(1090 The Fan) – Relief pitcher Chris Ray’s time as a Mariner was short; in 2011 he logged 32 and two-thirds innings in 29 games with a mediocre 4.68 ERA. However, spending time in Seattle might have had an impact on his new profession: making good beer.

According to cbssports.com, Ray, who was at one time expected to be the Orioles’ “closer of the future,” now runs Center of the Universe Brewing Company of Ashland, Virginia with his brother Phil.

Though Seattle is considered one of the best beer regions in the country, we can’t really take all the credit for fueling Ray’s desire to brew craft beer. The brothers started out as home brewers before Chris went pro. Phil earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and worked for Honeywell in Florida before moving to Virginia, according to RichmondBizSense.com. Chris, on the other hand, is the creative brains of the operation.

Ray Ray's Pale Ale (COTUbrewing.com)

Ray Ray’s Pale Ale (COTUbrewing.com)

Ray says he and his brother decided to open the brewing company after Chris’ baseball travels showed him Ashland was in need of a microbrewery.

-Chris Coyle, 1090 The Fan

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