The Shed Restaurant & Brewery

The Shed Restaurant & BreweryThe Shed Restaurant & Brewery
The Shed Restaurant & BreweryThe Shed Restaurant & Brewery
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1859 Mountain Rd
Stowe, Vermont, 05672-4890
United States

// CLOSED //

Notes: This location closed in Fall of 2011 and production was moved to Middlebury, VT.

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Reviews by Brad007:
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3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3

Checked this place out again. Not the first time I've been here. At first, I had trouble communicating with the bartender and he appeared to be slightly annoyed but once that cleared up, I got my first beer, a Rye IPA. I've never had a rye beer before and it was refreshing and different. They have several other beers on tap but nothing else that seemed impressive. I didn't eat any food, opting instead for the free popcorn and watching a Red Sox-Orioles game. My second beer was the Smokin Peats Porter, which is a smoked porter. Excellent selection.

I feel the bartender could have been friendlier but again, they seemed quite busy around lunch time so can't blame them there. Atmosphere was homely and down to earth. Didn't feel too comfortable there but not such a bad place.

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Brad007 from Vermont, May 13, 2007
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3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I went to The Shed this Friday evening after arriving in Stowe for the weekend. I wish the weather outside was better than this grey and rainy backdrop, but there is plenty of good beer to be had in this area.

There are two entrances, one for the restaurant and one for the pub. It was a Friday night, a pub-type evening in my book so we sat down at one of the tables. The area is rather small, but the atmosphere is intimate, cozy and comfortable.

There is also a nice rustic vibe as well with candles at each table. We eventually went to the bar area. There is a popcorn machine on the side, so feel free to help yourself to some fresh salty popcorn. Good music played throughout my visit with a funky New Orleans compilation, Coltrane, Dire Straits and more.

The draft selection during my visit included West Branch Gold, Amber, Traditional IPA, Mountain Ale, Flood Water Stout and Slow Bite IPA. I started off with the sampler, that is served on a neat looking sampler platter in the shape of a ski. I was most impressed with the Stout & Mountain Ale, but all of the beers were fresh and tasty.

I really like the option of ordering beers in 4 oz, 8 oz, 16 oz, 22 oz, Growler and Keg sizes. This is a great way to sample all of their different brews.

Service was mixed, our original waitress was unfriendly and appeared like she didn't want to be there. On the other hand, the guy bartender was resourceful, polite and responsive.

This is a solid brewery in the heart of the Green Mountains. I'm glad we checked this place out tonight, might have to go back again at some point during this trip.

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Hibernator from Massachusetts, Jun 25, 2011
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2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Nov 20th 2011. We found the atmosphere of the Shed to be very nice and inviting. I’m a sucker for a nice wood fire. Sadly we did not find the beer to be up to the quality of the atmosphere. We ordered the falling down stout and west branch gold. I also sampled the black IPA. The IPA was very heavy on the hops and I need to stress the heavy part. Very much not to my liking. Mike laughed when I sampled it commenting that I looked like someone stepped on my foot when I drank it. As to the stout I found it unfinished. It had the beginning flavor profile of a nice stout but came up short just not done. The west branch gold seemed similar to me. Mike though its flavor was just a disaster. To him it tasted of dirt. I wouldn’t go that far but earthy and incomplete is not far off. Sadly we were just unable to finish the beers something that rarely happens.

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woolybear from New York, May 02, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Downtown Stowe, so it's gonna be pricey. One of those things you need to deal with. I found this place the week of finals my senior year. . . shame. The pub section is really cool; the brew tanks are visible, and it just smells of fresh beer; WHICH WAS AWESOME!!!! The restaurant is very nice too. In the spiring it had a kind of country club feel, which after going to the bar the previous time I wasn't ready for. The bar food was great, good burger. They even had some typical pub type specials. Now the important part, the beer! Good beer. Not fly half way across the country good, but more like if you're in the area good. I had a couple different kinds, I remember they were good, and everyone I was with thought the beer they had was good.

