Eating is something a person must do daily to survive, just like breathing, sleeping, and tiptoeing past a sleeping Cyclops on the way to work. Refine survival tactics with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of pub fare at Lee’s Retreat Brew Pub at the Blue & Gray Brewing Co. in Fredericksburg.
The culinary artisans at Lee’s Retreat Brew Pub stack platters of pub cuisine as well as original twists on traditional alehouse fare. Barflies tease hungry stomachs by perusing a menu rife with seafood nibblers such as coconut calamari escorted by a spicy dipping sauce ($7.99). The bar’s honey-colored wood paneling and electric wall sconces in gold cages set the scene for sandwiches such as the gorgonzola and bacon burger, which—like all of Lee’s Retreat’s burgers—travels via english muffin rather than by bun ($8.99). Pulled-pork sandwiches lathered in Stonewall stout barbecue sauce and crowned with homemade coleslaw ($8.99) attempt to outbid the beer-battered cod with wasabi mayo and homemade fries ($12.99) for limited stomach real estate, while the baby back ribs cooked with house Stonewall stout crowd the market ($15.99).
Though alcohol is not valid with this deal, Lee’s Retreat Brew Pub brews a Fred red ale whose creamy head and pure malt body make it a handsome consort for pub fare. Other liquid looseners include a dry Stonewall stout with traces of dark chocolate and a Falmouth pale ale flavored with fruity hops. Patrons enjoy free brewery tours offered every weekend, which offer a chance to meet the brewer as well as sample beverages.