Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Devils Backbone Brewing CompanyDevils Backbone Brewing Company
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107 Beers
669 Reviews
Place Score: 87
Reviews: 46
Visits: 115
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

200 Mosbys Run
Roseland, Virginia, 22967
United States
phone: (434) 361-1001

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @dbbrewingco

Place added by: NutBrown on 11-26-2008

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Reviews: 46 | Visits: 115
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4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Tucked in the Blue Ridge Mountains, there is a lovely mountain lodge where the creators thought of every detail before opening November 2008 to serve house-brewed beers. We finally got a chance to check out Devil's Backbone Brewing Company in February 2009, which is just south of Nellysford, VA at the intersection of Route 664 and 151. On the edge of a planned community in the making, this is the flagship business for the Village at Glen Mary.

It's modern beam and local stone construction, accented by recycled corrugated metal roofing and recycled wood from a variety of sources, make the building a work of eco-friendly art. The metal adorning interior walls comes from a 1900's dairy barn in Urbana, MD while the tables and booths are distinctively crafted from wood recycled from a horse barn in Uppersville, VA. The wide floor boards were pulled from a tobacco barn, while the stone is local river rock. Taxidermied wildlife has been provided by Nelson County hunters and sportsman - all local mammals, with the exception of a moose from Maine. It's a 3-million dollar investment and every dollar shows in the perfect detail.

My first impression of this over-sized building and perfectly detailed wood and stone work was that it would be a typical tourist-oriented steakhouse that serves house beer. But when I walked in the door, the first thing I smelled was mash - not wood smoke or grilled meat as expected - milled grain in the boil! That's a promising sign for a microbrewery!

We were seated at a table near a gorgeous fireplace and under a handcrafted metal chandelier - the metal shaped into hops vines and grain. Large windows created good lighting and beautiful views of the mountain surround. The staff were courteous and attentive, not just to us, but to every detail. They kept the place tidy and ready for guests to come.

The beers were very good. Nothing blew me away, but I wasn't disappointed by anything on our table. Devil's Backbone offers half-pints and several taster flight option (only 2-oz of each, though), so we opted for half-pints. Seven house brews and two guest tap were flowing when we visited. We tried:

* Wintergreen Weiss (4.7% ABV, 13 IBUs) - light, balanced and full of banana and clove aroma.
* Eight Point IPA (5.9% ABV, 60 IBUs) - seemed like more of a Pale Ale; very light in color and on the maltier side; not a lot of hop aroma.
* Alpen Bock (6.9% ABV) - drinkable and smooth with a touch of roastiness and a subtle hint of butterscotch.
* Dead Bear Imperial Stout (8.5% ABV) - full flavored brew, despite a quiet nose; ends with hints of dark chocolate and espresso.

The food was quite good, and there were so many interesting things on the menu that we didn't try. I had the fish and chips - the fish was prepared with a hint of chili powder prior to deep frying, and arrived in the shape of little fish "fingers"; the fries were substantial and tasty. C had a cream of spinach and bacon soup paired with a winter beet salad, made with roasted watermelon, spiced pecans and goat cheese.

If you find yourself in Nelson County, VA, stopping by Devil's Backbone Brewing Co. is worthwhile!

**Edit from a 11/30/2009 visit--Now had 10 house beers on tap--raising selection score from 3.5 to 4.0. Also raising service 0.5 points due to exceptional service from server Saporha(sp?) and from our lengthy chat with brewer Jason Oliver.

A most pleasant place I will visit with every opportunity I get! (3,461 characters)

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3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Beerasaurus
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Visited on a mid-summer Thursday evening. Medium busy but server said it was a lot busier than expected. Seated right away but waited about 15 minutes for server to stop by. Not in a rush but would have been nice to get a drink order in. Service was friendly and good after initial slowness. Food was excellent. Would def try again. Hopefully they will have enough staff. (371 characters)

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3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

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3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of BillRoth
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Great restaurant as well as brew pub. Packed with people having a great time. Many there for food as well as beer. Good bar with liquor and wine well supplied as well.
A bit disappointed that "flights" were fixed. So I skipped these. However, they had "shorties"/half pours. So sampling was still very easy, affordable and not toxic if you wanted more than a few.
Surprised and very happy to see so many "one offs" and variants on the tap list. All were great. Examples we tried included very good versions of Dbl Amber IPA, Imp Coffee Stout, Tart Saison with Cherries and a very nice steam brewed Tripel.
Nice eclectic menu of appetizers, sandwiches and entrees. Everything we ordered was well prepared, attractive and delicious.
Had a great time and wished I could have stayed longer.
DB is truly in the middle of nowhere, but very worth the drive. (854 characters)

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Devils Backbone Brewing Company in Roseland, VA
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