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Creature Comforts Brewery Blog

Grand Opening of Southern Mill

Shannon Vinson

We are so excited to have been able to celebrate the grand opening of our new production facility, Creature Comforts at Southern Mill, on June 11 with a ribbon cutting joined by Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission.

We originally announced our expansion plans back in January 2017. We broke ground in May 2017 and began initial production at the facility in March 2018. In order to maintain a close distance to our downtown location, and with the assistance and cooperation of the Athens-Clarke County government, we selected the historic Southern Mill complex off North Chase Street to house the second facility.

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Originally built in 1900, the mill is currently being redeveloped into a mixed-use development. As a brewery and local business, we were committed to preserving as much of the character of the building as possible during the reconstruction, similar to our downtown Snow Tire Tasting Room and brewery location. We are humbled to be the recipient of a 2018 Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation Award in the category of Adaptive Reuse and worked with local companies, Studio BNA Architects and Grahl Construction on the Southern Mill facility.

“We never expected that two years into opening our doors we would have a need to start working on building a new brewery,” says our CEO Chris Herron. “However, two years later we are extremely grateful to have it come online as our existing brewery had been operating at maximum capacity for fifteen months. We are excited to have the opportunity to both increase the quality and the quantity of our beer, to create jobs, and to reinvest right here in Athens.” 

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We've invested $11 million into the 40,000-square-foot historic building at Southern Mill, which houses new state-of-the-art equipment including a fully automated dual 85-barrel brewhouse from German manufacturer Steinecker, a 24-head rotary filler for canning manufactured by Krones, and 50,000 barrels worth of initial annual fermentation capacity. As we continue our commitment to quality, we've also invested nearly a quarter of a million dollars into a quality laboratory onsite.

The initial focus of our new brewery is on production with plans for a tasting room in the future. The technology of the equipment has greatly increased the efficiency of our production and packaging. The canning line averages 185 cans packaged per minute, in comparison to 40 cans per minute the brewery packages with its canning line in the Snow Tire facility. At the new production brewery, a 340-barrel batch of our year-round IPA, Tropicália, is brewed in 16-17 hours, while at the downtown location a 120-barrel batch of Tropicália is brewed in 20 hours. With the increased capacity and efficiency of the equipment, we expect to make a significant increase on our presence in our current distribution footprint.  

“The new facility we’ve built here at Southern Mill gives us the ultimate control to precisely make high quality beer exactly the way we want, with better shelf stability and with much greater efficiency,” says Brewmaster Adam Beauchamp. “Every system has been upgraded from water treatment to boilers all the way through to packaging.  Sustainability was a big focus for us as we went through equipment selection and plant design. All in all, we believe the brewery we’ve built will allow us to provide our consumers with a product that they will consistently be happy with.”

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To Calculate Infinity

Shannon Vinson

Griffin Hans and Zach Schroeder are two of our brewers here at Creature Comforts. They both joined our Creature family in February 2016. In June 2016 Griffin and Zach collaborated to brew one of our small batch innovation beers, Calculating Infinity, a crushable pale ale made with Pacifica, Wakatu, and Palisade hops. We’re excited to announce we’ll have the beer back in our tasting room on May 25th on draft and available in cans! In honor of Calculating Infinity’s return, we asked Griffin and Zach a few questions about the brew and the inspiration behind it.

Where did the inspiration for this brew come from? 

This was the first time Griffin and I were given the task of creating a beer.  Our tastes in both music and beer overlap a fair bit. - ZS

Why did you choose a pale ale as the style? 

We were asked to come up with a pale ale recipe, but that was the only parameter.  Our interpretation of that reflects our tastes. We both like beer that is balanced and finishes fairly dry. - GH

Why did you choose to name the beer Calculating Infinity? 

This is the title of the debut album by the Dillinger Escape Plan, a band we both enjoy. We saw them in Atlanta on their final tour and had a blast. Their music is fun and light-hearted, but technically proficient. We appreciate these characteristics in both music and beer. - ZS

What was the collaboration process like for you both?

