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Tropical Fest

Posted on June 19, 2024

Join us for Tropical Fest on June 29 from 4pm – 7pm @ Center of the Universe Brewing Co!
Come hang out for a fun-filled, tropical day with new brews, live music, and delicious food! Free to attend and open to all ages!
Live Music: 4pm-7pm – “Righteous Roots,” an Island Rock project based on the East Coast featuring a mix of island styles including Reggae!
Tropical Beers:

Pineapple Whip
Coconut IPA
Toucan Tropical Lager
Brewski Lime
Summer Moon Raspberry Lemon Wheat
Guava Gose
Rally Cap Grapefruit Shandy

Food: 4pm – 7pm – “Jus Cukin” will be slinging delicious BBQ eats.
Arcade: The indoor arcade will be open all day long, so beat the heat and head for the a/c!
Bring your family and friends to get tropical with us!

Dad’s Day Pigout

Posted on June 11, 2024

Dad’s Day Pigout

June 16th

1pm – 6pm

Join us to celebrate your Dad for a Father’s Day Pig Out! Treat your dad to an unforgettable afternoon filled with beer, wine, cider, N/A options, food, and fantastic music!
-Bingo: 1-7pm
-Braise N Smoke Food Truck: 1-6pm
-Live Music by Tropical Johnson: 2-5pm
*Free event, all ages are welcome, dogs welcome on our outside patio

Boozy Bundts and Brews Pairing

Posted on May 30, 2024

June 15th
2pm – 5pm
You can have your cake and eat it to at Center of the Universe Brewing Company! We have teamed up with Boozy Bundt Cocktail Cakes and Cookies to offer up a pairing that will send your taste buds to the moon!
The Pairings:
House white wine with Summer Sangria cake
Brewski Lime with Key Lime Pie cake
Cider or Summer Moon with Lemon Raspberry Spritz cake
Monkey’s Uncle with Chocolate Covered Banana cake
Flight Cost
4 x mini bundt cakes + 4 2oz beer/wine/cider samples = $22.00
*Must be 21+ to enjoy this pairing, but the brewery is still open to all ages.

Taco and Beer Pairing May 25th

Posted on May 20, 2024

Come hang with us and our friends at El Guapo Food Truck for a taco and beer pairing! Enjoy 4 4-ounce brews paired perfectly with 4 incredible mini tacos – from 4pm until we run out!
💃Plus, dance to the country-rock tunes of 🎸Anderson Highway as you enjoy your flights!🎶
Flights of beer can be purchased at the bar, then head out to El Guapo to grab your flight of mini tacos!
Flight of beer at the bar(4 x 4oz samples): $8 – 🍺
Flight of tacos at the food truck (4 mini tacos): $13.75 – 🌮
🍺 Pocahoptas: American IPA
🌮 Carne Asada Taco
🍺Lime Brewski: Brewski Lager infused with real lime!
🌮Pollo Asada Taco
🍺Rally Cap: Grapefruit Shandy
🌮Orange Chipotle Brazed Chicken Tinga Taco
🍺Chameleon: Hazy IPA
🌮Pineapple Al Pastor Taco

Southern Food Festival

Posted on April 17, 2024

June 8th: 1pm – 7pm
The Southern Food Fest is back at Center of the Universe Brewing Co. packing a whole day of southern food, live music, and delicious beer, wine, cider, and non-alcoholic beverages. Admission is FREE and the event is open to all ages. See you on June 8th ya’ll!
Southern Food Vendors
Mama J’s – Mama J’s is Richmond’s premiere soul food dining experience. This family-owned and operated restaurant located in Historic Jackson Ward celebrates the family tradition of going to grandma’s house for Sunday dinner. With a vast array of mouth-watering favorites, Mama J’s combines great southern food with outstanding service in a relaxing atmosphere.
Jake’s Place – We love great food— and we’re pretty sure you do too. Our pride shows in the slow cooked smoked barbecue and brisket, the care and love in the Yohman’s Fresh Garden Salsa and John’s Secret Marinara Sauce. Try our Priddy Burger. It’s made proudly in honor of Sumpter Priddy who was a crucial part of making Jake’s Place a reality. Great food, amazing people and a loving community – that’s Southern Comfortable — and that’s Jake’s Place!
Cluck N’ Roll – Food truck specializing in Fried Chicken. Their menu features mouth watering items like the “Bang-Bang Chicken Sandwich” and Funnel Cake Fries.
Farmview Creamery – farmer owned mobile unit selling fresh, farm-made ice cream as well as flavored milk.
Live Music Schedule
1pm: James River Junction – Originating in the heart of Virginia, JRJ serves up Southern Rock-Americana with plenty of blues influence. Lead singer and songwriter Daniel Glymph’s vocals are supercharged by Michael Nadder’s guitar leads. The two melody makers are held together by Brady Donovan (Drums) and Henry Liscio’s (Bass) funk inspired and largely improvisational rhythm section, delivering listener’s an unmistakably raw and authentic sound.
4:15pm: Out of Uniform – Out of Richmond, VA, Out of Uniform is a non-genre cover band with a down home bluegrass sound that intertwines with a country twang that will keep your toes tapping all day long.
Special Beer Release
To commemorate the occasion, we will be rolling out “Spill the Tea,” a sweet tea infused lager that pair perfectly with southern eats and beats!
The COTU arcade will also be open for this event, so bring your quarters!

