This time last year, we were just getting to know Creature Comforts. The brewery had popped up in the previously vacant snow tire building downtown and talk of the brand had Athenians feeling one thing--curious. It killed the cat. It was constantly getting George into trouble. And now anyone driving downtown by way of Prince Avenue was asking themselves what was it on the corner of Hancock and Pulaski that was creating such a stir. The Creature Comforts website states they are "driven by the promise that a curious mind leads to better living," proving the fact that Athens was responded in just the way they wanted.
Over this past weekend, Creature Comforts celebrated their one year anniversary. They pulled out all of the stops, bringing back many of their specialty brews from the past year and offering eighteen tastings and a beautiful souvenir glass to anyone with a ticket. Unfortunately, they cut off ticket sales due to the rain but I was able to get one early on and spent all week looking forward to the event.
There were a total of nineteen beers at the event, ten of which I tasted. Some of my favorites included Athena Paradiso (their traditional Athena with hints of pineapple and coconut), Grapefruit Tritonia, and Bibo, their pilsner I somehow hadn't had until now (Seriously though, why hadn't I tried this?!). Many of the beers were from their Curious Tuesday tours. Every Tuesday Creature Comforts unveils a limited amount of beer they’ve mixed up just for the day. They brought back some of their most popular flavors for the anniversary celebration including a Tritonia with cucumber and lime (crisp like a beer, refreshing like a spa water). During the event Creature Comforts also unveiled two new beers you can look forward to seeing more of this summer, Automatic Pale Ale and Cosmik Debris, a double IPA. I got to taste both and believe me you do not want to miss out. I FINALLY got to try Southerly Love, their collaboration with 7venth Sun Brewery in Dunedin, Florida. I assumed I had missed my opportunity with this Brett, but was pleasantly surprised to find it.
Creature Comforts believes in living the curious life, and that’s certainly what I did last Saturday. I tried some awesome beers, many of which I wouldn’t have tasted otherwise. This was my first time at the brewery (other than a couple of farmer’s markets visits) and it was truly a wonderful atmosphere. I’ve only been to a handful of breweries, but this one is by far my favorite.