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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.




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,




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.




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.









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,




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.




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.







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.



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.








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.






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






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.







The Deets, Por Mañana...

This is going to be everything you’ll need to know about the Allagash event tomorrow night.  


First, you should put THIS on in the background to help get yourself in the correct mood.



Don’t worry about the advertisement before the actual video. It was different for me.





Here you go.



This is what we will have on tap starting right when we open Thursday until they run out (click on the names of the beers to go into greater detail straight from the mouths of horses):


- Allagash 2016 Fluxus: So, at the base of the beer we have a Saison that’s made with ginger. But, the beer spent some time on barrels that previously housed Caledonia Spirits’ Tom Cat Gin. That’s the element of surprise right there and we’ll have a Tom Cat cocktail special to go along with it because we like our friends up at Caledonia.


- Allagash One T: That’s one that you should click on because it goes into better detail about how beer used to be transported and how hops were added as a preservative and sometimes wild yeasts would invade the barrels and you’d get a slightly soured beer that’s also very hoppy so they wanted to replicate this experience and made a hoppy beer and fermented it with brettanomyces claussenii, which gives the beer a more tropical sourness if you can even call it sour. I guess you don’t have to click on the link anymore but you should.


- Allagash Ghoulschip: pretty psyched to have this on tap and it probably won’t be for too long me thinks. Ghoulschip is a resident microflora beer made with molasses and local (to them) pumpkins. Meaning, they brew a beer with molasses and pumpkins and then, while still hot, they pump it into their coolship (play on words going on – just so you’re aware) where the wort (unfermented beer) cools overnight and is inoculated with any and all yeasties that are already present in the atmosphere. It then spend up to three years in barrels only to be blended with 3, 2 and 1 year old versions ultimately resulting into the beer you’re going to drink. Fun.



And for the bottles:


- Allagash Hive 56: A dark sour beer made with honey and aged on oak.

- Allagash Tiarna: A blended beer one part wild fermented and one part Belgian yeast strain fermented. Dark golden in color.


- Allagash James & Julie: Their take on a Flemish Sour Brown, fermented with various yeast strains and aged, as you can have guessed by now, in oak.


- Allagash Farm to Face: It starts out as a house fermented beer and then, for their secondary fermentation, they add a whole host of yeasties and peaches. Basically drinks like you’re biting into a peach.





And Allagash Ben will be here with some great things to give away!


Everything will be available all day long so get here early and often.



That’s what I got for you today dudes and dudettes!







Allagash next Thursday!

To start, let it be known that NEXT THURSDAY the 20th of this month we will be inundated and took the over by ALLAGASH!  

You can expect three (actually four – we’ve detailed in the past that Allagash White is almost always on) special drafts from Allagash detailed next week as well as a cocktail special that is also detailed next week as well as our favorite Allagash representative will be here with things that you can take with you when you leave.


Please you to be returning to this blog next week where I tell you all about 2016 Fluxus, GHOULSCHIP, and One T as they are the beers that we will have on.



For this week, I have this:



What YOUR favorite time of year?




Some like the Summer because they can show off their legs.



Some like the Winter because they surf on snow.



Some like the Spring because it gets sprung, want to pull up tough.





I like days like today.



We are in the midst of two things that are incredibly exciting and invigorating. Well, there’s probably more than two but for today, let’s just focus on two because we don’t want to get distracted.


Firstly, we have something that seems about as American as the finger pricked blood spot on the thread of the flag from this lady: Major League Baseball playoffs. Or, if you’re from the Dominican Republic, it’s called “winter ball.” Mostly, they call it that because fans in the DR are ALWAYS amped up for a baseball game. For Americans, they let the season happen around them while they have their own summers and then it starts getting cold out and they’re all like “I’M THE WORLD’S BIGGEST [INSERT TEAM NAME AND COLORS ASSOCIATED HERE] FAN AND I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT THEM! RAH! RAH! RAH!” Which is totally cool. Most people go by this cycle and it makes this time of year and the games played that much more exciting.


An old coach of mine (he’s older than I, yes, but I’m not calling him old. More like, “old” in the “olden days” of my playing career) used to try and have us play “civilized, championship baseball.” Up to this day I was always confused by that since the game in played in the dirt. I think he just didn’t want us mouthing off to the umpires.


Truth be told, I wasn’t a bad baseball player, I was quite good, actually. So, I can give you a first hand love of the game that comes from having hit a round ball, travelling at speeds that would be dangerous to drive, with a round bat squarely and true, making that round ball hop into the air and disappear from sight. The same is true for head-first slides. My first idol growing up was this guy and I perfected this well-timed slide that made the purpose of said slide effective and necessary. Then, he was traded. Next up on idol watch was this guy and it pretty much ended there. He was my guy.




