Most people know the location of Idletyme Brewing as the Shed Restaurant. The Shed, started by ski instructors in 1965, was a local favorite, started brewing beer in 1995 and closed in 2011. It has reopened as Idletyme Brewing Company, which has a lot of history for that location. In the 1930’s Sepp Ruschp came to Stowe from Austria to run the ski school. He became president and general manager of the Mountain Company. In 1938 he opened Idletyme as a summer tennis camp at this location. So bringing back the name is really paying homage to one of Stowe’ legends.
Will Gilson is the brew-master and came to Stowe with over 20 years of brewing experience. Not only does he make great beer, but he’s a great guy and always a hit when he has time to meet with guests.The atmosphere is really comfortable. It’s run as a brew pub, you can get great food to go along with great beer!
Wil makes a nice assortment of Ales and Lagers. I’m a big fan of the Zog’s Pale Ale and absolutely love the Vanilla Porter. All the beers are very good and worth a taste 😉 They have limited quantities of beer, but there’ always something in the cooler to go.
The Copper Brewing Kettle was imported from Germany and sits in the middle of the bar. There’ a popcorn machine and plenty of local nostalgia on the walls to keep you occupied. I particularly like the outdoor beer garden. There’ an outside bar as well as fire pit and lawn games. You can peddle your bike up the rec path and you’re right there.
We don’t always make it here on tour, so do yourself a favor and stop in for lunch and a beer! Another great option!