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Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery

Not Rated.
Whetstone Station Restaurant and BreweryWhetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery
Based on:
40 Beers
58 Hads
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 19
Visits: 46
Avg: 4.18
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

Place added by: ImHereForTheBeer on 07-31-2012

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Reviews: 19 | Visits: 46
Reviews by raythealeman:
Photo of raythealeman
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of zotzot
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of slander
4.14/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

In Brattleboro, where Vermont is. Town looks a lot nicer than I remember, although it’s been some time. Okay, I’ve only really been through a handful of times, most notably, the 4th of July weekend in ’85 when I drank legally in VT as an 18 year old, proudly offering up a paper non-photo NY state driver’s license and my freshman UNH school ID. Stop doing the math, kids, and get off my lawn…

Located on the Connecticut River at the bridge. Easy to find, impossible to park. Here, anyway. So we walked as those who do, do. In and through, as opposed to in and up, which is also an option. To the rear, an ‘L’ shaped bar with stainless steel panel riveted top, panel base and a foot bar squared; seating for a dozen and a half on swivelly stools. 10 taps on a stainless steel barbell tower and an upright boa constrictor tower for 4 alongside of it.

Barback is stainless steel countertop of the same with wine & taster glasses, and glassware shelved below. Large windows above overlooking the bridge and river. Liquor tiered on the ends and scotch bottles displayed on slight shelving in between the windows. Wrap around bar overhead with ceramic mug club mugs hooked to it and more from the overhang above the windows. Dead soldier guest tap handles and brewery swag above the windows and shirts on the far end displayed. Single filament bulb lantern lamps mounted, drop martini glass lamps tracing the bar, and track spots throughout the room.

Mostly beige walls, save the wood slat panel divider portions and far wall. Local art & framed pics of vintage motorcycles. Corrugated ceiling with large brown I beams, and concrete floorings. Bar counter divider off the bar and then seating; some 20 tables penned behind me and a few at the end of the bar. And more in a raised section around a center fireplace (Someone parked their bike up there). Mantel holds trophy play and there’s logo signage above. Boards to both sides talking music & loyalty program action, and views of the teeny 3.5bbl brew room up them stairs there. Step out the back side, 8 tables lining the wraparound deck over the river, partially under striped awning play.

4 house beers (Whetstoner Pale Ale, 4.5%, 40 IBU’s, Simcoe & Amarillo, pleasant enough; Don’t Worry Stout A Thing, 5%, nitro, chocolatey, light, sweet; Dog Days Pale Ale, 4.2%, 14 IBU’s, and kicked; Totally Rad-Ler German Style Radler, 2.5%, with Gus’ grapefruit soda & Whetstoner Pale Ale, very easy drinking). 4oz tasters run a big $1.80 each.

So, 4 beers up, two of which are Pale Ales (although one had kicked) and another is a blend with one of them, interesting. As a brewpub proper they would tank on ‘selection’, but ah, the guest taps, oh, the guest taps, hmmmn, the guest taps, yes, the guest taps. 10 of ‘em, a mix of in-state (Hill Farmstead Mosaic Pale Ale, Long Trail Private Label Brown Ale, 14th Star Tribute Double IPA), regional New England (Allagash White, Rising Tide Printemps, Smuttynose Clusters Last Stand, Berkshire Coffee Porter, Two Roads Old Factory Pils), a single import (Elgood’s Coolship #2), and a solo cider (Downeast Cider Original). Had a Hill Farmstead Mosaic Pale Ale (when in Vermont…), and then the Fiddlehead IPA, which replaced the 14th Star Tribute at juuuust the right time.

Bottles & cans, too. 20 of them, half of which are made up of 3 New England ciders, 6 Gluten Freebies, and an N/A. And then 15 cellar & special bottles (Cantillon Kriek, Hill Farmstead Dorothy, Bruery Tart of Darkness, Drie Fonteinen Oude Gueuze, St Feuilllen Tripel 3L bottle for $108, crooked Stave St Bretta & Surette Provision, Boon Framboise). It’s a nice list.

People next to me were getting their food on, so yeah, heeeey, what’s that? (me, pointing). ‘Grilled sirloin tips’, you say? I will have that. They were mad good. Had toyed with the chili as well as it sounded, no, ‘read’, really well (“Grilled steak with our own maple-char crust, baby back rib meat, beans and love”, does that not sound awesome?), but it would’ve buried me for the day and there’s a lot of day left. Phil went with the pierogis, which he deemed ‘pretty good’.

I’m being told that there is an upstairs with a different tap list. Ventured on up whistling loudly along with ‘Low Spark of High Heeled Boys’ playing; excellent acoustics in the stairwell and cool old B/W Brattleboro prints there. Hey, rooftop deck; a fire pit & a dozen tables overlooking the river, and a ‘U’ shaped copper topped bar seating a dozen and a half on the end. 14 taps up here, too, with little crossover from the main bar; we did better putting up downstairs.

Good crowd of adult regulars and people riding up. Little brewing system for play, or so it seems. I would have liked to have seen more of their wares, although I slummed it just fine with their guest taps. Caught a real good meal, too. I would do this again.

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Photo of blisscent
4.39/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of InspectorBob
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of fastestmanalive
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of zahara15
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of calmstock
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of kculrich
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A beautiful summer afternoon dining on the terrace over the Connecticut River with guests from France. Seating and service was not exactly quick, but we were in no hurry, the staff was courteous and the food was very good. Had a couple of glasses of HF's Edward which put me in an especially good mood. Will definetly be going back.

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Photo of chefdave37
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

The inside resturant part was packed and suggest if just wanted something light to go to the roof top deck. The roof top deck is over looking the river and has a fire pit. You need to go to the bar to order the food. It came out quick and was good. The only complaint is that they wouldn't make a grilled cheese for my son saying the kitchen wasn't equipped like the downstairs kitchen.(Couldn't take a slider bun and cheese). The beer selection was their beers and other local breweries.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

This place has a beautiful setting right on the river with the mountains as a backdrop. They also have a deck that hangs out over the river for a beautiful setting. They had three of their own beers on tap two of which I tried both solid. A nice pale ale and a nitro stout. The stout had more flavor and more going for it. Good beer but not amazing. The third was a imperial rye ale that I wanted to try, but I had a drive ahead of me. The tap list had some nice offerings from various craft breweries. On top of this they had a cellared selection that included Tart of Darkness. The food was good. The sweet potato fries and the fish and chips were especially delicious. The breading for the haddock was as delicious as the fish and perfectly fried. The service was so so. It was a busy place and they were keeping up. The prices were a little steep.

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Photo of DougC123
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Great vibe, great bottle selections from currently available to hard to find cellared choices. Their house beers are ok. Food and menu is good, prices seem a bit steep but they are busy so maybe it isn't such a big deal.

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Photo of Lindsey_DuquetteBrown
4.91/5  rDev +17.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of JR86
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of LXIXME
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of bcgeiman
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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

Photo of Emccor08
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Nano brewery that had 4 of their on brews on tap. Their house brews were very smooth and drinkable. They have a quality selection of local NE and NY craft beers as well.

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Photo of dwatulak
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of jmdrpi
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Ate lunch and had some beers

They have four of own beers on tap, plus some other beers from respected other breweries. Good variety, high quality.

Food was very good.

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Photo of scags11
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of DanG3
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of psweendogg
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Flashy
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

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Photo of jco3
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

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Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery in Brattleboro, VT
92 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.