Hyde Park Brewing Company
Active Beers: 9
Beer Ratings: 58
Beer Avg: 3.49
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 23 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by madmanjf:
2.3/5 rDev -34.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
I used to enjoy the Hyde Park Brewery years ago when it first opened. Nowadays, I think it's a place searching for an identity while trying to re-invent itself.
The focus seems to have shifted from "beer" to "food". I guess you can say it's now a restaurant that happens to serve their own beer. The venue has changed to a Steak House, which on the surface sounds really interesting, but I think they're trying to be too many things for too many people and have forgotten what made them special.
The beers are OK ... sometimes inconsistent. Unfortunately, there isn't much in the way of specials or creativity when it comes to seasonals.
Since this isn't the only BrewPub/Restaurant in the immediate vicinity, my recommendation is to go elsewhere (New Paltz) ... irregardless of whether it's beer or steak that you seek.
I went back after a while ... thought it was worth checking out again (Jan 2008). I've heard a lot of horror stories about bad service, and unfortunately it was true.
I had good food, good beer, but was just completely shocked at bartender's attitude. I had a legitimate complaint, and she took it extremely personally. The manager handled it quite well, to her credit, but the bartender continued to be a complete mongrel (I had to use the thesaurus to find a politically correct word for B**&^%)
I waited, without exageration, in excess of 45 minutes for her to acknowledge my money and give me change (and this entire time my glass was empty).
She didn't deserve it, and against all my good judgement, I had her keep the change (approx 18%) to show I was going to be the better person.
Unfortuantely, unless I hear this is under new management or ownership, I'll NEVER return.
So, all the bad things I've heard from beer snobs to restaurant goers alike were all true.
01-22-2008 03:09:24 | More by madmanjf
More User Reviews:
4.56/5 rDev +29.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Wow I really loved this place! The decor reminded me a bit of a 40s style home- in line with the FDR and Hyde Park theme. The waiter was attentive and knowledgeable. The cheddar cheese lager soup was one of the best I've ever had. Had a flight sampler- especially liked Rough Rider Red and Von Schtupps. Grilled Knockwurst was perfect. Really wish they were a lot closer!
09-23-2013 00:31:14 | More by LizCollins
4.05/5 rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I stopped into the Hyde Park Brewery in Sept of 2011. I was in Poughkeepsie on business and had heard about this small brew pub. I had a flight of their beers and a sandwich. Both were very good. The atmosphere is very comfortable for a craft beer lover. The vats are right over the bar but they have a separate restaurant for people who don't care to see the machinery that brings them their beer. I spoke to the owners for a little while about their business and wrote up a review on the Tristate Beer Blog : http://tristatebeerblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/hyde-park-brewing-company.html Enjoy!
10-31-2011 03:41:43 | More by Mkfitz
3.63/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
When asked how I have tried a large variety of beer, I joke that it often just magically "appears" on trips (after researching several websites). In this case, Hyde Park Brewing did simply appear across the street from the home of FDR. After a morning of tours and contemplation of the New Deal, we headed to Hyde Park Brewing for lunch before heading over to Val Kill down the road.
Very nice stop on a Sunday morning for a brunch menu. Ended up having the pizza, which was a bit better than good. Six beers on tap, more or less German inspired mostly. All were solid beers, clean and well done--no flaws in the lagering. The Von Schtupp's Black Lager was smooth with enough depth in the taste to make it interesting.
Not sure how far out of my way I'd go for Hyde Park Brewing, but it was a great no-brainer stop while visiting a very beautiful and historic area.
07-08-2011 15:16:08 | More by FightingEntropy
4.1/5 rDev +16.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
Although it is located in Hyde Park - a tourist fueled town - Hyde Park Brewery has that home-town, I'd-hang-out-here-if-I-were-a-local feel. They have pint glasses engraved with the names of their regulars behind the bar and a staff that seem to know almost everyone.
The food at Hyde Park is outstanding. I had a cheddar cheese lager soup. Fantastic. Delicious. Unbelievably good. My traveling companion had a burger and a artichoke heart dip. He said the same. Great, great food.
Hyde Park brews it's own beer and we sampled a few. While I don't think their beer stacks up against bigger places, it is certainly nice for a hometown brewery.
I saw Hyde Park offers growlers to go and their staff really seem to know beer.
02-03-2011 01:43:00 | More by IronGiant
3.9/5 rDev +10.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the beer here. The SOB and Rough Rider were quite good; on the lighter side, the Winkle Lager was also a refreshing brew.
Per other reviews - the interior is less-than palatial...but that hasnt generally stopped me from enjoying the overall experience (primarily focused on beer and service - which were both GOOD).
I recommend dropping in for a flight and a pint or two. The soft pretzel and scotch egg were worth ordering as well.
Note: as of this writing the exterior is undergoing major renovation - even looks as if the place is abandoned - fear not, they are open for business.
09-30-2010 10:45:43 | More by rbastone
2.41/5 rDev -31.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | $$
A: The inside of this place looks as if someone took an old sawdust-floor, truck stop-type watering hole and tried converting it into a brewpub. Unfortunately, aside from the rosy-cheeked, friendly patrons..and bartender...this place fell flat. I think I even noticed the silhouette of an old Bud neon sign on the wall, but then again that might've been my over-active imagination playing games on me.
Q: I honestly do feel bad when I pan someone or something in a review, since we can all appreciate how much work goes into making good beer, but these beers were terrible...with the exception of the Von Schtupp's schwarzbier. With the latter exception, all were thin, headless, and bland. The schwarzbier did reveal nice notes of roasted malt, thicker body, and a creamier mouthfeel.
SRV: The bartender was sweet, but came off as, dare I say, airy...even comparing one of the beers in the sampler to a Coors Light. 'Nuff said.
SEL: Schwarzbier, stout, wheat beer, amber ale, etc...it was a decent selection, but two of the 'usual' beers were out, and the bartender substituted them in my sampler by mixing a few of the others. Needless to say, something terrible mixed with something terrible, tastes like something terrible.
F: Didn't bother.
We won't be going back.
01-19-2010 05:04:12 | More by donniecuffs
Hyde Park Brewing Company in Hyde Park, NY
83 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.