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Creature Comforts Wins Great American Beer Festival Award

Photo Credit: Porter McLeod

Athens’ Creature Comforts Brewing Co. might be brand new on the craft beer scene, but it’s already winning awards.

The brewery, which opened in April, took home a bronze medal at the Great American Beer Festival in Colorado in the American Style Brett Beer category for Curiosity No. 2, part of its one-off series of unusual or obscure styles.

No, Brett ales aren’t named after a baseball player. They’re brewed with a wild yeast called Brettanomyces that is most commonly used to ferment wine, but also sometimes added to traditional Belgian ales like lambics and saisons to impart a funky flavor.

Curiosity No. 2, according to the Creature Comforts website, is “a blonde American Brett beer refermented with kiwi and pineapple juice.” It’s on tap at the brewery now, and it just so happens that tonight is Industry Night, so if you work for a bar, restaurant or package store, you can try it for free. (A tour with samples is $12 for everyone else.)

CORRECTION: According to brewmaster Blake Tyers, Curiosity No. 2 was accidentally and incorrectly listed on the Creature Comforts website’s tasting room page. It’s not available on draft, but Tyers said it will be available in bottles in a couple of weeks.