Thanks to Penn Distributing, Gretz Beer Company and Allentown Beverage Company, Virginia-based Devils Backbone Brewing Company and its beers will soon be available within and around the Philadelphia market.
“For a long time, the Philadelphia region has been one of the country’s greatest epicenters of quality beer,” said Hayes Humphreys, Devils Backbone’s Chief Operating Officer. “It’s an honor for Devils Backbone to be a part of it.”
History of Devils Backbone
In 2008, Steve Crandall and his wife, Heidi, founded Devils Backbone in the Virginia Heartland after an inspirational ski trip to northern Italy in 1991 (where they had their first taste of Germanic-style beer).
Over the years, Devils Backbone and its brewing team has earned numerous accolades for their beers, excelling in the art of lager brewing in an ale-dominated industry. Awards include:
- the Great American Beer Festival‘s 2014 Mid-Sized Brewing Company and Brew Team of the Year, 2013 Small Brewing Company and Small Brewing Company Brewer of the Year, 2012 Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year
- 2010 World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster Small Brewpub.
Devils Backbone operates two breweries in Virginia: its original brewery and restaurant, Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows and a production brewery and tasting room, Outpost Brewery & Tap Room. Beyond Pennsylvania, Devils Backbone is currently available in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, Washington D.C. and Delaware.
In April 2016, the brewery announced that it was acquired by Anheuser-Busch (you can read more on that here).
Seek Out the Family Beer Project
Beginning this month, Devils Backbone launches into the Philly with its new Family Beer Project, a mixed 12-pack which includes:
- Vienna Lager, a Vienna style lager that’s DB’s flagship beer
- Ale of Two Cities, an Amero Kolsch-style ale
- Apple-achian Pie Stout, an ale brewed with apple, spice, and molasses
- Hot Shot IPA, an India pale ale brewed with jalapeno peppers
- Space Fruit Pale Ale, an ale brewed with new world hops
- Tropical Thunder, a crystal-weizen ale brewed with pineapple juice.
During the 15-month Family Beer Project, employees from every branch of the Devils Backbone family tree—from servers to members of the sales team to packaging hall employees—formed into 12 groups, each led by a brewer. The groups selected the style, ingredients and name of their beer and then brewed it together. The brewers chose five of these beers to include in the final lineup of this Adventure Pack. Learn more about the beer project via the video below.
While the Adventure Pack and its beers are Devils Backbone’s first releases in Pennsylvania, the brewery intends to roll out additional beers in the local market come fall 2016.