The Cask Republic

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The Cask RepublicThe Cask Republic

Type: Bar, Eatery

181 Crown St
New Haven, Connecticut, 06510-3005
United States

(475) 238-8335 | map

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Added by naproxen on 01-08-2011

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Reviews by Gambrinus1184:
Photo of 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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of stevecalhoun
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Good beer selection but menu a bit limited. Good burger though.
Fries hot as a Mofo!

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Photo of mklisz
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Ela
4.58/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of CayseyW
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of BranfordBound
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

People say Eli Cannon's is the craft beer bar in CT. I think then that it would make Cask the craft beer mecca for CT.

Food is creative and delicious, albeit pricey (hey it's downtown New Haven).

Beer is phe-nom-en-al! So many taps of so much real craft. I always get something new when I go there. Everything rotates. The cask selection is usually OK, never really had anything amazing from it.

Service is attentive and knowledgeable. Crowd can be a bit pretentious at times, due to its proximity to Yale, but I've never had a problem with it. Can be a bit noisy as the night goes on and goes from dinner to bar crowd.

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Photo of dipaslife4me
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of CTJman
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of psweendogg
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Urge2Blink
3.66/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of BrewSensei
4/5  rDev -5.7%

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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 .

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Photo of harrod12
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of BrahptimusPrime
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of StephRai
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of LutherBrau
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

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Photo of SABERG
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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

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Photo of Bjorn2bWild
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of abrodsky
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of AGust82
5/5  rDev +17.9%

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