Friday Night Tunes

Posted on April 4, 2024

Join us at Center of the Universe Brewing Company every Friday evening for free live music, a food truck, and an assortment of beer, wine, cider, and non-alcoholic beverages.  Free to attend and open to all ages!

Band Lineup

April 5 – Rob Oliver

April 12 – Zach Salsberry

April 19 – Aaron Halloway

April 26 – Emily Woodhull

May 3 – Ella Wagner

May 10 – Rick Hollowell

May 17 – Cheap Comfort

May 24 – Aaron Halloway

May 31 – Dylan Benjamin

June 7 – Ryan Hearn

June 14 – Ryan Irby

June 21 – Aaron Halloway

June 28 – Sure Beats Work

July 5 – Haze and Dacey

July 12 – Katie Carter

July 19 – Aaron Halloway

July 26 – Life Support

10th Annual Summer Moon Music Festival

Posted on March 25, 2024

Center of the Universe Brewing Company is excited to host the 10th Annual Summer Moon Music Festival May 11th and 12th. Enjoy live music from 17 different local bands, all playing for their charity of choice, on 2 outdoor stages. While grooving to tunes, grab yourself a glass of beer, wine, cider, or non-alcoholic beverage to help wash down the delicious grub offered by the food trucks. The festival is free to attend and open to all ages. Well-behaved and leashed dogs are welcome on the outdoor beer garden. See you May 11th and 12th!
Band Schedule and Lineup
Saturday May 11th
Acoustic Stage
12:30 – Ginny Ray
1:45 – Needs Nothing
3:00 – Lavelle Hall
4:15 – Benjamin Hager
5:30 – Jason White and Friends
Main Stage
1:00 – The Crump Tunes
2:15 – Jahvaquarium
3:30 – Three Quarter Squeegee
4:45 – Flashlight Tag
6:00 – Buckville Hootenanny
Sunday May 12th
Acoustic Stage
1:45 – Annabritt Coakley
3:00 – Tim Perkins
4:15 – Keir and Friends
Main Stage
1:00 – The Boss of Me
2:15 – Earth and Lunar Rendezvous
3:30 – Back Sydney Band
Food Trucks
Flavor Chariot
Smokie Joes
Shakedown Eats
A Few More Details
1. The event is rain or shine. The stages and limited seating will be covered.
2. No coolers permitted on site.
3. Folding/camping chairs are permitted/encouraged.
4. Please adhere to all “No Parking “ signs and if parking on the street, ensure your vehicle is all the way across the white line and not in the road.
5. Outside alcohol is not permitted via VA ABC law.
6. COTU is a cashless business, so please bring a credit/debit card if you wish to purchase and beverages.

COTU Bake Sale

Posted on February 28, 2024

Come out to Center of the Universe Brewing Company on July 13th from 2pm – 5pm for the inaugural COTU Bake Sale! Enjoy perusing delicacies from 5+ local bakers as well as some sweetly concocted limited edition brews to wet your whistle. While you are there, be sure to stick around for the announcement of the first ever COTU Bake Off winners! The event is free to attend, takes place inside in the air conditioning, and open to all ages!

Donna’s Baking Creations
Honey Baked Bee
KP’s Kakepops
Suzka’s Cakes and Cookies

N/A Beverages
Limited Releases
The Yard – Milkshake IPA
Sweet Tooth – Pumpkin Pie Amber Ale
COTU Bake Off Details

COTU Bake Off

Posted on February 28, 2024

Do you think you have what it takes to win the coveted COTU Bake Off championship apron and plant your flag as the best of the best?  If so, this event is for you!  Check out the details below!


Best Cookie

Best Brownie

Best Cupcake

Judging Criteria

20% Presentation

80% Flavor, consistency, overall enjoyment

Entry and Due Date

All entries can be delivered to the brewery between 4pm, July 8th and 9pm July 11th, during regular taproom hours.  4 judge ready items are required per category entered.