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birdyone from Maryland, Dec 10, 2010
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3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in here with a friend from nearby for a pint on the way between Hill Farmstead/Rock Art and our Stowe crashpad before heading to dinner at the Alchemist a few months ago. The Shed wasn't really on my radar, but I'm glad we stopped in.

Upon entering in the late summer, we swing a right into the cozy pub area. Lots of rough lumber is complimented by string lights above the bar, lending the place a very nice, relaxed ambience. Between the laid-back vibe, rough edges and free popcorn, I'm easily reminded of the Strange Brew in Manchester, NH, one of my earliest haunts. Suddenly, I feel quite at home and sentimental in a place I'd never before visited.

We had an IPA and Mountain Ale, both of which were very good and better than I had expected from some older reviews. Neither were standouts among the many Vermont beers we sampled over the weekend, but both were solid, enjoyable beers that I would enjoy having regularly if I lived in the area.

Our server was attentive, but not particularly knowledgeable about the beer.

All in all, this is a nice place to stop if you're in the area, but not somewhere I'd necessarily seek out. I don't think it's going for that, though--the Shed seems quite happy to be a local/ski-bum brewpub, and it fits the role well. The Shed is also among the most unpretentious brewpubs/bars I've been to in Vermont; it would fit right in in a low-key place like Brattleboro.

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FrankLloydMike from Massachusetts, Nov 29, 2010
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4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

From the perspective of a non-skier the touristy hamlet of Stowe was never a primary beer destination of mine. However, during a recent visit with some beer-loving residents of the Green Mountain State, I was provided an opportunity to "hit the slopes" and check out the Shed.

Judging from the exterior, it appears to be a barn rather than a shed - much less a restaurant/pub and brewery. There are, in fact, two sections: a rustic and informal pub, its décor dark and woody, where flannelled shirt locals greet and grub with tourist, skiers and flatlanders; on the opposite end of the Shed, one may find a quieter, if no less informal, restaurant.

The Shed offers a hearty menu of pub grub that will sate the ravenous appetite of anyone who has just come in from the ski trail, or stumbled in from Long Trail Brewing (See My Review). The nacho plate was mucho grande and the smoked turkey wrap was nicely proportioned and tasty. Of course, let's not forget the house beers; during my visit, the Shed offered a few selections: their Tell-Tale IPA, their seasonal beer, a mildly sweet ale that is brewed from 2 hops; then, there was the glorious strong ale, called Mountain Ale, a sweet and toasty elixir that left in a growler with us. (Yes. They do have growlers for beer-to-go.) I did love this one. Try it if you can get it. I also wanted to give some props to our server Anna. Thanks!

So, even if you don't, won't or can't ski, there is now at least one reason to visit Stowe - and a pleasant quaff at the Shed is it. Stowe is only a 20-minute drive from Waterbury, home of the magnificent Alchemist (See My Review).

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jjboesen from Maryland, Nov 18, 2009
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3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I try to pop by the Shed every time I visit Stowe. The beer is one of the better bargains in town. All is reasonably priced--for Stowe and the food I remember as being decent, although I did not try it on my last visit. They generally have six home brews two of which rotate. I was really impressed with their smoked porter and the mountain ale is always refreshing. The service is passable and the atmosphere is charming. It is like an old ski lodge with plenty of pictures of Mt. Mansfield, skiing, and other winter sports. This is a perfect spot to hang out and relax after a long day of hiking, skiing, or just enjoying Stowe.

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tigg924 from Massachusetts, Oct 14, 2009
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3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Stopped in on the way to Smugglers Notch. Small ski lodge style bar with attached restaurant. Waitress was nice enough but not around a lot even though we were one of only two parties. Tried the IPA and Stout. IPA was a smooth and hoppy, amber, opaque and I really enjoyed it. The stout which I heard really good things about I found to be average. My friend told me that they had recently changed brew masters. We had an appetizer sampler which was pretty good. Potato skins were good and I hate those things :) All in all, I will return to this place. It's an inexpensive place to get good food and craft brews while your in the area.

