Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I park?

We have a variety of parking to offer our visitors.  On the opposite side of the street there is a 45-car parking lot that is free and open to patrons of the brewery.  We have a 90+ car parking garage with direct access to the beer hall underneath our building that is available to the public for a nominal fee. The elevator and stairs will lead directly up to the building lobby. The garage entrance is located at the back of the building on Mitchell Drive across from the athletic fields.  There is a parking lot adjacent to the tennis courts at the intersection of Nicoll Street and Mitchell Drive, which is only a 2-minute walk to the brewery.  There is public parking on Nicoll Street and several side streets in the area.

How does your beer hall work?

Our seating is primarily communal with a “seat yourself” policy based on a first-come, first-served basis.  Once seated, one of our friendly team members (East Rockers) will greet you, answer any questions you may have, and take your order.  If you can’t find a seat, we’ve got you covered.  We have a counter at the back bar for standing patrons to place orders and plenty of drink rails for you to rest your drink and pretzels.  We also have a variety of games to entertain you while you wait for an open seat.

What is the best way to get to the brewery?

Driving? Take I-91 to Exit 6, right on Willow Street, right on Nicoll Street.  Yale Student? Take the Yale Shuttle Orange Route to the corner of Foster and Willow Street. The brewery is just a 3-minute walk away.  Metro North? The brewery is a <10-minute cab ride from Union Station or the State Street Station.

Is the beer hall family-friendly?

Yes, visitors who are under 21 are permitted if they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  In addition to our beer, we offer some non-alcoholic beverages including locally produced bottled sodas.  We also offer high chairs, booster seats, and a variety of table games if you want to bring your little ones along.

Can you accommodate large parties or private events?

Our beer hall has seating for approximately 100 people and standing room for over 200.  However, we are not able to reserve tables or private events at this time.  While it is possible that we can accommodate your group, it is best to call ahead to gauge our table availability.

Do you allow dogs or other pets?

While we love pets, and are dog owners ourselves (we love you, Millie!), we do not allow pets in our beer hall or brewery.

How much beer can I buy on my visit?

In accordance with Connecticut law, we are permitted to sell up to nine liters of beer per person, per day (304oz.).  This roughly translates to [25] 12 oz. bottles, [18] 500 ml. bottles or [4] 64 oz. growlers and [1] 32 oz. growler.

How do I sign up for a tour?

We begin booking tours for the day when we open at 12 pm. Tickets are $5 per 21+ adult, must be obtained in person, and are given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

Do you have a kitchen on site?

We do not have a full-service kitchen on site but we do offer fresh baked pretzels and occasionally host food trucks for special events.  You are welcome to bring your own food or order takeout from one of the many celebrated restaurants in the area.

Do you sell non-alcoholic beverages?

We have a variety of non-alcoholic refreshments including water and soda from Foxon Park, a New Haven favorite.

Can I purchase a keg of beer from you?

In accordance with Connecticut law, we do not sell kegs directly to consumers.   We recommend reaching out to your local package store to inquire about ordering a keg of our beer.  Also, your party sounds like a fun time; how do we get an invite?

Do you fill growlers that were not originally purchased at East Rock?

No, we do not fill growlers that have been purchased from another brewery.  We take great pride in producing our beer and this extends to packaging where we clean and sanitize every growler before it is filled.  Since our operations do not permit us to clean/sanitize growlers on demand, we are not able to fill growlers that have been purchased from anywhere other than East Rock.

Are you hiring?

If we have any open positions we will have them posted on Indeed!