Recently, I have been less than enamored with the selection of beer bars in the area and, as a result, have started reading lots and lots of reviews on Beer Advocate. In my research, I came across a number of reviews for Prime 16, located in New Haven, and am I sure glad I did.
On Friday night, Kevin and I really weren’t sure what we should do with ourselves, so of course we decided to hit up a bar – because that is just how we roll. But where to go? It seemed like the perfect night to to try out Prime 16!
While the place was busy when we got there around 8pm, we had no trouble getting seated. The first thing we did, of course, was look for the beer list, which we found on a giant chalkboard hanging on the wall… and oh, what a list it was! Widmer Hefe, Flying Dog Golden, Lagunitas Pilsner, Blue Point Blueberry, Shipyard Summer, Lagunitas Correction Ale, Great Divide Titan, Lagunitas IPA, Dogfish Head 60 minute, Southern Tier Unearthly, Weyerbacher XII, Guiness, Great Divide Yeti, Rogue Captain Sigs, BBC Draymans Porter, Farmington River Mahogany, Wolaver’s Oatmeal Stout, Chimay, Delerium Tremens, and Alagash Double… and that was just what was on tap! There was also a multiple page bottle list on the table!
So needless to say, we were thrilled with the beer selection. And the food was pretty great, too. We ordered an appetizer of Chipotle and Agave chicken tenders, which were perfect in every way – crisp, spicy, smokey, and a little bit sweet.
Prime 16 specializes in burgers, so that is what we had. Kevin had the Maui burger, “topped with grilled pineapple, Maui onion, bacon , pepperjack cheese, and tropical mayo”. I chose the stuffed mushroom burger, “stuffed with crimini mushrooms and shallots, topped with swiss, portabello mushrooms, and IPA mustard. Both burgers were really phenomenal- juicy, flavorful and cooked just right!
Kevin and I will definitely be hitting up Prime 16 again in the near future. It has easily become my new favorite beer bar and I have to admit, it even kind of makes me sad that we no longer live near New Haven.
172 Temple St.
New Haven, CT 06510
phone: (203) 782-1616