Secondly, today marks the day that I get more excited about than even my birthday. Today is opening day of the 2016-2017 National Hockey League’s season. We play our first game Friday in Los Angeles. [That’s a funny thing. When talking about a team you root for, you sometimes combine them with your own reality and make them (or rather, yourself) a part of you. You refer to this team in the Royal fashion, the “we” version. Well, for me, they are a part of me. They’re a part of my own traditions, my own history. I believe that is why I have a right to include them within my fabric. It’s more than a sport when it gets to that point; it becomes a member of the family. Sometimes you’re embarrassed by them and sometimes you’re reminded why you get so excited just to see the combination of colors even in your daily life.]


I played a bunch of hockey growing up, I know the game fairly well and why people are moving in certain directions on the ice but I was never as good at hockey as I was at baseball or soccer. A lot of that had to do with the fact that I was able to practice baseball and soccer more than being able to find time to be on ice in semi-urban New Jersey. That’s what makes the sport so great. With other sports (not all – there are some that require you to be an alien as well), you’ve already been taught by your body how to walk and run and jump, it comes naturally to your being and is even something you do as a child in a form of “having fun.”


But you have to learn to skate.


You have to get up earlier in the morning than the person throwing papers. You have to fall. You have to learn your edges. You have to learn to glide. You have to learn how to stop [important]. For me, my parents understood my passion for the game and I am grateful to them for allowing me and financially making it possible for me to at least pursue it for a while. I’m also grateful that they made me learn to skate first. Imagine telling a five year old child (include whatever you know about Erikson’s stages of development) that in order for them to play a game, a simple game that they love so much, they will have to put in three years of work before they are allowed to even learn how to play the fundamentals of the game. That’s what I remember doing. I took skating lessons for three winters (this was when the only rink around was under a pavilion in the park in Trenton, before Iceland was built and year-round hockey was available) before I was allowed onto the ice with a stick in my hand. Many people don’t realize that about the game. They see the barbaric, intense, fierce side of the game. I see pure work. I see beauty.


Don’t get me wrong, I had bruises where you could see the stitching of the ball on my chest and shoulders from learning how to stop it properly at third base. I knew the work needed to become successful at other sports as well. But nothing made me work harder to become fluent than hockey.


Watching these men play at the level that the game has become is nothing short of a feat of spontaneous breeding. I feel the same way about American Football players or mostly all top level athletes in general. These people were put on this Earth to do this. They’ve put in the work to be where they are and they are somehow genetically a hell of a lot more suited for the work than we are. So, I live vicariously through them by watching them perfect my favorite game.


I could transition now to how hockey and baseball can be paired with beers and turn this back around into a blog about beer and maybe I will because I just thought about pairing beer with specific games so let’s try this out a bit:


With MLB Playoffs:


Stick to the regions. If you’re a Phillies fan, like me, you’re drinking in the tears of a time when Mike Schmidt was still on the team. See? Easy. Actually, it would be Yuengling. But, if you’re a Cubs fan you could stick to the Chicago roots and go with Half Acre because their beer is great. Dodgers? I know it’s not LA per se but Stone is a short drive away, their beer is fairly eponymous with what happened to the craft world. Same with San Fran, I don’t know California at all and I’m assuming it’s like Vermont. Cleveland? Drink Vermont.


With Hockey:


If you’re a Flyers fans you drink from the cup of life of all that is good and holy because you were born a Flyers fan and anything you drink from said cup is deemed worthy of the Gods.



If you’re a Penguins fan: drink sand.





Just kidding! I love everyone!




Except the penguins.





Here’s some choice for you to ponder over while you make your choices for the watching of the sports:



Burlington Beer Co Orbital Elevator: I’m excited to try this as I have not tried this yet. It’s a double IPA from Vermont (shocker! We have double IPAs here!) but it’s made with a hefty amount of oats, which will add to the body of the beer. Again, excite.


Jackie O’s Mystic Mama: we generally shy away from showcasing IPAs from other parts of the country simply because we’re replete with them already. When I do bring them in I want them to be something that you can’t get readily around here. Mystic Mama is a definitive West-Coast style IPA, which means it’s far more malty than the Vermont ones. You should try it.


Hermit Thrush Brattleberry: A sour pale ale with berries from our friends who make really good sour pale ales with berries.


Hill Farmstead Susan: try this is contrast to the Jackie O’s Mystic Mama. This, to me, is the definitive Vermont IPA.














Have a good one.






HOT JAZZ! And, curation...

Just to let you all know: WE HAVE HOT LIVE JAZZ THIS SATURDAY, THE FIRST OF THE MONTH WITH THE LIKES OF CARR, MORSE AND SELLENRAAD!!! They’ll probably start around the tune of 9:30 at night and they’re really really amazing. So, if you like incredible music, you should make it a point to be there.  

And that’s where I let the right side of my brain take over:





To the person who has taken over the duties of curating the tap list, allow me to offer a couple of pieces of advice from someone who has been doing it for a while. Thank you for your work and I hope you take these words to heart but with also a piece of “thanks for the words dude but I found a better way” in you.


With that being said, here’s what’s worked for me:




Firstly, listen to this VERY LOUD while you pour over the chalkboards.


