Creature Comforts Brewing Co. was founded in 2014 by David Stein, Adam Beauchamp, Derek Imes and Chris Herron. The brewery took up shop in a former retail shop, Snow’s Tires, and won a Preservation award from the Athens Heritage Foundation because it had retained, preserved and displayed some of the signage and remnants from the old tire shop.
In 2018, Creature Comforts expanded into another building, adding 50,000 barrels to ramp up production and keep up with demand for the beers that it was producing. Also, plans are in place to hopefully open another production facility and taproom in downtown Los Angeles next year. Their purpose and mission are simple, yet powerful: To exist to foster human connection and to build an industry-respected craft brewery that helps people navigate the beautiful and complex world of beer.
Today’s review is of Mutualism, a collaborative effort between Creature Comforts and Jester King Brewery of Austin. The base beer is a pilsner brewed using local wheat and grits from DaySpring Farms in Danielsville, Ga. The finished pilsner then goes into a secondary fermentation using a blend of house-mixed cultures of yeast and bacteria from both Creature Comforts and Jester King. Lastly, the beer is bottle conditioned for five months before being released. Originally released in 2016, every year provides a slightly different product as the yeasts and bacterias alter the original pilsner base.
This 6 percent ABV farmhouse ale provides a very bold yellow-straw color when poured from a 750 ml bottle and the brilliant white, foamy head dissipates rapidly, leaving an ultra-thin film on the top.
Light funkiness and crisp fruit hit my nose first, along with touches of hay and yeast. The taste is quite refreshing with lemon being the main focus in front of bread dough, yeast and ripe stone fruits. Mouthfeel is crisp and tart and the citrus is so bold that it almost wears out its welcome but stops short of that happening. The finish is extra clean, leaving just the right amount of funky lemon on the palate. Balance is good and this beer remains quite consistent throughout the whole bottle, changing ever so slightly as it warms to bring out a little more bread and hay flavors.