Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Active Beers: 78
Beer Ratings: 1,662
Beer Avg: 3.73
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 39 | Show All Ratings:
3.69/5 rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
After a number of visits to Devil's Backbone, I've realized that while their beers are well made, they are not particularly distinctive and probably not aligned to my taste. They make a lot of obscure (to me) European lagers and each one I've tasted, I've thought, "Not bad, that's solid". That describes a lot of their packaged beer as well. I'll drink it but but not particularly excited to see it in the store. They do come up with some one-off high points at the brewpub; the 16 point Imperial IPA was amazing. However, my last visit (day before Thanksgiving), their draft line up at the brewpub was particularly weak.
The brewpub itself has solid food, not quite as good as Blue Mountain down the road. The vibe is a little strange as you have locals, retirees from the Wintergreen resort and beer geeks all together in a somewhat uneasy mix. If you're in the area it's definitely worth it to stop by as there might be something special on tap.
11-29-2013 04:50:27 | More by seanchai
3.8/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
Pretty cool place that had indoor and outdoor seating options. Somewhat off the beaten path, a pretty nice building with pretty good scenery. The indoor features lots of stuffed animals and a pretty decent bar. They had some live music too, but we sat outside. The beer offerings were pretty good, but nothing exceptional, or worth making a special visit to try. Worth a stop if in the area, food was good and the beers were good, so no complaints.
10-10-2013 23:38:55 | More by stephenjmoore
3.88/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25 | $$$
Went up with a couple of buddies. Been dying to try it, but never got up to the Charlottesville area.
Atmosphere is really great. Its at the bottom of a mountain and is like an old ski lodge. Stuffed bears, turkeys, etc all over the dining room. We went on a Saturday, so it was pretty crowded, but not too shabby.
Quality of the beer was nothing like the quality of the surroundings. We had flights of most of their offerings. The stout was watery with no body or flavor. The IPAs, one of which the waitress was raving about, was so so. A bit of a let down.
The service was good. She was very nice and attentive. Plates were cleared quickly.
The beer selection was decent. I think there were 10 things to try, but nothing overwhelmed me.
The food was good. Got the cheezy burger. It was that for sure. Kids ate their chicken tenders all up. The food was pretty pricy though. I think my burger was like $15.
All in all, this is a great place to visit. The atmosphere and food were memorable. The beer, not so much.
09-27-2013 22:00:30 | More by dvmin98
2.95/5 rDev -24.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$
Went to the DB Outpost in Virginia on our way back from NJ. It's right off the interstate which is nice as it's easily accessible. I know the Outpost isn't a fair example of DB on a whole but I'll give it a shot
A: Nothing to write home about. It was a great stop to break up the horrific drive back to Florida though lol.
Q: They had the Schwartz and Eight Point IPA which were actually quite good. Also had the Vienna Lager, though, as we were driving, I didn't get a chance to try but I heard was very good. The schwartz was pretty exceptional though, very impressed.
S: Not very helpful. Basically told me I was at the wrong place and should go to the main brewery. No knowledge of the beers they had. I feel as though the brewery really suffered from poor representation from their employees, especially being that it's so accessible from the interstate. Seems like they should be maximizing that opportunity rather than let lazy employees undermine them. Perhaps I was just cranky from driving...
V: Great prices on the 2 sixers I bought, Eight Point and Schwartz at 9.99
07-22-2013 08:23:56 | More by Charlemagne
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
Interesting place from a decor perspective - lots of wood like a hunting lodge with several stuffed animals mounted on the walls. There were table seating areas both to the left and the right of the door through which you entered as well as some outdoor seating. The music in the background (live) was not too loud and conversation was still quite easy.
Beers were well poured in proper glassware with an appropriate amount of head. Beers definitely tasted quite fresh.
The service was friendly and attentive and did a nice job of taking your order in a timely fashion. Somewhat knowledgeable about the beer, though that seemed to vary with the employees I spoke to... Maybe it had something to do with the length of time they have worked here.
The selection was pretty good - I think there were like 10-12 beers on the menu, unfortunately they were out of two of them. The beers represented a number of different styles including Berliner weisse, Altbier, IPA, and stout.
I found the food to be quite nice - I had a really good pulled pork sandwich that I would definitely recommend with a really interesting spicy sauce on it. Other food I saw while sitting at the bar also looked quite good.
The value seemed to be in line with other places I have stopped in this area of VA and are reasonable.
07-08-2013 02:30:28 | More by dbrauneis
2.01/5 rDev -48.3%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 2.25 | service: 1 | selection: 2.25 | food: 3 | $
I would recommend skipping this one. I have visited many of the BRT options as well as breweries in numerous other states. We went here for a birthday celebration, we had a party of 12. My sister called ahead to reserve the table.
We drove out in 2 separate cars, half of us coming from charlottesville (40 min drive) and half coming from Richmond (almost 2 hour drive). I arrived with my husband, two sons and my newborn baby. The other half of the party was 10 minutes away.
