auerbrau (307) Ithaca, New York | October 10, 2012| Updated December 13, 2012
October 10, 2012. To be fair, I was in a bad mood the last time I was here and let the douchey clientel bother me. I keep coming back, though, because the draft selection is nice and the bartenders have been attentive and friendly. Once you get past the crowd, you find a thoughtfully selected list and a cozy back of the bar that has a beer cellar feel to it, with some fun things on shelves behind glass. The big set back are the prices. Itís not hard to find a 12oz pour of something that will set you back more than $10.
September 5, 2012. Feeling kind of crappy about New Haven, the general atmosphere of this place didnít help. Old, wood-paneled, and crawling with starched white corporate suits stuffing overcooked pizza, sliders, and wings into their face as fast as they could, chasing it down with whatever had a lot of alcohol and was expensive. A little too much for the "gentry" in my opinion. The one shining star was the bartender who was friendly, bright eyed, and quick. The beer was in a decent glass and at the right temperature. Prices were high.
A very nice place which ticked all the boxes for me. Itís stylish, comfortable and relaxed with a great beer list. In addition, the music was played at a low level and there were only two relatively unobtrusive television screens. There are areas at either side of the front door with comfy looking armchairs and settees and towards the back thereís an area for dining. Thereís also a small glass fronted room which at first I thought was a shop but itís actually where they keep their kegs and bottles, all very neatly stored and on display. Itís my kind of place and deservedly at the top of Ratebeerís list of places in New Haven.
(Visited 30 October 2012).
Stopped here during my Nepenthia CT trip. The place is located in downtown New Haven, a really beautiful city (moreso than expected). The inside of the bar is pretty nice too, kind of an english-pub feel. Place was mostly empty at 2pm on a Saturday. The high-tables in the center were a bit crowded for our group of 12, so I moved over to the bar. Yes the place has a decent selection of locals, as well as a solid selection of 12 Percent imports. Of the 53 or so beers on tap (a few were empty), I found 12 beers new for me, so I ordered 3 flights of 4. The flights are individually priced, but my total for the 3 flights was $48 -- thatís $4 a 4oz. Needless to say, I was shocked by the price. I mentioned my surprise casually to the bartender, curious for his response. He gave me the usual schpiel about how kegs can be really expensive. He mentioned one keg they recently tapped they served for $12 a pour and still lost money on it. Yeah, bull shit (itíd have to be a $700+ 20 L -- unheard of). Food was surprisngly expensive too. I opted for one of the cheaper items on the menu, the $7 chili bowl, which was decent but not special. Bit too chunky. Canít complain about the service, waitresses and bartenders were both helpful. Overall, this is a good place to stop to find some new beers, but be wary of the prices -- especially for the flights. The bill left me with a bad taste. Iím going to start to pay more attention to the "value" score more when I choose the bars I want to visit. If I ever return to New Haven and can only visit one bar, Iíll give Prime 16 a try.
Great place. Wnted to stay longer. My bartender was supremely friendly and knowledgeable. Great selection. Area beers were interesting and well priced. Theynhad lots of interesting Belgians as well, though they were quitr pricy and could not tempt me. Would definitely go back, again during happy hour, as it seems to be a madhouse at later times.
This wasnít a planned stop but it is on the same street as BruRm so why not? Itís a pretty interesting setup in the sense that itís a lounge. There are couches and they had the doors open in front so you can sit on a couch thatís basically out on the sidewalk and enjoy your drink. Theyíve also got a pretty large tap list. After scanning through it there were several new beers to try but the one that I went with was the new eisbock from BFM. Itís not every day that I get to try a new eisbock. Unfortunately it was not very good. It was vinegary and clearly messed up. Oh well, a tick is a tick. Prices were high but the atmosphere was pleasant. I didnít see too many of the bros referenced in the last rating but it was a Sunday afternoon so maybe that had something to do with it. Cool place.
Where New Havenís bros go to get their preppy on. OK, thatís not quite fair. This is where New Havenís preppies go to let their bro sides go wild. Whichever, itís a kind of cheesy, wood-paneled paean to yesteryear, with about 30+ beers on tap (60? ha!), evenly split between varieties. Nothing unusual or rare, just usuals from around the US and Europe, with a commendable selection of NY and New England beers. Not cheap. Meh food. Music so loud that you couldnít hear the clientele discussing the new new shades of pink available at Vineyard Vines. Glad itís here, but not eager to return.
This beer bar has an amazing selection of beer but jacks up the prices. While their beer menu always has a few $5 pints (tonight Raison Díetre was on the value list), $9 Ten Fidy is simply absurd. On a Sunday night, the place was moderately filled and cozy; lots of varnish and dark wood. Compared to Norwalkís and Greenwichís Gingerman, Cask Republic has the best level of ambiance. Lots of space. Bartenders are knowledgable and wait staff is solid. Food is very good, but pricy as well.
I made the mistake of visiting late on a Thursday night. The place was a zoo with music played a deafening level as the under 25 crowd tried to get over on one another. Not the sort of thing I was expecting. This sort of beer, they have over 50 taps and and over 100 bottles of real quality, with a crowd that just wants bmc product that can be served by just twisting off the bottle top. When your serving doubles, stouts, and barleywines that need time to settle and you donít have any time to wait for the drink to settle, youíre going to get ripped. The abbey double I ordered only ended up about 60% full. But the bartender got really obnoxious and rude at the end of the night near closing time. I know bartenders donít like to linger to long after closing time, but if thereís still 10 minutes to go until then you shouldnít be yelling at me to chug my drink. Itís too bad. They obviously put a lot of care into their bottle selection and their taps but they have no idea how to attract the kind of crowd that will keep them open. There are definitely places in New Haven, Delaneyís tap room comes to mind, with just as good a selection and much more humane treatment. If I do ever go back, and thatís a big if, it certainly wonít be at night.
Not too much time to try multiple locations on a recent trip, so I decided to give this one a shot. Very glad I did, as it was a pleasant couple hours all around. Handsome long wooden bar, with nice fixtures, roomy seating, etc. Clean and well-maintained, friendly and knowledgeable service. Food was quite nice too, and I had some tuna tartare while I tried some regional brews. Wide-ranging selection, including some barrel-aged and cask goodies, NE micros and Belgians well represented, etc. Will definitely go back next time Iím in town, and hope to try Prime 16 as well.