Creature Comforts Koko Buni, the brewery’s coveted milk porter, returns to cans this month.
One of the first seasonals by the Athens, Georgia based brewery, Creature Comforts Koko Buni is a milk porter, aged on toasted coconut and cocoa nibs Condor Chocolates and coffee from nearby 1000 Faces. This late fall seasonal has been overwhelmingly popular since its debut a few years ago. We’ve seen fistfights over Koko cans at retailers.
“We decided not to be traditional with the beer and add some ingredients that play well with the already roasty and chocolatey flavors of darker beers.” -Co-Founder and Head Brewer David Stein.
Coffee lovers will find a home here. Koko Buni starts heavy on the 1000 Faces coffee, and turns chocolatey mid-sip, finishing with a wisp of coconut. (Perhaps a bit less coconut compared to past releases.)
Creature Comforts Koko Buni will be a seasonal draft and 12-ounce can offering.
Koko means coconut in Papiamento, a common language in parts of the Carribean, while Buni means coffee in Swahili, a common language in southeastern Africa. Image: Beer Street Journal
Creature Comforts STAY G-O-L-D, a collaboration with Interboro Spirts and rap duo Run the Jewels is on the way.
Asheville, North Carolina based Burial Beer will be releasing their edition of STAY G-O-L-D, an India Pale Ale and collaboration with both Run the Jewels and Interboro again in October. Chicago’s Pipeworks Brewing has also teamed up with Interboro their own STAY G-O-L-D release, which debuted in August.
Athens, Georgia can claim their own edition of the hit series of beer collaborations. Creature Comforts STAY G-O-L-D debuts at the end of the month.
16-ounce cans of STAY G-O-L-D will be available to-go at the brewery on October 27th. A special event will be held on October 26th at Atlanta’s The Sound Table, with Trackstar the DJ from Run the Jewels. (A few select bars around the venue will have G-O-L-D cans as well.)
Creature Comforts STAY G-O-L-D is brewed with Citra, Mosaic, Chinook, and Strata hops.
Hops: Citra, Mosaic, Chinook, Strata.
Availablity: 16oz Cans
Creature Comforts Table Beer, formerly known as Epicurious, will return in October.
This release starts with chefs, not brewers. The Creature Comforts team sat down with Ryan Smith, Executive Chef of Atlanta’s Staplehouse and Peter Dale, Executive Chef and Owner of Athens’ The National with the goal of creating a beer to pair with a wide variety of food.
Rather than looking at industry trends for what to brew next, we brewed a beer that best complements drinking with food and friends.
Creature Comforts Table Beer, a foodie’s beer, doesn’t fit any style guidelines according to the brewery. The beer is described as “earthy, floral and soft citrus hop character that is balanced by complex yeast flavors and subtle bitterness on the finish”.
The label artwork for this culinary-inspired can is thanks to the talent of Athens local Bryn Rouse, whose illustrations can be found on her Instagram feed.
Creature Comforts Table Beer will be available in 12-ounce cans and draft in October, 2017.
Style: Not specified
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Limited.
Debut: October, 2016
Latest Return: October, 2017
Creature Comforts Crescendo rejoins the brewery’s lineup again today, in new 16-ounce cans.
Extra vessels allowed the Athens, Georgia brewery begin brewing a series of taproom only releases. Among the first was Crescendo, debuting for the first time last October. Since then, a bulk of the brewery’s new releases have been taproom only.
Creature Comforts Crescendo is quite hoppy, featuring 5.5 pounds of hops per barrel. El Dorado, Galaxy, plus an experimental hop known as Grungeist round out the hop lineup.
Crescendo is a slightly hazy IPA with notes of honeydew, white peach skin, pineapple, and orange from the hops used in the beer.
Creature Comforts Crescendo is available in 16-ounce cans and draft, with limited distribution coming this week. Crescendo is extremely limited.
Hops: El Dorado, Galaxy, Grungeist
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Taproom Only.
Debut: Late October, 2016
Latest Return: 9/16/17
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Creature Comforts Athena Paradiso with Passionfruit and Guava will return to the brewery’s seasonal lineup again this month.
The brewery opened with Athena, a kettle soured wheat beer, aka berliner weisse a few years ago. In February, 2016 the Athens, Georgia based brewery released the first canned Athena Paradiso, brewed with tart cherry, raspberry, and cranberry. Creature Comforts tells Beer Street Journal that it was the most expensive recipe they’ve ever made.
In late August, Creature Comforts Athena Paradiso with Passionfruit and Guava will return to the seasonal lineup again in late August.
“Athena Paradiso is a beautifully refreshing beer. The passion fruit and guava flavors transport you to a tropical paradise during these hot summer months.” – David Stein, Co-founder & head brewer
Creature Comforts Athena Paradiso with Passionfruit and Guava will be an extremely limited release in 12 ounce cans and draft. Note, the can will sport the same red Paradiso branding as the February release.
The brewery will host a can release tour at the brewery in Athens on September 1st . Cans hit the market in both Athens and Atlanta shortly after.
Ed Note: The brewery has shifted the release date from August 26th to September 1st, 2017
This collaborator series has paired seen the likes of Deschutes Brewery, Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project, Firestone Walker, Cigar City, Ommegang, and Orval. Boulevard Collaboration 7 is the first time a two breweries have been a part of the project at the same time.
The trio is creating a “juicy” lager for this seventh iteration, aged briefly on virgin oak. Juicy is an understating term, thanks to peach puree, lemon zest and riesling chosen to compliment carefully selected Nelson Sauvin, Lemondrop and Hallertau Blanc hops. The malt bill is quite complex too, brewed with pale malt, Sonoran White Wheat, Missouri wheat, honey malt and corn grits.
The finished beer is bottle conditioned with champagne yeast, producing an effervescent golden lager perfect for the late summer heat. Last year, Arizona Wilderness and Creature Comforts partnered on “Transmission“, a citrus saison.
Boulevard Collaboration 7 is now available in 12 ounce bottles and draft for a limited time.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: August, 2017
Athens, Georgia based Creature Comforts debuts new “Subtle Alchemy” Series this fall.
This new series will feature unique, one-off blends from various barrels in the brewery’s wood cellar. Each carefully selected blend is designed to only ever exist the one time, never to be replicated again.
Each blend is distinct in its parts and singular in the moment in time it is created.
Currently, there are details regarding the first three blended ‘Subtle Alchemy’ releases.
- Blend 001 – bottled 1/10/17 – Three separate French oak fermented saisons aged 10-14 months. Deep wood, must, earth, lemon zest, tart.
- Blend 002 – bottled 1/13/17. – This blend is an exploration of American oak, an uncommon voice in our mixed fermentation wood cellar. Two of the three threads in this blend, the oldest being DaySpring aged on second-use Balaton cherries for 22 months, are aged in American oak giving it a more creamy and vanilla tone than many of our French oak aged beers. Light cherry fruit, vanilla, creamy, tart.
- Blend 003 – bottled 1/31/17 – There are many pieces to blend number 3. The overall theme is an expression of hops and citrus through time and mixed fermentation. Zest from lemons and oranges, multiple independent dry hops, and very small amounts of apricots bring this blend to life. Ranging in age from 12-24 months this blend has brightness and depth. Citrus, overripe fruit, stone fruit, tart.
- Those attending the Shelton Brothers Festival in Atlanta this weekend will have the opportunity to try Blend 001 before it can be found in the taproom.
Creature Comforts Subtle Alchemy is a limited, 750 milliliter bottle offering starting this fall.
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