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Eli Cannon's Tap Room
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
695 Main St
phone: (860) 347-3547
Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 1:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00am
Sunday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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Reviews by sinstaineddemon:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Ahhhh... Eli Cannon's, a mecca for us craft beer lovers. I've been meaning to go to Eli's for some time now, but couldnt justify the drive. Then i saw the Thomas Hooker tasting on the event calendar that would have Oak-Aged Liberator on tap, so i made the trip. The drive turned out to be not that bad, its located right off route 9 in MIddletown, very easy to get to, with easy parking as well. The interior of the bar is very eclectic. the walls are brick and are literally covered with graffiti that seems like its from the staff, evening the ceiling is made of green chalkboard for some designer graffiti. Other crazy tchotchke's on wall range from a bicycle to a suit of armor. also scattered around are several small tv's playing cult classic movies, like Pulp Fiction.
If you use the link above and go to Eli Cannon's website, you can see all the beers thay have on tap. its like over 75. so yeah, the selection is pretty damn good. While there for the Hooker tasting i had the aforementioned Oak-Aged Liberator as well as two other Hooker offering, the Imperial Porter (which is amazing on tap) and the Hop Meadow IPA off cask which tasted more like a DIPA than an IPA.
The service was friendly and flexible. Our server brought over a small chalkboard with the taps that day (which change daily). easy to order, the server knew what we were talking about and was friendly. He sat with my party (of 5) as he took our order. it was a very good time. the prices were very reasonable. the food was damn good. i had french onion soup and the rude awakening, which is a spicy burger.
Overall it was amazing, i will go here over and over again. easy to get too, great selection.
the only knock, and its slight, is the size of the bar, it is rather narrow. but who cares, makes a comfy experience that forces socializing. if you havent been here, go here. simply a beer haven or heaven.
01-26-2007 00:20:53 |
More by sinstaineddemon
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11-23-2013 00:38:22 |
More by oldedog
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Came here on a Wednesday night.
A - Happy hour crowd of craft drinkers. Music is more new age and there are a few TV's with the local sports teams. They have odd chairs like barbershop seats and such as you enter. Certainly different.
Q - Glassware was a bit odd (drinking glasses?) A list of offerings that is maintained daily was a big help.
Serv - Bartender was attentive and given I was in the corner it was impressive I got prompt service. All pours were spot on.
Sel - 36 taps of craft. When I was here there was a Sixpoint tap takeover that had 10 of them. Just about every style covered with localsdomesticsimports given room.
F - I had the Philly cheesesteak which was massive. And it was yummy.
V - $5 pours are unheard of in NY. So to me it was a steal.
I'll be back, as I'll be in the area for work.
11-21-2013 02:33:15 |
More by socon67
10-08-2013 22:56:38 |
More by George1005
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25 | $$
I'm a lucky man to live so close. This is the spot to enjoy some of the best in the world. Their ever changing lineup is impeccable but they rotate so fast each time you go is new list. Difficult rendezvous for a few friends because its tough getting a table in the colder months but the patio area is excellent on nice days. This is a destination and you should be going well out of your way to get here. Put this on your list if its not already there and enjoy! All this typing is making me thirsty I will be there tonight!
07-03-2013 13:15:55 |
More by Mfoleybrews
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
My ole watering hole for nearly the past 10 years... so this review may be biased.
Atmosphere: Very eclectic decor. You could spend hours in here just staring at stuff on the wall. Lots of tap handles line the walls and the decor also changes seasonally. Very cool beer bottle chandeliers in the bar area. Lots of local garb on the walls and above the bar as well. You can almost always strike up a conversation in the bar with anyone, usually around beer. Summer time...this place has the patio I envision my backyard to be. You have to see it for yourself...Hint: there's a beach
Quality: Best tap lines in the state. The bar manager there is an avid homebrewer and knows his craft beer. Always fresh and clean draft lines, with the chalkboards having the date the line was tapped, a very nice touch that I would like to see in more places with lots of lines.
Service: Bar service is top notch, always friendly and knowledgeable. Wait times, especially when the patio is busy, can be a tad long if you're at a table(both inside or out) but the bar service is quick and efficient.
Selection: Sorta goes hand in hand with quality. 36 rotating draft lines... not too many to be overwhelmed but enough for everyone. There are a few import staples(Guinness, Stella, etc..) however, Eli's has a top 3 draft list in the state in my eyes.
Food: The food quality while unique and eclectic(similar to the decor) used to be a tad better when they really focused on creole dishes(ie: Alligator and crawfish) but I love some of their food and they seemed to have streamlined the menu to not offer as many choices, but the more popular offerings. Food prices have gone up, but so have portions sizes as well over the years.
Value: You pay for what you get. A night at Eli's is never going to be the cheapest night out, but you may find yourself sipping on an out of this world beer for $4 or $4.50.
05-17-2013 18:35:26 |
More by ILOVESTOUTS
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$
Hands down the best pub/restaurant in the state. Great selection of current and seasonal beers on tap. Simple and tasty menu items. Anyone who's ever visited this eclectic pub will agree.
Oh, and bring a sharpie marker to scribble your name on the wall (it's encouraged).
Stinky Wizzleteats rating: 5 out of 5 Happy Happy Joy Joys
03-13-2013 16:20:12 |
More by BrewsterPunky
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Great spot to grab some quality brews! Atmosphere is unique and laid back. Selection of beers on tap is one of the best in the state. ~Cheers
01-10-2013 02:38:43 |
More by CT_Homebrew_Guy
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
I lived within 10 miles from this place for the past three years, and had no idea of its' existence. Excellent place, even for a family dinner (if you don't mind the noise). LARGE back area though I have not seen it in the spring/summer time. Staff is super friendly and helpful, but I have not had the opportunity to talk to them about the brews yet, so I can't comment on full knowledge yet. Food is excellent, so much so that Saturday evening is Eli cannon night for my wife and I. Always a great selection on the board with the day it had been tapped. Normally have a cask on as well, but not always.I'm very disappointed I didn't find out about this place sooner, it is a true gem among the many bars in Middletown.
03-15-2012 04:23:56 |
More by devonlandry10
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Always great beer selection on chalkboard complete with day tapped. Sit at bar, dining room, or outside weather permitting in their beach themed backyard. Many special events on their calendar and beer tastings usually every Tuesday. Some construction recently downtown so parking can be a slight challenge but not bad. Menu is huge, from appetizers to wraps to sandwiches, burgers, etc. sure to please all. Website, facebook, etc to find out what is going on there. Also a mug club with a waiting list, I believe for regulars.
11-04-2011 11:44:43 |
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