Three Needs Brewery & Taproom
Active Beers: 8
Beer Ratings: 25
Beer Avg: 3.96
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 45 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Hobbz:
4.1/5 rDev +13.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
I have to admit that I don't quite "fit in" with some of the clientele here, as other reviewers have commented on. But, yes, this is Burlington and I have normally found a mix of folks inside (though more hippies than yuppies). I manage to get up to Burlington at least two visits a year, and this is a mandatory stop for me in any case. For me, the beers have been consistently top-notch, brewed with quality ingredients, and in-line with brewing styles. Also pours a large selection, both in-house brewed and local varieties. Can get crowded as this place is small [and hopefully most folks have showered recently ;-)]
Edit (2006): Now that this place has gone non-smoking, I have upped slightly the atmosphere rating.
01-20-2003 20:26:05 | More by Hobbz
More User Reviews:
2.73/5 rDev -24.6%
vibe: 2.25 | quality: 2.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.75 | $$$
They have moved to a new location and they are not currently brewing their own beer, which was a surprise to me. They don't expect to be brewing again for another year or so.
For what it is, a beer bar, this place is not worth visiting. The selection is pretty basic and boring. The most interesting beer I could find to drink was Allagash White. Nothing against that beer (it is great) but you can find that at basically every bar in VT.
The place is dark and very unfriendly feeling. Service was good enough but I had my quick pint and left. Prices weren't all that reasonable for what this place is.
07-02-2013 19:10:25 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.76/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
We had a little trouble finding this place, I guess they have just recently moved so don't go to the College st location go to the Pearl St address next door to Fu Da Chinese restaurant. This place doesn't look like much from the outside, it looks like a house sandwiched between two bigger buildings. Its a nice open space inside with high ceilings and exposed wood adorned with breweriana. A small loft up above and a large area towards the back with 2 pool tables and a Foosball table. Small L shaped bar sits against the right had wall. Decent tap selection of maybe 12 with a focus on VT brews. The night we went they only had one house brew on tap, a Munich Lager that was decent. I'm not sure if they are done brewing or if they are behind from the move? No food served and a college bar type feel to it. Prices seemed good.
02-27-2012 22:29:18 | More by johnnnniee
4.3/5 rDev +18.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
My fiancee and I really enjoyed Three Needs. After coming from the Vermont Pub and Brewery, which had a very family/touristy vibe, this place was the perfect antidote. Can't say what it's like in here on a weekend evening...probably pretty nuts...but on a quiet fall Sunday it was perfect. 2 TVs over the bar were showing 2 NFL games at key moments which I enjoyed but the sound was off and it's definitely NOT a sports bar..more of a dive if nothing else, with a pool table and darts in the back. About 10 total customers while we were here.
The bartender was very cool and friendly, chatty enough but not too much, and gave us a few free tasters to boot. The beer was really top notch and, not to pile on but, much better overall than the things we had at VPB. Prices were nice too...I think 4 or 5 bucks a pint. We had Super Chocolate Thunder Porter, Ich Bin Ein Berliner Weisse, and Scottish Kilt (I think) and they were all extremely well made and tasty. They also had maybe 6-10 guest taps of things like Stone and Long Trail.
Don't miss this one. It's well within walking distance - a few blocks - from VPB and American Flatbread.
11-02-2011 15:49:11 | More by tobelerone
3.89/5 rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Can't add much to the previous reviews, but I wanted to contribute because I did like the place. It's a dive with nice house brews. Went on a Sunday evening while visiting town with a small group and there was maybe 3 other people there and 10 when we left. Bartender Troy was a nice guy and paid attention when we had an empty glass, but unfortunately he didn't know much about the beers when asked. He did give us his 3 needs notebook to contribute to, which was fun. We had beers I can't find on here, but which were pretty good - a Vienna style and the Sorachi IPA, which had an interesting dill aftertaste. We enjoyed a few and moved on to our next stop.
08-24-2011 19:30:55 | More by Delraypete
3.86/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Been here a few times now and could have sworn that I've written a review previously but I was mistaken. This place screams dive bar....lots of local college kids....lots of straight up drunks....cheap pints....a pay ppol table you can use for free because the glass panel is removed....loud (but good) music, etc.
Had the pleasure of meeting Dan this time who was a great bartender...perhaps the hardest working bartender in the state!
Selection is limited but enjoyable. The chocolate thunder porter is a must and the Ich Bin Ein Berliner was enjoyable.
Pints were less than $4 which is decent for the area.f
07-21-2011 00:47:02 | More by koopa
3.43/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | $
This place is a bit rough. There is a pool table and pretty much a drunk crowd. I was in a foul mood because of my experience at Flatbread (read that review) and went to 3 needs. I had the extra stout, which I really enjoyed. The atmosphere was a real turn off, although it was pretty harmless. I'm just not into the drunken early thirties crowd. The $3.50 pints were as cheap as any I can remember. The samples were very generous and didn't cost anything. That's my kind of place. High marks on service. They had only 3 of their house beers on tap when I was there.
03-27-2010 17:49:39 | More by albern
Three Needs Brewery & Taproom in Burlington, VT
83 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.