As I continue my adventure in Fredericksburg beer, I found myself at 6 Bears & a Goat Brewing Company. 6 B&G is located in Stafford County but is close enough to Fredericksburg to be a part of the beer scene. 6 Bears gets their name from the 7 owners, six are retired Coast Guard(Bears) and one is retired Navy(Goat).
6 B&G is a 15 BBL brewery and full service restaurant. When you walk in to the brewery you get a slight nautical theme, but not gimmicky. I didn't even really notice the theme until a friend pointed it out to me.
The brewery is behind full panes of glass but visible as you walk to the bar. There may be a lot of tanks but there is plenty of room to expand.
The beer that comes from this beautiful stainless is definitely not disappointing. When I was there were 11 beers on tap, 4 flagships, 6 rotating and seasonal and 1 limited release. I started with a seasonal Saison 7% ABV, 31 IBU. It was a strong standard farmhouse ale. I had been drinking saison's most of the summer and have had some that have missed the mark, this one did not. I moved to the flagship Red IPA 6.8% ABV 65 IBU which is an east coast style with slight caramel flavor and nice not overhopped flavor.
Next I had the limited release of the Strong Scotch Ale that was a heavy 9.2% All I can say is WOW. This beer had amazing flavor, the hints of molasses, the coffee and finished with a nice sweetness.
All the beer I had was great. There was nothing that I would not order again. The color, the mouth feel, the taste of all the beers were on point.
The food side has its own ties to Fredericksburg as the brewery entered a partnership with Joy Krump and Beth Black of Foode and Mercantile to manage the restaurant. This is one of the reasons why I wanted to visit. The food is geared toward the BBQ lover. Pit master Matthew Deaton runs the pit and the show in the kitchen. He spends his day tending to the pit to create amazing ribs, brisket, pulled pork and whatever else he puts on there.
I started with the brisket burger. It was delicious. Then yes I had the BBQ platter which was brisket and pulled pork served with baked beans and cole slaw.
Overall my experience at 6 Bears & a Goat was great. I had been looking forward to visiting and was not disappointed. I will return and have recommended to my friends and recommend to anyone else. I also want to give a couple thank you's. One to Chef Matt for spending time with me and letting me hang around the pit. Second to the cool bar staff for making feel at home and like I was a regular and also being knowledgeable of the beer. Lastly one of the owner's Mark Faller for giving me a tour of the brew system and walking me around the property. There are lots of great things in the works for 6 Bears & a Goat, expansion, possible private party space and great things happening outside on the 4 acres of property. Be sure to follow them on all their social media for beer and menu updates. Until then Drink up and Eat Well!