When partners Tim and Amy Brady first opened their small taproom in Brattleboro in 2006, they had no idea how a craft beer only establishment would fare. In 2011 they joined forces with friend and businessman David Hiler and took a chance on a huge expansion project, building out a beautiful location on the banks of the Connecticut River. Luckily with the support of the beer community, that small craft beer bar has grown into the Whetstone you see today.
We’re proud to be part of our Vermont community and the larger community of Independent Craft Brewers.
The State Line Story
Oddly enough, the USGS state line separating Vermont and New Hampshire actually runs through a portion of The Station.
How’d it happen?
In 1903, the original wooden bridge at this crossing was replaced by a toll-free iron bridge at a cost of $43,434.68.
Liscom’s bridge was replaced in 1920 by a 330-foot-long Pennsylvania truss, designed by John Storrs and built by the American Bridge Company.
To support this new structure, new footings were poured and set deep into the river bed. This new foundation structure was built in the waterway, extending the “land” on the Vermont side of the river by about 5 feet. However the USGS lines and monuments (markers) had long been established.
Years later when various buildings were constructed, including the gas tank that gave our building its unique shape, the footings were used as the base of the foundation and an unofficially “interstate” building was born.
Of course, legally New Hampshire and Vermont use the Connecticut River as the dividing line between states, with the water belonging to New Hampshire. So other than conversation value, there’s no legal standing of the property in 2 states (so yes, we still collect VT taxes on either side of the line)
But we’re one of the only places in the U.S. that you can do a 2 state “beer tour” under one roof!
Nestled in the heart of downtown Brattleboro, VT, on the banks of the Connecticut River, Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery has been serving up delicious food and beers since 2012. We started with a 3.5-barrel (108.5 gal) brew system located right in the restaurant on Bridge Street. It was hard to believe that we could produce over 1,000 kegs of our beer each year from our tiny little brewery, and almost every drop of it sold right on site, at one of our bars or in our bier garten.
in the summer of 2019, we started brewing in our brand new 15-barrel (465 gal) production brewery on 39 Frost Street in Brattleboro. A bigger brew house means more Whetstone beer and for the first time expanding Whetstone Beer beyond our own walls.
Today you can find our beer at the best bars, restaurants and retail shops throughout Vermont (via Craft) and Massachusetts (via BBC).
Meet some of our amazing team.
We’re lucky to have some of the best in the business as part of the Whetstone Team.
Head Brewer / Brewery Ops Director
The only thing Connor loves more than brewing is the Pittsburgh Penguins. With more than 15 years experience brewing up creative craft beers, Connor is a man of few words but exceptional talent. Our very first brewery hire in 2012, Connor has become the cornerstone of the production side of the Whetstone Beer Co. When he’s not mashing in, or mashing out Connor can typically be found watching and playing ice hockey. A Brattleboro native, Connor can’t properly start his day without his bagel and coffee from Mocha Joes. He may or may not, also be one of the guys behind the secret, magical bubble displays on Main Street during gallery walk…
Brewer / Brewery Admin
A Massachusetts native now residing in New Hampshire and working in Vermont, Derek loves being a New Englander through and through. After graduating from Keene State College with a degree in Communication and Music, he quickly landed in Brattleboro and is loving every second of it. As a homebrewer himself, Derek found a love for beer (also thanks to his wife for introducing him to the world of craft beer) and started with Whetstone in Social Media and Marketing. As his passion for the brewing side of the business grew, he moved over to the production side of things and several promotions later, we’re proud to have Derek as a key part of our brewery team.
Tim has been in the restaurant business for over two decades and has cultivated amazing relationships with local providers, farmers and purveyors. Originally joining the Whetstone team as a Sous Chef, today Tim handles all of the ins and outs of the operations of several of our Whetstone businesses. With a passion for nature and an a sense of adventure, he’s known for his creativity, attention to detail and ability to keep his finger on the pulse of new business and food trends.
Join the Whetstone Team!
We’re hiring! If you’re driven, passionate and personable we want to talk to you!