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53 Ratings
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: n/a
Taps: 54
Bottles: 80
Cask: Y
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181 Crown St
New Haven, Connecticut, 06510-3005
United States
phone: (475) 238-8335

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Reviews by Durge:
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4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Urge2Blink
3.66/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Mediocre bartender with mediocre knowledge. Tap list was better than average but nothing too wild on draft. It is a nice large bar with good bar seating and communal seating.

Photo of RBCORCORAN
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Really nice wooden bar and great tap selection. Had an order of wings with a couple beers and everything was outstanding. Second round i ordered a Spencer Trappist ale and kicked the keg 3/4 of the way through the fill so got it free and really enjoyed it and the price was right.
Over all the place is well worth the visit and will stop by again when in the area'
My only complaint was that they were having a fruit fly problem , went out for a smoke and came back to find two in my beer. Fished them out and went back to sipping on my beer .

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Great place ....good selection and service. Beware of parking meters 30 minute max...they will take your money and not add time...on the plus side was able to park right outside so feeding the meter was manageable.

Photo of LutherBrau
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Exceptional Rotating Draught List and expansive bottle selection. Excellent food and great atmosphere; my favorite bar in New Haven!

Photo of SABERG
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

We have been here 3 times now, each afternoon visits.
Space is well laid out, lighting good, not to loud. I can see that change with 200 people.
Staff is attentive without being overbearing. The menu is well curated, and the beer list is comprehensive.
We each had 2 small plates and 2 drafts, the value to expense is solid. Not inexpensive but well done.
Enjoy a trip to New Haven and check them out.

Cheers all

Photo of ScottieD
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Roguer
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Visited on a night during the week while in New Haven:

Overall, this is a good place to stop in for a beer given the large selection on tap as well as in bottles. The night that I showed up they had Harpoon IPA on cask, which I have had before, and the keg of De Dolle that was their featured beer, they were out of, so I was a little concerned at first when trying to order. Eventually I landed on one that they had, a Berkshire Brewing Com Kolsch, served in a 12oz glass. I got to say that I was at least expecting 16oz, so the rating took a little hit for that. I had had a New England Brewing Co Belgian and a Stone best by 05.17.13 DIPA. The latter two served in tulip glasses, which the head of the beer was not even to the top of the glass. So, another strike and when I protested to the waitress, her only response was that they are strong beers so you get less. I did not find this to be acceptable. Ordered some food as well, fish and chips. The fries were good, the fish, while crispy on the outside, was a bit underdone on the inside. The place had a large variety of breweries and styles. The place did feel a bit corporate too me, maybe that was because of the Yale party going on. I liked the feel of Prime 16 and the Bru Room better. Also, given the small glasses, I did feel that the place was a bit pricey.

If I am ever back in New Haven, I will stop in for a beer or two.

Photo of seplo
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I've been here a bunch of times, early when they first opened and more latley, simply because they have happy hour pricing on the craft beer.Big bar with plenty of room.
I've always liked the atmosphere. Its got a combo of beer geeks, Yalies and older ppl that know about beer.But they also have BMC so you do get some of the other crowd.
They do have unique and good food but its definitly over priced for what you get.
They have an awesome selection of beer.50+ tap lines plus an extensive btl list(if you have the money buy a btl, but i recommend to buy it a store to save yourself some cash). The bartenders are knowledgable and the give samples(always a plus)
Service could be a little better/faster in my opinion. I've been there when it has been dead and it has taken a while to get my next beer.
I always make a point to stop in when i'm in New Haven even if it's just to see the tap list and i usually end up sitting downand having a couple pints and chatting it up with Chad behind the bar.
It's definity a place to hit up if you're in the Elm City

Photo of cruzmissile72
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I stopped in to the Cask Republic for lunch and landed in beer lover's heaven. 53! That's right 53! beers on tap and nary a crap macro to be seen. There is also a huge bottle list. I had an Old Rasputin Stout and it was FANTASTIC. I did notice that the prices are pretty high though ($6 for a bottle of Red Stripe, WTF?). I had a cask conditioned IPA that was tasty (name eludes me) and it was $7 for a 16 oz pint. Make it a 20 oz pint and I'm more satisfied paying $7.

