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Taps: 7 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
135 Main St, PO Box 118
phone: (800) 321-3985
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 41 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I visited this place while in new hampshire hoping to find some good beer and was heartily rewarded . They had a good selection of craft brews that crossed a basic styles . I particularly enjoyed their sample set up where you get to select several beers instead of having to wait to try them . The food was good nothing outstanding but the beer was what I went for . The atmosphere was great an old train station and other things joined together to form a bar/ restaraunt/ hotel . It also had an open display of the brewing equipment which as I have said before is my favorite . They also offer brewers weekends which you get to brew along with the brewpub staff something to check out in the future .
04-21-2008 23:27:56 |
More by mkabull
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went here on a tuesday night during school vacation week, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Driving through town was dark and quiet, but this place was bumping.
I am not sure if this place really used to be a train station, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was. It was like a huge wooden house with a strange set up of rooms. They actually have three distinct places to eat - the bar, the restaurant, and then the fancier restaurant. I went to the regular one.
Lively atmosphere, many kids around. Nice cabin-like feel seems right during the winter time. They have a big menu, but as expected my choices as a vegetarian were just a handful. I got a couple of appetizers - the artichoke dip and the sweet potato ravioli. They looked mediocre but tasted pretty good and were a fair price. I got a veggie burger with special toppings, and that was pretty good too.
The beer available was a wheat, a "golden" ale, a pale ale, a red, a brown, a stout, and their seasonal "Wassail." I tried most of them and in general was impressed. They all tasted rather fresh and flavorful. The wheat was very light and filtered and did not show that much wheat character, but it was crisp and refreshing. The Wassail had some higher-alcohol character and was too estery, but not awful. The pale ale and the stout were the most enjoyable.
Service took a little longer to bring the beers than I would have liked, and could have been friendlier, but not bad and was good at answering questions about the beer.
A good place that I would return to, mainly for the beers and the warm family atmosphere.
02-21-2008 21:15:05 |
More by waughbrew
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
My wife and I spent the weekend to do some skiing; we stayed here because it's close to both Loon and Cannon. I'd recommend the Woodstock Inn for some nice, relaxing down time. The brewpub/bar consists of three dining areas and two bars. There's also a separate, more upscale, restaurant in the inn called the Clement Room. The brewpub/bar was once a railroad station and, as such, has lots of small areas and warrens. Upstairs there's the bar and two areas for dining. The dining rooms are very kitschy and comfortable. The bar upstairs is laminated with old postcards under the laminate. Nice historical touch. There's a third dining area down a ramp off the bar, and the area they call the pub is down some stairs off the bar. The downstairs pub has a copper top bar with old beer bottles and cans as decoration. Again a nice, different, historical touch. There's plenty of TVs in both bars. Upstairs there's a small gift shop that sells pre-filled growlers and Tshirts.
Since it was winter, the Wassail Ale was one of the selections. Also on tap was Loon Golden Ale, Old Man Oatmeal Stout, Pemi Pale Ale, Pig's Ear Brown Ale, Red Rack Ale, and White Mountain Wreasel Wheat. I think their light beer was also on tap. For the most part the beers were rather pedestrian (see reviews). My standout was the brown ale.
The menu is enormous. For the most part, whatever you could think up is on the menu. The portions are generous, and the food is good. Service in the restaurant areas and the bars was excellent, even on a busy winter weekend before the Super Bowl.
We had a great weekend at The Woodstock Inn. Would not hesitate to go back again.
02-06-2008 20:12:24 |
More by lordofthewiens
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I stayed at the Inn for a couple nights mid-week. It was pretty quiet. The rooms are beautiful and the restaurant is fantastic. The brewpub isn't as good as the other restaurant (Clement Room I think), but it's good pub fare. They had 6 or 7 beers on tap. I had their Maple Porter, which I thought was good, but a bit thin. The prices are very reasonable. If you go to stay in the Inn, their off-season is the winter (surprisingly, considering how close they are to Cannon and Loon ski areas and not a whole lot farther from Bretton Woods or Waterville Valley).
I returned after a day of skiing at Cannon to pick up a growler of their winter beer, Wassail Ale. Unfortunately, they don't do growler fills from the tap, but have them pre-filled when bottling the beer. They didn't fill any growlers with the Wassail, but suggested a convenience store up the street that had 4 packs of it. The people were always very friendly and helpful. The service was great, even when they didn't have what I wanted, they suggested where I could get it to go.
01-10-2008 15:26:12 |
More by RunawayJim
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Returned to this Brewery/Pub/Restaurant/Inn last night after a hike in the White Mtns.of NH. This was my sixth visit which reflects my near-constant need for and apres-hike local beer.
