Three Penny Taproom
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4.91/5 rDev +6%
There aren't very many moments in my life where I instantaneously realize that I am at the right place at the right time at the right moment. Walking into Three Penny Taproom was one of these moments.
My first "oh shit!" moment dawned upon me when I walked in through the door and I noticed a very pretty girl sitting by herself at the small table closer to the door. Behind that pretty girl I saw a giant flag bearing the crest of the best football club this world has yet to see -- the colors of the mighty FC Barcelona were in full display at the bar. Not to take any credit away from the pretty girl, of course.
The second "oh shit!" moment dawned upon me when I sat down and saw that during a week when Lawson's was unavailable on tap everywhere else because they were busy preparing for their first Waitsfield Market / Hill Farmstead Anniversary Event, they were carrying Sip of Sunshine on tap.
The third "holy shit!" moment dawned upon me when being in an overly giddy mood, I glanced over my left shoulder and noticed their bottle list, and saw Lawson's Rum-barrel Fayston's Maple Stout being served for $15 dollars. Not that having tasted what has since then become my favorite stout should bias me into giving a better review for this place, it kept my buzz going and made me fall even further in love with the pretty girl at the tabl--I mean, Three Penny Taproom.
It was evident that I wasn't the only person who was having these feelings about TPT that fateful day when I set foot upon the establishment for the very first time--sitting two chairs away from me at the bar was a homely looking lady in her late 30s waxing lyrical about the bar because they carried her two favorite beers of all time in Hill Farmstead Edward and Alchemist's Heady Topper. Point being, everyone seems to love the pretty girl at tabl--again I mean, Three Penny Taproom.
I'd come here in between having a hefty lunch elsewhere and expecting to eat dinner with someone in Burlington so I opted to get the flank steak salad and it did not disappoint--I think somebody mentioned in a previous review that there is a negative correlation between the portion size and quality of food here, but I wish to dispel such claims as the salad (yes, a salad!) left me so full that I pushed my dinner appointment to two hours after its intended time. Oh, and the flank steak salad was as good as a flank steak salad can be.
So to summarize: excellent atmosphere, great beer, good food/portions, and pretty girl at the table.
What more can you ask for in life?
07-15-2014 13:55:18 | More by amano_h
4.64/5 rDev +0.2%
One of Vermont's best beer bars that makes a trip to Montpelier worthwhile. Fantastic tap list that included 4 or 5 HF offerings and Sip of Sunshine among others when I was there. The bottle list is small but full of quality.
Food was also very good and the service was friendly and knowledgeable. Now if only Montpelier could add another beer bar or two around 3 Penny, it could become another great beer destination in Vermont.
05-11-2014 14:52:01 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.84/5 rDev +4.5%
Well, I guess I'm going to have to be the good guy.
The atmosphere is the least impressive aspect of the Three Penny Taproom. There's pretty much your standard collection of beer memorabilia on the walls, 15 person bar, and a wall-mounted table on the opposite wall to rest your beer on. It's a pretty standard classy/casual bar, a very comfortable space. I only make note of it because it's the only less than amazing aspect of the establishment.
The tap selection was excellent. Hill Farmstead: Edward, What is Enlightenment, Birth of Tragedy, Florence and one other that escapes me. KBS was on tap. Wheat is the New Hops was on tap. JP Madrugada Obscura and Oro de Calabaza. And many more. No complaints here. Only that it was too hard to make up my mind.
The prices are high, but you get what you pay for. The service was prompt and friendly. Not all of the bartenders are super knowledgeable about beer, but were helpful and so were the fellow patrons. If you happen to get Scott behind the bar, consider yourself lucky. A beer encyclopedia and an all-around cool guy to chat with.
Overall, and excellent stop if you're in Montpelier. Also seemed to be the unofficial post-Hill Farmstead release gathering spot, so if you're making the pilgrimage up to see Shaun, be sure to stop in here afterward.
In summary, I wish I lived closer to this place.
05-08-2012 17:33:58 | More by vonnegut21
4.03/5 rDev -13%
After all of the high praise I was expecting something great. I was disappointed.
We stopped by early on a Saturday evening for a couple of pints and a bite. There were only half a dozen patrons sitting at the bar. It took the bartender about five minutes to ask what we would like and then there little or no personality involved.
As others had previously stated the beer menu is outstanding, but absolutely no welcoming atmosphere whatsoever. Even the other patrons were not very sociable.
I doubt we will return, we enjoy good beer in a freindly setting and this did not have it.
Edit: I have returned here a number of times, If Wes, Scott or Joel are around the service is usually outstanding. If Jason is working forget it, he was just as bad the last time as he was the first time I stopped here.
The food was definitely more to my liking as of late.
08-31-2009 10:58:25 | More by youbrewidrink
Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT
100 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.