Beer Guide to Athens: Creature Comforts
Creature Comforts Brewing Co.
For those of you who are new to the site, you'll soon learn my love for craft beer. Zach and I always seek local breweries when we travel, and the same is true for our hometown. Naturally, I decided to do a Beer Guide for all my favorite local breweries in Athens. This is for those of you who will visit Athens sometime or my fellow locals who are just learning about the beautiful world of craft beer.
Creature Comforts has become a staple in downtown Athens and is growing as we speak. The brewery is renovating an old mill that will allow them to triple their production as well as offer 25 new jobs in the Athens community. They also spend a lot of time in the community. On Wednesdays, the Athens Farmers Market sets up shop at the brewery, and they together to help promote healthy and local eating (as well as good beer).
However, their success relies mostly on their four staple beers: Tropicalia, Athena, Bibo and Reclaimed Rye. Regardless of your preference, they have a year - round beer for everyone.
- Tropicalia - American IPA
- Athena - Berliner Wiesse
- Bibo - Pilsner
- Reclaimed Rye - Rye Amber Aged on French Oak
My personal favorite is the Tropicalia. The taste is heavier than your average IPA. It also has a higher alcohol content, so indulging in multiple isn't always the best idea. My other favorite is from the "Athena Bar", it's called the Athenamosa. Since Creature Comforts has been able to sell beer under the new Georgia law, they created this bar that offers a spin on the Athena. I ordered the Athenamosa with orange juice and it was a great choice. Since I'm not a huge fan of Athena on it's own, the orange juice helped suppress the sour taste of the beer on its own.
There's so many things to love about Creature Comforts: the beer, the employees, and the atmosphere are just a few of them. Don't stress if you aren't local to Athens or plan to visit at the moment. Head over to your local bottle shop and see if you're lucky enough to get your hands on some Tropicalia!
Looking for some more craft beer? Check out my 6 Must Visit Breweries in Asheville!