everyone’s mind off the cold for a bit, the brewers at Creature Comforts recently whipped up a limited batch of Tritonia Gose with Mango, Orange & Lime (4.5% ABV).  Meant to mimic the flavors of a mango cocktail that you would run across at the beach, this incredibly refreshing version of Tritonia Gose features notes of tropical mango, coriander, lime zest, orange marmalade, and a “balancing salinity”.

Tritonia Gose with Mango, Orange & Lime will officially release at the brewery on Friday, January 19.  Creature Comforts only produced 150 cases of this Limited Release, so guests will be limited to two 6-packs per person.  This release event will also feature Tritonia Gose with Mango, Orange & Lime on draft for on-site consumption, tacos from Silver Queen, and live music from DJ Osmose.  Due to the limited nature of this release, Tritonia Gose with Mango, Orange & Lime will not see distribution in cans.  Prost!

Tritonia Gose with Mango, Orange & Lime from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Brewery Only; January 19, 2018
Style – Gose
ABV – 4.5%
Added Ingredients, Sea salt, coriander, mango, and essence of orange and lime
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Release Site – Creature Comforts Brewing Co.: 271 W Hancock Ave. Athens, Georgia

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Koko Buni Makes Seasonal Return for Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

CCKokoBuni_editedCreature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) recently announced that Koko Buni, the brewery’s seasonally released Milk Porter, will begin hitting shelves and taps again in mid to late December.

Released each year as Creature Comforts Brewing Co.’s fan-favorite Winter Seasonal, Koko Buni is a Milk Porter brewed with toasted coconut, Ecuadorian cocoa nibs sourced from Condor Chocolates, and an Ethiopian coffee blend from 1000 Faces Coffee. Although this combination results in “rich and velvety” flavors, the 6.5% ABV Koko Buni achieves a beautiful balance where “none of the flavors are overpowering or fatiguing on the palate.”

“We decided not to be traditional with the beer and add some ingredients that play well with the existing roasty and chocolatey flavors of dark beer,” said Co-founder and Head Brewer David Stein. “The result is a decadent porter, yet balanced and not over the top. Each flavor has room to individually interact with your palate, which is always a challenge as a brewer when using so many ingredients.”

Koko Buni is scheduled to officially release on December 19 with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  You can expect to find this Seasonal offering onsite at the brewery as well at select craft beer establishments in the Athens and Atlanta, Georgia markets.  Prost!

Vital Information for Koko Buni Milk Porter from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Winter Seasonal, release date set for December 19, 2017
Style – American Porter
ABV – 6.5%
Added Ingredients – Toasted coconut, cocoa nibs & coffee
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Athens & Atlanta, Georgia
Fun Fact – “The coconut and Ethiopian coffee used in making the beer inspired its name. ‘Koko’ translates to coconut in Papmiento, a language commonly used in the Caribbean. ‘Buni’ is derived from the word for coffee in Amharic, the primary language found in Ethiopia.”

Table Beer Slated to be Creature Comforts Brewing’s Next Seasonal

CCBCTableBeerPourCreature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) recently announced that it will release Table Beer in October as the brewery’s next Seasonal offering.

Previously released last fall under the name Epicurious (name changed due to “legal reasons”), the newly dubbed Table Beer returns with the same mission: to simply be “a beer that best complements drinking with food and friends.”  After consulting with “a number of the top chefs in Athens and Atlanta”, Creature Comforts first focused on making this offering “highly carbonated with an invigorating minerality to help cleanse the palate in between bites of food.”  To keep things “refreshing, versatile, and approachable”, the 4.2% ABV Table Beer then provides a flavor experience featuring an “earthy, floral and soft citrus hop character [that] is balanced by complex Belgian yeast flavors and subtle bitterness on the finish.”  Finally, the use of flaked oats and rustic grains rounds the whole thing off with “a nice grain flavor and firm mouthfeel.”

“The idea of a Table Beer is not new, and in fact it is practically the genesis for beer,” said Chris Herron – Co-founder and CEO of Creature Comforts Brewing Co. “Our goal was to design a beer that serves as a complement to food rather than a distraction – something unpretentious, that is meant to simply be enjoyed with friends around the dinner table.”