Next, assign yourself a clipboard, one of the long ones, preferably with some sort of profanity written on the back using one of those label making machines that you bought with the intention to actually get your space organized but you, in certainty, just labeled unnecessary things like water bottles and, well, clipboards. Also, you will need something to write on. If you’re smart, you’ll get a legal pad that either is the same length as your clipboard or one that’s a little shorter. If you’re REALLY smart, you’ll get a legal pad that either is the same length as your clipboard or one that’s a little shorter. The second time around is meant to let you know that you should probably get a shorter than clipboard legal pad.




The point is, be prepared. Write down what you have currently on tap and then lay out what you have stocked to come on when something kicks. Once you have your inventory locked in, it’s time to choose other beers and ciders and kombucha to replace the beers and ciders and kombuchas that you will no longer have once the vessel that they are in are empty.


This is called “curating.”


It’s kind of like an art gallery that you get to drink. Well, not you, someone gets to drink it.


The thing with curating is that you want the ability, at any given time, for a singular person to walk through the door and have something specifically available for them to choose that’s going to blow their beautiful minds.


That’s the trick.


Well, that and you need to really serve the beer. You’re not going to serve hoppy beers ANYTHING but fresh. Serving a month or two (or, gasp – MORE than that – it should be illegal – and, whenever the Beer Police actually is formed I think you’re going to see some crack downs but for now we’ll just have to weigh on moral and professional values) hoppy beer is not doing the customer OR the brewery any favors. That beer isn’t the way in which the brewer who spent eons getting that beer to be what they wanted it to be should be. Beers like Saisons or Imperial Stouts or Barley Wines actually like a little age to them so keep that in mind as well.


So, here’s the setup, ask yourself these questions. And, if you can answer yes to ALL of them, you’re well suited to having everyone happy, which is the point, right? [editor’s note: the named beers that we, Three Penny Taproom, have on right now for you will be in brackets (“[ ]”) next to the questions so that we can be as transparent with you as possible.]


Do you have?:


- Something hoppy but not high in alcohol? [Hill Farmstead Edward – upcoming: Lost Nation Mosaic]


- Something “light” like a Pilsner? [Green State Lager from Zero Gravity – not everyone is in on Craft Beer – some people like the light lagers of yore – that’s not a bad thing – it’s your job to introduce everyone to something they may like – GSL is a fantastic representation of a Pilsner and could be a gateway.]


- Something malty/amber? [Smuttynose Old Brown Dog does the trick here.]


- Something really hoppy? [Lawson’s Sip of Sunshine and Hill Farmstead Abner/Society & Solitude while we have it.]


- Something under $6 a pint? [This is a big one. Your doors are open to everyone. The $6 pint is something that has become something of a rarity these days, which is kind of a shame, especially in beer bars. Beer can be expensive to buy as a business in order to serve your customers. Beer can be not as expensive as the other ones. Plan accordingly and spread the margin, that way, your prices are fair for both parties. But, always have something that helps your customers first; right now we presently have 12 out of our 24 at or under $6. You’re welcome.]


- Something in the Belgian category? [Allagash White for the time being but we’ll have Hill Farmstead Dorothy and Anna on tap fairly soon – also, Allagash White is under $5 a pint with the tax and everything.]


- Something like a Porter? [Mayflower – one of the best available]


- A Stout? [when available, look for Dry Stouts, they go over well. But, Imperial Stouts are very popular as well and can be aged. So, order two, pour one, put one away for the instance that you need a stout.]


- Gluten Free? [in this town? Absolutely. Always have at least one cider on tap [Citizen Unified right now] but try and give options, like having more than one. Also, drink nothing but Gluten Free Beers for about two months looking for one that rises above the rest. Then, try and make sure it’s available readily. In my research, Groundbreaker IPA is the best. We have that now.]


- Something Sour? [Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge and Rodenbach Alexander right now with Almanac Honey Lavender de Brettaville fading fast (selling quickly)]


- Pale Ales? [galore.]


- Lastly, because of the state that you’re in, always have an IPA, a standard to which all others can be judged. I’ve chose Smuttynose Finest Kind because it’s really hard to find one that you can get on a regular basis that is as consistent and as defining as it is. Sure, you’ll have Susan and Mystic Mama from Jackie O’s on, but what I’m really saying is having an IPA ready for when you’re really busy and your customer is in a rush and all they blurt out at you is, “IPA.” (It happens) They won’t be disappointed.



That should be a good start.



Just remember, bringing in the beers that you want to bring in because they’re the shiniest and trendiest out there is great and you’ll have plenty of time to do that (and make sure you do your research); establishing a complete vision is more important than shock value.



- end –




Well, that didn’t go as intended. I didn’t mean to be that serious. That’s what I get for letting righty take over…


So, for an apology, check THIS out.











Sprichst du Deutsch?

Hallo! Sie sind die größte Auberginen im Garten!  

It’s the day before the Autumnal Equinox.





At least that’s what you said.




