Crop Hops

and…our Biergarten Is Open!

Stop by soon for a brew and burger in our newly renovated back yard at Crop Bistro! The spacious grounds include a patio, authentic Biergaten wooden tables and hops / herb garden.  All of this located on the scenic Stowe Rec Path.  Join us soon.


What’s Brewing in 2014

Brewmaster Will Gillson shares his thoughts on where our beer line up is headed.

Helles Brook Lager- our version of the Classic Munich-style, yeast generation plays a big part in the subtle nuances of this one. Look for a slight adjustment in bitterness over the coming months.

Crop Dunkel Lager – traditional Bavarian lager with a very small amount of dark grains. This style leans to the malt as well, hopping is minimal to allow yeast and malt to shine on at the finish.

Crop Bavarian Weizen- our ability to step-mash in the brew house really brings our version closer to its traditional roots. Quite dry in the mouth, with the yeast profile shining through on the finish. I have been brewing this style year round for almost 12 years now.

Crop Belgian Amber- it took some research and experimentation to find this yeast … Read More »

Brewmaster Will’s Reflection

Reflection time: It has been a year since our first 2 beers came to tap on January 31, 2013. Those first brews were quite a challenge even though I had been brewing for years. Initially we had a borrowed heat exchanger from Ray McNeil. It got the job done but the usual monitoring of the wort in transfer to fermentation was hectic until our Heat X designed for our system arrived from Mueller. Since those first days I would say things are closer to the right balance. I figured out most of the mechanics of the brew house and most recipes and ingredients have translated into draft the way I envisioned.

Thinking about those first three brews I reminisce on my mentor. Rudolph Caspary, designed our brew house and system and he came over in person to show me the ropes. What a thrill it was to have him by my side as we fired … Read More »

We’re Close to Selling our Kegs Locally!

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We are about a month away from receiving our own keg washer which will allow us to start selling our kegs locally!

Let us know if your local watering hole, besides the Crop, is interested in pouring our beers.

In the brew news, another batch of William will be tapped in the next week as soon as the stout runs out.

Also, another batch of Weizenbock and a new Belgian Amber will hit the line up.


familiar spot, new mug club

crop bistro & brewery mug club member benefits:

*18 oz Crop mug (yours with $35 membership fee)

*20% off food all day Wednesdays

*Special growler pricing also on refills

* Free Mug Club T-shirt

Download the Application for Mug Club. Complete the form and fax it to 802-253-2276 or email it to


January Deal:

*More beer, better value ($4 beers through January 15, with card)

*22 oz Crop Bombers to go $5.00-$6.00 (4 varieties)

 Just like a ski pass, it’s non-transferable and you have to have it on you to get the deal. Must show proof of age. This card is not a valid ID. Valid for one year. 12/1/13-11/31/14. One card per member. Food discounts for members only.

Just like a ski pass, it’s non-transferable and you have to have it on you to get the deal. Must show proof of age. This … Read More »

1st Annual Octoberfest!

On Sunday September 8th we held our first Octoberfest!  Live music, brats, brews and family friendly games were all a hit.

Month of July Recap

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On July 19th and 20th, Crop poured its wares at the Vermont Brewers Festival. Friday night’s session was threatened by Mother Nature, but advanced event planning and the wonder of social networking brought eager attendees back once the rain passed through.

In hindsight, I should have given the restaurant a heads up that a storm was, might I say, brewing. Our loss was minimal at the Crop, but some tornado-style winds definitely touched down in Stowe.

In other news, this week has been stellar deck weather! We began cooking outside on our brand new grill, and families have been enjoying the grassy stretch nearby for their kids to play on while they dine at our Biergarten.

Downstairs, we will soon be moving our long awaited Weizenbock, as well as a new batch of Helles for the tap. Later this week, we will brew Octoberfest, … Read More »

This Week from the Brewmaster

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Although the rain has bogged down our vegetables that did not have the luxury of being in raised beds, our hops have been going off ! The challenge this year is keeping them looking well kempt.

Also outside, we opened our new deck just in time for the 4th of July. Our new stone wall herb garden is filling up with transplants which will be added fresh to cocktails as well as daily specials. Thank you to Ian from Ambler Landscape Arch/Design for upgrading and expanding our deck and Biergarten !

In the brewery, we are gearing up for the Vermont Brewers Fest just a couple of weeks away. We will be cooking some cherries today for a special firkin for Friday night at the Fest. I can’t wait to raid the Champlain Chocolate gift basket to match up with this one!

This week we … Read More »

The Brewmaster’s Blog – 3/28/2013

28th March

Signs of spring are blooming here at the brewery, read about it in today’s note from our Brewmaster, Will Gilson

We have been looking at the BIG Picture in the first days of Spring as we continue to peck away at small installation objectives for the brewery and prepare the property for the seasons ahead.

Our apple trees have been receiving some long awaited attention as we prune and shape them for health and fruiting potential. We will collect them in the fall and make an apple beer that should hit the taps towards the end of foliage.

Our garden will be prepped in the next few days to receive our first batch of scallions and leeks that need to be put in. Wish us luck that the ground defrosts a bit more!

Next week we will brew a Maerzen with a fresh pitch … Read More »

The Brewmaster’s Blog – 3/26/2013

26th March

The latest from our Brewmaster, Will Gilson

We had only two brew days last week. We brewed our Brown Ale, which has been selling well at the pub. I still am amazed that when staff and customers find this one, it quickly becomes their session beer of choice. It has long been my overall go-to beer, along with my lovely bride.

The second beer I made is a wonderful Bock which was just moved to a conditioning tank today. I was torn between making a traditional spring Maibock, a Maerzen, or a bolder Bock. I wanted to see how this Bavarian brewery handled moving a double decoction so I opted for a bolder Bock. That was a long day in the brewhouse! The lauder tun was the biggest challenge in … Read More »

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