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Beer Town: Creature Comforts Opens in Athens

In late April, when Athens’ Creature Comforts Brewing Co. opened its doors to the public for the first time, it was the culmination of years of dreaming and doing for brewer David Stein.

Adam Beauchamp and David Stein at Creature Comforts (Jamie Dervere)

Adam Beauchamp and David Stein at Creature Comforts (Jamie Dervere)

Stein, who is a University of Georgia grad, developed the Creature Comforts brand as an Atlanta home brewer, giving away samples to friends and building a following while working at Brick Store Pub and Ale Yeah.

Later, Stein became better known as the brewer at Twain’s brew pub in Decatur, where he experimented with many of the recipes destined for the year-round lineup at Creature Comforts.

Right now, the brewery, which took over the landmark Snow Tire Co. building on West Hancock Avenue, has three beers on offer in its tasting room. Tropicalia is a balanced American IPA familiar from the Twain’s days. Reclaimed Rye is an amber ale brewed with rye and aged on French oak. Athena Berliner Weisse is a refreshing German-style …

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Kulers Uncorked: Argentine Malbec

Gil Kulers, CWE

Gil Kulers, CWE

2011 Bramare by Viña Cobos, Valle de Uco Appellation,  Malbec, Argentina

2011 Bramare by Viña Cobos, Valle de Uco Appellation, Malbec, Argentina

  • $45
  • Two Thumbs Way Up
  • Aromas of sweet, ripe blackberry and cassis with perfume-like notes of vanilla. It offers full-bodied flavors of dark, ripe berries, cola nut, root beer, mocha and milk chocolate.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,” is how Charles Dickens started his Tale of Two Cities, but he might have been referring to two modern-day grapes.

Australian shirazes and Argentine malbecs have occupied similar places in the American wine psyche. Both have enjoyed their seasons of Light, but only one has seen its season of Darkness, so far.

Australian wine exports to the U.S. are predicted to continue their slide this from $464 million to $448 million, according to an Australian trade publication. And while shiraz growers continue to plant shiraz vines, much of the wine produced flows into the bulk wine market …

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