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Beer, Beer, and More Beer

You’re probably going to want to know that we’re doing a later tapping (9 PM – sharpie) of a really cool beer from Allagash, which is hopefully in conjunction with the Industry Folks (those who know, know why those are capitalized) that will be in the area for a completely separate reason.

We’ll be tapping a 2015 version (that we’ve lovingly been aging until precisely this moment (as well as others, more on that soon) of Allagash’s Cuvee d’Industrial, a superb blend of 1-5 year wild ales with some sitting on American Oak and some sitting on French Oak.

Oh, this happens NEXT THURSDAY the 30th of March at NINE in the EVENING, but I wanted to give you a heads about it.

Some other things that get me up in the morning:

- I just put on a beer that will change the way your day is going for the better. I squirreled away (I think way back in 2011) a 2010 version of De Struise’s Pannepot Reserva. If you’re unfamiliar with this beer it can best be described as a 10% Belgian Strong that’s about the best you’re ever going to have. And, it’s drinking mighty fine at the moment.

- Oxbow (one of our favorite breweries from a wicked tiny town in Maine) Space Cowboy is on (you’re going to see, with the changing season, more and more Saisons and the like coming onto the board(s) and you’re going to be pleased), which is what can be called a Biere Du Pays in its’ stylistic definition. What those words mean is “Country Beer.” It’s a beer made to be drank in the Saison style with lower alcohol and a nice subtle character.

- I also secured a good amount of Zero Gravity’s Little Wolf for draft. And (and I think you’ll agree) we’re keeping it priced below what it should be, solely for your benefit. This incredible American Pale Ale is basically the perfect companion. You know, it’s the one that you’ve been getting in those awesome blue cans (or maybe I’ve been the one buying the store out of them?). It’s on draft now.

That should be enough to get you out of the house into the great wide open prairie and then coming down to Three Penny for a lovely time with great people and perfect offerings.

Until then, cheers!

 

The Three Penny Taproom, USA

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This Week At Three Penny Taproom

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This Week At Three Penny Taproom

There’s couple of things going on around our neighborhood coming up that you should probably know about. 

Firstly, the Green Mountain Film Festival kicks off this Friday (there’s another holiday that day as well but I’m forgetting it – it’s the 17th of March, which is two days after Wes’ Birthday – Happy Birthday Wes!) and it’s an awesome thing. You can learn more about it by clicking the word HERE and you’ll be magically transformed via the internet to the world of the Green Mountain Film Festival. 

Secondly, we’re gearing up to do another day of DONATIONS to a local charity. This time we’re going to be donating FIVE PERCENT of ALL DAILY SALES to Voices for Vermont Children. Because we believe that the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way. That may seem inconsiderate to quote that song but, well, it’s true. And the good folks at Voices for Vermont Children are walking the walk. It seems like a good thing to help them walk. You can learn all about them by clicking the word HERE.

Thirdsens, we still have a little bit left over from the Peche Day, so if you didn’t get a chance to hop on in here and try some of the six different varieties of the eponymous Imperial Coffee Stout because it was really cold on Saturday, then you should post-haste yourself down here. 

Other hits include but are not limited to:

- Alpine Windows Up: every once in a while we like IPAs from the West Coast, especially when they’re really good and made with Citra and Mosaic hops. Well, this would be the case. 

- Otter Creek Free Flow: and then other times we like our IPAs to come from Vermont and taste Vermonty AF (AF = as well, with emphasis). That’s where this one comes in.

- Almanac Sunshine & Opportunity: you’ll notice the words “Oak Aged Wild Saison” on the board but it was impossible to fit “mixed fermentation Saison with house brewer’s yeast, brettanomyces and lactobacillus, aged in Oak Foedres and then dry hopped with Citra.” 

- Citizen Cider Brose: it’s like cider, with blueberries. Actually, that’s exactly what it’s like. 

And, soon, we will have a pretty remarkable beer on tap you may or may not have heard of yet. De Struise is a fairly well known brewery out of Belgium. They make a beer called Pannepot Reserva, which is a very Strong (10%) beer that’s very Belgian-y in flavour. Also, we’ve had this beer since 2010 so it’s prime for the drinking. Enjoy yourself. 

That’s about it for this week. See you next Tuesday!

TPT

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Peche Day - This Saturday!

To the veterans, the uninitiated and those of us whose memories are failing, Peche Day is a celebration of a flagship coffee stout from world class brewery Dieu du Ciel!  The guest of honor and cause for celebration is the beer, "Peche Mortel", in it's original and natural state, a 10% imperial coffee stout.  Peche mortel translates to English as 'mortal sin' and best describes the complex relationship of conflict, desire, passion and excitement this beef evokes.  On Peche Day (late February-Early March) at select locations around the world we enjoy the pleasure in partaking a community tapping of the Peche Mortel in multiple ways.  

Dieu du Ciel! started as a brew pub in Montreal in 1998 and underwent an expansion in 2006 to a second location in Saint-Jerome, Quebec (a north western suburb of Montreal.)  This secondary location opened the possibility for broader distribution and is directly responsible for the bottled options we are lucky enough to find in limited quantities locally available.  In early 2008 the location in Saint-Jerome opened fully as a public house and tasting room.

This Saturday, March 11th 2017, we will be opening at noon and celebrating our third straight year serving Peche Mortel, this year in SIX different ways:

Please stop in and regale and celebrate Peche Day with us, we're serving flights of a set tasting of 3 or full 8oz pours until we run out.  Tickets not necessary, we are fully open for an all day party.

Make sure that when you’re here you’re using the #pecheday handle so everyone can electronically celebrate with you!

And here is what we’re going to be pouring:

  • Peche Mortel Classic Version: Imperial Coffee Stout
  • Peche Mortel Special Edition: Imperial Coffee Stout made with M’Beguka, a Kenyan Coffee in collaboration with Saint-Henri, DDC’s micro roaster.
  • Peche Mortel Bourbon: A Bourbon Aged Version of Peche Mortel.
  • Peach Mortel: Peche Mortel, with peaches. 
  • Peche Veniel: a 6.5% Coffee Stout with Columbian coffee
  • Peche Termopilas: Imperial Stout with Termopilas coffee

Have I mentioned we’ll have T-Shirts? Very limitedly, but we’ll have them to buy as well. 

And while you are in town, you should also know that our lovely little hamlet Montpelier is doing something fairly unprecedented in their own right. Select shops are running a Cabin Fever Sale on Friday and Saturday this weekend and some of the downtown shops are running a 20% sale on their entire stores, with no restrictions. You can check it out HERE.

See you Saturday. 

The Three Penny.  

