Calling all beer lovers near and far; this itinerary is for you! Stafford County, Virginia is an emerging craft beer destination right off Interstate-95. Sip your way through the Stafford region for a mix of bold, traditional, and specialty crafted flavors. Stafford and the greater Fredericksburg area offer a wide range of breweries, wineries, distilleries, and cideries to sit back and explore. Here are our favorites:
Enjoy a sit-down meal and local beer with 6 Bears & A Goat Brewing Company. This veteran-owned and operated business has a modern twist with tribute to the armed services. Try one of their award-winning beers like the O’Dark Thirty Irish Extra Stout or the Wine Barrel Aged Imperial Blonde Ale. 6 Bears & A Goat Brewing Company offers a full-service restaurant serving specialty cocktails, wine, cider, and staple house made beers. Their rotating food menu for brunch, lunch, dinner, and desserts has an option for everyone. Offering indoor and outdoor seating, you can also enjoy a friendly round of disc golf at 6 Bears & A Goat’s short putting course.
Feel like a local with Adventure Brewing Company’s North location in Stafford. Adventure Brewing Company’s relaxed atmosphere lets you kick back and enjoy local food trucks that are always on site. This brewery is known to have fun with their weekly event lineup like UnFamily Feud on Tuesdays and live music on the weekends. With Adventure in their name, they don’t disappoint when it comes to branching out and testing new flavors for their beers on tap. Be adventurous by trying their Flower Power Sour, craft hard seltzers, or their locally known Fred Red. Offering both indoor and outdoor spaces, Adventure Brewing Company is the spot for friends and furry friends alike.
Make sure to stop by Barley Naked Brewing Company in North Stafford for some live music and the best of local food trucks. Try out the Hop Naked IPA, a West Coast style hopped IPA with bright, citrus flavors enhanced by the addition of East Kent Goldings Hops. With award-winning beers on tap and an ambiance locals love, you don’t want to miss visiting this local treasure. This brewery offers indoor and outdoor spaces to cozy up with friends and loved ones while sipping on local favorites and listening to top local talent while snacking on yummy food. Party with the locals when you come to visit and see why everyone loves Barley Naked Brewing Company.
When great friends started brewing great beer together, Highmark Brewery was born. Grab your best friends and enjoy open mic night on Thursdays, trivia on Wednesdays, and half off on Tuesdays. With live music from local talent every Friday night, there is always something going on at Highmark Brewery. With seating inside and beer garden style seating outside with an adjacent field, bring the whole family to enjoy a night at Highmark Brewery. Try their Blue Stone Kolsch, a classic German Ale style of beer light in both color and maltiness that provides a crisp and slightly dry experience you can drink with ease. Missing out on this Stafford spot would truly be a shame.
Enjoy a beer while camping? Stafford is home to one of the country’s only campsite breweries, Wild Run Brewing Company. Park the RV or pitch your tent and explore the 20 acres of tasting ground that surround this one-of-a-kind experience. With 13 beers on tap year-round including stouts, IPAs, and lagers, there is something for everyone at this Stafford secret. Hidden within Aquia Pines Campground, you can experience the sights and sounds of nature while sipping on a cold one with friends. What are you waiting for? Grab your tent and a few close buddies and enjoy Wild Run Brewing Company while camping in beautiful Stafford County.
Want to explore more breweries and maybe even win a prize? We all love a challenge! Check out the FAB Trail. Our regional beer trail takes you through three communities and nine breweries, including all the ones listed above! Stick to it for a chance to win a prize for sipping and hopping your way through the Stafford region!
Beer not your thing? Don’t worry! We have a beautiful Tuscany-inspired winery with an on-site bistro, tasting room and shop just waiting to be discovered right off Interstate-95. Enjoy a day in the tasting room and dinner in the courtyard where you can feast on charcuterie boards, gourmet plates, and try the different wine flights showcasing the award-winning pours Potomac Point Winery has to offer. See Potomac Point Vineyard and Winery’s website for different experiences being offered throughout the year. These experiences include live music on Fridays throughout the year, firepit tables at the bistro in the fall and winter, and heated wine tents among the grape vines available from Thanksgiving through March!
Stafford has an abundance of activities beyond local beer and wine. Make a weekend out of it and sleep the night away in one of our comfy hotels and visit amazing restaurants, shops, outdoor locations, history and so much more.