The Shed Restaurant & Brewery
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Reviews by Hibernator:
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I went to The Shed this Friday evening after arriving in Stowe for the weekend. I wish the weather outside was better than this grey and rainy backdrop, but there is plenty of good beer to be had in this area.
There are two entrances, one for the restaurant and one for the pub. It was a Friday night, a pub-type evening in my book so we sat down at one of the tables. The area is rather small, but the atmosphere is intimate, cozy and comfortable.
There is also a nice rustic vibe as well with candles at each table. We eventually went to the bar area. There is a popcorn machine on the side, so feel free to help yourself to some fresh salty popcorn. Good music played throughout my visit with a funky New Orleans compilation, Coltrane, Dire Straits and more.
The draft selection during my visit included West Branch Gold, Amber, Traditional IPA, Mountain Ale, Flood Water Stout and Slow Bite IPA. I started off with the sampler, that is served on a neat looking sampler platter in the shape of a ski. I was most impressed with the Stout & Mountain Ale, but all of the beers were fresh and tasty.
I really like the option of ordering beers in 4 oz, 8 oz, 16 oz, 22 oz, Growler and Keg sizes. This is a great way to sample all of their different brews.
Service was mixed, our original waitress was unfriendly and appeared like she didn't want to be there. On the other hand, the guy bartender was resourceful, polite and responsive.
This is a solid brewery in the heart of the Green Mountains. I'm glad we checked this place out tonight, might have to go back again at some point during this trip.
06-24-2011 23:14:43 | More by Hibernator
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2.8/5 rDev -24.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
Nov 20th 2011. We found the atmosphere of the Shed to be very nice and inviting. I’m a sucker for a nice wood fire. Sadly we did not find the beer to be up to the quality of the atmosphere. We ordered the falling down stout and west branch gold. I also sampled the black IPA. The IPA was very heavy on the hops and I need to stress the heavy part. Very much not to my liking. Mike laughed when I sampled it commenting that I looked like someone stepped on my foot when I drank it. As to the stout I found it unfinished. It had the beginning flavor profile of a nice stout but came up short just not done. The west branch gold seemed similar to me. Mike though its flavor was just a disaster. To him it tasted of dirt. I wouldn’t go that far but earthy and incomplete is not far off. Sadly we were just unable to finish the beers something that rarely happens.
05-02-2011 12:40:46 | More by woolybear
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
Downtown Stowe, so it's gonna be pricey. One of those things you need to deal with. I found this place the week of finals my senior year. . . shame. The pub section is really cool; the brew tanks are visible, and it just smells of fresh beer; WHICH WAS AWESOME!!!! The restaurant is very nice too. In the spiring it had a kind of country club feel, which after going to the bar the previous time I wasn't ready for. The bar food was great, good burger. They even had some typical pub type specials. Now the important part, the beer! Good beer. Not fly half way across the country good, but more like if you're in the area good. I had a couple different kinds, I remember they were good, and everyone I was with thought the beer they had was good.
12-10-2010 02:22:12 | More by birdyone
3.76/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here with a friend from nearby for a pint on the way between Hill Farmstead/Rock Art and our Stowe crashpad before heading to dinner at the Alchemist a few months ago. The Shed wasn't really on my radar, but I'm glad we stopped in.
Upon entering in the late summer, we swing a right into the cozy pub area. Lots of rough lumber is complimented by string lights above the bar, lending the place a very nice, relaxed ambience. Between the laid-back vibe, rough edges and free popcorn, I'm easily reminded of the Strange Brew in Manchester, NH, one of my earliest haunts. Suddenly, I feel quite at home and sentimental in a place I'd never before visited.
We had an IPA and Mountain Ale, both of which were very good and better than I had expected from some older reviews. Neither were standouts among the many Vermont beers we sampled over the weekend, but both were solid, enjoyable beers that I would enjoy having regularly if I lived in the area.
Our server was attentive, but not particularly knowledgeable about the beer.
All in all, this is a nice place to stop if you're in the area, but not somewhere I'd necessarily seek out. I don't think it's going for that, though--the Shed seems quite happy to be a local/ski-bum brewpub, and it fits the role well. The Shed is also among the most unpretentious brewpubs/bars I've been to in Vermont; it would fit right in in a low-key place like Brattleboro.
