Strangeways grand opening features new beer releases, vintage brewania –

Strangeways Brewing owner Neil Burton spent years collecting the beer memorabilia now on display at his new brewery in Fredericksburg.

The James Monroe High School grad handpicked and assembled the vintage ads, old beer labels, photos and other brewania covering most of the surface of the of the glass-topped, U-shaped bar that dominates Strangeways Brewing Fredericksburg, located at 350 Lansdowne Road.

“I see something different every time I look,” said Tonie Stevens, Strangeways sales and marketing director, during a preview tour Friday.

Burton, who opened his first Strangeways in Henrico County in 2013, has spent $2.5 million renovating his parents’ former menswear warehouse into the company’s second location. It’s as much a feast for the eyes as a chance to taste the wide variety of craft beers that Strangeways is known for.

The public will get their first glimpse when Strangeways Brewing Fredericksburg holds its grand opening from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. The celebration will include a new beer each day. Brewmaster Matthew “Matty” Eck plans to release The Homecoming, a light, farmhouse-style ale suited for hot summer days, on Friday.

There will also be food trucks, outdoor games, music and merchandise sales during the grand opening.

Workers were putting the finishing touches on the 10,000 square-foot brewery Friday, and Eck had the 10-barrel, brewing system up and running. There are 48 taps behind the 100 foot-long bar inside, and another 48 behind the 30 foot-long granite-topped bar that will serve the patio. Each tap handle bears either a hand-carved version of Strangeways’ A.F.M. Monkey logo or its signature “S” inside a gear.

The operation will be smaller than the

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