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Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery

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Whetstone Station Restaurant and BreweryWhetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery
BEER AVG
3.6/5
Based on:
26 Beers
29 Ratings
Place Score: 92
Ratings: 27
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: n/a
Taps: 15
Bottles: 25
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

36 Bridge St
Brattleboro, Vermont, 05301-3301
United States
phone: (802) 490-2354

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @whetstonebeer

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Place added by: ImHereForTheBeer on 07-31-2012

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Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 12
Reviews by raythealeman:
Photo of raythealeman
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Happened to be in Brattleboro for a one day seminar. Great location overlooking the CT River and into NH. Friendly and knowledgeable staff great section on locals on tap and bottle. Looks like they have an outdoor seating area on the roof in good weather. They will be ready in about a month to brew and sell their beers. Hope to be back. They are not far from I-91 for anyone traveling north or south.
They refereed me to the co-op up the street for a great selection of VT and NH beers. Sorry, but no Hillside Farmstead, which is another 3-4 hours to the north.

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Photo of scags11
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of DanG3
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of psweendogg
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Flashy
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Love this place. Located on the Connecticut River, with some pretty awesome views of the river and the mountains. Parking is pretty awful. Thankfully you can park in the train station parking lot located just across the street. The main floor has dining tables and a long bar in the back facing the river. The second floor has a nice outside beer garden. Both locations have different tap lists, so be sure to check. Food is very good, a step above the usual pub food. Service can be slow, but this is Vermont and your servers are Vermonters or college kids. They have Hill Farmstead on tap most of the time, which is awesome. They have a very good (notice I did not say great) beer list. Whetstone brews their owns beers which I usually don't try. Cannot see their own beer not improving in the future though- looking forward to that happening. Between this place, the nearby McNeill's, Flat Street and the newly minted Hermit Thrush, Brattleboro now has a decent beer scene going. A must stop if you are in the area.

Photo of jco3
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Overlooking the Connecticut river. Very limited house brews, but good quality. Food is GREAT. Try Tim's awesome burger. The Vermont, NH border line is marked on the floor, so if you move a table, shove some patrons, straddle the line, you can drink in 2 states at once.

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of JackNip
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Jessay
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of KingCobra686
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

If you can afford the time and money to stop here, it is worth it. Tap list is a good mix of VT and other beers, but around 12$ for 4 samples, which is a bit pricey. Ive never had trouble picking my choices out of their draft list but it is not quite as good as other places like prohibition pig. Their nanobrew brews are not extraordinary but ive always enjoyed them. Food at this place is excellent and is very creative. Many breweries have a very generic assortment of pub food but this place has a menu that deserves to be a standalone restaurant. I wish they had a little bit better VT draft list, but overall this place is an excellent combination of craft beer and excellent food. My wife and i usually always stop here for dinner on our way back from VT to CT.

Photo of Huey702
2/5  rDev -51.7%

Photo of Mothergoose03
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I had dinner here last night with family members and then we returned today to enjoy another beer on the rooftop beer garden. The view of the river and the mountain are a nice 'plus' for this brewpub, and the weather was nice to be able to enjoy the rooftop setting.

This is a nano brewery so they have only three of their own beers on tap, but they make up for that by having a selection of guest taps as well as bottled and canned beers from a great selection of breweries, including a few from Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen among others.

The Whetstone Station's beers that were available were an Imperial IPA, an Imperial Stout, and a Roggenbier. All were brewed correctly to style, and the IPA and Stout were graded above style in my taste judgment.

Our food selections were very tasty, and the menu has enough of a variety that there is something there for everyone. This is definitely a place that I will come back to if I'm ever in the area again.

Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mlefebvre7
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of smb71481
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ImHereForTheBeer
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of coachdonovan
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Stopped in for dinner on our way out of Vermont. A very cool spot right on the river. No one was sitting outside in mid November but the huge windows are still great. The outside deck appears to wrap around the water-side of the building. Multilevel restaurant also includes a rooftop beer garden, which obviously was also closed in November.

Traveling with our 14 month old, we were pleasantly surprised to find a ton of other kids/babies in the place, but maybe that's expected at 4pm on a Sunday. Plenty of other non-families there as well, and this place has a "all are welcome" vibe without losing sight of the fact that it's a bar.

It is technically a brewery, but they have only one house beer at a time. I had the black IPA which was fantastic. Other selections included several from VT, including HF, Lost Nation, and Drop In. Pretty much all choices were great- Lagunitas, Old Rasputin, and Victory Red Thunder. Grilled chicken sandwich was very good and the menu had plenty of other options. Nice to see more reasonable prices compared to where we'd been in Woodstock.

Definitely will stop here again when passing through.

Photo of jamesewelch
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of WanderingFool
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

I was in western MA for a long weekend and took a couple trips to Whetstone Station while I was in the area. My wife and I first went on a Friday afternoon and sat at the bar for a couple beers and a snack. It was a slow afternoon, but the weather was beautiful and the view up the river was spectacular. They restaurant only has one of its beers on tap at a time and many good beers on tap and in bottles. Hill Farmstead Edward and beers from some new Vermont breweries sparked my interest.

