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The Shed Restaurant & Brewery
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Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1859 Mountain Rd
phone: (802) 253-4765
// CLOSED //
This location closed in Fall of 2011 and production was moved to Middlebury, VT.
The Shed Brewery:
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Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 38
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $
Stopped by the Shed on my way back from hiking Mt Mansfield, only had time for a pint, but I had heard so much about this place that I had to stop.
The place is odd from the outside. It looks more like some 1970s Vermont steakhouse-type restaurant to which I became (not welcomely) accustomed when I was young. The sign simply states "Restaurant" - no mention of the fresh brew inside. It is large, and there were lots of families there, again something I was not expected to encounter.
Fortunately, they have the pub area separated, so I didn't have to deal with that whole mess. It was early and the bar was empty except for me, the bartender, and a brewer. We chatted a little while I threw back their Amber Ale. Again, you could hardly tell it was a brewpub, even the 7 bbl kettle behind the glass was barely distinguishable. They had wine lists & cocktail menus everywhere, but I had to ask for the beer list. They only had 5 on tap at the time. Atmosphere is sort of ski-lodge-ish - nothing impressive.
The beer was great.
08-23-2007 13:53:35 |
More by lawrence76
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
First came through Burlington for the Highgate Dead shows in '94 & '95; the latter being the beginning of the end for Jerry. We'd go downtown for a few beers when the #9 was young and there weren't too many choices, and then head back to Marvin's and set up tents in his yard much to the chagrin of his neighbors. Dennis, the next morning at daybreak looking for coffee at the corner deli and finding it not due to open for another hour opts for a pull from the cooler instead explaining, "Stout kinda looks like coffee". A dozen years later, although the beer scene's improved some, it still didn't take long to burn through Burlington's best and otherwise, so we're heading out see the outlying thisis and thats, and they ain't just around the corner. It's not that you can't get there from here; you can, you just have to put in some travel time to do so. Having missed The Shed 2 years back when (Evil) Davo & I came up for the Vermont Brewer's Fest, I wanted to make time you know, to go to Stowe...
Saw some shops about town before heading up the hill including the crazy chocolatier who fuses the local vodka with her wares. Seemingly never just around the next bend, we eventually come across The Shed, although it looks to be more a big barnish building. Entering, you find the room to be ski shackish; with wood beam uprights & structurals, and wood log crossbeams holding wide plank boards. Painted green walls over wood slat lowers, ski and snow show décor, fish and winter sport photos, ski, ski, ski, and great black & whites of local Stoweians. Exposed duct work above heavily smacked with stickers of all kinds, a mounted deer head adorned with a lei and beads, and a popcorn machine in the corner along side of the large arched window trimmed with strung white Xmas lighting and bramble, and views in on the brew room. Framed wall mirror with fire helmets above, and a pair of mounted TV's.
The curvy "L" shaped bar seats upwards of a dozen with a crescent carved wood trim unit running overhead with the bar, recessed spots and white Xmas lighting strung. The barback is a sunken nook with wine in front of tiered booze, and macro bottles in coolers below. The center area is partially obstructed by a large angled wood and mirrored slat piece with hooks for numbered logoed ceramic mug club mugs, and glassware held on racks above. A pair of raised tables lay adjacent to the bar, and nearly a dozen more square tables extend throughout the room, many of them sharing the lime & red/orange stripe cushioned bench backs running along the walls. Drop green lamps over the seating areas and pleasant glass lamps on the tables.
All taps are drawn from a box at the end of the bar and the selections are listed on "The Shed - Wall of Foam" board. Popcorn salty, must have drink. We opted for the sampler, of course. The 6 beer sampler was served on a ski shaped paddle, you drink 'em tip to tail.
The west Branch Golden was light, with a sweet corniness; the Shed Amber Ale, Cascade, malty, and oxidized; the National IPA, bitter, also totally oxidized; the NEK (N.E. Kingdom) Maple Brown Ale came in at 6.5%, was very, very roasty and showed some mapleness on warming; the Mountain Ale, a dark, old ale, came in at 7%, not bad; and the Seasonal Owens Double IPA, 6.9%, sweet, bitter, hoppy. The NEK was the best of the lot, but overall, they've got oxidation libations issues. "Wet cardboard", says she.
