Tropicalia- a beer that will make you forget it’s just another weekday and instead have you imagining yourself under the shade of a palm tree with your toes in the sand. Ok, back to reality… Creature Comforts out of Athens, GA has been open just over a year now and is exploding in demand all over Georgia because of their release of Tropicalia. Being in the beer industry for 2 and a half years now, I’ve seen numerous breweries with the same demand grow all over the nation – breweries like Cigar City in Florida, Westbrook in South Carolina, Jester King in Texas and many others. Beers from these breweries hold high ‘trade’ value among beer traders all over the country due to their limited access and great reputation and that’s just with their seasonal beers! Limited release beers such as Hunahpu, Mexican Cake and Atrial Rubicite are even more highly sought after. Exclusive to Georgia, Tropicalia is only getting harder to get a hold of. 25% of all Creature Comforts brewing capacity is dedicated to making Tropicalia and it’s still not enough to meet the demand. Our store gets cans of Tropicalia delivered about once or twice every two weeks. It is always a small 2-3 case order and sells out within 15 minutes. We see so many people who come in after traveling up and down I-75 who spot “CRAFT BEER SUPERSTORE” on our Just Tap’d billboards and the first thing they ask for is Tropicalia. Everyone I talk to who knows I live in Georgia is asking for it. So, it’s not just a Georgia thing, it’s a craft beer thing. Georgia has rarely seen this crazy level of demand for a beer and it is giving our state the attention of the whole craft beer industry. Our state is ranked number 31 in best states for craft beer by Thrilllist with this description: “Georgia loses points for not requiring each and every one of its breweries to make a brew called Sweet Georgia Brown, but it really lands in the middle by a couple dozen middle-of-the-road breweries, but no truly great ones. A C+ average might be passing, but it’s hardly excelling.” This may have been the case before, but not anymore. I’m looking forward to Creature Comforts driving Georgia up the craft beer industry ladder and can’t wait to see what they come up with next. If you’re ever in Athens, or Georgia at all, Creature Comforts is a must see.
Thanks for reading! There will be plenty more posts to come in the following weeks. As a token of our appreciation, I’ll have a 6-pack of Tropicalia waiting for you – just be the first person to mention this blog post in store!
Cheers to you and Creature Comforts!
References: “Every State in the USA, Ranked by Its Beer.” Thrillist. N.p., 21 Aug. 2014. Web. 05 Aug. 2015.