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Peche Day Update

ust a couple of really cool notes about this whole Peche Day that y’all have been hearing so much about:

- It’s on March 11th
- That’s a Saturday.
- The doors to our establishment open to the public at 11 in the morning.
- We will be here.
- We will also have SIX different varieties of Peche Mortel from Dieu Du Ciel! in Montreal.
- Peche Mortel is an Imperial Coffee Stout and it is highly regarded as one of the best, if not the best in the world. 
- The different varieties include the Peche Classic, 2016 Version, Bourbon Aged Version, Coffee and Peach Version, Little Sister Version and one with a totally and completely different kind of coffee Version. 
- We’re making T-Shirts. 
- Yes, there will be a way to try multiple flavors at the same time (otherwise known as (that’s not AKA – that’s an “also”) “flights”). 

What else what else…

-Oh, we’ll have other beers on tap too but you should know that 6 out of our 24 will be an Imperial Stout made with Coffee. So, if that’s something you’ve always enjoyed in the past then this will be your day. 

See you here friends!

The TPT.

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Peche Day

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Peche Day

We should take a quick minute and talk about something that’s in the “distant” future but it’s worth talking about so that you can be absolutely sure that you’re in the area for it. It’s called Peche Day and it’s an opportunity to taste SIX different versions of the eponymous Imperial Coffee Stout Peche Mortel (some won’t be Imperial versions – I’ll be letting you know the specifics coming up but this is just a little “tease” to get you psyched) from our friends at Dieu Du Ciel! in Montreal, the second greatest city in the world.

Oh, yeah, it’s on March the 11th. That’s a Saturday. You don’t have to work that day.

And to talk about some of the beers that you will see on tap this week, we should go over the following:

- Magic Hat Take it for Granite: MC has been making strides as of late to retool or introduce some new products in different formats and make them entirely available only to the state of Vermont. They’re doing one beer a month and putting these beers in select markets to, well, kind of announce themselves. First up is an American IPA that is totally worthy of your attention. Get it while we’ve got it because they’re literally only sending 5 gallons and that’s what we’ve got.

- Hill Farmstead George is on right now and for those of you that make me text you every time that it’s on, consider this my way of blanket texting you without the embarrassing and sometimes frustrating situation where someone keeps replying to a specific person on a group text. I’m looking at you Sebastian. Anyway, American Brown Ale at it’s zenith is what you should know and get while the getting’s good is what you should do.

- Hill Farmstead Self-Reliance #4: speaking of a beer that we don’t have a lot of but we’re really excited about, this is an American Pale Ale made with a portion of Organic Buckwheat. Well, it’s been a hot minute since I’ve had an American Pale Ale made with Buckwheat so I’m interested as all heck fire to get this in my mouth hole and let it play with my taste buds.

- Zero Gravity Keller: a “kellerbier” is simply an unfiltered and generally dry hopped Pilsner. You may have seen this new iteration in cans in your favorite packie and you may or may not have bought said store out of stock multiple times (sorry) so here’s a chance to try it on tap.

That’s what I’ve got for you this week kids.

Keep on rocking in the free world.

Cheers,
THISSATURDAYWEGETCRUSHED,OUTSIDETHOUGH Taproom

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Give Em The Deets!

Starting in chronological order, this SUNDAY we’re hoping to see you as you’re probably going to be tired from skiing and shredding the gnarly pow pow yeah buddy rip it, so we’ll be tapping a twenty liter formatted keg of LAWSON’S FINEST TRIPLE PLAY IPA. It’s an American IPA with a lot of hops in it and tastes really good. That’s this Sunday coming up, the one before the day that you probably have off but we don’t because we’ll be here just for you.  

So, that’s the closest to where you’re at right now.

Heading into next week, next Tuesday the 21st of February (wow, time’s just flying by huh?) we are donating FIVE PERCENT of ALL SALES (FOOD/DRINK/WHATEVER) to PLANNED PARENTHOOD. We’re really excited to support them and their providence of a vast array of health care services for women. This LINK provides a really good explanation and description of those services.

Something that happens EVERY SUNDAY, regardless of whether or not we’re tapping a super special keg or not, is the banging brunch that we serve. We call it “Beer Drinker’s Lunch” because we open at 11 and that’s typically later than what could be considered “Brunch” by those people who like to put labels on things. But, this past week I had the best biscuit I have ever had and it came with chorizo gravy. My day was instantly better and I’m sure you’ll have a similar outcome.

Also, please keep March 11th free on your calendar. It’s a Saturday. Why?

 

 

Because Peche Day is coming back and that’s the day it’s happening. For those of you needing a refresher: We’ll have multiple different variations of Dieu Du Ciel!’s Peche Mortel a world class Imperial Coffee Stout from our friends in Montreal. It’s truly a wonder of nature and not to be missed.

Ok folks, that’s about it from me since that’s a good amount of information…

But, I’ll leave you with THIS as it’s been in constant rotation for me as of late.

Cheers,

THEROYALEWE Taproom

RUNNING/FAMILY

We have things!  

Let’s start off with the fact that we were featured in a really cool way by a really cool guy doing really cool things: it might be hard for you to get your brain around trail running this time of year since, well, usually it’s assumed that trails to run on can only be had during the summer months. However, those of us (the few, the mentally tapped in some way/shape/form) who have this addiction, we tend to think and/or run on trails year around. It’s kind of like a hobby that turns into a lifestyle, forcing you to find yourself knee deep in snow and freezing, loving every second of it.

 

We were recently visited by the really cool Peter Maksimow (a Colorado folk) and he got to taste (literally) the joys that we have around here. If trail running is something that gets your plasma churning then you should read this, it’s great.

 

That’s the first thing I wanted to talk about.

 

The second thing I wanted to discuss was the fact that it’s “pieces of paper with red hearts on them” day next Tuesday. So, you know, give love and stuff.

 

Directly after that day, which would be Wednesday (February 15th, if you’re still unsure of what day St. Valentine’s Day falls on), we’re doing another one of those things where we are donating 5% of ALL OF OUR SALES (both food and drink) to the Family Center of Washington County. When the old saying of “it takes a village to raise of child” comes in to your brain, think of these folks. They are the village. Please take the time to visit with them HERE and learn a little about them before coming in next Wednesday and helping us donate to them.

 

Some beers that you may enjoy this week include but are not limited to:

 

- Upper Pass Moove On Up Stout: they put everything into this one and it shows. Want coffee in that stout? Sure, why not. Want some lactose (milk)? Got you. Want it to still be drinkable and medium bodied? You’re asking a little too much but it’s got that too.

 

- Lagunitas High Westified: yup, it’s the time of year for stouts. This one is an Imperial Coffee Stout that’s been aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels. Because, why not. It’s exactly what you’d expect from all of those words you just read about it.

 

- Idletyme Joy & Laughter: Firstly, the proceeds from this beer will be donated to help veterans and you can read all about it HERE as part of the Black Ale Project. It’s a great cause for those that have served our country in the greatest way possible. Idletyme took the opportunity to make a crisp golden ale, which will be nice and refreshing and smooth.