North Woodstock is a cute little tourist town at the foot of the Franconia Notch, and this establishment is a reflection of the need to please tourists and locals alike. Much of the place is made up of the old train station from the neighboring town of Lincoln. Someone actually had the bldg moved a couple of miles down the road to form the heart of this place. The result is a train-oriented decor that is very family friendly. The place is quite big when you consider the nice courtyard, bar, and three dining rooms. One thing that should also be noted: this is only the 2nd brewpub I have been to that actually has hops growing on the outside walls. I picked some and huffed them the whole ride home to Boston!
The menu is huge and you can find something from the far reaches of many a pub kitchen (nachos-escargot, seriously!). The quality and flavor of the food is average, i have tried several things from the bison burger to the mexican chicken dishes. My advice is to stick with what most pubs do well, burgers, fries, nachos, wings, etc. The other entrees fail to impress for lack of flavor. The free spent-grain beer bread is always a welcome item at the table however.
On this trip we tried the stout, the pale ale, and the scotch ale. These were all good, not great, which is an opinion that has not changed since i first visited this place two years ago. The beers seem to get one thing right in order to claim a stake in their style category. The pale gets some bitter notes in the middle and after tastes. The stout has a touch of roasted malt, although like many other brewpub beers stouts I have tasted, i think it could be labeled a porter. The seasonal scotch ale also hit upon the caramel nose and malty body that linked it to the style, but like the others, suffered from a lack of well roundedness in regards to body, aroma, and hopping. The lack of "pop" in these beers could be a nod to tourist palates and local alike. A place like this can afford to offend the serious beer snob, but not the bread and butter of the local economy.
The service is always o.k. I have had much worse, but don't go looking to your servers for info on the beer, they let their place mats do the talking here.
Overall, this place is awesome when you are tired and thirsty as a result of the many outdoor activities that are available in the surrounding mountains. The location of this place makes it irresistible to me despite the improvements that could be made in the brewery. I have no doubts I will return again!
09-23-2007 13:43:12 |
More by mtnbiknma
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
Well, I can't evaluate the Woodstock Inn on beer quality alone. If I did it wouldn't fair very well sadly. But read on.
My wife and I stayed at the Inn on a long weekend and accommodation-wise it was a very nice experience. Great location in the White Mountains, the breakfast (pancakes!) is not to be missed, and the room in the Cascade Lodge was comfortable and well appointed albeit in a rustic/woodsy way.
The Brewery itself again has a rustic small town character (not to mention the locals which provided great entertainment themselves each night!) The food was on the better end of the spectrum for pub grub. Service was good. I'd recommend sitting at the bar the get the 'local color'. As well, the bartenders were excellent each night.
Well, onto the beer. It was exciting to initially find 6 varieties of the local brew on tap plus one seasonal. I tried the Oatmeal Stout, Red Rack Ale, a brown ale, The Cogsman (IPA), a wheat beer, and a golden ale.
All had a similar one note aftertaste that was sharp and on the hoppy side of things. Nothing very complex and truly there wasn't much to distinguish one beer from another aside from perhaps the Stout. I'd recommend sticking with the Red Rack ale, it is the Brewery's most popular and while nothing to write home about, it was decent. The Oatmeal Stout would be my second choice as it also had the most character, all the others I felt were not worthy of another taste beyond the beer flight.
Still, there isn't any other place to go in N.Woodstock/Lincoln that is as colorful and comfortable. I'd recommend it, especially to stay at the Inn. There was a band playing on each night of the weekend and they were each good. Overall we had a very good time, and would definitely go back.
But it does win by default to a certain extent.
05-29-2007 00:56:01 |
More by fastricky
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
My girlfriend and I stayed for a few nights up the street at the Wilderness Inn B&B and needed some dinner and wanted to check out the local beer. The place was quite busy, we waited about 20 minutes to be seated. We ate outside at a comfortable table with an umbrella. Inside was full of old time White Mountain kitsch, humorous sings, old railroad pariphanalia, etc.
We started with beer, a Pemi Pale Ale for me (named for the nearby Pemigwasset River), and four small glasses for my girlfriend: the wheat, raspberry wheat, red ale, and oatmeal stout. My pale ale was passable. Of the four others, only the red ale and raspberry wheat were decent. The oatmeal stout was served on nitro, which pretty much ruined it. The wheat was served with lemon and was far too sweet. Surprisingly, the raspberry wheat was more tart than sweet and the red ale was about what one would expect from a red ale.
