Listen as Taylor Smack describes the special collaborative brew between Blue Mountain & Devils Backbone. Hit the orange and white arrow to play.
Afton / Roseland
Nelson County, VA
Many times in the past as part of the area’s Brew Ridge Trail mini-guild of Central Virginia brewers Blue Mountain Brewery & Devils Backbone have worked together on collaborative brews, but this is their first project working only with each other. “I met Brian Martin at Sedona Taphouse in Charlottesville during a Blue Mountain event there. He told me he had a few very rare beers–including a 1996 Westvleteren 12, which would sell on Ebay for hundreds of dollars–that he wanted to get together with me and taste. So we set up a private rare beer tasting at Sedona and I called Jason, because that kind of beer has to be shared with other brewers in the know. During the tasting, Brian was effusive about Blue Mountain and Devils Backbone being his two favorite breweries. He convinced us to get together and do a collaboration brew of his favorite style, the Belgian Quadrupel,” said Taylor Smack, co-owner of Blue Mountain. From there the idea took off and the group got together over the past week or so at both breweries to make their own versions.
“An enormous beer often approaching 11 or 12% alcohol by volume. Jason and I have worked together on many of the Brew Ridge Trail collaboration brews and have always enjoyed collaborating, so we figured why not? Thus, I now have a freaky high-octane brew bubbling away,” Taylor added.
Jason and Taylor tell is the special brew will be ready in a few weeks!