One of my absolute favorite breweries in central Virginia is Devils Backbone Brewing Company in Roseland, Nelson County.
Devils Backbone Brewing Company in Roseland, VA
Headquartered in Lexington, Virginia, Devils Backbone Brewing Company also has a brewpub situated amid the rural scenery of Nelson County, which is what this blog post is about. The Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows, as the site is officially called, is an expansive area consisting of a restaurant, a grill, an outside bar, various terraces and outdoor seating areas, a big lawn, a stage, a brewery “test kitchen” and even a campground.
Devils Backbone’s Basecamp is a hugely popular destination for hikers and cyclists, also hosting several festivals and events throughout the year.
It’s without question a happening place, which is exactly why I like it so much. Its location on the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, a short drive from the Blue Ridge Parkway only makes it more appealing. It is an excellent place to kick back with a craft beer after a day of hiking and/or road tripping in the mountains.
Another reason that Devils Backbone Brewing Company is one of my favorite central Virginian craft breweries is, of course, its great craft beer. They have about 15 beers on tap, ranging from IPAs and Vienna lager to Hefeweizen and Porter. Their food menu is pretty amazing as well—especially the barbecue section is heavenly. Definitely try the pulled pork sandwich!
Chock-full with fun decorations, including a stuffed black bear holding a pint of beer, the Basecamp Brewpub is open every day of the week: from Monday through Saturday from 11.30am to last call, and on Sunday from 11am to last call. (The outdoor bar at the Meadows is closed from Monday through Thursday, but opens and closes at the same time as the brewpub on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.)
Note: the beers suggested is this post may be limited batches and may not be available in the future. Check Devils Backbone’s website or, of course, the beer menu in the taproom to see what’s on tap.