The collaboration process was pretty simple. We knew we wanted to make something fairly low-gravity with enough malt character to prop up the hops. I (Zach) love floral hops and wanted to incorporate some floral elements in this beer. Griffin wanted to incorporate some citrus flavors. So, we each chose a hop variety that we thought would work well in the beer, and then chose one together. Griffin picked Pacifica, I chose Palisade, and we chose Wakatu to tie the hop profile together. I think this creates orange blossom notes. Since we wanted it to finish fairly dry, it's a bit reminiscent of a floral mimosa. - ZS

I think Zach and I look for a lot of the same things in beers we enjoy, and the important thing was to make a beer that both of us would want to drink. We wanted to make something sessionable and it was spring time when we were going to make it, so we both landed on the idea of making something floral and fruity with a little bit of honey character. We also made it a point to branch out and use some different ingredients than we normally use. That's kind of where the honey malt and red wheat came from, and all three hops had never been used at CCBC before. We threw a lot of ideas and ingredients back and forth, but we settled on things that had complementary flavor profiles to create a beer that we'd both enjoy. I don't think the beer is really representative of the music, but that's a band we both like and grew up listening to, and the beer has a lot of what we look for in a crushable, spring beer so I guess overall it represents us pretty well. I'm just glad that we got the opportunity to make it again. - GH

Grab your 4pk 16oz cans this Friday (5/25) at 3PM and maybe listen to some Dillinger Escape Plan on your way to the brewery! 

Tritonia with Cucumber & Lime

Shannon Vinson

Tritonia is returning to our tasting room and in the market this May!

Tritonia is our tart and refreshing gose (4.5%) with hints of coriander and sea salt. This release also features the addition of cucumber and lime. The tartness of the base beer and addition of the lime is perfectly balanced by the cool freshness of cucumber.

With our recent increase in capacity, we have the ability to brew more Tritonia than ever before! The limited release is currently available on draft and will be available in 6-packs of 12oz cans from our tasting room the week of May 21. You’ll be able to find Tritonia in the Athens and Atlanta markets shortly after the onsite release. The exact date of the onsite release is TBD - we'll send out more details when we have them!

CCBC Gallery: The Velvet Ditch

Shannon Vinson

The Velvet Ditch

Photography by Lucy Bone

On view in the CCBC Gallery May 1 to June 17, 2018

Lucy Bone is a photographer from Columbus, GA. The weight of history holds an important place in Bone’s work, evident in her specialization in the antiquated medium of film and thematic influences from her life in the South. Bone’s work revels in symbolic color and reflective spaces that retain universal yet intensely personal experiences. She holds a BFA in Photography from the University of Georgia, and now resides and works in Athens.

All nine works of art on view are archival inkjet prints shot with Mamiya 7ii using 120mm Portra 400 film. View images from this series and more on the artist’s website: www.lucybone.com

Artist Statement on The Velvet Ditch:

A while ago my twin sister asked me if I was aware of the Velvet Ditch. She told me, it’s a comfortable place that is hard to crawl out of.

This stemmed from a conversation she, and a lot of people around me, have been having lately about educational, emotional, and literal growth in this period of my life neither on my own nor completely with someone else. These photographs center on memories and projections that reoccur in this time of limbo. They point towards the comfortable southern culture that I have become accustomed to, and now the reluctant need to grow out of it. The photographs depict pressures of job offers, mixed with childhood memories of pecan gatherings, and quiet moments of living alone for the first time in my life.

While trying to come to terms with needing to crawl out of this ditch I cannot help but recall the dichotomy present in the Greek myth of Arcadia, a wilderness home where imperfection is a requirement for bliss. This work brings up a similar tension - how stress, worry, and discomfort are required for the existence of accomplishment. Themes of growth pervade the series, embodied as images of job security and friends who have been blessed with it, tomato plants I see myself in, and others who find themselves in my situation.

Also saturating these images is the color green. The color of landscapes and kudzu and the other lush foliage so common in my childhood, but also the color of jealousy. Jealousy of how everyone makes growing up seem effortless, and jealousy of all who have followed the rabbits through the hole in the brush and escaped the ditch quickly and quietly. But prosperity also finds itself inside my green. The prosperity of my community, uplifting and encouraging, help me lift my head up just high enough so I can see the road that lies on the other side of the ditch.

This work belongs to worry, to phone conversations about finances, being scared of

noises in the shower, endless rewriting of cover letters and job applications, but also to a higher idea of achievement, the color green, and the Velvet Ditch that I’m lucky to have in the first place.

