Creature Comforts to Release River Ridge Black and Fauxjolais

Creature Comforts Brewing Company is set to release its next two limited offering from its wood cellar, River Ridge Black and Fauxjolais, this fall. The beers will be available in 750-mL bottles from the brewery’s tasting room on Saturday, October 13.

River Ridge Black is a fruited dark ale that aged in French oak for over a year with Creature Comforts’ house-mixed culture of yeast and bacteria. The beer then conditioned on top of organic black raspberries with black currants. River Ridge Black was bottle conditioned and has an ABV of 8-percent.

The limited release serves as a part of Creature Comforts’ Locally Grown Series as the brewery sourced the black raspberries used in the beer from a southeastern farm, River Ridge Organics. Creature Comforts uses its Locally Grown Series to showcase local ingredients.

“The team at River Ridge grow a special berry and we’re excited to be able to use their organic fruit in our beer,” said Wood Cellar and Specialty Brand Manager Blake Tyers. “All of the fruits we use in the specialty program are from small family farms. We truly believe you can taste the attention to detail and love that comes from a family in their berries.”

Creature Comforts’ appreciation of Old World wine and nuanced flavors inspired the crafting of Fauxjolais. It is a fruited blend of saisons from the brewery’s wine barrel cellar and was made using the spent fruit used in another project from the brewery’s barrel program, River Ridge Black. The blend conditioned on top of second use organic black raspberries and black currants. The beer was bottle conditioned and has an ABV of 6.9-percent.

“The name of the beer is a play on words,” said Wood Cellar & Specialty Brand Manager Blake Tyers. “I enjoy drinking Beaujolais wines, which traditionally are very drinkable and have a bit of acid and funkiness. We were inspired to mimic some of those flavors using alternative fruit to grapes in Fauxjolais.”


Creature Comforts staff member Melissa Merrill created the artwork used on the label. For River Ridge Black, Merrill painted the original artwork with a medium derived from the beer, wheatgrass, and coffee. For Fauxjolais, the original artwork was painted with a medium derived from blackberries and ink.

Photos courtesy Creature Comforts

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