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Three Penny Taproom

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141 Ratings
Ratings: 141
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.65
pDev: n/a
Taps: 24
Bottles: 10
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

108 Main St
Montpelier, Vermont, 05602-2906
United States
phone: (802) 223-8277

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Ratings: 141 | Reviews: 61
Reviews by Billolick:
Photo of Billolick
4.36/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Finally made it to this Vermont "must visit" good beer hot spot, after what seems like about a half dozen recent visits to the Burlington general area. Simple set up, medium sized rectangular room. Bar to the right, a row of chairs along the wall to the left. That's pretty much it. Crunchy/friendly/down home/no frills Vermont feel/athmosphere

The draw is the beer. 24 taps and a mess of quality bottles. Hill Farmstead, Allagash, Shed, Trap, Omme, Sierra Nev. and a heap of other quality options. Loved the vibe, wish I could have stayed longer, wish I lived closer, I'm a regular here, no doubt, if a local...what higher praise is there?

More User Reviews:
Photo of Stevecarini
4.83/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Thanks Matt for staying open long enough to make the trip worth while. You have an incredible bar with incredible beer- thanks for the conversation and the inspiration!

Photo of AMCimpi
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is the place to be in Montpelier. Great food, great beer selection, what more could you ask for

Photo of QuinnVt
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Love this place ! Great staff, great food. He best beer.

Photo of Macsimus
4.41/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Was a little underwhelmed by this place after hearing great things about it.

Still a very good place just did nto live up to the hype for me.

Photo of cptbenjamin
5/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great place! We had dinner....double burger with blue cheese is a must! The beer selection was phenomental and highly recommended.

Photo of Gperson
5/5  rDev +7.5%

Spent the last two plus years in Montpelier; this is one of the few things that I'll miss about being there. Scott, Kenna, departed Flan, and especially Ryan made us feel welcome and they created a great atmosphere. The taps were almost always more appealing than one visit could do justice to, and we loved their burgers.

Photo of SABERG
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Such a finely crafted place.
I have had several lunches, dinners and 1 event at Three Penny.
The staff is well versed in the offerings, food, craft beer, cocktails.
Locals and travelers blend seamlessly, the vibe is welcoming.
The craft list rotates frequently, the food is pitch perfect, yesterday was a short
plate of fried oysters, and an Arugula salad, each spectacular in there simple complexity.
The price point could take some pause, that said one of the finest places for craft beer and fine food
in central New England.

Cheers all

Photo of jvodom
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

My brother and I stopped by here on a Tuesday afternoon around 2pm. We were on our way to Hunger Mtn Coop to buy some Lawson's Sip of Sunshine.
The place was pretty dead, maybe 4-5 people at the bar. The bartender and patrons were friendly and nice. The draft selection was great. They had about 25 taps with mostly NE brewed beers and a cider. I wish we could have stayed longer, but I had to drive to our hotel in Waterbury.
It is definitely worth stopping by if you are within 30 minutes of Montpellier.

Photo of indianabeerman
5/5  rDev +7.5%

My wife and I were there on Monday. 5 Hillfarmstead (edward, dorthy,abner, citra, and an another on tap plus Lawson and a host of other great beers. Staff was awesome , friendly and just good guys. Great place to hang out and grab some great beer

Photo of ChrisInBaltimore
4.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Great staff, amazing beer selection & amazing food! Wish the kitchen was open a little later!

Photo of amano_h
4.91/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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?

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.86/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great experience at Three Penny Taproom!

Beers on tap from Lawson's and Hill Farmstead are reason enough to go. But they go further. The food is very tasty. My girlfriend and I shared the cheese plate, which had a great selection of local VT cheeses. She had an egg salad sandwich, and I had the meat flatbread. Neither of us were disappointed with our choices.

Service is great, but not perfect. The bartenders can be a little slow at realizing you're there, but no big deal.

Overall, if you're in Montpelier or close to Montpelier...this should be your spot. I vacationed in VT and went there three times. Mainly for the beers :)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.6/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

TPT is simply amazing.
It is a perfect combination of delicious, well crafted food and amazing craft beer.
While the total amount of draft lines isn't huge, what's on tap is always amazing.
Often, Hill Farmstead, Lawsons are on tap.
Atmosphere is warm and inviting and split between a dining area and a bar area.
A must stop.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.64/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

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.