 

- We will have a specialty offering coming in from Lawson’s Finest Liquids, who you made of heard of, and it will be good. Oh yes, it will be good.

 

 

And, I’m not much of one to gloat, never have been, so I’ll just leave this HERE and walk away (spoiler alert – It’s not about hockey – there’s more to life than hockey, not much, but there are other things – and if you want to know WHY they are the team that I root for you can blame Ben Watts and Zak Wieluns – since it might be confusing to you why I root for all Philly teams, minus American Football).

 

 

 

See you in the future,

 

 

BUTEVERYTHINGREALLYISALLABOUTHOCKEY Taproom

F A C T S

THIS is my brain today…  

…mostly because I’m sick (and never get sick so when I do get sick it’s kind of a big deal – big enough that I’m mentioning it) and mostly because I have thirty things to do and only fifteen holes with which to plug these things into.

That all being said, let’s just go over what you may or may not see on our draft list this week, leading into a week where I’m way more creative and funny (as if that ever happens).

Hill Farmstead Abner: it’s the one you always ask about if we have it on or not and are disappointed when we don’t have it but you won’t be upset anymore because we’ll have it on tap.

Smuttynose Smuttlabs Orville: a single hop (Falconer’s Flight is the hop – it makes sense) Saison that’s made to help out On the Wing Raptor Center, just down the road from the Smuttynose Brewery. Orville is the name of a Barred Owl that lives there. The beer itself is beautiful, just like an owl. It’s crystal clear and clean with a tropical punch from the hops and a nice earthly roundness from the yeast.

Upper Pass Moove on Up Stout: we like these guys and you’ll like this Coffee Milk Stout from them. Everything will be all right then.

The Oxford Comma: I have a degree in literature and I still can’t seem to like them.

Hill Farmstead Harlan: it’s an American India Pale Ale but we’re just going to call it an IPA for short, hopefully that catches on.

Idletyme Oatmeal Stout: a Stout made with OATS? Yes, that’s exactly what it is.

Again, sorry for being simple, I don’t have a lot of neurons firing on the same frequency today.

Warmest Regards,

BRIGHTSIDE Taproom

5 Percent to the Food Bank as well...

I hope you know, in addition to the Firkin (YES! We have a Firkin, not a PIN!) of Lost Nation Keller Pils (their unfiltered and dry hopped (with Mandarina Bavaria Hops) Pilsner), we’re also donating 5% of our daily sales to the Vermont Food Bank for tomorrow’s Beer Advocate Throwdown.  

I know that’s a lot to consider so let’s just break it down:

 

- It’s tomorrow, Thursday, the 26th of January in the year Two Thousand and Seventeen.

- It’ll basically be all day but I think we’ll tap the cask (the Firkin that is to say) at 3 or so and the Beer Advocate folks will be arriving in the evening-ish.

- Beer Advocate will be in the house.

- We will have a Firkin of Lost Nation’s Keller Pils dry hopped with Mandarina Bavaria hops and it will be a beer you’re going to want to drink.

- We will have other special drafts to celebrate with you as well.

- We’re donating 5% of our Daily Sales to the Vermont Food Bank because that’s what you should do.

- You’re invited.

- So, you should come.

 

 

Also, we are TOTALLY CLOSED THIS SUNDAY because that’s the day we’re doing our Staff Party and exchanging the “Secret Santa” gifts that we got each other. I, personally, have been waiting way too long to give my gift to my secret reverse Santa or whatever you call it, since in this situation I would be considered the Santa and they would be the child. But, they’re not a child, they are a fully grown human.

 

Other things that we’ll have on for you include but are not limited to:

 

- Hill Farmstead Florence: a Wheat Saison that you want to drink.

- Smuttynose Smuttlabs Orville: a Single Hop Saison (Falconer’s Flight is the name of the hop) that’s drinking probably better than you’re expecting and your expectations are high.

- Lost Nation Roll Away: a fantastic IPA from our friends that are sending us a cask. It really is impressive.

 

 

Others and others to mention but it’s hard to predict what to tell you about that won’t be on the tap for about half a second for the people that have good timing that day.

 

So, I’ll leave you with a “good on ya” and “see you soon.”

 

Also, I’ve been listening to THIS non-stop.

 

 

WHICHALWAYSMEANSITHENWATCHTHIS Taproom

The Throwdown, Advocate...

I was going to be really funny and create a link to Pinterest (I think that’s what it’s called) because the pun was there to allow you in the information that we’re going to have a pin (a smallish firkin or cask) from Lost Nation NEXT THURSDAY to celebrate the arrival and hang time with BEER ADVOCATE (you may have heard of those guys and gals) as well as some rarities from the basement but I had to create an account with Pinterest and that’s not something I want to do, so you’re just going to have to manually be informed without pun that we’re going to have a PIN FROM LOST NATION NEXT THURSDAY TO CELEBRATE SOME HANG TIME WITH BEER ADVOCATE.  

For those of you on that site, please “pin” it. I think that’s how it works, no?

 

So, yeah, the preeminent beer review site (and magazine) will be in the house, ready to hang and talk to all of you who know their beers. You may have heard of them before; they’re known as Beer Advocate. Well, they’ve become pretty good friends throughout the years and they wanted to come up and be around so we felt it necessary to bring some tasty treats in to share with them and you. Most notably, a Pin of Lost Nation Pilsner, kellerbier style. Also, we may just also have another pin (dueling PINS!) from Upper Pass as well. But I’m not sure which one that’s going to be so let’s keep that between you and me. I’ll also bring some aged offerings from the basement so we’ll have those too.

 

For the time period leading up to then, you can count on the following:

 

- Hill Farmstead Florence: they make Saisons very well. This one has wheat regardless of how you say “wheat.”

 

- Lawson’s Finest Fayston Maple Stout: they make Imperial Stouts with Maple very well, regardless of how you say “maple.”

 

- Brooklyn 2010 Monster: let’s see how this massive Barley Wine has aged. I’m willing to put a dollar to the donut that there’s a really good chance it’s delicious.

 

- Hermit Thrush Rye Barrel Rye: which, immediately made me think of THIS for some reason. And, just as the name implies, it’s a sour rye ale that’s been aged in Rye Whiskey barrels.

 

 

And so on and so on.

 

 

Short and sweet today y’all; I’ll give you the secondary heads up next week about NEXT THURSDAY!!!

 

 

Cheers bud,

 

THANKSMARTY Taproom (yes, I watched the whole thing)

You do good...

