2015 Wort Share: Session IPA
The 2015 COTU WORT SHARE brew is a delicious and bright SESSION IPA engineered by JOHN ARTHUR, the winner of this year’s homebrew competition. Warrior, Citra, Galaxy, Mosaic, Motueka, and Amarillo hops are generously used creating a light bodied IPA chocked full of citrus and spice notes. The brew clocks in at 4.5% making it a perfect edition to a hot summer day.
16 months in the making, what began as an RV excursion, a couple of beers, and an idea shared amongst friends has become the sweet reality known as “ORANGE IS THE NEW STOUT.” Center of the Universe and O’Connor Brewing proudly present an imperial chocolate stout crafted with oranges and sea salt. Like a liquid chocolate truffle, its deep, rich flavors are sure to keep your spirits warm and bright all winter long. The stout is 10.5% in alcohol by contact, but you wouldn’t know it with it’s ultra smooth finish.
COTU’s “Black Friday” brew is a Belgian Dark Strong that is aged in both Bourbon and Port barrels, and then blended together to create an intensely complex and extraordinarily smooth flavor. The beer clocks in at 13.5% and contains rich malty flavors which meld perfectly with the fruity sweetness extracted from the barrels. Dried cherry, raisin, and plum flavors upfront subside to a delicate chocolate finish leaving your taste buds yearning for the next sip.
Center of the Universe’s Oktoberfest is our take on the classic Munich fest biers. German Munich and Vienna malts are used to give the beer a slightly sweet and malty flavor with some toasted notes as well. Noble German hops were added during the boil, adding just enough bitterness to balance with the flavors of the malt. We then chose a Czech yeast strain that accentuated the malt and fermented nice and clean. After fermentation COTU Oktoberfest went through an extended cold conditioning period known as lagering. After lagering, the beer was filtered, removing any yeast that had not yet dropped out naturally. COTU Oktoberfest is malty, clean and refreshing. Golden to amber in color, we think our Oktoberfest would be right at home in the festival tents of Munich. Or Virginia. Prost!
5.7% ABV/25 IBUs/7 SRM
RVAle 2014 is a light, refreshingly spiced summer Belgian –style ale engineered by homebrewer Scott Golden, winner of the 2014 COTU Wort Share Competition. The beer is similar to a Saison, but brewed with Belgian yeast, which attributes to a cleaner flavor profile. The light bodied beer is bursting with citrus and spice notes and accompanied by traditional Belgian esters.
4.5% Alc. by Vol. 24 IBU’s
Inspired by slackers, sweaters, eccentric friends and exotic drinks. This decadent White Russian milk pours midnight black and is capped with a tan pillowy head. Eight different malts and whole vanilla beans create flavors of chocolate and espresso, offering a perfect way to mellow out after a rough set on the lanes.