Virginia craft beer pioneer, co-founder of Devils Backbone Brewing dies at 64

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – Steve Crandall, the co-founder of Devils Backbone Brewing and a pioneer of craft beer in Virginia, died on Sunday, May 2. He was 64.

Devils Backbone Brewing announced his passing on its Facebook page on Wednesday, May 5.

By now you have heard the sad news about the untimely passing of our beloved Founder, Steve Crandall. Steve was an incredible friend, leader, philanthropist, outdoorsman, and craft beer pioneer. To those who knew him well, he was a loving husband, father, Gampy (grandfather), scoutmaster, and Founder of Devils Backbone Brewing Company. We are all deeply saddened by the news.

Devils Backbone Brewing Company Facebook page

The Crandalls founded Devils Backbone in 2008. After years of success, Anheuser-Busch acquired Devils Backbone in 2016.

Steve Crandall also owned a building company, Tectonics Custom Homes.

Crandall’s family has asked the community to make donations to one of his cherished organizations:

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