Well, we’re going to be at it again. Next Tuesday, the 17th of January (the 17th day of the year two thousand and seventeen) we’re going to be donating 5% of ALL SALES to the Vermont ACLU. Here’s what you should be privy to as far as they go (this is taken as a direct quote so when it says “our” it means “they” because “they” are talking about “them”:

The American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont is dedicated to advancing the civil rights and civil liberties of all Vermonters. Since its founding in 1967, the ACLU of Vermont has been the state's premier guardian of liberty, working in the courts, the legislature, and in communities to preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by our Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Our efforts are focused on broad range of issues impacting Vermonters' constitutional rights, including freedom of speech, criminal justice reform, racial justice, women's rights, LGBT rights, disability rights, voting rights, prisoners' rights, immigrants' rights, religious liberty, privacy, and more.   We strive to ensure that the most vulnerable communities and those who have historically been denied their rights are afforded the same protections as everyone else, including children, prisoners, people with disabilities, immigrants, homeless individuals, and low-income communities.

In Vermont and across the country, the ACLU fights for the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law.

 

End quote.

 

So, basically, they’re the folks that you don’t know you need until you need them and then you’re sure as heck fire lucky that they’re doing what they do. Also, they’re doing the work for the people and they deserve what we can do for them to help.

 

We will have beer. We will have food. We will have good cheer. And, we will have you, which kind of rhymes if you say it so that it sounds the same.

 

Some highlights for this week include but are not limited to (as far as beer is concerned, leading up to the day where we’re donating 5% of ALL Sales to the Vermont ACLU):

 

- Lost Nation Roll Away: I’m always excited when we get something special from our friends up in the great Ville of Morris. This is an American IPA with a heavy hand of one of my favorite hops, El Dorado. It’s like a fruity punch to your face, in the nicest way possible.

- 14th Star Maple Breakfast Stout – NITRO: expect a nice, smooth stout with big hints (redundant) of Maple and a swift nuance of coffee, but all of it on nitro. Like a smooth criminal.

- Smuttynose Smuttlabs Double IPA: this is their first batch of a new Double IPA from this iconic brewery. Summit, Rakau, Citra, Falconer’s Flight and Motueka hops make this crystal clear offering the standout amongst the styles that we typically see here in the New England. Hopefully by the time you read this it’s still on tap as it’s been selling quickly, due to it’s awesomeness.

- We’re also getting a kind of secret offering from Lawson’s Finest this week and I’ll try to have that on as soon as possible as it’s a hoppy pale ale and we don’t like to have those sit around since they’re better drank as fresh as possible (I say that with a Spanish tone – you should to).

 

Ok y’all. That’s what I have for you this week so if you have anything you want to add just remember to do so at the end of the semester.

 

Peace and chicken grease.

 

See you next Tuesday.

 

 

 

NSFWBUTIFINDTHISVERYFUNNY Taproom

 

 

 

 

You're the teapot...

Well, you made it. Good for you [he says in a Jersey accent – which sounds more like “Gud Fah Ewe”].  

We’ve entered what I’d like to call “We are going to have a good amount of Stouts on for the month of January” January.

 

It’s a bit of a mouthful but we’ll get through that too.

 

 

I’m simply implying to we’re in the midst of the Stout season (that is, the season of which Stouts, in all of their varieties and styles, are enjoyed more often than say when it’s one hundred degrees Celsius) and you’ll have an opportunity to try a good amount of them in the next couple of weeks. There is a good chance, as well, that “We are going to have a good amount of Stouts on for the month of January” January will leak into “We still have a good amount of Stouts to pour for you that we didn’t pour for the part of the ‘We are going to have a good amount of Stouts on for the month of January” January and now we have them for February” February. But, I’ll keep you posted.

 

Some of the hits that will be rolling include but are not limited to:

 

- Zero Gravity Oyster Stout: brewers used to use oyster shells as a form of filtration before someone invented something that works better. The good folks at Zero Gravity are not time travellers (well, not all of them) and they have the modern conveniences needed for their filtration so I imagine they’re adding the shells for the salty flavor they impart. People with shellfish allergies might not want to try this one.

 

- Lawson’s Finest Fayston Maple Imperial Stout: it’s a large Stout made with Maple Syrup from a brewery that knows a thing or two about using maple syrup et al in their beers.

 

- Idyetime Oatmeal Stout: I love stouts when they’re somewhere close to 6% ABV and under and use a good portion of oatmeal because it makes it fuller in the body and creamyish.

 

- Upper Pass Moove on Up Stout: a coffee milk stout because it’s kind of like a really good breakfast.

 

- Founders NITRO Breakfast Stout: higher in the A to the B to the V than the Upper Pass and also includes chocolate and is also nitro’d.

 

 

And many more, for the whole month, just for you, don’t tell no one else [double negatives be damned].

 

And don’t worry, we won’t have ONLY stouts on, I wouldn’t do that to you.

 

 

Stay tuned kittens.

 

 

 

HAPPYTOTHENEWYEAR Taproom

 

 

FIRE! sale...

Will the folks who received a Three Penny Gift Card for the holiday please step forward:  

I have an idea for you. You see, that gift card really can’t be used anywhere else besides Three Penny, it’s just a fact. SO, what you can do is make the most of it. You see, now look over here, for the next few days (today (Wednesday) through the end of the year (technically Saturday since we’re going to be closed on Sunday)) we’re going to be doing what’s called a “fire sale” on some of our bottled beers. Meaning, the prices of these bottles (usually more than double what we’re planning on selling them to you for) are perfect to purchase and enjoy with loved ones or by yourself if you’re not into the whole learning how to share in kindergarten thing. They are as follows:

 

Allagash Tiarna: an Oak Aged and Blended Sour; this is the smallest of the bottles I’m going to talk about. It’s a gorgeous and funky sour ale that’s deep garnet in color with that beautiful Allagash quality to it.

 

Anchorage Love Buzz: a Saison with Brettanomyces. That Saison “bite” will be there but the barnyard aspect from the Brett with bring you home and rub your feet.

 

Blaugies Saison d’Epautre is also one that we’re hoping to find a good mouth home for since it’s a really nice Saison with Spelt, which means that it’s a really high quality Saison but it’ll have this lovely “spicy” aspect (that’s the wrong word but in my years of describing to people what spelt does to a beer the word “spicy” is the only word that I can fully think about) to it.

 

Le Trou Du Diable Saison du Tracteur is your straight up Saison. Yes, there’s a lot of Saisons here. The reason that we’re hoping to move these bottles is so that we can bring more on board for you to try. That’s what we’re trying to do anyway.

 

Hopfenstark Saison Station 55 is, yes, a Saison but it is one of my all time favorites because of the earthy aspect that it brings that is more than most of the other ones. I love this beer.

 

Brasserie Dupont Dry Hopped Saison: we have a couple of these bottles and we’d love to see them in you. Most of what we’re doing isn’t to just get the bottles that we have out of here, it’s to introduce you, at a discounted price, to some of the bottles that you may not know that we have for you. This, for the price, is the belle of the ball.

 

Lastly, if you didn’t get to try this beer we bought it a long time ago and let it sit around because that’s what the label told us to do and we follow orders to the lower case “j.”

