Devils Backbone Brewing Company

The Brew Ridge Trail is calling!

by dbmanager Friday April 10, 2015 @ 9:26 AM

Headed to the Blue Ridge Mountains and ready for some delicious Virginia craft beer? Sounds like you might be ready to spend some time on the Brew Ridge Trail!


Before you go: check out the Brew Ridge Trail website  where you’ll find recommendations for places to stay, a map locating breweries in the areas, plus a list of brewery events and brewery news.


You may also follow the Brew Ridge Trail Facebook page for current info on events taking place across Virginia!  The BRT Facebook pages lists events scheduled for Tidewater to NOVA, southwestern VA an every where in between!  Be sure to take a peek and become a friend and we’ll see YOU out on the Brew Ridge Trail.



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DB Adventure Race Series!

by dbmanager Wednesday April 1, 2015 @ 15:09 PM

For all you racing types, weekend warriors and the like, we got a little something for you this spring!  We’ve partnered with several non-profits, worked with race organizers and now we’re all pumped to roll out our Devils Backbone Adventure Race Series.  And we want you to be a part of it! 

Get ready to pedal, paddle and run to the Devils Backbone finish line at these three races:

April 18 - Adventure Triathlon at James River State Park (Gladstone, VA)

May 2 - 40th Annual Lexington River & Road Relay (Lexington, VA)

May 16 - 7th Annual Alleghany Highlands Triathlon (Covington, VA)


We’re bringing the goods, like Devils Backbone signature prizes and the post race party.  Yep, that’s right, you can relax with a refreshing, and no doubt well deserved, Gold Leaf Lager once you cross that finish line!  We’re looking forward to a fantastic race season and can’t wait to see you #FinishWithGold!


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Devils Backbone Open Season!

by dbmanager Saturday February 28, 2015 @ 7:00 AM

Ah yes! It’s Open Season Eve and we are super pumped to see what y’all find on your Devils Backbone #8ptHunt this March! 


Through the month DB team members will be getting their hunt on at a number of events through Virginia, Maryland and D.C.  Insider tip:  keep up with Eight Point IPA sightings near you by following @dbbrewingco@ddbc_ab and @ddbc_cara on Twitter or @devilsbackbonebrewingcompany and @devilsbackbonew on Instagram.


When you tag and post your Devils Backbone Eight Point IPA picture, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a two-night stay at Horsehoe Mountain Lodge in Nelson County and an outdoor adventure excursion with our friends at James River Reeling and Rafting Co. in Scottsville. 


Now, the contest rules and regs:


1.  To enter the contest, all you need to do is snap a picture of your Devils Backbone Eight Point IPA, tag it #8PtHunt, and post (between 3/1 and 3/31) on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  


2.  Must be 21 or older to enter. No purchase necessary to win. By submitting your picture, you grant Devils Backbone permission to use your name and photo for our commercial purposes. Terms and conditions apply. Contest is valid March 1-31, 12:00am 2015 EST. Devils Backbone wholesaler partners, retailers, employees and their families are not eligible to win.


Good luck!  Can’t to see what you get on your DB #8PtHunt!


#8ptHunt Begins March 1

by dbmanager Friday February 20, 2015 @ 17:20 PM

We’re about a week out from the start of our #8ptHunt!  So we wanted to remind you of the details as you prep for Open Season*…


To enter the contest, all you need to do is snap a picture of your Eight Point IPA, tag it #8PtHunt , and post (between 3/1 and 3/31) on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  Bam! You’re entered! Also, make sure you tag US so we can SEE you:

Facebook: Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Twitter: @dbbrewingco

Instagram: @devilsbackbonebrewingcompany


The contest begins March 1 and runs through March 31.  By tagging and posting your Eight Point IPA picture, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a dynamite grand prize: a two-night stay at Horsehoe Mountain Lodge in beautiful Nelson County and an outdoor adventure excursion (think: fishing, tubing, kayaking, canoeing) with our friends at James River Reeling and Rafting Co. in Scottsville.  Word!


