Saturday, June 28, 2008

(Yet Another) Brewpub and Beer Garden for Fredericksburg

The Blue & Gray Brewing Company has plans to open a 30-seat brewpub and an outdoor beer garden this Fall, if all goes to according to plan. The Free Lance-Star posted details this morning:
[Owner Jeff] Fitzpatrick said the move would be a "natural evolution" for his business, one that would allow customers to have a Blue & Gray beer while eating what he describes as "high-quality pub fare." He would likely open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, and could expand the restaurant if all goes well. He'd also hold special events and parties.

The brewery would continue to offer retail sales of its beer on site. The brewpub would likely offer the main product lines and some smaller-batch beers not available at other bars and restaurants.

The new site, which is on 20 acres and has parking for more than 100 cars, would allow Fitzpatrick to increase the size of the brewery's St. Patrick's Day and Oktoberfest events. The latter is scheduled for Sept. 26-28.

I know this has been in the works for some time and it appears plans are now moving forward. Jeff has filed a special use permit application with the Fredericksburg Planning Commission to operate the brewpub in the Fredericksburg Battlefield Industrial Park. Blue & Gray would move their current brewing operations to the new site. Jeff has spoken previously about the possibility that the popular outdoor festivals he holds would be unable to continue at the current site. This new home would allow those to continue, and even grow in size.

Beer lovers in the area have much to look forward to. We recently were told of plans for another brewpub for Fredericksburg. Also expected this Fall is the opening of the Capital Ale House in downtown Fredericksburg. Exciting times indeed!

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