Photo of Flashy
4.78/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Finally made the two hour trek up to Montpelier on a separate beer mission and after it's successful completion we took the short ride to Three Penny and it was well worth it (by far the highlight of our trip). After easily finding parking in a nice, safe downtown, I was expecting to walk into a hippie beer nazi, snob joint and was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by some nice people (I think they can tell when a rookie walks in, because that was who was letting door slam all afternoon). I Was almost knocked dead by seeing several different Hill Farmsteads, Lawsons and Alchemists on tap- beers that are never seen, but always talked about in my part of VT and the bartender complied by pouring us a sample whenever we asked. Food is traditional pub food, but just different enough to keep it interesting. Will be back ASAP and will be careful not to let the door slam.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.69/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Stopped here on the way home from me and my roommate's Waterbury trip. A beer and food lover's paradise. The beer selection is outstanding- it's no wonder the place is frequently mentioned as one of the best beer bars in the Northeast, and the country too. About 25 taps or so, lots of good Vermont stuff from Hill Farmstead, Lost Nation, Zero Gravity, Lawson's and others, plus other great stuff from around the country and world. HF Harlan, S&S#1 and Allagash Curieux tasted really good that day. The food was your typical fancy beer bar small plate fare- the pickle plate was very tasty, as were the sandwiches. Staff is incredibly knowledgeable, bartenders and waitresses alike. Place was crowded, as it probably always is, but the service was still very attentive. One of the best beer bars I've ever been to, hands down. Highly suggested.

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Copied from my TripAdvisor review

After touring the capitol building we hit this place up for lunch. Located in the downtown area it's easy to walk around, that is if the construction doesn't block you every move. We were seated in a booth with plenty of room for the 1 year old in a high chair. For beers we ordered the abner and the George, both very nice. My grinder was different than back home. In Des Moines we actually have Italians, and if your lucky the guy preparing you food remembers the boat ride over. Instead of loose meat this was a patty. The spice and bread brought out the flavors so much it was just amazing. My wife's grilled cheese was very nice. If in Montpelier definitely stop here.

Visited October 2013

Photo of mynie
4.78/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Vermont is the prettiest place I've ever seen, and its prettiness is marked by the absence of the ugliness that spots the rest of this once-gorgeous continent. Vermont is the mountainous south only with with hard-left tolerance replacing the inveterate racism, and it's even greener, flowery-er, with more mountains and a bigger sun and bluer skies. And the people are genuinely friendly, like in Wisconsin or Minnesota. Again, unlike the south, where the friendliness is just a thin rhetorical veneer they put up so as to mask their astounding hatred of outsiders. This was a place where Weirdness was welcome, meaning my companion and I felt supremely at home wherever we went, and that feeling wasn't some ersatz Disney bullshit meant to disarm you into pouring your money into worthless plasticine trinkets, worthless plasticine memories. It was the real deal.

All the towns are small and bricky. All the stores have old-timey, hand-laid facades--there's none of that blighted truckstop scenery that pockmarks all of the rest of this country's roadways. Here there were no drooping power lines, no towering Citgo signs. Even Montpellier, the capital, looked like a weird northeastern instantiation of Mayberry. The downtown reminded me of what the cities of the upper Mississippi looks like in sepia-tone pictures and rose-tinted memoirs, back before the factories closed down and hope melted into despondency and despondency gave way to a placid existential futility based on racism and spite.

The downtown pub was Threepenny. At night it was happening, all full of attractive youngsters who engaged in nice conversation and welcomed us into their community. The bar was woody and old and the beer selection was the tops.

Next morning, we stopped by again (because, hey, it ain't like we were coming back again soon). Nothing too extreme, you know. Just have one before hitting the road back to Boston. Well one became like, I dunno, six, because the bartender told us they were about to pop on a keg of HF Citra and advised us to stay on. I mentioned wanting to live there and everyone around us said yeah, you should do that, and they said that without even the slightest hint of irony or sarcasm.

Photo of beernbike
4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

We traveled to Vermont from Philly to seek out the World Class beers from Hill's Farmstead, Lawson's and the Alchemist. After some investigative research into the best places to try, we found Ten Penny. Man, it did not disappoint. Amazing beer selection which included every style imaginable. Aaron the bartender was super friendly and knowledgable. The bacon blue burger was awesome and the other patrons we met were a blast. I only wish it were closer than 8+ hours away! Thanks for the memories guys, I'll see you next year!

Photo of kctobin72
4.31/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Have been to tpt a few times now while staying in the montpelier area for work. nice, balanced draught selection with limited bottles (mostly 22oz and up costing more money). usually a couple of hill farmstead selections, including some harder to find collaboration brews. was surprised to see the bruery (hottenroth when I was there) available, it sounded like a connection between shaun hill and the folks at the bruery is making their beer available in vermont now.

very attentive bartenders with great knowledge of the beers including background and very good at making suggestions and offering tastings. great place to have a pint or 3 for lunch, after work or for dinner. have only tried the flatbreads which were tasty and the bacon burger looked like a generous offering with local bacon and cheese.

