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

7Days weighs in, in greater detail, on Hen of the Wood's planned Stowe, VT opening

7Days weighs in, in greater detail, on Hen of the Wood's planned Stowe, VT opening

The Vermont beer trail will gain an important new stop when the Alchemist Brewery makes its upcoming move to Stowe. But that brewery and tasting room won't be the only new kid on the beer block. This coming summer, Eric Warnstedt and William McNeil of Hen of the Wood plan to open a still-unnamed beer bar at 294 Mountain Road, most recently home to Vermont Ale House.

Warnstedt warns potential guests not to expect a third Hen of the Wood. "It's just a beer bar," he says. The building will retain its three levels but otherwise be restored to suit the owners' original lounge design by Doug Walker, the man behind the reconstruction of Waterworks Food + Drink. Custom-made high-tops and a few booths will fill out the "vibey lounge," Warnstedt says.

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Hen of the Wood Owners to Open a Pub in Stowe, VT

Sally Pollak, Free Press Staff Writer | Follow her on Twitter | 1:26 p.m. EST March 5, 2015

Eric Warnstedt, chef and co-owner of Hen of the Wood, at his Burlington restaurant in the fall of 2013. Warnstedt and his business partner Will McNeil plan to open a beer bar in Stowe in June.  (Photo: RYAN MERCER/FREE PRESS FILE)

Eric Warnstedt, chef and co-owner of Hen of the Wood, at his Burlington restaurant in the fall of 2013. Warnstedt and his business partner Will McNeil plan to open a beer bar in Stowe in June.  (Photo: RYAN MERCER/FREE PRESS FILE)

Hen of the Wood owners plan to open a beer bar on the Mountain Road in Stowe, co-owner Eric Warnstedt said.

The bar will have 26 taps and should be open by the end of June, he said. There will be a small cocktail menu and wine, as well as "noshy" foods, Warnstedt said.

The bar, still unnamed, will be in the space vacated by the Vermont Ale House near the foot of the Mountain Road. The bar will have a patio out front and a beer garden in the back. The business owners still need to sign a lease, Warnstedt said.

The beer bar will bring something distinct to Stowe while its owners are mindful "not to step on anyone else's toes," Warnstedt said. Two Stowe restaurants in particular, the Bench and Piecasso, are run by his friends, he said.

"At the end of the day it's a beer bar," Warnstedt said.

Hen of the Wood, one of Vermont's best known restaurants, opened in Waterbury about a decade ago. A second Hen restaurant opened on Cherry Street in Burlington in the fall of 2013.

Contact Sally Pollak at spollak@burlingtonfreepress.com or 660-1859
Read this article at the Burlington Free Press
Read a related article at Seven Days.

Still Unnamed!
294 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT 05672
Phone coming soon

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Take a look at this New York Times article, by Mark Bittman, in today's paper. By all accounts, Hen of the Wood is absolutely one of the best restaurants in the area. And, if you're driving to Stowe, it's just a few minutes off the I-89 exit 10 ramps in Waterbury. I'm embarrassed that my wife and I haven't yet been!