1st stop on the Beer Tour……………Devils Backbone Brewery
Hayes, Outpost Manager, guided us on a tour of the working brewery. We were able to experience the brewing process that uses 4 main ingredients to create the beer: water, yeast, hops, and malt. The tour ended in the bottling room where we watched the Eight Point IPA bottles fill, get labeled, and packed up for distribution.
Where did the Devils Backbone name come from?
During the 1740s Thomas Jefferson’s father was given a very large piece of property in the Blue Ridge mountains and was told to explore it. During their rough ride through the Blue Ridge Mountains, one of the mules slipped and fell into the canyon. The mules tied to the “mule train” also fell. Thomas Jefferson wrote in his journal: The mules fell into the “devils backbone”. Since being a local VA brewery located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the owners related to this and hence the name Devils Backbone.
Stay tuned for our brewery tour update on our next stop to Blue Lab Brewery. Looking forward to taste their Irish Red Ale for St Patrick’s Day!
Ray and Melissa Alexander