I ordered a burger and it was only OK. Really nothing special at all and for $10 I want me a good burger. The food prices were on the high side for what I got. I've only had lunch there though so I cannot speak for the evening meal.

The bar itself is absolutely gorgeous. Polished wood abounds. The service was good and my server was knowledgeable about beer.

I will most definitely be going back, though probably on special occasions or for a mid-afternoon treat of a special beer. I'll probably skip the food next time.

Photo of Homberto
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Atmosphere - It is really a lovely place. High ceilings, very large bar, lots of dark finished wood. Amazing cask room and rear cellar with tons of glass so you can see everything. Low lighting. It can get a bit loud in there, but it is also a very large place so it doesn't usually feel cramped.

Quality - Excellent. The place is clean. The taps appear to be immaculate. The quality of the food and beer is very good.

Service - The service is on par for a classy beer bar/restaurant, but nothing special.

Selection - There is a very good selection of beers on tap. The list constantly changes and is very seasonal. All microbrews. They also have an impressive selection in bottles. The cellar in the back has some amazing and rare beers in there, but I am told that it is the owner's private stash. Beautiful to look at and drool over though.

Food - The food is also very good. Not typical bar fare, but not totally gourmet. A little bit pricey, but I have never had anything there that was not worth ordering.

Value - Beers are reasonably priced for the area, but the food is just a little pricey.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Saturday road trip from NYC with a friend from CT. New Haven! Beer? The Cask Republic was my choice...

The place was totally empty on a Saturday morning at noon when we arrived. Service was expectedly good. We were the only customers!

The Cask Republic is owned by the same guys that own The Ginger Man in nearby South Norwalk, so you can expect the same "upscale British pub" ambience. Lots of wood, nice booths, dim lights and a classy-comfy feeling all around. Great music too!

Great beer choices, with nine Stone taps including '07 Old Guardian, '10 Vertical Epic and Bashah. Also Coronado Idiot, Leipziger Gose, Ayinger Celebrator, New England IPA, Dogfish Burton Baton and Chateau Jiahu, Allagash Curieux and Fluxus, Ithaca 13, Stillwater... plus North Coast Old Stock!!!

Pricey of course, as you thought. $10 for Burton Baton and Bashah, $11 for Curieux... others were priced right, like that Old Stock for $7 or $8 for '07 Old Guardian.

Food menu is limited and correct. We had some salads, one with Boston lettuce and another one with duck confit. Good enough but not mind-blowing and, again, pricey.

They have a cellar on the back where they age goodies (like New England Imperial Stout Trooper). I was drooling when I saw the stuff!

I will be back next time I'm in New Haven. As a lunch spot with awe-inspiring beer, this joint can't be beat.

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.48/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

After a disappointing stop at Bru Room @ BAR down the street, we headed to The Cask Republic to hopefully improve the evening beer hunt. We found some pretty good beer--and couldn't stand to stay there.

My wife and I spent the day being touristy and driving from Boston, so ended up in New Haven rather late on a Saturday. By the time we got to TCR, it was closer to 10 pm and the volume of the bar was unbearable. Drank in spite of the noise. At one point, I was a bouncer in a college bar and understand the level of noise increasing as the night goes on. But this is a beautiful, dark wood bar with great beer--and no dance floor. No reason to be that loud. My wife went outside to answer a phone call--and two college students just opened the door, listened and turned around immediately saying that it was way too loud. Wish I had been that smart--but I didn't go to Yale. It took the entire next day for the ringing in my ears to go down.

As for the beer, excellent selection and well served. Very impressive and fun. Thus, my extremely split review numbers. Had we gotten into New Haven in the afternoon and hit TCR earlier, might have liked it a lot. As is, it's a painful memory that I suffered with for too long for the sake of a good beer.

