LIKE ALL GOOD STORIES,

ours starts with beer.

...AND IT GOES

a little something like this.

The story about Devils Backbone Brewing Company goes like this. Years ago, our founders, Steve and Heidi Crandall, were on a ski trip in the Alps when they tried their first craft beer, a German Weisse at a brewpub. 

So to satisfy their thirst for a local haunt that served craft European-style beers, they started a whole brewery complete with a full-on brewpub for locals and visitors. It became a  place where folks could drink and tell stories about their time on the trail or ski slope, or all of the above.

They named it Devils Backbone, the same name some brave surveyors, including Thomas Jefferson’s dad, Peter, called this hard-to-summit mountain region almost 300 years ago. Kinda poetic, right?

In 2016 Devils Backbone Brewing Company was acquired by Anheuser-Busch. Since then, we’ve continued to brew award-winning beers that we’re proud of, as well as share our beers with more beer friends than ever before!

Well there’s your history, and here’s a bit of our philosophy: we think being slow by nature is of mighty importance. It’s why we take our time brewing our lagers and it’s why we’re smack dab in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains. If you’re ever in Virginia, we’d love for you to stop by the brewery and have a beer with us.

Cheers!

SLOW BY NATURE ISN’T JUST A NIFTY SLOGAN It’s how we live.

The story we tell about Devils Backbone is a simple one: we take our time making lagers in the heartland of Virginia—a place away from the hustle and bustle of life. The best way to sum that up is by using the word…slow.

“Slow” says “hey, relax,” while also implying our lagers aren’t hastily made. That it takes a lot of time and craft to get them right.

“By nature” means that this philosophy is ingrained in us. It also literally states where we’re from—“by nature”— in a one stoplight town at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We appreciate a life of simple pleasures here.

Together, “Slow by Nature” both defines us and is an implicit call to action, or rather one of taking less action, and doing it outside, with a Devils Backbone beer in hand.

CORE VALUES

ADVENTURE
ADVENTURE
Expanding horizons through approachable food, drink and experiences
BEER POSITIVE
BEER POSITIVE
Great beer is great beer, whether we made it or not
PASSION
PASSION
Relentless devotion to our beer, our people, and our community
INTEGRITY
INTEGRITY
Work hard, be honest, and set the example
Family
Family
With each other through the good and bad
Humility
Humility
Striving to be the best, without exclamation
Stewardship
Stewardship
Leaving it better than we found it
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