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Three Penny Taproom

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BA SCORE
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world-class

58 Reviews
Reviews: 58
Visits: 154
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: n/a
Taps: 24
Bottles: 10
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews: 58 | Visits: 154
Photo of Gperson
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Spent the last two plus years in Montpelier; this is one of the few things that I'll miss about being there. Scott, Kenna, departed Flan, and especially Ryan made us feel welcome and they created a great atmosphere. The taps were almost always more appealing than one visit could do justice to, and we loved their burgers. (324 characters)

Photo of indianabeerman
5/5  rDev +9.9%

My wife and I were there on Monday. 5 Hillfarmstead (edward, dorthy,abner, citra, and an another on tap plus Lawson and a host of other great beers. Staff was awesome , friendly and just good guys. Great place to hang out and grab some great beer (246 characters)

Photo of Forsurity
4.95/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

If you're in Montpelier or the surrounding area, go to the Threepenny...

great beers, great selection and it's constantly revolving...the owners are the guys behind the bar and they're the ones bringing the beer in...

The place is designed as a beer haven, nothing out of place and nothing unneeded...just straight up good beer for people who respect good beer...

I'm going back as often as I can...and they're inclusion on Facebook (can I say that here?) let's you know what's upcoming and new so it gives a great excuse to get out...

overall, cheers... (558 characters)

Photo of bbenvenuti
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (849 characters)

Photo of amano_h
4.91/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

There aren't very many moments in my life where I instantaneously realize that I am at the right place at the right time at the right moment. Walking into Three Penny Taproom was one of these moments.

My first "oh shit!" moment dawned upon me when I walked in through the door and I noticed a very pretty girl sitting by herself at the small table closer to the door. Behind that pretty girl I saw a giant flag bearing the crest of the best football club this world has yet to see -- the colors of the mighty FC Barcelona were in full display at the bar. Not to take any credit away from the pretty girl, of course.

The second "oh shit!" moment dawned upon me when I sat down and saw that during a week when Lawson's was unavailable on tap everywhere else because they were busy preparing for their first Waitsfield Market / Hill Farmstead Anniversary Event, they were carrying Sip of Sunshine on tap.

The third "holy shit!" moment dawned upon me when being in an overly giddy mood, I glanced over my left shoulder and noticed their bottle list, and saw Lawson's Rum-barrel Fayston's Maple Stout being served for $15 dollars. Not that having tasted what has since then become my favorite stout should bias me into giving a better review for this place, it kept my buzz going and made me fall even further in love with the pretty girl at the tabl--I mean, Three Penny Taproom.

It was evident that I wasn't the only person who was having these feelings about TPT that fateful day when I set foot upon the establishment for the very first time--sitting two chairs away from me at the bar was a homely looking lady in her late 30s waxing lyrical about the bar because they carried her two favorite beers of all time in Hill Farmstead Edward and Alchemist's Heady Topper. Point being, everyone seems to love the pretty girl at tabl--again I mean, Three Penny Taproom.

I'd come here in between having a hefty lunch elsewhere and expecting to eat dinner with someone in Burlington so I opted to get the flank steak salad and it did not disappoint--I think somebody mentioned in a previous review that there is a negative correlation between the portion size and quality of food here, but I wish to dispel such claims as the salad (yes, a salad!) left me so full that I pushed my dinner appointment to two hours after its intended time. Oh, and the flank steak salad was as good as a flank steak salad can be.

So to summarize: excellent atmosphere, great beer, good food/portions, and pretty girl at the table.

What more can you ask for in life? (2,544 characters)

Photo of beernbike
4.88/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

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! (527 characters)

Photo of MThiele360
4.88/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I often make the trip to Three Penny Taproom as it's the closest place I can go for my Hill Farmstead and Lawson's fix coming from southern New Hampshire.

The atmosphere here can depend on when you visit. If you walk in on a Friday or Saturday night, you might find the bar area packed like sardines which isn't the ideal situation for enjoying the high quality beers they serve. There's probably 25-30 seats in the bar area but not much space otherwise. They've also expanded in the past year and there is now a proper restaurant setup in the adjoining room. If you have the chance to sit down at the bar here and enjoy a beer, it might be my favorite beer bar in Vermont.

Service is great. Even when I've been in there on a packed weekend night, I've had no trouble getting a beer. Bartenders and staff are very friendly and accommodating. I once ordered a HF Ephraim which kicked just as the bartender was finishing off the pour - she gave it to me for free.

Selection is obviously amazing. You'll almost always find Hill Farmstead and Lawson's, as well as Zero Gravity and other Vermont breweries. Other regional crafts like Allagash, Southern Tier and Smuttynose as well as some imports usually round out the list. The draft list might be the best in Vermont, even better than anywhere in Burlington or Waterbury.

Food is very good but be wary of the portions. The "single" hamburger is not a regular sized single-patty hamburger, it's essentially a mini-burger. If you're looking for a meal, order the double. They also offer brunch on weekends now. (1,559 characters)

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.86/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great experience at Three Penny Taproom!

Beers on tap from Lawson's and Hill Farmstead are reason enough to go. But they go further. The food is very tasty. My girlfriend and I shared the cheese plate, which had a great selection of local VT cheeses. She had an egg salad sandwich, and I had the meat flatbread. Neither of us were disappointed with our choices.

Service is great, but not perfect. The bartenders can be a little slow at realizing you're there, but no big deal.

Overall, if you're in Montpelier or close to Montpelier...this should be your spot. I vacationed in VT and went there three times. Mainly for the beers :) (635 characters)

Photo of vonnegut21
4.84/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Well, I guess I'm going to have to be the good guy.

