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Devil’s Backbone Brewery Works Toward November Opening

[ 11 ] October 13, 2008 |
By Tommy Stafford : Brewmaster, Jason Oliver, stands behind the newly installed copper topped bar at Devil's Backbone near Wintergreen.

By Tommy Stafford : Brewmaster, Jason Oliver, stands behind the newly installed copper topped bar at Devil's Backbone near Wintergreen.

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.

Left, Shawn Goodwin, Executive Chef at Devil's Backbone, discusses new kitchen equipment with Crandall, center, and one of the equipment suppliers.

Left, Shawn Goodwin, Executive Chef at Devil's Backbone, discusses new kitchen equipment with Crandall, center, and one of the equipment suppliers.

“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.

One worker puts stain on the trim of a second story window.

One worker puts stain on the trim of a second story window.

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.

Contractors are busy finishing up the exterior of the brewery and restaurant near the intersection of VA Route 664 & 151.

Contractors are busy finishing up the exterior of the brewery and restaurant near the intersection of VA Route 664 & 151.

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.

Executive Chef, Shawn Goodwin, stands in the soon to be completed kitchen of the restaurant.

Executive Chef, Shawn Goodwin, stands in the soon to be completed kitchen of the restaurant.

Look for more updates as things progress.

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  1. sig benson says:

    Congratulations to Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company. Great owners, great people it will be a great place!

  2. Erik says:

    Nice Walnut & Copper Bar.

  3. Milly Colella says:

    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.

  4. Billy White says:

    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

  5. Amy parish says:

    Looks great guys see @ the grand opening! Miss you all

  6. Todd Rath says:

    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.

  7. Karol Mclain says:

    Great place, the Valley need it a classy and sophisticated atmosphere.
    The food is fabulous, so is their beer!!

  8. Elaine Hayes says:

    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.

  9. Allan Guy says:

    Steve-how did the logo come out? Glad the name is working for you, seems like things are progressing well.

    Good luck-

    A

  10. Greg Heuer says:

    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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