Tomorrow, April 30, 2011 from 3pm to 10pm Montpelier will be host to it’s second annual Montbeerlier Beer Festival. Unfortunately I will have to be in class. To make matters worse, the group of windows in the restaurant will overlook the parking lot that the event will take place, so while everyone is out there drinking amazing beers and eating awesome in house made sausages hot off the grill, I will be peering out the window like a little kid grounded watching all of his friends play.
Anyway, Three Penny Taproom will be putting this even on in the Onion River Sports parking lot on Langdon St in downtown Montpelier. They will have 23 casks, in house made sausage, and plenty of nice kegs. Here is a list of some the casks to be enjoyed.
Lawson’s Finest Liquids – Double Sunshine
Lawson’s Finest Liquids – Pirata’s Darkness 2
Zero Gravity – Red-Handed (dry-hopped with Simcoe)
Trapp brewery’s newest creation two ways
A firkin of Maibock
dry-hopped pin of Maibock
Victory – Headwaters Pale Ale
Victory – Uncle Teddy’s Bitter
Schlenkerla – Fastenbier (wooden 30L)
Farnum Hill – Dorryard Cider
Shed – Three Penny IPA (dry hopped)
Stone – Levitation (dry hopped)
Sierra Nevada – Brown
Sierra Nevada – Stout
Sierra Nevada – Torpedo
Filed under beer, Festival
Stone Brewing Company
San Diego, CA
American Barley Wine
This is Stone’s Old Guardian. I first had this brew on tap at Three Penny. I can’t really remember what it was like then as it was over a year ago but I do remember that I liked it. This particular bottle that I will be reviewing was drank by Liz and I when we went to her family’s cabin up north Michigan. According to their website Stone states that this beer is “Delicious”. Hmm, thanks Stone. In part of their Odd Years release Stone has introduced us to Old Guardian Belgo, which is nothing more than Old Guardian fermented with a strain of Belgian yeast. I have a bottle of the Belgo put away that I can’t wait to taste.
Appearance – Amber/Red, big foamy cream head that goes away after a little bit. Beautiful lacing.
Aroma – Piney hops, caramel malts, slight chocolate, the aroma gets stronger as it warms.
Taste – Very hoppy, spicy, caramel, chocolate. Just as the aromas, the taste gets stronger as it warms.
Mouthfeel – Medium, stings. A nice bite from the hops. Creamy and coats palate.
Drinkability – Third time to have this beer in a year and I don’t think it should be drank too many times in that length. This is a VERY powerful beer. I would love to get another bottle and put it away and see how the hops calm down and give the malts a chance to shine. Great beer
There is a small gem cozilly nestled in the heart of Montpelier Vermont. It is probably one of my favorite places in town. Three Penny Taproom currently has 24 different craft beers on tap and 68 craft beers in bottles. They usually tap a cask every Thursday. Yea sure they have liquor and wine but with all those lovely beers who really gives a shit!? Three Penny is a small little joint that is a perfect spot for a soccer game, you couldn’t even move when America got beat last year by Ghana. With great charcuterie and awesome sandwiches (and sometimes oysters!!) this place is a craft beer lover and foodie paradise. In fact the Boston Globe coined it “A craft beer mecca”. Look for them in Draft Magazine’s top 100 beer bars in America.
Walking into Three Penny there is a long bar to your right and a long table coming out of the wall with stools to your right. Behind the bar you see 3 chalk boards with whats on tap.
There is always a good time to be had at Three Penny, and good brew to be had as well.
Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor
Rodenbach Grand Cru
Flanders Red Ale
Belgian Strong Pale Ale