 

Stone Enjoy After 7.04.16 was purchased last year and kept out of direct sunlight so don’t worry, we took care of it for you. What Stone did a year (plus) ago was fermented their eponymous West Coast IPA with Brettanomyces (our old friend of all of these long long years) and asked people to wait a year before “enjoying” it. That’s what we did. Now you can enjoy it. ENJOY!!!

 

 

For those of you that didn’t get a gift card for the holiday:

 

All of the aforementioned things are also available to you as well. I just thought it pertinent to mention to the folks who have some sense of forced collateral to have a suggestion with which to spend said collateral.

 

Also available for purchase (in draft form) this week or sooner rather than later:

 

 

Four Quarters Funky Monkey: a wheat American Pale Ale with Citra Hops. Probably more wheat that you’d think, which results in a slightly “banana” aspect with the citrus quality from the Citra hops.

 

Zero Gravity Black Cat Porter: I love it when they let us purchase one of these. ZG’s American Porter is one of the best and will be perfectly paired with the weather.

 

Founders 2011 Imperial Stout: you’re going to notice the fact that I’m going to flood the lines with the darker stuff because when you’ve asked me when are we ever going to have darker beers on tap and my response was “well, when the time of year is right to have darker beers.” Well, the time is right to have the darker beers on tap. I’ve got a whole host of Stouts and Porters coming up in the next month or so for your pleasure. Let’s just go ahead and consider January (and probably part of February as well) a month that I’m going to have a lot of Stouts in the lineup.

 

Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #2: I was just talking about “darker” beers the other day. Well, this is dark in colour but it is also an Imperial Black IPA so it’ll have WAY more perceivable hops to it than the stouts and the porters. This is a master craft in not only black IPAs but also Imperial Black IPAs.

 

 

 

And there’s more and there’s more and there’s more than more.

 

 

So, get to drinking the bottles.

 

 

 

Also, World Juniors in on right now. Go US. If anyone wants to lend me their password for the NHL network that’d be much obliged.

 

 

Kindest Regards,

 

 

NEVERFORGET Taproom.

Happiest, to you...

We will not be open this coming Sunday. It’s typically the day with which we lend our staff the ability to share the day with their friends and family so it is suggested that you do the same. You don’t have to, it’s just a suggestion, but it would be nice if you did.  

For starters, you may need a last minute gift idea and we have a couple for you: we have new glassware with our logo emblazoned on it and they’re really nice. For this week (leading up to the day we’re closed) you can get one for $7 or TWO for $12! Also, if you want a T-Shirt to accompany that fantastic glass you can get a T-Shirt AND a glass for $25. Both of these things save you $2 each. Also, we have gift cards, lots of them.

 

 

The following really doesn’t have much to do with giving or receiving or anything that this time of the year brings about but it was what was going on with me at the time and I felt the need to share. It’s like when Neil Young sits down at the piano at that BBC concert and makes a joke about their cups (the song is at around the twenty minute mark but the joke about the cups is in there somewhere) but it’s unlike that scenario because it’s way less depressing.

 

I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday!

 

 

 

Here goes:

 

 

 

 

I bought myself a record player the other day.

 

 

[Beer and music, that’s where I’m going with this…]

 

 

It’s been probably ten years since I’ve owned/possessed a record player let alone any records to play on it. In my past life (I believe lives start and end with either a decade or an event, whichever comes first) I had a vast collection of records to play ranging from Patsy Cline to the very first Incubus album and everything in between, with the lion’s share of the collection consisting of seventies jazz fusion, which was kind of my modus operandi during my later teenage years when I was learning guitar. I wanted to be the guy in this band. I’m still not that guy but I’m a lot closer now than I was when I wanted to be that guy.

 

So the other day I ended my shift at the Taproom (I still bartend two days a week so that all of you can still see me – stop by! I’m there Tuesdays and Wednesdays and I’m the one who works with Bart but I’m not Bart) and made my way home. Usually, I’ll hop on the computer and watch Youtube videos (example 1) until I can’t keep eyes open anymore. This specific evening I knew that I had two cans of Almanac Pilsner left in the reefer to finish off my evening and after I walked through the door, settled in, made sure I made the bed in the morning (nope) and kissed the lintel between the kitchen and the room that one would assume to be a dining room, I put one of those cans on top of the upside down lobster crate that I use as a coffee table and sat on the couch.

 

My computer sat there with the screen closed.

 

Before I opened the flappy of the CPU I paused.

 

I now have a record player.

 

 

 

 

When I purchased the turntable (from Buch Spieler in Montpeiler! Greatest record store on Earth!), I figured it would be pretty stupid not to also purchase a couple of records as well.

 

 

 

This is where another story has to be told because it’s awesome.

 

 

It involves a pick em up truck.

 

 

But it makes sense with the other story as well.

 

 

 

My grandfather had a 1994 Chevy S10 that he had modified to basically resemble an 18 wheeler, complete with running outside lights and toggle switches on the dashboard that controlled them all. I really can not tell you why. I was told as a younger version of the man I am today that he, at some point, was a trucker, which would explain the need for him to install running outside lights on a relatively smallish pick up. The entire time I knew him he worked for some sort of plastics company in Trenton that, unfortunately, did not make the same kind of plastic that hockey boards are made of, which would have been very convenient to my excitement level towards hockey and not to plastic at that time in my life. The lights ran along the entire outside of the cap that covered the bed of the truck. They’re these kinds of lights.

 

Well, my grandfather used to drive around with the radio off. As in, it was never on. Music was an extremely important facet of who I was as a person all growing up (not because my parents were overly musical or that I grew up in a “musical” family, I just gravitated towards it, personally) and I couldn’t comprehend how he could do that. Seriously, there was not one time that he would even put the radio on, let alone something musical.

 

So, for some sort of holiday one year I decided it would be a nice gesture to purchase some cassette tapes (they were ALL the rage back in that day) for him to actually have in his truck to listen to because that must have been the reason why he never listened to music, he didn’t HAVE any. I went to my local Hess Gas station during the time when you could buy those collectable trucks, which leads me to believe that this was around Christmas time, and got him a four pack of tapes (variety!) to crush the silence that was his commuting time (spoiler alert: turns out my grandfather just likes to listen to the traffic around him because him gave him a sense of where he was in relationship to the other cars on the road and music and/or the radio got in the way of his concentration). In the four pack were the greatest hits collections of: Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton.

 

The time came and went that I gifted them to him and I assumed that he put them in his truck.

 

 

One day, he was giving me a ride to a sporting event of some sort (I was always coming and/or going to a sporting event and sometimes my grandfather was the driver when my brother also had a sporting event or if the timing seemed correctly necessary for him to do so) and I noticed them in the bottom part of the door; the junk collector that is basically a plastic pocket at the bottom of the door used to store things unspecifically but also make it so that a vacuum will never be able to make it one hundred percent clean.

