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Three Penny Taproom

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Three Penny TaproomThree Penny Taproom

Taps: 24 / Bottles: 10
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N

99 Ratings
Ratings: 99
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.62
pDev: 6.28%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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(Place added by: threepenny on 05-18-2009)
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Photo of TCassell1


4.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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
Photo of spixley


4.45/5  rDev -3.7%
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
Photo of chiefmick


4.13/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$

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
Photo of bbenvenuti

New York

4.94/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

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
Photo of DrDogbeer


4.8/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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
Photo of KBrennan1000


4.8/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

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.

-UPDATE 8/12/12-
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
Photo of SFLpunk


4.3/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Made the trek for the first time tonight...and was not disappointed!

The tap list covers three chalk boards strung along the wall. Great offerings, mostly from US micros but also some imported brews (leaning Belgian). Didn't catch a look at the bottle list, though I suspect it's awesome too.

Tap examples: NC Old Rasputin (Nitro), Gouden Carolus Cuvee van de Kaizer Rood 2008, Stone Old Guardian 2007, Allagash Curiuex, Farnum Hill Farmhouse Cider, Hill Farmstead Edward IPA, Ommegang BPA, Maredsous 10...and on and on.

The space is small and I could see it getting cramped on a Fri/Sat night, but it's absolutely worth the trip. This place will be nationally famous soon, I'm sure of it.

05-07-2010 03:52:21 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of kingcrowing


4.6/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

Came here for Montbeerlier for the first time. I have to say I was really blown away by the event & the bar itself. The taplist was 3 chalkboards full of beer, from Southern Tier Backburner to a 2008 Gravitation and a 2007 Old Guardian the list was exceptional. I came in with UA8 and checked it out and chatted with the bar tender and he was really knowledgeable and friendly.

The actual event had about 10 different casks outback with some super limited stuff (Otter Creek RIS aged with Port and double dry hopped ruination) and some solid standards (Lawson's Weiss-K, Stoudt's APA) on cask as well. The event price was a very good deal ($4 for a cup of limited cask beer, can't beat that). But their prices inside seemed a bit pricey to me, but being the only beer bar in the area it's justified. I really wish that they were a bit closer to Burlington so I could go more often!

05-02-2010 17:37:29 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.44/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Alewife and I stopped in here on 12APR10, just as they were opening. Easily found on Main St, Three Penny is situated on the ground level of a red, multistoried wooden building. A large Three Penny facade is located above an awning shading a large pubfront window. Entering the pub (formerly a womens clothing store), there are a few stools at the front window, then the pub runs long front to rear, about 15' x 65'. More stools line the length of the left wall, and the bar starts about 10' in from the front, elling out from the right wall and heading to the rear, where the WC and kitchen are located. The place is fairly bright, with a tin ceiling and some track lighting overhead. The walls are all yellowish/light yellowish, and the bar wood is a light, polished hue. The barback also holds bottles of various liquors, as well as many different styles and sizes of glassware, which is nice to see. Numerous bier placards, flags, logo signs and mirrors adorn the walls, along with selected TPT clothing for sale. Also on the walls, near the front of the bar, are three large blackboards listing the current draft offerings (including their ABV, place of origin and cost). Soft music filled the air, shifting between current rock offerings to classic stuff like The Beatles and Stones. The place had a rather comfy vibe, altogether. They had 22 biers on tap, from German Helles Lagers to US DIPAs to Belgian Strong Ales to... you get it. A nice lineup, and prices were fair, considering the types of biers offered, ranging from $5 to $8 per serving (12 to 16oz, varying). I had a Trapp Helles and a Three Penny IPA, while Alewife had 2 of the Brooklyn Dark Matter. Tasty stuff, it was. Chatted with one of the owners, and our bartender, Matt. Very knowledgable and pleasant. A former Shed brewer, his recipe was used for their eponymous IPA. Matt says he is looking into a second location, possibly Hanover, NH. Sounds good to us; otherwise, we'll be back to Montpelier when we can. Prosit!!

vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 - $$


04-19-2010 19:34:10 | More by Bierman9
Photo of scottg


4.51/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Finally got the opportunity to make the trip to Montpelier to check this place out based on numerous reccomendations and it lived up to the hype. Finding the place was a bit tricky because we didn't write down the address and from across the street we didn't see the window below the large white awning with red and black stripes.

There is a long skinny room reminding me of a diner with the bar on your right and a counter top to the left and a smaller countertop near the front entrance with about 25 or so overall seats. There is a tin tile ceiling painted silver with yellow/green walls decorated with beer signs and lots of plants throughout. Two flat screen television with the NFL on.

There are 22 taps with one cask that gets tapped every thursday night, a full bar and wine list with 3 reds and 3 whites. The selection of beers on tap was great with a number of Belgians and great variety of styles all served in the appropriate glassware including some pretty rare stuff from $5-8. The bottle list wasn't huge but some great stuff on there, all relatively cheap.

Ryan was the bartender, awesome service- thanks man.

We were there on Sunday and the food menu consisted of some cold meats and cheeses, olives, and some cold vegetable dishes. Our next trip will be during the week to try the menu which looked interesting.

11-05-2009 23:11:47 | More by scottg
Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT
100 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.