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Samichlaus from Rhode Island, Sep 05, 2009
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3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Popped in for a few beers as we were running around VT.
The bar area is looking a bit worn...not that I care too much about that, but I think it is time that they do something about the weathered furniture in that's not the good kind of weathered.
The free popcorn was a welcome treat as we wanted something to go with the beer , but not spoil our appetite for later.
For beers, I thought that their IPA and the old ale were pretty decent.
The waitress was very nice and kept an eye on us without hovering.
Worth a visit if you're in the area.

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Hautacam from Connecticut, Aug 08, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Located on the Mountain Road in Stowe is The Shed. This brewpub has been in business for some time now, 15 years or so ?It is a relaxed atmosphere in a vermont ski town that has quite a few restaurants that are not lot as down to earth. A healthy mix of both locals and visitors come to here. They typically have 5-7 of their own beers on tap. I will typically enjoy a pint of their Mountain Ale and the IPA, which are both commonly on draught. Through the years and the seasons, they have released plenty of other styles. Some have been a hit, some have been a miss, but that is to be expected. The food is not as good as the beer, it is average, but works if you are hungry. A pint or two here when in town is a good plan for any BA.

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mltobin from Connecticut, Jul 09, 2009
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4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Hit The Shed with Alewife for dinner on our last night (18APR09) of a super weekend in VT. Happy 23 years, Liebch!

Got there around 630PM on a Saturday night. Place looks sort of like an old farmhouse; you enter the front and hit a hostess stand. To the left and further on are some dining rooms, gussied up real "perty", for the fruh-fruh crowd. We went right, through a doorway to the dimly-lit yet comfy pub. Place was made up of lots of dark, worn wood, with big-ass posts holding up even bigger-ass beams which traversed the ceiling. The bar was on the left side, with even darker wood making up the locale de quaffing. Small christmas lights were strung across a wooden awning above the bar. The bar-back was festooned with lots of liquor bottles and mugs, with a large mirror backing things up. Dark green walls were adorned with numerous skiing, hunting, fishing and bier-related junque, and some ceiling duct-work was plastered with winter-related bumper-stickers. A popcorn machine was near the entry, and there were about 8-10 tables and benches strewn about. Music was audible yet low enough to not be a distraction amongst the happy jibber-jabber.

On tap were 7 Shed biers on this day, and they did offer some bottles (looked to be swill), plus wine and the aforementioned liquor. Biers were mostly tasty (Warpig and Creeper - yea; Mountain Ale - ok) but all a tad on the thinner side of medium. Our 'tender was friendly and as helpful as his intellect allowed, as well as being run ragged by the not-entirely-ugly wait-staff. He did mention that their brewer was moving on, so they may have a change of quality sometime soon.

I had a most-excellent chili-filled bread-bowl, and Alewife enjoyed her burger as well. Prices, mainly for the food, tended to be a bit high, though the bier was at a decent cost. Those high-rollin' Beamer-drivin' ski-folk can afford it, ahh reckon.

All-in-all, a decent time was had for our last eve of the trip. Prosit!!

vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 - $$$


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Bierman9 from New Hampshire, Apr 28, 2009
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3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

We have been to the Shed twice, both times in the off season (early December and summer). The Shed is located in the ski town of Stowe. The pub is cute exactly what you would expect in a ski town. The dinning rooms are very nicely appointed, the sun room looks like a lovely place to dine.

We have only eaten in the pub and the food is fine, nothing to write home about. We did find that the food was a bit overpriced, but it is a tourist destination after all. The beer is good, nothing outstanding. Both times we had very friendly service. I did enjoy reading the interesting history of the property on the menu. I also love that the sampler comes on a ski, very appropriate for the area.

