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of the Brew brewmaster of Devil's Backbone Brewing Company by Beth Golden spiced with coriander, lemon zest, and African roobios – an ingredient familiar to me in its raw tea form as a potent antioxidant and medicinal tonic. The only word I could muster between sips of the delicious Summer Haze was "smoooooth." The lemon provided a perfect center-point for the flavors yet didn't reveal too much of itself, and suddenly it occurred to me that this was quite a healthy introduction to the Devil's Backbone Devil's Backbone Brewing Company is nestled in Brewing the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia within Nelson County. Company, where Oliver serves as maestro of an operation that has experienced a meteoric rise in public popularity and industry accolades since Photo courtesy of Nelson County Life Magazine its opening in late 2008. The Brewers Association World Cup is the Olympics of beer-making, with 642 breweries participating this year from 44 countries and 47 states – entering over 3,000 beers to cross the palates of 179 judges. When I met with Oliver it had only been a month since Devil's Backbone, located in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, won the top prize for "Small Brewpub" in the Boulder-based competition that recognized his brewmaster prowess as well as awarding a gold medal for his "Danzig" Baltic-style porter and bronze medals for three other beers. 15 www.artizenmagazine.com

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