In the effort to continue punching off my “Vermont Brewery Challenge Official Passport,” my significant other and I headed south to Brattleboro last weekend, looking forward to enjoying a beer and some lunch on the Connecticut River.
Whetstone Station, located at 36 Bridge Street, is a restaurant, BierGarten and “experimental nano-brewery,” as they brew small, experimental batches in the small onsite brewery and lab. The place is set steps from the river, actually on the state line. At 4:30 on a Saturday, the parking lot was buzzing, but we were lucky to find a spot in the front of the smaller main lot next to the building, (there are also more parking options when can be viewed here.)
Walking in, the ambiance is open, modern and loft-like. Perfect. A see-through fireplace is in the main dining area and the bar faces toward the river, which can be seen through the window-filled wall. Outside seating is on a wraparound deck, and the rooftop BierGarten looks to offer lots of space, too. The sky was ominous that afternoon, so we decided to hang inside and took two seats at the bar…where hooks to hang purses/bags are under the counter (+1) and a footrest is at the base (+1 again.) I sat in New Hampshire – my husband, n Vermont.
The Whetstone Craft Beers offered are a small lot – there were four and I chose to have a flight of all. I saw from the menu that their system is so small they can only make about 7 kegs of beer each day they brew. Beers are changed over in an average of 10 days. Draft beers from the surrounding area (along with a Weizen Bock from Germany) and bottles and cans from all over are also on the menu.
Food – everything is cooked to order. My Maple Grazed Turkey Burger had pieces of corn and bell pepper and the side salad was fresh and tasty. My brew buddy husband ordered “Tim’s Awesome Burger” and opted for the Station Fries per the recommendation of our server/bartender – they’re seasoned with chive oil and Parmesan. It wasn’t a tough sell. Both burgers were served on golden challah buns.
If you live in the Upper Valley, this place is worth the drive (1 – 1.5 hours, depending on where you live.) The BierGarten has its own bar and the next sunny weekend day that comes around, we’re there.
Whetstone Station is open at 11:30 every day and closes at 10pm Sunday – Thursday and 11pm Friday and Saturday.
Small Scale and Brew Pub Grub: $3.99 - $13.99
Entrees: up to $28.99
Live music on Thursdays at 8:30pm