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Gilded Otter Brewing Company

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Gilded Otter Brewing CompanyGilded Otter Brewing Company
BA SCORE
86
very good

67 Ratings
Ratings: 67
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.83%
Active Beers: 25
Beer Ratings: 204
Beer Avg: 3.57
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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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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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

orcrist_cleaver, Jun 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

acurtis, May 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Paul68, Mar 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

metter98, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

sirsteve42, Jan 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

shoretaxi, Jan 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

LizCollins, Oct 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

garuda, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of Freggs
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%

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.

Freggs, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of JessicaLeigh
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

JessicaLeigh, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of tobelerone
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

tobelerone, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of bourbonbock
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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!

bourbonbock, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Beerquester
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

Beerquester, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of TheDeuce
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

TheDeuce, May 25, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

Sammy, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of UDbeernut
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

Located on the next to the Plattekill River just west of the center of new Paltz is on of the few brewpubs in the Hudson Valley.

The Gilded Otter has a large resturant area with plenty of tables, a fairly sizeable bar, and a nice patio for good weather.

On draft are usually around 8 beers, all of which they brew on premise. Most beers are tasty and close to their respective style.

Food is usual pub food well executed. Atmosphere is a nice mix, nothing roudy or out of hand.

I think the food is a bit expensive but New Paltz is a bit of a tourist area during the nicer weather.

UDbeernut, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of donniecuffs
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

A: The first time I hit this place, it was chock full of down-to-earth locals and beer aficionados, but on several return trips, the fratboy and tourist quotient had gone up significantly. However, I do give the ski-lodge feel a thumbs up, and furthermore they occasionally have some nice relaxing jazz or acoustic live performances.

SEL/Q: The selection is always fairly varied, with up to eight taps open at times, and the brewer does a great job rotating in new seasonals. The quality though suffers from inconsistency. I've had some tremendous beers, only to return when a new batch is complete and find that the same beer style tastes totally different..and a few notches lower. The only beers that I've had which have been consistently good are the Rail Trail Pale Ale, the Hefeweizen, and the Altbier.

SRV: Similar to the Atmosphere, the service has taken somewhat of a dip in recent trips, with some of the tightly-dressed younger female bartenders paying more attention to some of the fratboy patrons than they should, and it takes a while to place your order. That being said, on some of my earlier trips the bartenders have been super friendly and knowledgeable.

F: I have never had a bad meal at this establishment. Nothing leaps out as the best meal I've ever had, but everything has been very tasty.

I'm going to wait until the college year is over before I go back, and see if the dip in atmosphere and service is just a seasonal thing.

donniecuffs, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of capps24
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%

If you are looking for a good brewery/resteraunt in the New Paltz/Poughkeepsie area, this should be one of your stops. The atmosphere is top notch, some of the beers were very good (loved the Three Pines IPA) and the food was excellent as well.

There was a good crowd at the bar, and surrounding bar tables. Service was good as well. Very clean place.

I would reccomend pulling a seat up at the bar, and hanging out there. Much quicker service. I like the fact that they have all of their beer names on the wall, even if they are not in season. It gives you a chance to see what you could get for the future.

Definately going back soon!

capps24, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of erosier
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

This place is at the end of a quaint downtown main street in New Paltz with a decent sized parking lot, but it was still full when we got there, I take that as a good sign. The atmosphere inside is good, it kind of feels like a town tavern after a long day of work, really a nice, warm, relaxing atmosphere.
Inside is really spacious but they have seating all over the place. Seating outside (with heaters) and seating upstairs as well as the main dining area. The bar area is kind of small compared to the place, but with 9 types of beer on tap, who is complaining, there's enough styles to keep everyone happy too. Stout, Alt, Pale Ale, Oktoberfest, Pumpkin, IPA, 2 Lagers, and a Dunkel. Really nice selection. No incredibly strong imperials which lets you drink more and probably doesn't cost as much to make. They have growlers, took a few of the Alt home with me.
The food selection was OK, there wasn't a whole lot and everything they had for dinner sounded really good with one strange ingredient that I didn't think went well together, but it was still pretty good food in the end. Service was good as well, they brought the growler right to my table! The food was reasonably priced, wasn't incredibly expensive but it wasn't cheap either. The beer was actually cheaper than what I was expecting so that is a plus.
Overall a pretty good experience and I would go back the next time I am in the area.

erosier, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of BeerTwigs
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%

The Gilded Otter is located in downtown New Paltz with a friendly atmosphere. The food is good, and the beer rotation fits the seasons. Of course I am not too much of a food critic so you can take that with a grain of salt. The have a solid beer line up and usually ramp up a few seasonals depending on the season. The Rail Trail IPA is a good brew as well as the Maibach... The Duseldorf Altbier is a tasty brown ale with a medium level of hops (2 Time GABF Winner). With Fall storming in I suggest stopping in to see there fall line up. I definitely suggest checking the place out

BeerTwigs, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of cavedave
4.25/5  rDev +13%

A beautiful location, on the way out of New Paltz, next to the Wallkill River, next to the rail trail bike path, and in the shadow of the 'Gunks, holds a beautiful brewpub called The Gilded Otter.

