Gilded Otter Brewing Company
Active Beers: 20
Beer Ratings: 144
Beer Avg: 3.57
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 55 | Reviews: 49 | Show All Ratings:
3.73/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$
This place is at the end of a quaint downtown main street in New Paltz with a decent sized parking lot, but it was still full when we got there, I take that as a good sign. The atmosphere inside is good, it kind of feels like a town tavern after a long day of work, really a nice, warm, relaxing atmosphere.
Inside is really spacious but they have seating all over the place. Seating outside (with heaters) and seating upstairs as well as the main dining area. The bar area is kind of small compared to the place, but with 9 types of beer on tap, who is complaining, there's enough styles to keep everyone happy too. Stout, Alt, Pale Ale, Oktoberfest, Pumpkin, IPA, 2 Lagers, and a Dunkel. Really nice selection. No incredibly strong imperials which lets you drink more and probably doesn't cost as much to make. They have growlers, took a few of the Alt home with me.
The food selection was OK, there wasn't a whole lot and everything they had for dinner sounded really good with one strange ingredient that I didn't think went well together, but it was still pretty good food in the end. Service was good as well, they brought the growler right to my table! The food was reasonably priced, wasn't incredibly expensive but it wasn't cheap either. The beer was actually cheaper than what I was expecting so that is a plus.
Overall a pretty good experience and I would go back the next time I am in the area.
10-22-2009 11:16:20 | More by erosier
3.55/5 rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
09-02-2009 01:42:47 | More by BeerTwigs
4.25/5 rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A beautiful location, on the way out of New Paltz, next to the Wallkill River, next to the rail trail bike path, and in the shadow of the 'Gunks, holds a beautiful brewpub called The Gilded Otter.
The place is popular, on weekends and holidays, it is sure to be full. Service, however, is always prompt and knowledgeable. Their brewmaster, Mr. Currier, is quite talented, and beers range from interesting, to very good, with the one exception being their seasonal Imperial Stout, which is an absolutely world class stout. The Three Pines is always avail. though, and is a great take on an IPA (try it in a sampler). Growler pours are always spot on. Prices for both beer and food are on the border between reasonable and a bit pricey, but compare favorably to other brewpubs with less ambiance, worse service, no view.
08-10-2009 13:53:29 | More by cavedave
District of Columbia
4.15/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.
08-10-2009 01:04:11 | More by Nickls
2.6/5 rDev -32.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$
Was in the New Paltz area for a wedding. This place looked like the best place to go for a beer. It may in fact be the best the area has to offer, but if that's true, this is not a great beer area.
Between the whole group of us, we tried several of the available beers. The IPA was almost entirely lacking in hop aroma, flavor, or bitterness. Really not an IPA at all. The Pale Ale was fine, not exceptional, but fine. The Stout was quite bad-- loads of diacetyl and a tannic bite that was way over the top and made it unpleasant to drink. I tried a sip of someone's Wheat and couldn't taste much beer with the huge slice of orange floating in it, but it seemed fine. After the experiences I had with the beers I tried, I didn't want to try any more.
The food was not horrible, not great. Service was fine. Atmosphere ok. All in all, not a place I'd return to.
08-03-2009 14:14:08 | More by mtullius
3.04/5 rDev -21%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$$
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.
05-01-2009 03:25:27 | More by organicbrewer
4.53/5 rDev +17.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
These guys should be celebrating their 10th anniversary (or did they already?). I remember when they were building this -- and found out it was a brewpub--Yahoo!. The beer itself has never disappointed. Although in 10 years I have yet to have all the beers they've "made in the past and will make again" (There's about 40 of them).
In the last 2 years or so I've noticed some degradation in prices and portions.
The beers can be pricey (for Hudson Valley) (yes, yes, malt _and_ hops are up in price lately) -- Then why hasn't Pump Station in Albany just up the river upped their prices? And the growler value is almost non-existent (esp for the bigger brews) 18-20$ for a growler? refill?
The soaring space gives great atmosphere, aesthetically, but in the cold months can make for a chilly seating. The patio outside remains heaven when its warm. And its improved the last year by the awning versus the old table umbrellas.