The works on view are archival inkjet prints shot with Mamiya 7ii using 120mm Portra 400 film. All nine prints are for sale through Creature Comforts’ online merchandise shop through Sunday, June 17, 2018. Frames are included in the prices below.

18x22” (horizontal): $250

16x20” (vertical): $175

Prints are available in varying sizes ($25–65) directly through the artist. Please email curious@ccbeerco.com and your inquiry will be directed to the artist.

10% of all CCBC Gallery sales go toward Get Artistic, Creature Comforts’ emerging nonprofit fund to support Georgia-based artists in any creative field (music, writing, dance, and more). Learn more at: www.getcurious.com/getartistic

Four Year Anniversary

Shannon Vinson

Thank you to everyone who came out for our Four-Year Anniversary! We enjoyed a fantastic weekend of sharing special beers, enjoying live music, and incredible food. We appreciate all who helped us celebrate four amazing years of being a part of the Athens and craft beer communities. We also want to say a special thanks to Manila Express, 1000 Faces, Velveteen Pink, Oak House, The Artisanals, The Hernies, Cougar Sweat, Rose Hotel, Little Gold, Blue Yonder, and The Shoal Creek Stranglers for making the weekend even more special by providing live music, great food, and sweet treats.

Check out photos from the weekend below!

Creature Comforts Events at CBC

Shannon Vinson

We are getting excited for a great week at CBC 2018! If you'll be attending CBC this year, we'd love for you to join us at our events we're hosting in Nashville throughout the week. See below for the full schedule of events. Hope to see you there. 

  • April 30 - May 6: Menu & beer pairings featured at Butcher & Bee
  • April 30 - May 6: Mignonettes & oyster pairings featured at Rudie's Seafood & Sausage
  • April 30 - May 6: Oyster, beer, & menu pairings featured at Henrietta Red
  • April 30 - May 6: Creature Comforts beer featured at Woodland Wine Merchant
  • May 2 (7PM): The K+K All-Nighter at Kuchnia + Keller featuring guest taps from Creature Comforts, Brasserie de la Senne, Southern Grist, and Wrecking Bar Brewpub and collaborative menu pairings from Staplehouse's Chef Ryan Smith, Kuchnia & Keller's Chef Aaron Clemins, and Wrecking Bar Brewpub's Chef Terry Koval. 
  • May 2 (6PM): Rare cask tapping at Rudie's Seafood & Sausage.
  • May 3: No Kid Hungry Event featuring beer from Creature Comforts and Bearded Iris. $1 from every glass will go towards charity.  

Other events we are participating in:

  • May 1 (7-10PM): Here We Grow hosted by YCH HOPS, SBG & Country Malt Group featuring hop & barley growers from family owned farms, live entertainment, & 9+  specialty beers from craft brewers at The Cannery. 
  • May 1 (6-10PM): CANdemonium a night of canned beers, music, & fun at Marathon Music Works.
  • May 2 (9PM): Mad Tree & Creature Comforts CBC After Party at Bar Sovereign - kick back with DJ Majik & try some special beer cocktails. Beers from both breweries will be available.
  • May 2 (6PM): Craft, Culture, and Survival - our CEO Chris Herron & Business Development Director Seth Herman will participate in a panel alongside representatives from Mill Creek Brewing & Rhinegeist, which will be followed by a tap takeover at Paradise Park where the event will take place.
  • May 2 (5-8PM): Funkin' Up Nashville - a funky/sour evening with NOLA, Creature Comforts, J Wakefield, New Belgium, and Hi Wire. Each brewery is showcasing 3 unique beers at Broadway Brewhouse's Midtown location.
  • May 2 (4-8PM): Wiseacre's Lager Party at Von Elrod's.   
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The Broadside Exhibition Project: verse 1

Shannon Vinson

The Broadside Exhibition Project: verse 1
On view in the CCBC Gallery through April 1, 2018

