One might say the spark for the idea behind the brewery happened in 1992 with a visit to Cortina, Italy. Founders, Steve and Heidi Crandall were on a ski trip and were introduced to a German beer called Weihenstephan. This first real "craft" beer experience started a trend in the Crandall household, planting the seed that slowly grew into an idea, and then bloomed to become Devils Backbone Brewing Company. With some great friends, the Crandalls began to further foster the idea of a small, environmentally sensitive, pedestrian-friendly, and community-focused business development. "The Village at Glen Mary" community was born and its flagship business would be the Devils Backbone Brewing Company, opening its doors in 2008.