The Cask Republic
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Taps: 54 / Bottles: 80
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 20 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Durge:
4.53/5 rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
My first visit to The Cask in New Haven and after reading some of the reviews I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised. Being a Friday night at shortly after 6 PM in a pretty bustling downtown nightclub district, I was first surprised that they took our party of 4 without a moments wait despite no reservation. The atmosphere is hard to dislike with its dark look and Victorian pub sort of decor, although, as others have warned, it certainly is a loud and busy place. But honestly, isn't any bust place noisy in the city at this time of the week? Our waiter was beer knowledgeable, friendly, prompt and very patient with our indecision and questions. I couldn't have asked for much more really. We never waited much at all for our beers and I got the impression that this place reinforces its waitstaff for these known busy periods, and that's appreciated and a big difference maker with any dining experience. The beer selection is very solid, a very good variety with plenty of interesting choices of brewers and styles, including a cask ale and an exotic featured beer (in this case a divine Brewdog Paradise Smokehead on tap. All beers were appropriately served (glasses, temperature, portions), and while not cheap, they were priced reasonably considering the quality. The food selection was limited but not badly. Fish and meat, sandwiches and lots of decent appetizers including shellfish, etc. Everyone at our table was more than satisfied with the food. I had the fish n' chips and would recommend it as a decent choice. The mini-pizza was a great appetizer for the 4 of us, as well. All and all, I highly recommend this place. Judging from the earlier reviews I'm guessing that management is paying attention to the constructive criticism and has made positive adjustments. It was crowded, it was noisy, but I'm sure it wouldn't be that way if they weren't so good. Must be an awesome stop when you're there on off hours! Don't miss it for beer, dining...or both!
02-04-2012 19:24:38 | More by Durge
More User Reviews:
4.39/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The Cask is a wonderful place to go. It has a really nice vibe inside. Beer selection is very good with a rotating list and dedicated warm lines. Usually have some good NEBCO stuff on draft which is always wonderful. It's in New Haven, so no parking lot (street parking or pay lots). Wish they had a few more beer dinners during the year, but all in all a really nice place.
01-25-2014 20:31:50 | More by ScottieD
4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Very nice atmosphere: huge and roomy, tons of seats, and lots of dark grain wood. Looks fairly new.
Everything was good-to-excellent. I had a beer on cask, and even though I was the first to have it that day, it wasn't freezing cold or anything - perfect cellar temperature.
Service is my one complaint. There was one server, which isn't that bad, as the place wasn't jam-packed. However, service was lackluster and apathetic, if friendly enough. Service wasn't bad or rude; it just could have been much better.
Great, great selection of taps. The website claims 56 taps; I didn't count them, but I can vouch that 40+ seems legit, and every single tap was craft, from around the states and the world. Lagunitas, Maine Beer, Allagash, Brooklyn, Green Flash, St. Bernardus (Christmas), La Trappe, Delirium Noel, Two Roads, New England Brewing, Rodenbach, Stillwater, Ommegang, Goose Island, Victory, Clown Shoes, Oskar Blues, Sixpoint, Stone, Dogfish Head...you get the point.
The variation was nice, too: yeah, they had Laggy IPA, but they'd just had GI BCBS, and currently had GI Illinois IIPA. Other options were similarly varied, from BSDAs and Saisons to IIPAs and stouts. Just a great, great selection.
They also had a local brew exclusively for their restaurant and one other, as well as a cask brew from Thornbridge Brewing, England.
I had a portobello sandwich with fries, both of which were excellent. The food menu wasn't huge, but everything looked good.
The food runs a slight bit pricey for the fair, but it is quite good, and the beer prices were very good. It overall averages out.
I can't vouch for the competition in New Haven, but I can definitely vouch for this spot: swing by, bring some friends, and try some beer that you've never had before. You won't be disappointed.
12-24-2013 22:09:06 | More by Roguer
The Cask Republic in New Haven, CT
93 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.