The Broadside Exhibition Project: verse 1 is the first in a new annual exhibition series that pairs local poets and artists to create original illustrated poems. Created through these collaborations, the fifteen broadsides that comprise verse 1 represent the creative diversity of our community. One part gallery show, one part public art project, verse 1 originals will be displayed in the CCBC Gallery, while poster-sized reproductions will be installed around Athens and on display through April 1, 2018. The series will subsequently be transferred to Hendershot’s and on exhibition until the end of April.
Out of the dozens of Athens- and Atlanta-based applicants, Creature Comforts selected 15 artists and 15 writers to collaborate on the broadsides (one per pair). The pairings were blind, meaning the artists and writers did not know whom they would be partnered with, and most partners did not know each other previously. The fundamental intention of this project is to promote communication and connectivity within our community by prompting creative strangers to work together.
Collaborating poets (left) and artists (right):
•    Jessica Magnarella and Meredith Elder
•    Claire Cronin and Hannah Burton
•    Don Ellington and Lois Songster
•    Frank Montesonti and Chris Taylor
•    Hayley Brooks and Hannah Betzel
•    Jacob Porter and Adam Toksoz
•    Jake Syersak and Katie McCullough
•    Jessica Kirby and Anna Lee Shultz
•    Carly Landa and Rebecca Atkins
•    Marcus Keith and Gunnar Tarsa
•    Morgan Lawrence and Melissa Harshman
•    Ray Lee and Caroline Potterf
•    Sam Sutlive and Phillip McClure
•    Thomas Loudermilk and Jeanne Whatley
•    Thomas May and Ruth Allen
The original works of art will be for sale through Creature Comforts’ online merchandise shop. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to bring local art into your home or the home of a loved one!
Prints for sale online via Pixel & Ink Studio: https://www.athensartprints.com/creature-comforts-broadside
    Athens Art Prints is a program by Pixel & Ink Studio to make high-quality artwork reproduction services more accessible to local artists.

 

Call for Artists: EARTH Party!

Meredith Elder

Call for Artists: EARTH Party! 

Open through Friday, March 30, 2018 

Pop-up show on view at CCBC Sunday, April 15, 2018 

 

Since April 2015, in honor of Earth Month—which encompasses Earth Day on 4/22—Creature Comforts has hosted events and art exhibitions to celebrate our planet. Our hope is that, in the same way art can inspire us to feel, think, and respond in ways that better ourselves, these events will perhaps remind our visitors of the responsibility we share as caretakers of the environment. The Earth has been good to us. Let's be good to it. 

This year, we’re doing something a little different. In partnership with the University of Georgia’s Office of Sustainability, Creature Comforts is proud to present EARTH Party on Sunday, April 15, 2018 (1–6pm). The event will incorporate a one-day-only pop-up show of artwork celebrating our incredible world at Creature Comforts’ downtown taproom. This pop-up show will be curated by the Office of Sustainability’s current Artist-in-Residence, Kira Hegeman, and Madeline Bates, Creature Comforts’ in-house curator. 

 

Submission guidelines and things to know: 

  • Only artwork promoting world peace, respect for the planet, and environmental sustainability will be considered 

  • Accepted visual art mediums: drawing, painting, prints, photography, sculpture, textile, mixed media, etc. 

  • The accepted artwork will be displayed outdoors under a tent (either hung on a temporary display or on a designated table, if the work is sculptural) 

 

To be eligible to apply: 

  • You must have the availability and transportation to get your artwork to Creature Comforts’ downtown taproom between Wednesday, April 11 and Friday, April 13, with no exceptions. Artists must also take their work home with them by Monday, April 16. 

  • Your artwork must be ready to display: mounted in a frame or a comparable device with wire strung across the back. If your work is a sculpture, it must have the stability to rest on a designated table without additional support. Artwork that is not in ready-to-display condition will not be accepted. 

 

If you are eligible and interested in participating, please apply through the link below by Friday, March 30, 2018. Late entries will not be accepted. Notices will be sent out by Wednesday, April 4, 2018.  

 

Apply here by March 30, 2018! 

 

In need of a little environmental art inspiration? Check out two of the past Earth Month exhibitions in the CCBC Gallery! 

  April 2017 : Wheat-pasted print installation by Jen Holt (silver photograms, scanned and printed) and Madeline Bates (cyanotypes, scanned and printed), exploring the life cycle of the fundamental ingredients in beer. 

April 2017: Wheat-pasted print installation by Jen Holt (silver photograms, scanned and printed) and Madeline Bates (cyanotypes, scanned and printed), exploring the life cycle of the fundamental ingredients in beer. 

