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Athens, GA, 30601

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Friday: 3-10pm
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Get Comfortable 2019 Campaign Launch

Shannon Vinson

We are excited to announce we will launch the 2019 campaign of our flagship community outreach program, Get Comfortable, on February 6. Starting with the 2019 campaign, the program will begin partnering with another brewery each year to release a collaborative beer to generate funds for the campaign. In the 2019 Get Comfortable season, we are partnering with Russian River Brewing Company.

“When Russian River put a call out to our friends in the craft beer industry last year to raise money for the victims of the 2017 Sonoma County fires, Creature Comforts came forward to help support the cause. It was pretty early on in our recruiting, so naturally I was blown away that a brewery all the way from Athens, Georgia would help out,” said Russian River Owner & Brewer Vinnie Cilurzo.

“Fast forward to the 2018 Firestone Walker Invitational, Adam and I were having a beer and discussing beer and business and he told me about the Get Comfortable campaign Creature Comforts was doing. When Adam asked if we’d like to brew a beer together to help raise money for local charities in Athens, it was an easy yes. At Russian River, we look at giving back to our community as a part of our business model, so it is great to connect with others in the beer industry like Creature Comforts who have the same values.”

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We collaborated to brew an IPA featuring Strata, Amarillo, Comet, and Pahto hops. Get Comfortable IPA is 7.2% ABV and will be available throughout the campaign on draft and in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans.

With the vision of being a good neighbor to those in need, we created Get Comfortable in 2015, which has grown to be a year-round program. Get Comfortable’s mission is to unify the business community to resource the agencies meeting the community's most pressing needs. In Athens-Clarke County, where one in five people are food-insecure and the poverty rate is 34.4 percent—double the state, and triple the national, average—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 nine organizations to highlight throughout the season and receive funding when the program wraps in November 2019.

The following nonprofits were chosen as the 2019 Get Comfortable partners: 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.

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"Get Comfortable aims to align as many partners as possible to make the largest impact that we collectively can. Beyond the more than 40 local businesses participating in this year's campaign, we are profoundly honored to welcome a new partner this year in Russian River Brewing Company. Headquartered across the country in Sonoma County, they obviously operate beyond the borders of Athens-Clarke, but they are absolutely a part of our craft beer community,” said Director of Community & Culture, Matt Stevens.

"Given our desire to transition the Get Comfortable release into an annual collaboration, and specifically our aim to leverage this program to intersect with other craft breweries famous for their philanthropic work, Russian River was an obvious choice to inaugurate this new direction. Whether it’s their annual Framboise for a Cure release, past participation in Ales for ALS, or most recently, their rallying the craft beer world around the Sonoma Pride project in the wake of last year's California wildfires, they remain an industry leader both in the quality of their product and the reputation of their charity."

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Get Comfortable 2019 will be a year-round campaign with a pronounced season of emphasis taking place February 6 through April 10, during which we will donate 100-percent of our Wednesday “community day” profits towards the Get Comfortable fund. In addition to the profits from the collaborative beer going towards the fund, we will also create Get Comfortable merchandise and work alongside local businesses to generate additional profits for the fund.

Get Comfortable 2019 will kick off February 6. Get Comfortable merchandise, as well as the Get Comfortable IPA, will be available at the brewery for the kickoff. For more information on Get Comfortable, visit www.GetCurious.com.

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! 

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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The Festival 2017

Shannon Vinson

When we heard that the Shelton Brothers were going to hold their annual The Festival event in Atlanta, Georgia, one of two markets where our beer is distributed, we were excited, anxious, and all around proud. We of course know what an amazing craft beer culture exists in Atlanta, filled with educated and loyal consumers and retailers, and we wanted to make sure that we could do our part to shine a light on it for others to see. Therefore, we went to work to collaborate with our industry friends to create some amazing experiences for the general public and industry guests coming in from out of town.

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"Chocolate Tells a Story"

Shannon Vinson

"The store & sourcing the beans from Equador is meant to be an homage to our mother," Nick continues. Condor Chocolates which opened up in December of 2014 is embarking on some changes in the next couple of months that will enable them to double their capacity.

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Athens Mayoral Candidate Q&A at CCBC

Blake Tyers

We are not endorsing any candidates and we have no intentions with regard to these events, other than to provide a space and a forum for people in the community to come and meet the candidates, ask some questions, and learn a bit, all while checking out what we think is one of Athens many great downtown businesses, . . . our Brewery!

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