Table Beer will officially arrive in October and act as a Seasonal release.  You can expect to find this brew available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused restaurants, retailers and bars located within Creature Comforts Brewing Co.’s distribution network in Athens and Atlanta, Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Table Beer from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal; arrives on draft in early-October 2017 & cans will follow later in the month
Style – Unspecified
ABV – 4.2% 
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Athens & Atlanta, Georgia

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Schedules Limited Release of Duende Double IPA

Duendecan_editedCreature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has announced that it will officially release 4-packs of Duende Double IPA in their tasting room beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday, September 15.

Arriving as Creature Comforts Brewing Co.’s first release to be available in 16 oz. cans, Duende Double IPA is a “slightly hazy” marigold-colored brew that is most notably known for its “notes of orange, grapefruit, apricot, and tangerine coming from the hops.”  A closer look at this beer reveals that it starts with “a bright almost citrusy pine note” before developing those more intense fruit notes and “a consistent fruit flesh flavor.”  Just as you think Duende might be done, this 8% ABV Double India Pale Ale develops “subtle earth and berry notes . . . and the beer finishes with a perfectly balanced bitterness that rounds out the alcohol sweetness and immediately invites you to take another sip.”

Duende Double IPA will officially release in the Creature Comforts Tasting Room on Friday, September 15.  The brewery will open early at 1 p.m. for to-go purchases only, and on-site consumption will begin at 5 p.m.  Duende Double IPA will be available for purchase in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans ($15 per 4-pack, limit of FOUR 4-packs per customer).  Cans will only be available for purchase in the tasting room, but Duende Double IPA will see limited distribution on draft to select craft beer spots located in Athens and Atlanta, Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Duende Double IPA from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; September 15, 2017
Style – American Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
Featured Hops – Citra, Mosaic & Simcoe
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans available for purchase only in the Creature Comforts Tasting Room; limited distribution on draft in Athens & Atlanta, Georgia
Price – $15 per 4-pack
Limit – Four (4) 4-packs per customer

Boulevard Brewing Co. works with Arizona Wilderness & Creature Comforts on Collaboration No.7

Collab7-Diamond-Badge-copyBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced the limited release of Collaboration No. 7 – Oak-Aged Lager, a special collaboration offering brewed with Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. (Gilbert, Arizona) and Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia).

For the first time in the history of their Collaboration series, Collaboration No. 7 – Oak-Aged Lager has Boulevard Brewing Co. working with not one but two breweries.  This offering stands as a liquid embodiment of both Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.’s reputation “as champions for local ingredients in innovative beers” and Creature Comforts Brewing Co.’s philosophy of being “dedicated to better being through being curious.”

To pull this off, the three brewing teams built a crisp lager upon “a base of two-row pale malt, Sonoran White Wheat, honey malt and corn grits.”  They then introduced Riesling grape juice, peaches and lemon zest; incorporated a hop bill consisting of Nelson Sauvin, Lemondrop and Hallertau Blanc hops; and fermented the beer with an Ayinger lager yeast strain.  Once the brewing process was completed, Collaboration No. 7 – Oak-Aged Lager received its finishing touches by being “briefly aged on Cuvee No. 5 Tank Staves, French oak staves that impart fruit, spice, toast and tannins similar to aging in a fresh/virgin French oak barrel.”  For a clear idea of what to expect from this elaborate recipe, here is Collaboration No. 7’s full description from Boulevard Brewing’s official press release:

“At 6% ABV and 16 IBUs, Collaboration No. 7 Oak-Aged Lager pours a brilliant golden color with tight, off-white lacing. Bright aromas of peach and Riesling grapes mingle with the tropical fruit notes provided by subtle hopping. Lemon zest accentuates the naturally citrusy character of the beer as the malt bill forms a slightly sweet, honey-like base from which the chosen regional ingredients shine. French oak character lends a drying effect resulting in a bright, fruity lager that finishes incredibly crisp. Bottle conditioned with champagne yeast, Collaboration No. 7 – Oak-Aged Lager has fluffy, effervescent carbonation that scrubs the palate and begs for another sip.”

Collaboration No. 7 – Oak-Aged Lager will officially launch in the Kansas City area beginning on August 21, and it will then see distribution to other regions in the coming weeks.  Once it hits distribution, you will be able to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri and any other area that normally sees Smokestack Series Limited Release beers from Boulevard Brewing Co.  Prost!

