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Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Active Beers: 70
Beer Ratings: 1,406
Beer Avg: 3.77
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
200 Mosbys Run
phone: (434) 361-1001
(Place added by: NutBrown on 11-26-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 39 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Tucquan:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visted here on 2010-17-18 after hiking Sherando Lake in the George Washington National Forest
What a gorgeous setting in a valley surrounded by the devils backbone peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It makes a great first impression as you drive into the spacious parking area and look over to the swiss-chalet style brew pub.
As I walked up to the front door I noticed an outside dining area and around the corner, a spot for smoker's to smoke and have a brew. I later learned they sell a couple of decent quality cigars at the bar.
The inside is nice with very high ceilings with large, manufactured wooden beams and rustic-modern ski lodge feel. There are a couple of seating areas and a very attractive bar area with the on-tap selection written on a chalk board. You can see the brewing tanks behind the bar.
I sat at the bar and chatted with the friendly bartender while having an Eight Point IPA and a Vienna Lager. I ordered their specialty grilled cheese sandwich with three cheeses and a very generous dollop of sweet chutney. It was delicious and very reasonably priced.
I'll take a few points off my review for no cell phone signal and no wifi. Other than that, I really enjoyed it here and will go back again.
08-07-2010 13:05:41 |
More by Tucquan
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11-30-2013 02:45:55 |
More by Kevincredible
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
After a number of visits to Devil's Backbone, I've realized that while their beers are well made, they are not particularly distinctive and probably not aligned to my taste. They make a lot of obscure (to me) European lagers and each one I've tasted, I've thought, "Not bad, that's solid". That describes a lot of their packaged beer as well. I'll drink it but but not particularly excited to see it in the store. They do come up with some one-off high points at the brewpub; the 16 point Imperial IPA was amazing. However, my last visit (day before Thanksgiving), their draft line up at the brewpub was particularly weak.
The brewpub itself has solid food, not quite as good as Blue Mountain down the road. The vibe is a little strange as you have locals, retirees from the Wintergreen resort and beer geeks all together in a somewhat uneasy mix. If you're in the area it's definitely worth it to stop by as there might be something special on tap.
11-29-2013 04:50:27 |
More by seanchai
10-20-2013 00:17:39 |
More by SonOfKyuss
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
Pretty cool place that had indoor and outdoor seating options. Somewhat off the beaten path, a pretty nice building with pretty good scenery. The indoor features lots of stuffed animals and a pretty decent bar. They had some live music too, but we sat outside. The beer offerings were pretty good, but nothing exceptional, or worth making a special visit to try. Worth a stop if in the area, food was good and the beers were good, so no complaints.
10-10-2013 23:38:55 |
More by stephenjmoore
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25 | $$$
Went up with a couple of buddies. Been dying to try it, but never got up to the Charlottesville area.
Atmosphere is really great. Its at the bottom of a mountain and is like an old ski lodge. Stuffed bears, turkeys, etc all over the dining room. We went on a Saturday, so it was pretty crowded, but not too shabby.
Quality of the beer was nothing like the quality of the surroundings. We had flights of most of their offerings. The stout was watery with no body or flavor. The IPAs, one of which the waitress was raving about, was so so. A bit of a let down.
The service was good. She was very nice and attentive. Plates were cleared quickly.
The beer selection was decent. I think there were 10 things to try, but nothing overwhelmed me.
The food was good. Got the cheezy burger. It was that for sure. Kids ate their chicken tenders all up. The food was pretty pricy though. I think my burger was like $15.
All in all, this is a great place to visit. The atmosphere and food were memorable. The beer, not so much.
09-27-2013 22:00:30 |
More by dvmin98
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $$
Went to the DB Outpost in Virginia on our way back from NJ. It's right off the interstate which is nice as it's easily accessible. I know the Outpost isn't a fair example of DB on a whole but I'll give it a shot
A: Nothing to write home about. It was a great stop to break up the horrific drive back to Florida though lol.
Q: They had the Schwartz and Eight Point IPA which were actually quite good. Also had the Vienna Lager, though, as we were driving, I didn't get a chance to try but I heard was very good. The schwartz was pretty exceptional though, very impressed.
