Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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."  


Devils Backbone Awarded Third Consecutive National Title at The 2014 Great American Beer Festival

by dbmanager Wednesday October 8, 2014 @ 9:20 AM

Devils Backbone Awarded Third Consecutive National Title

at The 2014 Great American Beer Festival:

Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year!

Lexington, VA • October 7th, 2014 - Devils Backbone Brewing Company took home the titles for Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Team of the year at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival, the largest brewing competition in the world. Devils Backbone has earned four national titles within five years. Steve Crandall, founder of Devils Backbone Brewing Company stated, “Going from small brewpub to mid-size brewing company is a huge leap and still we are able to showcase our brewing excellence. What an amazing accomplishment by our team”.

In addition to the national title, Devils Backbone brought home four medals to add to their collection: Gold - Schwartz Bier (German-Style Schwarzbier), Silver - Turbo Cougar (Bock), Silver - Old Virginia Dark (American-Style Dark Lager) and Bronze - Alt Bier (German-Style Altbier). “The Outpost staff is extremely honored to be the recipient of the Mid-Size Brewery of The Year Award. I get to witness the dedication and skill of our production group on a daily basis, and this award speaks volumes of their commitment to quality”, said Nate Olewine, Lead Brewer. “It’s truly a cumulative effort from our entire staff, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with this recognition. At the end of the day, we’re lucky to pursue a craft that means so much to us and our fans.”

“I feel honored to work with such great co-workers”, said Jason Oliver, Brewmaster. “The DB Outpost crew lived up to their high standards and brought home Mid-size Brewery of Year at GABF! I had a feeling they would do it.”

Since its inception, the company has been known for their consistent quality and award winning beers, which have positioned Devils Backbone amongst the leaders in the craft beer industry. Their prestigious collection of national awards includes twenty-seven Great American Beer Festival medals, seven World Beer Cup awards, and fifteen Virginia Craft Brewers Fest medals with three consecutive “Best of Show” titles.

About Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Along with the 2014 Great American Beer Festival Mid-size Brewery of the Year award, Devils Backbone won the 2013 Small Brewing Company of the Year, the 2012 Small Brew Pub of the Year, and the 2010 World Beer Cup Champion Brewery & Small Brew Pub award. The Company operates two breweries in central Virginia. Basecamp, which opened in 2008, is the company’s original brewpub and The Outpost, a modern packaging brewery outside of Lexington, Virginia. The company produces approximately twenty beer styles commercially, with many more experimental styles in production at Basecamp. Devils Backbone beers are inspired by brewing traditions around the world. Vienna Lager, the company’s flagship, is one of the top Virginia craft brands in the Mid-Atlantic, and continues to be one of the fastest growing brands in the country. The company employs approximately 100 people, primarily at their breweries in Virginia. Devils Backbone products are currently available in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC.

About 2014 Great American Beer Festival

The 2014 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awarded 268 medals to some of the best commercial breweries in the United States, plus three GABF Pro-Am medals. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence. In its 28th year, the 2014 competition surpassed all previous participation records.

Summary: 2014 Great American Beer Festival Statistics

• 710 breweries in the festival hall

• More than 3,500 beers served at the festival

• 49,000 attendees

• More than 3,200 volunteers

• 1,309 breweries in the competition from 50 states plus Washington, D.C.

• 5,507 beers judged (not including 89 Pro-Am competition entries), a sixteen percent increase over 2013

• 90 style categories judged, plus the Pro-Am competition

• 222 judges from 10 countries Average number of competition beers entered in each category: 61.2 (excludes Pro-Am beers)

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by dbmanager Friday October 3, 2014 @ 14:15 PM

The Devils Backbone team is well immersed at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. And in between catching up with brewery friends, attending sessions, jamming at the silent disco and the like, DB is on the floor pouring nine beers: Golf Leaf Lager, Old Virginia Dark, Schwartz Bier, Turbo Cougar, Vienna Lager, Ale of Fergus, Alt Bier, Berliner Metro Weiss and Danzig Porter. Also of note for this year’s GABF, Devils Backbone has been paired up with Denver’s own Russell’s Smokehouse for the 2014 Farm to Table Pavilion. The DB-Smokehouse duo is one of 14 teams invited to the special session. Pumpkin Hunter and Smokehaus Lager will be served at this event.

A few more quick facts for you: 5,689 beers from 1,329 breweries are being judged at GABF 2014. That’s impressive! Speaking of judging, DB Brewmaster Jason Oliver reports that on Wednesday, he judged his “first table of the day at the GABF with such luminaries as Dick Cantwell from Elysian, Todd Ashman from 50/50, Peggy Pickart from Briess Malting, John Holl from All About Beer Magazine, and Gordon Strong from BJCP. A great table. It's awesome to work with such fine folks championing our industry!”

For those of us who weren’t lucky enough to make the trip to Denver, Colo. this year, we can still keep an eye on all the action. Here a couple of useful links to put you in the loop as the beer flows at GABF:

Catch a live look-in via The Brewing Network livestream

For folks in the Twitter universe – connect with @GABF and/or search #GABF

Insider tips – for next time or live vicariously through others right now!

The Great American Beer Festival website is also a good resource for daily schedules, maps, beer lists etc.

And, of course, there’s an app for that! My GABF

So dial in and cheer on the brews, breweries and brewers in Denver no matter where you are. How do you plan to follow your fave local breweries at GABF 2014? Chime in on Facebook and let us know. Cheers!