7/19/11
Received a very nice note from the owner of The Cask Republic, addressing my concerns. I both respect and appreciate the concern and effort to improve, so I'm adding it to the review. While the gist of my review stands, TCR is a place that I would most definitely return to drink, given the opportunity, especially if it was at a quieter time of day. Maybe not as clear as I would have liked in the initial review, the beer quality at TCR is excellent and is well served--a much harder and important factor than the cosmetic issues of volume and service.

Photo of dragonWhale
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped into New Haven for gas and a search of another place. Our aimless wandering brought us nigh here and an astute eye picked it out. Why not? Happy Father's Day to me!
Walked into the dark and low-ceilinged bar with its beauteous length and bartender.
Very solid and lengthy tap list, but to my dismay, when I ordered the Ghandi, I was denied fruition of my delights.
Twas kicked.
Ordered a 668 instead and a lamb wrap, which were delicious, though $12, with mediocre fries. The service was excellent, very friendly people on a slow Sunday eve.
Also had the Victor and a new BFM joint on tap, and the Blue Point Imperial IPA on cask.
I'm knocking points off the "atmosphere" vibe for calling themselves The Cask Republic and only having one cask. Let's get it together! I need 5!

Photo of jaluria
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Had a chance to visit this place with some friends for happy hour and it was spectacular. Over 50 craft beer on-tap; excellent food and an atmosphere that is laid back and comfortable.

If you search the website ctbites.com, you'll find a review article about te chef and the bar which is owned by the same company that owns The Gingerman in Norwalk.

The beer selection appears to be continually modified as new beers are added to the tap list several times a week. Many local (CT, RI, NY and MA) breweries are represented like New England Brewing Co, Brooklyn Brewery, Cisco, Harpoon, Smutynose, Blue Point, etc. Some Rogue, Stone and Oskar Blues are also commonly found on the list. Bottle selection seems pretty good, but I rarely order off of it when there are good beers on-tap.

If you're in the area, stop by for a good meal and some great beer.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Dinner & drinks on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 (Happy Birthday, frostpool!)

Dark, wooden decor floor to ceiling with Euro, gastro-pub feel and an expansive bar with nearly two dozen stools. Cozy sittign areas with couches flank the main pub/dinign room area with a more intimate side room (private parties?) and a step-down, more private dining room with padded booth seats, chairs and tables. Very cool, see-through glass cooler/storage rooms visible from step-down room, so you can see what's in and going on behind the scenes a bit.

The tap selection is quite a treat (50+, allegedly) and a sizable bottle list as well with a variety of brews represented. Always one cask on, a featured brew in limited supply and a featured flight. Tonight was Sebago IPA on cask, an IPA flight and Stillwater Jade featured. Menu could use a little help, but will likely expand as time goes on. Wings were above average and my turkey burger was as well; stellar fries.

When we first arrived (around 7 p.m.) the host and servers were attentive and laid-back/cordial. When it picked up a bit, it was a little tough to put in requests for new drinks, etc. (had to ask for plates for wings, water refills, ketchup) but nothing major to knock on here. Server was knowledgeable enough and was good about supplying beer samples. Although not the most attentive, service was as brisk as I reasonably could have hoped for, but might be a nuisance during weekend rush times.

As previously mentioned, the beer selection is quite good, both on-tap and in bottles. They had everything in supply that we asked for, which was great, but I could see them running out of a few things, which can be expected with such a wide selection of beers. The menu could use some work and expansion will likely come with time. That said, there's something for everyone, sandwiches and full dinners.

The value is decent, and in all, you get what you pay for. However, I won't pretend like it's the most economical choice for a burger and beer outing. If you've been to a Ginger Man, you know the drill. Most beers are prices $6 and up for 12 or 16 oz. pours and food starts at around $11 depending what you're getting. The selection is great, food is good and the atmosphere is enough to have me wanting to return soon. If they raise their game on service response and menu selections just a bit, Cask Republic can give most places in New Haven a run for their money.