Judging and Winner Announcement

All entries will be judged on Friday, July 12th.  Winners will be announced at 4pm on Saturday, July 13th, during our inaugural COTU Bake Sale.

Awards for Each Category

1st Place – Custom COTU baking champion apron and $25 COTU Gift Card

2nd Place – $15 COTU Gift Card

How to Participate

1. Download and print off the Bake Off Form FOR EACH category you are entering HERE.

2. Fill out the form for each category.

3. Bake up your delicious goods!

4. Bring your entries (remember, 4 for each category entered) and your filled out sheet for each entry to the brewery taproom between 4pm, July 8th and 9pm July 11th, during regular taproom hours.

5. Judging will take place on July 12th with winners announced on July 13th at 4pm.  Winners not in attendance will be notified via the email address on their entry form.

Family Fun Fest

Posted on February 22, 2024

Family Fun Fest
May 18th
Come hang at the brewery as we help to raise money for the Henry Clay Elementary and Gandy Elementary PTO with a day full of activities for the whole family. Admission is free and open to all!
🎸 Live Music 🎤
The Midnight Ukulele Society will be taking the patio stage from 2pm – 5pm. The Midnight Ukulele Society is a ukulele enthusiast and performing group based in the central Virginia/Richmond area.
🍟 Food Trucks🍦
Four Cardinals – Featuring chicken fingers, corn dogs, fries, funnel cakes, and more!
Farmview Creamery – farmer owned mobile unit selling fresh, farm-made ice cream as well as flavored milk.
🍇 Soda Fountain Bar (100% of the proceeds donated) 🍊
Orange Soda
Root Beer
Grape Soda
Fruit Punch
👾 Activities 🎯
Indoor Arcade
Live Music
Corn Hole
Can Jam
*Dogs on leashes permitted in the outdoor beer garden.

COTU Community Yard Sale

Posted on February 22, 2024

COTU Community Yard Sale
April 13th
2pm – 5pm
Join us for the inaugural COTU Community Yard Sale at Center of the Universe Brewing Company! This in-person event is the perfect opportunity to clean out the attic and sell those treasures and unique items for some spending money this spring. Or, a great time to find some amazing deals while you sip on your favorite beverage. The event will also feature a food truck, live music, and an assortment of beer, wine, cider and non-alcoholic beverages. See ya’ll at the yard sale!
If you want to sign up for a COTU Community Yard Sale space, please read below and visit the ticket link to claim your spot!  This link is to reserve a space only. There is no charge to visit and shop the COTU Community Yard Sale. All ages are welcome and well behaved and leashed dogs are permitted in all outdoor areas.
Signup Link:
15′ x 15′ Space – $20
10′ x 10′ Space – $15
Vendor Rules

Thursday Night Trivia

Posted on February 6, 2024

Join us every Thursday starting at 6:30pm for our weekly themed trivia nights!  Come as a solo player, or bring your crew to show off those smarts.  Free to play and prizes awarded to 1st and 2nd place.  Beer, wine, cider, and non-alcoholic beverages available.

Pollinator Festival April 20th

Posted on February 6, 2024

Pollinator Festival
April 20th
1pm – 6pm
Immerse yourself in nature at COTU’s Pollinator Fest!  The day will be filled with exciting activities, including:
🍯 Beekeeping Demonstrations: Learn all about the fascinating world of bees and beekeeping with live demonstrations.
🌱 Seed and Plant Sale: Explore a diverse selection of seeds and plants available for purchase, perfect for creating your own pollinator-friendly garden.
🦋 Interactive Exhibits: Get up close and personal with native animals in our interactive exhibits, and discover the importance of preserving their habitats.
🍺 Limited Release Honey and Flower Beers: Indulge in the sweetness of our exclusive honey and flower-infused beers, specially crafted for this nature celebration.
🚚 Just Cukin Food Truck: Satisfy your hunger with delicious plates from Just Cukin food truck, serving up mouthwatering dishes throughout the afternoon.
🎶 Live Music: Saint Square live on our biergarten stage from 2-5 pm, adding the perfect soundtrack to your nature-filled day.
Join us on April 20th at Center of the Universe Brewing and connect with like-minded nature and beer enthusiasts!  Admission is free and open to all ages.

