Doing a bit of research for places to eat in/around Brattleboro, I ended up reading about this place and became really excited. Great reviews, a great list of beers and tempting food? We decided we had to go to Whetstone. My husband and I visited on the 13th of this month, first checking it out and deciding it was way too busy. We ended up coming back several hours later. We were told that it would be a 45 minute wait; it ended up being closer to an hour, but that was not a problem for us at all. We walked up the street and hung out at the co-op for a while. We went back, were seated and waited for a solid 15 minutes before someone said, "I'll be with you in a moment". Someone else ended up coming over to start taking our drink orders and while this was going on, the server who had initially stopped by came over. The two servers awkwardly babbled for several minutes in front us over who should be serving our table and there was a joking dig of, "I'm taking your next big party table". As the two walked away, however, we could still hear them talking about who should get the table. It was just strange, uncomfortable behaviour to witness. My husband I were just sort of sitting there, not knowing what to do, or say. Our server was clearly uneducated about their beers (unfortunate, as they are a brewery as well/hubby is a brewer himself and pretty enthusiastic about the offerings of the craft beer world). My husband asked what something on the menu meant and our server told him, "It means that we can do a short pour that beer... but who the hell wants a short pour?" My husband was a bit taken aback, as he did, infact, want a short pour (a pretty smart option when you're drinking high alcohol beers, no?) The beer was delicious (I had Wolaver's Brown Ale & hubby had Sixpoint's Spice of Life to start, followed by another equally as delicious beer)... but it took so long to get each drink. My husband and I were literally watching our beers up at the bar, losing their head, with our server no where to be seen. That was bothersome. The food was good, but 'just good'. I had the Porter Mac & Cheese and my husband had the Brewer's burger. Normal eats as far as taste. The starter that we had was really, really good though (duck nachos). I would definitely consider returning, but I don't feel as though my 'expectations' were met.
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