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Prime 16 Tap House + Burgers
Taps: 20 / Bottles: 45
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
172 Temple St
phone: (203) 782-1616
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-03-2008)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I wrote some stuff, but when I read back the first line aloud ("I shouted Dave but he wasn't about, so I killed some time in New 'aven"), it sounded like part of an awful limerick, so I'm declaring "false start" and taking the do over...
...En route to Ossa's party in Westbrook (where yes, I sang with full band accompaniment), I gave Dave a shout as I came through and then went to kill some time in New Haven (The Paris of the 80's). I was way ahead of schedule and needed to drop into Hull's for a "clean" Moleskine as this one's all written in upped. And I hadn't lunched yet either so I figured I could meet Prime 16, the newish beer kid on the block. Okay, so 16's an even integer greater than 2 and can be written as the sum of 2 primes but is not itself a prime number, are you following so far? Whatever; I ain't looking to solve Goldbach's conjecture; I'm just here for a beer, another beer and maybe a shorty...
2 rooms; bar on one side and seating on the other. An "L" shaped wood bar with a laminate glossy, almost wet looking top and a steel foot rail seats 16 on the far wall. The barback shelving, uprights and crossbeams are made up of old fenceposts. Bottled selections on the upper shelves from end to end, and glassware on the lowers with a few wines on both ends. A pair of long row towers below hold 10 taps each, with some glassware tucked behind and tiered booze on lit panel boxes to both sides. There's a great ancient "House of Whitbread - 1742" piece in the center between the shelving that looks like it could be that old. And I felt like the wooden steer head mounted above was watching me write even before I spotted the small camera tucked just below it. On the end of the bar counter up front, a magnum bottle of La Fin Du Monde, a pair of old sadly empty McNeill's bottles, and a fence post candle holder. Drop bulb lighting over the bar at different heights and track spots above. High pressed tin ceiling in dark gray with matching ductwork atop the bar, the walls painted burgundy to the rear and brown everywhere else with framed displays of bills of sale for products from the 40's & 50's and a few pieces of art including a great Fidelio Brewery print, and slat wood floors tiled up front. A flatscreen mounted in the rear corner, a 40 x 60 blackboard to the rear over the kitchenway listing bottled selections and another on the front wall listing the taps. Blinds over the panel front door and side windows, and the length above held by fit thick glass squares making a collective window.
3 bar tables run adjacent to the bar and another 2 up front, one to each side of the door and those with accessible bar counters off the fence post entrance railings that hold them tucked into the corners. The in between here and there wall has a few logoed fenced windowed cut throughs, looking in nearly a dozen and a half tables on the dining side, sunken spots, ceiling fans, it's own entrance there.
20 taps, all but a pair of them American micros, with a good 2/3 of them being New England & Mid Atlantic regionals (Allagash White, BBC Steel Rail Pale Ale, New England Sea Hag IPA, Long Trail Blackberry Wheat, Weyerbacher Hops Infusion, Brooklyn Lager, Ithaca Apricot Wheat, Blue Point Hoptical Illusion & Toasted Lager, DogFishHead 90 Minute IPA, Heavy Seas Peg Leg Impy Stout, and the Prime 16 Light Lager, their house brewed for them by Opa Opa), the other 1/3 from not (North Coast Old Stock & Red Seal, Sierra Nevada Torpedo, Rogue Brutal Bitter, Great Divide Titan IPA, Flying Dog Doggie Style Pale Ale). And the all but a pair of American micros being Chimay Tripel & Beamish (I like seeing the non Guinness). Apparently, it's all in logs, they rotate and rotate and rotate everything, there are no held handles for brewery or beer, much to the chagrin of Evil Spock.
And 40 bottles, a half dozen Belgians (lovely Orval, Rochefort 6, Chimay Blue, DT, La Chouffe, Lindemans Framboise), a half dozen Germans, a dozen + American micros, and some various beers of the world. No crappy BMC, the lowest on the food chain they play is PBR. Also, at least a dozen and a half wines.
And the aforementioned lunch, they do apps, salads, sandwiches, and 16 burgers (kind of sort of) including chicken, lamb, salmon, veggie, mahi, turkey, some of which were burgerry and some more of the sandwich variety. I, myself did the NY Steakhouse Burger (yep, Meyer naturally raised certified Angus beef) with cracked black pepper, wilted spinach, tobacco fried onions, and bleu cheese (which I naturally traded "up" to cheddar due to bleu cheese's nasty, disgusting medicinal nature). Burger was excellent, I'd like a shot at some of the others there, and they've got some good sides too.
Beer was fresh, food tasty. Eric behind the bar and owner/chef Mike came out for a while to yap. They do a very good thing here, I know where I'm playing after the cask event next January.
07-12-2008 13:31:37 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
thought this to be the best bar in downtown New Haven, though still not saying too much. Kind of crowded, a little noisy. Good selecion of taps, quanity-wise in New Haven, some really good ones like Allagash Curieux A few taps were stale, or the gas mixture is off or what, so that thes beers tasted off. A smallish bar, unfortunatley too small for the two bartenders to get around each other. A couple of notches below Delayney's as a bar. Staff was knowledgeable about beer, though not very knowledgeable. Worth a stop as you may find a good tap on, and they do have a cask.
