1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Three Penny Taproom

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

110 Ratings
Ratings: 110
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 6.05%
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)
Place: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 110 | Reviews: 52 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of dragonWhale
4.2/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

dragonWhale, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of mpwdoyle
4.8/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

mpwdoyle, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of tigg924
4.55/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

tigg924, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of FightingEntropy
4.65/5  rDev +0.4%

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.

FightingEntropy, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of djoucy
4.38/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

djoucy, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of Chowdahead
4.16/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

Chowdahead, May 02, 2011
Photo of berley31
4.83/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

berley31, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of sholland119
4.45/5  rDev -3.9%

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?

HV

sholland119, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of GatheringBrews
4.58/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

GatheringBrews, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.36/5  rDev -5.8%

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?

Billolick, Jan 22, 2011
Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT
100 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.