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Three Penny Taproom

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61 Reviews
Reviews: 61
Visits: 162
Avg: 4.52
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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Place added by: threepenny on 05-18-2009

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4.58/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

You'll recall that all I wanted out of my '06 trip to Burlington was breakfast in Winooski, and wound up eating at the crappy attached hotel restaurant both mornings (under protest). Whatever. Up for a whim weekend now, Marvie's been called, Flatbread's had, the brewpubs three seen & sampled accordingly, and now Saturday morning, opting for the so easily accessible counter space at Sneakers. Had the Bird Special; blueberry goddamn pancakes, eggs scrambled, rye toast, hash browns, traded up the sausage for more bacon, I feel, I feel, well, sleepy, yes, but I'm a very happy kid, and out. Making's for a great day...

We know the Alchemist is selfishly closed for renovations (fuckers), and Ben wanted to go to the Shed, which we did, and was ass. Backtrack to Cabot to woof cheese, score some chocs for Bethy and licorice for me from the place across the parking lot, and then hit Ben & Jerry's house for a "Goodbye, yellow brickle road" cone (crazy good), and okay, can we get back on beer track? Montpelier (a town whose name I cannot pronounce no matter how I try), a bit down the highway, parked & walked and oh, there it is, mixed in with the sidewalk strip scene.

New smelling, wide plank laminate topped "L" shaped bar seating 13 on backless stools (somewhere, Randy is grimacing), with a lip and a place below for my feets. 10 taps on a copper tower aged & tarnished on the bar, plus 2 stand ups with 3 apiece down the way a bit; glassware stacked in between and past there. Shelving on the bar back, booze & wine along the top, glassware below. Adjacent bar counter with stool seating as such, and another in the front window, seating for a trio. Yellow painted walls and some brown trim around the front window, checkerboard black & white floorings, silver pressed tin ceiling with lighting on the spinny fans and strung cords running small spots. A pair of large framed logoed mirrors over the bar counter, some light brewery signage & mirrors riddled about, a large flatscreen above the barback and another over the door in the corner. A shotglass holds a flower of purple on the tap tower front center, more in a Bali mason jar on the bar back, and something pussy willowish on the bar counter. 3 Vertical blackboards, 2 of which lift drafts, the third listing wines (Red & White, 3 of each), plus a pretty impressive bottled list (PBR, Ballatine, Miller, Miller High Life), soon to change up to great imports & craft, Scott describing their intentions there. Another vertical board sits to the rear listing tapas items (local pickled eggs, chorizo, tamari roasted almonds, and a single cheese).

16 taps; about 1/3 of them Belgian or in style (Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor, Maredsous 8, McChouffe, Delirium Tremens, Unibroue Trois Pistoles), and the other 2/3 craft, in-state (Switchback Roasted Red Ale, Rock Art Belvidere Double IPA, Three Penny Revenge Black IPA, their house beer brewed by the Shed), regional (Pennichuck Pozharnik Espresso RIS, Brooklyn Brown Ale, Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence, DogFishHead 90 Minute IPA, Stoudts Gold), and beyond (Flying Dog Gonzo, North Coast Brother Thelonious, Stone Old Guardian). Started with the Three Penny Revenge Black IPA, which was excellent, much better than anything we had at the Shed just an hour before, that's for sure. Funny how the Shed's best beer wasn't at the Shed. And something else, tried a taste of the Penni', no, too much, the Rock Art, no, just no, and then the Switchback Roasted Red Ale, yes, that'll do, it was actually quite tasty.

We've been talking beer, good beer, with these owners three, they get it; Wes (the counter of beans, we dealt him difficult trigonometry questions), Scott (the brewer, used to deal at the Shed some, didn't seem badly offended by my talking of smack about the place), and Matt (the traveler, having just done some time in Brooklyn, played downtown and Williamsburg proper). They do a good thing here.

Cool chill place, works well in this town. We've been listening to The Who, Live at Leeds, it's awesome. The other patrons get the extreme pleasure of listening to me sing "Tattoo" and "A Quick One". For free. Ben says the place is similar in look/décor to the Toronado, San Diego (there's no such place as California, it's a well known fact). Beer is fresh and they've got a good mix of taps. Bottled list soon and cask a-coming. Very good house, long overdue in this state. Pretty much makes up for the Alchemist being closed.

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Photo of Billolick
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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?

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Photo of sholland119
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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?


