I stopped by the Kybecca Wine Bar Wednesday evening for the monthly Fredericksburg Blogger Happy Hour gathering. This was my first visit to Fredericksburg's new wine and tapas bar. Despite it's name, the wine bar has a fairly extensive beer list. This is to be expected given the wine bar is run by the same folks who operate the Kybecca wine, beer and cheese stores.
There were printed wine menus on the tables, but the only beer menu I saw was a short monthly specials list which offered a selection of Fall seasonal beers. I ordered a Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale. This pumpkin beer is made with actual pumpkin, along with pumpkin pie spices. The beer is very flavorful and carries the 8% alcohol level very well. I also enjoyed a Bell's Ocktoberfest. The sweet, malt flavor was somewhat masked by the bigger beer I had started with. Other seasonal beers offered included Coney Island Freaktoberfest, Dogfish Head Punkin' Ale, Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier, along with a couple of others I don't recall. Those offerings were quite sufficient for my short visit but next time I visit I'll inquire about the longer beer menu.
The beers offered are all served by the bottle, no draft beers are available. The bottles were accompanied by small nonic shaped glasses, perhaps 8 oz in size. Since the restaurant is a wine bar first, I may be inclined to request a red wine glass if I order one of the "bigger" beers. Our server was friendly and seemed to be familiar with the beers, at least the ones on the specials list. I do look forward to returning and trying out something from the very enticing food menu.
The Kybecca Wine Bar is a nice addition to the Kybecca wine, beer and cheese shop. The restaurant is still getting up to speed, and some construction is still to be done. I expect this will be a very popular addition to Fredericksburg's food and dining scene.