Vermont’s Newest Brewery Now Pouring in Brattleboro

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Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery taps pilot ale, sells out quickly

Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery | SMaSH Pale Ale

Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery's first beer, a SMaSH pale ale, on the railing of their rooftop bier garten.

“We were shocked and flattered to sell out all three and a half barrels in only nine days,” says chief biermaker and owner Tim Brady.

Beer-making is underway at Whetstone Station, Vermont’s newest craft brewery. The Brattleboro restaurant and nano-brewery released their first batch of beer on May 18, a single-malt and single-hop, or SMaSH, pale ale.

“We were shocked and flattered to sell out all three and a half barrels in only nine days,” says chief biermaker and owner Tim Brady, adding that selling out of the beer so quickly moves up the production date of the next batch. That next brew is a summer ale with a touch of wheat, dubbed the “Heifer-wisen”, a playful tip-of-the-hat to Brattleboro’s annual Strolling of the Heifers event on June 8. Brady plans to release this brew about a week before thirsty Strolling of the Heifers spectators descend on Brattleboro. "I just hope it lasts until the end of the weekend,” he says.

Brady describes Whetstone Station's 108-gallon system as a nano-brewery. It is just enough to provide Whetstone Station with one house-brewed beer at a time while satiating Brady’s own taste for variety. It also allows the brewers to try some unique methods: the SMaSH beer was served directly out of the jacketed fermenter, "delivering the freshest possible brew."

What's next on tap at Whetstone Station? One of Brady’s goals is “never to brew the same beer twice.” Brady hopes to use the flexible setup to brew more unusual styles of beer, like sours and gose. Brady says a good IPA, however, is never amiss, and customers can expect to see one of Whetstone’s own on tap soon.

About Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery
Perched on the banks of the Connecticut River in Brattleboro, Vermont, Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery is a haven for beer geeks and foodies alike. Eighteen rotating taps offer a world-class beer list, to complement the output of the three-and-a-half-barrel nano-brewery, always pouring on tap #1. Good food and great beer are always available in the beautiful window wrapped dining room, or outside in the rooftop bier garten overlooking the river. http://www.whetstonestation.com/

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