NELSON COUNTY, Va. — Reports are coming in that the popular beer brewing company Devils Backbone has been accused of making prank phone calls to wineries in the central Virginia area. According to authorities, the phone calls have been “purely prankster, with no intent whatsoever except to disrupt the winemaking process.”
Numerous wineries have made claims that Devils Backbone employees have called, often asking traditional questions in a comedic manner. An employee of Cooper Vineyards, Ashley Farstell noted, “It started out with the normal, run-of-the-mill games, like ‘Is your chilling pod running?’ Whenever we answered yes, the person on the other end would just laugh and remark, ‘Well it can run from the Devil!’ and hang up. Who does that?”
While the true identity of the caller could never be identified, the call was traced back to the line of the brewery’s headquarters in Roseland.
Flying Fox Vineyard, located about 10 miles from Devils Backbone brewery, has also fallen victim to the phone calls. According to employee Jason Hughes, many of the calls have made reference to the Pumpkin Hunter, the name of D.B.’s seasonal pumpkin ale. “One week, the caller just kept on warning us that ‘The Pumpkin Hunter is coming for ya!’ It was pretty bizarre.”
When reached for comment, Devils Backbone denied any responsibility for the calls, claiming, “We’ve been too busy making sure our upcoming winter ale is perfected to play silly games. By the way, our limited edition Pumpkin Hunter pumpkin beer is now available stores now! $10.99 a sixpack! Buy early to avoid disappointment!”