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Anheuser-Busch acquires Virginia’s Devils Backbone brewery

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Posted at 10:30 AM, Apr 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-12 11:23:59-04

ROSELAND, Va. — One of Virginia’s most celebrated craft beer breweries is going big time. Anheuser-Busch announced Tuesday an agreement to acquire Devils Backbone Brewing Company.

“Devils Backbone will retain a high level of autonomy and continue its own authentic DNA,” Steve Crandall, co-founder and CEO of Devils Backbone Brewing Company, said in a statement. “The existing management team plans to stay on board for many years, while continuing to innovate and bring locally crafted Virginia beer to the nation.”

Devils Backbone will become the latest brewery to join Anheuser-Busch’s craft breweries – import unit known as The High End.

Other beers in the The High End unit include Stella Artois, Shock Top, Goose Island, Blue Point, 10 Barrel, Elysian, Golden Road, Virtue Cider, Four Peaks and Breckenridge Brewery.

“Devils Backbone has captivated beer drinkers in Virginia since opening its doors eight years ago,” Felipe Szpigel, The High End president Felipe Szpigel said. “From the beginning, they have shown creativity and talent with the great beers they brew, and they’ve been able to use the authentic offerings at Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows to cultivate a fun, outdoor lifestyle that resonates with everyone. Pair these qualities with dynamic leadership and a dream to do something bigger, and you have the recipe for an even more promising future.”

Devils Backbone best-selling beer is its Vienna Lager. Other award-winning beers include the Eight Point IPA and Schwartz Bier.