The Shed Restaurant & Brewery
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Reviews by Shaw:
4/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
My wife and I ate here on our honeymoon in Stowe, Vt., in early November. We pulled into the parking lot and she noted that the outdoor speakers were playing Classical music. Not what we expected. Upon entering the restaurant, we noticed that this place is no shed: Red walls, nice furniture, a Victorian-style garden room. This is a fancy restaurant.
I was here for the beer so I ordered their ski sampler: Their six house beers served on a old ski. Neat. My wife's not a drinker, so she had a root beer, which I don't think was locally brewed.
We both ordered their signature hamburger, the Shed Burger.
The beers were above average. Nothing really stood out. I was surprised that I liked their regular IPA more than their Double IPA. I think the regular is hoppier. Their old ale was quite weak compared to others of the style. But overall, the beers were fine.
We noticed that the burgers are cooked medium by default. We like our meat medium-well, so we ordered them that way. We found the burgers to be a little too charred for our taste. They must be cooked over a fire. Again, the burgers were fine, not outstanding.
Service was good and attentive. We felt well taken care of.
After dinner we moved over to the pub, which was much more like what we expected the restaurant to be like: dark, exposed beams, posters and stickers, etc. I had a glass of the IPA and my wife went wild and ordered a specialty coffee drink. We enjoyed them both. The service in the pub was also good, even though it was a bit crowded. My wife was happy to see women outnumbering men at the pub, a first for both of us!
Prices were reasonable, especially for Stowe, which runs on the expensive side.
The Shed is a fine brewpub to visit and its restaurant is nice enough to take pub-averse people (like Mom and Grannie) to and still enjoy local beer.
11-14-2006 15:41:03 | More by Shaw
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3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
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
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
The Shed Restaurant & Brewery in Stowe, VT
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