The Cask Republic

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Type: Bar, Eatery

99 Washington St
South Norwalk, Connecticut, 06854-3080
United States

(203) 354-0163 | map

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Added by cjpala on 05-17-2007

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Reviews by mttaylor1066:
Photo of mttaylor1066
4.25/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I live nearby in Stamford and this is my favorite lunch place. Yes, it is because of the beer selection and the staff knowledge. The Ginger Man is very quiet over the lunch hours and really gets going in the evening.

If you like a "quiet ale" then hang out at lunch. If you like a loud bar with your beers, come in the evening.

The staff know their beers and they aren't afraid to express their opinions about any of them. They also serve ales in the correct glassware.

The location started off as a bank, then went through several incarnations as a seafood restaurant, an American food restaurant and now The Ginger Man.

They have the widest variety of beer that I know of in Southern CT. The cask-conditioned ales come and go but if they have one tapped I always give it a go. Never been disappointed.

The food is also very good here, but perhaps a little too chic. They make a good hamburger but serve it on an English muffin. The other selections are pretty typical of an upscale Fairfield County restaurant. Fish tacos, paninis, and "Maple Ancho Pork". You get the drift.

(Fer crissakes, this is a manly beer place, serve a manly burger on a sesame seed bun! Keep the foofy items if you must, but would it kill them to offer a simple grilled chicken sandwich?)

I've also been to the Ginger Man in NYC, which has more beer on tap but the food is terrible. I want to stress that, the food in the NYC location is poor, at best.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dbthom123
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Formerly a Gingerman ... spacious open floorplan and ample bar. Good craft beer selection as well as tap faux faux is excellent but pricey. Good service.

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Photo of NYR-Zuuuuc
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of PatrickCT
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of JohnChimpo
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Great beer selection. Decent food.. A little pretentious... But solid beer selection and atmosphere make up for it!

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Photo of CayseyW
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of BrahptimusPrime
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of MRVermont
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of sunnytropic
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of BeerBro75
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of tylergoov
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of GCBrewery
4.94/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is THE place in Norwalk, the only place that might compete with the beer selection is Coalhouse Pizza on High Ridge in Stamford or the GMans sister company Cask Republic in New Haven/Stamford, but 52 tap lines devoted to world class beer with an impressive food menu and great atmosphere that can't be beat. Not to mention the beer dinners that are held here every so often; I was fortunate enough to attend the Founders dinner offered Feb 2014 and it was one of the best dining experiences of my life. Great beer, great food, the only qualm I had is that the hot ass bartender couldn't answer all of my inquiries, but she did manage to get the manager promptly and he definitely knows his shit. Some of the bottles are WAY overpriced, but stick to the taps and you'll be all set. So glad I moved within walking distance of this place.

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Photo of revooner
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Mersh
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Nice to have a bar close to home that is dedicated to supporting the craft beer culture. With a ever changing tap list and bottle selection this is the best place to go for brews in Norwalk.

Their special events are always great as well and the staff is pretty knowledgeable.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

A - Lovely atmosphere, my wife and I frequent this joint in the early evening/afternoons. The hours we session the Gingerman really help...if you go during normal bar hours it can be a bit well like a bar.
Q - I don't know what quality means???
Service - Great, the bar tenders are freindly, helpful, and resonably knowledgable. Really friendly is all I look for what more can you ask for?
Selection - Honestly the selection is just ok. If you are a beer dude/lady you will usually find yourself choosing between 2 or 3 good beers at G-man. I just find for a bar with 52 taps there is a whole lot of not so interesting offerings that aren't great. But in there defense G-man does get some fantastic NEBCO and Allagash as well as Dogfish rarities.
Food - Its ok. Don't usually eat here as I'm a bit of a food snob. I must say though out of all the food the Turkey Burger is tops. Always juicy. Also my wife and I are sluts for the house made potato chips, yeah get those!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I've been to The Ginger SoNo several times but only have I taken the time to review it. This location is owned by the same dude who owns Ginger Man in Greenwich and Cask Republic in New Haven, and you can expect the same atmosphere and space.

