Idletyme Brewing Company

Idletyme Brewing CompanyIdletyme Brewing Company
Idletyme Brewing CompanyIdletyme Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(802) 253-4765 | map
idletymebrewing.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.81
Beers:
21
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
409
PLACE STATS
Average:
3.95
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
43
pDev:
10.89%
View: Beers | Place Reviews | Events
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 43
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Walked up to the outside patio seating area on a busy Thursday evening. Asked for a table for two. Hostess says: "it's going to be 15 or 20 minutes. You can get a drink at the bar". We went over the large outdoor bar and every single seat was taken. I walked back up to the host and told him it was full. I said, where should we go to wait...
He says: "oh, I actually just had a cancellation... Come this way". You gotta love it.
Good and service was excellent. Expensive. Quality taps. I took home a four pack of their most excellent Zog's APA.

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Photo of Billolick
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Multi room larger restaurant and bar along the main area of Stowe...just a few minutes down the road from the ski lifts. Respectable beer options and food that I was told was "hit or miss" and "nothing special" (It can be hard to find steady and quality cooks in a ski town)

The highlight here is the outstading outdoor space on the back side...if you are lucky to be in town during spring, summer or fall...this back yard with a large bar area, tables to eat at, chairs to relax in and enough green grass to play a lawn game upon is truly a delightful oasis.

Worth checking out, especially when its outdoor drinking and dining season in the green mountains.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

On the grounds of where "The Shed" brewpub originally stood, Crop Bistro Rose from its ashes. Name change occurred with new ownership and now it is "Idletyme Brewing Company."

After a cold snowflaked morning spent in Stowe, a buddy was running in the Heady Trotter race, he and I stopped in this nice and cozy brewpub. I had two beers, that were quite good, though I probably would have wanted them in warmer weather. A cherry session ale and their new version of a hefeweizen sitting at 4.9%. My smoked trout dip was phenomenal! My Reuben sandwich kicked ass! They put jalapeno peppers in it which enthralled me more. While the prices seemed the norm for the Stowe area, it's definitely not a place I could hit up all of the time. As much as I liked experience here, I wish I could have seen the place when it was The Shed or even Crop Bistro.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Let me say first off, I really like Doubletyme, their Imperial IPA. I was staying at a hotel a block away, and I went here for food and drink at the end of a long day of beer hunting. The food was good and I was enjoying the Doubletyme's. Perfect for my needs. Came back a year later around noon on a beautiful August day and everyone was out back around the outdoor bar. I really wanted to just sit down and enjoy a few beers, but I had other tasks ahead of me. If you are in Stowe, check this place out.

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Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

What a great spot! Outstanding outside deck area and outside bar. Beautiful setting, solid beer and good food. Definitely worth checking out when in town for Heady.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Crowded restaurant bar and crowd, service was ok. Food was very good for a brewpub; about 12 beers on tpa with 2 of the IPA's being pretty solid. Worth a stop in when visiting the Alchemist.

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Photo of khoff5
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75

Excellent food, he had the burger and called it above average, I had the root vegetable salad with crab cake which was really excellent, tried 4 varieties of beer which were good/average, and then there's great service, would definitely go back!

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Went here on Friday for some lunch in Stowe, we missed Crop last time around so we figured we would try Idletyme. I think Crop would have been a bit better, but Idletyme carries on the legacy just fine.

Pulled up right around 12 and decided to sit in the outdoor area since it was so nice, the shade of the umbrellas was really helpful. Service was prompt and caring, but not overbearing which was pleasant.

Good menu choices all around, though a bit limited sometimes. I had the Rueben which was well made and enjoyable. Reasonable prices for tourist restaurants.

Beer there was solid, nothing fantastic but the Cherry Kolsch and Zog's Pale Ale were easy drinking. Everything else seemed pretty normal.

All in all worth a stop for lunch.

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Photo of cavedave
1.85/5  rDev -53.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 4

I will never set foot in this place again. The beer itself is below average, the food is good, but when we went back for a return visit for lunch we were met with angry accusations of underpaying our bill and stiffing the waitress on our previous visit, which we of course didn't do. Not only was this a ridiculous lie, but she yelled at us, embarrassed us, and was unreasonable in our trying to straighten the matter out. We should have left then but we stayed and hard to imagine things were even more uncomfortable from that point on. The place is barely above being a diner in its decor. The food is good, way overpriced, but good, so if you like being insulted and drinking meh beer while eating good overpriced food this place might be what you are looking for.

So my short and sweet review can be found in the following words. If I live ten lifetimes and even if Idletyme is the only place to get a beer on the planet I will NEVER set foot in that place again. I suggest you do the same, as there are myriad better spots nearby and hard to find any worse.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Former Crop Brewing...very nice outdoor bar dining area...with cornhole. Eight beers on tap... mostly solid. Friendly service. Cheddar fritters were exceptional.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I last visited this place when it was Crop. New owners/brewers now apparently? Vibe is about the same, space is the same. There are two bars, one in the restaurant area, and one off to the side that's a little more intimate, dark, and brewpub-y. (Guess which one I prefer.) The overall roundup of beers is about the same, with a leaning towards German styles, as well as a good mix of classic Americans. They also still offer cans of Heady Topper and Focal Banger, and a decent selection of other bottles/cans local and from around the globe, just to give you some options. Overall I'd say the quality of the beer has definitely improved since the Crop moniker was replaced. They even had on a pils that I liked, and that's a rare thing. They do growlers, and also have a fridge with bottles (most still have the Crop logo apparently simply because they didn't want to waste the glass). Service is fine. Food I didn't sample this time around, but looks about the same as before.

Definitely worth a visit if you have a free night in Stowe, and are looking for something different.

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Idletyme Brewing Company in Stowe, VT
Brewery rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 409 ratings