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Three Penny Taproom

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BA SCORE
99
world-class

65 Reviews
Three Penny TaproomThree Penny Taproom
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

108 Main St
Montpelier, Vermont, 05602-2906
United States

(802) 223-8277 | map
threepennytaproom.com

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Added by threepenny on 05-18-2009

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PLACE STATS
Score:
99
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
181
Avg:
4.55
pDev:
4.18%
 
 
Taps:
24
Bottles/Cans:
10
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 181
Reviews by rfgetz:
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4.33/5  rDev -4.8%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.39/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of byronic
3.95/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of zotzot
4.04/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

A little grungier than I would have thought

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Photo of zahara15
4.97/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of zimm421
4.51/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of JohnParadee
4.64/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Three Penny is always my first stop in Vermont, on the way to Waterbury. For me, it' the gateway to the Northern Kingdom. Friendly & welcoming atmosphere, with great comfort food, and one of the best taplists in all of Vermont. Always 4-5 HF brews on tap, plus regulars like Lawson's SOS & Super Session, as well as various other locals. A must stop.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.32/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of HeartofMiami
4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of CBrodbeck
4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of SveNss0N
4.79/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of MilaMila
4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of elkinbrown
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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

Photo of JMiller68
4.81/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of jhavs
4.95/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great place with an awesome selection of VT brews and selected high quality American and import choices. They usually have Heady and Focal Banger in cans and always have some options from Hill Farmstead and Lawson's on tap.

The vibe is comfortable. Nice bar and separate dining room. Big window views of the main street.

The food and beer is very high quality and they make sure to provide local and well made menu items. Menu is not huge, but has a pretty good variety. Burgers are great. Fries are great.

Service at the bar is always great. Knowledgeable staff, very friendly, no hipster vibe at all. They are helpful with decisions for food/beer and are quick to offer a taste from the taps to help with your decision.

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Photo of fastestmanalive
4.35/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Brian29
4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Gatch
4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of J-Calm
4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

For a little place in the middle of almost-nowhere (this is the smallest state capital in the US with under 10,000 pop. and surrounded by farmland), this place has a surprising selection of good beer on tap.
It's definitely a find for beer lovers.
And the food is good too. Again, not a huge menu, but for a small town, they do a good job of serving "pub classics" like burgers with peanut butter and fried pickles as well as more common fare.
Like their close neighbor, Heady Topper, I was determined to be disappointed in what I expected would be a trendy, overrated place. My only disappointment was how wrong I was... This place carries its weight just like Heady Topper proved damn good after all, too!

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Photo of bluehende
4.61/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of BranfordBound
4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Miccal
4.84/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of smakawhat
4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT
4.55 out of 5 based on 181 ratings.
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