United States > Virginia > Fredericksburg
vadavid (9) Fredericksburg, Virginia | January 31, 2008
74 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
The brewery has four regular beers available and typically also has a seasonal or two going. The Falmouth Pale Ale (formerly James River PA) and Stonewall Stout are favorites. The Fred Red is the one you’ll see at restaurants around town usually. They don’t distribute beyond Fredericksburg, Richmond and NOVA. Scheduled tours and tastings are Saturdays. The place is small, you can see most of it from the front door. Jeff is very friendly and you can get a taste of the beers pretty much anytime. Be sure to check their website as hours change and some beers go temporarily unavailable at times. Good beer and worth a stop if you are passing through F’burg.
radio_nowhere (53) Maryland | March 2, 2014
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited for lunch after touring nearby Bowman Distillery. We just did lunch, no tour. Nice small brewpub with a window on the small brewery operation. We ordered their popular beers and some burgers. The beers were average to solid and the food was pretty tasty. Price-wise the lunch and beers were fair. Overall nice experience and worth a stop if in the area.
RABinCO (70) Colorado Springs, Colorado | June 17, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 14/20
The brewpub is a real nice, comfortable place. They have all of their regular and any seasonal/special brews on tap in multiple sizes for very reasonable prices. The food is good/reasonably priced and the beer is (usually) good enough and sometimes great. They always have a god variety, from lagers and pale ales to cherry wheats and russian imperial stouts. The only problem, and it’s gets to be a big one, is the uninformed brewpub staff. They’re nice and courteous but tend to show a marked ignorance when it comes to beer...which is a big thing when it comes to brewpubs. Overall, definitely worth your time if you’re in the area. And check out the distillery right down the road!
DiarmaidBHK (732) Pennsylvania | June 16, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
If I had a dollar for every brewery I’ve visited in a warehouse I could have enough to pay for the beer. They’ve done a lot of work to make it look less like a warehouse and more like a pub. Lots of wood and stone etc. they had 7 things on tap which were solid but not amazing. The people behind the bar were nice enough and made an effort to explain the beers. I’ve certain’y been to much worse places.
magsinva (138) Virginia | June 16, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 13/20
They’ve made a real effort to make the warehouse feel more like a restaurant space and not a cold warehouse. To a certain extent they have succeeded especially the bar and brewery walls. On the day I visited, they have 6 beers on tap but can handle up to 9 at a time. The beers are solid though not spectacular and the prices are very fair (4.25 for a pint). The pretzel sticks were great. Overall, if you are in the area worth a stop to try them out.
Travlr (1460) Washington, Washington DC | November 23, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Great brewpub setup, where you can sit at tables and have something to eat while watching the brewer through glass partitions to the brewery. Server was very hauling ass, as the lone server in a full house at lunchtime, and he knew the beers and took time to answer questions. Food was good. Industrial looking location, but full of local history. Beers were all middle-of-the-road, with one that maybe shouldn’t have been released. Overall, worth a stop. Makes a good break from I-95 traffic.
Velkyal (71) Gordonsville, Virginia | February 21, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Feels more like a pub than just a restaurant that serves food, definitely a good thing in my world. Attentive service, without being overbearing. The food was simply excellent, one of the best burgers I have had in a brewpub. The beer selection covers every possible base for beer drinkers, with a good range of styles and the moreish Stonewall Stout. Overall a very worthy establishment and one that I will happily visit again.
BeerandBlues2 (624) Hanover, Maryland | February 13, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Lee’s Retreat is a nice place to stop for food and beer. The cinder block wall building gives no indication that you will find a quaint restaurant inside. There is a glass wall separating the restaurant from the brewery. The food is well prepared and reasonably priced. There were 7 or so house beers on tap plus more in bottles, available to go.
strap (1) Seoul, South Korea | April 27, 2010
48 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
definitely a bare bones operation. a working brewery. the guys filling up growlers are friendly enough, but the guy working the register is downright abrasive. too bad, as i liked stopping by and getting my growlers filled...but, the guy was a little too rude at the counter on my last visit, so i’ve decided to stop patronizing the Blue and Gray brewery.
Drake (474) Free Union, Virginia | November 13, 2009| Updated February 22, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
This seems like the first review since their move to a new building. Larger, but its a typical production brewery setup with visitors meandering amongst brewing equipment. Lots of military paraphernalia, and I get the sense that I was supporting a disabled veteran, which is cool. Free samples, with beer to go and several sizes of container to put it in. Everybody there was exceptionally friendly, including Stella the dog, and we spoke at length with the brewer Madison. The beer is solid even if its a little simplistic. They seem to be putting the finishing touches on the new brewery and they are working on putting in a pub. If you’re in Fredericksburg, definitely make it here to support a brewery that is starting to make good things happen.
Visited the new pub, so I’ll update the score accordingly. I love the ambience. A nice mix of rich dark woods and an old feel meshed with industrial. For example, one wall is cinderblocks and the opposite wall is stone with sconces. Big windows look into the brewing operation. The beer is of mixed quality... I did have some infection issues in the Minor Dementia stout. I had the burger on a recommendation. It was seasoned quite well, but damn if they couldn’t figure out how to cook it. I ordered it medium rare. At first I got a burger with no more than a sear, completely rare, and next I got one that was medium. Ugh. Prices are decent. People were nice. Nice place, but they STILL need to work some things out.
maniac (98) Baltimore, Maryland | May 17, 2009
54 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Visited here on 02/28/2009. The brewery here can be quite difficult to find. It’s in the middle of an industrial park, and if you don’t turn right after the tracks, you’ll miss it. The brewery is in an older industrial building. Somewhat dimly lit and seems somewhat dirty. The beer has improved since Madison has taken over, but there’s still work to do given the somewhat poor state the equiptment was left in. They offer free samples here and beer can be purchased to go.
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