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3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

OK, The Shed is where you go when you want to chill-out, drink some decent beer, sit in a dimly-lit bustling bar and eat salty bar food. And if you are in the mood for that, it's a great place to go and blend into the atmosphere. If you are looking for a place to get dressed-up, eat high-end food or go on a quiet date, keep driving.

That being said, their Mountain Ale is fantastic. Dark, roasty, brings me back every year. On our visit last week, we were thrilled that they had a new Quad on tap - the Shady Monk. Please, if you are into quads, you can't pass this up. Even if you are not into quads, don't pass this up. No carbonation and a thin head, this beer was bursting with deep dried cherries and velvety mouthfeel. Not that we know everything, but there was not one thing about this concoction that we would change, tweak, or criticize. Bravo to the brewers.

So, you may find yourself tracking down the waitress or going to the bar for service - get over it - it's a comfortable place where you don't feel like a tourist. And if you like reggae music, then you will feel right at home.

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steph1974 from Connecticut, Feb 02, 2009
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3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Went here "off-season" and it was still fairly crowded. That speaks more to their food, I think, than it does to the beer. I tried their sampler which is served in a ski. Cute. Not the same can be said about the beer..the Mountain Ale was the only one that struck me as tasty...all the rest, while OK, seemed subpar for their respective styles.
The place is pretty large, so service will always be hit-or-miss depending on crowds. Given that you are in Vermont, your beer choices are far superior than what is offered in this restaurant. You might be better off grabbing something from the local brewery and going home.

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PudTinkler from New Jersey, Jan 13, 2009
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3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Located in the mountain resort town of Stowe. A charming red ski hut building that fits nicely in the surrounding area. The bar and main dining area area separate. The dining area is somewhat classy with a more upscale atmosphere. The bar is more rustic with old ski decor on the walls and a nice woody feel to it.

They had 8 house beers on tap and from what we had everything was pretty nice. I enjoyed the Cascadian Ale, National IPA and Mountain Ale best of all.

Service was adequate....although we had to track down our waitress to get our bill...and it wasn't that busy. But,while she was taking care of us she was pleasant and accurate.

Having eaten previously at the Bobcat we didnt eat...although we did take advantage of the free popcorn...nice touch.

All in all a decent place....certainly not in the same league as The Alchemist just down the road...but if you are in Stowe it is worth a stop. I would be interested to return and have dinner in the dining area.

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Deuane from Pennsylvania, Jul 25, 2008
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4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Located along Mountain Road in the resort town of Stowe. The building itself is a charming red ski shack type structure that fits in well with its surroundings. Upon entering the bar entrance, the eye picks up forest green walls, ancient wide beemed ceiling rafters and posts and a wide planked pine floor. The lighting was soft and the decor was ski themed, with old ski paraphanalia on the walls. A nice popcorn machine as well.

There was plenty of seating in the bar area, and an appealing menu. The doorway to the left leads to a center hallway with two distinctly styled dining rooms. One was a deep red walled traditional country motif with a large center fireplace. The other was more of a neutral colored Mediteranean styled setting. There was a small back bar as well.

There were about 6 or 7 house beers on tap. All seemed to pour well and were fresh. The beer prices were very reasonable and the bartender friendly.

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plaid75 from New York, Jul 22, 2008
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3.83/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This is a nice restaurant and brewpub worth seeking out if you are in the area. The restaurant has two sections, both with ample room. The pub section is quite a bit smaller, more pub like in its decor, and a whole lot more cozy. I went with a large group, all of whom ordered different meals. Everyone was satisfied with the food. I had the veggie burger. It wasn't bad, nothing to rave about either.

I ordered the sampler of beer, which comes in a boat shaped carrier. I had the Golden, Amber, National IPA, Mocha Porter, Mountain Ale, and their Dunkel-Weiss. My favorite, hands down is the Mountain Ale, which I reviewed separately. The Dunkel Weiss I won't reveiw because it just wasn't ready yet and was a bit too immature, even by the admission of the brewmaster. It needed a few more weeks to age. I will review most of the samplers separately as well.

