Fredericksburg Brewing Company, Inc.

BEER AVG
3.43/5
Fredericksburg Brewing Company, Inc.Fredericksburg Brewing Company, Inc.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Eatery

245 East Main Street
Fredericksburg, Texas, 78624
United States

(830) 997-1646 | map
yourbrewery.com

Notes:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate

BEER STATS
Beers:
17
Ratings:
242
Reviews:
83
PLACE STATS
Score:
83
Ratings:
40
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
12.43%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
View: Beers | Place Reviews | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

I'm not really sure how I ended up in Fredericksburg (it had something to do with antiques), but it was a pleasant visit, and one of the highlights was the Fredericksburg Brewing Company. I had no idea that they had 12-guestrooms upstairs, but had I, I just might have looked into booking one.

I don't mean to be offensive when I say that it doesn't look like much from the street, because that's actually a huge part of the historic charm of the street, but it also doesn't look like much on the inside, which is still OK. It looks like a simple family style restaurant with a brew house tucked in on one side, which is charming, at least for me coming from the big city.

The food is basic, and pretty much what you might expect although there are a few highlights like a Scotch Egg ($6.99) and a German Pepperwurst ($8.99), as well as a Spinach Artichoke Pizza ($11.99/$14.99).

There are generally 6 beers on tap including their signature Peace Pipe Pale Ale, Harper Valley IPA, Enchanted Red Rock Ale, Helles Keller (I'm still not sure if that's funny of not), Pioneer Porter, and Not So Dumb Blonde. If you're lucky you might catch an interesting additional beer.

Not unlike other places on the strip, it's got a Biergarten out back where you can hang out. Personally I prefer the bar in the air condition, but I see how that can be a little stiff while it's more of a "hang" outside.

Overall it's got a basic, solid feel to it. Good beer, good food, nothing fancy.

 1,475 characters

Photo of LXIXME
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of misternebbie
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Six of its own beers on tap. Personable, knowledgeable staff. Cool vibe. Growlers to go. Place was packed with people eating on a Tuesday night.

144 characters

Photo of greenspointexas
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of champ103
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This is right on the main drag of Fredericksburg. It is a charming little brewpub. There is a large room in front as you walk in. The bar is to the right with all the brewing equipment behind the bar. The room is pretty much a big concrete building. There are a hand full of rooms that people can stay in upstairs as well. There is a beer garden in the back with an excellent sign that says "Less Government, More beer." That says it all. Very relaxed like the rest of the town.

The bartenders are very enthusiastic about their beer. Which is always good. The service was fast, friendly, and knowledgeable. No complaints here.

The selection is a bit to be desired. Pretty much a standard selection. A porter, pale, red, helles, ext. Nothing exciting, but nothing bad either. The helles was very good and an excellent example of a lager. If you hit the brewery at the right time they can have some really good offerings though (an Imperial Stout, a Maibock, an excellent coffee porter). Mostly the aforementioned beers though.

The food is all over the place, and nothing really excellent. I have not tried the German sausage plates, which are probably very good. Though the rest is just typical pub grub. There are other places in town that I would go to for a meal first.

Overall, a very nice place to grab a beer. They don't make a lot of crazy beer geek styles, but are very good at what they do. Which is making good quality beers in a fun atmosphere. I would be a regular if I lived in the area. Recommend if visiting the area.

 1,535 characters

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Atmosphere- Fredericksburg Brewing is located along a touristy shopping area along the main road through town. Most of the shops around here are antique or craft shops. Not exactly my favorite shopping destinations. Luckily, Fredericksburg Brewing is a great escape from the kind of shopping my mother likes. The main room of the brewpub contains many tables and one long bar with the brewing equipment right behind it. In the back there is a banquet room which resembles a German biergarten. The premises also contains a 12-room "Bed N' Brew" and a Lager Room which dispenses to-go drinks for those stuck shopping with their wives.

Quality- The three beers I had here were of great quality. The Dunkle Weizan was dead-on, the Admiral's Amber was very good, but standard, and the seasonal Hoppy Holidaze was amazing.