The atmosphere is the least impressive aspect of the Three Penny Taproom. There's pretty much your standard collection of beer memorabilia on the walls, 15 person bar, and a wall-mounted table on the opposite wall to rest your beer on. It's a pretty standard classy/casual bar, a very comfortable space. I only make note of it because it's the only less than amazing aspect of the establishment.

The tap selection was excellent. Hill Farmstead: Edward, What is Enlightenment, Birth of Tragedy, Florence and one other that escapes me. KBS was on tap. Wheat is the New Hops was on tap. JP Madrugada Obscura and Oro de Calabaza. And many more. No complaints here. Only that it was too hard to make up my mind.

The prices are high, but you get what you pay for. The service was prompt and friendly. Not all of the bartenders are super knowledgeable about beer, but were helpful and so were the fellow patrons. If you happen to get Scott behind the bar, consider yourself lucky. A beer encyclopedia and an all-around cool guy to chat with.

Overall, and excellent stop if you're in Montpelier. Also seemed to be the unofficial post-Hill Farmstead release gathering spot, so if you're making the pilgrimage up to see Shaun, be sure to stop in here afterward.

In summary, I wish I lived closer to this place. (1,357 characters)

Photo of JArt
4.84/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

We visited Three Penny Taproom on our most recent visit to VT. The food was delicious, and the tap list was amazing. I would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting the area. (177 characters)

Photo of berley31
4.83/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (1,274 characters)

Photo of Stevecarini
4.83/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Thanks Matt for staying open long enough to make the trip worth while. You have an incredible bar with incredible beer- thanks for the conversation and the inspiration! (168 characters)

Photo of KBrennan1000
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (982 characters)

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
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! (952 characters)

Photo of mpwdoyle
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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. (515 characters)

Photo of unbalancedbuds
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

was up in vermont a few weeks ago, staying at a buddy's house in waitsfield. he likes to frequent the langdon cafe which is down the block from the three penny taproom. while we were in the cafe drinking wolavers and switchbacks, my two buddy's and myself were talking about good beers and the guy behind the counter over heard us and told us about the three penny taproom. so we had to go.

walking into the three penny taproom room, it was very pleasant looking place, with its wood bar, long chalk boards listing the beer-with their origin and abv, and the nice line up of taps. and the place is very very clean. has about a dozen stools at the bar and a couple of window seats.

on tap they had approximately 15-20 beers dont really remember the exact number. they had a great mix of craft imports, american crafts which were regional and national. my one friend had a delirium tremens, my other friend had a smuttynose star island single and i had a pennichuck porter (never heard of it before, it was great).

the bartender was very courteous and seemed to know what he was talking about. there was also a couple of other guys sitting at the bar who knew their stuff about beers too.

not too sure about food here, didnt try anything, cause we only stayed for one due to the fact we had a couple at langdon. but it looked like a there was a small kitchen in the back and a chalk board which had pickled eggs on it and something else.

very pleased i visited this place and to be the first one to review it. place is great, i highly recommend it and if im in the area again ill definitely go... (1,602 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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. (2,208 characters)

Photo of Flashy
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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. (877 characters)

Photo of jvodom
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

My brother and I stopped by here on a Tuesday afternoon around 2pm. We were on our way to Hunger Mtn Coop to buy some Lawson's Sip of Sunshine.
The place was pretty dead, maybe 4-5 people at the bar. The bartender and patrons were friendly and nice. The draft selection was great. They had about 25 taps with mostly NE brewed beers and a cider. I wish we could have stayed longer, but I had to drive to our hotel in Waterbury.
It is definitely worth stopping by if you are within 30 minutes of Montpellier. (512 characters)

Photo of SABERG
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Such a finely crafted place.
I have had several lunches, dinners and 1 event at Three Penny.
The staff is well versed in the offerings, food, craft beer, cocktails.
Locals and travelers blend seamlessly, the vibe is welcoming.
The craft list rotates frequently, the food is pitch perfect, yesterday was a short
plate of fried oysters, and an Arugula salad, each spectacular in there simple complexity.
The price point could take some pause, that said one of the finest places for craft beer and fine food
in central New England.

Cheers all (540 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.69/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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. (844 characters)

Photo of JohnD
4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

TPT simply has the best beer selection in Vermont . The staff is knowledgeable, friendly yet unobtrusive. A list of great local brews of all styles is frequently updated, making a strong case for Vermont being one of the leading beer destinations in the US. A wide selection of quality out-of-state and international beers are always available. Saison Dupont on tap - it doesn't get any better than this! Also noteworthy is a delicious and inventive menu using fresh meats, cheeses, vegetables and bread that are exquisitely matched to drinking beer. If you're headed north through Vermont, don't miss TPT in Montpelier, the State's capital. (641 characters)

Photo of soccerman7
4.66/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Having just moved to VT, I was truly floored to find a place in the middle of Vermont that not only has quality beers, but truly cares on how they are served. Went to a few other places before walking into Three Penny and was expecting a large selection of VT brews and the usual New England Regionals.

What I found was a very clean, attractive long bar with around 20 drafts ranging from Brooklyn Brewery's Sorachi Ace (huge hit), their own Three Penny IPA brewed for them (good) to barrel aged Allagash and a 20 bottle selection with a few ciders and lambics. The selections seemed very across the board with no real style favored which was nice. What really floored me is that the bar has a FULL set of proper glass wear for each offering: Snifters, Goblets, Pints, Flutes, and stems. The bartender was very smooth handling a crowd of about 20, with no real wait for a refill or different beer.

On a return visit, found that on thursdays they have a cask offering served from a hand pull. (Allagash Tripel served in a flute)

Bottom line this place is worth the trip by all means and so far the best pub I have found in VT. (1,129 characters)

Photo of TCassell1
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (1,013 characters)

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (1,207 characters)

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Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT
99 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.