Creature Comforts Brewing Co. | Athena Paradiso
I hadn’t done much research on what to expect before I tried Creature Comforts Brewing Company’s Athena Paradiso, so color me surprised when I poured it out and it was a deep red color. (Color me surprised – get it? Haha. Seriously guys. Funny stuff). Paradiso is a fruit treated version of Athena, Creature Comforts year-round Berliner weisse, brewed with tart cherries, raspberries and cranberries. I don’t know if it’s just because of the proximity to the day, but this beer definitely tasted just like Valentine’s Day – a little sweet and a little sour. I guess it’s something to try when you’re not quite sure what you’re in the mood for.
On the nose, Paradiso smells like a sour, so I wasn’t sure what to expect on first taste. The front end is tart, the middle is wheaty, and the end is sweet. It’s a really interesting mix of flavors. I also wanted to try it from the can, because I’m not sure if viewing the color may have influenced how sweet my brain thinks the beer was. (After a highly scientific taste test, I can, in fact, say it tasted less sweet drinking directly from the can).
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I had a bear of a time getting it – I had to call my local beer store (shout out to Capital City) and ask what day the shipment was coming in, then make sure I was there that night to pick up my one 4pk limit. They really have to keep a lot of the beers from Creature Comforts under lock and key. In addition to the 4pk, Paradiso is available on draft in the Atlanta and Athens beer markets. Hopefully, you too can snap some up before this limited release is gone!