25 August 2016
August 23, 2016 - RICHMOND, VA - Virginia Pride, OutRVA, Ardent Craft Ales, and Center of the Universe Brewing Company are excited to announce the upcoming release of their limited edition Pride 2016 beers “Georgie” and “Porgie” on Thursday, September 1 as well as a full line-up of tasting events throughout September in the Richmond area. This collaborative project was months in the making, with all four organizations and breweries coming together to make a playful, yet meaningful contribution to Pride Month. The resulting beers refer to the traditional nursery rhyme “Georgie Porgie” and not only lent ideas for the beers themselves but also was slightly adjusted from “ran away” to “decided to stay.” The statement on both bottles aptly captures the sentiment behind this project: "Georgie and Porgie are two beers that represent the love we have for craft beer and for everyone who drinks it, no matter who they are and who they love.”
Ardent’s “Georgie” beer is a Mixed Berry Pale Ale (4.7% abv) which represents the “pie” in the rhyme, and COTU’s “Porgie” beer is a Chocolate Pudding Porter (5.7% abv) which plays on the “pudding” line. Both beers will be available on draft throughout Richmond and in limited-edition 750 mL bottles. Please see the following list and descriptions of release events and supporting tastings throughout Pride 2016:
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 1
PRIDE KICKOFF & RELEASE PARTY AT QUIRK HOTEL
This will be the official Pride Month kick-off party and the first opportunity to try “Georgie” and “Porgie” beers. Event begins at 6 p.m. at the Quirk Hotel rooftop with music from DJ Amy Alderman and food available from Quirk. Limited supply of Georgie Porgie glassware will be available with a donation to Virginia Pride. In addition, Quirk will donate $1 of every beer sold during the event to Virginia Pride and OutRVA. No cost for admission. After-party will be hosted at Barcode Restaurant & Bar located at 6 East Grace Street.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 3
ARDENT & COTU TAPROOM RELEASE DAY
Both Ardent and COTU will simultaneously release the “Georgie” and “Porgie” beers on September 3 in their respective taprooms. Both taprooms will have the two beers on tap and bottle sales of both brews. Guests who visit Ardent and COTU on this day will be given limited edition “Georgie Porgie” glassware in support of Pride Month. Ardent’s event begins when they open at 12 p.m. and COTU will start at 1 p.m.
ADDITIONAL SEPTEMBER GEORGIE & PORGIE TASTING EVENTS
FR September 2 // The Caboose Tasting in Ashland. 4:30 p.m.
TH September 8 // Citizen Burger Bar Party. 5 p.m.
FRI September 9 // The Wink Sampling Event. 4 p.m.
TH September 15 // Station 2 Party, 5 p.m.; Pre-Pride Party at Babes, 8 p.m.
MO September 19 // Capital Alehouse Midlothian Party 4 p.m.
FR September 23 // District 5 Event, 5 p.m.
SA September 24 // Pridefest! 12-8 p.m.