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Three Penny Taproom

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

62 Reviews
Reviews: 62
Visits: 167
Avg: 4.53
pDev: n/a
Taps: 24
Bottles: 10
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

108 Main St
Montpelier, Vermont, 05602-2906
United States
phone: (802) 223-8277 | map
www.threepennytaproom.com

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Place added by: threepenny on 05-18-2009

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Reviews: 62 | Visits: 167
Reviews by tigg924:
Photo of tigg924
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Finally got a chance to visit the Three Penny Taproom and now understand the hype. They are located in the middle of Montpelier. I went for lunch and the atmosphere was relaxed. There is a lot of beer memorabilia on the wall but it is a simplistic old time bar that stretches down the wall one side. Then there are stools and another flat table along the other wall. Very pleasant space. The service is amazing. Very friendly bar keep and kitchen staff. I had my two year old with me and they were super helpful to her which I appreciate. The food here is amazing and the salad was scrumptious. Why you come here though is the huge selection of beer. Something like 30 premium taps. There is a sign on the wall that states that they proudly do not serve and Budweiser products. They have three Hill Farmstead taps, so if you are in Vermont on a day when Hill is not open, stop here. Lots of Belgian offerings on tap too…and the prices are reasonable. I would stop here again in a heartbeat. I would live here if I was in the area. One of the nation’s best bars.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JMiller68
4.81/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of jhavs
4.95/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great place with an awesome selection of VT brews and selected high quality American and import choices. They usually have Heady and Focal Banger in cans and always have some options from Hill Farmstead and Lawson's on tap.

The vibe is comfortable. Nice bar and separate dining room. Big window views of the main street.

The food and beer is very high quality and they make sure to provide local and well made menu items. Menu is not huge, but has a pretty good variety. Burgers are great. Fries are great.

Service at the bar is always great. Knowledgeable staff, very friendly, no hipster vibe at all. They are helpful with decisions for food/beer and are quick to offer a taste from the taps to help with your decision.

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Photo of fastestmanalive
4.35/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Brian29
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Gatch
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of J-Calm
4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

For a little place in the middle of almost-nowhere (this is the smallest state capital in the US with under 10,000 pop. and surrounded by farmland), this place has a surprising selection of good beer on tap.
It's definitely a find for beer lovers.
And the food is good too. Again, not a huge menu, but for a small town, they do a good job of serving "pub classics" like burgers with peanut butter and fried pickles as well as more common fare.
Like their close neighbor, Heady Topper, I was determined to be disappointed in what I expected would be a trendy, overrated place. My only disappointment was how wrong I was... This place carries its weight just like Heady Topper proved damn good after all, too!

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Photo of bluehende
4.61/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of BranfordBound
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went here on Monday after we got Heady in Barre. Great vibe overall and a cool place that could fit into any urban city. Tons of beers on tap and the service was spot on the entire time. Drank Hill Farmstead, Crop, and Lawson's. Had a seared tuna sandwich that was SPOT ON amazing. Would go again in a heart beat, the best place in Montpelier.

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Photo of Miccal
4.84/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of smakawhat
4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Great stop with a solid list of brews that can't fail.

Excellent and even roomy to some degree, like walking into an old school soda joint or candy store, with a great vibe.

Tap list is classic Vermont and full of lots of goodies and all in one place. Lost Nation, Alchemist, Lawsons, Hill Farmstead and so forth. Then there will be a couple of other taps that will easily add to make it even better.

Staff here are really friendly, almost too much, but also the food here is real solid as well. Definite must stop if in the area. Tap list changes relatively leisurely I notice too.

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Photo of emottram
4.35/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Sweeneydawg
4.91/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of blisscent
4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of bostonbeans
4.26/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of mklisz
4.04/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of VinceMig
4.76/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of JArt
4.84/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

We visited Three Penny Taproom on our most recent visit to VT. The food was delicious, and the tap list was amazing. I would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting the area.

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Photo of IPAchris
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of rodmanfor3
3.54/5  rDev -21.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5

The food there is great, especially their weekend breakfast menu.

The taplist is some of the most impressive in the state.

The people who work there are not very friendly. The service is slow because the staff is often too busy socializing amongst themselves.

A Barca-friendly bar.

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Photo of seanchai
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of great57
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT
99 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.