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Eli Cannon's Tap Room

Not Rated.
Eli Cannon's Tap RoomEli Cannon's Tap Room
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

95 Ratings
Ratings: 95
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.85%
Taps: 36
Bottles: 100
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

695 Main St
Middletown, Connecticut, 06457-2732
United States
phone: (860) 347-3547

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @elicannons

Notes:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 1:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00am
Sunday: 11:30am - 10:00pm

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Reviews by Durge:
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3.86/5  rDev -9%

I finally stopped here for my first visit after hearing so much about this place for years. I just don't get to Middletown ever but i went out of my way to swing through for a beer. Cute entrance with the tapestry thing, and lots of stuff hanging everywhere which is a nice diversion, generally fun stuff. But my first impression was that the place seemed way small and crowded. Surprisingly at approximately 5 PM on a Thursday, the dining area, to the right of the "tap room" was fairly busy, and there were only a couple seat at the bar, and not good seats, so I grabbed a wall seat once I got the beer. Took me a while to locate a beer list which the bartender finally pointed out, and once I did I was just a little surprised by the preponderance of macros and common choices that took up space on their list. Granted their were some excellent choices included but I'd say it was a pretty even match between the good and the common (or not so good) and only a few really got my interest. I settled for the Smuttynose Imperial Stout which was really excellent and i saw they had Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence which was really the only other selection I saw that excited me. There didn't seem to be a high priority on hoppy brews as I've come to expect from true beer bars. So yes, there was some good beers here, some very good ones, but my impression of this being one of 2 or 3 Meccas in Connecticut has changed a bit. I didn't try the food, smelled pretty good. The bartender was not unfriendly but he wasn't Mr. Beer Guy anxious to share his outstanding selection of quality brews. He was just an order taker who seemed to prioritize speed and I will say I was waited on expeditiously. I just got the feeling that this is a popular little watering hole in the quirky town of Middletown. Probably works well for the college crowd in town, but it's not in the fraternity of real beer bars based upon my admittedly brief visit. Anyone can have fun drinking beer of reasonable quality when you are joined by a drinking partner or a group of friends. Being a traveler, I always find the true test is making an old guy like me feel comfortable and have fun, with the caveat that the beer on tap offers an experience to the discriminating beer enthusiast. This proved to be a bit disappointing. Perhaps I'll try one of the promotional nights but not sure I want to be tested by the cramped quarters. But i will try it again since so many people have commented on wonderful selection. I just don't get why they insist on so many non-beer lovers beers. Even the college kids will drink good beers if you can offer them for a decent price.

Durge, Mar 06, 2010
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Eli Cannon's Tap Room in Middletown, CT
94 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.