Nelson County, VA • August 23, 2014: The Virginia Brewers Cup ended the day exactly where it began: overlooking the Devils Backbone Basecamp Brewpub. Devils Backbone Brewing Company once again earned top honors at the 3rd annual Virginia Craft Brewers Festival, hosted by the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild in Nelson County, Virginia. Devils Backbone took home 7 medals, including 4 gold medals, and swept the Best of Show awards in what is the largest competition held in the state. 51 Virginia craft breweries participated in the festival on an overcast Saturday, and the field of competition consisted of 221 beers across 23 categories.
Devils Backbone's Turbo Cougar, a blond bock, was awarded the overall prize for best of show. Their Smokehaus Lager and Berliner Metro Weiss took the Silver and Bronze Best of Show prizes respectively. Devils Backbone won an additional gold medal for their flagship Vienna Lager; a silver medal for Pear Lager and bronzes for their Schwartz Bier and their East/West India Pale Lager.
The brewers were surprised and ecstatic about the recognition: "I was hoping for a "hat trick" and we got a double hat trick," said Brewmaster Jason Oliver, referring to the company's third consecutive Best of Show award and the sweep of all three of this year's top honors. According to Nate Olewine, Head Brewer at the Company's Outpost Brewery, the wins don't come easily. “It’s a great pleasure to see our name on the Virginia Brewers Cup for the third year running. I see first-hand the sacrifices our dedicated and determined staff make to produce such a quality product on a daily basis. Truly a team effort!”
The Virginia Brewers Cup win adds to a growing list of accolades earned by Devils Backbone in the last 12 months. Devils Backbone won 6 medals and the overall prize for Small Brewing Company of the year at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival last October. That win was followed by two awards at the 2014 World Beer Cup, and a slew of local consumer's choice awards. Their Vienna Lager was selected as the top beer in the 2014 Washington Post Madness, the 2014 Blue Ridge Outdoors - Best Blue Ridge Craft Beer and 2014 Best of Cville.
More than 2,500 beer enthusiasts joined the 51 participating Virginia Breweries at this year’s Virginia Craft Brewers Fest. The number of beers entered this year was nearly double the prior year and judging took place in advance of the event at Mad Fox Brewing Company in Northern Virginia. The competition was overseen independently by Master Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judge Tom Cannon along with 28 certified judges who volunteered their time for the event. George Stewart, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade, presented the awards for Best in Show on behalf of the governor, who has once again declared August to be Virginia Craft Beer Month.
Devils Backbone Brewing Company is a regional Craft Brewery with two locations in the Virginia Heartland. The Devils Backbone Basecamp Brewpub, a full service restaurant with on-premise brewery, opened its doors in 2008 in Nelson County, VA and the Devils Backbone Outpost Brewery, a full-scale production facility and taproom, began operations in 2012 in Lexington. VA. Steven Crandall founded the company and Jason Oliver leads the brewing operations. At their Basecamp Brewpub, they have crafted well over 100 different styles of beer, approximately 15 of which have been scaled up for production and distribution from the Outpost facility. The company currently distributes its beers through wholesalers across Virginia, Washington DC and in Maryland.
In its five-year existence, Devils Backbone has been awarded 30 medals at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup, and 20 medals at the Virginia Craft Brewers Fest. Additionally, Devils Backbone earned two national titles, 2013 Small Brewing Company & Small Brewing Company Brewer and 2012 Small Brewpub & Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival. Devils Backbone has earned one international title for the 2010 Champion Brewery and Brewmaster Small Brewpub at the World Beer Cup. Their Basecamp Favorites flagship Vienna Lager won gold medals at both the 2012 Great American Beer Festival 20 and the 2012 World Beer Cup.
Media inquiries can be directed to Marketing Director Heidi Crandall at Heidi@dbbrewingcompany.com