It’s also VERY close to the start of Oktoberfest in the country that has the next great hope for the United States Men’s Soccer Team playing in it. It’s always a fun time of year. The environment gets prettier, I get uglier and the season slowly (sometimes) fades into the next one, as we’re expectant at this point seemingly seamlessly.


To aid in the celebration of King Ludwig’s old-school wedding (that’s why it started in the first place) we will have our own (not our own – we don’t make beer) versions of the Oktoberfest style on hand for you to drink with your mouths (or however you decide that you want to drink them).


The Oktoberfest style is one that is increasingly interesting, to me, to try and define. The original version(s), the Marzens, were beers that were brewed in March, lagered in caves over the Summer and then brought out and served in late September in order to celebrate the start of the brewing season. I know, that’s kind of confusing. Here’s a more in depth run down: the brewing season in Munich back in the good old days (the days prior to the modern advances in technology and stuff) was typically between late September and mid March every year. Because of the nature of yeast doing what yeast does, there needs to either be a controlled environment where the temperature of the fermentation is constant or you have to wait until the temperature of the environment itself allows you to live in a cooler climate. Hence, brewing beer only between September and March. So, brewers would make ALL of the beer for the year in between that time period. The very last beer that they would make would be cellared in ice caves over the summer and served at Oktoberfest. I already mentioned that but for the linearists out there I felt it necessary to follow that path.


Oktoberfest beers are typically Amber in color and roughly about 5-6% alcohol. The purpose of these beers is to be drank, a lot. Therefore, they keep the alcohol lower so that you can drink more of them. Which, is awfully nice of them.


And, we will be showcasing TWO different interpretations of this style in the next couple of weeks, both of which coming from breweries that know a thing or three about making lagers true to form. The first is from Idletyme Brewing of Mountain Top, Stowe and the second is Zero Gravity from their stronghold surrounding of Burlingtown. Both of which will be delightful.


And, that’s all we’re serving.





No more other beers.






[he’s lying]




But, that all being said, I hope the start of the Autumn is going well for you and this has been hard to write since I’m kind of like THIS when it comes to THIS even though THIS is still going on and THIS is also going on as well but THIS!





And all THAT being said, take care.





Small Screen Theatre (depending)...

In order to accurately and professionally let free the information that is needed this week, we must first turn to a piece of art which has no relevance to the reasoning behind why our name is what it is but it is very similar to our name and was once a play (is still) so, on this day some eighty eight (88!) years after it’s premiere we will run through the play to let you know about chicken wings. But first, we must establish the characters used (or about to be) and give them a little back story. By the by, the play (film, eventually) is called “Die Dreigoschenoper” but is also called, when translated, “The Threepenny Opera.”  

Here are the characters/players:


- Mack (“Mack the Knife”): total criminal but seemingly OK dude since he is totally besties with the police chief even though he’s a criminal.

- JJ Peacham: he controls the beggars, all of them.

- Celia Peacham: married to JJ, helps him run the ship, totally breaking hearts and shaking confidences, daily.

- Polly Peacham: not just a really great name for an ice cream flavor, she’s the daughter of Celia and JJ and, after having known Mack for about 48 hours, decides to accept his offer of marriage, much to the behest of her parents but if they accepted the union then we wouldn’t have much of a conflict with which to build a plot.

- Tiger: Chief of Police, head honcho of the policia, Army buddies with Mack and it’s weird because we’re pretty sure he knows that Mack is a criminal but he’s still chummy with him.

- Lucy: Tiger’s daughter and the background pretty much stops there.

- Jenny: former fling of Mack’s and bribed to try and get Mack in trouble and/or hanged.



And here’s the rundown, from memory (which might be a little hazy – it’s not like I can look up the plot synopsis on the internet as reference or anything (kids these days – back in MY day we actually had to reads these things)):


JJ opens us up with a bout between him and Filch, one of his beggars under his employment. JJ then learns that his daughter didn’t return home the previous evening and he’s not amused and comes to the conclusion that she’s in cahoots with Mack and then he gets red in the face.


Then, Polly and Mack are hanging out in a stable and it’s kind of like a wedding but no vows are exchanged and then everyone in the posse gets to eat stolen food. There’s a little tense moment when the police chief arrives (Tiger) but it’s all kind of a show since Mack and Tiger are tight and Tiger is one of the reasons that Mack isn’t in jail or hanged because he’s got his back on numerous occasions.


Polly goes back home and goes full bore into the “I’m going to love him no matter what you say” thing when talking to her parents. In this fit she kind of lets the cat out of the bag that Tiger and Mack are homies, which her parents are probably going to use against one of them in the future.


Polly goes back to Mack and tells him that her father is going to have him arrested, via song (the telling, not the arresting). Mack is all like “peace, then, I’m out and here’s how you run my business whilst I’m out.” On his way out of town he stops to see an old fling (Jenny) to talk about the good old days but Mack doesn’t know that Celia has bribed Jenny to turn him in.