Vital Information for Collaboration No. 7 – Oak-Aged Lager from Boulevard Brewing Co., Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. & Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Collaboration Series, launching August 21, 2017
Style – American Lager
ABV – 6%
IBUs – 16
Malts/Grains – 2-Row Pale, Sonoran White Wheat, Honey Malt & Corn Grits
Hops – Nelson Sauvin, Lemondrop & Hallertau Blanc
Yeast – Ayinger Lager 
Added Ingredients – Riesling grape juice, peaches and lemon zest
Treatment – Aged “briefly” on on Cuvee No. 5 Tank Staves
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

Automatic Pale Ale Makes Seasonal Return for Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

CCBCAutocan_editedCreature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) recently announced that Automatic Pale Ale will be making a much-anticipated Seasonal return in June.

Brewed to be a “modern” American Pale Ale, Automatic “features a prominent hop flavor and aroma” thanks to the use of Mosaic and Crystal hops sourced from Yakima Valley in 2016 by Creature Comforts Co-founders Chris Herron, Adam Beauchamp and David Stein.  These hops lend the beer aromatics of “berry, citrus, herbal, and pine”, and those aroma notes roll over into the flavor profile along with “a bit more earthiness and stone fruit.” At a very reasonable 5.2% ABV, Automatic provides its drinker with “nicely balanced” experience that finishes “moderately bitter.”

“We went to Yakima in the Fall of 2016 to select hops for our beers for the first time,” says our Co-founder and Brewmaster Adam Beauchamp. “In doing so, we were able to secure some beautiful Mosaic from Oregon as well as some Crystal hops that clearly stood out to all of us as highly aromatic.”

Automatic Pale Ale will begin turning up on draft in early June, and 6-packs of 12 oz. cans will arrive by late June.  You can expect to find this Seasonal release available at select craft beer establishments located in the brewery’s distribution area of Athens and Atlanta, Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Automatic Pale Ale from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal, June 2017
Style – American Pale Ale
ABV – 5.2%
Featured Hops – Mosaic & Crystal 
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Athens & Atlanta, Georgia
Can Artwork – “We collaborated with a local artist to design the can label. Athens painter, Michelle Fontaine, was inspired by 1950s American popular culture as well as the origin of our facility – a former 1940s Chevy dealership and later the Snow Tire Company. The label depicts a classic automotive theme.”
Fun Fact – “The name Automatic is a nod to the community in which we are located – Athens, GA. It’s a reference to the slogan of a local restaurant, Weaver D’s that inspired one of REM’s most prolific albums – Automatic for the People.”

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. to Release Tritonia with Cucumber and Lime in Cans

CCBCTritoniaglass_editedCreature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) recently announced that Tritonia Gose with Cucumber and Lime will be packaged in 12 oz. cans for the first time in late May.

Arriving as a thirst-quenching springtime offering, Tritonia with Cucumber and Lime is a Limited Release variant of Creature Comforts Brewing Co.’s “tart and refreshing Gose” known simply as Tritonia.  The base beer’s tartness, coriander and sea salt gets an added infusion of refreshment thanks to the additions of lime and cooling cucumber.  This all results in a 4.5% ABV brew that is the perfect option to sip on after a long day in the sun.

“Tritonia is one of my favorite of our limited release beers,” said Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Co-founder and Head Brewer David Stein. “It’s extremely refreshing and perfect for the spring months as the weather starts to warm up.”

Tritonia with Cucumber and Lime will be available on draft in early May, and 12 oz. cans will follow shortly behind with a release scheduled for late May.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available “on-site at Creature Comforts as well as in the Athens and Atlanta markets.”  Like most packaged beers from Creature Comforts, you should not expect Tritonia with Cucumber and Lime to last long on shelves.  Get it while you can.  Prost!

Vital Information for Tritonia with Cucumber and Lime from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Seasonal; available on draft in early May, cans release in late May
Style – Gose
ABV – 4.5%
Added Ingredients – Coriander, sea salt, lime & cucumber
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Athens & Atlanta, Georgia
Fun Fact – “In The Iliad, The Homeric Hymns, and in Hesiod’s Theogony, Athena is given the curious epithet Tritogeneia.  The meaning of this term is unclear; it could mean various things, including ‘Triton-born’, perhaps indicating that the sea-deity was her parent according to some early myths.  In Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Athena is occasionally referred to as ‘Tritonia’.”