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Gilded Otter Brewing Company

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Gilded Otter Brewing CompanyGilded Otter Brewing Company
very good

64 Ratings
Ratings: 64
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.06%
Active Beers: 25
Beer Ratings: 181
Beer Avg: 3.62
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

Went with blitheringidiot on an all-day beer trek. Apparently, this place is named after the boat that brought the Huguenots to the region. Since I share the same theology as the Huguenots, I'm already pleased with the place.

I can only describe the place as ski lodge meets brewpub. By the bar there is a lot of bright wood. Each beer has a name etched into wood which is then hung by the bar. There is an open, upstairs area with some video games. The other, downstairs area has an atmosphere which I can't describe, but let's just say it isn't the most stylish area in the world. If you've been to Sly Fox in Phoenixville, Pa., this area in the Gilded Otter has a similar feel.

The service was good and relatively prompt while it was busy, although they forgot my water. Their selection is a typical brewpub selection, with the addition of an alt, an Imperial Stout, and a dopplebock. We had the nachos which were yummy.

If you are heading to Half Time, this is definitely worth stopping at.

GeoffFromSJ, Mar 27, 2005
Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%

Was here twice actually this past weekend. May have been here a dozen times all told. Love the mountain view from the bar, through the tall wall of windows. And the paddles with the names of all the beers they have made over the bar adds a nice touch.

Beers are generally average to very good. Seasonals are the real gems, if you can catch the right batches. Three visits this year and every pint I have had has been well made.

Service is always good when you are there when noone else is...

I love the selection of ales and lagers (especially the Billy Goat Bock). You can expect some nice bigger, more assertive brews from this place (Impy Stout was on the past weekend).

Never have had a complaint about the food, but really have only indulged in lunch. Nice selection of pub grub, that generally goes good with their brews.

vladtheimpaler, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

An awesome brewpub in downtown New Paltz, NY. On Main street in fact and close to the oldest block of original houses in the US as well. Atmosphere is cool with a real ski-lodge wooden feel to it. Big glass windows, a very long wooden bar, and a very open feel make this place feel like it is located in Aspen, not New Paltz. Quality of the beers is very good with the beer selection running the gamet of styles pretty darn well. Food was very good, but the menu was not very vegetarian-friendly. We ended up getting a nice pizza, and a good veggie quesadilia. The beer sampler was nice with the imperial stout being one of the best of the bunch. Service was pretty fast and very friendly ensuring me that I will visit again when in the area. Nice.

francisweizen, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of necoadam
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

This is one nice brewpub. Looks very nice inside and very clean which I liked when I entered in. Lots of big windows in this place so you can get quite a nice view of the area. We wanted the patio, but it was starting to rain. After visiting Half Time, we decided to hit this place thanks to some advice from fellow BA's. Atmosphere was nice. Not too loud or not too quiet either. I noticed there was a second floor but didn't bother going up there. Quality was good. Beer was nice and fresh and the food was quite tasty as well. I started out with their hefeweizen of course and was damn tasty. I went with some pasta dish which was good as well. After that we ordered some desert. I went with the key lime pie which was excellent. Service was good. The waitress kept looking out if we need more to drink. My sister-in-law wanted to take home her leftovers, but something happened in the back and they threw it out by accident, but they said they would deduct one beer off the tab which was really nice of them. Selection is nice and full and could choose from quite a bit (food and beer). Big thanks to Davo and Venom for pointing out this place to me.

necoadam, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

I visited this brewpub after spending $$ at Half Time Beverage. This brewery is located on the main drag in New Paltz just before the bridge over a river. Large parking lot behind the brewery.
Upon entering the bar you can go to a dining area to the right with several booths and table/chair setups or go straight back to the bar. I chose the bar due to a rather large crowd. It was Saturday at 2:15 and the place was packed.
The bar is rather long and wraps around in a sort of L shape. There are 8 brews on tap plus a root beer. The brewery has brewed close to 30 styles in the past and display signs for each one. Almost all the furniture is wooden including the bar and stools. GIves a bit of an outdoors feel to the place. Some climbing rope on the walls adds to this feel. Fermenters are visible all around.
There is a patio area with another 15 or so tables as well. The view is spectacular with mountains and a river flowing past. Onto the beer.
Growlers are $13 to buy, 10 to refill or buy with a meal. Also can be in a mug club and get discounts. All of the tap handles are brich logs so you really need to read the beer list to see what is available. You can get a sampler of 3 oz glasses of each beer for 7.50. Video games and pinball up stairs provide entertainment, while they also have bands etc on weekends. Also a cool deal on Tuesdays if you have a tattoo you get 10% of your entire order!
Now the food. The selection is typical pub fare. I had a pulled pork sandwich and fries for lunch. The pork was moist and had a little heat tot he BBQ sauce, which is made with their lager. Fries are large sliced and crispy with a fair amount of salt. Keeps customers thirsty I guess. Overall the meal is very tasty and compliments the beer and/or vice versa well.
A really nice stop that I hope to go back to sometime this summer.

