Eat Street: Cask Republic
Sink your teeth into something savory at this new Stamford eatery.
We were among the lucky ones to be invited to the new Cask Republic on Summer Street (the old Ferrante) for its recent opening party. This is a handsome restaurant, all earth tones and textures, of wood, copper, leather, tweed, iron chandeliers and Edison bulbs. Comfortable, clubby and sophisticated, it invites you to sink into an upholstered chair in front of the fireplace.
The beer list is excellent, featuring local and global craft and traditional European beers. The long oak bar will have fifty-one taps. The opening party’s featured draught was Ryeghts of Passage, brewed for Cask Republic by Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. A dry-hopped Rye Brown Ale (more hops were added late in the process to release their fresh aromatic flavors), it balanced citrusy hops with flavors of toast and coffee. It’s a strong beer. Its alcohol by volume is 7.0 (most German beers are 5 percent ABV).
We nibbled on bacon popcorn, dipped home baked pretzels in cheddar sauce, slurped oysters and ate a wonderfully proportioned and tasty slider on a soft bun with sweet tomato jam. The place got crowded, but the staff seemed well trained, and ready to recommend a beer.
Prediction: This place is going to be a winner. Read about our review about it in our upcoming March issue!