Lots of wood, dim lights, coziness, same cool rock music, ample booths and the rocks. It's all good in this department.

The menu, alas, is just simple bar fare with some good items like flank-steak tacos and seared tuna BLT. Mostly sandwiches, we usually get the roasted-veggie-and-goat-cheese quesadilla. It delivers. Desserts looked good but we had a pretty terrible fake strawberry shortcake (tasted like a stale savory biscuit instead).

As in the other Gingers and the Cask, there is a great selection of bourbons and spirits, but only one cask, which was by the way OUT when I visited (Berkshire Brewing Lost Sailor dry-hopped with Chinoook).

The beer menu here is expectedly good, but the bottles are only alright. Go for the drafts! Dogfish 90 and 120 ($16 a pop for this one!!), Southern Creme Brulee, Old Raspy, Harviestoun Oil, Weyerbacher Pumpkin, Lagunitas Sumpin, Chimay and other Belgians, Stone 15th... you know the drill. These guys have it.

Service was OK, not great. Overwhelmed, understaffed, and yet efficient enough. Still, I felt the need to talk to the manager. Prices are high and you know that. I like SoNo and this bar and will keep coming back, despite the issues.

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Photo of BrewIAm
4.08/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited the SoNo GM for the first time for lunch on 8/15/11. Not surprisingly it was practically empty on a rainy Monday.

Impressions: The SoNo GM is a clean, inviting establishment, with neutral to friendly staff. The food menu features some creative menu items, but could stand a few more pub standards, served in pretty large portions. Prices at what you’d expect this close to NYC. Everyone in our group seemed pretty happy with their meals. Good selection of beer, with heavy emphasis on pale ales, IPAs, Belgains, & wheats. They only offer two preselected flights of four beers & for me it’s a major shortcoming not to be able to build my own flight to sample the beers I want which resulted in my scoring the selection getting a 3.5.

C’mon Ginger Man, give the people control of their own flights!

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
2.28/5  rDev -46.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

This place epitomizes everything I despise about the current day craft beer bar: service with an attitude, exorbitant prices, overpriced food, and douche-y patrons.

Visited for the 2nd time last week after a disappointing visit a few years ago.

Yep, indifferent hipsters are still employed here since my last visit. I wasn't in the mood for anything tick-tastic or boozy since I had a long drive ahead of me and ordered a Brooklyn Lager. You would've thought I ordered a Hamm's Light with the reaction of my server. Service was f'ing slow and what I'd expect at Boston beer palaces. Servers were much more interested in striking up conversations with each other or regulars rather than asking if I was satisfied.

For a weekday early evening, the music was too loud. I like me some indie-rock, but the music was just obnoxious.

Against my better senses, I ordered the cheese plate....what a joke. Measley portions of underwhelming cheeses and standard crackers. Awful.

To top things off, I witnessed a manager berate a customer for trying to return a beer they weren't satisfied with. I wasn't privy to the details, but I just noticed the cavalier attitude of this guy lecturing a paying customer. Having worked in the service industry for several years, I thought the actions of the G'man employee to be reprehensible.

I will never return here.

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Photo of birddogg66
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Stopped by the Ginger Man last week on a trip back to Connecticut. I had stopped by here on my last visit and was really impressed. This trip, I stopped by almost on accident on the way from Stamford to Fairfield.

The Ginger Man in SoNo was one of my favorite places that I visited the entire week. As you walk in the front door, the perfectly lit bar stretches along the left side, while couches, tables, and chairs are a plenty around the right side of establishment. I was amazed by the amount of Dogfish Head selections among the 52 draughts. As I started talking to Andrew, the Bar Manager, he told me that Sam Calagione had been there the previous week to toast his new Bitch's Brew, a few days before Brew Masters premiered. I had yet to see the show and he let me sample some of the stout before it blew later that afternoon. I enjoyed the Great Divide Smoked Baltic Porter, served as one of their 3 cask selections. The bottle list here is too big to comprehend, and is constantly improving.