Service- Service was prompt, and our waiter knew the beer pretty well too.

Selection- Unfortunately only five choices, but since the quality was great I didn't mind.

Food- The food selection was brewpub fair with a German influence. My father and I enjoyed our selections, but I think maybe my schnitzel made me a little sick.

I recommend Fredericksburg Brewing on the strength of their beers. Just don't expect this place to resemble real German biergartens.

 1,292 characters

Photo of mig100
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Photo of arizcards
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

Visited with Da Boss after spending a good chunk of time at the LBJ ranch.

Overall vibe was actually very good. Long bar with fermenters on display for all to see. Left hand side was the old brick façade which lent a nice old tyme warehouse feel. In the back was a decent size bier garten. Ample seating/tables in the main dining room.

Unfortunately the quality of the beer does not match the vibe. The Porter was OK and i was not seeing high ratings for other brews.

Service was so-so as well as our server was pretty slow on a not so busy post lunch Thursday.

Selection offered on the menu was only 5 brews. I did not see any other listings.

Food was very good too. The Rueben was excellent and the German Potato Salad authentic. Da Boss enjoyed her burger.

Overall a neat place to hang out and have a meal and a cold one.

 841 characters

Photo of Junichi
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of HardTarget
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

If you are in the area, stop by, it's worth the trip. Fredericksburg is a touristy town with a main drag to walk, and they encourage you to bring your beer with you. The Brewing Company has at least 4 beers they brew to choose from, and some great German food to sample. I liked the Pioneer Porter and got a growler to take home, but a friend really enjoyed the Enchanted Rock Red. All the plumbing is right there behind the bar and the staff are happy to show you the process. The brewing company also has a Bed & Brew (get your own breakfast).

 545 characters

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

Atmosphere: nothing special. A pretty average brewpub with nothing to make it stick out from the rest.

Quality: I had two beers and tried a third. I'd say they are average at best. Nothing worth making the trip for

Service: a little slow. Waitress was new so I will give them the benefit of the doubt on this one

Selection: six beers all home brewed and nothing special.

Food: some pretty good German foods and regular pub bites. Fairly tasty but nothing that is too special

Overall: I was not impressed with this place. I prefer places that work hard on their beers and have an more standard menu. This place had a clear German theme and sub par german beers

 666 characters

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Take this establishment with a grain of salt and enjoy it for what it is: a quality brewpub. Settled in the midst of an historically German town, there is little German authenticity about this place, including the brewed offerings. But as a brewpub, it's quite good.

Modern decor, lots of nice rockwork with the brewing equipment just behind the bar. Didn't try the food but looks like above-average pub fare (burgers and fries, etc). Larger room in the back for bands.

The place is usually packed and the beer is excellent. Only four styles offered, none particularly German but I liked everything I tried. Good place to waste a Sunday afternoon, seems like a lot of local regulars present.

 697 characters

Photo of donspublic
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

First place we went to when we arrived at Fredricksburg. They were pretty crowded and the bar was full so I grabbed a beer and a wine for the wife and we headed back to the Biergarten. We had been on the road for several hours and it was raining, and that was just what the doctor ordered. A huge cavernous room that was warm and it was all to ourselves. I only had the IPA and I have had worse, pretty good beer, would get another one. Didn't try the food (but from what I saw it looked pretty good), but will be going back to Fredricksburg and will try it next time. Being a wine town, there are actually a couple of places that have pretty good beer selections, this is probably one of them.

 700 characters

Photo of briman
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited this brewpub during a past summer. Nice little town in the heart of Texas, pretty popular as a daytrip. Basically a "main street" type of town, with a main drag lined with mom & pop shops of all types. It was early in the day, but still pretty busy. I only had time for one beer with lunch, the Pioneer Porter which was excellent. The food (german sausage sampler) and service were great as well, and I'm looking forward to returning in the future to try the other beer offerings.

 488 characters

Photo of Magery
1.79/5  rDev -50.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 1.75

Photo of rspauldi
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

They make about 20 something beers, but they only carry about 6 at any given time.

