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Richmond’s newest ballpark brew: Chin Music

Chin Music Beer

Every great ballpark has a special brew, and you can add the Richmond Flying Squirrels (Class AA; Eastern League) to the list with the unveiling of a new ballpark lager: Chin Music.

The new beer is being brewed by the Center of the Universe Brewing Company (COTU) and will hit the market on March 1, 2014. Chin Music was the name selected after a “Name the Beer” contest. The first joint offering from the Squirrels and COTU will be an amber lager and will be available for the first time at Flying Squirrels Fan Fest 2014 at The Diamond.

“We are so excited about the possibilities of this new brand,” said Flying Squirrels VP/COO Todd “Parney” Parnell.  “We feel the identity of the brand fits perfectly with the creative objectives of the Squirrels, and we know that fans of the Squirrels and craft beer will be equally pleased with the results.”

Although Chin Music won’t be available until March, COTU Co-Owner Chris Ray provided a brand description, as well as insights into the brewing process and a potential slogan:

Chin Music is a smooth, easy-drinking lager from the Center of the Universe that is perfect for enjoying while watching America’s favorite pastime – baseball.

COTU uses water that is similar to some of the great lager-brewing areas of Europe. Four different malted barleys are used in the mashing process. In the boil kettle, several additions of German Tettnang hops create a modest bitterness, just enough to balance with the malt. For fermentation, a great Czech yeast strain is used that leaves the beer clean and malty. After fermentation, Chin Music goes through a cold conditioning period (lagering) until the flavors are just right. Naturally carbonated, Chin Music is then filtered to remove any yeast that had not yet dropped out naturally. The result is a beautiful and crisp amber lager from COTU.

Chin Music will be 4.5% ABV and 24 IBUs.

The beer will also be distributed outside the ballpark.


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