Tiger is there to get him and is all like, “sorry bro, just doing my job” but they take Mack away anyway. Lucy and Polly get into it over their shared man and it’s like a wigwam and a teepee, it’s two tents. Polly leaves and Lucy conspires to get Mack out of jail. JJ learns about this and goes right to Tiger and gives him the old, “if you let this happen I’m going to end you by releasing all of my beggars during the Queen’s coronation parade and she’ll be Royally pissed in the actually proper sense of the word.”


Jenny goes to the beggar’s banquet to get her money for turning Mack in but Celia isn’t having it. Tiger gets there ready to arrest JJ when he learns that the beggars are already in position to ruin the parade and the only way to stop them is to actually REALLY arrest Mack and have him torn down so that JJ will stop the beggars, which will in turn save Tiger’s job/life.


With Mack back in jail he’s scrambling to try and get the money needed to get out of there and, turns out, no one’s helping this time. Just as the gallows are nearing for Mack he gets one of my absolute favorite Latin phrases handed to him and ultimately gets pardoned, granted a title, a castle and a pension from the Queen for, well, practically nothing that the audience ever figures out. Then they all sing about wronging the wrong is wrong because life is harsh.






And because we think you’ve all waited long enough for it to happen, we’re bringing back OUR BUTTERMILK FRIED CHICKEN WINGS!!!


Yup. You loved them, we took them away for a hot second and now they’re back, for good this time.


We also have beer (man, describing a play I saw probably once took up a LONG time) and it’s worth mentioning:


- Lost Nation House Pale Ale Is Quite Good And It’s An American Pale Ale That’s About As Good As You’re Ever Going To Have.

- Speaking of the hoppity: We have a very small amount of both Jackie O’s (Ohio – if you know, you’ll know) Mystic Mama IPA (West Coast Style IPA) and Matriarch (Triple IPA). One of them is on right at this moment.

- Let’s keep on with the hops and talk about Double Citra from Hill Farmstead. There, we just talked about it. It’s got Citra hops in it. Like, lots.

- On the other side of the spectrum we will be pouring Cigar City’s God of Fear soon, which is an incredible Imperial Stout from the state of Florida.




Be Excellent to Each Other.






The W's and the H.

Ok, here goes y’all.  

Because of my degree(s) I feel it necessary to go through the good old “Five W’s and one H” partly because I walked past a gentleman yesterday carrying Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style and I hope I referenced that correctly so as to avoid the slap of a ruler against the other side of my palms as is custom for me to replicate upon myself when mistakes are made. So, after a brief introduction we will go into the deep and classically trained world of the most boring yet informative way in which to go over situational needs.




I’ve told y’all about the takeover that we’re doing this Friday (the 19th (Nineteenth)) with our friends from Burial Brewing out of Asheville, North Carolina and Bissell Brothers Brewing out of Portland, Maine and now I’m going to give you the run down on what we’ll have on tap and when.




In this corner:


Weighing in at a combined IQ of 201,087, Bissell Brothers Brewing from the southpaw city, Portland, Maine.


And in this corner:


Weighing in on the situation with their opinions that are always apt and humorous, Burial Brewing from Asheville, North Carolina.




It’s what people used to consider a “tap takeover,” which basically means that the majority of the beers available in a bar for a specific time are generally consistent of a few in not only one brewery. This will be the case. The majority of our taps on Friday (all day long) will be either that of the Bissell Brothers or Burial Brewing.




I’ll be in here like a busy beaver early on Friday morning and late on Thursday night getting everything ready for this and we should have everything on tap right when we open at 11 in the morning. Keep in mind that many of these beers will be limitedly available and it might be best for you to get here as early as you can in order to make sure you get to try the beer that you really want to try. I’ll be holding some beers in reserve so that you’ll be excited even if something goes quickly. But, it’s probably best for me to tell you that we want it available all day so people don’t have to wait around for something to go on because that’s not fair.




I don’t feel like I need to answer this.





Does anyone remember an advertising campaign during the (probably) late 80s, early 90s when a major brand ran the “Why Ask Why, Try…” campaign? Looking back with a more assertive tone that just seems like placation to me.


In this case, you should know that these two breweries make incredible beers. And, we wanted to have them at our spot because they’re our friends and we wanted to introduce you, dear reader(s), to them. That’s why.




How! You good?




Ok, here’s the list:


Burial Brewing –


- Tin Cup Camp Stout: a low alcohol Coffee Milk Stout with Counter Culture Coffee beans.

- Two Prophets Summer Saison: a Saison brewed with Rye and Oats and inundated with local Carolina Peaches. Finished with basil

- Ulfberht Baltic Porter: a dark lager fermented with juniper berries and aged in oak casks for 6 months.

- Surf Wax IPA: the description that Burial sent me had nods to the greatest film ever set to celluloid (THIS ONE) so I asked them to get me two, Utah. Anyway, This is their IPA loaded with Mosaic, Citra, Centennial and Columbus.

- We will also have a couple of cans of their collaboration with Other Half Brewing from Brooklyn of the New York called Prismatic Eye Double IPA, which is a double IPA with NC grown six-row grain and Citra, Summer and Centennial hops.