Photo of gregalobeer
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Great beer selection, allegedly over 50 beers on tap. Lots of Belgians, IPAs, darker beers, a few fruity/sour ales. There's also typically a cask beer, which when I went was a very smokey dark ale. While the beer was quite satisfying, the bar itself is very noisy, and the food is hit or miss. The scallops were great, the muscles were not. The steak fries were moist and crispy, the pork sandwich on pretzel role was a bit dry. I'll be back for sure, but most likely sitting at the bar reading the beer menu.

Photo of medic25
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Conveniently located between the Omni Hotel and the Temple St parking garage. Great ambience; dark woods, low lights, and a huge walk-in fridge with glass walls lined with world-class beers.
The wait was a little long for our server, and I ended up having to grab a beer menu from another table (none on ours). The server was quite pleasant however once she came by.
The beer selection, as others have stated, it outstanding. Started out with a Stillwater/Mikkeller Our Side, which was delicious. Followed that up with a DFH Red and White and an Allagash Black; all of these were on tap, and fantastic.
The food was decent, if not outstanding. The wings were a highlight. My wife's Chop Salad was a little puny for the price, and my German Pretzel Sandwich was good, but seemed to be too much pretzel and not enough pork.
Overall we really enjoyed our meal here; the food was nothing outstanding, but it was still tasty enough to complement the fantastic beers.

Photo of caveman
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Had lunch midweek with a friend. The place is beautiful inside. Great bar and glass enclosed cooler,Nice touch. We sat at the bar, about ten people in the place. Took extra long to get greeted. Had a very good selection listed, but they were out of several beers that we ordered. We had six different beers and a couple of appitizers. Pork sliders were a bit hot but, really good.Food was good. Service was like pulling teeth, felt like we had to drag the bartender over to get another round. Will try again

Photo of dmgnyc
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Cask Republic is located on the lower level of the Omni Hotel, in the space once occupied by the late, not exactly lamented, Landsdowne Road. That place was marked by lousy food, dozens of televisions, and several taps of AB/InBev. Suffice it to say, Cask Republic would appear to be a major improvement.

The place is almost unrecognizable from its last incarnation; a lot more tables, miles of dark oak, and only one flat screen tv that didn't appear to be turned on. It's a handsome room, and you even get to look inside what appears to be a huge keg/bottle storage room on the way to the restrooms (of which there could be a few more). Gets a bit loud, but this is to be expected, and there's a strict dining room on the side should you require peace and quiet.

Apparently the owners also own the popular Ginger Man chain, and there's similarities, mostly in the way the beer menu is laid out. But whereas the Ginger Man feels like a large bar that happens to serve food, Cask Republic is foremost a restaurant that happens to serve beer.

And it does. Lots of it. Taps number about 70, and the selection is impressive, ranging from Rodenbach Grand Cru to Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti, to Liefmans Cuvee Brut, to New England Gold Stock brewed fifteen minutes north in Woodbridge. Brews are divided on the menu by style and ABV, and the bottle list is equally good. Correct glassware as well.

Was pleased with the food. My sausage plate was delicious, and the wife's "pretzel sandwich"-basically weinerschnitzel between pretzel bread w/ sauerkraut and a Chimay cheese sauce, was very tasty, and a lot of food for just 11 bucks.

There's a few kinks to sort out- service was a bit slow, and the servers aren't quite as knowledgable about the suds as one would like, but it's only been open a month. Seems like a major winner. Watch 'yo back, Prime 16. ;-)

Photo of zoolzoo
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Visited on 2/4/11

Nice, another CT beer destination. I arrived and quickly snatched a seat with my girlfriend at the bar.

Nice looking place. Its dark, moody, and ornate. The tone reminds me of the Gingerman. The bar is huge, long, plenty of seating.

