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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,





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,


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.




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.









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.







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.




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.





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 ( and I’ll basically write as fast as I can at you in a non-secular format.







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






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:  




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.









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.







Vote Hextall.


We’re going to be CLOSED this Sunday the 6th because we wanted to get the staff together all in one room and let them know how awesome they are and how much they are appreciated. And, then we’re going to put them to work and deep clean the place. It’s a blast.


That all being said…


I’m not one to stand on a soapbox (I’ve been looking for an actual soapbox for quite some time simply to carry around the cumbersome wooden crate (I’m imagining that it’s made of wood and probably has the words “soap” on the outside, hence the proclamation of said box being specifically created to carry said products) and place it on the ground whenever I feel like I have important news for the world to hear and I’m at present eschewing social media) but I do have something that I think is important to say in regards to the time in between us talking today and next week.



You really should vote.



It doesn’t really matter to me which color you fly on your flag or which issue requires the most tissues for you, what matters is the act of voting. In a world where we can all get caught up in bumping into poles while looking down at technological advances, it’s important as members of this society to fill out those little ovals as best you can and then come get a drink to toast the looming apocalypse. I’m kidding about that last part for the most part. I’m totally not kidding about getting a beverage after you vote, the two go hand in hand. That’s why there’s so many legislative people that come in after their day is done. There’s a lot of politicking that goes on here and you can be a part of it. Although, you probably shouldn’t bring up politics to anyone here, it’s like walking into a room of doctors trying to relax after their long days and randomly selecting one of them to look at that weird patch on your back. But, you can swim in the warm glow that is your votes in action. That’s worth the price of admission alone.


In short, go vote, please.



And here’s your reward when you return to us:


- Four Quarters Little Umbrellas: how about a sour ale made with coconut and pineapple? Ok. That was an odd request but I think we can manage.


- Hill Farmstead Harlan: we all know him and we all love him. Cast your vote for this incredible IPA.


- Hermit Thush Brattleberry: a sour pale ale made with apples and aged with raspberries. No capitalization was needed in that previous sentence.


- Lawson’s Finest Big Hoppy: I love it when people specifically request Black IPAS (or India Black Ales – get it? The Black replaces the Pale in India PALE Ale) and we have this one on so’s I can say, yes, and it’s good.



And others and others.



Until the next we lay eyes upon each other,




Why don't YOU have a pink elephant?

Many of you who have actually been in our establishment over the years (I imagine that it’s most, if not all of you) may have noticed that throughout the changes that occur with life our pink elephant has moved.  

If you didn’t notice or weren’t aware of the pink elephant in the past then you’re probably going to look for it now. At least, one would assume.


Why do we have a pink elephant?



Why don’t you have a pink elephant?




Here’s the story: I sculpted the pink elephant in elementary school as a side project for the science fair because I had to. I did my project in the second grade on mixed fermentation cultures of wild yeast strains and the city (I was born in a city), more importantly the school itself was not keen on a four year old (I skipped a couple of grades – more like I was younger than my age) doing alcoholic fermentations for a science fair project because of the rise in alcoholism associated with such scientific processes. Alcoholics, I researched, were said to see pink elephants and blue mice but the mouse that I sculpted didn’t really look like a mouse (I had smaller hands than I do now). The pink elephant came out great though. And, it’s been with me ever since.


If that story had been true I wouldn’t need to tell you what really happened.


When we first opened the doors to the Taproom we had not much to work with, just a couple of stools and some beer and some spirits and, well, you. It worked.


A little bit into our exisitence (the bar – not our spiritual journey) we obtained a singular tower with a really fun devise that we could put a glass upside down on and it would shoot water into the glass, giving it a quick rinse before we put beer in it. The company that supplied us with the tower makes the beer Delirium Tremens. These fancy devices are everywhere now and they very well should be. We have three now because we do everything in threes. We have three now because we do everything in threes. We have three now because we do everything in threes.


On top of the tower there was nothing.


