When I heard a brewery was going to be built in the old Snow Tire building downtown, I was super pumped. One of the best parts about Athens, Georgia is the rich local culture. The students and residents tend to wholeheartedly support local business. Georgia's laws stifle brewery startups so it's always exciting when a new one pops up.
Last month I made a trip to the newly opened Creature Comforts brewery. It had opened only a couple weeks before and the citizens of Athens were drinking the beer faster than it was being made! They still had the Athens Berliner Weisse and Reclaimed Rye on tap so I got to taste both of those and they were delicious. You can taste the passion in their beers. I'm looking forward to making it out there again this summer to try some more brews too.
The atmosphere in Creature Comforts tasting room is inviting and definitely feels like it belongs in downtown Athens. It's very roomy inside and comfortably air conditioned which is a welcome difference from Terrapin Brewery (even though I very much enjoy hanging out there too). I enjoy the chalkboards and rustic reclaimed wood too. I love that they left pieces of the building's previous purpose as a tire company. A Snow Tire sign is hung inside and outside they even left some of the original Snow Tire signs.
Just hanging with one of the brewers, that's all. He was a wonderful tour guide and enthusiastically told us all about the brewery's background and the brewing process.
Matt and I had a great time on our first visit. You can tell the brewers are passionate about their craft. Creature Comforts' focus on well-balanced beer is a welcome change from breweries frequently trying to make extreme beers. All in all I would highly recommend checking out Athens' newest craft brewery!