Through that doorway there, the restaurant side I didn't know was there. Growlers for sale in a small cooler in the reception area. A dozen and a half tables in the main dining room (red room, red room) to both sides of a large center stone fireplace. Beyond that, 8 tables in a yellow Garden Room beneath the twisty antler mess of a chandelier, and windows looking over the dozen tables running an "L" around two sides of it in the Greenhouse seating areas. Back, back, a small Sun Room with a 6 seat bar, and a doorway leading to a rear deck, slate, with red, purple & white petunias lining the railings enclosing the dozen round tables beneath umbrellas here. Very nice, pleasant, serene dining areas. You would never think this place and the goings on just through the door there share the same brain but they do.
Sadly disappointing considering the beers at the Belgian stint in Boston earlier this year and Kennett Square late last year were quite good.
08-16-2007 03:32:45 |
More by slander
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | $
Checked this place out again. Not the first time I've been here. At first, I had trouble communicating with the bartender and he appeared to be slightly annoyed but once that cleared up, I got my first beer, a Rye IPA. I've never had a rye beer before and it was refreshing and different. They have several other beers on tap but nothing else that seemed impressive. I didn't eat any food, opting instead for the free popcorn and watching a Red Sox-Orioles game. My second beer was the Smokin Peats Porter, which is a smoked porter. Excellent selection.
I feel the bartender could have been friendlier but again, they seemed quite busy around lunch time so can't blame them there. Atmosphere was homely and down to earth. Didn't feel too comfortable there but not such a bad place.
05-13-2007 00:41:17 |
More by Brad007
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
My wife and I ate here on our honeymoon in Stowe, Vt., in early November. We pulled into the parking lot and she noted that the outdoor speakers were playing Classical music. Not what we expected. Upon entering the restaurant, we noticed that this place is no shed: Red walls, nice furniture, a Victorian-style garden room. This is a fancy restaurant.
I was here for the beer so I ordered their ski sampler: Their six house beers served on a old ski. Neat. My wife's not a drinker, so she had a root beer, which I don't think was locally brewed.
We both ordered their signature hamburger, the Shed Burger.
The beers were above average. Nothing really stood out. I was surprised that I liked their regular IPA more than their Double IPA. I think the regular is hoppier. Their old ale was quite weak compared to others of the style. But overall, the beers were fine.
We noticed that the burgers are cooked medium by default. We like our meat medium-well, so we ordered them that way. We found the burgers to be a little too charred for our taste. They must be cooked over a fire. Again, the burgers were fine, not outstanding.
Service was good and attentive. We felt well taken care of.
After dinner we moved over to the pub, which was much more like what we expected the restaurant to be like: dark, exposed beams, posters and stickers, etc. I had a glass of the IPA and my wife went wild and ordered a specialty coffee drink. We enjoyed them both. The service in the pub was also good, even though it was a bit crowded. My wife was happy to see women outnumbering men at the pub, a first for both of us!
Prices were reasonable, especially for Stowe, which runs on the expensive side.
The Shed is a fine brewpub to visit and its restaurant is nice enough to take pub-averse people (like Mom and Grannie) to and still enjoy local beer.
11-14-2006 15:41:03 |
More by Shaw
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Decided to stop here on the way home to Maine from the brewer's festival in Burlington. I'd had their beers at the fest, and convinced my wife that we really needed to stop there. Since we'd already been to Ben and Jerry's, it wasn't a hard sell. We went into the pub side just after they'd opened on Sunday. I immediately felt at home: dark, post and beam construction with stickers all over the place, a nice nude painting at the bar. The pub seats about 50, with another 8 or 10 stools at the bar. There were 7 beers on draft, as well as a cask-conditioned beer. I had Spawn of Oliver, a great beer, and Naysayer, which our server described as a dark saison. That was a pretty good beer. My wife had a biere de miele. I only had a couple sips, but it was only fair. Our service was good, but there were only 3 tables occupied when we were there. Maybe it's worse when busy, I don't know. Food was typical pub food, pretty inexpensive. I always order Reubens at places like this, and The Shed's was quite good.
