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The Alchemist - Waterbury, VT?

We'll be staying in Stowe for a wknd in Oct. and I wanted to surprise my husband with dinner at a brew-pub kind of place since he is a major beer aficionado (he thinks I'm making reservations at a swanky French bistro-esque spot). What's the verdict on the Alchemist -- food? beer? I'm hoping to find some higher-end pub food. Other spots in the Stowe area for this kind of thing?

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  1. I recently had a very wet lunch there after a very wet kayak trip. Excellent beers and sampler, good avocado & jalapeno soup. Nice outdoor seating, which may be too chilly for an October dinner, but might be fun with a sweater. We had a delightfully smarmy waitress who made the visit doubly memorable.

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    1. re: Veggo

      Forgive my error, I mistook The Alchemist for a lovely spot a bit upstream on the Winooski River, in Richmond.

      1. re: Veggo

        You're probably referring to Cider House BBQ place "downstream" along the Winooski, between Waterbury and Richmond. Good food, but the beer does not match the Alchemist. Both are worth the trip, though.

    2. The Belgian-style fries and the sausage plate are particularly good. I'd say the Alchemist is certainly your best bet in that region. One minor word of caution: the place gets quite loud, especially at night.

      1. I'm unsure what veggo is talking about since the alchemist does not do lunch or have outdoor seating. The beer is some of the best in new england and the food is a step up from standard pub grub. Individual pizza's, paninis, burgers, etc. Definitely worth it. Rock Art in Morrisville does brewery tours on Fridays as well.

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        1. re: mjp81

          Great summary of one of my favorite brewpubs in NE. The OP's husband will not be disappointed with the beers, which range from interpretations of Belgian styles (including some sour brett beers) to some of the hoppiest and most flavorful american IPAs and DIPAs.

          Here is a link to a site with 40 reviews of the Alchemist:

          http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/...

        2. I work near there and we sometimes go there after work for parties. I don't drink alcohol but I've been told that their brews are very very good by my coworkers. I had their sweet potato fries once and liked them. I know they have some higher end pub food, and everyone I know really likes their food as far as I've heard.. In short, I've never heard anything bad about the food or brews, but it -does- get loud at night.

          1. We've eaten there a few times - only menu miss we had was on a fairly dry & flavorless brisket sandwich special. (Which was a surprise, as their pulled pork bbq is pretty good.) The mussels preparation varies, but has been consistently tasty. The Belgian frites with homemade catsup and garlic aioli are not to be missed. No thoughts on dessert, since we're always too stuffed with beer and food to order any!