Three Penny Taproom
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 10
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 73 | Reviews: 47 | Show All Ratings:
4.65/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
This stop was one of my best missteps ever. After doing the very touristy but interesting tour of Ben and Jerry's down the road in Waterbury, we tried to hit the Alchemist in town--not open until 3 or 4 pm. Without daylight burning we continued down the road and I used BA to find the next closest pub or bar for lunch--Three Penny Taproom sounded familiar (could be the monthly ad in BA mag, I guess), so we stopped.
Started with a DFH Burton Baton, and then went local with Hill Farmstead's Everett and Double Galaxy. Not bad for a lunch stop (thanks to my wife driving instead of drinking). Really would've been nice had our hotel been here overnight instead of the next stop. Oh well. Next time.
For lunch, we had a simple but amazing cheddar cheese sandwich, which may be the best cheese sandwich I've ever had. Just a spectacular fresh taste and done perfectly. Spent the rest of the trip lusting over local cheddar and never matched it.
If near (or not so near), stop. Next time I'm in Vermont, this is home base. And, all of this goodness is in spite of suffering a recent flood and rebuilding their bottle stock and business. Good luck to a truly great place in recovering from this set back.
07-08-2011 15:27:14 | More by FightingEntropy
4.38/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I've been there with a few friends when passing through Vermont. We've stopped towards the end of the afternoon and there was already a fair amount of people in there.
I got one of their sandwich (pork) which was quite good. Their draft selection was respectable with many beers from outside of Vermont. They also hold a good local selection, including Hill Farmstead.
Service was great, the bartender was very chatty and it was interesting to discuss with him.
We sadly had to leave early but I would go back to this place anytime.
06-25-2011 20:09:01 | More by djoucy
4.16/5 rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Had a two day business trip to Burlington and stopped in to grab a beer and check this place out on the drive over from Maine. Located right in downtown Montpelier, the bar was small but not too small with a few small tables up front.
Overall selection was nice with about 25 taps and more in bottles. I was there to sample some Hill Farmstead offerings and they did not disappoint with three different Hill Farmstead beers on draft (best selection of HF I found that week in VT outside of the HF brewery). The rest of the draft selections were solid but didn't blow me away but then again I'm used to Lion's Pride, Novare and Ebenezer's in Maine so I'm pretty spoiled.
Service was good, clientele seemed very laid back and every seat at the bar was taken despite the fact that it was a Monday afternoon.
Wish I had more time here but had to continue on my way to Burlington. Overall a very cool, VT beer bar that I would recommend to anyone in the area.
05-02-2011 00:59:35 | More by Chowdahead
New Brunswick (Canada)
4.83/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Recently made a pilgrimage here for three nights with my wife... we told ourselves that we were also going to Vermont for the skiing, but let's be honest here... it was for the beer.
The Three Penny is small, as other reviews have stated, but in a nice, welcoming, cozy way. It can get crowded at times, but I never felt at all claustrophobic or bounced around.
The tap list is fantastic... a perfect balance of locals (discovering Hill Farmstead on this trip was definitely one of the highlights), other Americans, plus imports from Belgium, Germany, and beyond.
The food menu changes daily. It could be several cheeses, a couple of sandwiches, and pistachios one day, and then tacos and the like another. Great, local ingredients make for some extremely tasty food that doesn't overfill.
But, the one area where this place really stands out is the service. I have never been to a bar where every single person I made contact with that worked there was so GENUINELY nice. Scott, Kevin, Matt and Wes are fantastic guys who are extremely passionate about what they do. You really couldn't ask for a nicer set of people.
It was depressing to leave after that third night. I wish this was my neighborhood bar! Well worth the 7.5+ hour drive... we will definitely be back.
03-15-2011 20:29:54 | More by berley31
4.45/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is our kind of place, and should be your kind of place too.
We stopped in here after a lovely visit to the Montpelier Farmers' Market (Lawson's beer and great artisan cheese; how can you go wrong there?). Had to kill an hour or so since opening time on Saturday is 1pm (my only complaint) but the wait was well worth it.
The place looks like a converted luncheonette, though I am pretty sure it was a retail store in its most recent life. A long L-shaped bar on the right with a line of stools and a bar rail on the left. Very appealing and warm (in the welcoming sense; the staff had forgotten to turn on the heat so it was about 60 degrees when we arrived), we loved this place from the start.