The tap selection was impressive, however I quickly realized this place has an acute case of "oh, um we are out of that". The first four beers I tried to order off the tap list were no longer offered, not exaggerating. Its time to ditch the paper menus and go with a chalk board so you can keep us updated when something kicks.

Still, great beer to find here. One of the selections I missed was a cask, NEB Wet Willy aged on mesquite. The bottle list is extensive, I also got a pour of Tactical Nuclear Penguin, nice!

The food is acceptable but the menu needs some refinement. My girlfriend ordered a tempura battered eggplant sandwich, supposedly with fresh tomato and mozzarella. What came out was saucy and soggy, and was missing the top half of the sandwich. It looked like an open face egg plant parm from one of those generic local Italian places. My sausage plate, however, was pretty good.

The bartender was extremely friendly and attentive for the most part, but got a little forgetful when the bar started to heat up. It happens, whatever. We felt welcome, and thats whats important.

The Cask Republic is a new place with tons and tons of potential, but has a few kinks to work out as it stands. Its worth a visit, Ill certainly be returning.

Photo of thegirlgotsoul
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Came here on the suggestion of fellow craft beer geeks I had met at Prime 16, and holy hell, I was not disappointed.

This place is absolutely gorgeous inside. Dark, sultry lighting. Rich wood accents. And beer as far as the eye can see. Whoever did the interior decorating for this place gets 5 stars. Very comfortable, swanky and inviting. Once you delve deeper into the back of the restaurant, you can see the glass walled areas where the kegs and bottled beer is kept. Very cool design area, as well a smaller, almost hidden little spot in the very back with 2 cozy chairs and a nice view of their beer stock.

It was pretty busy for about 10pm on a Thursday night, which is a great sign for a place that I'm told has only been open for a few weeks. I overheard that this place is also owned by the same person who owns the Ginger Man restaurants as well.

My friend and I sidled up to the bar, grabbed two stools and I spent a good 10 minutes pouring over their 53 most excellent draft selections. They also have a cask system set up, and are going to start offering flights in the near future. They have a pretty solid bottle selection as well, with somewhere around 80+ well chosen offerings, including snifters of the obnoxious (and much overhyped) Brewdog Tactical Nuclear Penguin & Sink the Bismark, which clock in at 32% & 41% alcohol, respectively. I was also impressed by the selection of bottles in their "vintage" cellar. Seriously stellar stuff in there, folks.

And while they do have some pricey beers, as to be expected by any higher end craft beer focused establishment, I feel like I should point out that when I was there, I counted 35+ of their 53 drafts were priced at $6 or under. And this place doesn't seem to really carry BMC products (with the exception of Blue Moon), so you really are getting a quality beer for a very reasonable price. I found this immensely awesome, and is one of the things that really makes this bar approachable and accessible to all types of beer drinkers.

I ended up staying here till close, and during the 3+ hours I was planted on my barstool, I had some great beer geek conversation with both bartenders, Drew and Chad. They were super friendly, knowledgable about beer and are absolutely wonderful at what they do. They never let our glasses run dry, and were quick to offer up suggestions, personal favorites and samples of stuff that we might enjoy. They pretty much solidified the idea that I will always want to sit at the bar when I come back in the future.

You can have fantastic beer and a beautiful location, but if your staff, especially the bartenders, are not passionate about beer, it shows. And that ruins any authenticity of a place that is built on craft beer. That's always the first crack in a foundation of a "beercentric" place to me. Employees who know nothing about beer, and could care less. This place is exactly the opposite. I also spoke at length with the head "beer guy", Matt, who does the choosing of beer for the Cask Republic.

I did not get a chance to try any of their food offerings, as the kitchen was closed by the time my girlfriend and I decided to order, but next time I return, the Mac & Cheese will definitely be in my order.

I had a really fantastic evening here, and very much look forward to returning with my husband, so he too, can see firsthand what I've been raving about since I got home. In my opinion, the Cask Republic is on-par with my most favorite place ever, the Armsby Abbey in Worcester as far as decor, ambiance and beer are concerned. I absolutely loved this place, and am eager to return. The only downfall is that it's in New Haven, which means a 3+ roundtrip drive for me. But so well worth it. Enjoy, New Haven-ers. And take advantage of this stellar new gem. I am truly envious.

