Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Devils Backbone Brewing CompanyDevils Backbone Brewing Company
Devils Backbone Brewing CompanyDevils Backbone Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

200 Mosbys Run
Roseland, Virginia, 22967
United States

(434) 361-1001 | map

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Photo of Riff
4/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Situated at the base of the mountain before Wintergreen Resort. In a valley area with views of the mountains on all sides. Nice sized complex with just about all you need for a relaxing day. Inside bar and restaurant, outside bar and restaurant, building with spirits and cigars, place for Sunday brunch with coffee, and a building in the works for a distillery.

Spent most of our time outside. Lots of seating and plenty of grass for the kids to run around on. Nice, relaxing place to spend an afternoon. Service was pretty good,with a nice, varied selection. Nothing about the place stands out as world class or anything in particular to seek out, but it was pleasant enough to just chill.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Interesting vibe here with lots of taxidermy on the walls. The service was very friendly, the food was quite good too. The selection was decent. It's a good place, kind of off the beaten path though.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.26/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I knew this place was big, but I didn't realize just how big. It's huge, actually. Almost looked like a theme park when we drove up, and the sheer volume of cars in the lot did not bode well for us. So, there's the main building, which is lodge-like: crazy crap on the walls, and taxidermied animals everywhere. Outside there are tons of seating areas, with a fire pit, a pet area, a private room for parties or something, and even what appeared to be a large stage for bands to play at. Out here, there is a separate bar, where, in typical bureaucratic fashion, you get your hand stamped and stand in line for beers. Across from this is a small BBQ snack bar. This is apart from the main inside restaurant. The clientele here was extremely weak, and the vibe was even weaker. A mix of preppy brosephs and brosephines, and terrible oldheads. Kids running around everywhere. I actually saw people drinking Budweiser, which is depressing. We put our names on the list for a table inside--40 minute wait, which turned out to be 30 minutes--and just hung outside for a while, "enjoying" the bad company. Normally I would've just gotten the heck out of there immediately, but with the 2yr-old in tow, we needed to stay for dinner.

As for the beer, there was a good selection, I think maybe 15 or more on tap, with a good range of styles. You can get samplers, which is good, but you can't actually pick your samplers, which is dumb. You have to pick one of three different pre-set flights, instead of actually getting the beers you want. So I ended up just getting 3 full pours, an IPA, the cranberry gose, and a coffee imperial stout. All were forgettable.

On the plus side, the service was pretty good. I mean the place was slamming busy, but aside from the initial wait, which really couldn't be avoided, our waitress was on the ball, and the food came out relatively quickly. Speaking of which, the food was...okay. I had the brisket special, which was good, but at $19 (no price listed), it wasn't really that "special." My wife had the fish & chips, which seemed all right, and they have some kiddie selections that are pretty basic.

Overall, this place is a bomb. I would never go back for any reason. Now that I've visited them, it's pretty apparent why a place like this would sell out to big beer, and it's really no big loss.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Was packed when we went - service was incredibly slow but friendly enough. The vibe is more like a chain restaurant than a brewery. It's fine, but nothing to seek out. If you're in town anyway it's worth stopping in but I wouldn't call it world class or a must.

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Photo of Beerasaurus
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.31/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | 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.

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Photo of LeeEvolved
3/5  rDev -24.8%

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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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Massive masonic-lodge looking building hidden away in the rolling hills of Virginia. Large taproom had the feel of a hunting lodge. About a dozen beers on tap, the 2 I had were solid. Fast, friendly service and a tasty burger. This campus and facility is huge and I did not explore most of it, and unfortunately now that it is owned by ABInBev I will never return.

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Photo of bmjivi221
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Atmosphere: awesome location. a nice big patio looking out at the blue ridge mountains. Inside is a mix between metal and stone with lots of outdoor and taxadermia paraphenilia. Sitting out on the patio on a warm spring day is pretty hard to beat. (to bad they have to go and ruin most of it with unnecessary boned puns)

Quality: I only got to try three of their beers, they varied quite a bit in quality. overall i'd say their beers are pretty good

Service: good we had a nice waitress. Helpful, attentive and pleasant

Selection: good wide variety, some lesser used styles some experimentals and a good amount of traditionals

Food: meh, kinda bland and boring standard brewery food. sounds better on the menu than it is.