This place has been in business since 1965. They must be doing something right. I'll go back.
07-26-2006 21:54:12 |
More by lordofthewiens
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
After getting mixed reviews from friends and locals, I had relatively low expectations about this pub. But thats great, Id rather be pleasantly surprised than let down by an over-hyped rep.
Decor was a mix of ski lodge, British pub and Ponderosa-like steak house. Personalized mugs were hanging behind the bar, big black pipes crossing the room had stickers all over them, folksy music playing softly in the background, golf was on the tube and a popcorn machine for those who spent all day eating at Ben & Jerrys and Cabot annex, and therefore couldnt fathom eating an entire meal. Nothing very original here, but it seems to work well, we felt right at home sitting in the corner booth while a few families were sitting at the tables. This place must be packed during the ski season.
Service was a little slow, perhaps they sent most of their staff to the brewers fest in Burlington and only left a skeleton crew to hold the fort. Our waiter was very nice however, and helped us decide which samplers to try. They were served on little skis, a cute touch.
Out of the six samplers we got, the Imperial and regular IPA were standouts, Mountain ale and dark Belgian (whos name escapes me right now) were good, his amber was passable, and I didnt like his Biere de Miel one bit. Like a lot of Beers brewed with honey, it was watery had a dry sweetness that struck out for me. The others in my party agreed. But 4 out of 6 with thumbs up or better is a respectable score in my book, and worthy of a re-visit.
07-24-2006 17:40:50 |
More by Goldorak
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Visited on a previous occasion for lunch only with my wife and daughter...this time I hit up the pub side with fellow BA's fitzIPAtrick and growler.
Easily located on your way up to Stowe Mtn....the pub is on the right half of the building.
Walk in to a fairly basic pub...quite dark and about 10 small tables or so and a bar to seat maybe 8-10 patrons.
Nice selection of brews on tap...7-8 offerings in a wide variety of styles.
The 'tender was kind enough to hand over a couple samples...the IPA, saison, and dark ale...all were very fresh and well crafted, to say the least.
Did not sample the food, but the menu looked decent and I enjoyed the lunch I had at an earlier date.
Cheap too...$11 and change for 3 Double IPA PINTS!! Yes please.
Server was helpful even if not bringing us grub.
A growler case held 3 or 4 of their regular offerings was located near the hostess in the restaurant side...you can get thru to the left of the bar to avoid heading outside. Two 64oz. growlers of Belgian Honey...$18...again, very affordable (I won't say cheap again b/c this place is the real deal).
A must visit if you like beer...nice to see locals enjoying the craft beer and not swilling bottles of bud.
07-23-2006 23:32:02 |
More by warriorsoul
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
From I-89, the Shed is pretty easy to get to-u take rte 100 north in Waterbury and take a left onto the Mountain Rd. (Rte 108) --its up a few miles after the turn. Stowe is a very pretty town and is a bit on the fancy side I would say.
The first thing I noticed about this place was the size. Its huge. Reminds you of an old farmhouse that has been converted into a restaurant and brewery. They do have outdoor seating and they apparently had some fire in the middle of the winter one time--they have some great photos on the wall with the subsequent rebuilding. This is in the restaurant section--growlers were in the fridge by the host/hostess area.
We decided to hang out in the pub as there was a World Cup Soccer game going on. Here are the beers they had : IPA -very good-this is what I opted for with my meal, biere du miel-decent , a saison (farmhouse)-average , golden ale- good , double hoptical illusion (iipa ?)--I assume this was higher in abv.--you could not tell at all--well done.There was a mountain ale which was okay and a wee heavy scotch ale which was actually pretty nice considering I'm not a fan of the style. The Belgian blonde was nice also.
We had burgers for lunch here. They were maybe a little better than average.
The service in here was pretty bad. I still gave the waitress a 20% tip as she was pretty frazzled trying to handle the whole room almost by herself. She was pretty clueless about the beers too. It also seemed like they were understaffed. The pricing was a bit on the high side but this I attribute to nothing more than Stowe being a somewhat fancy schmancy town. I'll be happy to give this place another visit. I will try to get a seat at the bar next time.
