Devils Backbone Expands Distribution To Pennsylvania

14 July 2016

imageFrom Devils Backbone:

LEXINGTON, VA – Coming to Pennsylvania from the heartland of Virginia, Devils Backbone Brewing Company is thrilled to announce its expansion into the keystone state.  Since 2008, Devils Backbone has been brewing world-class beers inspired by the great traditions of Europe and the ingenuity of modern craft brewing.  Devils Backbone has partnered with Penn Distributing, Gretz Beer Company, and Allentown Beverage Company to bring their brews to beer lovers in Philadelphia, the surrounding counties and the Lehigh Valley. 

“For a long time, the Philadelphia region has been one of the country's greatest epicenters of quality beer. It's an honor for Devils Backbone to be a part of it,” says Chief Operating-Officer Hayes Humphreys. “I'm also delighted that our friendship with the fine folks at Penn Distributing, Gretz Beer Company, & Allentown Beverage is morphing into a professional partnership.”  

The Devils Backbone brewing team has earned numerous accolades for their beers, excelling in the art of lager brewing in an ale dominated industry including Great American Beer Festival®, 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 and 2010 World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster Small Brewpub.

Beginning this month, Devils Backbone will launch with its new Family Beer Project, a mixed 12 pack which includes its flagship beer, Vienna Lager, a Vienna style lager, andAle 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; and Tropical Thunder, a crystal-weizen ale brewed with pineapple juice. This is the first Devils Backbone release in Pennsylvania, and additional beers will be available coming this fall. 

During 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.

“The Family Member Beer project is a great introduction to Devils Backbone because each style in the pack is a genuinely unique beer created directly by our family members at the brewery,” says Devils Backbone Brewmaster Jason Oliver.

The five beers featured in the Adventure Pack, only available for a limited amount of time, alongside the award-winning Vienna Lager, include: 

· Ale of Two Cities (4.7% ABV; 18 IBU): Pale, crisp, refreshing

A blend of traditional German brewing tradition and American hops. Ale of Two Cities has great malt character up-front with a crisp clean finish. Low ABV and very drinkable.

Brewed by: Aaron (brewer), Michael (packaging line), Karen (Basecamp server), Brittigan (warehouse operator), and Jennifer (Basecamp server)

· Apple-achian Pie Stout (8.0% ABV; 28 IBU): Rich, apple, spice

The members on this team have close ties to Appalachian Virginia. The stories of Virginia moonshiners using local apples to make their shine was the inspiration behind this brew. Ingredients include apple butter, pie spice, and blackstrap molasses.

Brewed by: April (brewer), Cara (marketing manager), TJ (maintenance technician), Delmas (lead cook), Daniel (line cook), Siporah (Basecamp server), and Carrie (Basecamp server)

· Hot Shot IPA (6.2% ABV; 55 IBU): Jalapeno, hop, zip

A tribute to some of the Devils Backbone Mug Club members who travel out west every summer to bravely fight wildfire. The addition of jalapenos provides a nice “hot shot” to this well-balanced IPA. Jalapeno, hop, zip.

Brewed by: Robbie (brewer), Ann (Craft Adventure Coordinator), Ben (brewer), Annick (Basecamp server), Melanie (Basecamp server), Brodie (HR director), and Tony (hospitality director)

· Space Fruit Pale Ale (4.6% ABV; 38 IBU): Tropical, hop, zing
Designed to introduce both hop-heads and those who don’t know they’re hop fans yet to a mildly bitter, yet still hop forward beer using Galaxy (Space) and Citra (Fruit) hops.

Brewed by: Justin (brewer), Coey (quality manager), Majestic (packaging line), and Bryant (packaging line)

· Tropical Thunder (5.3% ABV; 20 IBU): Fruity, tropical, wheat

A nose of pineapple and tropical fruits with a slight hop linger. Tastes clean and crisp with small amounts of banana Weissbier aroma coming through and finishing with a tropical fruit and pineapple hop kick.

Brewed by: Josh (brewer), Cherice (hostess), Craig (warehouse operator), Lauren (Basecamp server), Danielle (Basecamp server), and John (Basecamp server)

· Vienna Lager (5.2% ABV; 18 IBU): Mild, toasted, caramel

Vienna Lager is amber in color with a subtle toasted caramel note and a smooth malty finish.  Brewed using a combination of Northern Brewer and Saaz hops with Vienna, Pilsen, Dark Munich and Caramel malts and allowing five weeks for the lagering process and the flavors to fully develop.  Vienna Lager is a multi-award-winning brew:  2015/2012 gold medal and 2009 Silver in the Vienna-Style Lager category at the Great American Beer Festival and 2014 Silver, 2012 Gold in the Vienna-Style Lager category at the World Beer Cup.

Devils Backbone operates two breweries in Virginia: Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows (200 Mosbys Run, Roseland), the original brewery and restaurant, and the Outpost Brewery & Tap Room (50 Northwind Lane, Lexington), a state-of-the-art production brewery and tap room. Devils Backbone is currently available in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland, Washington DC, and Delaware.   

Founders Steve Crandall and his wife Heidi, inspired by a skiing trip where they had their first taste of German beer, opened the doors to Devils Backbone Brewing Company in the heartland of Virginia.  Basecamp Brewpub was an instant regional success and with so many beer lovers asking where they could purchase the brews, they broke ground on the Outpost in 2011.  Anticipated to produce 10,000 barrels of beer in the first ten years of operation, the Outpost reached 45,000 barrels in the first three years and recently completed an additional expansion to reach 250,000 barrels.

Customers can search for locations to purchase this Adventure Pack using the beer finder online at dbbrewingcompany.com/beers/find-our-beer/.

For more information, please visit.dbbrewingcompany.com.  You can also follow along as they Craft an Adventure #CraftAnAdventure on Facebook/devilsbackbonebrewingcompany, Twitter @dbbrewingco and Instagram @devilsbackbonebrewingcompany.

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