Devils Backbone Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.76/5
Devils Backbone Brewing CompanyDevils Backbone Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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:
103
Reviews:
1,124
Ratings:
5,117
PLACE STATS
Score:
89
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
130
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
9.67%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 130
Reviews by mgbickel:
Photo of mgbickel
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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 taxidermy...like 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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More User Reviews:
Photo of krbrevard
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Jswan382
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of vabeerguy
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of cadaugherty
4.01/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Rifugium
3.26/5  rDev -17%
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 -48.9%
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 +20.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of LeeeMare
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of oldn00b
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
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 +8.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of orrison76
4.6/5  rDev +17%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Barracudas
4/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of kajunwaybright
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

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 brocktune
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of VeganUndead
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of hophugger
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Abhilash1980
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of BillRoth
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
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 Spreetaper
4.01/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

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Devils Backbone Brewing Company in Roseland, VA
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