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Three Penny Taproom


65 Reviews
Three Penny TaproomThree Penny Taproom

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(802) 223-8277 | map

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Added by threepenny on 05-18-2009

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4.58/5  rDev +0.7%
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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4.64/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Ok, so i was very skeptical that there could be a bar with an A+ rating in Vermont. Having lived here for three years and finally realizing that the only good beer bar in the State is the Alchemist (a nanobrewery that makes fantastic beer but doesn't carry commercial stuff) I had all but given up.

Last night, I had a complete change of heart. When two guys who are sick of having crappy beer statewide decided to rectify the situation by opening their own beer bar, you get a bar like ThreePenny.

Awesome. very good beer (and its clear that they're pushing the Vermont distributors to go to greater lengths for even more good beer). Very knowledgeable guys behind the bar. So unbelievably friendly and welcoming.

this will be my new goto bar (though its still 35 minutes from home).

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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...

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4.22/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Finally got to stop in on my way home from Memorial Day weekend in Maine. Have been avoiding it until the Legislature adjourned and the town had settled back down. I suspect this is the new place in town for our legislators who like good beer (aside from the Black Door) because wow, do they ever deliver selection-wise!

I was there on Memorial Day Monday at 4pm and the place was quiet, with a few locals hanging out. Up on the board were 12 of the nicest imports/domestic draughts I've seen since a trip to the Dirty Truth in MA. At least a dozen fine bottles too. All high-end, many high-gravity, and all desirable. Nothing locally-brewed was on - yet. Appropriate glassware to go with...kind of. I had an Ommegang Red (tap-only tart Flemish Red) served in a Piraat tulip. The barkeep is one of the partners and he was very pleasant and knowledgable in terms of local beers, people & events. I asked for a plate of the cheese of the day - it happened to be one of my faves - Ploughgate's "Hartwell," a nice local take on a camembert. It was too cold though - he pulled it right out of the cooler but it was an ample portion for $6 and I sliced it up to get it warmed up quicker. It came with some fresh, thinly-sliced baguette.

I ordered an Allagash Curieux for my next choice - it came in a Dogfish Head Snifter - and it was too cold, so I coddled it in my hands for a bit. Great with the cheese, once both were a little warmer! I asked if the Pennichuck Pozharnik was still on, but the barkeep said they were holding some back to age and serve later. Kudos for that and not serving everything ASAP just to get it out of the kegs to make room.

Although I'm closer geographically to Alchemist & Flatbread, this will be my taproom of choice for special trips beyond my usual commute. The room is long, narrow and plain, but nice bar, very high ceilings & comfy stools more than compensate. Isn't swanky, romantic, or hip - it pretty much gets the job done with little fanfare of showcasing some great beers, nice snacks, and a local feel. I appreciate that they post each beer's ABV on the board so you can plan your session accordingly. Most reminds me of the Moan & Dove in Amherst, MA. In other words - it's all about the beers, baby! I hope they stick around.

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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...

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