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.
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 […]
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
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 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