 

I opened the package that was holding them all together and undid the wrapping around the first one that I decided should be opened. It was the Patsy Cline one.

 

Without asking him, I put it into the tape player and pushed the cassette into the hole.

 

Patsy Cline filled the cabin like his cigarette smoke. The sound was awesome. Turns out, that truck had great speakers. Well, I figured, they better since this was the very first time that they’ve ever been used.

 

About two or three years later I ended up purchasing the truck from him so that he can buy a exact newer version of the same exact truck and put outside running lights on it.

 

The very first thing that I did, without even having driven the truck, is make four anchors out of wood and then put a piece of plywood over the top of these anchors, essentially creating a second layer to the truck bed under the cap. I would use this area for the next four years as my bedroom as I travelled around the eastern seaboard, climbing up hills and mountains.

 

But the first time that I got behind the wheel of the truck and put it in drive I reached down to turn on the radio. A tape started playing. It was Patsy Cline.

 

Here I was, driving around the streets of Trenton, New Jersey, with the windows rolled down, blasting Ms. Cline as if the speakers in the cabin had never been used and I was seasoning them for future enjoyment.

 

Apparently, after I had left the truck the day that my grandfather and I were in it listening to Patsy for the first time, he immediately turned it off after I had exited the vehicle and it hadn’t been turned on since.

 

I recently also purchased a pick up truck. It has the ability to play cassette tapes. I went over to Buch Spieler in Montpelier and looked for some tapes to put in the truck to keep me company. You’ll never guess what I found.

 

 

You just did. You just guessed that I found a copy of Patsy Cline’s greatest hits on cassette that I immediately purchased and put in the truck, driving around Montpelier, Vermont, blasting Ms. Cline through the streets and smiling.

 

 

Let’s get back to the record player.

 

 

With the player under my arm I went about using my fingers like little legs running on top of thin rocks, pushing these imaginary rocks out of the way in search for other titles behind the ones in front of them. I landed on the very first album I was given as a teenager by the clerk at the Princeton Record Exchange, with him saying that I should buy it and listen to it carefully, having, at that time, just acquired my first record player.

 

It was John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme.

 

It seemed only fitting that I, now seated on the floor in the room of my apartment that could be considered another bedroom but just so happens to not have a closet, would play that album as the first one on my brand new record player.

 

There’s something so finitely perfect about listening to records. You are given a set time to be able to sit and listen. You are told when the album starts and when it finishes, it’s dictated for you in the form of sides. And nothing is more pensive and reflective than just simply stopping your day, sitting on the floor and just listening.

 

As my grandfather liked to listen to the traffic around him, giving him a sense of place amongst the cars, I like to listen to the people around me, giving me a sense as cat whiskers do, a feel for where I can fit through and what my surroundings entail. At the end of the day, it’s nice to put a pause to that noise with the start of a needle being pressed against wax.

 

I listen to music like I drink beer.

 

There are times when I’m just putting the beer on in the background, letting the sheer fact of noise happen. Other times, I’m engaging myself within it, sitting on the floor and staring into the depths of a window pane while the world goes on around me and I, there in silence, studying.

 

 

 

So, if you made it this far, here’s what you can possibly expect on our taplist in the next few days:

 

- Scaldis Noel: we laid this one down in the good old days of two thousand and ten and allowed it to resurface so that we may have it to celebrate with you. It’s a wicked big Belgian Strong Ale from the family owned brewery of Brasserie Dubisson. Basically we’re talking about fruitcake in a glass with alcohol. That’s the worst generalization you can possible make about this beer because fruitcake has a bad rap. However, all of those raisin/plum/spice characters are there and the 12% ABV will warm you right up. The age on the beer should subdue a little bit of the heat associated with the higher alcohol and make for a mellow, yet potent ale.

 

- Hill Farmstead Harlan: if I’m not mistaken, this is an IPA that has a boatload of Columbus hops (earthy yet a little citrusy when really fresh) and a great malt profile to balance it out. The part that I may be mistaken on is the aspect of exactly how much Columbus is in the recipe and how much of other hops play a part. Either way, I’m going to stay, right here, with you.

 

- Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break: I was going to make a joke about butter but I stopped myself because I should. Someone out there will get that reference and they’ll find it amusing. Anyway, this is a big old Imperial Stout that we’ve aged for two years to maximize the flavor and minus the heat. Enjoy this for the sake of being a beer and allow it to soothe you.

 

- Citizen Cider Citizen Sour: I always feel redundant when I say something twice. It’s like being from the Department of the Office of Redundancy Department. Anyway, the way in which folks are making “kettle sours” these days in regards to beer (souring in the kettle, as opposed to the lengthy process of aging for months or years) is the same way that the folks at Citizen approach this cider. Expect it to be sour.

 

 

And, stay tuned for next week, we’re doing a fire sale on our bottles so WATCH OUT!

 

 

Happy Holidays folks! Thanks for coming.

 

THISWILLHELPWHENINTHEBACKGROUND Taproom

 

We have a new menu with new things...

Hello Friends!  

Well, we’ve had or new menu online for less than a week but, well, it’s incredibly exciting and delicious.

 

Some highlights (not trying to exclude anything here, I don’t want to hurt the burger’s feelings but, well, you already knew of him and he’s already been in you and I figured I would mention some of the newer folks on the block so stop sulking Mr. Burger):

 

- Chorizo Piquillo Peppers: imagine a slightly sweet/spicy pepper with our chorizo inside of it. Now imagine it in you. All good things.

 

- FIVE different ways to enjoy our hand cut world famous French Style Fries (House Fries (you know this one, it’s with the highly addictive TPT sauce and sautéed onions), Chili Fries (our “coney sauce”), Cheese Fries (that cheese sauce that comes with the pretzels, that one) and Chili Cheese Fries (because you know what you’re doing – even says that on the menu)!

 

- FOUR different kinds of Burgers! The aforementioned Mr. Burger, the TPT Burger with the pickled hots and our peanut butter, a Quinoa-Black Bean Burger and a Falafel Burger.

 

- Scotch Egg.

 

- Scotch Egg.

 

- Scotch Egg.

 

- New Comprised Salad! Grilled Radicchio ‘Wedge’ with blue cheese dressing (yes, you can now have our Buttermilk Wings with blue cheese dressing, just ask), pork belly lardon, chopped egg and croutons.

 

- Other stuff as well but I don’t want to write out the whole menu.

 

 

OTHER THINGS!

 

We’re still on the train of giving (different than the Wayne Train – anyone who knows me knows what I’m talking about Go Flyers) and next Tuesday we’re going to be donating 5% of ALL SALES to Vermont Access to Reproductive Freedom. This is a great organization working to ensure that Women have the right to control what happens to their health and bodies. As I’m sure you’re inclined to not only agree but also want to support this great cause, you should come in a donate to them by eating awesome food and drinking awesome libations. Did I mention that we have a new cocktail list coming soon?