Food is better than average hereabouts and they've always got specials for dinner. Good for me because I've tried everything I care to on the menu at this point. Food portions, esp. the Calamari, are smaller now too. It seemed the nachos, whenever I used to order them, came with a big pile of nacho chip pieces&crumbs under the top layers of chips. What the fuh? That hasn't happened recently. But I still hold my breath.
Overall, after 10 years, I get the feeling greed or a little "resting on laurels" (or is that simply supply and demand?) has taken place here. Still, tG, they haven't sacrificed the beer quality. You'd think, 12 million people in the lower-mid hudson, why do I gotta drive an hour for a quality (locally brewed) beer on tap?
04-14-2009 16:26:01 | More by rokosz
S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.
3.4/5 rDev -11.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Atmosphere- for a Saturday night in a college town the place wasn't overly jumping but the fact they closed at 10:30 and we were there at about 9:45 didn't help
Quality- There were no complaints that I dragged everyone to a brewpub for dinner, food or drink everything was well received
Service- We were seated right after entering hostess poured water for most of us (5 of 6) and didn't bring enough silverware (4 of 6), after what seemed like 3 or 4 minutes the waitress came for drink orders and was fairly quick bringing them back and took food orders, food took a normal amount of time, the second round of drinks on the other hand had everyone scrambling to steal water from who ever had any left, just seemed at times that the waitress got "lost"
selection they had 8 or 9 beers and a house root beer and pretty good sized menu 5 or so pages
food was good pulled pork sandwich was about what you'd find in NY, chicken fingers were decent but a bit over cooked, everyone else enjoyed their food enough that I couldn't scavenge any
Value well I didn't pick up the bill or even see it but to me everything seemed a $1 or $2 more than what I'd pay back home but that comes with the region it seems
04-03-2009 07:27:38 | More by sliverX
3.28/5 rDev -14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went around noon on a Tuesday for the first time. Inside is very clean, big, open and inviting. My wife and I took a seat at the rounded part of a question mark shaped bar. This place is like a brand new ski lodge. Doesn't quite feel lived in yet. Large brewing tanks are everywhere inside the brewpub.
The service was unimpressive, but I don't really have any complaints either. We enjoy it when the bartenders are excited about what they do and interact with the customers more about the beer and food. That one of the reasons I sit at the bar instead of a table. Anyways, the service was fine.
We got a 9-beer sampler and everything was good not great. We liked the Brown Porter, the Crimson Lager and the Alt. Meaning we got pints of those three. The Three Pines IPA was tasty as well as the all malt Naked-Under-Me-Kilt Scottish Ale. The Cream Stout, Pumpkin, Pilsner were sub-par IMO.
We got a Caesaer Salad w/ Chicken and a Roast Beef sandwich which were both very good and fresh. I would not go out of my way to find this place, but if you're passing through or live a half-hour away, then its worth stopping in.
12-11-2008 18:10:46 | More by yossarian14
3.73/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
While on a trip to Half Time, we stopped at the Gilded Otter for lunch. The place was busy for lunch on a Sunday afternoon. In general the overall service was a bit slow, but when our waiter finally came over he was attentive and brought the food and beer out promptly. They had several beers on tap including a stout, belgian wit, altbier, IPA, a Tripel, among others. I tried the IPA and the Wit. The wit was a bit thin and not too deep in flavor. The IPA was balanced and tasty. I sampled a sip of the Tripel and it was really good, slightly sweet, balanced, nicely spiced and would definately kick you in the butt if you had a few. The food was good, we had the Wisconsin Cheese curds for an appetizer. They were alright, the breading was like a frozen seafood batter and the sauces were not very good, a spicy sour cream based sauce and a puttanesca tomato sauce (which was actually very good). I had the flatbread pizza with gorganzola and pears for under $10. It was very good. The overall experience was good, reasonable prices and good beer. If I was in the area I would stop back in.
05-01-2008 19:14:22 | More by HopGoblin
Gilded Otter Brewing Company in New Paltz, NY
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