Hen of the Wood Opens Stowe Bar

Will McNeil, left, and Eric Warnstedt peruse the album library at Doc Ponds in Stowe on Monday.                                                                                                                              GLENN RUSSELL/FREE PRESS

Will McNeil, left, and Eric Warnstedt peruse the album library at Doc Ponds in Stowe on Monday.                                                                                                                              GLENN RUSSELL/FREE PRESS

Both the btv foodie / Burlington Free Press and Burlington's Seven Days reported last week that Hen of the Wood owners, Eric Warnstedt and Will McNeil have opened their beer bar, Doc Ponds, at 294 Mountain Road in Stowe.

I went in search of the Bar's website, and while there's nothing yet more than the homepage, that in itself tells the whole story :

In May of 1876, there was a case in court called, “The State of Vermont vs. One Keg Of Lager Beer.”

The question at the heart of the case was whether or not people would get intoxicated on this beverage, which was considered low alcohol compared to other drinks. Several defense witnesses were doctors, one of whom testified that the lager contained 4.6 percent alcohol.

Dr. E.A. Pond told the judge and jury the “lager beer was a powerful diuretic and, taken in large amounts, was cathartic, quite nutricious and nonintoxicating. His closing remarks were that ‘a man may drink 15 to 20 glasses, and aside from feeling a little sleep or stupid, feel no effects from it; it is carried away before the system has time to absorb alcohol enough to intoxicate.’”

The keg of lager beer was found not guilty.
— docpond.com

Doc Ponds
294 Mountain Road, Stowe
bar: 2 to midnight daily ☆ kitchen: 4 to 10 p.m. daily
802.760.6066 ☆ instagram.com/doc_ponds