As NCL has been following since the beginning, the wait will soon be over for Nelson’s second microbrewery scheduled to open next month in the Beech Grove area of Nelson County, Virginia. That’s on the two lane highway leading up to Wintergreen Resort, just south of Nellysford. Steve Crandall, founder of Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, tells NCL they are shooting to open next month. “We’re looking at mid November, depending on which way things fall,” he says. This week, the building reminiscent of a Rockies style lodge, was covered up with carpenters, electricians, and a lots of other contractors scurrying to finish by next month. Steve says he wants to make the mid November opening, but realizes a variety of factors and timing could alter that by at least couple of weeks.
“This week the kitchen appliances are being installed. We’re running some of the last bits of the electrical and gas lines. The cabinetry and plumbing fixtures are going in this week. We’re also working to put the last finishing touches on the brew house where we’ll actually be making the beer,” adds Crandall.
Devil’s Backbone will join Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton as Nelson’s second microbrewery that opened in October of last year. Crandall sees his brewery and restaurant as a compliment to Blue Mountain and says the relationship of brewers is a special one. “Taylor’s been down here to see what we’re doing and has even offered to help us with different parts of this. There’s a very unique brotherhood of brewers in the brewing community. There’s a belief that a rising tide lifts all ships, and Taylor was certainly the pioneer in coming into Nelson County,” Crandall continues.
Eventually Devil’s Backbone and Blue Mountain will both be a part of a beer trail stretching out of Albemarle and Charlottesville, similar to the wine trails for the already established wineries in Nelson.
Look for more updates as things progress.
Congratulations to Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company. Great owners, great people it will be a great place!
Nice Walnut & Copper Bar.
Looking forward to your opening. I know it will be great. You have a really nice guy as your chef. Good luck to Steve and family.
Hello my name is Billy and I would like to talk to you about Booking my Band at your place.We are a 4 piece band with a female singer.You can hear a rough cut of Ashley doing 3 songs on our page……I am still working on it so its in the rough. Thank’s Billy Band page= http://www.myspace.com/whiteash1
Looks great guys see @ the grand opening! Miss you all
Congrats! We are in Mexico now and will be home in a few days but have some friends coming into town next week to visit and would love to come down for some pints. When will the doors officially open?
Can’t wait to taste the brews.
Great place, the Valley need it a classy and sophisticated atmosphere.
The food is fabulous, so is their beer!!
My best friend and her hubby work there and if they say it is awesome then it has to be kick ass!!! Can’t wait to come in.
Steve-how did the logo come out? Glad the name is working for you, seems like things are progressing well.
I’d like to recommend the Jennifer Kirland | Bert Carlson duo for a music night to remember.
I think there is a great audience here in the valley for their jazz-American songbook repertoire. They’ve released two excellent CD’s and are performing constantly in the Shenandoah Valley area. We have made the trip to Staunton several times to see them at The Dining Room restaurant on Tuesdays.
We would certainly talk it up and get in an audience if they were scheduled.
If you’d like to investigate, the website with audio clips is http://www.jenniferkirkland.net., and they’re very personable individuals to contact and make arrangements.
Please let me know if you get them on the schedule.
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