This collaboration began a few years back when Firestone Walker brewer Evan Partridge, now R&D Head Brewer at Firestone Walker – Propagator, visited Creature Comforts in his home state of Georgia. This brewery friendship then became a bit more solidified when the Athens, GA brewery attended the FWIBF for the first time in 2016.
Then last year the plan to brew a barrel-aged beer with Creature Comforts became a reality when Firestone Walker’s Brewmaster Matt Brynildson invited Creature Comforts’ Brewmaster Adam Beauchamp and Head Brewer David Stein to collaborate with.
“This beer is a great example of what happens when you combine forces with a young innovative brewery, 2,000 miles away, and plug their ideas into our well established barrel program,” said Brynildson in a statement.
Mother’s Milk was aged for nearly 12 months in rye whiskey barrels. The base beer was made with five malts – Two-Row, Munich, Chocolate, Franco-Belges Kiln Coffee, and Crystal 45 along with oats, lactose (milk) sugar and a dash of sea salt.
Rye whiskey barrels were specifically chosen to balance the sweeter tones of the milk porter with a spicy bitter quality. The end result is a 11.6% ABV barrel-aged beer.
“The sweetness inherent to bourbon would have made this beer too cloying, given the presence of the milk sugar,” said Eric Ponce, Firestone Walker’s barrel program manager, in a statement. “We designed the base beer with the intent of aging it in rye whiskey barrels—we thought it would be the perfect marriage. The dash of salt just makes everything pop on the palate.”
“Firestone Walker is a brewery we greatly respect and have been inspired by long before starting our own brewery,” said Beauchamp in a statement. “We’ve enjoyed the friendships we’ve made with them and were thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate on a beer together.”
“Creature Comforts is one of our favorite new breweries hailing from the South and it has been a blast getting to know these guys and make beer with them,” Brynildson said in a statement. “Both of our breweries are members of the Hop Quality Group and we both recently poured beer at the Mikkeller Fest in Copenhagen, so we have had some quality time together—and that will now continue at the upcoming Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest.”
Mother’s Milk will be served to each attendee of the 2018 FWIBF on Saturday, June 2nd and will also be available for sale in 12 ounce bottles the same day at all Firestone Walker locations for $10.99 each. This beer is very limited as only 300 cases (12 x 12-oz bottles) of Mother’s Milk was produced.
For those attending the 7th annual FWIBF, here is a rundown of the advance list of breweries and beers pouring at this coveted beer festival.
Faction Brewing Company
The Penske File
Firestone Walker Brewing
Luponic Distortion Rev. 010
Propagator: Buddha’s Hard Pink Lemonade
Propagator: Patrick Hayze V.1
Propagator: Patrick Hayze V. 2
Propagator: Single Hop Galaxy
FW Rare Beers
XIX Anniversary Ale
Maltose Falcons Brownywine
Coconut Rye Parabola
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.