Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Devils Backbone Brewing CompanyDevils Backbone Brewing Company
BA SCORE
52.3%
Liked Their Beers
3.74 w/ 5,334 ratings
Devils Backbone Brewing CompanyDevils Backbone Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

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

200 Mosbys Run
Roseland, Virginia, 22967
United States

(434) 361-1001 | map
dbbrewingcompany.com

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Added by NutBrown on 11-26-2008

BEER STATS
Beers:
125
Reviews:
1,137
Ratings:
5,334
Liked:
2,792
Average:
3.74/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
77.2%
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
136
Liked:
105
Avg:
3.97/5
pDev:
15.62%
 
 
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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 49
Reviews by blackie:
Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

swung through DBB on my way home after a quick day hike up on the mountain, the brewpub is just a short drive downhill from the Blue Ridge Parkway and the AT, and maybe 30 minutes south from the also quality Blue Mountain Brewery

the lodge-style building was described quite well by Deuane below, the place is just gorgeous, a rustic mountain lodge with top-notch design and materials, and one of the more outstanding views you'll find at any beer establishment (just wish the parking lot wasn't front and center), from the two porches - one smaller and a bit more private - you can see some prominent mountains in the George Washington NF and Three Ridges Wilderness, I could do without the music playing out on the porch - but whatever

pretty steady traffic on a summer Sunday afternoon, but easily large enough to accommodate and not crowded whatsoever, after scouring the draft list at the bar and choosing from a couple samples, I carried my goblet of Inspirado dark saison outside to the empty porch - 100 degrees will do that - and just enjoyed the view

the bartender was pretty helpful, giving accurate information and easy with the samples, front door reception wasn't the friendliest, but not even making judgment on that

really nice selection, think it was 4 standards and 6 seasonals at the time of my visit, including a few more interesting styles - dark saison, a UK inspired ipa, and a pale Belgian golden, to name a few, all served in nice logo glassware and obviously fresh and well cared for, prices were reasonable with most pints/goblets at $5.50

had a steak sandwich on a subsequent visit, tasty but nothing out of the ordinary, good fries and the grilled cheese ordered by the lady friend was really tasty

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More User Reviews:
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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Photo of jakepuff
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of orrison76
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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

Photo of kajunwaybright
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Beerasaurus
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Devils Backbone Brewing Company in Roseland, VA
Brewery rating: 52.3% out of 100 with 5,334 ratings
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