Saturday, October 15, 2016

Jeff Fitzpatrick, RIP

I am saddened to receive word that Blue & Gray Brewing founder and craft beer pioneer Jeff Fitzpatrick passed away on Friday. Founded by Jeff in 2002, Blue & Gray was the first craft brewery in the Fredericksburg area. The annual St. Patrick's Day and Oktoberfest celebrations put on by Jeff at the brewery were always extremely popular, and benefited first responders and local charities. Jeff was a big supporter of local Knights of Columbus and Ancient Order of Hibernians organizations as well.

In years past I spent so much time at Blue & Gray, and wrote about so many of the beers, people often thought these Musings were run by Blue & Gray! Tours of the brewery were frequently given by Jeff himself and he was always excited to talk about the next new beer coming from the brewery.

Jeff's generosity and cheer will be missed. I'll raise a pint to you my friend.

Jeff Fitzpatrick, Requiescat in Pace


  1. Nice photo, Dave. The founder of craft beer in Fredericksburg will be missed. May he find peace in a better place.

    1. His absence will be felt across a wide group of people for sure.

  2. I'm sad to read this. Rest well, Jeff.

  3. So sad to hear this. RIP and the best to his friends and family.

  4. So sad to hear this. RIP and the best to his friends and family.

  5. A very good man. Friend from the word go to everyone he met. He'll be missed.

  6. A memorial mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fredericksburg on Wednesday, October 19 at 10:30 a.m.

    In lieu of flowers, Jeffrey’s family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of charitable donations in his name to; The Wounded Warrior Project at Wounded Warrior Project, PO BOX 758516, Topeka, KS 66675, or to the Holy Cross Academy Expansion Fund at


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