We can’t wait to see what you capture on your #8PtHunt!



*Must be 21 or older to enter. No purchase necessary to win. By submitting your picture, you grant Devils Backbone permission to use your name and photo for our commercial purposes. Terms and conditions apply. Contest is valid March 1-31, 12:00am 2015 EST. Devils Backbone wholesaler partners, retailers, employees and their families are not eligible to win

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Something big is in the works for Eight Point IPA

by dbmanager Monday February 9, 2015 @ 17:21 PM

We’re rolling out something big for Eight Point IPA this March and you’ll have a chance to get in on the action! It’s gonna be a fun adventure for sure, so stay tuned for announcements right here on the blog (and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too) about how you can be a part of the #8PtHunt Open season is coming, cheers!

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by dbmanager Wednesday February 4, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

We’re excited to announce that “Tour de Blue Ridge” is coming to Devils Backbone!  The bluegrass, bikes and brews tour, which is an event created by Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine and Travis Book of the Infamous Stringdusters, will make two stops in North Carolina and two stops in Virginia.  Travis will be at Basecamp with his mountain bike and guitar on Saturday, March 28. 


The series of events offers folks a chance to ride some super fun singletrack, enjoy Travis’ guitar pickin’ and singing and of course drink some delicious brews!  Devils Backbone group rides roll out at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. with a special music session from Travis scheduled for 2 p.m.


Save the date now and learn more details about “Tour de Blue Ridge” here.


What's New at the Outpost Tap Room?

by dbmanager Monday January 5, 2015 @ 17:14 PM

We’ve put together a dynamite lineup for the New Year at the Outpost Tap Room!  First off, the Tap Room stays open later each day of the week.  Boom! And along with those new hours comes a full slate of beertivities.

Beginning Thursday, January 8, Growler Girls moves to monthly gatherings.  The ’Girls begin the year with a Resolution talk hosted by our very own Diz! While in the company of friends old and new, you’ll set some goals for 2015 and help each other stick to 'em!  And go ahead and mark your calendar, February’s meeting is on Thursday the 12th.

Mug Club gets its groove on Tuesday, January 13 with a brewer-led discussion on how to taste beer and later that week at the Outpost we tap a cask of Dark Abby.

Each month Outpost brewer Cory prepares a keg of cask beer especially for the Tap Room.  On January 15, he’ll roll out a cask of Dark Abby – loaded with raisins! Dark Abby is one of our Trail Blazer beers. This Belgian Inspired Dubbel Ale is brewed with sugar and spices, and four kinds of malt.  If you’ve not tried Dark Abby, rest easy – we just bottled the first batch and will soon release on tap and in package.

Live Fridays continues in 2015.  On select dates every month we feature live music for you to enjoy with your fresh pint right in the Tap Room.  Music strikes up at 5:30 p.m. and January Live Fridays dates are set for the 16th and 30th.

And finally, enjoy delicious pints while testing your knowledge at the Devils Backbone Trivia Night.  Go it alone or build a team for friendly competition in the Tap Room on Thursday, January 22.

Lots of moving parts – quick recap:


  • Extended hours schedule effective now (Sun & Mon: 1 – 7 p.m., Tue & Wed: 1- 8 p.m., Thur-Sat: 1 – 9 p.m.)
  • Jan 8 – Growler Girls (6 p.m.)
  • Jan 13 – Mug Club (6:30 – 8p.m.)
  • Jan 15 – Cask Day (Dark Abby!)
  • Jan 16 – Live Fridays with Black Collar - blues band (5:30 p.m.)
  • Jan 22 – Devils Backbone Trivia Night with Ann (6- 8 p.m.)
  • Jan 30 – Live Fridays with Crowded Pond - bluesy acoustic rock (5:30 p.m.)


Keep up to date with all Outpost events on our website.  Share your pics with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Cheers to 2015 and more adventures!