The tap list is incredible. Had we been staying in town, rather than heading off to Maine, this would have been a long, long visit. 24 taps, all high quality, no bottles but who needs them with this tap list. Shed, Hill Farmstead, Cisco, you get the idea.
Food menu was small but inspired, featuring Vermont cheeses and stuff like cured jowl. Fun.
The highlight was meeting two of the owners (Scott and Matt(?) who were hanging out watching soccer. they were great, entertaining hosts.
Can't wait to stop back. What are you waiting for?
02-26-2011 01:06:47 | More by sholland119
4.58/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Love this place. Dropped by on our way through town with a friend visiting from Washington, DC, and he enjoyed it, too.
Scott is a fantastic beer host at the taps, guiding us through a selection of beers with which we weren't familiar, smoothly and politely, all while clearly showing a passion and knowledge of beer.
It's a tidy little place right on the main drag in Montpelier and it has a nice, homey feel. Very comfortable atmosphere that seemed like a mix of locals and visitors. Loads of good stuff on tap, and good rotation.
01-25-2011 23:57:12 | More by GatheringBrews
4.36/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Finally made it to this Vermont "must visit" good beer hot spot, after what seems like about a half dozen recent visits to the Burlington general area. Simple set up, medium sized rectangular room. Bar to the right, a row of chairs along the wall to the left. That's pretty much it. Crunchy/friendly/down home/no frills Vermont feel/athmosphere
The draw is the beer. 24 taps and a mess of quality bottles. Hill Farmstead, Allagash, Shed, Trap, Omme, Sierra Nev. and a heap of other quality options. Loved the vibe, wish I could have stayed longer, wish I lived closer, I'm a regular here, no doubt, if a local...what higher praise is there?
01-22-2011 02:24:31 | More by Billolick
4.05/5 rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Stopped in shortly after they opened on a Saturday afternoon in early January. Doesn't look like much from the outside, as the the storefront just blends in with the other businesses on Main Street. Inside though, is a friendly local bar with not many frills but plenty of good beer.
Seating is bar stools only, both at the bar and around the outside of the one room. Breweriana (mostly new stuff) all around. Good music playing on the iPod; there is one TV. Taps listed on the large chalkboard included three from Hill Farmstead (Riwaka, Edward, Anna) and lots of others from VT. Beer list was a little too heavy on the Belgians/style for my taste, and aside from the HF I didn't really see anything that's hard to find elsewhere. Half-pints are available.
We'd planned to have lunch here so we were a little disappointed with the size of the menu, but actually the food was very good. There are just a few simple sandwiches along with cheese and/or charcuterie plates. We both really liked our sandwiches (ham&cheese, brie&apple) but you might be better off just snacking here and eating somewhere else before/after.
The sandwiches were just under $10; not bad but they don't come with fries or anything on the side. Our total was $45 for two sandwiches and four beers.
01-18-2011 15:55:34 | More by coachdonovan
4.65/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The place to stop if you are visiting Montpelier. I started coming to Three Penny the day the opened and haven't stopped since. Even when I have to leave town for several months at a time, I get thier email and see what they have coming up and I want to be back.
They have 23 taps that are poured by exceptional tenders. All of the staff has a wide knowledge of the beers thay are serving and can help you decide on one if you are having a difficult time navigating through the three chaulk boards.
Dont plan on having he same beers all of the time here either. The rotation of the drafts is exceptional. They do have some staples that are pretty much on on a regular basis, such as the Shed IPA, Old Rasputin, Allagash Curieux, and Hill Farmstead Edward. Other then that, they turn over as soon as they run out.
The food is great all though at times it can see a bit pricey. However, it is the only place in town to find sushi, and some of the best sushi I have had in my life.
Stop in, sit long, drink much.
01-10-2011 21:14:45 | More by TCassell1
4.45/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Three Penny is small, but their beer list is not. I'm always impressed with the number of beers on draft and the quality of the selection! A great place to grab a pint with friends, ask questions of the knowledgeable bartenders, or warm up on a cold winter day. A very small kitchen (note *very*) in the back puts out some small plates, so don't go if you're really hungry, but they do have some delicious cheeses and salumi that change fairly often. While there isn't much room in the bar itself (which can be a drag if you show up on a busy night and can't seem to find space at the bar or on the stools in the back and you have to do that awkward, lets stand in the middle of the room thing) I think this lends to the character of the joint. It feels very intimate and cozy, and I don't have to shout to my friend sitting next to me to be heard!
11-17-2010 00:13:23 | More by spixley
Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT
100 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.