Shut Up

750 Bottle Release Date:  November 28th @ 12pm  Black Friday
 

Before we dive into the flavor profile, style of beer, etc., I think it’s important we take you through where this beer came from.  A timeline of where beer originated, before it was beer, is necessary to truly understand and appreciate the dark wonder that is “Shut Up.”  So, without further ado, lets take you back to Shut Up’s roots.

The year was 2006.  June 6th to be exact.  It’s a hot day at the distillery in Versailles, Kentucky.  The head distiller was transferring some freshly distilled bourbon into oak barrels to rest for the next 7 years.  Now the site of this distillery isn’t just another place in Kentucky where delicious bourbon is produced.  It happens to be the oldest in the state, rich with history and stained with some of the finest bourbon in the country.  But, I digress.  Little did these barrels, or the distillers themselves, know that these barrels were destined for greatness.  They put the bungs in and transferred the barrels into the cellar to age.

On another steamy summer day in 2013, much like that of 2006, a great copper colored liquid emerged from its resting place.  The bourbon was removed from the barrels and packaged.  As previously arranged, the barrels were purchased and picked up by a new purveyor of alcohol, a winery.  This winery, located in Delaplane, VA, was intrigued by the flavors of this celebrated bourbon.  So much so that it decided to age their chambourcin port-style wine inside the very vessel this bourbon called home for the last 7 years.  The port was made of the of the chambourcin grape, which produces a slightly sweet flavor with essences of plums and […]

Oktoberfest

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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

Unseasonable Stout

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Its Summer, it’s 90 degrees, and we are releasing an Imperial Stout. Deal with it. Head on out to COTU for this brewery only release of a delectable, unseasonable, Imperial Stout bursting with flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, and cherry. This beer clocks in at 9.5% and the hops can be felt from start to finish. There is no better way to cool yourself off than with a glass of this Unseasonable Stout, because stouts should be enjoyed all year round.

RVAle

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

Ray Ray’s

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The namesake beer of COTU’s founders, Ray Ray’s Pale Ale starts with imported English 2-row barley that provides a full rich flavor.  Near continuous additions of Cascade hops contribute both a balanced bitterness and classic spicy and citrusy aromas and flavors.

Main Street

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Pilsner malt and German Munich and Caramunich malts are the backbone of this beer. The rich toasted and bready flavors imparted by the Munich malts are balanced with a sharp but balanced bitterness imparted by the imported German hops.

Chin Music

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The Richmond Flying Squirrels and COTU Brewing proudly present an amber lager as crisp as opening night and as smooth as a walk-off swing. Chin Music is the perfect brew to enjoy while watching America’s favorite pastime, baseball.

Pocahoptas

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This hop forward India Pale Ale features four different hops from the Pacific Northwest combined with a base of imported English 2-row barley and Crystal malts.  Dry-hopped for additional hop flavor and aroma.

Slingshot

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The COTU Kölsch is created using Pilsner malts with a touch of German Munich malt. The resulting straw-colored beer is both light in body, but balanced with the subtle hop spiciness of German Tettnang hops.

Scotchtown

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Releases: Late Winter  |  About 10 miles northwest of Ashland stands Scotchtown, the one-time home of Patrick Henry. Henry lived at Scotchtown when he wrote his famous “Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death!”

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Scotchtown – Barrel Aged

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Scotchtown – Barrel Aged

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About 10 miles northwest of Ashland stands Scotchtown, the one-time home of Patrick Henry. Henry lived at Scotchtown when he wrote his famous “Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death!” address.

Homefront IPA

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Brewed with West Coast hops, fresh orange zest, and aged on Louisville Slugger Maple bats, this beer not only pleases the pallet, but raises money for our troops.

Monkeys Uncle

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Monkey’s Uncle is COTU’s take on a classic beer style from Belgium – the Tripel.  Pilsner malt is the primary building block, providing a light crisp body and straw color.

El Duderino

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Inspired by slackers, sweaters, eccentric friends and exotic drinks.  This decadent chocolate milk stout has been a year in the making and has been piloted and tested at the brewery countless times to ensure its quality.

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Flight School

Flight School

Flight School is a Belgian Abbey-style ale brewed with five different malts; Mild, Munich, Honey, ESB and Belgian caramel malt.  Dark Belgian Candi Sugar, added during the boil, contributes more fermentables while also adding darker color and rich molasses

Crazy Bet

This beer is named after Elizabeth Van Lew, a spy in Richmond during the revolutionary war.  Her strong will and bitter ending was our inspiration for this complex brew.  English mild ale malts were the main building block for Crazy Bet.

Plowed

Plowed is a robust winter warmer brewed with spices.  The brewing process began with four imported malts.  These malts impart hints of honey, chocolate and coffee.