Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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Devils Backbone Brewing CompanyDevils Backbone Brewing Company
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Devils Backbone Brewing CompanyDevils Backbone Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

200 Mosbys Run
Roseland, Virginia, 22967
United States

(434) 361-1001 | map

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Added by NutBrown on 11-26-2008

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Reviews by Deuane:
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4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of runwild99
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Yeeuh
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Riff
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Cheers101
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Cool place and within driving distance. Enjoy going here and their beers are good too. We have several good breweries nearby and this is one we like to visit a few times a year.

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Photo of Rdagley823
3.26/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Photo of TexasBackbone
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.25

Photo of Nace4
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of MisledTitan
3.93/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of tbryant21
3.27/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of whattheshelley
4.7/5  rDev +18.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of beerrat
1/5  rDev -74.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

Photo of swelch1976
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4.01/5  rDev +1%
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 krbrevard
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Jswan382
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of vabeerguy
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of cadaugherty
4.01/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Rifugium
3.26/5  rDev -17.9%
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 crenegar
2.01/5  rDev -49.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.25 | service: 1.75 | selection: 2

Don't bother anymore, these losers just sold out to InBev/AB.

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Photo of Curtis23666
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of LeeeMare
4.13/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of oldn00b
3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
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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Devils Backbone Brewing Company in Roseland, VA
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