 April 2016: Installation by the A4P (Air Purifying Plan Proliferation Project, a student-run organization of the University of Georgia; plant stand and paper sculpture) and photographer Rinne Allen (cyanotypes and van Dyke brown prints). 

April 2016: Installation by the A4P (Air Purifying Plan Proliferation Project, a student-run organization of the University of Georgia; plant stand and paper sculpture) and photographer Rinne Allen (cyanotypes and van Dyke brown prints). 

 

 

Cosmik Debris 2018

Shannon Vinson

Our next seasonal release, Cosmik Debris, will return this March. The beer will be available on draft and in 6pk 12oz cans in the  tasting room as well as in the Athens and Atlanta markets. 

Cosmik Debris is a double IPA featuring Simcoe, Idaho 7, Mosaic, Cascade and Chinook hops, that together develop a bursting aroma of citrus zest, melon and subtle pine. The beer is 8% ABV and delivers a beautiful balance between firm bitterness and malt, with notes of starfruit and orange marmalade on the palate. 

Cosmik Debris is released in March because the most recent crop of hops becomes available to the brewers at that time. In total, the double IPA uses five pounds of hops per barrel and is intended to be enjoyed when fresh.  

“Cosmik Debris has a brilliant aroma from the hop profile that will lessen with age,” says Head Brewer David Stein. “This beer should be kept cold and consumed as fresh as possible.” 
We collaborate with local artists on the can designs for our seasonal and limited releases. The label artwork for Cosmik Debris depicts a galactic scene that was designed by Athens-based artist Kim Deakins. 

The seasonal release will be available onsite at the brewery March 23 as well as in the Athens and Atlanta markets shortly after the onsite release. 
 

Athena Paradiso with Tart Cherry, Raspberry, & Cranberry 2018

Shannon Vinson

Athena Paradiso (4.5%) is our fruited treatment of Athena, our year-round Berliner Weisse. Each Athena Paradiso features different fruit additions, in this release we used the addition of tart cherry, raspberry. and cranberry. The beer will be packaged in 6pk 12oz cans. The use of the word “Paradiso” with the Athena brand’s name and the can label artwork are intended to instill a vision of paradise, representative of the flavor and aroma of the beer.

Be sure to join us this Friday for the official release of Athena Paradiso cans! We'll have live music, food, and, of course, plenty of Athena Paradiso with Tart Cherry, Raspberry, and Cranberry to drink and take home with you. The beer is currently on draft in the Tasting Room. 

POUCH & Manila Express will be here with AMAZING food.

Live music:
Kinky Waikiki: 3:15-5:15PM
DJ Osmose: 6-10PM

 

CCBC Gallery: Chris Greer

Shannon Vinson

Clouds and Clay: Up Above Georgia

Clouds and Clay: Up Above Georgia showcases a series of aerial photographs of Georgia by local photographer and educator, Dr. Chris Greer. The artist is generously donating 100% of profits from the artworks’ sales to Creature Comforts’ Get Comfortable fund, supporting local nonprofits that address poverty, homelessness, and hunger. The exhibition will be on view through Sunday, March 4, and the artwork is for sale through Dr. Greer’s website: http://www.upabovegeorgia.com/

Dr. Chris Greer is a Professor of Instructional Technology at Georgia College (Milledgeville) specializing in digital media and emerging technologies. Though he’s been taking photographs since the age of 10, Dr. Greer began using drones for his photography in last three years, seeking to capture viewpoints that would be impossible without the use of this technology. Dr. Greer has created content for institutions across the state, including the city of Athens, the University of Georgia, and Explore Georgia (the state’s official tourism office). In partnership with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Greer recently published “Georgia Parks and Natural Resources”, the first digital textbook on a state park system in the United States.

Greer is an avid traveler and has taught digital photography and media productions around the world, including Italy and Australia. Check out aerial photos from Georgia and his travels on his Instagram account, @upabovegeorgia.

Upcoming art events:

Meet the Artist: Dr. Chris Greer, Sunday, February 25 (1–4pm): The next installment in Creature Comforts’ monthly Meet the Artist series features Dr. Chris Greer, accompanying his exhibition in the CCBC Gallery. Dr. Greer will spend the afternoon at the brewery demonstrating how he utilizes drones for his photography, transmitting a live-stream video from his drones to the brewery. Come out to the brewery to learn about this exciting technology and gain a new perspective on Athens with this local innovator!

