Sunday, December 29, 2013

A taste of Cask Republic

Despite the fact that I despise cities, I agreed to participate in a family outing in New Haven, CT.

The afternoon of entertainment started with Blue Man Group at the Shubert Theater and ended at Cask Republic.

The show was great fun and everyone had a good laugh, but Cask Republic was sensational. If you like beer like I like beer this place is a mecca.

They have an impressive variety of beer. There is a beer for every palate and mood.

The staff will help you make selections and pair the beer with food from the menu.  Our server, Ashley, was not only cute and funny but was knowledgeable about beer.

Cask Republic is an all around excellent beer drinking experience. And the food is good, too!

After a brief look at the beer menu, there was no doubt in my mind which beer I would start with.  Fuzzy Baby Ducks from New England Brewing Company is a beer I hear local beer enthusiasts raving about. Whenever it is released, people are willing to stand in long lines at the brewery to get their share. There was a huge build up in my mind about this beer, so I simply HAD to try it. Read the review here.

The Illinois (9% ABV) an Imperial IPA by Goose Island Beer. Served in a stemmed wine glass. It was an orangy amber with a smallish head; little lacing.  The aroma was malty, grainy, and a faint whiff of hops.  The taste was malty sweet with some piney hops.  I didn't overly like this beer, it was lacking flavor and character.  I thought it was rather light tasting considering the style. Overall: meh

Christmas & Happy New Year 2009 (5.5% ABV) a winter ale by Anchor Brewing Company. Served in a stemmed chalice. It was dense and dark with a halo of foam. The aroma and flavor were both reminiscent of rich dried fruits. A mildly sweet brew with deep spice notes. Low carbonation and smooth drinking. Luscious. Overall: very good

Timmermans Lambicus Blanche (4.5% ABV) a lambic by Brouwerij Timmermans. Served in a stemmed chalice. It was a pale gold with a small thin head; little lacing.  The aroma is citrus, yeast, spice. The taste is big on Belgian funk and lots of citrus. There's a nice earthy quality that mellows out the tartness. Smooth with gentle carbonation. Overall: good.

Cherish Kriek (5% ABV) a lambic by Brouwerij Van Steenberge. Served in stemmed wine glass.  It is reddish purple with a puff of pink fluffy foam on the top; spotty lacing.  The aroma fresh ripe cherries. The taste is all about the cherries. Sweet and tart at the same time. Some malt and lovely Belgian funk pull through to round out the flavor and add character. Light on the tongue with nice fizz. This is an outstanding brew, the best lambic I've ever tasted! Overall: excellent

Ryeghts Of Passage (7% ABV) a rye brown ale brewed specifically for Cask Republic by Captain Lawrence Brewing. Served in a fluted pint glass. It is a clear mahogany with an airy head that clings to the glass. The aroma is malty and grainy.  The taste is malty and somewhat bready. Rye is a major player but is not overpowering. This is a clean, refreshing brew; very drinkable. Overall: good.

Spice of Life: Nelson Sauvin (5.7% ABV) is an American IPA by Sixpoint Brewery. Served in a fluted pint glass. It is a hazy golden yellow with a dense head, nice lacing. The aroma is bright hops and juicy fruits.  The taste is a nice layer of hops over a solid malt backbone.  Citrus and resin dominate but a bready, sweet maltiness provides balance. Medium and crisp. Enjoyably quaffable. Overall: good.

Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla Bean (5.9% ABV) by Stone Brewing. Served in a stemmed chalice. It is dark as night with a dense foam that leaves excellent lacing. The name says it all in aroma and flavor. Smokey with a solid vanilla presence. Mildly sweet, roasty. Flavorful and easy drinking. A good tasty porter. Overall: good.

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