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Gilded Otter Brewing Company

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Gilded Otter Brewing CompanyGilded Otter Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.56/5
Based on:
25 Beers
192 Ratings
Place Score: 86
Ratings: 67
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.13%
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

3 Main St
New Paltz, New York, 12561
United States
phone: (845) 256-1700

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Reviews by TheDeuce:
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3.6/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Gilded Otter Brewing Company…in New Paltz, NY.
Stopped here in the middle of Ragnar Relay New York, a punishing relay in Upstate.

Atmosphere – large old stone building, decent looking on a quiet street at the end of New Paltz. Inside there are two floors, large bar with tables surrounding. We sat at a six seater. Nice looking.

Quality – I was only able to have one beer given that we were still running a long term relay. That said the beer was quality and some of the others I had a look at seemed decent too. Nice mix of styles as well.

Service – We had a new waitress, polite and eager, but needed some help at times. No problem and no major issues.
Selection- again seemed to have a nice mix, some seasonals, and a range from stouts and IPAs to German specialty bocks.

Food- Had a burger, we mostly stuck to sandwiches, food was good, maybe a little overpriced.

Value- decent for what we got.

Overall-enjoyed being able to stop in, would love to come back and try more.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3/5  rDev -20%

New Paltz is a seriously lovely town with some good bars, restaurants, shops and the Shawangunk Mountain escarpment behind as a gorgeous backdrop. Gilded Otter was my second and last beery stop during my quick visit to the Paltz on a beautiful, cold late-autumn day.

At the edge of town (or the beginning of it if you come from the Shawangunk range), the Otter is a large brewhouse with a vast wrap-around bar, a massive dining area and lots of light. The Canadian-mountain-lodge thing It’s got going is the same I’ve seen in countless breweries around the country, particularly those located near the mountains (Adirondack comes to mind, but also Uncle Buck’s in Grapevine, Texas).

When I visited on a Monday afternoon only a couple of die-hard mountain men (all beards, red cheeks and warm wool hats) were at the bar, drinking and then drinking again. The seven beers on tap were unexciting to say the least. This appears to be a Brown-IPA-Amber kind of brewery, if you know what I mean. I tried the Stone House Cream Stout and didn’t like it. Too heavy, too sweet. They also have a Kolsch, an IPA and a Dunkelweizen.

Seven dollars for a pint, $4.75 for a ten-ounce pour. They also offer 22-oz servings, pitchers and growlers. Service was alright, atmosphere was so-so and the beer was not so good, so I don’t feel enticed to come back any moment soon. Baccus just up the road is a much better option for beer.

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3.76/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3/5  rDev -20%

The food here is excellent but i find the beers to be bland. I've been here lots of times and have never been impressed with any of the beers. Not horrible by any means just kind of OK.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Set on the far end of town in a scenic spot overlooking the Walkill River Valley beyond to the 'Gunks, the exterior stonework and the timber rafters inside make it look like a mountain lodge. The dining room is set amongst copper brewing kettles, a bar gigantic bar (75 feet plus), and an upstairs loft. It can get VERY noisy in here and at times sounds like a cafeteria (this sense is added to that silverware is left in holders on the table-nice when you drop you first fork on the floor I guess). In the summer, I'd recommend sitting on the outside patio. The wait service is not always up to par, but it is a college town meaning a lot of turnover. The bartends stick around long enough to know your name though.
The food is consistently adequate, and the base menu hasn't changed much in the last few years; however, the head chef seems to put some interesting specials on. Their wings are exceptional especially if you mix the bbq and hot sauces together.
In back of the bar is a series of cascading glazed, wooden signs etched with beers they have brewed, numbering around 30+. They usually only dabble with about a third of those, and some seem to be retired for good. You can always expect some combination of a kolsch, light lager, amber, pale, ipa, stout, seasonal, and altbier. Yeah, they also make a pretty darn good root beer, even better when mixed w/ Wild Turkey. Prices are high @ $7/pint. Growlers are $16.20. Go b/t 4-6 during the week for happy hour when they lower beer prices and app prices to $5.
This place seemed to be stuck in a rut, satisfied with maintaining the status quo. I've noticed some recent innovations w/ menu specials as well as the return of some beers, which hopefully suggest they have found their swag again.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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Photo of Freggs
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I was on a weekend getaway in the Catskills and wanted to check out New Paltz. After driving through the zombie apocalypse formerly known as the "Borscht Belt" I was glad to reach the other side of the mountains. The brewery hits you as soon as you enter the town from route 299E.

This was on Easter Sunday, so I didn't expect a large crowd, and there wasn't. The bar, which is large and sits facing some sweet copper brew vats, was virtually empty. The restaurant itself was wide open with lots of natural light, very nice. The host was friendly and promptly sat us by a bunch of stainless steel vats at the center of the building. Definitely your typical Easter Sunday crowd of large families, however the restaurant is large. Gilded Otter has a "newish" Catskill mountain lodge vibe. Once we were seated we ordered a flight. Here's where it got pricey, they only has six beers, and one was kicked so they made a black and tan instead. Each taster was 3 oz and cost $8 (for the six). That's higher then I typically pay. All the drafts were $6 and served in 14oz glassware. Again, expensive.