I would suggest a stop by here if ever in the really cool SoNo district. Especially if you just spent 2 hours at the Stamford Mall, you'll need it!

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Photo of jaluria
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I've visited this particular location several times now and thought a review was in order. There are 2 sister bars (with the same name) in Greenwich, CT and New York City. Haven't been to either of those locations, but hope to one day.

The bar itself is located in downtown South Norwalk (SoNo). Outdoor seating, 1 or 2 HDTVs in the corner ofthe bar and plenty of seating for diners. The left hand side of the place is the bar while tables are setup on the right hand side.

The food is reasonable but not extraordinary. I would recommend eating at any of the local restaurants walking distance from the bar including: Soup Alley, Burger Bar Bistro, Coromandel.

The beer selection is impressive; 50+ taps and a good assortment of bottles. About 1/3 of the tap selection is dedicated to imports (Old Speckeled Hen, Bluebird Bitter, Fullers, Leffe Blonde, etc). Pints are reasonably priced and served in the proper glassware.

Definitely recommend stopping in if you're in the area; worthwhile.

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Photo of BeerFan95
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been to this location and only this location many times. The service has always been good. A knowledgeable and polite staff is always ready to help. It always seems to have a calm relaxing atmosphere.

The food is always good, and the ingredients seem to be very fresh. My one slight disappointment is I find the food menu a little limited. I would like to see more sandwiches or even some wraps on the menu.

The beer has always been good to. A nice rotating selection of different styles and a few beers that are staples including a house beer by Captain Lawrence. The bottle list is also nice, and includes beers I haven't seen in my local beer stores.

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Photo of hoochlovesbeer
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I'm a BIG fan of the Gman in NYC. Norwalk is not NYC, however this location is it's younger brother. The beer draft selections are constantly being rotated with a few regular staples, eg, Hoegaarden, Abeyye Leffe, Harpoon IPA, etc. Look for the obscure seasonals from Captain Lawrence, Brooklyn, Allagash, Dogfish Head. The staff is well informed and always eager to help you navigate the beer menu to find what you're in the mood for.

This place's biggest, and I mean biggest baddest asset are the monthly beer dinners. I've had beer dinners at other restaurants before, but the way the Gman Norwalk pairs the food with the beer is exceptional. Bringing out tastes in both that you would've never picked up if you had each seperately. For about $65, 5 courses are served including a cheese course -my, oh my am I in Belgium? I like it that they showcase one Brewery a month and highlight their portfolio based on local fresh food. I raise my pint glass to these guys. Keep up the good work!!!

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Photo of zoolzoo
4.25/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Gingerman, nice place in downtown Norwalk.

The beer list is good. There are alot of beers to choose from - plenty of locals, usually a cask, the usual suspects, and some surprises.

Atmosphere is nice - cozy, wood, semi formal; but ramps up at night. The service is attentitive and aware of the beer menu. Beer dinners are reguarly held here which is something to look out for.

The food is pretty good but listen - just get the cheese plate and a reasonable beer pairing of your choice. It comes with four different types of cheeses which seem to rotate but are great, bread, crackers, apples, and some sort of chutney. Yum.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a really good bar, pretty good selection, better that most around. I have never been to the Ginger Man in New York, but I heard its just as good. The atmosphere is good, and you really feel accepted and welcomed. This is a great place to chill out, with the buddies, and is a nice general bar in all. But, because of it's good selection, this bar makes it as a staple in CT beer connoisseurs. In addition, the food is really good as well, and pairs well with most beers served.

I highly recommend this location for visit, a great place.

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The Cask Republic in South Norwalk, CT
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