Creature Comforts unveils beer release calendar
BY: KELSEY COCHRAN
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In anticipation of its one-year anniversary, Creature Comforts Brewing Company recently unveiled its first-ever beer release calendar. It will contain a full spectrum of year-round and seasonal brews as well as limited-release options so that fans of these craft beers can anticipate their favorites at any given period of the year.
“We wanted the shape of it to look like a Creature Comforts beer family portfolio,” said the brewery’s CEO Chris Herron. “We’re trying to give people an idea of who we are as a brewery, and what they can expect from us, not just this year, but into the future.”
The brewery opened last April and expanded as quickly as it gained popularity — even fame — in the craft beer world. An anniversary party will break out Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the brewery on West Hancock Avenue.
The calendar gives a first look at when craft beer lovers can expect favorites from 2014 as well as new releases coming down the road. The brewery will continue its “Curious Tuesday” tastings, where brewery visitors can sample small-batch experimental recipes.
If the beer earns the approval of both the brewer and consumer, it goes into the production line, Herron said. The brewery’s Dayspring grisette, one in a series of beers that feature locally-sourced ingredients, features organic wheat from Daysprings Farm in Danielsville and the brewery will release it at the end of April.
In the calendar, the seasonal and special releases will join the brewery’s “Core Four” — the Bibo Pilsner, Tropicalia IPA, Reclaimed Rye Ale and Athena Berliner Weisse, the latter from which Creature Comforts created four unique variants.
“We’re basically taking Athena and doing something fun with it,” said Herron. “It’s a really unique beer that offers this pallette of creativity.”
A number of releases from Creature Comforts’ barrel-aged projects also share space in the calendar, as well as three new seasonal beers in addition to its first foray into perennials, the well-regarded Koko Buni.
New releases for 2015 include barrel-aged offerings as well as the continuation of the “Stainless Brett” series. A maple-bourbon barrel stout called “See The Stars” will premiere over the summer, and Emergence, a wild ale using a house blend of four different Brettanomyces yeast strains, will also make its entrance into the market.
Contact features writer Kelsey Cochran at 706-208-2233.
Here’s a monthly look at what to expect from the downtown brewery:
The double IPA Cosmik Debris will debut at the end of April, while the Locally Grown series kicks off with the release of Dayspring, a grisette featuring locally-sourced organic wheat.
Tritonia, a cucumber and lime gose, will be the first Athena variant to return in May.
Reminisce, a seasonal Saison, will be available from June to August.
The second Athena variant, a fruited version called Athena Paradiso, will hit the summer market.
Automatic, a pale ale, will round out the brewery’s new seasonal offerings.
Fans of the coffee rye ale made with 1,000 Faces Coffee’s Misty Valley blend will appreciate the return of a coffee ale in some form starting in September.
A dry-hopped version of Athena will return for the Fall. Tasting room visitors got to try this variant last October as a limited release.
Koko Buni, a milk porter with coconut, cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, and coffee, will make an anticipated return in November.
An unnamed variety of the little-known style called a Kentucky Common will debut at the end of the year.