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Three Penny Taproom

Three Penny TaproomThree Penny Taproom

Taps: 24 / Bottles: 10
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
100
world-class

73 Ratings
Ratings: 73
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 6.55%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @threepennytap

Notes:
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(Place added by: threepenny on 05-18-2009)
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JohnD

Vermont

4.68/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$

TPT simply has the best beer selection in Vermont . The staff is knowledgeable, friendly yet unobtrusive. A list of great local brews of all styles is frequently updated, making a strong case for Vermont being one of the leading beer destinations in the US. A wide selection of quality out-of-state and international beers are always available. Saison Dupont on tap - it doesn't get any better than this! Also noteworthy is a delicious and inventive menu using fresh meats, cheeses, vegetables and bread that are exquisitely matched to drinking beer. If you're headed north through Vermont, don't miss TPT in Montpelier, the State's capital.

09-25-2012 03:56:13 | More by JohnD
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vonnegut21

New York

4.84/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$

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
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -31.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1.5 | $$

Well, I guess I'm going to have to be the bad guy.

I see this place advertised in beer magazines and on beer sites everywhere, so I figured it either has to be really good, or profitable enough to be able to afford all the advertising. My first impression: the first statement is not true, and the second is seemingly and strangely probably not true either.

I like to visit VT about once a year, but on my last visit, I decided to really start getting out there, so to speak, going beyond the normal places I'm accustomed to, and stop limiting myself to Waterbury and Burlington--fine cities that I love, of course. But now that I've visited Montpelier, I really think I have to say, it has nothing to offer, and that includes the Three Penny Taproom.

The place is small, and that's fine, I like intimacy. The bar seats about 10-15 and there's a few seats along the wall. Decor is simple, layout is non-flashy, with general breweriana on the walls, and the bar itself nestled in a line of old rowhome-type shops, giving it an antique feel. Really I just get an overall cheap and generic vibe from the place, like it's the "little beer bar that couldn't." On the plus side, the tap list was decent. A good number of beers to choose from, with local favorites Lawson's and Hill Farmstead making appearances, and typical craft selections like Stone, etc. The bartender was definitely friendly, and prices were not bad. Maybe if the place had good kitchen capabilities, my opinion would change, but the food menu was tiny, overpriced, and pretty awful. Word to the wise: when it comes to having lots of craft beer on tap, the wary consumer/critic such as myself--if expected to stick around and give the establishment business--will require some alcohol-diluting nosh, or else he will take said business elsewhere. I did get a drink out of courtesy, but after a minute or so, my wife started giving me the "let's get the flying @#*& out of here now" look, and I knew it was time to chug the beer and go.

Again, maybe I'm not being totally fair; looking at it from a local viewpoint, you really can't beat the selection. But as a visitor / beer-bar-seeker-outer, I just have to say, I was not impressed. And for the amount this place is advertised, I can safely say, it is not worth going out of the way for. So essentially, in summation, this place may be good for a local joint, but a beer destination it is surely not. Once was more than enough: I'll never go back to this place.

04-24-2012 08:33:31 | More by Rifugium
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Was in Montpelier for a weekday afternoon back in mid-July 2011, and decided to stop in after hearing good things.

Long and narrow room with an equally long bar that reminded me of an old barbershop for whatever reason. Pretty packed for a weekday afternoon but we managed to find two free stools against the wall. Atmosphere gave out a pretty good vibe with a relaxed and laid back feel. Bartenders were pleasant and efficient from what I remember.

Impressive tap list with quality local VT selections, popular and more rarer american offerings, and great belgian selections. Definitely had more harder-to-find offerings, especially for the area, which really made this place stand out for me. Prices seemed in-line with a more rarer product line for the area.

If I lived in Montpelier I would be at this place frequently - Great little gem in central Vermont.

11-06-2011 20:27:34 | More by Digimaika2
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Went to Montpelier recently to visit some friends and grabbed a couple of beers at the Three Penny Taproom.

The night we were there wasn't too crowded and we found some stools on the back wall. The bar is a long rectangular room with the stools along the wall and bar. Plenty of standing room and no loud music or TV drowning out conversations.