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Photo of Rifugium
3.13/5  rDev -30.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1.5

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

I see this place advertised in beer magazines and on beer sites everywhere, so I figured it either has to be really good, or profitable enough to be able to afford all the advertising. My first impression: the first statement is not true, and the second is seemingly and strangely probably not true either.

I like to visit VT about once a year, but on my last visit, I decided to really start getting out there, so to speak, going beyond the normal places I'm accustomed to, and stop limiting myself to Waterbury and Burlington--fine cities that I love, of course. But now that I've visited Montpelier, I really think I have to say, it has nothing to offer, and that includes the Three Penny Taproom.

The place is small, and that's fine, I like intimacy. The bar seats about 10-15 and there's a few seats along the wall. Decor is simple, layout is non-flashy, with general breweriana on the walls, and the bar itself nestled in a line of old rowhome-type shops, giving it an antique feel. Really I just get an overall cheap and generic vibe from the place, like it's the "little beer bar that couldn't." On the plus side, the tap list was decent. A good number of beers to choose from, with local favorites Lawson's and Hill Farmstead making appearances, and typical craft selections like Stone, etc. The bartender was definitely friendly, and prices were not bad. Maybe if the place had good kitchen capabilities, my opinion would change, but the food menu was tiny, overpriced, and pretty awful. Word to the wise: when it comes to having lots of craft beer on tap, the wary consumer/critic such as myself--if expected to stick around and give the establishment business--will require some alcohol-diluting nosh, or else he will take said business elsewhere. I did get a drink out of courtesy, but after a minute or so, my wife started giving me the "let's get the flying @#*& out of here now" look, and I knew it was time to chug the beer and go.

Again, maybe I'm not being totally fair; looking at it from a local viewpoint, you really can't beat the selection. But as a visitor / beer-bar-seeker-outer, I just have to say, I was not impressed. And for the amount this place is advertised, I can safely say, it is not worth going out of the way for. So essentially, in summation, this place may be good for a local joint, but a beer destination it is surely not. Once was more than enough: I'll never go back to this place.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
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 - $$


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Photo of orangesol
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

**Recent visits have proven better than in the past. The food menu has greatly improved with more options yet remains high quality. Bumping it up .25**

Decided to stop in here for lunch before heading up to Hill Farmstead for the night. Atmosphere was very laid back, a few people at the bar watching TV and talking amongst themselves about all things beer. Quality seemed to be pretty high across the board. My beers were all served in the correct glasses and my burger was made with top notch ingredients. My bartender was awesome. We talked about beer and my impending trip to Hill Farmstead and he even gave me some stickers when I was getting ready to leave.

The selection was great. All kinds of local beers to go along with a few national offerings. Plenty of Hill Farmstead and Lawson's on which is always welcome in my book. Since I went here for lunch I decided to go with the single burger, which I added bacon to. While my burger tasted great and was cooked to perfection I was a little dissapointed in its size. For $9 + $3! for bacon I was expecting to get my moneys worth. I can get a half pound bacon cheese burger that tastes just as good for $7 around here, a capital city just like Montpelier...Overall a really awesome beer bar that I will definitely return to when I am in the area.

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4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

One of Vermont's best beer bars that makes a trip to Montpelier worthwhile. Fantastic tap list that included 4 or 5 HF offerings and Sip of Sunshine among others when I was there. The bottle list is small but full of quality.

Food was also very good and the service was friendly and knowledgeable. Now if only Montpelier could add another beer bar or two around 3 Penny, it could become another great beer destination in Vermont.

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Photo of mynie
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Lunchtime on a Tuesday strolling around a relatively quiet capital city waiting for the bar to open. Around 1pm, we enter with only 2 other customers at the bar. The old storefront and interior make it feel like an old time lunch counter, but the beer decor and taps tell a different story.

Each of the 24 selections are written on a chalkboard and range from great locals like Hill Farmstead and the Shed, to more known American and European crafts. Bottle list is no more after they lost a bunch of stock in a basement flood.

Food menu is minimalist but features great local sourced meat, cheese and produce. We had their fancied up grilled cheese with fried cheddar and an awesome pork belly sandwich. Service was friendly and welcoming like no other place I have visited recently.

This place is a gem of an establishment on all fronts and should not be missed when visiting Vermont.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Great stop with a solid list of brews that can't fail.

Excellent and even roomy to some degree, like walking into an old school soda joint or candy store, with a great vibe.

Tap list is classic Vermont and full of lots of goodies and all in one place. Lost Nation, Alchemist, Lawsons, Hill Farmstead and so forth. Then there will be a couple of other taps that will easily add to make it even better.