Reclaimed Rye Cans

Shannon Vinson

We're thrilled to announce that we will package our year-round rye amber ale aged on French oak, Reclaimed Rye, in cans for the first time this February. Reclaimed Rye will join Tropicália (IPA), Athena (Berliner Weisse), and Bibo (Pilsner) as the fourth year-round offering to be made available in cans.

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Get Comfortable 2018

Shannon Vinson

Since opening our doors in 2014, we have aspired to leverage our brand and our people to add value to the Athens community. With a commitment to community being one of our founding pillars, we created the Get Comfortable campaign in order to work alongside local nonprofits who address the community’s most pressing needs. We will launch the fourth season of our Get Comfortable campaign this January!

The mission of the Get Comfortable campaign is to become a unifying anchor in the business community to drive awareness, increase engagement, and provide support for nonprofits combating the Athens community’s greatest needs as it relates to living comfortably. In Athens-Clarke County where one in five people are food-insecure and the poverty rate is 36.6% – nearly twice the state poverty rate of 18.4% – the campaign has traditionally focused on hunger, homelessness, and poverty. Through a rigorous vetting process as well as the direction of an advisory committee of community stakeholders, the campaign selected 6 organizations to highlight throughout the season & receive funding when the program wraps in November 2018.

The following nonprofits were chosen as the 2018 Get Comfortable partners: Advantage Behavioral Health, Athens Area Homeless Shelter, Athens Community Council on Aging, The Ark, Chosen For Life, & Mercy Health Center.

“Over the last three years, the Get Comfortable program has become less of a thing we do, and more of a part of who we are at Creature Comforts,” says our Co-founder & CEO Chris Herron. “As a result, we are making some very positive changes to the program this year that will allow us to truly make this a fully integrated year-long program, while still maintaining a dedicated season of emphasis. With the hiring of a full-time Director of Community and Culture, Matt Stevens, we are excited to see what we can achieve through the Get Comfortable program in 2018 and beyond.”

In Fall 2017, we created a full-time position at the brewery with a focus on community initiatives, as well as our internal culture. Matt Stevens was brought on in September 2017 as the new Community and Culture Director and will serve as the head of all programs related to the brewery’s community involvement and culture development, which includes Get Comfortable.

Matt previously served as the lead of Athens Church’s Be Rich initiative for four years, culminating in $786,725 raised and distributed, 7,135 volunteer hours tallied, and 7,000 cold weather garments collected to benefit 15 local nonprofits. Prior to Athens Church, Matt worked for six years as the Associate Director at the University of Georgia Costa Rica, with the primary goal of connecting returning students who had been participating in international outreach efforts with local agencies. He has a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management as well as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia.

“Having worked in the nonprofit space around Athens the past eight years has been quite an education. Our city has complex, cyclical needs on the one hand, but a vibrant community looking to address those needs on the other,” says Stevens. “I think the business community has been taking admirable strides in recent years to leverage its resources to get involved, and I’m sincerely honored to take on this role at Creature Comforts in the hopes, to some extent, of unifying these efforts – to get the right people around the table to, first, understand the story the data is telling us, and second, to determine a way to mobilize our resources as effectively as possible.”

Get Comfortable in 2018 will be a year-round campaign with a pronounced season of emphasis taking place January 10 through April 4, during which we will donate 100% of our Wednesday “community day” profits towards the Get Comfortable fund. We'll also create Get Comfortable merchandise, bring back the popular Get Comfortable IPA, and work alongside for-profit businesses to generate additional profits for the fund. The campaign will wrap toward the end of 2018, the remaining time being dedicated to serving the agencies’ individual needs throughout the year.

In early January, we will also launch a website, www.GetCurious.com, which will encompass all our community initiatives. The website will include details and updates on Get Comfortable as well as Get Artistic, a new initiative serving the local arts community, along with other future initiatives.

Get Comfortable was recently awarded the Cause of the Year for its 2017 campaign at the 2017 Brewbound Awards. The Cause of the Year award is given to one outstanding craft brewery that demonstrates a commitment to supporting a specific cause. The award was announced during the Brewbound Session business conference, which took place on November 29 in Santa Monica, California.

