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Three Penny Taproom

Not Rated.
Three Penny TaproomThree Penny Taproom
BA SCORE
100
world-class

123 Ratings
Ratings: 123
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.64
pDev: 6.03%
Taps: 24
Bottles: 10
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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:
None, yet.

(Place added by: threepenny on 05-18-2009)
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5/5  rDev +7.8%

ThatsThatDude, Feb 06, 2014
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4.78/5  rDev +3%

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.

Flashy, Feb 04, 2014
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4.69/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

GreesyFizeek, Jan 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Kevincredible, Jan 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +7.8%

mattmarka1, Jan 19, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

sirsteve42, Jan 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

DaveHack, Dec 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

Knapp85, Dec 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +7.8%

ChesterHop, Nov 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

judkinst, Nov 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

ThirstySavage, Nov 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

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

DesMoinesMike, Nov 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +7.8%

MichaelAllenVT, Nov 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Mycescephalus, Nov 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -3%

TheAnk, Nov 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +7.8%

dkw0063, Nov 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

Resuin, Oct 26, 2013
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mecmd, Oct 25, 2013
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4.78/5  rDev +3%

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.

mynie, Oct 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -13.8%

acurtis, Oct 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +2.4%

jmmy3, Oct 11, 2013
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5/5  rDev +7.8%

mcintire78, Oct 08, 2013
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4.88/5  rDev +5.2%

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!

beernbike, Sep 24, 2013
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4.31/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

kctobin72, Sep 13, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

devilben02, Aug 21, 2013
Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT
100 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.