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Cathy Jett is the business editor at The Free Lance-Star, and specializes in covering the area's retail scene. You can email her at

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Super Bowl is super weekend for local brewery

Super Bowl weekend is second only to the Fourth of July when it comes to beer sales at Blue & Gray Brewing Co. in Spotsylvania County.

So the brewery will hold a rare Sunday opening from noon to 3 p.m. before this year’s big game.

“On weekends like this we often see  our regular growler fill  customers on Saturday returning on Sunday, complaining that their growler had a hole in it (because it’s empty),”  President Jeffrey S. Fitzpatrick said in an email.

Blue & Gray’s brewpub, however, will be closed this Sunday because most people make plans for Super Bowl parties at home or a friend’s house, he said.

The brewpub will buck traditional Super Bowl fare today and Saturday by offering grilled salmon served with a choice of either lemon dill sauce or an Asian coconut sauce.  Both will be served with brown rice, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and capers.