As of Wednesday, October 17th at 5:00 pm, we received word from the folks down at the Virginia ABC that we were officially licensed brewers in the state of Virginia. At 5:01 pm, we fired up the equipment to begin brewing. As of today, we have successfully brewed all four of the beers we plan to have for opening day. Here is a breakdown of what’s brewing at COTU and what to expect for the grand opening.
We are hop heads here at COTU so naturally, the very first batch of beer we brewed was our IPA. This IPA is West Coast style with lots of hop flavor and hop aroma! This is a big beer with a really rich malt back. We spared no expense crafting this recipe and chose some really high quality malts: imported English 2-Row, a pinch of Mild Malt and a little Crystal Malt for color. There are 25 lbs. of hops just in the boil, and then we dry hopped! Our IPA has a lot Citra and nice blend of a few other varieties.
Our Pale Ale is a classic Pale brewed with imported English 2-Row and a little Honey Malt. It is continuously hopped with the American favorite: Cascade.
Don’t get us wrong, we are not all about big beers! We think it’s important to have an easy drinking beer in the reperatoir as well. This is why we chose a Kolsch. This beer has a lower ABV and is, by definition, a session beer. Light, and easy drinking but still tasty. This beer is modeled after the beers of Cologne, Germany with Pilsner Malt and imported German hops.
Before they brewed lagers in Germany they brewed ales, and this beer is modeled after one of the ales they used to brew in Düsseldorf. Alt means old in German — the alt in altbier refers to the old style. This beer a very balanced with toasted notes, German malts and German hops. Easy drinking, medium bodied and nicely bittered with German hops.