Creature Comforts Generates Funds for Nonprofits in Get Comfortable Campaign



The brewery wraps up its campaign to support nonprofits in Athens by surpassing its goal

ATHENS (June, 24 2017) – Since opening its doors in 2014, Creature Comforts has strived for the Athens community to benefit as a result of the brewery operating there. With community as a driving pillar, the brewery created its Get Comfortable campaign in order to work alongside nonprofits in Athens targeting the community’s greatest needs.


During the campaign’s third year, Creature Comforts generated more than $121,000 of value for Get Comfortable, surpassing its ambitious goal of $100,000.


Through the support of United Way of Northeast Georgia and an application process distributed to more than 200 nonprofits, five nonprofits were selected to highlight over the course of five months to raise awareness and funds to help fight hunger, homelessness and poverty in Athens. The following nonprofits were chosen as the Get Comfortable 2016-2017 partners: Action Ministries, The Ark, Athens Community Council on Aging, Athens Area Homeless Shelter and Sparrows Nest.



The brewery has always dedicated Wednesdays to serve as “community days,” by transforming typical brewery tours into community-driven tours. From November through April the focus is on its Get Comfortable program, where tour guests are provided with on-site volunteer opportunities to help hand-make household and shelter items, hygiene and cleaning kits, and more for those in need. 100-percent of Wednesday tour profits during the Get Comfortable season go to benefit the Get Comfortable fund that Creature Comforts established through the Athens Area Community Foundation. A group of students from the University of Georgia’s Institute for Leadership Advancement Program were on-site at the brewery every Wednesday to assist with engagement with tour patrons and putting together the various kit projects.


Creature Comforts also created limited edition “Get Comfortable” merchandise and beers during the season, with all the profits from those items being donated to the fund. In addition, there were many retail partners, as well as Creature Comforts’ distributor, Savannah Distributing, who donated all or a portion of their proceeds from the Get Comfortable beers back to the Get Comfortable fund.


“What our team and our partners have accomplished this year, in just our third year of running this program, is absolutely unbelievable,” said Co-founder and CEO Chris Herron. “We are extremely proud to be in a community where we have strong leadership in the nonprofit sector, other engaged for-profit businesses, and motivated citizens. We look forward to continuing to work together to drive meaningful positive change in Athens.”


The brewery celebrated its nonprofit partners and exceeding the campaign goal with a Get Comfortable Wrap-Up Celebration tour. At the tour, brewery founders presented the nonprofit partners with checks from the Get Comfortable fund in addition to honoring for-profit partners that helped in surpassing the campaign goal. For more information on Get Comfortable visit For more information on Creature Comforts Brewing Co. visit



Two New Beers from SweetWater hit shelves in time for for Summertime fun!

Two New Beers from SweetWater hit shelves in time for for Summertime fun!



The new seasonal from SweetWater that quenches summertime thirst is   TripleTail Tropical IPA. The 5 hop additions give this beer its lush, tropical flavors and aroma.  SweetWater’s brewmaster Mark Medlin hand-selected these hops during harvest time; with Denali standing out as the one that would provide the big juicy, tropical, citrus flavors, while the bittering hop (Bravo) would give it a nice orange flavor.


  • Malts:  2-Row, Pilsner, Carapils
  • Bittering hops:  Bravo, Mosaic, Denali
  • Dry hops:  Mosaic, Denali, Waimea, Citra
  • Yeast:   House English Ale
  • ABV:  5.5%
  • IBUs:  57


TrippleTail is available beginning mid-June through October and can be found on draft, in bottles, 12 oz 6-packs and Fall Variety 12-packs or in cans, beginning July in Fall Variety 12-packs.





Also new from SweetWater in the breweries ever popular Dank Tank Series of specialty beers is Torikumi, a wasabi infused blonde ale. The beer is a collaboration between the Atlanta brewery and Telluride Brewing in Colorado.


Telluride Brewing Co. brewmaster Chris Fish visited Atlanta to see what he and SweetWater head brewer Nick Nock could cook up for a collaboration brew.  A trip up Buford Highway inspired the brewers to experiment with wasabi – added to a blonde ale, the wasabi provided some serious heat and a flavor profile that knocked the brewers’ mawashis off.  This is a beer to share with friends and experiment with – try pairing it with sushi, ginger, Japanese noodle dishes, or just some grilled chicken.


  • Malts:  2-Row, Wheat, Carapils, Rye Malt, Oat Flakes
  • Hops:  Magnum, Saaz, Sorachi Ace
  • ABV:  7.5%
  • IBUs:  27

Available in 4 pack 16oz cans and on draft starting week of June 12.



Bayou Tech Brewing Expands with new Brewhouse from Simatec

Bayou Tech Brewing Expands with new Brewhouse from Simatec


Karlos Knott, President of Bayou Teche Brewing, had a ribbon cutting ceremony on their newly finished brewery expansion on June 15.  Bayou Teche Brewing has just completed the expansion project at their Arnaudville brewery – the square footage of the building’s facilities was increased by fifty percent, which includes an extension of new office space, and the installation of an automated keg washing system.  “The most exciting addition was the installation of our new fully-automatic and smart brewhouse from Italian manufacturer Simatec, with the guidance and expertise of Aizoon,” said Karlos Knott. “Though, many of these brewery systems have been installed in Europe, Bayou Teche’s is the first fully-automatic and scalable of its kind in North America.”


From the initial design stage, Bayou Teche Brewing worked closely with business and technical experts from Aizoon, a technology company with offices in the North East. Aizoon supported Bayou Teche through the brewhouse selection process and together identified in Simatec’s brewhouse the best fit to support the brewer’s growth strategy. Bayou Teche worked with Aizoon on the design and implementation of the new technology, employing all the software and hardware needed to create their vision of a more resourceful and smart brewery.