S: Not very helpful. Basically told me I was at the wrong place and should go to the main brewery. No knowledge of the beers they had. I feel as though the brewery really suffered from poor representation from their employees, especially being that it's so accessible from the interstate. Seems like they should be maximizing that opportunity rather than let lazy employees undermine them. Perhaps I was just cranky from driving...
V: Great prices on the 2 sixers I bought, Eight Point and Schwartz at 9.99
07-22-2013 08:23:56 |
More by Charlemagne
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
Interesting place from a decor perspective - lots of wood like a hunting lodge with several stuffed animals mounted on the walls. There were table seating areas both to the left and the right of the door through which you entered as well as some outdoor seating. The music in the background (live) was not too loud and conversation was still quite easy.
Beers were well poured in proper glassware with an appropriate amount of head. Beers definitely tasted quite fresh.
The service was friendly and attentive and did a nice job of taking your order in a timely fashion. Somewhat knowledgeable about the beer, though that seemed to vary with the employees I spoke to... Maybe it had something to do with the length of time they have worked here.
The selection was pretty good - I think there were like 10-12 beers on the menu, unfortunately they were out of two of them. The beers represented a number of different styles including Berliner weisse, Altbier, IPA, and stout.
I found the food to be quite nice - I had a really good pulled pork sandwich that I would definitely recommend with a really interesting spicy sauce on it. Other food I saw while sitting at the bar also looked quite good.
The value seemed to be in line with other places I have stopped in this area of VA and are reasonable.
07-08-2013 02:30:28 |
More by dbrauneis
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 2.25 | service: 1 | selection: 2.25 | food: 3 | $
I would recommend skipping this one. I have visited many of the BRT options as well as breweries in numerous other states. We went here for a birthday celebration, we had a party of 12. My sister called ahead to reserve the table.
We drove out in 2 separate cars, half of us coming from charlottesville (40 min drive) and half coming from Richmond (almost 2 hour drive). I arrived with my husband, two sons and my newborn baby. The other half of the party was 10 minutes away.
This is just a sidenote, but one worth mentioning because it affected my situation on that particular day. I had a stroke following the birth of my daughter. This was the first time I had been out, when she was about a month old. She was super small, a preemie, and I was not doing well.
At the door, we were told that we could not be seated, although we could see our table (all ready for us) from the entrance. We could not put our stuff down at our table so that I could take the baby to the changing table in the restroom.
It blew my mind, but the manager and a few employees at the hostess stand said that we couldn't be seated until the rest of our party got there. I explained the situation that we were travelling from two different places and that they were not more than 10 minutes away, but we were told no. I explained that we had a newborn baby who needed to be changed, but they would not change their answer. Eventually, after I called my sister and she called them from the car, begging them to let us come in and sit down, did they tell us it was ok -- but made sure to tell us again and again that this is their policy and they NEVER break their policies.
I have never, ever, in my life, been put in such a ridiculous, unsympathetic situation by a service-oriented establishment, especially when were about to spend upwards of $300 for lunch. We could not sit down and order anything! It was outrageous. I felt as if we were begging them to give them patronage.
The atmosphere was ok, the food was mediocre, but I honestly don't remember much else about this place other than the awful, and I mean awful, customer service. I was reading another review on here about the waitress keeping the credit card and doing the check wrong and acting like it was the customer's fault, and I just smiled because that is exactly how they seem.
If this review is worth anything, I would recommend spending your cash at a brewery with better service (and beer). This place doesn't deserve it. There are so many hard working, friendly breweries with fantastic beer in this area. DB isn't one of them.
06-27-2013 15:09:20 |
More by Jeannine
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$
Our experience this afternoon canceled out all good feelings we ever had about this place.
Our first bill had a $10 mistake in their favor. We sent the bill back, and one of us left the table. The second bill was correct, and was paid with a tip of about 18%. But our credit card was not returned to us. This has never happened to us before -- and we're pretty old.
When we called the General Manager, the story was that it was all our fault. We were told we'd left our credit card behind, with the merchant's copy of the receipt. Yeah, we don't believe it, either.
According to the manager, this happens all the time, and people who don't report their losses quickly have their credit cards shredded. So: check your bills, and keep tabs on your credit cards. Using cash would be safer.
10-04-2012 21:35:10 |
More by MMT
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