The menu offers a lot of choices, fairly interesting and creative takes on standard American fare. We tried the fried onion blossom, which turned out to be enough appetizer for four or five people. The menu didn't offer much for these vegetarians, but what we found was good. Unlike many restaurants, this one knows how to make a veggie burger interesting, with choices of various cheeses, sauteed onions and sauces. My girlfriend had the "brewchetta" pizza topped with chopped tomatos. Also good.
Though the service was friendly and helpful, we waited far too long for our food, and it seemed to have been sitting for a while before it got to the table -- the bottom of the burger's bun was soggy, as were the french fries and underside of the pizza. Perhaps we came as the restaurant was winding down for the night, but a couple should be able to get dinner at 7:30 or 8 in a tourist town, no?
All in all, this is a worthy destination, and despite its faults, it is one of the best options in the area. Bring your family, enjoy yourself, but don't expect your breath to be taken away.
07-23-2006 17:53:46 |
More by akahn
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I only wish this place was closer to me than it is. This is the type of place that most of us would love to own/run if we were had the chance. Great place to eat,drink and sleep. Depending on where you sit as they have a restaurant, brewpub and "dining room", they all have a different feel. The restaurant is very family friendly and is always lively and filled with people. The brewpub is small, yet old world and quaint, lots of nooks wood, and a great pub feel despite the smoke. You can see the brewhouse from the pub, though I've never actually seen it in action, I would hate to take grain deliveries there, look to the ceiling and you'll see what I mean. The Clement room offers you an "upper scale" dinign experience compared to the restaurant and pub, so there's something here for everyone. The beer I've always found to be good and consistant, I only wish they had more seasonal/specialties as they usually have one per season. Personaly I usually drink the IPA and the Stout which is served nitro. if you have the chance to stay overnight here, they have some awesome rooms, in both the main house and in a few guest houses on the ground. A complete experience if you can spend a night or two here and take in the food,beer and the local scenery.
03-29-2006 15:01:45 |
More by MikeRoy
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
I made it a point to book a room at the Woodstock Inn during our recent New England trip so I could enjoy the brewery and sample their beers. I thought if it brewed beer anything like the beers I enjoyed at the 2002 Vermont Brew Fest, this would be a real treat. Unfortunately, that was not the case.
Don't get me wrong. The Woodstock Inn is a great place to stay, and North Woodstock is a great tourist town in the New Hampshire White Mountains. The bar in the brewpub has some very interesting pieces of history hanging on the walls, including some remnants of hotel registration, invoices and pictures from the early 1900's.
I sampled everything on their beer menu but could not find anything I liked. The pale ale, red ale and stout tasted watered down and lacked any real substance or excitement. It was nothing like the great beers I would sample at Jasper Murdock's the next night when we visited the Norwich Inn in Vermont.
After sampling each beer, the bartender asked if I had decided which beer I wanted next. I told her I would pass. I knew I had some much better New Hampshire beer on ice in my room.
07-31-2005 20:45:22 |
More by ChappyCubsFan
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
We went for their Brewer's Weekend and what a weekend it was!
They hold these in their off season - usually April/May and October/November. Brilliant idea - the weekend we went their were 18 people in attendance - that filled about half of the inn's rooms. We went for the mid-level package - a room with private bath but no Jacuzzi or fireplace. It cost $406 for the 2 of us, including 2 nights, 3 meals on Saturday and Sunday breakfast or "in season" an all-you-can -eat brunch, with an omelet bar and Belgian waffles. YUM!
The weekend started with a Brewer's Reception Friday night - free appetizers and sampling of all their beers. Saturday brewing starts at 7am - a 7bbl Shipyard style open fermentation system - and drinking free beer starts soon after. They also provide coffee and homemade cinnamon sticky buns for fortification. Once the grains are cracked and soaking, its time to head to the Clement Room for the worlds best breakfast. Pages and pages of choices, omelets, eggs benedict, and more home made sticky buns. People are free to help out in the brewery or relax at the brewpub bar, or wander off entirely to do their own thing. Saturday night they serve a Brewer's Dinner - 3 course meal paired with beers - either house made or others of the Brewer's choice. Vegetarians beware - the dinner is meat heavy - we were served family style platters of flank steak, roast pork and swordfish. The dessert was a chocolate stout mouse - delicious!
The new assistant brewer - Rik Marley - is a personable, bright and funny guy. And I found that all of the other folks in attendance were just plain nice beer people. You won't learn all that much about brewing that you don't already know if your an all grain homebrewer, but to be exposed to the process on a larger scale is fun and interesting. (Like cracking 250 lbs of grain or climbing inside the tanks to clean them.)
Highly recommended - bring a healthy appetite and a hearty thirst!
05-25-2005 20:11:28 |
More by Reginleif
Woodstock Inn Brewery in North Woodstock, NH
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