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. 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!
Quite simply, we exist for one thing: To bring the people together in the great outdoors. After the pandemic forcibly slowed us down, we are ready to go explore the places we’ve missed with the friends and family we’ve longed for. Wherever you find yourself enjoying time with your favorite people, whether it’s at one of our locations nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains or on your own back porch pulling cans from a cooler, we hope you also bring along your favorite Devils Backbone beer or cocktail and Drink Outdoors Together.