Get Comfortable 2018 will kick off January 10. Get Comfortable merchandise as well as the Get Comfortable IPA will be available at the brewery for the kick off!  We look forward to seeing you in our Tasting Room on Wednesdays for our GC season of emphasis!

Koko Buni 2017

Shannon Vinson

We are very excited to bring back Koko Buni, our winter seasonal milk porter with toasted coconut, cocoa nibs, and coffee, this December. Koko Buni will be available on draft and in 6pk 12oz cans onsite at the brewery as well as in the Athens and Atlanta markets.

Koko Buni (6.5%) is a milk porter brewed with toasted coconut, cocoa nibs, and coffee. The flavors are rich and velvety – perfect for cooler days and evenings. As with all our offerings, a key characteristic of Koko Buni is balance in flavor. 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,” says our 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.”

We sourced the coffee and a portion of the cocoa nibs used in the beer locally. The coffee is an Ethiopian blend from 1000 Faces Coffee and the cocoa nibs are Ecuadorian from local bean-to-bar chocolatier, Condor Chocolates. In addition, 1000 Faces will offer the coffee used in the milk porter as a limited-edition Koko Buni coffee blend.

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.

Koko Buni will be available on draft and in cans onsite at the brewery and in the Athens and Atlanta markets in mid-late December. 

Sonoma Pride

Shannon Vinson

At Creature Comforts, we wanted to determine a way to serve our city before we'd ever brewed a drop of beer, and this commitment remains one of our company pillars today.

Should, for instance, the definition of community be understood as something that is strictly geographical, an allegiance that supposedly dissipates at the borders of one's neighborhood or state line? Or should it be, in our case, vocational as well?

Put another way, does a group of people bound by a common pursuit, no matter their mailing address, constitute a community? We've decided it does. 

After all, the brewers and cellarmen, the pub owners and representatives of the craft beer community around the country have become fast friends of ours, peers and mentors and advocates. They are champions of our brewery and patrons of our brand. And the feeling—though perhaps it should go without saying—is emphatically mutual. We have heroes across our brewing community who challenge and inspire us with each new release.

So, when members of that community, and a region of our country, is devastated by disaster, we want to act as neighbors do and ask: What can we do to help?

When the Santa Rosa-based Russian River Brewing Co.—heroes of ours, indeed—launched an inventive arrangement to raise money for Sonoma wildfire relief, we were honored to participate. You can, and should, learn more on their website, but the short story goes like this: In response to these fires that tore through Sonoma and its surrounding counties last October, Russian River, in partnership with the King Ridge Foundation, decided to brew a beer with 100% of profits for the brew going to the Foundation. They invited craft breweries around the country to brew a beer under the brand Sonoma Pride as a vehicle to raise awareness and funds, and we were fortunate enough to get invited by one of our hero breweries to be a part of the cause.

Our take on this recipe is a hoppy blonde ale brewed with Comet, Waimea, and Crystal hops, and 100% of the profits from our Sonoma Pride draft and to-go sales will be directed to the King Ridge Foundation, who are mobilizing these dollars to meet the region's most pressing needs. Click here to learn more, and take a moment to look through the many participating breweries who jumped to the aid of their coast-to-coast community. 

We hope you'll join us December 8th as we tap these kegs for the first time to show a little love for our friends out West.

Come out. Drink up. Do good. #SonomaPride

Bottle Release Day 2017

Shannon Vinson

We hope you will join us in our Tasting Room for our Bottle Release Day on November 24th, 2017. We will be releasing several bottles to-go as well as for onsite consumption. We are looking forward to sharing this special projects with you. For more information about the beers, check below.

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CCBC Gallery: Call for Artists!

Shannon Vinson

The Broadside Exhibition Project: Verse 1

The Broadside Exhibition Project: Verse 1 has been rescheduled from November 2017 to March 2018. The application deadline will be extended to January 7, 2018 in an effort to allow more local artists and poets to participate.

All applications received thus far will remain on file through the deadline extension.