If you are in Stowe, or nearby, than this is the brewpub to visit. You won't be disappointed. They also have a refrigerator full of growlers to go, but not all of their offerings are available in growlers.

Re-review August 2009: I think the National IPA on-tap is better than the Mountain Ale. However, the growler of Mountain Ale I purchased at the store was very good, and quite a bit better than that served at the brewpub.

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albern from Massachusetts, Jul 09, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

We stopped in here for lunch and a brew during a Vermont Disc Golf/end of school year long blowout weekend tour. Interesting place with multiple room and "environments". A pub, a restaurant, an out door patio area and a glass house type of room. Growlers to go, 6 of their own creations on tap. The IPA was might tasty, what they called an "Imperial stout" looked more like a light porter, the old ale was rich and also quite well done, clearly a quality creation. Extensive pub menu, food was better then adequate, service also decent, with a smile, but perhaps a bit on the slow side. But hey, were from NY and this is northern Vermont...Pleasant place for some quality beer and a hearty meal. Great place to stop if in the area.

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Billolick from New York, Jul 02, 2008
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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Had lunch here today. We managed to get our order in and out to us right before the power went out from a massive thunderstorm that came rolling through. We both had the Shed Burger and it was very tasty. I was impressed by the burger. I got a ski of beer (a 4 oz. serving of each of the beers and the waitress even got me a 7th so I could try them all). The waitress was really good. Though she didn't know anything about the beers, she went to ask and gave us a very thorough explanation of the beers that weren't on the menu (a dubbel/tripel and a Belgian Golden Ale and a RIS). That being said, I wasn't impressed by the beer. They had 7 beers on tap, an American Golden Ale, an Amber Ale, an IPA, a RIS, an Old Ale/Strong Ale, a beer called Trouble, which they described as half Dubbel/half Tripel, and a Belgian Golden Ale. They were all kind of watery and light in body. I was hoping the Mountain Ale (the Old Ale) would be good, but it was just as watery as the Golden Ale (the American Golden). The Amber Ale and the IPA were the best beers, followed by the RIS, which was a little light in body for my tastes, but had a nice flavor.

I'd go back for the burgers, but would probably be careful about my beer choice. It was worth trying all of them that once though.

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RunawayJim from Rhode Island, Jun 11, 2008
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3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

A very pleasant restaurant that also has some decent beer on tap. Patio on a warm day was great. Most beers are rather ordinary, and nowhere near the best beer around (L'alchemist 15 minutes away, or the brewer Magic Hat) but the freshest seasonals were as expected their best, with the Black IPA quite good. WOrth a stop if in the area at all, but only worth the drve out from Burlington (about 45 minutes or so) if you have the time.Prices are a bit more than the Vermont average, but less than most cities elsewhere.

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Sammy from Ontario (Canada), May 14, 2008
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3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

This place needs a visit from Gordon Ramsay - It reminds me of some case studies from his "Kitchen Nightmares" show. It's one of those schizo places - the restaurant atmosphere is quite at odds with its ski town beer pub status: flowered linen tablecloths, dreadful elevator Muzak piped in, and a fussy, gray-bouffanted hostess who was originally averse to seating us as early as 4:30 pm (1/2 an hour after day skiing ended up the street at the resort, when everyone was piling down Mountain Rd looking for an après-ski option).

Once we were seated, however, everything was great: We had an attentive, beer-knowledgeable waitress, good food (from the lunch menu), and a couple very tasty brews (well, for me - my ski-partner daughter's a bit young for the stuff). Their IPA was the best I've had in a while, and even better than the one I had at American Flatbread in Burlington the next night (and that was pretty good). I like my IPAs as bitter as possible, but also highly hoppy - and this one satisfied. It was a complex-tasting beer, with lots of stuff going on I can't articulate. Oh, and their Mountain Ale (a dark ale) was also quite good, and apparently has won an award from some ski mag.

