The Devils Backbone Outpost is nestled in the beautiful heartland of Virginia, making it quite the place for an evening happy hour. The regional brewery’s outpost location in Lexington, VA featured a tap room complete with indoor seating, a room full of utilized brewing equipment, and a scenic outdoor biergarten. As noted on the brewery’s website, the Outpost features a 120bbl Rolec Brewing system and SBC Bottling and canning lines.
My party of self-proclaimed beer connoisseurs and I arrived around 5 o’clock on a beautiful late summer day. With clear skies all around, we opted for the outdoor terrace in hopes of catching the sun setting beyond the mountainous horizon. After grabbing a couple of flights, we secured one of the picnic tables that lined the walls of the brewery and joined the army of loyal patrons conversing and sipping from steins.
The views from the tables showcased the beautiful scenery of the area, featuring rolling fields and iconic blue-hued mountains in the distance. The brewery’s edible fare consisted of a wide variety of Route 11 potato chips and a heavily utilized bring-your-own-food (or order in) policy.
Once settled into our seats, we dove into our flights to get a proper taste of what the brewery had to offer. Two taps had already been kicked by the time we arrived to the Outpost so instead of the full spread of eight, we had the following six Devils Backbone beers to sample from:
- Vienna Lager (Vienna Style Lager)
- Eight Point IPA (India Pale Ale)
- Schwartz Bier (German Style Black Lager)
- Gold Leaf Lager (Golden Lager)
- Virginia Farmhouse Ale (Farmhouse Ale)
- O’Fest (German-style Märzen)
Favorites among our group were the Eight Point IPA, a generously hopped beer that paired well with Route 11 Crab Seasoning chips, and the Virginia Farmhouse Ale, a crisp, refreshing lager perfect for sipping during sunsets.
The brewery’s original mission to become an integral piece in the social fabric of the Nelson County community has assuredly achieved its goal. After establishing its roots within the Three Ridges Wilderness area, the Outpost was opened to fill Devils Backbone Brewing Company’s production needs. The Outpost created a way for Devils Backbone’s wide assortment of beers to become a staple for residents of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
As of September 2016, the hours are as follows:
Sunday & Monday: 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday & Wednesday: 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday: 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.