Devils Backbone smokes the competition at brewers’ fest


Not many beers make me want to change my lifestyle.

I’m a vegetarian, but I couldn’t help but yearn for a good German wurst when I tasted Devils Backbone Smokehaus Lager. The smoky quality of this rauchbier is silky smooth, a gentle whiff rather than a hot blast, and my mouth watered for something savory.

Devils Backbone owner Steve Crandall (far left), brewmaster Jason Oliver (black shirt, center) and others celebrate the brewery winning the Best of Show award.




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I am a writer. And a musician/songwriter. And a husband/father. I love good beer, the outdoors, the embrace of family, the company of true friends, the telling of a good story and the inner peace derived from quiet reflection in solitude. Recently I have specialized in beer writing. My most recent adventure is "Virginia Beer: A Guide from Colonial Days to Craft's Golden Age" published fall 2018 by University of Virginia Press. In October 2014, "Richmond Beer: A History of Brewing in the River City" was published by History Press. "Charlottesville Beer: Brewing in Jefferson's Shadow," followed in January 2017. Send me an email at As you can see from this site, however, my interests are broader than beer. Spend time, leave a comment or just enjoy. Lee
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