Taps: 14 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by slander:
4.6/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Vermont play day en route to Maine, the looong way around. South Royal, with cheese. Running back down I-89 and now winding along some river off some exit, a bridge and spin the square. Parked across the tracks (should not be playing on) and rolled on up to meet friends, old and new...
In an old freight house across the tracks from the train station, split between Worthy and what will be Freight House Brewery at some point. Longish narrow place you enter into midway through. Beige walls over deep red slat vertical wood lowers and bench backings. Local art for sale, a ‘train tracks/body of water/gas station/church/barn’ scene painting, and a Worthy investors print showing their farmer folk. Like! Wood framed ceiling with corrugated foldiness. Track spots on the boards fore and aft, and drop rolo lamps on spinny fans across the middle.
Concrete topped ‘L’ shaped bar with a red wood base and piping foot rail; seating for just shy of a dozen on swivel back leather stools mounted. Barback is a phat wood plank counter top with 3 round stainless steel towers holding 5 taps each on nondescript handles, and a cylinder tower of 3 holding 2 wines. Jarred pickled things, glassware, & books on the barback sill, and wood door lengthy cupboard space below. On the wall above, large framed double horizontal blackboards listing ‘worthy drafts’ (beer, brewery, style, ABV, state, $) in alt colored chalk, a small vertical board in between for specials and ‘what’s tappening’, and long narrow vertical boards on the ends with Worthy goods (shwag & glassware) and wine, soda, cider, kombucha, & seltzer selections.
5 seat bar counter back with chairs below a 4x8 horizontal board listing food stuff (burgers, extras, cheeses, fries, salad, soft drinks, desserts). 4 slat wood square hightops along the wall adjacent to the bar, and 5 diagonally slat wood rectangular tables on the far wall past the door sharing benchage on the wall. And they’ve got a covered deck out back with a ½ dozen tables and a wood stove; busy, busy, bustling.
Kitchenings down on the far end; you order food here, you pick it up there. I should have put in for food upon my arrival instead of mulling about beering, ‘cause there’s a wait now. Grrrr! Started with the house made pickle plate; pickled garlic scape, mushrooms, and sweet & sour dill chips. Them pickles have some heat, and the garlic scape was scallionesque (king of all onions!) And I ordered the Worthy Burger, as one does, and added 2 year Shelburne Farms cheddar and baaacon. You know, come to think of it, she didn’t ask me how I wanted it cooked (but didn’t have to ‘cause they all come pink in the middle). Okay, that was one amazing burger, toothpick skewered down so it didn’t run off, and a small order of crack fries that were just that. They were sweet, they were spicy. Added a toffee brownie pops for dessert; the meth amphetamine coating was the deal.
On revisit, I started again with the house made pickle plate; dilly beans, bread & Butter pickles, & habanero pineapple. Dillys were silly good, but the habanero pineapple was the full on wow. Word is, the turdurkey (turkey & duck confit) does not suck, and truth be known, I was eyeballin’ the Fish’Wich (salmon today). But I couldn’t stray from the burger, which was awesome, and we split a shorty worthy fries. Condiments dealt, the dijon mustard was the best of the dips. And deep fried bacon with butter caramel sauce for dessert, ‘cause it sounded like a good idea.
Beer here! 14 taps; half of them goods from Vermont (Lawson’s, Hill Farmstead, Zero Gravity, Fiddleheads, Lost Nation, Foley Brothers, & Citizen Cider), and the other half a mix & match of American craft near and far. Over my 3 visits there, I’ve drank Lawson’s Spring Fever, Mystic Table Beer, Jack’s Abby Leisure Time, Fiddlehead IPA, Hill Farmstead Edward, Susan, James, & Double Citra. Everything's been in fine, fine shape.
It’s mid week afternoon chill here, one could get used to this. Good staff, playful, attentive. Lau-ra served last time out, she was pleasant +, meaning that she didn’t punch either of us in the neck. Food is nicely priced, and the bearings in pints & 12 ouncers applicably reasonable. Great tap list, and the food, well they cook on a wood fired stove, so you get the crazy smokiness burgerwise. Goddamn, the food is good here. In and out in an hour, but I could easily do serious time here.
12-30-2013 00:59:49 | More by slander
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