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Column: This beer from Reformation Brewery embraces cosplay and cats
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Reformation Brewery's Mittens Does Cosplay offers a sour beer reminiscent of Sweet Tarts. - photo by Kelsey Podo

Taking a decent photo of a cat is difficult. 

Let me rephrase that. Getting a cat to do anything it doesn’t want to do is difficult. 

You see the photo here of my cat named Grey? That took over 30 minutes to accomplish. 

Using food to lure my three cats (aka monarchs of the home) near the beer, I laid on the ground waiting with my camera for the perfect moment. When the money shots did come, another cat would walk into the frame and ruin the photo. 

However, with enough time, patience and the right cat, I believe you can eventually train them to do something. I’m a proud owner of a cat (Grey) that will sit on command. No, we haven’t tried other tricks. I don’t want to push my luck.

Those who know me are aware that my love for cats outweighs my love of beer. Whenever I see a combination of the two — like with this beer called Mitten Does Cosplay from Reformation Brewery — my happiness quadruples in size. Also, I’ve been cosplaying for over 10 years, so this beer didn’t stand a chance of remaining on the shelves. 

For those who aren’t familiar with cosplay, I like to define it as a combination of play and costuming. It’s a term used as both a noun and verb to describe someone who dresses up as a character from a movie, anime, video game or any other nerdy fandom, and the act of doing so. All those beautiful geeks who congregate at DragonCon in Atlanta each year and dress up, they’re called cosplayers.

OK, enough about my personal life. Let’s talk about beer. 

Reformation Brewery’s Mittens Does Cosplay offers sour beer reminiscent of Sweet Tarts, one of my favorite types of candy. 

Upon first sip, the beer punched my tastebuds with sour flavor, then gradually eased into a lovely balance of guava and lime notes. After drinking it a bit more, I noticed a nice wheatiness on the backend similar to biting into a hunk of sourdough bread. 

It’s safe to say I was really vibing with this beer, so much that I had to pour it into one of my nice tulip glasses to get the full effect. It’s light, sweet without being overly so and tart without making the inside of your cheeks numb.

If you’re in the neighborhood and in the mood for a treat encased in the image of an adorable cat wearing a superhero costume, pop over to Downtown Drafts on the square and pick up a pack of Mittens Does Cosplay. For more information about Reformation Brewery’s tasty beer, visit

Mittens Does Cosplay

Brewery: Reformation Brewery

Alcohol by volume: 4.7%

Style: Fruited kettle sour

Bottom line: Liquid Sweet Tarts, but in the best way possible

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