I cheated on Virginia wine for the weekend and went for Virginia beer (shh). We went to Blue & Gray Brewing Co. in Fredericksburg for the first time for a tasting and lunch. What history lover could resist the chance to enjoy a brew at “Lee’s Retreat” … I had to go!
I have seen their brews on tap at local bars around Fredericksburg and Stafford and had their Fred Red before, so Blue & Gray Brewing Co. has been on my “to-visit” list for a while. We went for a tasting and lunch on a Saturday, and we were surprised to be offered a free tour as well. We had a great experience touring the brewery with the owner and tasting a couple of the beers along their brew process. The free tasting consisted of four brews:
- Classic Lager – very smooth
- Fred Red Ale – my personal favorite; lingers nicely on the tongue, goes down smooth. A great, class red ale. Perfect for a fall day!
- Falmouth American Pale Ale – crisp and citrusy
- Stonewall Stout – chocolaty, espresso delicious
Following the beer tasting, we went to the restaurant side of Blue & Gray for lunch. I was expecting quick pub food and was surprised at how good my meal was! We split buffalo wings around the table… they were juicy, hot wings (not dried out or small). For my meal, I had the fish and chips. The fish was crispy and delicious! I definitely plan to eat there again. With my lunch, I tried their Oktoberfest brew before it was gone. It was a good brew, but the Fred Red was still my favorite. We left with a growler of the Fred Red, the group’s unanimous favorite. The growler itself was about $40, but the fill was only $9.50. Growler refills are only $9.50 for the future.
Blue & Gray Brewing Co. is located off route 2 in Fredericksburg between route 17 and route 3. It is in an industrial area, so do not be alarmed on your trip there when you cross over a few railroad tracks. Shortly down 17 is Belvedere Pumpkin Patch (where we ended our day since it was just before Halloween). A little further down the road is Fort A. P. Hill and the town of Port Royal. Down route 3 are Ingleside Winery, George Washington’s birthplace, and other historic landmarks.
In town, Fredericksburg city is full of fun attractions for the history lover. Visitors can start off at the Visitor’s Center off Caroline Street to pick up a map. There are the historic homes and sites of Gari Melchers’ Belmont (beautiful artwork!), Kenmore, and Ferry Farm. The Washington Heritage Museum website has great information on other sites to visit, including Rising Sun Tavern. Finally, there are many historic battlefields and cemeteries to explore and learn about the history of the area and our country. Fredericksburg is popular for its early American history, and especially the Civil War history. The book Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg! by George C. Rable is a great book on the battle of Fredericksburg during the Civil War.
I love Fredericksburg and am so glad I finally made it to Blue & Gray Brewing Co. The brewery and brews did not disappoint… I can’t wait to go back!