June 10, 2016

Plymouth pub has new owners

Julia Purdy Photo

From left, Tad Dedrick and Paul Kowalski, owners of the Five Corners Pub & Brewhouse, stand in the back yard of the pub.

PLYMOUTH — The Five Corners Pub & Brewhouse is a new venture for partners Tad Dedrick and Paul Kowalski, a longtime Vermont resident.

The business occupies a comfortable space in the Salt Ash Inn in Plymouth Union, at the intersection of routes 100 and 100A. The building is a local landmark, originally a dance hall, stagecoach stop and post office.

Dedrick and Kowalski met in Springfield, Vt., through mutual friends when Kowalski was working there. He still works in Springfield part-time at the Springfield Regional Development Corp., but the pub is now the main occupation for both.

When the Salt Ash Inn innkeeper decided he no longer wanted to operate the attached pub, Dedrich and Kowalski studied the feasibility of taking over for months, investigated other opportunities, then made the “cannonball jump into the pool,” in Dedrick’s words. Through the crowdsourcing site indiegogo.com, they raised $10,000 from backers, including family and friends.

The pub opened in December 2015 and has grown steadily ever since. Being the only such public watering hole on Route 100 between Ludlow and West Bridgewater, it draws not only skiers and travelers passing through, but locals, vacation-home owners, staff from nearby camps and resorts, and beer enthusiasts.

Dedrick will also become the head brewer this fall when the business plans to open a brewery next door. The pub currently contracts with McNeill’s Brewery in Brattleboro, furnishing Dedrick’s recipes. Five Corners markets its label through local growler filling stations. The new onsite “pilot” brewery will offer Dedrick’s unique recipes using local, seasonal ingredients such as raspberries, pumpkin and maple syrup.

“I’d love to be able to brew with a cheese from the guys up the road, but now I just cook with it,” Dedrick said.

“The guys up the road” are Plymouth Artisan Cheese, a prize-winning company that produces the historic Plymouth cheese in the original cheese factory at the Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site. Dedrick makes good use of Plymouth cheese in his “made-to-order mac and cheese,” which he plans to enter in the fourth annual Vermont Mac & Cheese Challenge in Windsor on Sept. 11.

The pub was in move-in condition, having been remodeled after Tropical Storm Irene filled the space with gravel and debris in 2011. Wide pine flooring, peeled half-log beams, and a stone gas-log fireplace provide an uncluttered oasis where folks can relax, listen to live music, play some pool, and sample unusual brews and the imaginative, tasty cooking of head chef Tad Dedrick. A French door leads out to a backyard where patrons can eat, enjoy the outdoor fire pit or play Kubb on the flat lawn.

The partners view the Five Corners Pub & Brewhouse not only as a family business, but a friendly, low-key spot where locals and visitors alike can mingle and feel at home.

Call the pub at 672-3223 for more information or visit the business on Facebook.

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