Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Devils Backbone Brewing CompanyDevils Backbone Brewing Company
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Place Score: 90
Ratings: 101
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: n/a
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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(Place added by: NutBrown on 11-26-2008)
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Reviews by Deuane:
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4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

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One of the nicer looking breweries in Virginia. The place has the feel of a large hunting log cabin. Lots of taxidermy and paintings on the walls with brewing equipment scattered around as well. A very eclectic mix that works. The place feels huge and open and is just a big win in the atmosphere category. Their beers range from experimental and tasty seasonals to their normal staple beers- most of which are pretty good too. I was only there for a quick sampling stop and didnt try the food so I won't comment on that.

That being said, here are the big complaints I have with this place. And they are big ones: the 3 staff members I interacted with were all either rude or seemed very disinterested in serving me or not at all interested in my overall impressions of the place.

And most important- no WIFI access for customers! Oh, they have WIFI because my phone saw it, but when I asked for a password the rude bartender stated it was for staff use only. I usually love rating beers and breweries while I'm enjoying their brews, but DB is in a cellular dead zone. No signal means no access to BA or Untappd while you're there. This is bad form, IMO for a large and popular brewery like DB. I hope they read these reviews and consider changing this policy.

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Upon arrival in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, you find your way upon this upscaled lodge with a local feel. The beer list has their staple beers, as well as a few new ones they are trying. You can go for a goblet of your favorite higher gravity brew, or test a few different options. The downside to doing a beer flight is their limitations of two different types, and you can't mix and match; limitations on a tasters palate. The food is cooked and prepared in house, the old fashion smoked taste carries through all of their dishes, and is a must. They have a smoke platter that has been plenty for my husband and I (and more), on many occasions. On this smoke platter you get baked beans, corn hash, chicken, smoked turkey, bacon and a local sausage link. They put a disclaimer in their menu that you can not make any substitutions. I understand on the meats with more fuller portions, but there are a lot who do not care for sausage, taste, greasiness, and the casing on the outside. So to pay for something you won't eat and can not sub out, yet want to try all they have to offer, it is disappointing. Great view and place to visit for local brews and food. Do not recommend sitting at the bar, the bartender is a young lady who may know a lot about the beer, but has a poor customer service attitude, and is very short in her responses. This is one of my bigger complaints and given the time of day we visited (a beautiful warm summer day) we would hope for a personality that reflects the astounding local view and feel of the establishment, yet she reflected a damper, sour feel (one you might expect on a rainy depressing day). With that said, the beer is great, the food is fantastic (with large portions for the $), and well worth the visit!

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Devils Backbone Brewing Company in Roseland, VA
90 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.