Organized by Creature Comforts’ Get Artistic program, The Broadside Exhibition Project is an annual show of curated collaborations between poets and artists. The project's first iteration, Verse 1, will be displayed across multiple locations in Athens, GA in November and December 2017. Up to twenty pairs of poets and visual artists will be selected to collaborate and create original broadsides together, which will be displayed in the mini-exhibits around town. This is an exciting opportunity for artists to work across mediums– from visual to writing and back– and grow with their community into new creative territory.

So, what is a broadside? At first glance, a broadside reads as a poster: a large print featuring a combination of text and images that is, significantly, displayed in a public space. However, broadsides serve an artistic purpose beyond the didactic utility of posters. Broadsides provide a uniquely communal experience of a form of art that is typically enjoyed privately and intellectually, as in a book of poetry. The Get Artistic program aims to create opportunities for Creature Comforts’ community and consumers to connect with art in dynamic ways. Get Artistic brings people together, with art and with beer, in order to strengthen our community bonds and enliven our creative spirit. This is why The Broadside Exhibition Project: Verse 1 is one part gallery show, one part public art project.

The online application for poets and visual artists will be open through September 30, 2017 or until up to twenty poet/artist pairs are selected. Collaborations may be assigned on a rolling basis or, at the latest, by October 7. Design collaboration and printing will take place in October. Because of the time-sensitive nature of the collaboration project, only submissions by poets and artists local to the Athens area will be accepted.

Please fill out the online application, linked below, to be considered for the project. Both poets and visual artists must submit examples of their work to apply. Applications must also include a statement of intent, relevant background information, and links to online portfolios, if possible.

Please feel free to contact us at curious@ccbeerco.com with any questions. 

CCBC Gallery: René Shoemaker

Shannon Vinson

CCBC Gallery Featured Artist

René Shoemaker

On view Tuesday, October 31 through Sunday, December 3, 2017

Inspired by her passion for travel, color, architecture, and natural beauty, René Shoemaker has been painting on silk for thirty-five years. The Athens based artist has spent much of her life traveling and studying how people interact with place, weaving their lives through spaces they occupy. After retiring from her position as Library & Gallery Director at the University of Georgia, Shoemaker began a full-time commitment to her art.

Shoemaker recently returned to Athens from a six-month residency in France. The artist and her husband, Harvey, have realized their lifelong dream and purchased a home in the French countryside. The artist says,

“Athens has been good to me, and I have grown artistically through it and the people I have met here. After earning a BFA from the University of Georgia, focusing on Fabric Design, I continued to have a long relationship with UGA. I was born and raised in NYC, and wandered my way into Athens one day in 1976. After all these years of being faithful to Athens, I am now making a new home in central France.”

On Sunday, November 12, please join us for Creature Comforts’ next monthly installment of Meet the Artist, featuring René Shoemaker. The artist will provide hands-on demonstrations of her silk painting process inspired by her travels around the globe. Don’t miss this free-of-charge opportunity to Get Artistic!

Shoemaker has documented her art and travel both in words and photos on her blog, located on the artist’s website. We recommend checking out the conversation between Shoemaker and local artist and curator Hope Hilton, in which the two artists explore the meaning of place, the beauty of an unplanned journey, and Shoemaker’s newfound community in France.

Q+A: RENÉ SHOEMAKER + HOPE HILTON DISCUSS FRANCE, BEING AN ARTIST, INSPIRATION, CHANGE, THE dÉRIVE, COMMUNITY, THE SITUATIONISTS, + MORE (July 2017)

www.reneshoemaker.com

Instagram: @rene.shoemaker.art

All of the works of art on view in the CCBC Gallery are for sale. For purchase inquiries, please contact the artist directly at rene.shoemaker@gmail.com or by phone at 706-424-4739.

All general inquiries about Creature Comforts or the CCBC Gallery may be sent to curious@ccbeerco.com.

Creature Captured: Erin Boydstun

Shannon Vinson

"One of my favorite, sweet memories was the first time I dry-hopped with Drew he was up on the tank and he said ‘congratulations on being the first female dry-hopper in Creature Comforts history!’ and that was really sweet. Drew is definitely the default Dad of the production staff – he took a picture to send to me of my first dry-hopping, so that was pretty adorable." - Erin Boydstun

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Table Beer

Shannon Vinson

“The idea of a Table Beer is not new, and in fact it is practically the genesis for beer,” says our Co-founder and CEO Chris Herron. “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.”

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