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Microbrewery to open in former Fatty J’s space

Shawn Phillips

A 24-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps will open a microbrewery and restaurant in the former Fatty J’s space in downtown Fredericksburg.

Shawn Phillips, working with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer broker Wilson Greenlaw Jr., recently finalized a lease to open Spencer Devon Brewing in the 5,827-square-foot space at 106 George St. Phillips hopes to open Spencer Devon this coming spring, not long after his April 1 retirement from the Marine Corps. He’s stationed at the Quantico Marine Corps Base and lives in Stafford County.

Spencer Devon will at first feature four different kinds of beer brewed at 106 George — a brown, pilsner, milk stout and IPA. Additional beers and seasonal offerings will be added later. Customers will be able to watch the beer being made, and Phillips also hopes to have an open kitchen featuring a menu with local ingredients.

More details on this new venture will be in a weekend edition of The Free Lance-Star.