Hyde Park Brewing Company
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2.3/5 rDev -34.3%
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
2.41/5 rDev -31.1%
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
2.45/5 rDev -30%
What happened here? I used to really love this place. Good beer, good food, great prices. Five years ago, I'd drive over 45 minutes to eat and drink here. Ever since the change to the Steak House motif , this place has gone downhill fast. I now live 5 minutes away and won't stop in anymore.
Where do I begin? Before the change, the menu was spot on. You could find all kinds of food for under $10, which is average for a brew pub. These days, the one burger on the menu starts at $10 and everything else is extra. I could see this working out in Westchester, but this is upstate NY. They took a great menu and really screwed it up with this upscale garbage. If I want steak, I'll drive to the CIA.
Then there's the beer...come on already. I've stopped in twice in the last month with my future father-in-law and we've had to turn back our pints on both occasions, for the same reason: a nasty sulfur smell and a wicked infection taste (the Stout, the Shwartzbier, and the SOB.) Each time, the bartender was very friendly about it and would offer us something else (the Red Rider seems to be OK). What really shocked me was both times the manager was sitting only a few stools away from us and he neglected to come over to talk about the issue. Talk about poor customer service. The last visit, I heard him discussing the issue with the bartender. The manager said "Oh, that's because the beer stays in the lines over night, you have to flush some of that out." Give me a break. They have a nasty issue in their process somewhere and it needs to be attended to quickly.
In summary, this place used to be right on. It's really too bad that the Gilded Otter in so far away. Maybe Darren will purchase the HPBC and right all the wrongs. A guy can dream, can't he? As I jokingly stated to my future father-in-law...This place is dead to me.
08-16-2007 23:37:26 | More by PotownAl
2.58/5 rDev -26.3%
It's a brew pub that sells food. Nothing more, nothing less. I did like the viewable brewing, yet the lighting is too bright for a place who's purpose for being is beer. The end product regardless of style was bland and generally had the same underlying taste. I expected more from a place located so close to one the finest culinary schools in America...The food is bar and bistro. That being said, what comes out their taps is superior to typical tavern, but is less then I would expect from a business that brews it's own on premises.
05-18-2007 11:50:42 | More by sscf
2.93/5 rDev -16.3%
Located on the east side of Route 9 in historic Hyde Park, NY. The building appears to be a converted country home of some sort, perhaps dating back to the mid 19th Century.
Upon pulling into the parking lot I was met with the unmistakable odor of raw sewage. Not a good start.
The bar is located to the left upon entering and the very casual looking dining room to the right rear. The bar area was large with a two sided long bar. Plenty of TVs as well.
There were about 6 house beers on tap and a seasonal that was admittedly a mix of two other beers literally done by the bartender at the tap.
The beers were generally shallow and lacking in flavor and body. Very little to no head. With the exception of the pils, all were pretty lackluster.
Would not repeat unless I was in the area and a high gravity seasonal beer was offered.
09-22-2009 14:26:07 | More by plaid75
2.98/5 rDev -14.9%
This place is locate about 2 hours north of NYC near poughkeepsie and is right across the street from FDR's house and near the vanderbilt mansion. The bar was huge and the service was good. The beer was not very exciting, kind of tasted like big chain brewpub beer. The sampler tray was cheap and good sized along with the logo pint glass. The beers were pretty mediocre. The only really bad one was their lager, which had the awful aftertaste of a budweiser. I did not try the food but the menu looked good.
02-26-2004 17:25:51 | More by etho1416
3.3/5 rDev -5.7%
I spent many a Trivia NIght here back in the day.
The weirdest thing about this place is that is has eight different beers on any given day, and usually at least half of them are lagers. For example, the Rough Rider Red is basically a modified Irish Red Ale brewed with a strain of lager yeast, and definitely an interesting take on the style.
I like the glass cases that let you see the brewing equipment. Always soild. The place itself is a bit on the small side, but it's fairly cozy. It is clean and is (thankfully) not garishly decorated the way many places are.
The quality of the beer is pretty decent, but this varies largely on what you order. It took us a couple times to try all of them (except the Vienna Lager, which I think they don't make anymore... maybe they were just always out of it). Anyway, there are a couple really solid beers there. Mary P's Porter is a really solid choice, and the S.O.B. had a lot more personality than I typically find in a Bitter. But overall, there's nothing there that'll really knock your socks off or make it worth a trek there just to try the place.
Still... if you're in the area and are looking for a decent micro pub, you could do one hell of a lot worse. Also, it's right on Rt. 9, which makes it incredibly easy to get to, and get back to wherever you're going.
What food I have had there has always been good, although over-priced. Your best bet is splitting a BBQ chicken pizza with a friend.
04-30-2007 23:40:51 | More by Boppar
Hyde Park Brewing Company in Hyde Park, NY
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