Besides the view, the restaurant almost feels like a ski lodge. We ended up chatting with a couple locals and the bartender about sports and beers and it felt like we were part of the neighborhood. We learned about drinking 99 beers to enter the mug club and I really wish I lived in the area to take up the challenge. At one point the chef came out with a freshly baked cinnamon roll to take pictures of it on the bar and offered us a bite. Very tasty and still warm.

A couple nights later we talked our friends to join us for a return trip. This time we were there for dinner and had to wait a few minutes for a table. No big deal and a couple members of the staff asked us if anyone checked us in. Our waitress was great. She knew the menu well and could describe the beers we weren't familiar with. The food was good with descent sized portions. Prices were reasonable ($12 burger, apps from $5-$10, most pints in the $5-$7 range, if I remember right?).

I dropped the selection score for one reason. I'd like to see more of the pubs beers on tap. Serving only one at a time until it kicks seems silly. I'd also suggest changing the format of the beer menu. The big clipboard tends to get in the way when you have dishes on the table.

Overall, I really liked Whetstone Station and will definitely return when I'm in the area. Good beer list, easily accessible from the highway, descent prices and good food, plus the spectacular view make it all worthwhile.

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of BrandonfromBostonMA
2/5  rDev -51.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 1

First thing - this restaurant has a great location overlooking the Connecticut River. If you want to have a beer from the bar and enjoy the view this is the place to go. Their house beer is nothing to write home about however but fear not they have plenty of decent beers on tap!

Secondly - their service is terrible. If you enjoy being told there is a 45 minute wait when you can see three to four empty tables from the front of the house this is your place! Granted I went there on a busy Saturday, but it looks like they are either understaffed or undertrained. If this happens to you, just walk to the bar if there are any empty seats.

On a recent visit me and my wife did all of those things. However when we sat down at the bar it took the server a few minutes to pass us the beer and food menu. After she took our orders and provided us their house beer we more or less sat their ignored for the next 8-10 minutes. While we slowly drank our beer and took in the view we waited to place our orders. Nothing too terribly complicated - two burgers. Four other couples that ordered after us received their food before us. Three of those couples arrived after we placed our order. To be fair, they had simpler things like soup, a wrap, etc.

After sitting at the bar for almost 40 minutes we asked where our food was - after seeing all the people around us wrapping up, paying their bill, etc. The employee told us she would check on it for us, and came back to tell us "it was in the list". If it was in the list, it would've been done before the other four couples. We waited a minute or so and told her we just wanted to pay for our beers and it wasn't worth waiting another 10-50 minutes for the food. She seemed upset by this and told us "sorry, its busy here as you can see" and "better luck next time".

BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME?!?!?!?

I wish we could review the food, but it never arrived. Never. Only go if you have time to kill or want passable beer to drink while enjoying a great view. We never talked to a manager as we were so disgusted with the employee that we didn't want to wait where our business clearly wasn't wanted.

Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Bierman9
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Stopped here on 10AUG13 with old "Bro" Artied2. Place was easily found adjacent to the river and next to the Amtrak station. What a great location! It was a gorgeous day, so we headed to the roof deck. I did peek inside, and the dining area looked great. A large bar was surrounded by numerous tables, and there was a small deck for dining on that level.

But it was up to the roof deck for us. At the top we found an island bar to the right seating about 20, and plenty of tables throughout the rest of the large deck. Parked at the bar, we found a chalkboard listing the draft offerings. They had a wide range of styles, from their own hybrid Belgian Berliner Weiss to DIPAs, pale ales to porters... Nice stuff! I had a pale then 2 DIPAs, which were both tasty. Our bartender, Dean, was top-shelf! Despite having to serve the entire bar, he was right on top of things. Artie had some steak tips, and a burger did the job for me. Very tasty and filling. The view up here of the river is A-1; what a great place to while away a lazy afternoon... We were both pleased with the visit, the first time for either of us. It deserves a return, for sure. Zum Wohl!!

4.23/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

I used to live in Brattleboro, long before this place opened, so when I was driving through last weekend I had to stop to check it out. Wow! This place has one of the best atmospheres I've ever experienced. Great view of the river from almost wherever you are sitting. There is an upstairs bar and a downstairs bar, and each bar has "unique" draft lines for each, although you can order from either no matter where you sit. There had to be 30+ taps, plenty of local and from all over the country, and a heavy dose or rares, one-offs, and special seasonals. They also have begun brewing their own beers, and had one line of their own when I was there. The bottle list is amazing, including plenty of rares and whales. There truly is something for everyone here. The staff was very knowledgeable regarding all the beers, not just their own, and very friendly. The food was decent. There is a full menu, including a rotating daily specials menu. Very fast service, as well. This place was packed, and I get the feeling it almost always is. Despite all of its awesomeness, it is very reasonably priced. I will definitely make this a stop any time I am in the area.

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Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery in Brattleboro, VT
92 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.