Brewski Fest 2024 – April 6th

Posted on February 5, 2024

Brewski Fest 2024
Date: April 6th
Time: 1pm – 8pm
Cost: Free to attend
📣 Calling all beer and music lovers!
We are rolling out live music, food trucks, and giveaways for a one day bash to celebrate “Brewski” Premium Craft Lager! Admission is free and open to all ages. Well behaved and leashed dogs are welcome in the beer garden.
🎸 Band Lineup and Times:
1:00-4:00: Tropical Johnson
5:00-8:00: Bombage Band
🥪 Food Truck:
Grateful Grill – Specializing in delicious and creative grilled cheese sandwiches and sides.
👾 Activities:
Indoor Arcade
Corn Hole
🍺 Let’s Talk Brewski 🍺
Whether you’re into finely crafted small batch artisanal brews or you just enjoy cracking open a cold one after a long shift, we can all agree that beer is pretty great. Brewski brings a little something for everyone. We made this beer with the intention of inviting everybody to the party. The style, a German Dortmunder, is a well balanced and easy drinking lager clocking in at 5% ABV. That said, you are welcome to just ask for the Lager that works as hard as you do, and order up a Brewski!

Hair Today/Bald Tomorrow Music Festival

Posted on January 31, 2024

Hair Today/Bald Tomorrow Music Festivals
March 9th and April 27th
Hair Today: March 9th / 1pm- 8pm
Join us as we kick of the Balderinos fundraising season for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation by hosting a day full of live music, drinks, food, and raffles. The event is free to attend and open to all ages. Who knew doing so much good could be so fun!?
🎸 Band Lineup
1:00pm – 2:30pm: “The Crump Tones – Acoustic Duo”
3:00pm – 5:00pm: “Earth and Lunar Rendezvous”
5:30pm – 8:00pm: “Flashlight Tag”
🌮 Food – El Guapo
🍺 Drink – Beer, Wine, Cider, and Non-Alcoholic Options
🐿️ Be sure to say hi to Nutzy and Natasha from the Richmond Flying Squirrels between 3pm and 4pm!
🍀 About St. Baldrick’s Foundation: The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer and donor powered charity committed to supporting the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.
Bald Tomorrow: April 27th / 1pm – 8pm
The Balderinos are back, and soon to be a little less top heavy, as they put on their final music festival fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and finally shave those heads! Enjoy a full day of live music, drinks, food, and raffles. The event is free to attend and open to all ages. Help us push the Balderinos across the finish line!
🎸 Band Lineup
1:00pm – 3:00pm: “Gift Horse”
3:00pm – 5:00pm: “Generations Trio”
5:30pm – 8:00pm: “Vexine”
🌮 Food – Boka Tako
🍺 Drink – Beer, Wine, Cider, and Non-Alcoholic Options
🍀 About St. Baldrick’s Foundation: The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer and donor powered charity committed to supporting the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives.

COTU Irish Festival

Posted on January 22, 2024

🍀 Let the countdown to the COTU Irish Festival on March 16 from 1-8pm begin! 🎉 Brace yourselves for a day filled live music, Irish food, and Irish brews!  This is event is open to all ages and admission is free!
🎶 Bands: 🎶
Buckville Hootenanny @ 1pm
Albafeire @ 5pm
🍻 Specialty Brews on Tap: 🍻
🍀 4 Leaf Lager: A golden elixir that’s luckier than a leprechaun’s pot of gold!
🍺 Bald Irishman: A brew so smooth, it’s like a riverdance for your taste buds!
☘️ Dry Irish on Nitro: Creamy and dreamy, just like a cozy Irish pub on a misty evening!
🍲 Irish Fare: 🍲
Indulge in traditional Irish delights from EAT Catering that’ll have your taste buds doing an Irish jig! We’ll have the flavors of the Emerald Isle to satisfy every craving. 🥧🍀
Mark your calendar, dust off your dancing shoes, and come join the craic at the COTU Irish Festival! 🍺 May your day be filled with music, merriment, and memories to last a lifetime! 🎉💚

