Buy local – this mantra seems to be popping up all over the place these days. Over at the Stoney Badger we try to do our part by carrying beers produced at local Virginia breweries.
From the Devils Backbone Brewing Company, located in Roseland, Virginia, you can find a few of their brews at the Badger. The first is the Eight Point IPA, described as a medium-bodied ale having a “floral-citrus aroma and a crisp bitterness.” The next is the Vienna Lager, winner of the 2012 Gold Medal from the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup along with the 2009 Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal. It is described by Devils Backbone as malty and toasty sweet. Finally for those who prefer a darker beer, there is the refreshing and bittersweet Schwartz Bier, winner of the bronze medal at the World Beer Cup in 2010. Devils Backbone Brewing Company was only recently established in 2008 and has already garnered recognition worldwide. In 2012 alone Devils Backbone was named the Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster Small Brewpub!
Another local brewery with a big presence at the Stoney Badger is Apocalypse Ale Works located in Forest, Virginia. The brewery only just launched in February 2013 out of the old Forest Volunteer Fire Department. The Apocalypse Ale motto is “the end of bad beer is here” and you can judge for yourself by trying them out your next trip out to the Badger. We carry three of their brews: Lustful Maiden, Golden Censer (an Apocalypse specialty made with honey from Canada and orange peel), and Hoppocalypse Imperial Red Ale.
Other local beers you can find at the Stoney Badger include Full Nelson Pale Ale and Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale (generally available November-April), both brewed by Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, Virginia, Get Bent Mountain IPA by Parkway Brewing in Salem, Virginia, Grateful Pale Ale created by Starr Hill in Charlottesville, Virginia, and finally what bar would be complete without a hard cider? Ours comes from Bold Rock in Nellysford, Virginia and is made using Virginia apples.
So the next time you are looking to throw back a cold one, especially during the hot summer months be sure to stop in at the Stoney Badger and help to support these local breweries!