 

On to the beer:

 

- You’re going to see a LOT of Hill Farmstead coming down the pipeline in the next few days if it hasn’t already. Expect Sumner, Harlan, Susan, a whole host of different versions of Society & Solitude including #2, which is like an Imperial Black IPA. Well, it’s not “like” an Imperial Black IPA, it IS an Imperial Black IPA. Also, Of First & Last things…I’m not going anywhere with this, that’s the name of the beer. Oh, and Abner, which you love.

 

- Lawson’s Finest Equinox will also be on but it won’t be long, won’t be looooooooong…

 

- One of these days (that’s the song I just referenced) we will also have Evil Twin’s Imperial Biscotti Break that’s been hanging out in our basement for two years waiting for the opportunity to introduce itself to you. Well, it got called to the show and it’s on deck.

 

 

 

 

That should be good enough for you for this week but if it’s not, send me a line (kevin@threepennytaproom.com) and I’ll basically write as fast as I can at you in a non-secular format.

 

 

Cheers!

 

 

PLEASEDON’TBUYTHISFORME Taproom.

Give it. Give it real good.

Ok folks, here’s the rubdown of what we’re going to be doing for the entire month of December:  

This past Tuesday we donated 5% of our sales for the whole day to the Montpelier food pantry. We are given so much by our community that we’ve decided to do this every Tuesday for the month of December.

 

It just seems that this is the right thing to do and the right time to do it, you know?

 

So, next up is Prevent Child Abuse Vermont. We’ll be giving them the same treatment (donating 5% of our sales (that’s for both food AND drink) for the entirety of Tuesday) this Tuesday coming up, the 13th of December. For 40 years, Prevent Child Abuse Vermont has been working effectively to prevent child abuse and neglect through parent education, support and public awareness. Their mission is to promote and support healthy relationships within families, schools and communities to eliminate child abuse. Please join us in supporting this great organization.

 

The other part of business to discuss is the fact that we’re going to launching our new menu VERY soon. As in, next week, so stay tuned for some highlights here and there to wet your whistles so that you can, you know, whistle better.

 

One of those additions to the menu that you should probably know about is the permanence of the Chorizo Stuffed Piquillo Peppers. Why am I singling this out? Because on one of my bar shifts I had a gentleman come in who had a wonderful time. We were running the stuffed peppers as a little teaser/appetizer that day and he ordered it. And then he order another. And another. And another. All in all, he consumed five portions of the special and then order three to go, ultimately ending the possibility that we could serve it to anyone else because he ordered the rest of them. They’re that good.

 

Oh, and two different “veggie” burgers? Yup, we’re caring deep about you.

 

 

Beer?

 

Sure:

 

Hill Farmstead Double Galaxy: when one Galaxy isn’t enough.

 

Smuttlabs Coffee Brown: think about the Old Brown Dog, it’s good right? Add coffee.

 

Oxbow Luppolo: man, am I excited about this one. I like the gents from Oxbow. They make the good beer. They also went and made an Italian Style Pilsner (think about that time I gushed over the Tipopils) and we’re going to have it on tap. I’m am the excite.

 

Also for the psyche bank: River Roost’s (White River Junction, Vermont) Martian Moon House will be on soon with all of its Galaxy and Mosaic goodness wrapped up in a 7% American IPA.

 

 

There you have it.

 

 

The past couple of weeks I’ve been putting a non-spaced link before the word “Taproom” at the end of each blog post. My intention is that, if you wanted to, if there was a group of you that felt like getting me a gift for any reason whatsoever, that’s just plainly what I’d want. However, that should not be a gift from a singular person, it’s just too expensive. BUT, if a whole GROUP of you wanted to go in on it, well, if you’re wondering what you could possible get me, that’s it.

 

 

Aside from that, we’re in the giving mood and we love you all.

 

THISTHING Taproom

Upper Pass Next Thursday!!!

I’ve been around the beer industry a very long time. I’ve seen breweries start and breweries end and I’ve tasted their wares in the in between time when they were still making beer. I entered the industry even before I was legally allowed to drink the beer that I was making.  

That is all to say that when a childhood friend of mine, Chris Perry, started the process of opening his own brewery a bunch of years ago I wished him luck with the most whole-hearted sincerity and waited. Not that my opinion or my “luck” mean that much in the universe but I knew that the day would come where Chris “made it.” He’s too talented and too driven not to. Along with his business partner, Andrew Puchalik (who also grew up in the same area that Chris and I did and is just as determined and talented), they’ve grinded and worked hard to make their brand, Upper Pass Brewing Company (as well as a coffee company and a whole array of other things these guys do) a success.

 

It is an absolute pleasure to be able to have them on tap and next Thursday, the 8th of December, we’re going to throw down with them to show you what these guys can do.

 

We will have 4 (four!) offerings from Upper Pass including a pin (a smaller version of a cask but a cask nonetheless) of the one that you’re all coming to love since it’s been on tap for a while now, the First Drop American Pale Ale dry hopped with Azacca hops. Here’s what we’ll have in addition to the aforementioned cask of phenomenal dry hopped Pale Ale:

 

- Cloud Drop Double IPA: expect all of the things you’ve come to expect from a double IPA made in Vermont. It’s going to be amazing.

 

- Yuzu Buckwheat Saison: the base of the beer is the sun that shines through the use of Saison yeast but there’s going to be a spicy character from the buckwheat and a citrusy aspect from the yuzu (it’s a citrus fruit after all).

 

- Moove On Up Coffee Milk Stout: NITRO!

 

 

It’s going to be a great great day. We’ll have them all on all day and probably tap the cask closer to 3 o’clock in the post meridian, which is completely different than the prime meridian, let me tell you.

 

For this week we’ll have all the hits:

 

- Multiple different versions of Hill Farmstead’s series Society and Solitude. We have THREE, NINE and FOUR in house and you’ll see them all soon.

 

- We’re going to go through another round of Idletyme’s Bohemia Pilsner! I love the fact that Vermont has so many great examples of the classic style to choose from. We will always have one on tap and we like to show you what these great breweries are putting out there, so we rotate them. Idletyme’s is a little softer and more floral than the others, which is awesome and good.

 

- Oxbow Loretta is on tap and the description “Rustic Blonde” is under the name on the chalk board. What it should say is “Grisette,” but since that term is not as well known as “rustic” and “blonde” we went with the other one. Grisette translates to “little grey” and it was originally made for the miners of southern Belgium, specifically the Hainaut province. The term was said to have come about because of the aprons worn by the people doling out the beer, which were grey because of the ore and dust being mined. It’s lower in alcohol and made with spelt, giving the saison aspect a slight crispness.

 

 

That’s what I got for you this week.

