Crop Bistro & Brewery
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3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
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
3.8/5 rDev -2.3%
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
3.85/5 rDev -1%
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
Crop Bistro & Brewery in Stowe, VT
88 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.