Creature Comforts Oh, Fantastic Then! was coming to the brewery’s Taproom Series this week. The brewery has put this beer on hold. A new date has not been set.
Starting back in October, the Athens, Georgia based brewery launched a canned series of taproom releases, coinciding with an expansion to the brewhouse. The expansion allowed the brewery a little wiggle room in the production schedule.
This “balanced and elegant” pale ale features Southern Passion hops from South Africa, plus the well known Azacca and Mosaic hops.
The result is a fruity, earthy, & funky beer.
Creature Comforts Oh, Fantastic Then! will be a 12 ounce can and draft offering, available on the tour at a future date.
Style: Pale Ale
Hops: Southern Passion, Mosaic, Azacca
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Brewery only.
Creature Comforts Duende debuts in the taproom on Election Day 2016. Part of the brewery’s taproom only series of release.
This release is an imperial India pale ale, brewed with Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops. The end result is an IPA that is big on fruit notes.
… There’s a consistent fruit flesh flavor to the beer that adds a wonderful complexity to the bright citrus notes as the overtones dance around the fleshy notes, supporting without ever getting in the way….
Creature Comforts Duende is a 12 ounce can and draft offering. Strictly taproom only. This release follows recently released Crescendo, which kicked off the series.
Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Taproom Only.
Duende – A quality of passion or inspiration.
Creature Comforts Crescendo, a brand new India Pale Ale, will debut soon at the brewery in Athens, Georgia.
Thanks to the addition of a new brewing vessel, Creature Comforts can squeeze in a little extra brewing. The brewery plans on spending that extra time creating special release canned offerings for the taproom.
Among the first – Creature Comforts Crescendo. This new IPA promises to be quite hoppy. 5.5 pounds of hops per barrel, kind of hoppy. Crescendo touts El Dorado, Galaxy, plus an experimental hop known as Grungeist. This new variety boasts peach, lemon, and passion fruit flavors. Creature chose this hop on smell alone.
Creature Comforts Crescendo signals the start of a series of taproom only releases, available as a “souvenir beer” on select tour days. Each release will change, as the brewery dreams up the next flourish of creativity.
Crescendo is already in the tanks at the time of this article. Expect a late-October release date.
Hops: El Dorado, Galaxy, Grungeist
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Taproom Only.
Debut: Late October, 2016
Image: Creature Comforts
Creature Comforts Epicurious is the next seasonal by the Athens, Georgia based brewery.
This release starts with chefs, not brewers. The Creature Comforts team sat down with various regional chefs to create 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 Epicurious, 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 future can is thanks to the talent of Athens local Bryn Rouse, who’s illustrations can be found on her Instagram feed. Epicurious will be available in both the Athens and Atlanta markets in October, 2016
Style: Not specified
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Limited.
Debut: October, 2016
Creature Comforts Transmission is a new collaboration debuts later this month, brewed with Gilbert, Arizona based Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.
The base beer is a saison, brewed with ingredients local to each brewery. Lisbon lemons and Arizona sweet oranges were grown locally by The Farm at Agritopia, and provided by Arizona Wilderness.
Creature Comforts added honey from Booger Hill Bee Company, based in Danielsville, Georgia. The bottle has been condtioning for the past four months with Creature’s mixed culture blend of yeast and bacteria.
Those interested in bottles will find them on a special Creature Comforts Transmission tour at the brewery in Athens, Georgia on September 29th, 2016.
Collectively, the two breweries have bragging rights as they each brew some of the most popular India pale ales in the southeast. (See Wicked Weed Pernicious and Creature Comforts Tropicalia.) Both are known for being hoppy, juicy, and downright decadent IPAs.
Here in mid-2016, fruited IPAs are all the rage. The fruited subset of the most popular style in the craft brewing segment has made the biggest sales gains over past 18 months according the Brewer’s Association. When it comes to Wicked Weed Juiceless, the breweries tout “cracking the juicy code” without using actual fruit. They have created a juicy IPA without juice. It’s “Juiceless.”
How are they doing it? They are using the biggest, most fruit-forward hops around. If the label artwork is any indication, you’ll find hoppy pineapple notes.
Wicked Weed and Creature Comforts love the citrusy, crisp, hoppy flavor of fruited IPAs, but we wanted to put a unique twist on this delicious style. For this collaboration beer, we cracked the juicy code without using any fruit. Is it hoppy? Of course. Smooth? Certainly. Juicy? THE JUICIEST. Made with fruit? Absolutely not. All the fruit flavor, all from the hops. This beer IS what it ISN’T
Wicked Weed Juiceless will be a 16.9 ounce bottle offering, bottled by Wicked Weed in Asheville. The first bottles will be available alongside to most recent return of White Angel this weekend. Distribution to follow the first week of September.
Availability: 16.9oz Bottles
Creature Comforts Athena Paradiso with Passionfruit and Guava is the next iteration in the “Athena” lineup.
The brewery launched 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 August, Creature Comforts Athena Paradiso with Passionfruit and Guava will join the seasonal lineup.
“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 August 26th. Cans hit the market in both Athens and Atlanta that week.