Devils Backbone Brewing Company of Nelson County, Virginia recently claimed the highest honor of the 2010 World Beer Cup by being named Champion Brewery and Brewmaster, Small Brewpub category. Devils Backbone Brewing Company earned one gold and 3 bronze medals in the Brewers Association (BA) World Beer Cup® 2010, a global beer competition that evaluates beers from around the world and recognizes the most outstanding beers being produced in the world today. This competition is the “Olympics” of all beer competitions.
Gold, silver, and bronze medals in the competition’s 90 beer-style categories were awarded April 10, 2010 during the World Beer Cup Gala Awards Dinner at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers in Chicago, IL..
Devils Backbone Brewing Company received a gold medal in the Baltic-Style Porter category for “Danzig”, a dark rich beer which also won a silver medal winner at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival. A bronze medal was awarded in the Coffee Flavored Beer category for its “Morning Bear”, an English-style Imperial Stout infused with locally roasted coffee. A second bronze was won in the German-Style Schwarzbier category for “Schwartz Bier”, a German-style black lager. Lastly, a third bronze medal was won in the Traditional German-Style Bock category for “Kollaborator”, deep garnet colored dopplebock. This particular beer was a collaborative effort between John Bryce of Blacksburg Brewing Co., Matt Reich formerly of Starr Hill, and Devils Backbone Head Brewer Jason Oliver.
Devils Backbone Brewing Company is a brewery restaurant situated in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains of Nelson County, Virginia. Since opening less than a year and a half ago, Devils Backbone has been Virginia’s most award winning brewery. Ten beers are on tap at all times including 4 year round beers (two of which won medals at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO) and 6 rotating seasonal beers created by Oliver who is a seasoned professional dedicated to the art of brewing. Oliver’s beers are naturally carbonated and evoke old world character often with new twists.
“We are extremely pleased to bring a world perspective to creating craft beer in Central Virginia and having it so recently accepted by our local patrons and the international community of beer professionals.” said Steven Crandall, owner of Devils Backbone Brewing Company.
“I couldn’t think of a better way to enter our second spring in business than with these honors. It’s great when you get recognized for doing something you love.”, remarks Jason Oliver, Brewmaster of Devils Backbone Brewing Company.
World Beer Cup 2010 winners were selected by an international panel of 179 beer judges from 27 countries. An impressive field of 3,401 entries from 642 breweries in 44 countries made up the competition. More than 3,800 breweries in 100 countries were invited to compete. Judges presented a total of 268 awards.