Shed History

The Shed Restaurant & Brewery

“Roadhousemanship” for 150 years.

Thank you for joining us at The Shed Restaurant and Brewery Pub, Stowe’s premier Brewery and one of Vermont’s favorite eating establishments,  For over a quarter of a century, The Shed has been a popular Stowe tradition. While our history as a restaurant goes back to 1965, our roots go back to 1830 when the building was first constructed as Fosters Cider Mill, a place where local farmers could bring their apples to be pressed into cider, which was consumed both fresh and ‘hard.’

According to contemporary accounts, residents who attended the church in what is now Rocky River Lodge right up the road, would leave their apples while on their way to church on one Sunday, then pick up the finished product after services the following week. In the era when church socials where common, this nearby location provided a convenient opportunity for the men to slip over and sample the fermented brew, which became a social event in its own right.

After a short period of neglect, in 1938 the building was converted into the headquarters for Camp Idletyme which included a variety store with a gas pump, a youth hostel (boys upstairs, girls in the barn which is now the Isle de France next door) and Stowe’s first tennis court. In the meadows across the road was held Vermont’s first air show. In 1939, the camp tennis instructor was a ski school stay over, Sepp Ruschp, a young Austrian who was to become the president and general manager of the Mt. Mansfield Company and one of the pioneers of the ski industry in North America.

Camp Idletyme succumbed to WWII in 1942 and the building remained unused until 1965, when present owner Ken Strong and then partner Ted Ross, two Mt, Mansfield ski instructors opened The Shed, A Pub, on a whim and a couple of thousand dollars. The place was an immediate success serving Shedburgers, steaks and salads. Kenny bought out Ross in 1967. The Shed’s popularity grew with several additions over the years including a small porch, a main dining room, the back bar, and an initial patio. Kathy Casey joined the Shed in 1979 and assisted in the creation of a special ambiance with the very popular garden room and greenhouse- a first in Stowe!

Ken and Kathy recently added a new chapter to the history with the reconstruction of The Shed following a tragic fire on January 26, 1994 that burned the restaurant to the ground. Stowe’s premiere Brewery Pub featuring English style hand-crafted Ales brewed in our new 7 barrel Brewery is the highlight of the reconstruction. Built with sturdy, handhewn native timber resembling the Original Shed Pub, the front bar hosts the Brewery’s Mash Tun and Brew Kettle which are visible for viewing the start of the brewing process.

We’ve added a see-through natural stone fireplace in the Vermont Room, a vaulted cathedral ceiling in the Garden Room, and a sunny new Greenhouse extending to the Backwater Bar. With all these wonderful enhancements we will continue the tradition of conviviality and hospitality that we call ‘Roadhousemanship.’ We hope you will enjoy yourself, and will return soon to The Shed where for 150 years good friends still meet.

Ken and Kathy Strong Proprietors
The Shed Restaurant
Route 108, Mountain Road
Stowe: Vermont 05672
Phone (802) 253-4364
FAX: (802) 253-9694