- The curve ball here that will go on after on of the above kicks will be The Parable of the Sower Herbal Saison, which I’m going to tell you about now because I won’t be able to actually write all of the below on a chalkboard: it’s a Saison that’s fermented on Rooibos tea, sweet orange peel, barberry, golden raisin and Calmyrna figs. So, when you see “Herbal Saison” that’ll be what that means.


Bissell Brothers:


- Substance: their flagship, one of my favorites. It straddles the areas between an American Pale Ale and an IPA, completely fitting both styles yet making it’s own case as the Substance from Bissell Brothers.

- Baby Genius: kind of a “session IPA” with Citra, Ella and Topaz hops.

- Lux: a Rye Pale Ale with Mosaic and Centennial hops.

- Diavoletto: one that I haven’t tried yet and I’m wildly excited for (which reminds me of my friend Andrew because whenever something really cool would happen to us either individually or as a group his reaction was to put his arms in the arm, spin around and yell, “THESE ARE THE PARTY DAYS!!!” much like the Mr. Show skit that I’m not going to link to here because I’m trying to not be inappropriate today) because it’s a beer with great body and flavor yet it stands at a mighty 2.6% ABV.




Couple all of that with the fact that crews from BOTH breweries will be around to give you hugs if they want to (if they want to) and you’re set for an incredible time.



Look what happens when I have a lot to enlarge to show detail for you; there’s more to read.



See you this Friday.





This is a Takeover...





























The two breweries that we’re doing a tap takeover with NEXT FRIDAY are:


















And, we’re going to let them duke it out all like this (whoa! Wait! That’s NSFW by the way).






It’s actually Bissell Brothers Brewing hailing from Portland, Maine and Burial Brewing out of Asheville, North Caroline. What makes it even more exciting is the fact that we’ll have 9 (NINE!) of their wares on tap, all at once, intermixed with others, yes, but we’ll have NINE (9!) total from the two breweries. That’s a good amount. And, Burial Brewing hasn’t yet been served in the state (Vermont) so that’ll be great to welcome them into our nice little Hamlet we have here. Both breweries will have some folks here to hang out so you should come down and say hello in the most Vermont way possible. We will have everyone on right when we open at 11 and we have more than one of each so we should have plenty for everyone. I say should in Italian because I can’t predict the future, yet.



I’m planning on doing a “click bait” email next week where I tell you exactly what we’re putting on so, well, I’m a week ahead of myself. I figured next week would be a good time to let you know exactly what we’re putting on so, well, I’m a week ahead of myself.






…anyone else just have déjà vu? Not those guys who play with Neil Young…




It’s gone now.




For now, we’re pretty psyched on the Olympics and if you have someone that you REALLY want to watch, by all means, we’re here to help. Something that would expedite the process is if you look up which channel the event you’d like to watch in a search engine platform along with the name of our cable provider (rhymes with “Erect CDs”) and let us know the number of the channel that it is on. Otherwise I hold rank and we’re going to watch every piece of Ice Hockey (if you’re new here: I like Ice Hockey) that’s being shown.



Also, I touched on it last week but if you feel like spending $15 to get $30 in value along with donating $2 for each sold to the Montpelier Food Pantry I suggest you click on THIS and then do so.





Drinking pleasure time!!!







You can expect the following on tap either right now or very soon leading up to the next time we talk:


- Hill Farmstead Arthur: I like this beer. A lot. It’s one of the best Farmstead™/Farmhouse/Saison beers out there and I’ve been out there and it was not as scary as everyone said it was going to be and now I have trust issues.

- Firestone Walker (oddly enough the name of this brewery always reminds me of people who have their first names and last names that are typically either two first names (generally) or two last names – e.g. George Brett, Charlie Scott, Tywin Lannister, etc. – and I ALWAYS think, man that Firestone must be a nice person because I’ve never met anyone named Firestone that wasn’t a nice person) Luponic Distortion is on tap right now and it’s great. It’s an experimental hop IPA (they don’t release the names of the hops otherwise my cloak wouldn’t be as dark) and it’s from the West Coast and tastes just like an IPA that comes from the West Coast that uses Experimental hops.

- Idletyme Weizen is almost as perfect as you can get and when it’s warm outside it’s almost as perfect as you can get to have around. For those of you that have been searching or waiting (pronounced WAIting) for a hefeweizen then this is your time just like the Goonies.

- Shacksbury Millrace will be on with all of its naturally fermented cider goodness and you’ll be happy.



Usually, this is the point of the email where I think to myself, “self, I think you’re saying too much and I think it’s probably best to leave these nice people alone.”


And this time will be no different.



Cheers to all of your wonderful faces and we’ll see you soon.



USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA! (I know it’s not the Olympics but I really like this tradition and the crowd remains totally silent during the Canadian Anthem – plus, trying to find something that is a group of people chanting “USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!USA!” without it being kinda actually unpatriotic was proving difficult because I didn’t want you to think that I’m unpatriotic)


An American Haka.