Photo of Hautacam
4.83/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We have visited twice now. The first time was the Saturday they opened (we just had some beers) and again on a Sunday afternoon for lunch...and some beers.
The selection will make your head spin.. difficult to choose.. so many good ones...plan on staying a while. They print and update their beer menu often. 55 on tap ? American micros, Belgians ( some not so common Belgians), English, German...casks...etc.
The place is great looking. Dark wood everywhere. Very well thought out. I really love the heavy wooden, raised tables for 6 that line the center. The booths along the side are perfect for a more intimate small group. On either side of the entrance there are set ups with couches and chairs with small tables...very cool, cozy space for a group of friends to hang out and have some good brews. Near the back , the sunken area with the glassed in storage and aging rooms, is the spot for the beer geek to stop and gaze....and dream. If you look around the place , you can see lots of little details that show how much thought went into the design of the space.
The menu is a work in progress, but what we have had has been very good. I had the German pretzel sandwich with kraut and Chimay cheese sauce. My girlfriend had the chicken chourico wrap....we were happy. The fries were great ! We look forward to trying more selections as they become available.
The staff is excellent. Some are in learning mode and others already have great beer knowledge, but everybody we have come in contact with has been very friendly and helpful.Good people. They have made us feel very welcome and we will take them up on it !
This is a great establishment, off to a really good start and we will be spending some time here( a lot of time here)...and so should you !

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4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Went in last night on the first official night open to the public. I must say I was impressed upon entering. The location already had good bones from a it previous incarnation which was an upscale and tastefully trimmed Irish Pub/Restaurant. Nice dark wood with high back booths along the right, some nice long bar stool tables in the middle and a beautiful long bar along the left.Really very warm and inviting for the size of the place. The back 1/3 of the place is a sunken area with a nice big glass door cooler with all of the kegs and bottles on display and more dining tables. It is a big place but doesn't take away from its cozy inviting feel.

It does remind me of the ginger man in Norwalk which is operated and owned buy the same owners.

The beers selection was extensive and really exceptional. Just under 60 taps that covered the gamut of american micros, Belgian ales and many top notch European selections. I started with a Fullers London pride, then onto a North Coast Old Rasputin Imperial Stout on nitro in a big snifter and finished with a Victory Prima Pils. I was driving so as much as I wanted a grand Cru I had to abstain. Of the top of my head some other offerings were Brooklyn Chocolate Stout, Allagash white and Black, a couple Captain Lawrence, Dogfish, Weyerbacher and many more nice Belgians. My recollection does only scratch the surface though and any beer geek would be hard pressed not to find a number of favorites here.

I did note a bit pricey in my review as even their stock German lagers of abv of 4.5% or so were still $6, a buck overpriced IMO. There should be a few tap items offered for 1/2 a sawbuck.

I did not have the food but a guy sitting next had the steak and said it was very good and it looked delicious. I did grab a fry off plate after we got to bullshiting done and must say it was tasty, fried with the skin on and cooked well even if only a fry.

The service was very good and being newly opened they had a boat load of bartenders on hand who were all nice and attentive. Maybe a bit green when it came to craft beer but they seemed into it and a little time and experience will fix that.

I would say when I heard that another beer bar was opening in the old Lansdowne Pub space which went out of business, I was a bit skeptical. With such a large place and with prime 16 around the corner and the newly opened Mikro in Hamden, could it be sustained by the new haven area craft beer crowd. After my visit I believe I was proved wrong. This place was really very nice and different enough that it should complement the other establishment's noted and will probably bring other non beer geeks in who want a good bite to eat and a beer or a drink.

Go new haven, go beer and lucky us! Good luck with the place!

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The Cask Republic in New Haven, CT
95 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.