Center of the Universe Brewing Co.

Center of the Universe Brewing Company (or COTU for short), began back in 2009 when Chris Ray and his brother Phil began brewing beer in their houses. The hobby turned into an obsession, and the obsession has led them to open up a craft brewery in Ashland, Virginia. Located in the heart of Central Virginia, it is affectionately known as “The Center of the Universe”. COTU will be brewing an assortment of ales using only whole ingredients, while sticking to the traditional all-natural method of brewing beer.

The meaning of “Center of the Universe” is important to the founders of COTU. With so much emphasis today on globalization and the lack of corporate stewardship, COTU wanted to be a company that truly embraces the local community. “Center of the Universe,” to COTU, is taking pride in where you live and respecting the people with whom you interact. We believe it is our responsibility to understand and appreciate how our actions affect the community that supports us.

At Center of the Universe Brewing Company it all revolves around the beer and the people who enjoy it.

Taproom Hours


Monday 4:00 – 9:00 PM
Tuesday 4:00 – 9:00 PM
Wednesday 4:00 – 9:00 PM
Thursday 4:00 – 9:00 PM
Friday 4:00 – 9:00 PM
Saturday 12:00 – 9:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 – 8:00 PM

Brewery Details


Type Microbrewery
Established 2012
Family Friendly
Merchandise
Beer-to-go

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