Creature Comforts River Ridge Red returns in late July.
When you combine Virginia’s River Ridge Organics raspberries, Creature Comfort’s oak barrels and talent, and you have a wild ale made for summer.
Creature chose some of their best barrels to blend onto the fresh raspberries, punching down the fruit into the barrels for a full two weeks. After that, the raspberries soaked in the ale for another six months in oak, until the brewery achieved a balanced acid profile.
“We believe River Ridge Organics grows some of the finest berries you will find in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and that inspired us to create a beer in celebration of their beautiful crop.” – Wood Cellar and Mixed Fermentation Director Blake Tyers. “
Creature Comforts River Ridge Red first debuted in 2019. It will be available in 500-milliliter bottles at the brewery when it opens on July 23rd.
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Creature Comforts Galactic Space Circus has returned tot he brewery’s lineup to kick of June.
This India pale ale is brewed with the ever so high demand Galaxy hop – one the stars of their year-round Tropicalia – plus lactose milk sugar. This spacey IPA was first released back in 2017.
The flavor is bold with pineapple, mango, a touch of floral notes, and an orange Fanta finish.
Creature Comforts Galactic Space Circus is available 16-ounce cans at both the brewery and limited distribution in early June 2021.
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Limited Distribution.
Latest Release: June 2021
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Creature Comforts Brewed for One – now an annual release returns to the brewery this month.
This beer started as Cellarman’s Spirit, brewed to commemorate the loss of an employee and cellarman, Bob Weckback. The profits from that release were used to create a college fund for his son.
Starting in 2019, the beer became “Brewed for One,” growing into an initiative to honor a different, deserving individual in a life-changing way. Creature Comforts worked with two local agencies this year to support an individual who really needed it.
…to do for one what we wish they could do for all.
Brewed For One is a single-hop IPA brewed with Idaho 7. Hailing from the state with the second most hop acreage in the U.S., Idaho 7 is huge on tropical and pine notes.
Creature Comforts Brewed For One 2021 will be available in 16-ounce cans and draft at the brewery starting May 7th.
Hops: Idaho 7
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Athens, Georgia-based Creature Comforts is expanding distribution out of Georgia for the first time. Tropicalia IPA will be spending some time at the beach in Charleston, South Carolina starting in mid-May.
Creature has signed on with Lee Distributors, part of Reyes Beer Division, which is the largest beer distributor in the U.S. Six beers from the brewery’s year-round lineup, including Tropicália, Automatic, Athena, Tritonia, Bibo Pilsner and Cosmik Debris.
“This decision was a long time in the making. We’ve always been fans of Charleston’s hospitality and culinary scene, and since we already distribute to coastal Georgia, it felt like the right step as we begin distributing outside of Georgia for the first time.” – Creature Comforts CEO Chris Herron
Charleston and Hilton Head areas can expect the first tapping of Creature Comforts starting in mid-May. Launch events will be announced soon.
Creature Comforts turns 7 this year.
Creature Comforts Table Beer, formerly known as Epicurious, returns this month.
This release started with chefs, not brewers back in 2016. The Creature Comforts team sat down with Ryan Smith 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.
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.”
Rather than looking at industry trends for what to brew next, we brewed a beer that best complements drinking with food and friends.
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 returns in 12-ounce cans across the brewery’s entire footprint starting November 13th. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this beer benefits The Giving Kitchen.
Style: Belgian-Style Session Beer
Hops: Sterling, Saphir, Lemondrop. Dry Hop: Cascade and Comet.
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Limited.
Debut: October 2016
Latest Return: November 2020
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Creature Comforts Athena Paradiso with Blackberries & Black Currants will arrive soon as the brewery’s next seasonal release.
A release date for Athena Paradiso with Blackberries & Black Currants is forthcoming.
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