Devils Backbone Schwartz Bier
Brewer: Devils Backbone Brewing
Style: German Schwarzbier
Most American craft brewers focus on ales rather than lagers for the simple reason that lagers take longer to mature and the extra time eats away at a brewery's bottom line. Virginia's Devils Backbone doesn't blink at the time or the investment, and they make absolutely killer lagers of all stripes. A favorite, along with the Vienna Lager, is the Schwartz Bier, a sharply roasted black lager that drinks easily without sacrificing big flavor.