The parking lot was full but the restaurant was virtually empty while we were there - Obviously, the crowd was over on the pub side, so I'm guessing that's a very different scene. It's the restaurant that needs a Gordon Ramsay overhaul.

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kwmac from North Carolina, Feb 28, 2008
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3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Stopped by the Shed on my way back from hiking Mt Mansfield, only had time for a pint, but I had heard so much about this place that I had to stop.

The place is odd from the outside. It looks more like some 1970s Vermont steakhouse-type restaurant to which I became (not welcomely) accustomed when I was young. The sign simply states "Restaurant" - no mention of the fresh brew inside. It is large, and there were lots of families there, again something I was not expected to encounter.

Fortunately, they have the pub area separated, so I didn't have to deal with that whole mess. It was early and the bar was empty except for me, the bartender, and a brewer. We chatted a little while I threw back their Amber Ale. Again, you could hardly tell it was a brewpub, even the 7 bbl kettle behind the glass was barely distinguishable. They had wine lists & cocktail menus everywhere, but I had to ask for the beer list. They only had 5 on tap at the time. Atmosphere is sort of ski-lodge-ish - nothing impressive.

The beer was great.

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lawrence76 from Massachusetts, Aug 23, 2007
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3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

First came through Burlington for the Highgate Dead shows in '94 & '95; the latter being the beginning of the end for Jerry. We'd go downtown for a few beers when the #9 was young and there weren't too many choices, and then head back to Marvin's and set up tents in his yard much to the chagrin of his neighbors. Dennis, the next morning at daybreak looking for coffee at the corner deli and finding it not due to open for another hour opts for a pull from the cooler instead explaining, "Stout kinda looks like coffee". A dozen years later, although the beer scene's improved some, it still didn't take long to burn through Burlington's best and otherwise, so we're heading out see the outlying thisis and thats, and they ain't just around the corner. It's not that you can't get there from here; you can, you just have to put in some travel time to do so. Having missed The Shed 2 years back when (Evil) Davo & I came up for the Vermont Brewer's Fest, I wanted to make time you know, to go to Stowe...

Saw some shops about town before heading up the hill including the crazy chocolatier who fuses the local vodka with her wares. Seemingly never just around the next bend, we eventually come across The Shed, although it looks to be more a big barnish building. Entering, you find the room to be ski shackish; with wood beam uprights & structurals, and wood log crossbeams holding wide plank boards. Painted green walls over wood slat lowers, ski and snow show décor, fish and winter sport photos, ski, ski, ski, and great black & whites of local Stoweians. Exposed duct work above heavily smacked with stickers of all kinds, a mounted deer head adorned with a lei and beads, and a popcorn machine in the corner along side of the large arched window trimmed with strung white Xmas lighting and bramble, and views in on the brew room. Framed wall mirror with fire helmets above, and a pair of mounted TV's.

The curvy "L" shaped bar seats upwards of a dozen with a crescent carved wood trim unit running overhead with the bar, recessed spots and white Xmas lighting strung. The barback is a sunken nook with wine in front of tiered booze, and macro bottles in coolers below. The center area is partially obstructed by a large angled wood and mirrored slat piece with hooks for numbered logoed ceramic mug club mugs, and glassware held on racks above. A pair of raised tables lay adjacent to the bar, and nearly a dozen more square tables extend throughout the room, many of them sharing the lime & red/orange stripe cushioned bench backs running along the walls. Drop green lamps over the seating areas and pleasant glass lamps on the tables.

All taps are drawn from a box at the end of the bar and the selections are listed on "The Shed - Wall of Foam" board. Popcorn salty, must have drink. We opted for the sampler, of course. The 6 beer sampler was served on a ski shaped paddle, you drink 'em tip to tail.