Loggerfest – March 2nd

Posted on January 22, 2024

Welcome to the inaugural COTU Loggerfest, a celebration of woodcraft, lagers, and wood aged beers! This free event will feature 8 different brews, including limited release lagers, an 18 month wine barrel aged sour, and several cellared barrel aged brews. Along with the featured libations, there will be woodworking demonstrations and vendors showcasing their handmade wood creations. Last, but not least, Chad’s Fault will be hitting the stage with some live music! The event is free and open to all ages, so throw on your finest flannel and head out to the brewery!
🍺 Lagers, Sours, and Wood Aged Beers
Brewski Premium Craft Lager
Black Lager
Rice Lager
Bock Lager
Toucan Tropical Lager
Sour Jack
Oakey Pokey
Shut Up Bourbon Barrel Strong Scotch Ale
🎶 Live Music from 2pm – 5pm: Chad’s Fault
Chad’s Fault is a Musical Duo covering Country, Southern Rock, Indie, and Blues.
🪵 Woodcarving Demonstrations by: James River Woodcarvers
James River Woodcarvers provide guidance and assistance to all area woodcarvers, from novice to expert. They promote wider community interest in woodcarving through demonstrations, educational activities, fellowship, and friendly competitions. More info at
🤩 Promotional Sponsor and Club Host: Woodcraft of Richmond
We’re a local, family-owned woodworking tool and supply store. We offer woodworking classes for beginners to experts. We offer a wide range of woodworking equipment, woodworking supplies, hardwood lumber, finishes, hardware and much more.

Chocolate Fest 2024 – February 10th

Posted on January 22, 2024

Calling all Chocolate Lovers! Join us at the brewery on February 10th from 1pm – 5pm for our 4th annual Chocolate Fest! Enjoy a limited selection of 8 different chocolate beers while shopping for your Valentine in our vendor area featuring chocolates, sweets, candles, greeting cards and jewelry! This indoor event is free to attend and open to all ages.

Taylor Made Chocolates
Hand Made Card Factory
Boozy Bundt Cocktail Cakes
Hill and River Collection
Saffron Treasures
Food Truck – Moniques Crepes
Chocolate Beer Variants.
Peanutbutter Caramel
Coconut Caramel
Admission to this event is free and open to all ages! Come bring your sweetie or just your fellow chocolate lovers!

Jolly Jaunt 2023: December 9th

Posted on October 23, 2023

The tracks are lit, our spirits are warming, and there is a nip in the air. That means it’s time to drag out your Holiday best and head into Ashland for the 5th annual Jolly Jaunt!

New this year is the Classic Holliday theme in recognition of the 75th Anniversary of Ashland Theatre. So whether you dust off that finely knitted sweater, a holiday costume, or your Sunday best, the Jolly Jaunt is your place for holiday cheer.  Cruise around town visiting participating locations and then join us at Ashland Theatre for a concert!  Proceeds from the ticket sales support the Ashland Theatre and its mission.

Date: December 9th
Crawl Time: 6pm – 8pm
Concert @ Ashland Theatre: 8pm – 10:30pm
Cost: $25
Age: 21+ Only
Dress: Classic Holiday Attire

Tickets Now on Sale at Origin Beer Lab

📍 Stop Locations 📍

Ashland Meat Company/The Depot
Ashland Tattoo
Caboose Market and Cafe
Center of the Yarniverse
Iron Horse Restaurant
Origin Beer Lab
Tiny Tim’s Trains

What is Included in the $25 Ticket:

*Passport Card

*Entry to the exclusive Jolly Jaunt Concert at Ashland Theatre featuring live music from “Don’t Ask Ned,” raffles, and access to a cash bar and concessions.

The Details: The crawl will start at 6:00pm and last until 8:00pm. You can start and stop at any location you choose. Once your card is filled up by visiting at least 4 of the stops, head on over to Ashland Theatre at 8pm to turn your card in for free admission to the concert. The event is being capped at 250 participants, so make sure you purchase your passport card early!

This is a 21+ only event.

The Passport Card: Passport cards will be sold at Origin Beer Lab for $25 starting on November 9th at 4pm (CREDIT CARD PURCHASES ONLY FOR JOLLY JAUNT TICKETS, ORIGIN WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING CASH) and are to be used only on December 9th during the 6:00pm – 8:00pm crawl time. These cards, once completely filled out, can be turned in at Ashland Theatre as your ticket to the afterparty. Only 1 card can be redeemed per person. There are no goods, services, or discounts provided through the passport card at the participating stop locations, unless those locations specifically say so. Net proceeds from the sale of the cards will go to Ashland Theatre Foundation.

After Party at Ashland Theatre:

There will be live music, 2 cash bars featuring beer, wine, specialty cocktails, and concessions!  Dance the night away, be jolly, and support Ashland Theatre!​

Bathrobe Bar Crawl

Posted on October 11, 2023

Dude!  It is time to get those bathrobes out and head to Carytown for the annual Bathrobe Bar Crawl!  Arrive at the Byrd Theatre at 2:30 to pick up your papers (crawl card) and venture around to the spots below to collect your stamp/sticker/initials before you return to the Byrd Theatre for a showing of The Big Lebowski.  Don’t miss your chance to join fellow dude and dudettes as you venture up and down Carytown in your finest threads!

Stop Locations

Be sure to purchase your Big Lebowski ticket in advance HERE

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