In Brattleboro, Whetstone Brook descends the hilly terrain, flowing beneath the railroad tracks (the Amtrak is very near), and meeting the Connecticut River just opposite Mount Wantastiquet over on the New Hampshire side.
Adjacent to the bridge at river's edge is Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery. A few years ago, three entrepreneurs took over the building after a previous tenant went out of business.
(They) set about the task of remodeling, revamping and revising the former Riverview into a newly designed industrial themed brewpub and casual dining spot. Today the Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery features an unparalleled array of homebrewed, regional micro-brewed and international beers complemented by a fresh and unique menu with an emphasis on small plates, comfort foods and grilled dishes, made using local products whenever possible.
It's hard to imagine a better location, and because of this, I had low expectations for the beer. That's why we drink them, because Whetstone Station's house-brewed "nano" beers were a pleasant surprise. The California Common and Session IPA were as good as any others I've had, anywhere, and waiting behind the brewpub's own taps is a fine guest beer list.
On September 1, we had beers at the rooftop beer garden, then took a table on the dining deck for another round or two with food.
My Facebook review:
Gorgeous day, great location. Helpful and friendly staff. Prices for food and beer are in line with similar eateries. House-brewed beers were solid; I particularly enjoyed the California Common available on the day of our visit, and the guest drafts were appropriately heavy on Vermont breweries, as it should be.
If we could have waited a couple of weeks, there'd have been autumn foliage, although getting a table at Whetstone Station might become difficult then.