Near the front of the bar is a large chalkboard with the various tap offerings. It took a couple minutes to read all they had and make a decision on one of the delicious beers. The night I was there they had some Hill Farmstead Edward and James, Stone 15th Anniversary and a Belgian Sour (forget which one) on tap. Three Penny also has an IPA specially brewed for the bar at the Shed in Stowe.

Prices were fair for what we got. We were buying rounds so it was hard to tell if some pints cost more than others. Overall though we felt prices were similar to other locations.

The service was great. The bartender knew his beer and offered us additional pints when our glass started to run low.

We didn't get any food, but our friends say Three Penny only has some snack items on the menu.

Overall, we had a great time at Three Penny. They have an incredible tap selection with clean lines and properly poured beers in the correct serving glass. Unfortunately their bottle collection was destroyed in hurricane Irene. I'm looking forward to my next visit to Montpelier and a stop at Three Penny.

10-12-2011 01:15:43 | More by WanderingFool
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$

Lunchtime on a Tuesday strolling around a relatively quiet capital city waiting for the bar to open. Around 1pm, we enter with only 2 other customers at the bar. The old storefront and interior make it feel like an old time lunch counter, but the beer decor and taps tell a different story.

Each of the 24 selections are written on a chalkboard and range from great locals like Hill Farmstead and the Shed, to more known American and European crafts. Bottle list is no more after they lost a bunch of stock in a basement flood.

Food menu is minimalist but features great local sourced meat, cheese and produce. We had their fancied up grilled cheese with fried cheddar and an awesome pork belly sandwich. Service was friendly and welcoming like no other place I have visited recently.

This place is a gem of an establishment on all fronts and should not be missed when visiting Vermont.

10-10-2011 02:52:02 | More by rfgetz
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Chincino

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

I had been very excited to visit the Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, Vermont after all the good things I'd heard about it and I was not disappointed. This place is a hidden gem in Montpelier. It is located in a little strip next to a bookstore and I wonder if you'd notice it if you weren't looking for it.

The place is small and cozy and has a very welcoming atmosphere. It was filled with tourists such as ourselves and locals alike and was busy even at noontime on a Thursday afternoon. The place's decor included several bottles of rare beer and German Steins went across the top shelf by the door so there was plenty to look at. The place had games to offer if you feel like playing a game with your companions while having some beers.

The service was excellent and our bartender was very helpful and knowledgable about the beers.

The beer selection was very good and there were some rare beers on tap. I was able to try some Hill Farmstead beers including Abner and Edward and I also had a Saison from Sierra Nevada. This bar had Saison Dupont on tap as well.

We split a couple of appetizers and they were good. Everything was reasonably priced.

Great beer bar and I hope to go back again someday!

10-03-2011 10:46:02 | More by Chincino
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dragonWhale

New York

4.2/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Sauntered on down to the spot for tacos and delicious beers. Glad to see these guys essentially not breaking stride after getting the basement flooded earlier this year. The tacos were awesomely delicious. The bartenders were friendly with us as well as many of the other peoples. Not being very demanding on this trip, it was cool to just see how they interacting with their base. Bought a disc, a couple HF beers, some tacos, and just had a great mid-afternoon type of time with some good folks. The rest of the 20 or so taps besides the Hill Farmstead and the Shed/3P IPA was quite respectable. Big fan, looking forward to making it back there.

09-25-2011 06:40:34 | More by dragonWhale
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mpwdoyle

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $

A whole lot of good beer packed in a very, very small bar. The Three Penny Taproom is small to me, but seems to fit in well with Montpelier (smallest capital in the US). Three Penny had several Hill Farmstead taps and other New England locals available. Prices seemed to be very reasonable. While I didn't see it anywhere in the open, they do carry cans of Heady Topper. Just ask for it, it's in the back!

If I ever get the pleasure of returning to Montpelier, I'll definitely come back to the Three Penny Taproom.

09-21-2011 00:26:53 | More by mpwdoyle
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

08-12-2011 13:37:35 | More by tigg924
Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT
100 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.