Eli Cannon's Tap Room

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Eli Cannon's Tap RoomEli Cannon's Tap Room
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

77 Reviews
Reviews: 77
Visits: 117
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: n/a
Taps: 36
Bottles: 100
Cask: Y
[ 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:
Place added by: BeerAdvocate

Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 1:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00am
Sunday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
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Reviews: 77 | Visits: 117
Reviews by sinstaineddemon:
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4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

-Ben (1,901 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of cducap
4.85/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of BranfordBound
3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.25

Reminds me of that scene from Super Troopers: "Hey Farva, what's that name of the restaurant you like with all the goofy shit on the walls and the mozzarella sticks?" Farva: "You mean Shenanigins?!"

Eccentrically clad, Eli Cannon's offered a solid line-up of middle of the road craft beer. Nothing that drew my attention initially but finally found some decent ones to enjoy (Hop Nosh IPA and Sour Tiddy's from the local Stubborn Beauty brewery). Nothing like the tap list at Prime 16 or Cask Republic.

Food was plentiful and inexpensive, nothing overly ingenious about the menu items. Typical American pub grub. Crowd was very boisterous for Saturday night. The place seemed understaffed and the servers were rushed. (719 characters)

Photo of JKV96
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of ale2thechief
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 1.5

Beer beer beer, the three reasons to go. Food is quite bad. Crowd is usually cool and not overrun by obnoxious snobs. Very crowded and you should be prepared to stand. So many tap lines they will always have something for everyone. (231 characters)

Photo of LeMayzing
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

The place is very cool, a bit cramped, but the bathroom is a disaster. (70 characters)

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of SenatorSpaceman
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of OldCrustacean79
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of grahuba
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of woodchipper
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.75

Been to Eli's many times over many years. Can't believe I have not written a review until now.
If there was equation that factored "best craft beer bar" and "closest to my house" they would win, even though I am 20 miles away.
Outside vibe is super cool in good weather with their expanded "beach" area, sand, cheap chairs, kids playing while the parents drink. Its really good people watching.
Inside, the bar is basically as if a dive bar had sex with a hip bar. Not the greatest or worst traits of either parent but a good result anyways. HOWEVER, I have always wondered if a sudden thunderstorm struck, where would the outside people go? There is not enough inside for the crowd I have sometimes seen outside.
Service can be good or poor depending on the crowd.
Food- I avoid it unless I am drunk or with people I dragged there under the white lie of "I know a fun place to ""eat""" - basic bar food, nothing bad but nothing a foodie would like.
Fun fact (for me) I always tell other locals who haven't been--- It's one of the very few bars I have been to that write on their draft list (chalk boards) the date the keg was tapped. That openness just makes me love them despite their few flaws. (1,211 characters)

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.28/5  rDev +2.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Solid tap list that changes daily. Good food, neat environment. Only thing lacking was stickers. I wanted to buy and they didn't have any left. (144 characters)

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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Eli Cannon's Tap Room in Middletown, CT
93 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.