The place is popular, on weekends and holidays, it is sure to be full. Service, however, is always prompt and knowledgeable. Their brewmaster, Mr. Currier, is quite talented, and beers range from interesting, to very good, with the one exception being their seasonal Imperial Stout, which is an absolutely world class stout. The Three Pines is always avail. though, and is a great take on an IPA (try it in a sampler). Growler pours are always spot on. Prices for both beer and food are on the border between reasonable and a bit pricey, but compare favorably to other brewpubs with less ambiance, worse service, no view.

cavedave, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of Nickls
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%

(From notes)

The atmosphere of the brewpub was quite nice on a late Saturday afternoon stop-in. The inside is very nice, with lodge-like open air feel, and there was a really cool patio area for seating outside. Very clean and new-feeling, but warm enough.

The quality of both the food and brew was really top-notch. The variety of food ranged from more straight pub grub to nicer entrees, salads, etc. Not the best on earth, but some of the best food at a brewpub that I've had.

The brews are not astonishing, but are certainly very good and enjoyable. Nice range of styles when I visited, and the staff were more than accommodating with samples prior to buying full pints. Staff knew a bit about the beer, but were certainly not beer nerds (which is totally cool by me).

Overall, a really nice place and I will definitely pop by again given the chance.

Nickls, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of mtullius
2.6/5  rDev -30.9%

Was in the New Paltz area for a wedding. This place looked like the best place to go for a beer. It may in fact be the best the area has to offer, but if that's true, this is not a great beer area.

Between the whole group of us, we tried several of the available beers. The IPA was almost entirely lacking in hop aroma, flavor, or bitterness. Really not an IPA at all. The Pale Ale was fine, not exceptional, but fine. The Stout was quite bad-- loads of diacetyl and a tannic bite that was way over the top and made it unpleasant to drink. I tried a sip of someone's Wheat and couldn't taste much beer with the huge slice of orange floating in it, but it seemed fine. After the experiences I had with the beers I tried, I didn't want to try any more.

The food was not horrible, not great. Service was fine. Atmosphere ok. All in all, not a place I'd return to.

mtullius, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of organicbrewer
3.04/5  rDev -19.1%

Stopped in for drinks after dinner across the street. Really loud college sports bar feel. Guess that makes since with a college in town. Nothing special with the place. Couple of TVs behind the bar. If you chose to put tvs in a bar, make sure they are big enough so you can see them.
Beer was tasty. Much better than a lot of brew pubs. Disapointed that they took up two tap lines with lightish lagers. Oh well. Service was alright. Took a while to get the bartenders attention both times we needed drinks and also to get the bill. Average brewpub lineup, cept for there being two generic sounding lagers (nothing against lagers, but one was a light lager and the other sounded like a yuengling clone).
$5.50 for a pint of average beer is a bit high.
If you are in the area, go 10 minutes up the throughway and hit up Keegan Ales.

organicbrewer, May 01, 2009
Photo of rokosz
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%

These guys should be celebrating their 10th anniversary (or did they already?). I remember when they were building this -- and found out it was a brewpub--Yahoo!. The beer itself has never disappointed. Although in 10 years I have yet to have all the beers they've "made in the past and will make again" (There's about 40 of them).

In the last 2 years or so I've noticed some degradation in prices and portions.

The beers can be pricey (for Hudson Valley) (yes, yes, malt _and_ hops are up in price lately) -- Then why hasn't Pump Station in Albany just up the river upped their prices? And the growler value is almost non-existent (esp for the bigger brews) 18-20$ for a growler? refill?

The soaring space gives great atmosphere, aesthetically, but in the cold months can make for a chilly seating. The patio outside remains heaven when its warm. And its improved the last year by the awning versus the old table umbrellas.

Food is better than average hereabouts and they've always got specials for dinner. Good for me because I've tried everything I care to on the menu at this point. Food portions, esp. the Calamari, are smaller now too. It seemed the nachos, whenever I used to order them, came with a big pile of nacho chip pieces&crumbs under the top layers of chips. What the fuh? That hasn't happened recently. But I still hold my breath.

Overall, after 10 years, I get the feeling greed or a little "resting on laurels" (or is that simply supply and demand?) has taken place here. Still, tG, they haven't sacrificed the beer quality. You'd think, 12 million people in the lower-mid hudson, why do I gotta drive an hour for a quality (locally brewed) beer on tap?

rokosz, Apr 14, 2009
Gilded Otter Brewing Company in New Paltz, NY
86 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.