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The Shed Restaurant & Brewery
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[ 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.
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| Reviews: 38
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: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
A small bar, but nicely layed out for us. The Mountain Ale is always a big hit. A trip to Stowe is not complete without a few pints of it. The other beers are also nice, but pale to the epic Mountain Ale. Service is mostly solid. The burgers are out of this world. Possibly the best in New England if not the best burgers in the states. Them yummy burgers are served as balls on english muffskies. That's served medium rare as big balls a top an english muffin just for you. Yum! Check in, because there are often unusual one run beers on tap too.
11-08-2003 00:22:10 |
More by scottum
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: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Hit The Shed with Alewife for dinner on our last night (18APR09) of a super weekend in VT. Happy 23 years, Liebch!
Got there around 630PM on a Saturday night. Place looks sort of like an old farmhouse; you enter the front and hit a hostess stand. To the left and further on are some dining rooms, gussied up real "perty", for the fruh-fruh crowd. We went right, through a doorway to the dimly-lit yet comfy pub. Place was made up of lots of dark, worn wood, with big-ass posts holding up even bigger-ass beams which traversed the ceiling. The bar was on the left side, with even darker wood making up the locale de quaffing. Small christmas lights were strung across a wooden awning above the bar. The bar-back was festooned with lots of liquor bottles and mugs, with a large mirror backing things up. Dark green walls were adorned with numerous skiing, hunting, fishing and bier-related junque, and some ceiling duct-work was plastered with winter-related bumper-stickers. A popcorn machine was near the entry, and there were about 8-10 tables and benches strewn about. Music was audible yet low enough to not be a distraction amongst the happy jibber-jabber.
On tap were 7 Shed biers on this day, and they did offer some bottles (looked to be swill), plus wine and the aforementioned liquor. Biers were mostly tasty (Warpig and Creeper - yea; Mountain Ale - ok) but all a tad on the thinner side of medium. Our 'tender was friendly and as helpful as his intellect allowed, as well as being run ragged by the not-entirely-ugly wait-staff. He did mention that their brewer was moving on, so they may have a change of quality sometime soon.
I had a most-excellent chili-filled bread-bowl, and Alewife enjoyed her burger as well. Prices, mainly for the food, tended to be a bit high, though the bier was at a decent cost. Those high-rollin' Beamer-drivin' ski-folk can afford it, ahh reckon.
All-in-all, a decent time was had for our last eve of the trip. Prosit!!
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 - $$$
04-28-2009 21:58:40 |
More by Bierman9
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
From the perspective of a non-skier the touristy hamlet of Stowe was never a primary beer destination of mine. However, during a recent visit with some beer-loving residents of the Green Mountain State, I was provided an opportunity to "hit the slopes" and check out the Shed.
Judging from the exterior, it appears to be a barn rather than a shed - much less a restaurant/pub and brewery. There are, in fact, two sections: a rustic and informal pub, its décor dark and woody, where flannelled shirt locals greet and grub with tourist, skiers and flatlanders; on the opposite end of the Shed, one may find a quieter, if no less informal, restaurant.
The Shed offers a hearty menu of pub grub that will sate the ravenous appetite of anyone who has just come in from the ski trail, or stumbled in from Long Trail Brewing (See My Review). The nacho plate was mucho grande and the smoked turkey wrap was nicely proportioned and tasty. Of course, let's not forget the house beers; during my visit, the Shed offered a few selections: their Tell-Tale IPA, their seasonal beer, a mildly sweet ale that is brewed from 2 hops; then, there was the glorious strong ale, called Mountain Ale, a sweet and toasty elixir that left in a growler with us. (Yes. They do have growlers for beer-to-go.) I did love this one. Try it if you can get it. I also wanted to give some props to our server Anna. Thanks!
So, even if you don't, won't or can't ski, there is now at least one reason to visit Stowe - and a pleasant quaff at the Shed is it. Stowe is only a 20-minute drive from Waterbury, home of the magnificent Alchemist (See My Review).
11-18-2009 22:07:34 |
More by jjboesen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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: 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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The shed located on mountain road in Stowe is easy to miss. It is a little bar/brewery/restaruant. The parking lot is really small and gets crowed fast. Right next to the toe/bike path. This place is a shed that sells great craft beer. Walk in and it is a very warm Vermont feeling that you get being there. Ski and snowboard memorablia on the walls. Pictures of Mt. Mansfield all over. This place just seams to be a historic place in Stowe, VT history. Being there since 1965 they make a great beer and great food. They also have a dining room that is big w/ a fire place in the center. They offer growlers for $8-9. You can get them refilled for $6. They have pint glasses, T-shirts, and other things for purchace. Try the mountain ale, the sheds famous ale. Strong smokey stuff. All the brews are great there. Burton Snowboards also has the Shed make there beer for a lot of there parties. A place you must go to get the true Stowe, VT experience.
06-18-2005 00:17:41 |
More by board45
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Located along Mountain Road in the resort town of Stowe. The building itself is a charming red ski shack type structure that fits in well with its surroundings. Upon entering the bar entrance, the eye picks up forest green walls, ancient wide beemed ceiling rafters and posts and a wide planked pine floor. The lighting was soft and the decor was ski themed, with old ski paraphanalia on the walls. A nice popcorn machine as well.
There was plenty of seating in the bar area, and an appealing menu. The doorway to the left leads to a center hallway with two distinctly styled dining rooms. One was a deep red walled traditional country motif with a large center fireplace. The other was more of a neutral colored Mediteranean styled setting. There was a small back bar as well.
There were about 6 or 7 house beers on tap. All seemed to pour well and were fresh. The beer prices were very reasonable and the bartender friendly.
07-22-2008 14:59:15 |
More by plaid75
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
After my second visit to this place, I have changed my opinion about the beers. Only thing drinkable used to be the Mountain Ale, but the new brewer is really turning things around. Stopped in around happy hour time on a Fri. afternoon in the summer and the bar area was pretty empty, but by the time we left it was packed. They had some regular beers like an amber, pale ale, ipa, but the real winners were the specials. They had a saison that although had some sulfur in the aroma, was quite complex and tasty as hell. Even the sulfur seemed to mix in quite well. Probably the best Saison I've had at a brewpub. Also had a "7.95"% abv trippel that was too sweet for the style, but was a great Belgian strong ale with complex estery aromas. IPA was tasty, but the cask version was just ok. Had a half pint of the Oliver which was a decent and mildly hoppy strong ale. Had a couple of 40 cent buffalo wings which hit the spot.
Since the ringwood has left the building, I will be back to sample some more of those specials more often.
09-06-2005 16:22:51 |
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