The Simatec brewhouse has unique multifunctional capabilities and a modular design (Mash, Boil and Whirlpool in one vessel), which offers game changing operational and energy efficiency, and was conceived with future production expansions in mind.  Bayou Teche’s new smart brewhouse will not only increase production cycle volumes and speeds (up to 13-batches in 24hrs), but as volumes grow, they will be able to easily increase the amount of beer they can brew daily. Bayou Teche invested in a 2x20BBL system, which has the ability to add two additional multi-vessels, creating an eighty barrel brewhouse. This scalability allows Bayou Teche to optimize their financial exposure better than other traditional technologies, enabling the required aggressive growth of their brewhouse.


Bayou Teche needed to cope with the increase in sales of their year-round LA 31® line of core beers and seasonal beers, as well as the continual growth of the Ragin’ Cajuns™ Genuine Louisiana Ale and Lager brands that the brewery brews in conjunction with the University of Louisiana.   Aizoon helped execute on this growth strategy. Bayou Teche Brewing distributes their beers throughout Louisiana and Texas.  For the expansion, the brewery worked with partners such as Nations Loan of Mandeville, Citizens Bank and Trust of Covington, and the USDA.

About Bayou Teche:

Bayou Teche Brewing was founded on one simple dream – to craft beers that complement the cuisine and lifestyle of Cajuns and Creoles.  With that mission, the Knott brothers decided on St. Patrick’s Day in 2009 to convert a discarded rail road car into a farmhouse brewery. Today, in the converted old rail car near the banks of the Bayou Teche, innovative ales are being crafted true to the brewers’ original intent – beers that complement the unique foods and lifestyles of South Louisiana.


About Aizoon:  Aizoon is a multi-national company that designs, integrates, maintains and support smart technology to improve processes, enhance logistics, and refine systems used by Craft Brewers.  Aizoon offer top quality brewing equipment, automated solutions for storage and distribution, RFID for keg tracking, software and cyber security services to make the brewhouse more productive, efficient, and secure.


About Simatec: Simatec Impiantibirra is leader in the beer plant engineering and manufacturing. More than ten years of hands-on experience in the brewing industry, and the tight collaboration with some of the best master brewers in Europe, allow Simatec to claim leading expertise in all aspects of brewhouse operations, including two international patents. The first one is a whirlpool paddle that converts a kettle into a brewhouse and the second patent is for the modular brewhouse, with proven benefits in terms of higher productivity and sustainable growth.

Read more about Simatec at

Catawba Brewing Releases Small Batch Mango IPA and Apricot Grisette

Catawba Brewing Releases Small Batch Mango IPA and Apricot Grisette


Catawba Brewing releases two new Small Batch beers this week. First, a Mango IPA (6.5 percent ABV) was tapped on Thursday, June 15, at all Catawba locations. This is the final test batch in a new series of fruited IPAs that will go into production next month under the name, “Friki Tiki.” Brewed with flaked wheat in the mash, a tropical hop profile (Simcoe and Citra) was selected to complement a huge addition of real Florida mango puree.



Mango IPA is Passport Beer #24 in Catawba’s 2017 Small Batch rewards program. Brewed in their Asheville South Slope brewhouse, the beer will be available in Catawba’s four tasting rooms, and in limited distribution.


On Friday, June 16, Catawba releases an Apricot Grisette (4.9 percent ABV), available exclusively in their tasting rooms. This Belgian-style session ale is a spinoff from a Peach Grisette, released earlier this spring, which was one of Catawba’s fastest-selling beers from their Small Batch Program. This thirst-quenching golden ale showcases the fruity esters of its French Saison yeast strain, amplified by an addition of fresh apricots during secondary fermentation.



About Catawba Brewing Company:

Founded in 1999 by the Pyatt family, natives of Western North Carolina, Catawba Brewing operates a main production facility in downtown Morganton, NC at 212 S. Green St; a boutique brewery/tasting room in downtown Asheville, NC at 32 Banks Ave; a tasting room in Asheville’s Biltmore Village at 63 Brook St.; and a new Catawba brewery/tasting room in Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood neighborhood at 933 Louise Ave. Catawba beers can be found in NC, SC, TN, AL, and now in GA. Find us at



The brewery will bring back the popular seasonal Pale Ale on draft and in cans

ATHENS (June 3, 2017) – Creature Comforts Brewing Company will bring back its popular seasonal Pale Ale, Automatic, this June. The beer will be available on draft in early June as well as in 6-packs of 12- ounce cans in late June in both the Athens and Atlanta markets.


Automatic is a modern pale ale with an ABV of 5.2-percent that features a prominent hop flavor and aroma. A mix of Mosaic and Crystal hops are used to create a delicate balance and give the beer an aroma that features a complex array of berry, citrus, herbal, and pine notes.


The flavor mirrors the aroma with a bit more earthiness and stone fruit, leading to a nicely balanced and moderately bitter finish. Co-founders Chris Herron, Adam Beauchamp, and David Stein secured hops from Yakima, WA in 2016 that were used in the beer.


“We went to Yakima in the Fall of 2016 to select hops for our beers for the first time,” said Co-founder and Brewmaster Adam Beauchamp. “In doing so, we were able to secure some beautiful Mosaic from Oregon as well as some Crystal hops that clearly stood out to all of us as highly aromatic.”


The brewery collaborated with a local artist to design the can label. Athens painter, Michelle Fontaine, was inspired by 1950s American popular culture as well as the origin of Creature Comforts’ facility – a former 1940s Chevy dealership and later the Snow Tire Company. The label depicts a classic automotive theme.


Automatic will be available onsite at the brewery as well as in the Athens and Atlanta markets. For more information about Creature Comforts visit