Cask and Vine
Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
5/5 rDev +8.7%
Now that Cask & Vine is well into its second year of operation, I feel the need to revise my review for my local bar. They continue to impress and dare I say have been a catalyst for the rebirth that downtown Derry has seen over the past year. Since they came into what was a dying downtown and experienced great success, numerous other restaurants and businesses have decided to move in.
The atmosphere is still as great as ever. From the nondescript building on East Broadway in Derry that houses it, you'd have no idea what was inside. Glass-topped tables made from wine barrels, cushy chairs and couches, and a beautiful wood bar. Music is tasteful and played low enough to provide some nice background noise. The art on the wall rotates regularly, featuring local artists. It's a great place for a nice dinner out, but it's also a great place just to stop in for a beer.
The service is where they really shine. Andy and Alana are the owners (they also own The Drinkery bottle shop in Londonderry), and one of them is almost always there. I've gotten to know them over the past year and their passion for the business they're in and their friendly nature is part of what makes Cask & Vine so great. The staff they've taken on to work for them reflects that attitude.
Selection is among the best you're going to find in New Hampshire. It's all about quality not quantity here. 12 well-curated taps including two nitro lines. Limited as they are by the offerings available to them in New Hampshire, they get the absolute best of what's out there. They want to be pouring things no one else has, the most interesting beers they can track down with an emphasis on local. They've also put on a number of beer dinners in the past year - Smuttynose, Stone, Maine Beer, Allagash - with excellent stuff offered.
The food is continually impressive. I'm shocked by how excellent the food George Craft, the head chef, puts out considering he's working with an extremely small and limited kitchen. I can only imagine what he'll be able to do now that a kitchen upgrade is in the future plans. The menu changes seasonally, and George always has a couple of specials made with whatever fresh ingredients he can get his hands on.
The value aspect of Cask & Vine has improved since they opened. Prices for draft pours are more in line with what you'd expect for the area and pour sizes better reflect the style and ABV of the beer being offered. It's still an expensive night out if you're doing dinner, but it's important to remember that this isn't your corner pub offering $5 burgers. The food you're going to get here is as good as you'll find at any high-end restaurant so you should expect prices in line with that. Cask & Vine is really whatever you want it to be, though, so if you want a sandwich or an appetizer and a couple of beers, you can get out with a reasonable check.
04-16-2014 15:58:23 | More by MThiele360
4.28/5 rDev -7%
I've stopped here a few times, but only eaten here once, and that was for a beer dinner so my food portion of this review may get updated at some point. Cozy dimly lit bar smack in the middle of Derry Center. A couple of couches off to the right as you walk in a, 20 or so seat bar off to the back right with a smattering of tables to the left. A constantly rotating taplist maybe 12 deep with some of the best beer available in NH. Service is knowledgeable and very attentive. The food I had was fantastic, although I still need to sample from the regular menu that I understand changes often. The place is a bit pricy, but the quality merits it. I will be back.
11-03-2013 01:47:56 | More by johnnnniee
4.59/5 rDev -0.2%
Great place to grab a a drink and some really good food the selection of craft brews is damn near perfect. Been there twice and had great food both times And the beer selection the first time was world class included ing parabole,big John,BCBS, and many others, this is my new go to place.
09-28-2013 23:29:34 | More by Jacob007
4.71/5 rDev +2.4%
I've been looking forward to stopping by Cask & Vine since before they opened, and when I finally did this past Friday night, it did not disappoint. I was meeting my dad there while I was in town, but I arrived a bit early, and the place was packed. There wasn't a seat at the bar, so I enjoyed a glass of Martha's Exchange PC IPA, the first time I have seen Martha's on-tap outside the Nashua brewpub.
The space was kind of quiet considering how many people were there--chalk it up to music at low volume (or no music, I can't recall) and good acoustics allowing people to have a conversation without having to yell or worrying about everyone in the bar hearing them. The lighting level was good--fairly but not overly dark. Walking in, there are some tall tables along the street-facing windows, with some couches and chairs before you get to the bar, which runs along the right side of the back of the room. Opposite it are tall tables in brick archways. The whole space is done nicely, but the bar is especially beautiful, with warm cherry wood, and a beautifully designed backbar with tap handles in the middle, flanked by open cupboards for glasses and wine bottles.
By the time my dad arrived, I was just finishing up my Martha's IPA and two seats were about to open, so we grabbed them and order a sampler. The sampler wasn't cheap, at $3 (as I recall) per pour, but the pint prices were reasonable, and it was fun to be able to try an array of beers on tap. There was a good selection of locals on-tap (4 from New Hampshire, and 2 or 3 each from Maine and Massachusetts, as I recall) as well as some beers from farther away. All were unusual and well selected. Out of those we sampled, I especially liked the Throwback coffee milk stout, but it wasn't the right beer to go with my meal.
I ordered the steak tips and my dad got the lamb. They were both excellent, though the portions were on the smaller side. I was prepared for that and comfortable when done eating, but if you come hungry you might want to get an appetizer or bar snack (they have fresh bread and butter for $1). Given the execution and quality, I'd say the meal was worth the price, and the Big A IPA went with it excellently.
Service was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. Seeing how much we were enjoying out Big A's, our bartender mentioned that they were tapping Rising Tide Zephyr IPA and offered us a sample.
This place is a real gem in the Manchester area. It's great to see it in downtown Derry, which was surprisingly bustling that night, and I'd love to see more places like it open in downtown Manchester. It's among the few (maybe only) places that can rival the Barley Pub as the best beer bar in New Hampshire, in my book. It's a very different, though still very laid-back vibe, but the focus on good beer (though with a smaller tap list) is equally strong. I'm really looking forward to visiting again. If I lived in the area, I'd be a regular fast.
02-28-2013 22:55:32 | More by FrankLloydMike
4.4/5 rDev -4.3%
Finally a true craft beer bar in Derry, NH.
Cask and Vine features a longish bar of hand-made Vermont Cherrywood, and is accented nicely by more cherry on the bar-back with 14 taps presented front and center. A large chaulkboard above lists the beers on tap. Tables made from oak barrels and arched brickwork opposite the bar give the place a "wine cellar" vibe. This place is spotless and upscale for a beer bar, but keep in mind C+V is a hybrid wine/beer bar.
Selection of draught beers is top-notch for NH, with rarities (Founders Bolt Cutter) and locals (two different White Birch) in the mix. Serving sizes and prices of the beers are not specified which I think is a drawback though. Any consumer should be allowed to be well informed of what he is ordering beforehand, and I hope they fix this. The staff is super-friendly and very accomodating though and this will bring patrons back time and time again. I'm not aware of a bottle list being available, perhaps there was but I did not see one.
I did not try the food on my visit, but the menu looks delicous and a bit high-end. The "Value" portion of this review is solely based on the price of my Bolt Cutter that I had, which in all fairness is a very expensive beer in the bottle. Hopefully further visits will find larger pours and lower prices and I'll adjust my review.
Congratulations to C+V and I hope they have much success, it's a beautifull taproom run by some very nice people with a well thought-out selection of fine brews.
01-16-2013 14:01:34 | More by brewandbbq
Cask and Vine in Derry, NH
96 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.