Crop Bistro & Brewery
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3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
Last time I was here, it was on the ‘Shaun long gone Shed slide down’; oxidized wet cardboard bad beerness. But you know how the scene goes, i.e., somebody left here and went there, things have changed, we’ll see. Parked while Witz set out for a not functioning backyard ATM behind a barber shop, I think, and I set out for the bar...
The room pretty much looks like I remember it 6 years back. Small ‘J’ shaped wood laminated topped bar, panel base, & piping foot rail; seating for 10 on high top wood chairs. Overhang tracing with baby spots inlayed with guest tap handles lining the top side and a hanging glass rack for things stemmed and snifted on the end. Barback is a nook under a stairwell, with mug club mugs dangling on the front side, triple wide cooler space below housing bottled selections, and tiered booze above fronting a mirrored piece and another hanging glass rack.
Yellow ochre walls over paneled lowers, wood rafter ceilings with blended ducts, and wide plank floorings, worn & yellowy. Copper kettles in the front corner and flats on opposite walls. Pics of people and places, and a blackboard piece lined with coasters all around on the far wall listing tap selections, upcoming music events, and a few food specials. 8 shorty tables and a pair of raised roundies in the center of the room. Drop green lamps over the far wall seating.
And through to the dining side; a front space with a dozen tables, a stone fireplace, and a horseshoe bar with trees running through it holding its overhang with seating for a dozen and a half to the rear. Behind it, an open room with a dozen tables, and a room off the backside holding another dozen running an ‘L’ along the window two sides around. Apparently, there’s a spacious backyard area that I’ve never seen it open during the colder winter months I’ve been up here.
8 house beers, I did on sampler (Bavarian Weizen, 5%, a good enough Hefe, a whole lot of clove buries the banananana; Dunkel Lager, 5%, solid dunkel, good malt backbone; William Ale, 5.4%, they call it a London Ale, it’s an easy drinking EPA; Crop Bock, 8%, smooth, a bit boozy, but nice; Vermont Pale Ale, 5.5%, hop forward, floral; Willi Vanilli, 5.7%, vanilla-ey porter, all right; Crop Stout, 4.5%, weird, thin, and a bit sour for a dry Irish stout; Idletyme Double IPA, 8%, a good double IPA, not cloying or too sweet), and a pair of guest taps (Hill Farmstead Edward & Citizen Cider Unified Press). Dunkel Lager, William, & Crop Bock were the best of ‘em.
Guest bottles, 30 or so. Mix & match macros, micros, imports, N/A’s, & gluten free. Heady for $7 and Orval for $8 are reasonable; Rodenbach vintage 2009 for $40 seems a bit steep though.
As we’re here due to a lack of available tacos in Waterbury, I would say lunch is in order. I did the French onion soup (crusty & cheesey gooey), and the Thai chile wings (sufficient heat), there were a mountain of them and they did me well. Witz the beer battered fried pickles with a remoulade sauce and Poutine (French fries, Vermont cheddar curds, & duck veloute), which was deemed ‘delicious’.
Restaurant side looks a whole lot nicer than what I remember the Shed looking like. Beers are certainly better than end game Shed. Chill afternoon, not a lot going on. Just Jasontender, an asshole bartender in the best of ways, and the old codger at the end of the bar talking his crazy Canarsie talk, he’s fun, too. But it’s time to make tracks for G bend.
03-14-2014 13:56:54 | More by slander
3.75/5 rDev -2.6%
Crop has come a long way in the last year. While I'm not in love with their in house brew list, the Idletyme IPA is legit. Great beer and very reasonably priced. They sell 22s to go or growler fills. They typically have one tap of Hill Farmstead (usually Edward) and a good offering of bottles/cans too (including Heady Topper). The new outdoor bar is a slice of heaven under some shady trees, right off the Stowe recreation path and the westbranch river. A little lawn with cornhole and ladder balls makes it like your backyard with a bartender and some good food. Chef Steve has really brought some great changes to the menu. We met the baker who makes the pretzels and they were excellent and the baker was very nice and gracious. The beer cheese sauce is drinkably good. Short rib poutine...need I say more?
Indoors there are two bars. The old Shed bar is a no frills good space and the brewing setup is in that space too. When they expanded a couple of years ago they built another huge upscale bar also. Something for everyone here. Check it out if you haven't already.
Bonus points, they are across the street from the Liquor store which sells crop 22s so if they are out of your choice at the brewery itself, check across the street.
07-16-2014 13:48:58 | More by Duffke
Crop Bistro & Brewery in Stowe, VT
88 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.