For those of you who’ve come to expect hilarity here, you will be sore in two days from the lack of it today. For today, I need to go over a couple of things that are important and we need to talk about them so I will write them in English and then in an other language that many of you will not be able to understand but there will be at least one person out there in TV land that will be able to decipher it and it’ll make that person(s)’s day, which will be kind of like a surprise birthday present for them where they feel special and we all can kind of look at them and think, “good for them, they deserve it.”  

Firstly, we’re about to go through another cycle of Localvore starting NEXT MONDAY! If you’re unfamiliar with how that works: you go to the Localvore website (this’ll work) next Monday and you’ll see us on there (the website – we’re not going to be hanging on your computer screen like a monkey – although, we could if that’d make you smile), you’ll have an opportunity to purchase a $15 gift certificate which will be worth $30 in Three Penny money. It’s a really good deal and we’ve had great success with it in the past getting old and new customers to have some smiles on their pretty faces. However, this time around, we’re also donating $2 FROM EACH LOCALVORE SOLD to go to the MONTPELIER FOOD PANTRY. Because we love everyone and it’s the right thing to do. Ethics are a wonderful thing.


Secondsies, it’s a couple of weeks away but it should be noted that we’re doing a tap takeover. We don’t necessarily do tap takeovers very often so when we do them we try and do them in an annoying fashion (in a good way – like, if you’re going to do something, you might as well do it BIG). This will involve beers from THIS brewery and THIS one as well and there will be upwards to TEN of their beers on all at once. So, you’ll have an opportunity to try a lot of them. The event is on the 19th of this month. It’s a Friday and I already put it in your calendar as “DON’T MISS THIS!!!” so that’s what that’ll mean. I’ll be talking about it more in the coming weeks but I figured I would get that proverbial “ball” going somewhere other than where it was when we first began this conversation what were we talking about again?



And now for those that enjoy the language of the Czech:


Za prvé jsme se projít do další cyklus Localvore začíná příští pondělí! Pokud jste obeznámeni s jak to funguje: jdete na stránkách Localvore (to bude fungovat) příští pondělí a uvidíte nás na tu (webové stránky – nebudeme viset na obrazovce počítače jako opice – i když, jestli že by vás úsměv), budete mít možnost zakoupit 15 dolarů dárkový certifikát, který bude za 30 dolarů ve třech Penny peníze. Je to opravdu dobrý obchod a měli jsme velký úspěch s ním v minulosti stále staré a nové zákazníky, aby si některé úsměvy na tvářích hezké. Nicméně tentokrát, jsme také darovat $2 od každé LOCALVORE PRODAL jít do MONTPELIER ZÁBAVNEJ. Protože máme všichni rádi a je to správná věc. Etika je báječná věc.

Secondsies, je to pár týdnů, ale je třeba poznamenat, že to děláme kohoutku převzetí. Ne nutně klepněte převzetí velmi často, takže když to děláme, je vyzkoušet a udělat je obtěžující způsobem (v dobrém –, pokud chceš něco udělat, možná stejně to velké). To bude zahrnovat piva z tohoto pivovaru a tohle stejně a tam bude nahoru do deseti svých piv na všechny najednou. Takže budete mít možnost vyzkoušet si mnoho z nich. Událost je na 19 tohoto měsíce. Je pátek a už bych to v kalendáři jako "Nenechte si ujít tuto!" tak to je to, co to bude znamenat. Budu mluvit o tom více v příštích týdnech, ale myslel jsem, že by si, že příslovečnou "ples" jiné než někam kde to bylo když jsme poprvé začali tuto konverzaci co jsme mluvili o znovu?



Which, typing that out (I had to use my Czech keyboard) reminded me that I was in nearby Slovakia about 10 years ago. I was not good at picking up the language. However, I learned just enough to get us a copy of this song just in the nick of time. I also learned “please” and “beer.” Which, in retrospect and for the next time I’m in Slovakia, I will learn “I’m sorry” more than anything. But, for those of you that want to know; “beer” is “pivo.”


Here’s some pivo for you to get when you come in to watch the Olympics because damn right they’ll be on since I have to get my Judo fix once every four years [side note: will you all help with something? While watching the Euros we all got to see the Icelanders do THIS. And, the Maori’s have THIS. The first of which is just simply stunning, to see an entire fleet of nationals all doing the same movement, together. That’s pride. The second, if you’re not moved by that, well, I’m far more emotional a person than you are apparently. That’s where you come in; what’s something that we can start doing, as Americans, together? Or, do we just chant USA! USA! USA!? Because if that’s the deal, let’s do it better than the other country’s even though they have no reason to chant USA! USA! USA! We should start something…


Anyway, on to the pivo…]


- Zero Gravity Double Down Under Double IPA Made With Hops From New Zealand (THIS) And Australian Yeast. That’s the “Double Down Under” part. They sure make Double IPAs really good up there all the way in Burlingtown.


- Urban Farm Fermentory’s Amalgam is on right now and if you’ve been looking for a cross between a dry cider and a kombucha then, well, that’s exactly what it is so your search can end now.