In the box that the tower came in had a lot of pink ceramic pieces that, when painstaking put together over the next three weeks with no sleep it kind of resembled an elephant. That’s when the connection was made. Delirium Tremens is another word (or words, or description, or diagnostic explanation) for the shaking associated with alcoholic withdraw. It’s said to be violent. So, naturally, the folks who made the beer called Delirium Tremens would want a pink elephant associated with their beer. However, the long voyage from Belgium didn’t do the ceramic elephant any favors and we requested another one; one that was intact.




Fast forward three years later.



Wow. It’s been three years?!?!


Time flies.



One day I was outside cleaning something (I’m always cleaning things) and the friendly neighborhood UPS woman came up and handed me a box. I wondered what was in the box. I told her my last name and went back to cleaning something because I’m always cleaning something. When I went inside I opened the box.


There were papers wrapped around an object. I pealed the layers back one by one because I like being dramatic. Without warning, without any sense of a premeditated “heads up” or anything of the sort, there was the elephant.



He was intact.



So, we put him (or her) atop her (or his) rightfully awaiting home and there she (he) sat for about two more years until we got new coolers for the beer and didn’t need that tower any more because the new coolers all had those glass bursters built into them.



But we kept the elephant. It had taken him (her) so long to get to where he (she) needed to be, there was no way that we were going to let her (him) just leave.



She’s (he’s) not that hard to find. He’s (She’s) facing the door in the bar side. Stop in and say “hi.”


If you lick her eyes THIS may or may not happen to you.



Here’s the beers to keep her (him) company this week:


- Lost Nation Mosaic: if you like mosaic hops in your beers then you might want to try this one out as it’s got a lot of those hops. Actually, those are the only hops that are in this single hop IPA. If you don’t know if you like mosaic hops are not you might want to try this beer and find out.


- Burlington Beer Company [probably one of my favorite names for a beer ever] It’s Complicated Being A Wizard: Double IPA from the state that is famous for making Double IPAs and this fits into the spectrum of really good Double IPAs.


- Idletyme Vanilla Porter: It’s getting to be that time of year where I start bringing in darker beers and sometimes they have flavorings with them. This is one of those instances. At the base, it’s a really solid porter and the vanilla that they’ve brewed it with is high quality, which means that the vanilla aspect fits as opposed to it either being over or under whelming. It’s a really solid take on the style.


- Foundation Epiphany: for those looking for this beer I’ll let you know where you can find it; a highly sought after Double IPA from Portland, Maine.




And many more!





I’ll chat with you next week folks.





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.






You get a day off, it's Georges out...

For this week [Simon here – every time, every single time he writes ‘this week,’ which he does a lot, he just erases a lot as well, all of us in here immediately go back to his childhood where we would make him wait all week to watch THIS. We loved it. He did too but we loved it more and every time he writes ‘this week’ we all think of that and chuckle to ourselves because we don’t let him remember much about his childhood except for that.] we here at the Penny that is Three and also a Taproom wanted to give you a little glimpse of what it’s like working here.  



It’s great.


You’re the one who makes it great, because, you’re really great.



And while the world outside turns all the leaves to flowers during the second spring and while I’m paraphrasing someone who is more betterer with the wording than I am we’re gearing up to provide you with the best way in which to spend your weekend where you may or may not have the next Monday off from work in order to travel.



That all being longwindedly said…




We wanted to see what you’re going to do with your three day weekend this weekend?



We’ll have THESE for you.




Some of the highlights:


- Hill Farmstead George: you’re in the mood for a Brown Ale, aren’t you? It’s the perfect time of year for them and that’s why you’re in a good mood now.


- Oh, a bunch of other things as well from Hill Farmstead. We’ll have basically 4 on all weekend and there’s a great chance that we’ll actually have 5 and that first part will just be a straight up lie.


- We’re getting 5 gallons of Lawson’s Finest Chinooker’d on Thursday, which will go on as soon as we empty another keg and then we’ll be out of it because it’ll go fast.


- We’re also getting Burlington Beer Co’s Orbital Elevator in soon (Double IPA w/ Oats) and that’ll go on soon as well as soon.




As always, we’ll compliment all of this with the best service you’re ever going to get in an establishment that we think is very pretty.



Be safe this weekend and we’ll see you soon.








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.