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Let the winter adventures begin!

by dbmanager Monday December 22, 2014 @ 18:24 PM

In between decorating, last minute shopping and holiday gatherings over the weekend, a few of us were out on various adventures in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Brittany and Heidi spent the day at Wintergreen zooming down the mountain on skiis, Elizabeth was out and about in Culpeper, Casey was getting her groove on at a wedding reception and I went for a hike along parts of the Appalachian Trail.

While on the AT I ran into No Filter (trail name) who was only hours, not even a full day,  from finishing an adventure he started in May.  We crossed paths at the Paul C. Wolfe Shelter – I was breaking for lunch with friends, No Filter was moving south, but not before sharing that his adventure would wrap up on Sunday, December 21 at “the, have you heard of, Devils Backbone? The Basecamp.”  Can you believe it? Yes, I know Devils Backbone, I'm part of the DB team.  "Nice to meet you! Too funny this small world."

And although I had a million questions, we kept it short.  No Filter didn’t dawdle.  He reported having the Bonesmoker Platter the day before and planned to celebrate the end of his journey right back at Basecamp on Dec. 21.  I think that perfectly captures the spirit of Basecamp! End an adventure at the base of the mountain in the comfort of friends, new and old – with delicious beers and a hearty meal!

With the solistice official here, I know my DB team members and I have many winter pursuits in store.   What winter adventures do you have planned? 

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It’s beginning to look a lot like...

by dbmanager Thursday December 11, 2014 @ 14:15 PM

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, ev’ry where you go! We’re gearing up for the 12 Beers of Christmas at Basecamp Brewpub (Dec. 13 – 24) and the Ugly Christmas Sweater party at the Outpost Tap Room (Dec. 19).  And so, the DB team is fully in the spirit of the season with red bows and ribbons, jingle bells, Christmas trees, festive songs and of course plenty of holiday cheer and tasty DB beer!

This time of year always makes us giddy with excitement – holiday adventure time you know? And yeah, there very well may be some Elf Yourself videos flying around the brewery. So where ever you are, however you celebrate, we hope you too make it an adventure! 

Holiday cheers from the DB team!

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The Inside Scoop on Wee Heavy

by dbmanager Monday November 3, 2014 @ 17:31 PM

Today at the Outpost we bottled another batch of Kilt Flasher Wee Heavy Scotch Ale.  This delicious and full bodied beer is rich in flavor with a warming complexity, perfect for the onset of winter.  So what's with the name Wee Heavy?

While the style of beer dates back several hundred years, Fowler’s brewery is credited with first using the term Wee Heavy in the mid-20th century to describe one of their strong ales.  Fowler’s served their Twelve Guinea Ale (recipe records show the ale being made as early as the 1860's) in nip bottles, which were roughly six ounces (wee).  That beer had an ABV greater than 6% (heavy).  Thus, wee is said to characterizes a smaller volume and heavy refers to a higher ABV and through the year's this nomenclature evolved into a beer style.

So, Devils Backbone Brewing Company’s Kilt Flasher is a Wee Heavy Scotch Ale? Scotch Ales in general are full bodied, dark beers  that are higher in alcohol content.  These beer are also much heavier on the malt bill and much lighter on the hop side.  Kilt Flasher has an ABV of 8%, is brown in color wtih ruby highlights and is traditonally served in a 12 ounce goblet. The beer is brewed with Maris Otter Pale, Pilsner, Amber Dark Crystal and Pale Chocolate Malts and utilizes English hops (20 IBUs). 

Dark Chocolate Malts add rich toffee notes and Amber Malts give a toasty character while the Pale Chocolate Malts lend the beer its brown color.  Northern Brewer and Fuggle English hops impart earthy, woody characteristics that balance the sweetness of the malts.  Kilt Flasher is also fermented slowly and at a low temperature, creating a hearty beer ideal for drinking in the cooler months.  And in the words of DB Brewmaster Jason Oliver, "Much like the early Scottish settlers of the Virginia Highlands, Kilt Flasher has a robustness that stands up to anything.  Enjoy a pint and expose yourself to great beer."