It’s hard to believe that it’s only been four years since Creature Comforts exploded onto the local, state and even national craft beer scenes, considering the brewery has already expanded production at its original Hancock Avenue location in the old Snow Tire building downtown and is nearing completion on a second brewery at the old Southern Mill on Bryan Street just north of Boulevard.
Creature Comforts—founded by Adam Beauchamp, Chris Herron, Derek Imes and David Stein in 2014—is celebrating with a weekend of music, tours of the new facility and, of course, lots and lots of beer. Festivities kick off at 3 p.m. Friday with the release of Legend Has It, a dry-hopped pilsner in honor of Killer Mike’s birthday, and a hazy IPA called Illuminating the Fog. Taylor Smith & The Roamin’ Jasmine, Clip Art, Squalle, Blanko, Luxury Vehicle and Robbie Dude will perform.
Saturday, you can tour the Southern Mill brewery from 10 a.m.–noon for $10. Then, from 1–10 p.m., visit the downtown brewery for bands (Cougar Sweat, The Hernies, The Artisanals, Oak House and Velveteen Pink) and brews (including all the usual favorites; hard-to-find hits like The Curious No. 7, Emergence, Southerly Love and Brettomatic; and a make-your-own Paradiso bar with tart Athena, fruit juices and syrups). Admission is $25 and includes a souvenir glass and three beers. If you want to beat the crowd, a $40 VIP option is available that offers entry at 11 a.m. and includes an additional beer.
Sunday is the same deal, except the festivities run from 1–6 p.m., and The Shoal Creek Stranglers, Blue Yonder, Little Gold and Rose Hotel will perform.
The Manila Express food truck will be onsite, as will 1000 Faces coffee, and the events will feature an art station and commemorative T-shirts for sale, as well. Ten percent of proceeds will benefit Get Comfortable, a program that funds local nonprofits.
ANNIVERSARY KICKOFF Featuring music from Taylor Smith & The Roamin’ Jasmine, Clip Art, Squalle, Blanko, Luxury Vehicle and Robbie Dude. See story on p. 8.
VELVETEEN PINK This long-running group of local musicians plays upbeat, electro-based dance-pop.
OAK HOUSE Melodic and complex post-rock group from Athens and Atlanta.
THE ARTISANALS Charleston, SC indie-rock band led by songwriters Johnny Delaware and Clay Houle.
THE HERNIES Local riff-heavy rock band displaying influences from classic to indie rock.
COUGAR SWEAT Two-man garage-rock band from Kennesaw.
ROSE HOTEL "Bedroom-rock" alter ego of Kentucky songwriter Jordan Reynolds.
LITTLE GOLD Local group playing garage-rock with country and pop sensibilities.
BLUE YONDER Rootsy Americana crew from Montgomery, AL.
THE SHOAL CREEK STRANGLERS Traditional country and folk duo based in Lavonia.