Set up in downtown Athens in a beautifully restored Chevy dealership-turned-tire shop, the Athens brewery best known for its island breezy IPA Tropicália, has picked up another reputation: constantly selling out of beer. If your favorite retail hub is Creature Comforts-dry (Hop City at Krog Street recently told us they have the beer in stock “for an hour on Thursdays”), the next best bet is to go where you know another keg is on always on deck. Athena, an easy-going Berliner Weisse, is refreshing any day. Seasonals shine here, too, if you’re fortunate enough to taste them—we like Koko Buni (a coconut-coffee milk porter) in colder months, and the crisp Cucumber and Lime Tritonia, a delightful gose that makes you wish it was summer all the time.
Good to Know: Just over one year old, Creature Comforts is the creative brainchild of David Stein (former head brewer at Twain’s Billiards & Tap), and his buddy Adam Beauchamp (previously of SweetWater Brewing Co.). Head brewer Blake Tyers came aboard later, followed by a tour staff that’s Cicerone certified (akin to the sommelier designation in wine).
Address: 271 West Hancock Avenue, Athens
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday thru Friday, 5-8 p.m.
Saturday, 1-4 p.m.
Pets: OK, dogs on leash