Gilded Otter Brewing Company
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3.88/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
08-10-2010 21:49:41 | More by UDbeernut
3.68/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
01-19-2010 08:11:57 | More by donniecuffs
4.3/5 rDev +13.5%
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!
01-02-2010 17:28:29 | More by capps24
3.73/5 rDev -1.6%
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 -6.3%
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 +12.1%
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 +9.5%
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 -31.4%
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 -19.8%
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).
$5.50 for a pint of average beer is a bit high.
If you are in the area, go 10 minutes up the throughway and hit up Keegan Ales.
05-01-2009 03:25:27 | More by organicbrewer
4.53/5 rDev +19.5%
These guys should be celebrating their 10th anniversary (or did they already?). I remember when they were building this -- and found out it was a brewpub--Yahoo!. The beer itself has never disappointed. Although in 10 years I have yet to have all the beers they've "made in the past and will make again" (There's about 40 of them).
In the last 2 years or so I've noticed some degradation in prices and portions.
The beers can be pricey (for Hudson Valley) (yes, yes, malt _and_ hops are up in price lately) -- Then why hasn't Pump Station in Albany just up the river upped their prices? And the growler value is almost non-existent (esp for the bigger brews) 18-20$ 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?
04-14-2009 16:26:01 | More by rokosz
Gilded Otter Brewing Company in New Paltz, NY
86 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.