Prime 16 Tap House + Burgers
Taps: 20 / Bottles: 45
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by RunawayJim:
4.1/5 rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Being in CT for the weekend, I decided to check out Prime 16 last night. The beer selection was awesome. They have 20 taps and a nice bottle list. They have everything from PBR (the only macro lager) to German lagers to Belgian ales to good old American extreme beers. While I was hoping to see a larger selection of local beers (New England Brewing, Hooker, etc.), They did have a couple Berkshire beers on tap (though I think one had just kicked and was switched to Old Rasputin). I had a Farmington River Hop River IPA, an Avery Collaboration not Litigation, and a Brooklyn Keller-Helles. My wife had an Allagash Black (much better on tap than in the bottle), and my brother had a Berkshire Hefeweizen. We had some food too. The wife and I split a pulled pork flatbread pizza, which was just awesome and we had side salad.
The only thing that I wasn't crazy about was the atmosphere. They had some good tunes playing, but the place had this upper class stuffy kind of vibe. It was sparsely decorated and just seemed to have an air of arrogance to it. The logo (and name) make it sound like it's a steakhouse, but there was no steak on the menu that I noticed (though lots of burgers that looked awesome). I didn't ask, but the logo actually looks like an almost empty pint glass (hence the 16 in the name) with bull horns (the prime, though I think the prime is for the craft beer).
Overall, it was worth the trip into New Haven. I think once they develop a regular customer base and figure out where they want to fit into the New Haven bar scene, the atmosphere will improve (they've only been open about 3-4 months) as I'm not sure the normal bar-going crowd in New Haven is sure what to expect of a bar that doesn't serve Bud Light (though they did have bottles of Sam Adams Light and Prime 16 Light Lager on tap that seemed to be brewed by Opa-Opa).
I did hear the bartender explaining that the only thing they have a half barrel of is the Prime 16 Light Lager. Everything else is logs that they switch to something new when it kicks.
07-05-2008 14:52:13 | More by RunawayJim
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Prime 16 Tap House + Burgers in New Haven, CT
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