 

 

Tune in Batman, drop out Robin. I don’t know what that means. It just came out.

 

 

 

Cheers!

 

 

WEAREENTERINGTHESEASONWHEREYOUGUYSBUYMETHIS Taproom

And they gave thanks by not being open...

Happy Thanksgiving! We’re closed tomorrow…  

 

 

 

 

We live in a city of dreams. We ride on a highway of fire.

 

 

 

Not really.

 

 

 

The city of dreams part is right but the highway of fire would be completely illogical since it’s kind of cold out now and I’m pretty sure tarmac doesn’t just light on fire in the winter. I could be wrong but I rarely am these days especially when it comes to fire and especially when I’m just basically quoting THIS song because it’s stuck in my head. Also, THIS song has been on constant loop since THIS came out because I’m basically listening to nothing but THAT right now.

 

Anywho…

 

 

 

We’re geared up for the fact that the Holiday season is upon us and you’re right in the middle of it. That’s a good thing. It’s good to be in the middle of things.

 

I just wanted to, this week, put some songs in your head and also let you know that [hint hint] Gift Cards make an excellent addition to someone’s day when presents are being exchanged. They can then exchange (see how this works?) for not only libation but gestation devices as well. Also, merchandise falls under that category so feel free to use those trading chips for that as well.

 

That’s basically it.

 

 

 

We will have beer for all of your holiday needs:

 

- Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude: we will have many many incarnations of these ever rotating variations of American Double IPAs in the next couple of weeks, basically too many to list off here but I’ll just give you the numbers FOUR, THREE and NINE and let you go from there.

 

- Mayflower Oatmeal Stout: it’s that time of year folks, which could mean that I’m talking about the Holidays when in fact I’m actually talking about Stouts, especially Oatmeal Stouts, because they’re made with Oats, which gives the Stout a bit more body. They are also made with a high proportion of highly roasted malts, which makes it all black like.

 

- Speaking of Stouts, we will also have Stone Brewing’s 2015 Russian Imperial Stout, which will be much more in the way of higher alcohol than the Oatmeal Stout aforementioned.

 

- Oh! And Oxbow Loretta will be on soon and it makes me happy because I love the style of Grisette. It’s basically a funky table Saison. Not basically. It’s a funky table Saison and I love them.

 

 

And I love you mean it.

 

 

 

Until then

 

 

 

JUSTLEAVINGTHISRIGHTHERE Taproom

 

Bottles, Bottles, Everywhere!

You should know that we give our staff off on Thanksgiving so that they may continue the tradition of sitting around all day and playing epic, longwinded games of Risk and drinking good beer and eating Stove Top. So, we will not be open on that day. However, it did occur to me that something goes perfectly with you being home for the holiday and me playing epic, longwinded games of Risk:  

Beer.

 

 

You knew that was coming from the lack of creativity being generated by the brain computer today, right?

 

What more, something about beer that you may not consider when you’re in our shop is the bottles that we carry. Our list is pretty fun and very Saison heavy, which is great when you’re in the mood for a Saison and we don’t at present have one on the draft list. At the end of the year we’re going to be doing a bottle sale to allow ourselves a refresh of the system and to get you these bottles at a discounted price.

 

But for now, why not come in a get a bottle to share?

 

I have one up my sleeve that’s ruining my shirt because the bottles are the same size as wine bottles but they have been in them and shoving a bottle up my sleeve is stretching the shirt out.

 

It’s an absolutely lovely sour made by Cascade Brewing in Oregon. It’s aged for seven months with 200 pounds of cranberries, hibiscus, sweet orange peel and Thai cinnamon. They don’t make beers more perfect for Thanksgiving than this one. It literally screams Thanksgiving, so much so that I’ve seen a therapist because I thought I was hearing voices but it was just the beer talking, literally.

 

So when you’re in the shop (Three Penny Taproom 108 Main Street Montpelier Vermont USA), why not try out a bottle to share?

 

Here are some highlights:

 

Brasserie Dupont – the eponymous Saison, dry hopped. The word “horse blanket” was basically entered into the lexicon of words used to describe beers because of this beer.

 

Hopfenstark Saison Station 55 – an incredible Saison from our friends up el norte. Super dry and with a little less funk but more drinkability, this is a wonderfully surprising and refreshing beer.

 

Echt Kriekenbier – a wonderful Kriek (sour ale made with cherries, which is the predominant flavor of the beer) that’s sure to suit the time when you’re looking for a beer made with cherries.

 

 

That’s the thing, we have bottles and they’re awesome to share with friends so why not consider it?

 

 

Just a suggestion…

 

 

I’m not going to “should” on you…

 

 

 

 

 

I hope the day finds you well and smiling lots.

 

 

Cheers,

 

 

SERIOUSCOMMASTARTAFUNDFORME Taproom

 

 

Let's do something.

We may appear to just be people who work at a restaurant with an amazing selection of beers but we take seriously basic human rights and as with most of you, we are always concerned with the health and well being of our fellow humans.  

On Tuesday, the 15th of November, we will be donating 5% of ALL SALES to help send much needed aid to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota and those that are working along side them. We wish them success in their efforts for the dignity of democratic representation and the basic human right of access to clean water as well as the protection of their sacred sites, all of which are under threat by a proposed oil pipeline. If you can not join us physically, or if you wish to make a personal contribution to their cause, click HERE, which will take you to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s website and at the bottom of the first page is a link where you can donate to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. There are many times in life where a stand must be taken; for those that are there on the front lines, we feel compelled to support them in any way possible.

 

We are proud and humbled that one member of our extended family and a past part of our kitchen team is currently on sight in North Dakota and was a part of the over 130 arrests that happened at the end of October. All the aid that we are able to raise will be going directly to people like our friend Jonah who are walking the walk for social justice.

 

We will have our friends at Zero Gravity sending us a very special offering and, as we do every Tuesday, we will have a can of Heady Topper and 4 of our buttermilk chicken wings for $9 on special; all the more reason to come out and contribute to this important cause.

 

Thank you for helping out.

 

And, you can also have these other offerings at the same time!

 

- Hill Farmstead Susan – it’s a fan favorite and is also your favorite.

 

- River Roost Harmonious Caper – we’re psyched to bring in some offerings from this White River Junction brewery that’s been getting rave reviews. First, we’re going to introduce you to their session IPA and follow it with others that you’ll enjoy (like the hop choice for their IPAs, just saying).

 

- Lawson’s Finest Maple Nipple – it’s like an 8% amber ale made with a ridiculous portion of maple syrup and maple water and maple thoughts and maple wishes and maple kisses.

 

- Four Quarters Little Umbrellas – if you like your wild ales (or beers made with wild yeasts) with coconut and pineapple then, well, this is where you already get the picture.

 

That’s what’s going on this week (actually next week – or, some of it is this week)!

 

 

Cheers to you.

 

 

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