None of the 3 I tried were particularly good, but I still had a fun time trying them out.

They sold 4oz samplers for $1.25, so that helped make for a better tasting experience. I wouldn't have really cared for full glasses of the ones I had.

I wish I had the time to try some of the food, but I'll have to try that out this summer when I pass through on the way to Austin again.

Not a bad experience, but I wasn't impressed. Will stop by again though to try some more beers next time. For the price and location, why not?

 609 characters

Photo of ColSanders
4.44/5  rDev +22.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

word word word word word

24 characters

Photo of JackDempsy
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

This city is a tourist trap, so the beer is made for the masses (the average beer drinker). And, the masses in this area drink "Lone Star" and "Shiner". So the beer is kind of like both of those. I had the pale ale and the IPA - well that is what I ordered - they both tasted the same and not too bad, but no hop bite at all. The food was average bar food and was alright. With all of that said - It was the best place to go in this town, so if I was there, I would go again.

 475 characters

Photo of tdawgydog
3/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Stopped in here for some lunch while visiting Fredericksburg. Was hoping for a little better than what we got. Service was not the best, food was meh and so was the beer. You have to do at least one of these things right. I think they get a lot of walk-in business because there is not a ton of choices in town.

The atmosphere is pretty decent, par for the course for a micro-brewery. You have the brew kettles behind the bar and the bartender seemed pretty knowledgeable about the beers that they brew.

DW had a chicken wrap that she thought was ok, but a little lacking on the condiments. I had the cheesesteak which was also ok, but the fries weren't anything special. As for the beer, I went with the Peacepipe Pale Ale. At first taste it was a little hoppy but not as much as expected and then in the aftertaste there was a slight hint of coffe, as if it had accidentally crossed taps with their coffee porter. Who knows??

Again if you find yourself in BFE it's worth a stop, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find this place.

 1,036 characters

Photo of allengarvin
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited during the 2006 Texas Beer Advocate gathering. Nice decor, high ceilings, very clean, cozy, with all their brewing equipment set up right behind the main bar: shiny copper kettle with sparkling clean stainless steel tanks. Small selection of available beers, only 5, which you can try in a six-buck sampler. Selection is fairly generic for June: a red ale, an ipa, a maibock, a porter and a helles. For an overtly German-style brewpub, it seemed unusual to see only 2 German-style beers, and those with brewed with American-style hops. The IPA smelled wonderful, and was fairly interesting. The rest were typical generic American brewpub material.

Service was definitely substandard. A long wait on tables, despite abundant empty seats (perhaps because of understaffing, but the staff seemed to have enough time to stand around idly chatting). They objected to us moving chairs around to seat our group altogether, and we had a bunch of problems with the bill, with items added that hadn't been ordered as well as missing items on the bill. It was very difficult to get the waitstaff's attention, and I sat for long periods with an empty glass.

Food was reasonably good, though priced a bit high for the small portions. The sauerkraut was excellent, but I only got a small dab with my Jaeger Schnitzl. The sausages were good but not exceptional.

Apart from the terrible service, for a saturday night, a decent but not outstanding brewpub.

 1,457 characters

Photo of mgdeth
4.2/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere - Typical brewpub atmosphere, with the entire brew setup in plain view. Relatively comfortable seating and surroundings. Acceptable and friendly, if not remarkable.

Quality - Beer and food are fresh. Some variance in beer quality, but is still pretty good on the whole.

Service - Polite and prompt. Our server seemed fairly new, and did not know a lot about the beer. Even so, I was impressed that this place had trained its service staff fairly well.

Selection - Standard pub fare, including nachos and pizza. Five or six beers on tap. Beligian beer lovers look elsewhere.

Food - The food is excellent. I highly recommend the spinach artichoke pizza with "beer grain" crust. The nachos are done up right with fresh onions and peppers.

Value - Fredericksburg is essentially a tourist trap, with prices to match. You have to spend a little more, but in the end I think this place is worth a visit.

 923 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Fredericksburg Brewing Company, Inc. in Fredericksburg, TX
3.43 out of 5 based on 242 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More