A regional craft brewery tends to celebrate the area from which it hails. This can be represented in flavors, branding, attitude, or all the above. Devils Backbone, for instance, a Virginia brewery, adopts the outdoorsy posture endemic to its Three Ridges Wilderness Area home, a back-wood, hill-country outdoor playground near Roseland, VA, its founding location. Founded as a brewpub in 2008, the company’s growth and demand eventually convinced management to add a production-based facility, complete with bottling and canning lines. The 15,000-sq.-ft. facility began humbly in 2012 as a 30-barrel brewhouse. A CFT filler hinted at the beginnings of automation, but bottles were hand depalletized, and cases were hand erected and hand packed. But a 2014 jump from a 30- to a 120-barrel brewhouse necessitated a corresponding leap in automation. During this process, Josh West, Director of Operations at Devils Backbone, put a lot of trust in local and regional companies in the East and North East to accomplish this. He wanted to work with people who would be relatively nearby, in the same time zone, and available to help automate and grow. “We connected with Wayne Automation and a coup...