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Whetstone Station Restaurant and BreweryWhetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

36 Bridge St
Brattleboro, Vermont, 05301-3301
United States

(802) 490-2354 | map

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Added by ImHereForTheBeer on 07-31-2012

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Reviews by raythealeman:
Photo of raythealeman
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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 Hayley_86
4.41/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of BubbleBobble
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of fitzy84
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Came up to the restaurant during a trip. The restaurant has a cabin by the lake, or river in this case, feel. You go inside and there are tables to one's left, more tables one flight of stairs up, and a large rectangular bar. There were seats outside and, I believe, there is a beer garden in the upstairs. From our table inside, we had a spectacular view of the forests and the Connecticut River.

Our waitress was one of the nicest waiters I ever had and was always checking on us during our meal. Our appetizers, meal, and my beers were promptly served and checked on by her.

We decided to have pub chips for an appetizer, which were a very large portion for the two of us, and came with a unique dipping sauce. The menu had typical pub fare and entrees, but I did have the adventurous peanut butter and bacon burger, which was really good.

Although I was tempted to try the brewery's beers, I could not pass up some Hill Farmstead beers to drink. The beer menu seemed really good with Vermont brews and ciders like Hill Farmstead and Lost Nation with national beers like Rogue.

Overall, this is a fantastic pub on the Connecticut River one should try in the region.

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Photo of baldilocks
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Great setting overlooking the river. We sat at the bar and enjoyed a couple of Edwards with lunch. The food was good and the staff was very friendly. We'll be back!

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Photo of JLK7299
4.81/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of SABERG
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

We stopped here on a visit to Brattleboro. The cross street parking was quite convenient.
A wide swath of a bar, with open views of the Connecticut river are beautiful. The draft and bottle list were
full and varied, The menu although a bit pub centric had several options for everyone.
The service was excellent, while the place was busy.
A fine price to value here, the outside seating is inviting, we will return.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went here during a business trip on the night of 2/17, place seemed to be pretty jamming for a Wednesday night at about 5pm. Really great tap selection, 2 Hill Farmstead beers and a bunch of other VT related offerings. Solid for Brattleboro. They also had 4 beers on tap that they brewed on-site, but I didn't get a chance to try those.

Service was intermittent, not overly friendly but they got the job done on a busy night. Could have been more attentive. Had the Rodeo burger and really enjoyed it, food selection seemed good for the area, as well.

In the summer I think they have a back deck right on the Connecticut River which is sure to be a cool hang out spot, but in mid-February with temps in the upper 20s we opted for the warm inside.

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Photo of vtccnway89
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of sgregory
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of zotzot
3.95/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of slander
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of InspectorBob
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of fastestmanalive
4.16/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of zahara15
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of calmstock
4.2/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of kculrich
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
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 +2.4%
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 -6.3%
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 -0.7%
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 +18%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of JR86
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of LXIXME
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of bcgeiman
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery in Brattleboro, VT
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