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 Gambrinus1184:
4.13/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
05-05-2011 05:08:31 | More by Gambrinus1184
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.