Devil’s Backbone Brewing
The state’s largest and most popular craft brewery
Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company was founded in 2008 in Roseland, Virginia, by husband and wife, Steve and Heidi Crandall. They built their stunning lodge-style brewery facility on an expansive 100-acre property, surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. After many travels in Europe where pubs play an important role in small town communities, and other trips to the Western United States where brewpubs are increasingly common in regions with great outdoor sports and activities, the Crandalls decided that Nelson County, and specifically the Three Ridges Wilderness area, was the perfect place to bring great food and beer to the people.
The name “Devil’s Backbone” was selected as a nod to region’s history. In 1746, forty people were handpicked to carve and measure a straight line, eighty miles long through wilderness, connecting the sources of the Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers - it was known as ‘The Fairfax Line.’ Old journal entries noted the danger of this task, calling the area ‘Purgatory’ and naming a ridge line ‘Devil’s Backbone.’ This brewery helps honor those brave Virginians and their pioneering spirit.
With a heap of awards on par with some of America’s oldest and most respected craft breweries, Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company has made quite a name for itself in its short existence. If fact, the brewery has earned nearly 30 medals at the annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver and 7 awards at the World Beer Cup. In 2012, the company was named Small Brewpub of the Year, in 2013 Small Brewing Company of the Year, and in 2014, Mid-Size Brewing Company and Brew Team of the Year, all at the Denver festival.
Devil’s Backbone crafts authentic and eclectic craft beers using a traditional German-style brewing system at their original Roseland, Virginia location. Their second location in Lexington includes a taproom and additional room for brewing. We hope you enjoy two of Devil’s Backbone’s flagship beers in this month’s Craft Beer Club feature.