Governor-elect Ralph Northam will be the first Virginia governor to have a custom-made beer for his gubernatorial inauguration. InaugurALE is a Belgian-style blonde ale made with 100% Virginia grown ingredients. The grain was grown in the Northern Neck and malted at Copper Fox, the hops were grown at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, and the yeast was harvested at Agriberry Farm and handled by the Randolph Macon College biology professor Dr. Grace Lim-Fong.
The InaugurALE, brewed by Center of the Universe Brewing Company, will be light in body and have an alcohol by volume of 5%. It will boast notes of banana, clove and citrus. The Center of the Universe Brewing Company was founded in 2009 Chris Ray and Phil Ray in Ashland, Virginia.
The inauguration of Governor-elect Ralph Northam is free and open to the public. The swearing in ceremony and inaugural ball will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018. The Inaugural Ball will be held at 8 p.m. at the Main Street Station.