Creature Comforts Tropicalia, the Athens, Georgia based brewery’s top-selling beer, and one of the Southeast’s most popular India pale ales, is coming to 16-ounce cans this summer.
Creature Comfort’s massive success has a lot to do with Tropicalia. This balanced, juicy IPA has a very loyal following, so much so, that for a while stores would limit sales of this year-round beer to just one 6-pack per person.
For the loyal Tropicalia acolytes, expect a new format coming your way this summer – Tropicalia 16-ounce cans. The pint-size cans are a hot packaging format in the beer industry, and for Creature Comforts. 16-ounce “Trop” cans are a no-brainer. The brewery has been releasing 16-ounce cans for a while now, but only for their taproom/small batch releases.
David Stein, Creature Comforts co-founder and head brewer tells Beer Street Journal that fans can expect this larger can format sometime in June 2019. He also noted that the 12-ounce cans will remain in the brewery’s lineup as well.
Availability: 12oz Cans, 16oz Cans, Draft. Year-Round
Debut (16oz): June 2019 (Estimated)
Creature Comforts Cosmik Debris, a double IPA that first debuted in May 2015 makes a seasonal return this month.
Easily one of the hoppiest releases in the Athens, Georgia based brewery’s lineup, Cosmik Debris has been a fan favorite since day one. In 2016 the brewery canned the imperial IPA and updated the can artwork in 2017. (Above is the 2016 artwork.)
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. – Head Brewer David Stein. “
Creature Comforts Cosmic Debris will be available on draft as well as 12-ounce cans in the brewery’s taproom starting April 16th
Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Simcoe, Idaho 7, Mosaic, Cascade Chinook
Availability: 12 oz Cans, Draft.
Next Release: April 2019
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Creature Comforts Five Year Anniversary Ale will debut during the brewery’s anniversary party in April.
This strong ale is blended from various ales aged in whiskey barrels from the brewery’s cellar. Creature Comforts notes the average age of the blend is 23 months.
Creature Comforts Five Year Anniversary Ale can only be found in 750-milliliter bottles at the brewery on April 13th.
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Creature Comforts Creature Stout, debuts Friday, March 8th.
What’s the standout with this new release? It’s an adjunct-free imperial stout. No lactose, vanilla beans, or chicken wings. Just a “roasty, complex” imperial stout.
Creature Comforts Creature Stout will be available in 16-ounce cans and draft at the brewery on March 8th, starting at 3pm
Style: Imperial Stout
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Limited Release.
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Savannah, Georgia and the surrounding coastal areas will finally see Creature Comforts lineup more regularly this month. Extra capacity plus the help of Savannah Distributing is expanding Creature’s footprint also include St. Simons and Jekyll Island.
In 2018, the brewery completed the build on an $11 million, 40,000 square foot production facility near their downtown Athens location. Creature Comforts capacity hovers around 70,000 barrels.
Savannah and surrounding cities will start receiving regular shipments in early March 2019.
At the 2018 Firestone Walker Invitational, Creature Comfort’s Adam Beauchamp was having a beer with Russian River’s Vinnie Cilurzo. Beauchamp mentioned Creature Comfort’s ‘Get Comfortable’ Campaign, their annual community outreach program. Creature Comforts helped raise funds to help folks affected by the 2017 Sonoma fires, so Cilurzo couldn’t wait to get involved.
The two breweries collaborated on an India pale ale, brewed with Strata, Amarillo, Comet, and Pahto hops. “Get Comfortable IPA” finishes at 7.2% alcohol by volume.
This year, Creature Comforts has chosen the following nonprofits to benefit from the funds raised from sales of the collaboration: Action Ministries, Advantage Behavioral Health, The Ark, Athens Community Council on Aging, Bigger Vision, Chess & Community, College Factory, Family Connection-Communities in Schools, and Mercy Health Center. These nine non-profits will be highlighted throughout the 2019 Get Comfortable campaign season, which wraps up in November.
Creature Comforts Russian River Get Comfortable IPA is available in 16-ounce cans and draft throughout the duration of the campaign.
Hops: Strata, Comet, Amarillo, Pahto
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. February-November 2019
Debut: February 2019
Creature Comforts STAY G-O-L-D, a collaboration with rap duo Run the Jewels will be available again on January 29th.
Chicago based Pipeworks, New York’s Interboro and Asheville, North Carolina’s Burial Beer Co. have all created their own versions of Stay G-O-L-D in the past.
Athens, Georgia has their own edition of these hit beer collaborations – Creature Comforts STAY G-O-L-D returns again at the end of January. STAY G-O-L-D is brewed with Citra, Mosaic, Chinook, and Strata hops.
“Stay G-O-L-D is a high impact, yet very drinkable IPA, 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.” – said Co-Founder and Head Brewer David Stein.
Creature Comforts STAY G-O-L-D will be available on-site at the brewery in Athens, Georgia on January 29th. A limited amount will be available in distribution in both Athens and Atlanta after launch day.
Hops: Citra, Mosaic, Chinook, Strata.
Availablity: 16oz Cans
Latest Return: 1/29/19
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