This is just a sidenote, but one worth mentioning because it affected my situation on that particular day. I had a stroke following the birth of my daughter. This was the first time I had been out, when she was about a month old. She was super small, a preemie, and I was not doing well.
At the door, we were told that we could not be seated, although we could see our table (all ready for us) from the entrance. We could not put our stuff down at our table so that I could take the baby to the changing table in the restroom.
It blew my mind, but the manager and a few employees at the hostess stand said that we couldn't be seated until the rest of our party got there. I explained the situation that we were travelling from two different places and that they were not more than 10 minutes away, but we were told no. I explained that we had a newborn baby who needed to be changed, but they would not change their answer. Eventually, after I called my sister and she called them from the car, begging them to let us come in and sit down, did they tell us it was ok -- but made sure to tell us again and again that this is their policy and they NEVER break their policies.
I have never, ever, in my life, been put in such a ridiculous, unsympathetic situation by a service-oriented establishment, especially when were about to spend upwards of $300 for lunch. We could not sit down and order anything! It was outrageous. I felt as if we were begging them to give them patronage.
The atmosphere was ok, the food was mediocre, but I honestly don't remember much else about this place other than the awful, and I mean awful, customer service. I was reading another review on here about the waitress keeping the credit card and doing the check wrong and acting like it was the customer's fault, and I just smiled because that is exactly how they seem.
If this review is worth anything, I would recommend spending your cash at a brewery with better service (and beer). This place doesn't deserve it. There are so many hard working, friendly breweries with fantastic beer in this area. DB isn't one of them.
06-27-2013 15:09:20 | More by Jeannine
2.25/5 rDev -42.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$
Our experience this afternoon canceled out all good feelings we ever had about this place.
Our first bill had a $10 mistake in their favor. We sent the bill back, and one of us left the table. The second bill was correct, and was paid with a tip of about 18%. But our credit card was not returned to us. This has never happened to us before -- and we're pretty old.
When we called the General Manager, the story was that it was all our fault. We were told we'd left our credit card behind, with the merchant's copy of the receipt. Yeah, we don't believe it, either.
According to the manager, this happens all the time, and people who don't report their losses quickly have their credit cards shredded. So: check your bills, and keep tabs on your credit cards. Using cash would be safer.
10-04-2012 21:35:10 | More by MMT
3.05/5 rDev -21.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
Unfortunately, this place is a tourist trap. It's right next to the Wintergreen resort and it seems to be the go-to place.
The atmosphere is actually pretty cool. It's got a lodge feel complete with associated decor. I remember the temperature being inconsistent throughout the bar. Service was average.
The quality was sub-par. The beer and food leave a lot to be desired. The beer was just low quality. I would rate it under large commercial brewpubs like Gordon Biersch. There was quite a selection, but like I said, not good quality.
I've been to Russian River, Moylan's, Lagunitas, and other premier brewpubs... this place just doesn't do it for me.
09-18-2012 21:31:59 | More by Walshwi
4.05/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stop 3 on the BRT and final one before Asheville (we didn't pull in until 12:30AM). Dinner and drinks.
Atmosphere: A giant chalet, plenty of wood and glass. Inside animal heads dot the landscape. Outside a smoker stands watch. Plenty of tables to the right; the bar behind the primary waitstand. Brewing equipment behind that. Another beautiful locale.
Quality: Good food and okay beer. The biggest thing going is the quantity of beer - 11 beers on tap.
Service: Attentive throughout, I have no complaints.
Selection: As I said, 11 beers on tap. Only the Wintergreen Weisse was off. That left three regulars and 8 specialties. It's not a far leap to say that lagers are a house specialty. I counted 5 of the 11 being of the lager persuasion. The beers overall were good, nothing spectacular though.
Food: The food won the day - delicious barbecue in the heart of Virginia. Try the sampler, with chicken, turkey, pulled pork and beef. The turkey was the stand-out.
Best food here, hands down.
05-29-2012 01:40:39 | More by akorsak
3.6/5 rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Another stop on our way into NC. This place is quite impressive from the outside...looks like something you would find in the Rockies! Inside, there is tons of seating with a long bar lining most of the back wall. We sat at the bar and noticed all of the taxidermy...like being in a mini Cabelas!
The offerings were not very impressive...almost everything was lager based, which goes with the season, but their entire draft list centered on Octoberfest. We got a flight of 6 beers, and most of them were also just meh. The food menu was, jeez, bland as well. Nothing jumped out at us, so we just ordered some soup and decided to eat elsewhere. Our bartender was good, but we didn't ask her much.
Overall this is a pretty neat place that I would not go out of my way for. If you are doing the brewery tour with Blue Mountain and Wild Wolf, it makes perfect sense to stop by though.
10-26-2011 21:05:33 | More by mgbickel
Devils Backbone Brewing Company in Roseland, VA
88 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.