Richmond is a city steeped in collaboration. We’ve got murals painted by artists from all over the world on our walls. We’ve got an open source logo that anyone can download, modify and use as their own. Now our breweries are getting into the act with Center of the Universe‘s release of RVAle Summer Belgian Ale. RVALE In January of this year COTU co-founders Phil and Chris Ray invited home brewers to their Ashland brew house. These brewers were able to take home some COTU wort (basically unfermented beer) to add to their own concoctions. Six weeks later, the homebrewers brought their ales back to be judged by COTU, Brown’s Distributing and Caboose Wine and Cheese. Scott Golden’s recipe was the winner and put into production as RVAle by COTU.

RVAle is a light, refreshingly spiced summer Belgian. It 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, clocking in at 4.5% ABV and 24 IBU’s. RVAle is available at the COTU tasting room, Capital Ale HouseRappahannock, theSavory Grain and others around the region while supplies last. COTU will be celebrating Oktoberfest with Das Bier Run September 13 starting at 2 p.m. with proceeds benefiting Autism Speaks.

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