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Devils Backbone Founder Joins Feb. 27 Brew Talks

As part of its week-long tour of the Southeast, Brewbound will travel to Devils Backbone Brewing in Lexington, Virginia on Thursday, February 27 to host Brew Talks, a free educational and networking meetup for beer industry professionals.

During the event, Devils Backbone founder Steve Crandall and COO Hayes Humphreys will join Brewbound editor Chris Furnari in a discussion on managing rapid growth.

In just its third year of full-scale production, Devils Backbone is on pace to produce 50,000 barrels of beer, but that impressive growth hasn’t come without its own set of challenges. Crandall and Humphries will share insights from growing Devils Backbone into one of the country’s fastest-growing regional breweries. Throughout the conversation, the pair will explain the importance of accessing growth capital, strategies for earning key retail placements and ways in which other rapidly evolving craft breweries can balance the onslaught of new business development opportunities.

Prior to discussion, attendees will hear from Sam Crickenberger, the director of community development in Rockbridge County. In a moderated question-and-answer session, Crickenberger will discuss craft beer’s role in urban development and how startup breweries can build critical business relationships with their local municipal officials.


Brew Talks is a FREE, traveling meetup series that aims to provide craft brewers with access to valuable insight into the branding, marketing and distribution of craft beer. Brewbound will also make stops in Atlanta and Durham, North Carolina during the week-long tour.

Sponsored by Crown Beverage Packaging and VicinityBrew, the final stop on the Brew Talks tour will be held at Devils Backbone Brewing, located at 50 Northwind Lane in Lexington, VA. The free event will begin at 5 P.M. EST.


Launched in 2013, Brew Talks are designed to provide craft brewers, distributors and retailers the opportunity to come together in beer friendly locales and have in-depth discussions on the business side of craft beer. All Brew Talks events are also broadcast globally via a free live stream.