11-29-2010 21:58:49 | More by FrankLloydMike
4.18/5 rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
From the perspective of a non-skier the touristy hamlet of Stowe was never a primary beer destination of mine. However, during a recent visit with some beer-loving residents of the Green Mountain State, I was provided an opportunity to "hit the slopes" and check out the Shed.
Judging from the exterior, it appears to be a barn rather than a shed - much less a restaurant/pub and brewery. There are, in fact, two sections: a rustic and informal pub, its décor dark and woody, where flannelled shirt locals greet and grub with tourist, skiers and flatlanders; on the opposite end of the Shed, one may find a quieter, if no less informal, restaurant.
The Shed offers a hearty menu of pub grub that will sate the ravenous appetite of anyone who has just come in from the ski trail, or stumbled in from Long Trail Brewing (See My Review). The nacho plate was mucho grande and the smoked turkey wrap was nicely proportioned and tasty. Of course, let's not forget the house beers; during my visit, the Shed offered a few selections: their Tell-Tale IPA, their seasonal beer, a mildly sweet ale that is brewed from 2 hops; then, there was the glorious strong ale, called Mountain Ale, a sweet and toasty elixir that left in a growler with us. (Yes. They do have growlers for beer-to-go.) I did love this one. Try it if you can get it. I also wanted to give some props to our server Anna. Thanks!
So, even if you don't, won't or can't ski, there is now at least one reason to visit Stowe - and a pleasant quaff at the Shed is it. Stowe is only a 20-minute drive from Waterbury, home of the magnificent Alchemist (See My Review).
11-18-2009 22:07:34 | More by jjboesen
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I try to pop by the Shed every time I visit Stowe. The beer is one of the better bargains in town. All is reasonably priced--for Stowe and the food I remember as being decent, although I did not try it on my last visit. They generally have six home brews two of which rotate. I was really impressed with their smoked porter and the mountain ale is always refreshing. The service is passable and the atmosphere is charming. It is like an old ski lodge with plenty of pictures of Mt. Mansfield, skiing, and other winter sports. This is a perfect spot to hang out and relax after a long day of hiking, skiing, or just enjoying Stowe.
10-14-2009 14:13:23 | More by tigg924
3.3/5 rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in on the way to Smugglers Notch. Small ski lodge style bar with attached restaurant. Waitress was nice enough but not around a lot even though we were one of only two parties. Tried the IPA and Stout. IPA was a smooth and hoppy, amber, opaque and I really enjoyed it. The stout which I heard really good things about I found to be average. My friend told me that they had recently changed brew masters. We had an appetizer sampler which was pretty good. Potato skins were good and I hate those things :) All in all, I will return to this place. It's an inexpensive place to get good food and craft brews while your in the area.
09-05-2009 21:13:26 | More by Samichlaus
3.58/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Popped in for a few beers as we were running around VT.
The bar area is looking a bit worn...not that I care too much about that, but I think it is time that they do something about the weathered furniture in that room....it's not the good kind of weathered.
The free popcorn was a welcome treat as we wanted something to go with the beer , but not spoil our appetite for later.
For beers, I thought that their IPA and the old ale were pretty decent.
The waitress was very nice and kept an eye on us without hovering.
Worth a visit if you're in the area.
08-08-2009 21:00:03 | More by Hautacam
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Located on the Mountain Road in Stowe is The Shed. This brewpub has been in business for some time now, 15 years or so ?It is a relaxed atmosphere in a vermont ski town that has quite a few restaurants that are not lot as down to earth. A healthy mix of both locals and visitors come to here. They typically have 5-7 of their own beers on tap. I will typically enjoy a pint of their Mountain Ale and the IPA, which are both commonly on draught. Through the years and the seasons, they have released plenty of other styles. Some have been a hit, some have been a miss, but that is to be expected. The food is not as good as the beer, it is average, but works if you are hungry. A pint or two here when in town is a good plan for any BA.
07-09-2009 01:16:18 | More by mltobin
4.18/5 rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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
The Shed Restaurant & Brewery in Stowe, VT
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