08-20-2010 21:22:38 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
A great beer bar with very good servers, each of them knowledgable about the product they sell. I stopped in with a friend to watch the BCS Championship game and get a few beers, and we were made to feel at home. The tap list was great, I had a DFH World Wide Stout and a cask Berkshire IPA, both were delicious. 2 nights earlier they had cherry infused vanilla imperial stout trooper on cask, sounded epic. Free servings of each and any beer you wanted to try, along with an accurate description of what to expect. This place is VERY good, the service and selection make it a winner.
01-09-2010 01:32:07 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I were in town for dinner at Lou Pepe's and a very quick stop at Bru Room which we did not care for. Pulled up Beer Advocate on the iPhone and found Prime 16 as the top beer bar in New Haven (and within walking distance of Bru Room). If not for my quest to visit all brewpubs in North America, this would have been our one beer stop in town.
Very smart staff and a very beer forward place. All taps were appealing and I was able to try a local Smuttynose Hanami. I'm doing this review in Nov. after visiting in June and my notes were a bit short.
11-02-2009 01:37:36 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in this place when I had a couple of un-planned free hours in Connecticut. Found easy street parking a block away for a couple bucks.
Took the last seat at the bar. Bartender was friendly and pointed out the local options. I ended up having the New England Quad and Sea Hag IPA.Both fresh and good. Selection was pretty solid overall. Something for everybody.
I had some parmesan fries, which were good, but I won't rate the food since that's all I had.
This is a quality place; I'd definitely visit again if I'm ever back in the area.
06-02-2012 23:51:34 |
More by shivtim
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Located right on Temple Street in downtown New Haven.
In the past, I had been here twice on Saturdays at about 2-3pm, and both those times the place was dead. So, I was surprised to go on a week night recently and see the place jammed. I am sure the owners prefer the latter.
The quality of the tap lines and the establishment very good, beers were served in proper glassware. Service is also very good, despite the large crowd, bartenders did a great job of keeping up with a thirsty clientele.
Selection includes 20 taps and 40 bottles. Some of the taps the other night were Chimay Cinq Cents, Allagash Maharaja, Hennepin, Sierra Brown Saison, Delerium Tremens, Pennichuck Imperial IPA, etc. The bottles follow a similar pattern, great selection.
The food looks really good, they focus on burgers here (Prime), but have some appetizers such as hot wings of course.
And the prices are reasonable, and you will have a fun time here.
05-14-2009 22:42:20 |
More by mltobin
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Do you like burgers? Do you like beer? Go to Prime 16!
Great little beer selection at this place. They had quite a few varied styles on tap when I stopped in for lunch with a friend of mine. He had a couple bottles of Paulener and I had a pint of the Sierra Nevada Harvest Fresh Hop and something else that escapes me right now. I do know they have Captain Laurence from time to time and our waiter was cool enough to tell us where to go to find bottles.
Burgers are awesome here! This is basically an upscale burger joint with lots of specialty burgers. They have great pulled pork sliders too! Prime 16 is a perfect place to grab some lunch and a beer or two. I'll definitely come back to this place next time I am in New Haven for work.
12-14-2008 04:37:03 |
More by indiapaleale
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
This was my first visit and it was just a quick stop in for a quick one while my wife used the bathroom. Of the 20 taps there was very little I wouldn't enjoy and the closest thing to a "macro" was Guinness Stout. They had a fair assortment of bottled beers, as well, a few more common options there. On tap I had a very nice North Coast Old Stock Ale served in the proper snifter. It was a bit pricey at $8.50 but I thoroughly enjoyed it along with a very friendly and knowledgeable bartender who told me he was also the brains behind the beer inventory. Said they change the kegs nearly every day so the turnover is steady and good. I didn't try the food but I liked the dark, wood atmosphere, kind of a "modern" styling, sort of hip but tasteful. One side for eating, the other for drinking, looked like a decent place to eat so I'll be back for beer and food next time. Right next to the old green downtown and not far from the BruRm@Bar, a perfect setting for a visit to this city. Don't miss it!
06-24-2009 05:34:34 |
More by Durge
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
Visited on a Monday night while in New Haven, CT:
Overall...I have got to say that this is a good place...what is better than a good burger and a good beer. Not much. Stepped into the bar section and found a seat, politely asked if the seat was taken and received glares from the two guys on either side, like I was putting them out or something. The place was fairly full, so they had to be expecting that someone was going to sit there. Regardless, the bartender promptly greeting me and I was sitting right in front of the cask tap. I asked him what was in the cask...nothing. Very disappointing; therefore, the selection took a little bit of a hit, but not much. Very good beer selection and quality of beer. Both bartenders were knowledgeable about the selection as well as beer in general. I had the Cowboy Burger, which was done well. No printed beer menu, the beers were on a chalk board. I thought that the prices were reasonable for the East Coast. I would definitely go back...I may go back this week while I am in town. Probably a must stop if you are in New Haven.
05-14-2013 02:24:19 |
More by PhillyStyle
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Finally had a chance to stop in this place after the 2010 cask ale festival. Very basic setup and decor, one side of the place is the bar, the other evenly divided side is the dining room. Lots of polished metal and bare wood, nothing fancy. Tables are spaced comfortably apart. Service is prompt and attentive, my cowboy burger was delicious and cooked perfectly. Twenty taps promise something to satisfy any beer geek, but I honestly didn't find anything earth-shaking on this visit. Good to see a place in New Haven that offers much better selection than plain old macros and standard micros, but again nothing overly special.
02-01-2010 12:20:24 |
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