07-06-2006 00:49:06 |
More by rousee
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
The Shed Stowe, VT
Went up to Stowe this past weekend and due to a bit of serendipitous fortune (and a touch of not checking details) we ended up here at The Shed instead of my intended destination, The Alchemist. Yup, it wasnt opening until 4PM for dinner, and we were there at 1:30. Plus, check in at the Green Mountain Inn wasnt until 3, so what to do, what to do. Ah, theres another place up Mountain Road that *might* be just as good. Off we go.
We walked into the Pub side (of which is the only area we visited) and it was as others have described, decorated with old, OLD ski gear in a barn-like wood heavy room. Spotted a table, grabbed some self serve popcorn and sat down. Waitress was nice and seemed knowledgeable about their selection. They had many of what seemed like regulars on tap, and three in the rotating line-up. Those were an IPA on Cask and two Belgian styles, a strong Pale and a Witbier. I tried the casked IPA first, served just below room temp, and perfectly hoppy floral goodness. My wife got the Amber Ale. Though, it was a warm day and a long ride, Id wished after the first half was gone that Id opted for something colder & crisper. Well, thats what another round is for right? In the meantime, we sit, chat, drink, absorb the atmosphere of being away from the city and drinking homemade local beer and await our lunch orders.
First of all, even though it was my wifes lunch, her burger was the greatest hamburger Ive ever tasted. Hands down. And she didnt even put anything on it! Just some Vermont Cheddar on top of a patty thats been marinating in beer and a bunch of spices and served on an English muffin. Fantastic. Of course, my pulled bbq pork was also stellar, but damn, next time its the burger for me! And their fries were great too. Good food to go with good beer in a great place and a great state! A good start to the vacation to say the least.
Next round, I got what I believe was called Elimination and was a Belgian style Strong Pale Ale. Awesome beer. Wife got another Amber, but wished she got the same as I got after trying a sip. I swear I didnt think shed like it!! Anyway, after getting so many bites from her super burger, I shared some of mine with her.
Overall, a great experience. Great service, great food, great beer, great atmosphere, though admittedly, a little pricey on the food side, but the decent beer pricing more than made up for it.
I will definitely recommend this place and be going back when we get back up to Stowe.
05-31-2006 16:04:56 |
More by GolgiIPAratus
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
get out there and review/rereview this place. seems like it had its days of suck, and the renaissance is here for the shed. my visit almost didnt happen based on stories on here, and im so glad it did.
just head toward the mountain and right before you hit it the shed is on your left. big place, mostly restaurant. bar area is a small, cozy extension off the dining area. kitschy ski themed dingy lodge feel with a small bar. random photos thrown over green vermonty painted walls. xmas lights and dried branches over the doorways. luckily there were extra seats at the bar and we saddled up. nice cherry wood countertop. bartender was a happy-go-lucky goofball who served with a smile and was happy to bullshit with us. didnt know jack about beer tho. lots of apres-ski business here, and everyone seemed to be ordering the mountain ale.
on tap during my visit was an eclectic array of brews.. bier de miel, amber, ipa, old (mountain) ale, imperial stout, double ipa, belgian fruit beer and a belgian brown. big kudos to this BFB.. an 8% speciale style belgie aged on a bed of organic plums. sure, growlers are prefilled, but they have things like that plum beer available.. something for everyone and hitting pretty much all my favorite styles. the 2nd best selection (personal tastewise) ive seen at a BP.
allie had a "puff".. like a cream puff with ice cream and fudge that she raved over.. and she is picky about desserts. didn't try it myself though, i was satisfied with my alchemist meal and the big beers served here at the shed.
this is my kind of place serving my kind of beers. sure, you have to deal with all the swishing snow pants and the whole skier meltdown vibe (the alchemist somehow manages to escape this.. how?) but worth it. this new guy shaun seems to be going balls to the wall with his revolutionizing of the draft selection. i hope this place continues to flourish and i will certainly visit again.
01-01-2006 20:42:49 |
More by goodbyeohio
The Shed Restaurant & Brewery in Stowe, VT
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