Three Penny Taproom
Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 52 | Display Reviews Only:
4.45/5 rDev -3.7%
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 -0.9%
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 -5.6%
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 -12.3%
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 +0.6%
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 -3.7%
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
4.13/5 rDev -10.6%
I spent the last 2 weeks in VT and visited the Three Penny almost every day. It's not the biggest place so it only takes about 30 people or so to get really crowded. No tables, just a long bar. The beer selection is as good as I've ever seen, both tap and bottle. I can't even start to tell you all the selections, but it was outstanding. They had about 20 taps and another 40 bottles maybe. The high end beer though is pricey. Be prepared to spend $8 for the high end beer on tap. They have some pretty expensive bottles as well but some of the stuff was unique. My favorite was De Doulle Still Nacht ($9). They have a small sandwich type bar menu. It's rather eclectic and you'll need to ask about the types of meat in the sandwich. I had sandwiches 3 times though and was not disapppointed. Nothing fancy on the food, just sandwiches and some soup items. The bartenders were really knowledgable about the beer also. Overall, I like the place but watch your wallet.
11-14-2010 04:43:43 | More by chiefmick
4.94/5 rDev +6.9%
My parents live about 10 minutes away from the three penny tap room so I have been able to visit this place twice. Both trips were very enjoyable. The selection is quite good including several beers from Hillfarmstead (Edward, Ephram, Twilight of the Idols), along with a couple of the Woods beers from Cisco, and lots of other great choices. They do a great job keeping their web site up to date so you always know what to expect before you go. The service was great both times, they definitely know beer and are very passionate about their business. Prices are good for the beers they provide. Have not had a chance to try the food. The bar is on the small side and both my trips have been in the early evening so I am not sure how crammed it gets during their busy hours. Overall a great place that I would recommend to anyone who is in the area.
10-29-2010 22:40:59 | More by bbenvenuti
4.8/5 rDev +3.9%
Stopped in on a quick trip up to VT right as they opened with my brother and two cousins. Sat at the bar and we were quickly greeted by one of the best bartenders I have ever encountered (Scott). Rustic feel to the place, as it looks like they threw a bar in an old book store or something like that. 24 draft lines and full liquor bar. All HIGH quality drafts!! Had a couple of Hill Farmstead beers, including the new Holiday Porter and the Ephraim. Both were delicious. Also had a Trapp Family Helles and a Hitachino Nipponia (I believe, it was just tapped as we were sitting there). All fresh and very, very good. We did not try the food, but the menu consists of all local ingredients. Extremely friendly, local bar. Scott seemed to know everyone by name and everyone seemed real happy to be there. I would have stayed all night if we could have. Note to hipster beer bars in Boston and other places- service is important!! Can not wait to go back!
10-29-2010 13:03:47 | More by DrDogbeer
4.8/5 rDev +3.9%
Read about the Three Penny Taproom in a recent BA issue and decided to add it to the agenda on a New England brewery road trip. Amazing place, Scott was the best bartender I've ever encountered and I mean that sincerely. I would definitely go back in a heartbeat and become a regular if I didn't live 4 hours away. The selection wasn't the biggest I've seen but the variety was great and the quality of the beers was definitely high. Didn't get to try any of the food but I will next time I visit.
I stopped in the Three Penny again a week after their dining area opened up. Needless to say I was excited to try the food but at the same time nervous that it wouldn't be as good as I hoped. Turns out the food was fantastic. It seemed like everyone around us was saying how much they loved their food. I don't remember everything that we got but the duck pate' in particular was delicious. Have I mentioned how awesome Scott and Wes are? Everyone needs to go here.
09-23-2010 20:53:20 | More by KBrennan1000
Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT
100 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.