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Three Penny Taproom

Three Penny TaproomThree Penny Taproom

Taps: 24 / Bottles: 10
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
100
world-class

73 Ratings
Ratings: 73
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 6.55%
$$ - reasonable


[ 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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Forsurity

New Hampshire

4.95/5  rDev +8.1%
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...

06-04-2009 22:25:50 | More by Forsurity
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bbenvenuti

New York

4.94/5  rDev +7.9%
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
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MThiele360

New Hampshire

4.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

04-16-2013 16:30:24 | More by MThiele360
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beernbike

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

09-24-2013 15:12:02 | More by beernbike
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vonnegut21

New York

4.84/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

05-08-2012 17:33:58 | More by vonnegut21
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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

03-15-2011 20:29:54 | More by berley31
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unbalancedbuds

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
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...

05-24-2009 01:49:57 | More by unbalancedbuds
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KBrennan1000

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
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
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DrDogbeer

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
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
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mpwdoyle

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

09-21-2011 00:26:53 | More by mpwdoyle
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Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT
100 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.