“It’s just a great time to be a beer drinker in Virginia.” That’s a straight quote from pilot brewer Aaron Reilly during the 2014 Virginia Craft Brewers Fest. Agreed! And we’ll take that a step further and say right now is an especially super awesome time to be a Virginia craft beer enthusiast!
Initial ideas sometimes stick, sometimes they slide. When first concepts involve jalapeños and everyone agrees, you know the design is hot! So you will not be surprised to learn that a bunch of charred chili peppers made there way into a DB Family Brew today at Basecamp.
Team Smoking Guns leader, Outpost brewer Robbie Stone, conveyed his team’s hopes for the peppers, “we wanted to bring some heat to the beer without it being a “total scorcher”.” So they worked up a nice malt bill to back the beer and added a hop profile with characteristics of tropical fruits, pine and resin. And then yes, ingredients also included smoked jalapeños! (more…)
We caught up with Outpost brewer Chris Gregoria on his team’s family brew day at Basecamp. Chris gave us chapter and verse on Sonnet 54 which is a Saison style ale created with honey and rose hips. Chris shared that the name was selected based upon Shakespeare’s Sonnet 54 which “praises the rose for its beauty and more so for its perfume.” Bard of Avon aficionados will remember lines from the sonnet: “The rose looks fair, but fairer we it deem for that sweet odour which doth in it live.”
What happens when you turn the Shakespeare verse into beer? Well, Chris, Claire and Matt of Team Lucky #7, designed their beer to have an aroma of sweet honey, delicate roses, and citrusy hops. This ale will have a slightly sweet, mildly hoppy taste that transitions to a refreshing dry finish. A crisp beer perfect for summer!
Bring it on team Lucky #7!
Three DB Family brewed beers are rocking the Brewpub taps this week. And check this out, one of them is already a winner! Team 3’s Scuttlebutt Kölsch, the first recipe brewed in our family beer project, placed 2nd at the Gordon Biersch Kölsch Cup (Jun 27). We’re also pouring Lemon-Ada, a delightful lemon wheat pale ale named after our very own Ada, you may have seen her on one of your Basecamp visits! Be sure to ask her about this beer when ya see her. And recently pilot brewer Aaron Reilly tapped our third family beer. This one’s a boozer, a delicious sit and sip kind a beer. Apple-achian Stout, made with apple butter, fresh ginger, molasses, and apple pie spice it’s like a slice of apple pie in your glass!
Kelsey and Casey at the Kolsch Cup (say that a couple times fast!) Anywhooooo, DB beer Scuttlebutt Kolsch placed 2nd at the Gordon Biersch competition last weekend and we've got it on tap now at Basecamp! This is the 1st beer brewed as part of our #DBFamily Beer project. Way to go team Strumming on the Water! 🍻
All three beers are available at Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows, so have a pint of a DB Family beer and let us know and let us know what you think.
Thanks so much to our fans for sharing their Gold Leaf Lager pictures with us! We’re digging seeing you get your adventure on and are thrilled you enjoy our delicious and refreshing Helles Lager. Cheers to you!
A panel of DB family members was tasked with selecting top entries and we are now ready to share with you the four winners! Each of you has won a Grizzly cooler with custom Devils Backbone logo. Congrats y’all! Way to #FinishWithGold!
Winning entries received from: @robertdkock , @alisonschutte , @davidcmerrill , @smboblett
Please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize!
Another new beer getting its fermentation on right now! After much deliberation team 5, Alexis, Frank, Faye, Elizabeth L. and Seth enthusiastically agreed to go for it with their Blackberry Cream Ale.
This beer is a synthesis of ideas, flavors, attitudes and all around good fun. The team defined key components in creating the recipe. They wanted a beer that wasn’t too heavy, ideal for warmer weather drinking, easy on the ABV. Complete with blackberries, honey and floral hops, this beer is a light, sessionable drinker with a malt backbone. It’s perfect for the summer months. We know right? Sounds delicious. And we hear once fully fermented, the beer with have a purple hue!