The west Branch Golden was light, with a sweet corniness; the Shed Amber Ale, Cascade, malty, and oxidized; the National IPA, bitter, also totally oxidized; the NEK (N.E. Kingdom) Maple Brown Ale came in at 6.5%, was very, very roasty and showed some mapleness on warming; the Mountain Ale, a dark, old ale, came in at 7%, not bad; and the Seasonal Owens Double IPA, 6.9%, sweet, bitter, hoppy. The NEK was the best of the lot, but overall, they've got oxidation libations issues. "Wet cardboard", says she.

Through that doorway there, the restaurant side I didn't know was there. Growlers for sale in a small cooler in the reception area. A dozen and a half tables in the main dining room (red room, red room) to both sides of a large center stone fireplace. Beyond that, 8 tables in a yellow Garden Room beneath the twisty antler mess of a chandelier, and windows looking over the dozen tables running an "L" around two sides of it in the Greenhouse seating areas. Back, back, a small Sun Room with a 6 seat bar, and a doorway leading to a rear deck, slate, with red, purple & white petunias lining the railings enclosing the dozen round tables beneath umbrellas here. Very nice, pleasant, serene dining areas. You would never think this place and the goings on just through the door there share the same brain but they do.

Sadly disappointing considering the beers at the Belgian stint in Boston earlier this year and Kennett Square late last year were quite good.

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slander from New York, Aug 16, 2007
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

My wife and I ate here on our honeymoon in Stowe, Vt., in early November. We pulled into the parking lot and she noted that the outdoor speakers were playing Classical music. Not what we expected. Upon entering the restaurant, we noticed that this place is no shed: Red walls, nice furniture, a Victorian-style garden room. This is a fancy restaurant.

I was here for the beer so I ordered their ski sampler: Their six house beers served on a old ski. Neat. My wife's not a drinker, so she had a root beer, which I don't think was locally brewed.

We both ordered their signature hamburger, the Shed Burger.

The beers were above average. Nothing really stood out. I was surprised that I liked their regular IPA more than their Double IPA. I think the regular is hoppier. Their old ale was quite weak compared to others of the style. But overall, the beers were fine.

We noticed that the burgers are cooked medium by default. We like our meat medium-well, so we ordered them that way. We found the burgers to be a little too charred for our taste. They must be cooked over a fire. Again, the burgers were fine, not outstanding.

Service was good and attentive. We felt well taken care of.

After dinner we moved over to the pub, which was much more like what we expected the restaurant to be like: dark, exposed beams, posters and stickers, etc. I had a glass of the IPA and my wife went wild and ordered a specialty coffee drink. We enjoyed them both. The service in the pub was also good, even though it was a bit crowded. My wife was happy to see women outnumbering men at the pub, a first for both of us!

Prices were reasonable, especially for Stowe, which runs on the expensive side.

The Shed is a fine brewpub to visit and its restaurant is nice enough to take pub-averse people (like Mom and Grannie) to and still enjoy local beer.

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Shaw from Florida, Nov 14, 2006
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4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Decided to stop here on the way home to Maine from the brewer's festival in Burlington. I'd had their beers at the fest, and convinced my wife that we really needed to stop there. Since we'd already been to Ben and Jerry's, it wasn't a hard sell. We went into the pub side just after they'd opened on Sunday. I immediately felt at home: dark, post and beam construction with stickers all over the place, a nice nude painting at the bar. The pub seats about 50, with another 8 or 10 stools at the bar. There were 7 beers on draft, as well as a cask-conditioned beer. I had Spawn of Oliver, a great beer, and Naysayer, which our server described as a dark saison. That was a pretty good beer. My wife had a biere de miele. I only had a couple sips, but it was only fair. Our service was good, but there were only 3 tables occupied when we were there. Maybe it's worse when busy, I don't know. Food was typical pub food, pretty inexpensive. I always order Reubens at places like this, and The Shed's was quite good.

This place has been in business since 1965. They must be doing something right. I'll go back.

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lordofthewiens from New Mexico, Jul 26, 2006
The Shed Restaurant & Brewery in Stowe, VT
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