Photo of devilben02
4.53/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I stopped by this place on a road trip from New York to Montreal with a bus full of drunken idiots. The place was packed but had a relaxed vibe, and we were appropriately met with disdain due to a handful of our number being especially drunken and idiotic. Even with the cold-shoulder treatment, however, I could tell that this place was a great local watering hole. The atmosphere is terrific for a local craft destination, with a kind of rustic yet modern tavern theme. The food deserves its own praise, as the menu has a variety of typical pub food with some regional flair. In particular, the pork belly and chicken liver sandwich was the best thing I've eaten in months.

Regarding the beers, the selection was great, with a heavy emphasis on local beers in combination with some very interesting aged bottles from the region and beyond. The chalkboards scattered around the bar provided an easy-to-find guide of what was available, and the bartenders were active to keep everyone in the full house satisfied. As long as I wouldn't be immediately run out of town because of the antics of my friends during my last visit, I would love to return.

Photo of 4ster
4.6/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Stopped in for drinks after dinner on a Tuesday night with three others (not pennies)

On a Tuesday evening Montpelier seemed pretty dead, but the people that were out where at the Three Penny Taproom enjoying a bevy, chatting, or watching the hockey games that were on (though this isn't a sports bar by any means, thankfully)

For such a small town there is a great vibe in here, where people are very friendly (like most of Vermont), enjoy just hanging out and chatting, enjoy a good beer and small town life. This bar seems to get a wide mix of people from early 20 somethings to older business/government men and women, which makes for a nice mix.

Service was very good considering on a Tuesday night there was just one guy tending the entire bar...I don't think he stood still for more than 30 secs the entire time we were there...

Was only slightly disappointed that they didn't have all the beers I was hoping to try from Lawsons and HF, but I guess these are hit and miss and go very quickly, though I can't complain having the opportunity to try a few of them, and they have a pretty good selection of other Vermont, East Coast, West Coast and the occasional Quebec Beer too (being from Montreal I wasn't that excited by it, but good to see it as an option!) Prices seemed reasonable ranging from 5-8$ on average for a pint (or smaller, depending on what you ordered...)

If you're passing through the area, or looking for a town to spend the night in Vermont I highly recommend checking out this place, and Montpelier is a great little town as well.

Photo of MThiele360
4.88/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I often make the trip to Three Penny Taproom as it's the closest place I can go for my Hill Farmstead and Lawson's fix coming from southern New Hampshire.

The atmosphere here can depend on when you visit. If you walk in on a Friday or Saturday night, you might find the bar area packed like sardines which isn't the ideal situation for enjoying the high quality beers they serve. There's probably 25-30 seats in the bar area but not much space otherwise. They've also expanded in the past year and there is now a proper restaurant setup in the adjoining room. If you have the chance to sit down at the bar here and enjoy a beer, it might be my favorite beer bar in Vermont.

Service is great. Even when I've been in there on a packed weekend night, I've had no trouble getting a beer. Bartenders and staff are very friendly and accommodating. I once ordered a HF Ephraim which kicked just as the bartender was finishing off the pour - she gave it to me for free.

Selection is obviously amazing. You'll almost always find Hill Farmstead and Lawson's, as well as Zero Gravity and other Vermont breweries. Other regional crafts like Allagash, Southern Tier and Smuttynose as well as some imports usually round out the list. The draft list might be the best in Vermont, even better than anywhere in Burlington or Waterbury.

Food is very good but be wary of the portions. The "single" hamburger is not a regular sized single-patty hamburger, it's essentially a mini-burger. If you're looking for a meal, order the double. They also offer brunch on weekends now.

Photo of orangesol
4.5/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

**Recent visits have proven better than in the past. The food menu has greatly improved with more options yet remains high quality. Bumping it up .25**

Decided to stop in here for lunch before heading up to Hill Farmstead for the night. Atmosphere was very laid back, a few people at the bar watching TV and talking amongst themselves about all things beer. Quality seemed to be pretty high across the board. My beers were all served in the correct glasses and my burger was made with top notch ingredients. My bartender was awesome. We talked about beer and my impending trip to Hill Farmstead and he even gave me some stickers when I was getting ready to leave.

The selection was great. All kinds of local beers to go along with a few national offerings. Plenty of Hill Farmstead and Lawson's on which is always welcome in my book. Since I went here for lunch I decided to go with the single burger, which I added bacon to. While my burger tasted great and was cooked to perfection I was a little dissapointed in its size. For $9 + $3! for bacon I was expecting to get my moneys worth. I can get a half pound bacon cheese burger that tastes just as good for $7 around here, a capital city just like Montpelier...Overall a really awesome beer bar that I will definitely return to when I am in the area.

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Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT
100 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.