Gilded Otter Brewing Company
Active Beers: 20
Beer Ratings: 144
Beer Avg: 3.57
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Reviews by slander:
4.18/5 rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Davo & myself hit this joint on the way back from Half Time a few months ago. This brewpub fits quite well in the cool little artsy college town they call New Paltz. You drive through the town, past the rows of shops and there she is just before you hit the bridge to absolutely nowhere...
"A clean, well lit place". It's like a ski lodge. The bar seats upwards of 2 dozen. It starts straight but then hooks around an octagon shaped corner piece with tables riddling the perimeter. Beyond the bar area is the main dining room housing a few dozen tables running adjacent to a staircase and a handful of fermenters. Upstairs lies a perch with access to the Tax Determination Tanks and Milling room, a dozen tables, a small pool table, that table bowling game and a Pac-Man machine. That's right, you heard me, Pac-Man. Not Ms. Pac-Man, not the Ms. Pac-Man/Galaxa hybrid machine, no... we're talkin' an old weathered original Pac-Man machine, pasturized and homoginized (woka woka woka woka, bwiiiiuuu). From the perch, you get a good view of the place. Lots of bright colorful nature pictures on all the walls. A handful of TV's over the bar and that trivia game.
The food is good. I'm always good for a bowl of the Jambalaya and they make a good brew. Usually 7 or 8 taps running, some regulars, some seasonals. The Smoked Porter, the Imperial Stout, the Winter Wassail, the IPA, nice stuff. They've got a listing on the wall of everything they've brewed in the last year's time. It's a most impressive list, offering up a wide variety of year round beers and seasonals. Bartender did us a buyback after 3 beers (which does not suck), and they've got growlers to go.
01-02-2003 21:41:17 | More by slander
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2.98/5 rDev -22.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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.
04-12-2013 02:17:44 | More by Freggs
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've been going to the Gilded Otter for a few years now every time I get to New Paltz, which is a cool little town. In the summer the GO has a tiny patio that overlooks the road- and it is hard to get seating outdoors, which is OK by me. I'd rather be inside looking at the tanks. I love the board of beer names, but they don't always have what is up there. Which is disappointing because some of them sound awesome. The food (some local ingredients/items) and service (lots of college kids) are pretty good. I have taken a growler or two back to Massachusetts with me and the beer is decent- a little overpriced. In that area it was the only game going for a while so I think it was the novelty factor more than anything else. Now you can scoot across the Hudson and hit up a few other brewpubs. GO is a good place overall and being a lover of motorcycles- there's always a few nice bikes to eyeball in the parking lot on the way out. In the fall, go hiking and pumpkin picking and then hit up the GO afterwards.
02-08-2013 21:13:22 | More by JessicaLeigh
3.4/5 rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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.
04-10-2012 00:33:34 | More by tobelerone
Gilded Otter Brewing Company in New Paltz, NY
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