A large brewpub / concert hall with an old artistic feel. Actually, it feels like caverns with each room a different vibe. The service was slow as the two bar tenders seemed more interested in texting than serving. Food was good and beer ok.
Visited on a Thursday evening. Right in downtown of New Haven. This is probably the only brewery I have visited that has bouncers at the door. This is mostly because it is a restaurant/dance club on one half of the building and a brewpub on the other. Strange, but seemed to work. I only visited the brewery side. There was a good bit of seating. Mostly long, communal tables and the bar, but then there is a nook in one corner with couch seating. They had 6 of their own beers on tap, plus 6 others from guest breweries. All were CT beer on my visit. No flights were offered, but they do half pours. Service was friendly and helpful. Prices were reasonable. I would go back again if in the area. It was actually pretty cool.
The [email protected] couldnít be more different from Cask Republic, my other favourite place in New Haven. It looks like a derelict factory inside and out, with bare concrete walls and no ceiling. Itís a bit of a dive, itís rough and ready, itís noisy and I really liked it. There are twelve taps arranged haphazardly around four dispensers at the bar and the choice of beer was pretty good when we were there. Weíd heard they do great pizza and there were lots of empty boxes in evidence but unfortunately we arrived too late and they werenít serving food.
(Visited 30 October 2012).
Went in on a Thursday night. Hipster bartenders were a bit surly, making us wait as they fiddled with their phones. Waitresses also a bit obnoxious and arrogant in moving us from seats. Had a pint of the session IPA which was decent but not outstanding. Pizza looked good. The attitude I got really pissed me off. Not the kind of place I want to hang in, though I would go back to the restaurant side for some pizza and beer at a regular table.
This is a pretty interesting layout. There is a very large room beyond the bar that is more of a lounge and on the other side of the building is a dining room. I spent my time at the bar to try the beers. They were not very impressive sadly. They had five house beers at the time including a weird IPA, a honey brown, and a watermelon beer. Despite what the description here says they have more than five taps as they have another ten or so guest beers available. Sixpoint, Green Flash, Goose Island, Ace, and Harpoon were the big brands. They also had some Two Roads, Back East, and Wachusett. The bartender was nice enough to provide a taster of the Goose Island Endless IPA as part of the flight. Could be a neat place to stop at occasionally if the beer was better.
Large place, a bit hipster, more restaurant than bar or brewpub, although the brewing equipment is pretty prominent. One hour wait for a table, so we sat at the bar - and then discovered there was a huge back room that they werenít using. Odd - not enough staff, maybe? Pizza was OK - my first time seeing mashed potatos on a pizza, and in retrospect that was a good prep for my visit to New Zealand.
Hereís a place hard to review. I visited this brewpub early in the after-noon in the middle of the summer. It was quiet, the bartender was one of the most friendly and enthusiastic beer lover that has ever served us, we talked beer and various stuff, we were given goodies. It was a very fun few hours. However after talking to him I realize I would hate that place if ever I was there at night especially during outside summer, during university time. The music is reportedly discothŤque level with university kids dancing on the tables. And seeing the loudspeakers in the place, they have the ammos to do so. Knowing that itís kind of hard to give a score to the place. As for the beers, I had three pints of their beers (they also have guest taps) and they ranged from bland to pretty decent. Anyway, depending of your age and the mood youíre in, this place can be a lot of fun or totally unbearable. I had a good time there, but I think I got lucky, I would probably hate being there at other times.
My first visit today, and probably also my last. What is it about New Haven? Everywhere I go the scene is completely yuppie and douchey. Iím sorry, thereís no other way to explain the high level of obnoxiousness that pours out of the wealthy in this town. They pollute so many places with their ridiculous dress, terrible voices, and inane conversations. Iíll take my pints someplace where the draft list is decent and I donít feel like Iím on some bad hipster-Gonzo-acid trip.