Strangeways Brewing to open Fredericksburg brewery, tasting room

WASHINGTON — Richmond-based Strangeways Brewing, founded in 2013, will invest $2.5 million in a second brewery and tasting room in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Strangeways’ Fredericksburg outpost will also include event space, an arcade and beer garden and new equipment to increase its production capacity.

The company had considered North Carolina for expansion. A $150,000 grant from the governor’s Agricultural and Forestry Industries Development Fund and a matching grant from the City of Fredericksburg helped convince it to expand in the Commonwealth.

The expansion will create about two dozen new jobs.

Strangeways calls itself the largest producer of sour and wild beers in Virginia, and says more than 100,000 visitors a year come to its Richmond brewery.

Strangeways’ accolades include’s Best Brewery Taproom, Bon Appetit Magazine’s “10 New U.S. Breweries to Watch” list and Southern Living Magazine’s list of “The South’s Best Breweries.”

Owner Neil Burton, a Fredericksburg native, says the second location will feature nearly 50 of its beers on tap and will allow it to increase its barrel aging programs.

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Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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