Overall: the place is awesome and the selection is diverse, but the beer is around par, the food is lacking and the attitude of the puns is unapealing. I was so hopeful seeing the place and the amount of taps but i'd say I was let down

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.17/5  rDev -20.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

I'm going to deviate from the norm here and say I wasn't all impressed with this place... found it to be the touristy/ mall brewery type built towards more mass consumerism than beer in the artistic craft sense. While their beers were ok nothing was great or exceptional. It is in a nice region of the state and the building is modern. Prices were ok as well as service. If in the area, I will probably wait and go into North Carolina for my craft beer fix or other alternatives in Virginia.

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Photo of miguelmjm
3.95/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Compared with the other breweries on 151, the food is better. On site Smoker. Good innovative Sunday brunch specials. The variety of beer selection here is greater than other local brewpubs. There are usually 8 rotating taps in addition to the standards brews. I go about once every three weeks and there is almost always a brand new brew that I've never tried. The atmosphere inside is that of a hunting Lodge with animals mounted around the interior. There are two wood burning fireplaces indoors for use during the cold months. There is a view of the nearby mountains from the outdoor seating. If going on a weekend getting there before one o'clock would eliminate a long wait for a table. My favorite of the big 3 brewpubs on 151.

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Photo of seanchai
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of DVMin98
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Charlemagne
2.95/5  rDev -26.1%
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

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of Jeannine
2.01/5  rDev -49.6%
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.

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Photo of MMT
2.25/5  rDev -43.6%
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.

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Photo of Walshwi
3.05/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
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 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.

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Photo of drewsil111
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3

A cleverly designed brewery, Devil's Backbone Brewing Co. is tucked right below the 3-Ridges and Wintergreen Resort in Roseland, VA. The atmosphere and decorum fits the brewery's location very well. The seating arrangement is good (I've never seen it Jam Packed). DBB is certainly a must visit on the "Brew Ridge Trail," but there are glaring flaws that need to be addressed. First off, the food is very basic. I can't really think of any staple that is of "must eat quality." The beers are VERY hit or miss. The Gold Leaf and Ale of Fergus are very tasty and the obvious standouts. The rest of the beer sampler they offer is either average, or just very unappealing.

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Photo of ebby82
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

After a lovely drive through the hills outside of Charlottesville, we arrived here around noon on a beautiful summer day. It looks rather large, with a hunting lodge feel, and there are hop vines growing behind the building.

We were seated immediately on the outdoor patio. One of the highlights of this place is the picturesque view of the mountains from the patio. A nice spot to relax and enjoy a few beverages.

My wife and I had a sampler of six of their seasonal and or experimental brews. All were tasty, particularly a wheat beer with lemon and some sort of tea in it. I also really liked their hoppy brown ale, which was a mixture of their IPA, Pale Ale, and Stout.

After enjoying the sampler, I had a pint of their Vienna Lager, which was a tasty, if not amazing, version of the style.

For food, we both had a delicious French Dip, my wife's choice of sweet potato fries was astute.

The service was quick and polite, the beer was excellent, and the view from the patio was calming.

All in all, I shall return, hopefully soon, and I look forward to next year when they shall begin to package a few of their beers.

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Photo of emquilxy
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped last night when traveling through--beer was a solid B+/A-. Really enjoyed the 4 Point Pale Ale, the seasonal Haze was quite refreshing on a 100+ degree day.

For food, the nachos were just okay (not diggin' the watery queso), pulled pork sammich and burger were very good. All of the sammich sides (chips, fries, sweet potato fries, and corn pudding) were fantastic--we had to try them all. :)

Service was definnitely lacking--waited for a long time for a table when there were many empty. Tons of staff were working and running around--not sure what the hold-up was? Were "served" by a bartender who obviously thought he was way too cool to be there on a Friday night.

Wouldn't go out of my way to visit again, but also wouldn't hesitate to stop if I was hungry and in the area.

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Devils Backbone Brewing Company in Roseland, VA
Brewery rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 6017 ratings