There’s still time to enter our Gold Leaf Lager contest for a chance to win a sweet Devils Backbone logoed cooler! When you crack open a delicious and refreshing Gold Leaf Lager or grab a tasty Gold Leaf pint on draft at the end of your adventure, snap a picture and show us using #FinishWithGold. Your picture just may be the winner.
We’re giving away a DB logoed, 16-quart Grizzly 15 cooler to one lucky recipient. Will it be you? This rugged cooler, crafted with bear claw latches, two tie-down slots, and rubber gasket seal is perfect for keeping your craft beer cold while you’re out on adventure. And Grizzly coolers are built to last, so it’ll be with you for the long haul!
1. To enter the contest, all you need to do is snap a picture of your Devils Backbone Gold Leaf Lager, tag it #FinishWithGold and post (between now and 6/30 EST) on Twitter or Instagram. On twitter tag @dbbrewingco and on Instagram tag @devilsbackbonebrewingcompany so we can see your entry.
2. Be a creative as you like with your pics, and please, no weapons or illegal substance images. Keep it clean y’all!
3. Must be 21 or older to enter. No purchase necessary to win. By submitting your picture, you grant Devils Backbone permission to use your name and photo for our commercial purposes. Terms and conditions apply. Contest is valid May 1 – June 30, 11:59 PM 2015 EST. Devils Backbone wholesaler partners, retailers, employees and their families are not eligible to win.
Another Family Brew Day is in the books and we’ve got a slice of Americana in the tank!
Siporah, Daniel, Carrie, T.J. Cara, led by senior brewer April Anderson, decided to go big with this one! The Brewshound team have created Apple-achian Pie Stout.
In brewing this beer, the team used half a dozen specialty malts and as well as vegan apple butter, blackstrap molasses and raw sugar. And to give that full on apple pie flavor, the team also added apple pie spice, a touch of fresh ginger and Madarina Bavaria hops. This hop variety is relatively new and the Brewhounds say hop characteristics will impart a citrus note that emulates freshly squeezed lemon found in traditional apple pie filling. A touch of tartness from the hops will balance the sweetness of malt. Um yea, and with an ABV above 8%, you’re gonna want to sit and savor this stout, just like a slice of Grandma’s apple pie!
A few months ago the Devils Backbone team, yep-all of us just over 100-strong, formed into 12 groups, each with the amazingly awesome task of creating a beer recipe. We’re pretty big on family here at DB- as in we’re all contributing members toward making this sometimes challenging, always rewarding, insanely fun craft beer adventure go! So what better way to capture this spirit than brewing together! Family Brew Teams have developed and are now brewing recipes at the Pilot Brewery.
DB brewmaster Jason offered suggestions and feedback on technique and ingredients, but mostly brewers guided recipe development. With Jason’s final tweaks, recipes are good-to-go on the brewing system at Basecamp and we’ve got a dozen dandies in the works and a few in the tanks now!
Strumming on the Water. Sounds rather nice right? That was the very inspiration for a German-style Kölsch beer brewed at Basecamp on Thursday – the first Family Brew to hit the tanks. In determining a style and recipe, Outpost brewer Fausto along with Casey, Dizzle, Alex and Caleb, or team Strumming on the Water as they’ve dubbed themselves, discovered they all love summer time and totally dig anything related to being on the water. Fishing, floating, swimming, sailing. You name it, they’re all about it!
So, from the outset all discussions pointed toward a refreshing, summer drinking brew. And thus, Scuttlebutt Kölsch is fermenting in the cellar at Basecamp. This beer will have a 5.2% ABV and 25 IBU. With malt and wheat dominating the bill, the team expects this Kölsch to be a super delicious thirst-quenching beer! We anticipate Scuttlebutt hitting the Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows taps later in June.