Staff here are really friendly, almost too much, but also the food here is real solid as well. Definite must stop if in the area. Tap list changes relatively leisurely I notice too.

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Photo of tigg924
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of indianabeerman
5/5  rDev +10.6%

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

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
3.54/5  rDev -21.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5

The food there is great, especially their weekend breakfast menu.

The taplist is some of the most impressive in the state.

The people who work there are not very friendly. The service is slow because the staff is often too busy socializing amongst themselves.

A Barca-friendly bar.

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.84/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went here on Monday after we got Heady in Barre. Great vibe overall and a cool place that could fit into any urban city. Tons of beers on tap and the service was spot on the entire time. Drank Hill Farmstead, Crop, and Lawson's. Had a seared tuna sandwich that was SPOT ON amazing. Would go again in a heart beat, the best place in Montpelier.

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Photo of Flashy
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of youbrewidrink
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

After all of the high praise I was expecting something great. I was disappointed.

We stopped by early on a Saturday evening for a couple of pints and a bite. There were only half a dozen patrons sitting at the bar. It took the bartender about five minutes to ask what we would like and then there little or no personality involved.

As others had previously stated the beer menu is outstanding, but absolutely no welcoming atmosphere whatsoever. Even the other patrons were not very sociable.

I doubt we will return, we enjoy good beer in a freindly setting and this did not have it.

Edit: I have returned here a number of times, If Wes, Scott or Joel are around the service is usually outstanding. If Jason is working forget it, he was just as bad the last time as he was the first time I stopped here.

The food was definitely more to my liking as of late.

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Photo of JArt
4.84/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Went to Montpelier recently to visit some friends and grabbed a couple of beers at the Three Penny Taproom.

The night we were there wasn't too crowded and we found some stools on the back wall. The bar is a long rectangular room with the stools along the wall and bar. Plenty of standing room and no loud music or TV drowning out conversations.

Near the front of the bar is a large chalkboard with the various tap offerings. It took a couple minutes to read all they had and make a decision on one of the delicious beers. The night I was there they had some Hill Farmstead Edward and James, Stone 15th Anniversary and a Belgian Sour (forget which one) on tap. Three Penny also has an IPA specially brewed for the bar at the Shed in Stowe.

Prices were fair for what we got. We were buying rounds so it was hard to tell if some pints cost more than others. Overall though we felt prices were similar to other locations.

The service was great. The bartender knew his beer and offered us additional pints when our glass started to run low.

We didn't get any food, but our friends say Three Penny only has some snack items on the menu.

Overall, we had a great time at Three Penny. They have an incredible tap selection with clean lines and properly poured beers in the correct serving glass. Unfortunately their bottle collection was destroyed in hurricane Irene. I'm looking forward to my next visit to Montpelier and a stop at Three Penny.

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Photo of Chincino
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I had been very excited to visit the Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, Vermont after all the good things I'd heard about it and I was not disappointed. This place is a hidden gem in Montpelier. It is located in a little strip next to a bookstore and I wonder if you'd notice it if you weren't looking for it.

The place is small and cozy and has a very welcoming atmosphere. It was filled with tourists such as ourselves and locals alike and was busy even at noontime on a Thursday afternoon. The place's decor included several bottles of rare beer and German Steins went across the top shelf by the door so there was plenty to look at. The place had games to offer if you feel like playing a game with your companions while having some beers.

The service was excellent and our bartender was very helpful and knowledgable about the beers.

The beer selection was very good and there were some rare beers on tap. I was able to try some Hill Farmstead beers including Abner and Edward and I also had a Saison from Sierra Nevada. This bar had Saison Dupont on tap as well.

We split a couple of appetizers and they were good. Everything was reasonably priced.

Great beer bar and I hope to go back again someday!

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4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

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4.91/5  rDev +8.6%
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?

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Copied from my TripAdvisor review

After touring the capitol building we hit this place up for lunch. Located in the downtown area it's easy to walk around, that is if the construction doesn't block you every move. We were seated in a booth with plenty of room for the 1 year old in a high chair. For beers we ordered the abner and the George, both very nice. My grinder was different than back home. In Des Moines we actually have Italians, and if your lucky the guy preparing you food remembers the boat ride over. Instead of loose meat this was a patty. The spice and bread brought out the flavors so much it was just amazing. My wife's grilled cheese was very nice. If in Montpelier definitely stop here.

Visited October 2013

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Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT
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