- Firestone Walker’s Luponic Distortion is another of those experimental hop IPAs from the west coast that goes against the west coast IPA stereotype and isn’t above 6 percent in the A to the B to the V. Think of the tropics.


- Hill Farmstead Walden is one of my favorite beers so I’m not going to tell you what it’s all about so I can drink more of it look away look away look away Dixieland.


- the return (return) of Lawson’s Finest Super Session #2 is imminent, you’ve been warned.




See, that’s how I roll when I’m short-winded.


- Localvore and the Donating to the Montpelier Food Pantry.


- Tap Takeover


- Olympics.



That’s all.





Have a greater week than everyone else!






We're hunting rabbits...

Let us start your day off with something that, if it doesn’t brighten your world for at least eight minutes, then I’m really not sure how to actually get through to you people (I say that in the nicest way possible – it’s not like I use the term “you people” very often (actually, when I do, I usually use a comma)) and try to shroud you with the blanket that is called “happy.”  

Watch THIS when you have a minute. We’re about to go into detail so, in the immortal words of the bunny itself, “speaking in confidentiality, SPOILER ALERT FOR THE REST OF THIS MESSAGE.”


Why are we watching this today?


A couple of simple reasons, actually. First, this clip aired for the first time on this date in 1940 and thus, a star was born. Although his name was never spoken or mentioned during their original scene, Bugs Bunny got his start. Second, I have a background in Children’s Literature and have over-analyzed countless numbers of books and things that people read to those humans whose brains are still developing (should be noted: never stops – but, children are more apt to have something shape them than a full grown human brain and it’s important to send them subliminal messages, apparently). Never, in my years of over-analysis, have I even thought of doing so with cartoons. What an idiot I was/am.


But the real reason to watch this today: it’s really really funny.


I mean, immediately, you get to see a very young Elmer Fudd (how young he looks! The camera must have advanced in its technology throughout the years to be able to add five pounds because it doesn’t here) talking directly to the camera. That’s breaking the “fourth wall” almost as soon as the character is introduced, which begins the need for you, the viewer, to become involved and invested within the confines of the script. And, you should also be apparently qwuiet, very very qwuiet.


Music. Notice how the music is “made” for the script and the action on the screen. Yes, that’s exactly how it used to be with directors and producers sending music along with the films in order to score the show live, but, this is pin-pointing the exactly movements, making the scene play and dance. I could probably write an entire piece on the movements used in the sound effects alone but in the interest of time, we’re going to move along to the fact that A BUNNY JUST TIED A SHOTGUN INTO A BOW!


That’s crazy!


Also, a talking rabbit? Yes, there’s a talking rabbit in the world now. Your mind is blown and now you’re going to run around the world asking just about everything “Eh, What’s up Doc?” And, it’s going to be hilarious because you have a tendency to repeat things that this point in your development. If you’re beyond those years, you’ll probably chuckle to yourself for remembering that you used to (either subliminally or subconsciously at this point) go around asking “what’s up” to just about everything and including the word “doc” in there.


Then, there’s humor for the adults at the time because when Bugs covers Elmer’s eyes and asks “guess who?” he gets four guesses out of him.


First guess.


Second guess.


Third guess.


Forth guess. (I couldn’t decipher what he said and I tried)



All wrong.



Then the rabbit tricks Elmer AGAIN and this time with a skunk and it was, as well, funny. Suddenly, Elmer has a brand new gun out of nowhere and “shoots” the rabbit, ends up feeling bad and then goes away, basically tarnishing himself for the desire to kill a rabbit but ultimately will try again when it turns into duck season. And, just to be sure that we have something to leave by; we see a rabbit play a carrot like a flute. Keep those imaginations running kinder!


The end.



This has absolutely nothing to do with beer.


As it shouldn’t, really, it’s about the kinder. But, hopefully you have some sort of deep down connection with watching cartoons and hopefully this made you smile because that’s the intention.



As far as beer IS concerned, we’ve been really really trying to tap this new beer from Lawson’s Finest Liquids. It’s called Idaho 7 and it’s a single hop IPA from one of our favorite brewers of India Pale Ales (among other styles). It’ll be on soon, that’s about all I can say. We have five gallons so, well, some of you will be able to try it and some will not. It’s not because we don’t love you all, it’s just the way the world works.


We’re also getting a very good amount of variety coming down from the Hill the end of this week so those will trickle in throughout the next week or so.


We have a REALLY awesome Saison from Zero Gravity on right now and that’ll be good to drink on a nice and warm day.



And, I want to end our time together to let you know that we’re going to be VERY busy on August 19th. It’s a Friday. We are going to do something we generally don’t really do that often and it involves the words “tap” and “takeover” and we’re actually going to “tap” things and then “takeover” the majority of the boards with two VERY great breweries that you really can’t get around these parts. Stay tuned. I know who the two breweries are and if you say “swordfish” to me on the streets, I’ll let you know. By the way, “swordfish” is always the password, always.