Crop Bistro & Brewery
Active Beers: 13
Beer Ratings: 155
Beer Avg: 3.26
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
3.88/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$$
I live in New Hampshire and often make the trip up to Waterbury to get my Vermont beer fix so I was inspired to check out this place where Will Gilson, former head brewer at Moat Mountain, has set up shop. This visit was 10/13/13, Columbus Day weekend.
The atmosphere varies. The pub side, which I'm told has not changed much since its previous incarnation as The Shed, seemed very cozy. We ate on the bistro side, which to be honest had a bit of a hotel restaurant feel - not much character. Large windows in the rear of the room which meant wearing my sunglasses inside to protect from the glaring sunlight coming through - they may want to invest in some window shades. There is also a beautiful patio out back with the bike trail and a stream running right by.
Service was mixed. The host seemed very frazzled although the restaurant was not full - he was very short with the people ahead of us, who wanted to sit on the patio which had at least a 30-minute wait. We were promptly seated in the bistro, however a server did not come over for at least 10 minutes, by which time we were more than ready to order food and drink. Everything came out very promptly, however once we were done our server again disappeared for over 10 minutes leaving us waiting to cash out.
Selection is very good, with 8 house beers as well as Hill Farmstead Edward on tap and Heady Topper in cans. I did a sampler of house beers which were very solid but pedestrian when you're in the home base of Hill Farmstead, Lawson's and The Alchemist. Moat Mountain's beer was always solid as well but they're the only game in town out in North Conway - Will's going to have to step it up to keep pace and compete with his Vermont neighbors.
The food was excellent - I had a bratwurst sandwich and my wife had a pretzel and a soup. The brats were cooked to perfection, and came on a pretzel roll with some very nice kraut. I had to ask for mustard, though, which I think would be a no-brainer to come with such a sandwich.
Overall, this is a very nice place. If you're in Stowe to ski or you're basing yourself here for foliage, it's an excellent option. I'm glad I made the trip, but considering I have to pass Three Penny in Montpelier and the golden triangle in Waterbury to get here, I don't see myself returning often.
10-14-2013 19:22:39 | More by MThiele360
3.85/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Crop Bistro is a huge departure from its previous life as The Shed. While the pub side remains, it is very different from the cozy apres hangout for ski bums that existed in its former life. There is also a fancy new bar in the center of the formal dining area. I was there on a nice August evening, so we ate out back on the patio.
No in-house brewing yet. Draft list was decent, but no Hill Farmstead or Lawson's that day, so I had a couple of Heady Topper cans ($7), which are always nice. The appetizers were very unique and tasty. Entrees are pricey (this is Stowe, after all), and to be honest my $30 fillet didn't wow me as much as the apps and was overcooked.
Overall this is a nice place for good beer just down the road from the mountain. However, the Waterbury triangle is a better option for beer and food if you don't mind the 20-minute drive.
08-09-2012 16:35:33 | More by ElGallo
3.8/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Nice place here, that should make a great beer destination once their microbrewery is up and running. Crop Bistro is about a 45-minute jaunt from Burlington in a small town with several other seemingly good quality dining/drinking establishments nearby. There are actually two bars here, on in the restaurant section and one in the pub section, and both are very nice. The restaurant bar is much bigger, seating about 20 people in a neatly arbor-decorated semicircle. The pub bar (where we sat) seats maybe 10 people and is much more intimate. The place is pretty immaculate with notably clean restrooms as well.
Ten beers on tap, including several good local selections (Heady Topper, Hill Farmstead, and Lawson's all making an appearance on the menu I saw), and a few others, as well as a modest but decent bottle selection including Rochefort and the like. Nice cocktail menu too, including a hop-centric drink made from Heady Topper! Food menu contained a decent selection with lots of local ingredients. Prices border on "reasonable" and "a bit pricey." Much of the menu was decently priced, with the entrees getting into some more serious coinage. I had a grilled tuna nicoise sandwich, which was pretty amazing for a mere $12. Entrees are about twice as much price-wise. Service was fine. The bartender was well-educated in regards to the pub's offerings, and on the ball with our service.
Overall this was a very good experience, and considering we decided to go at the last minute, I was quite pleased. I would definitely like to revisit during my next trip to VT when they have the house beers on.
The brewery was in operation during my last visit. Eight beers on tap now, all pretty standard stuff with a heavy leaning towards German styles. Nothing really mind-blowing going on. Unless they up their game, I might just pass over this place in the future. I'd still recommend it for a good dining experience if you're in town, just perhaps don't go out of your way to get there.
04-23-2012 01:52:10 | More by Rifugium
4.08/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Crop has a great variety of beers on tap. Of the ten, there was a couple German, a Belgian, and about half were local Vermont beers. The service was very friendly; all of our ridiculous questions were answered. If the waitress didn't know the answer, she found out.
I got the poulet confit sandwich, which was delicious. Perusing the menu showed an emphasis on local offerings, which is appreciated.
We thought the prices were reasonable considering the selection, but don't expect a $4 pint.
We will definitely be back, especially once the brewery is fully operational.
01-30-2012 02:43:25 | More by andrewinski1
Crop Bistro & Brewery in Stowe, VT
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