With its new, state-of-the-art Athens brewery about to come online, Creature Comforts recently began packaging Reclaimed Rye for the first time.
Previously only available on draft, the rye amber ale joins bestselling Tropicalia IPA and popular Athena Berliner Weisse and Bibo pilsner as the fourth year-round offering to be made available in cans.
“We have wanted Reclaimed Rye in cans for three years,” says Creature Comforts co-founder and CEO Chris Herron. “It is a favorite beer around the brewery and in the market, but capacity constraints have kept it as a draft only offering. With our capacity increase coming from our new brewery, the wait is finally over and cans of Reclaimed Rye will finally be a real thing.”
And because I’ve always liked it a lot, too, and thought it didn’t get the love it deserved, Reclaimed Rye is this week’s Beer Pick.
Creature Comforts Brewing Co., Athens
Available on draft and in 12-ounce cans
One of my favorites among Creature Comforts' original core brands, Reclaimed Rye has always taken a backseat to wildly popular Tropicalia and affable Athena Berliner Weisse. But after a three year wait, it’s finally been released in cans, which will certainly make it more widely available, and hopefully better appreciated.
A creative reimagining of the American amber ale style, it’s made with malted and flaked rye and aged on French oak, all of which makes for a subtly complex and easy-drinking beer. Look for spicy notes from the rye with a bready malt base and a touch of caramel and vanilla in the aroma and flavor.
Like most amber ales, Reclaimed Rye is exceedingly food-friendly, easily pairing with Tex-Mex, pub grub or even Asian dishes. But its spicy rye and wood-aged essence makes me want to match it up with deli favorites like a pumpernickel bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese or pastrami on rye with grainy mustard.