Creature Comforts Brewing Co., an Athens, Ga.-based B-Corp certified craft brewery, announces plans to expand distribution to Chattanooga on Oct. 6. Following expansion into the coastal South Carolina, Nashville, and Columbia markets over the last year, the addition of Chattanooga is the Athens brewery’s fourth expansion outside Georgia.
The brewery will begin pouring four popular beers from Creature Comforts’ core year-round lineup on draft in select locations across Chattanooga, including Athena, a tart German-style wheat beer; Automatic, a bright and refreshing Pale Ale; Bibo, a crisp and dry Pilsner; and Tropicália, a balanced and juicy IPA.
“After the great reception and success of our first expansion into Tennessee via Nashville earlier this year, we were excited to continue exploring more markets in the state,” said Creature Comforts CEO Chris Herron. “We have been contacted quite often by the local consumers and retailers, and it is an honor to finally be bringing our beers and community impact work to Chattanooga.”
Creature Comforts has selected Lipman Brothers as its distributor partner in Chattanooga. Established in 1939, Lipman Brothers was the first distributor of wine and spirits in Tennessee and is Creature Comforts’ distribution in Nashville. Sharing a commitment to quality, Lipman made for a natural partner for the brewery’s entrance into the Tennessee markets, said officials.
“Not only does Creature Comforts make great beer but have a broader view of the business beyond brewing beer,” said Business Unit Director – Beer, Ian Wolczyk. “Their status as B Corp, priority on philanthropy, and involvement with the culinary culture make a great partnership with Lipman Brothers. It goes much deeper than just transactional. We are more than excited to share in their future.”
The market expansion comes just after Creature Comforts’ eighth anniversary, and ahead of its plans to open a second brewery and taproom in Los Angeles in the coming months. The brewery also has plans to launch in Greenville, SC later this fall.