The six beers included the following, a light lager, an amber, another "hopper" amber, an IPA, a altbier, and an Irish stout. Then the black and tan of course (mix of IPA and Irish stout). The light lager was ghastly. Not sure if the glass hadn't been rinsed or what, but it tasted like old bathroom soap and smelled of it too. The "ambers" were lifeless and again imbued a taste of soapiness. Next, the IPA, which was a bit more interesting, but still fairly tame. My wife thought it left a weird wax taste on the pallet, which it did. The alt was decent and was definitely the best of the lineup. Finally, the Irish stout. Brewed in the style of a dry stout you would expect some roasted manliness, but it frankly didn't have much going on. Still, it was drinkable.

At least the food was better, and it came out ten minutes after we ordered. That allowed us to leave quickly as well! Next time you are in New Paltz, don't waste your money at Gilded Otter, go to Bacchus instead. I'd give it a couple of years, then try the place again, perhaps improvements will be made.

Overall - Too expensive for what they are serving. The glassware was undoubtedly "soapy" and the beers left a lot to be desired.

Photo of JessicaLeigh
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I've been going to the Gilded Otter for a few years now every time I get to New Paltz, which is a cool little town. In the summer the GO has a tiny patio that overlooks the road- and it is hard to get seating outdoors, which is OK by me. I'd rather be inside looking at the tanks. I love the board of beer names, but they don't always have what is up there. Which is disappointing because some of them sound awesome. The food (some local ingredients/items) and service (lots of college kids) are pretty good. I have taken a growler or two back to Massachusetts with me and the beer is decent- a little overpriced. In that area it was the only game going for a while so I think it was the novelty factor more than anything else. Now you can scoot across the Hudson and hit up a few other brewpubs. GO is a good place overall and being a lover of motorcycles- there's always a few nice bikes to eyeball in the parking lot on the way out. In the fall, go hiking and pumpkin picking and then hit up the GO afterwards.

Photo of tobelerone
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This was a pretty pleasant place to visit on a late afternoon in early spring. There are tables outside but even indoors, with lots of pine and tons of windows, sunlight was streaming in and it was pretty lovely.

Service was adequately attentive and friendly. I didn't eat but despite the so so comments here and elsewhere the food looked decent enough and ran the gamut from standard bar food to slightly more upscale pub dinner stuff.

The beer is pretty mixed. I had a flight and a few pints and cant say I was terribly impressed. None of the beers were excellent; a few were good, a few were mediocre, and a few were bad. Prices are a little on the high side across the board; I believe growler fills were 15 dollars, which seemed absurd to me given the quality of what they're brewing here.

Long story short this place is worth a pop in for a taste if you don't have super high expectations going in. Again, its a pleasant setting to spend an hour or two in but the beer is unremarkable.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I've been to the otter a few times now and have been very pleased. Definitely a place to drop by for happy hour or dinner.

A. This place has a great vibe since its in New Paltz and right near the river. There is a great patio and an expansive bar with plenty of tables. The lighting is great and the staff is very accomodating but the acoustics make it hard to talk if someone is a few seats down.

Q. The beers are refreshing and always hit the spot. Nothing stands out as extrordinary but a very solid selection. The food is average which seems to be because they rush the food right to the table. Nice selection of entrees and bar food some of which is made with the beer itself.

S. The staff has always been great and is able to accommodate any request in a reasonable time.

Get the wisconsin cheese curds!

Photo of Beerquester
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This place was easy to find at the end of the main street just before the river in downtown New Palz. Plenty of parking and the building is newer and has a rustic lodge type feel to it, with some outdoor seating. They don't open until 4:00 pm. presumably to leave mornings free for brewing in their inhouse system.

We sat at the bar and ordered a sampler of the beers, which totalled 8. I wasn't too impressed with the first one and kept trying others, hoping to come across one to my liking. Worked my way all through them and still not all that impressed. In the end, I was all psyched up by the nice web page, the nice restaurant, the beer selection, only to be disappointed with the beer quality.

A board on the wall listed over 30 beer styles which they have brewed this year and will brew soon. I suggest to the brewer to try fewer styles and make them better quality and more consistent. The menu listed awards won for their beers in 2000, 2001. I wondered why nothing more recent.

I did order a pint of the blueberry wheat which they add a handful of fresh blueberries to the top. This one wasn't as bad as the others.

Bottom line, don't go too much out of your way if you want good beer. If travelling through the area, I suggest Keegan Ales in Kingston, one exit up the road.

Photo of Sammy
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Sizeable, bright, airy restaurant/brewpub wth passable beers.A good sized bar. Nothing special, and the stff as is typical in these large places do not know their beers, or make up an answer. At least the beer was not served too cold. Nice town,I suggest on walk about if you are here, but was very crowded mid-August day. Friendly service. Not worth going too far out of way, was on my route to Albany. But you can pass up this place if time is important, and not miss much. More of a family restaurant.

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Gilded Otter Brewing Company in New Paltz, NY
86 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.