sulldaddy, May 29, 2004
Photo of etho1416
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%

Located in New Paltz, about 2 hours north of New York City and about a half hour from the catskill mountains. It is worth visiting here just for the views of the catskills and the great little college town that new paltz is. There are tons of great shops and restaraunts in downtown. The brewpub was above average overall. It has a nice setup inside with lots of windows with decent views. The staff was very friendly and prompt. The beer was good and there was a big selection, 8 different beers when I was there. They had some interesting styles I had not tried before. Their IPA was the only disapointing brew, it wasnot very hoppy and seemed kind of watery. Other then that all the brews were good and this place is worth a visit.

etho1416, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of TheJudge
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

Stopped by for lunch on a sunday. Not very crowded, and sat at the bar. The lunch menu left something to be desired, but the beer menu and selection were great. Most brewpubs have only 4 to 6 beers on tap, but the Gilded Otter seemed to have about 10. And the taps appear to rotate to different beers and styles on a regular basis, giving good reason to return.

Can't say the service was very good, though. As a lone diner, perhaps I was overlooked. But I really find no excuse for bad service at the bar, especially when they are not crowded. The bartender seemed uninterested. I did like the feel of the bar. High ceilings, big open spaces, very clean bathroom. I will return simply for the high quality beer.

TheJudge, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of Weissenheimer
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%

I am ambivalent about Gilded Otter. I like their beer very much, but I wish I didn't have to deal with the place itself. It's insanely crowded on Friday nights, which is unfortunately about the only time I can get there. They have a huge parking lot which is usually full, so the food must be bloody wonderful; only a fraction of the people in those cars could ever fit in the bar area.

New Paltz is a college town, and the bar area reflects that. I don't mean that in a good way. I've seen many people behind the bar, but I have never gotten the impression that a single one of them gave a rat's ass about the beer. Neither the staff nor the customers seem friendly at all. As far as the staff is concerned, I don't hold it against them because that place is so busy they must be working their asses ragged. But that doesn't keep me from geting a big, throbbing bad vibe from the place.

With that said: Damn, I love the beer! I've been there three times now and each time I've tried a beer that I liked so much that I got a growler filled with it!

Weissenheimer, Nov 22, 2003
Photo of Longstaff
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Nice newly built brewpub in my old college town. Pretty big space and bar with a room upstairs with pinball and video games. Patio seating is available with an awesome view of the Gunks and great sunsets. The beers I have had here are top notch. Even the American Lager kicks ass. They usually have about 10 beers going and have been known to make about 30 different varieties. Food is perfect for a brewbup with more than just burgers and sandwiches but doesn't try to be too upscale either. I recommend the Pear and Gorganzola pizza made with spent grains - very different and yet very yummy. Other bars in the downtown area are frequented by college kids, but nonetheless fun. Check out Snug Harbor and Cabaloosa for bands and P&G's for their wings. Also see the Main Street Bistro for awesome food and a nice bottled beer selection. A place not to be missed if you're making the pilgrimage to Half Time in Poughkeepsie.

Longstaff, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of ecoboy
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%

Had a fine experience here in December 2002. Saturday evening resulted in a 30 minute wait for a table... something I would expect they get from time time: a healthy smiling crowd. I didn't see a downbeat soul in the place, and that includes servers. The inside reminded me of a cross between a ski lodge, a church and a train station. Struck me as having a devotion to the wild outdoors that would not be out of place in Maine: "otters" "river" "valley" "trail" "pines" in the beer names.

28 beers with 8 always on tap garnered a 5 for selection from me. Pints, glasses or schooners. I didn't complain when I was served the pale instead of IPA on first order. In a noisy place you can get misheard. The pale was very nice and the IPA that followed it was less aggressively hopped than typical American IPA's. An older keg of passed seasonal (Pumpkin) was being hurried off at $2 a pint, but it tasted fine to my companion, and not overly "pumpkiny" or pie-like. I had a sampler taste of Imperial Stout for dessert. Didn't have the "big beer" taste I've come to expect from the style.

Food was done with panache, although I didn't keep good notes on that. I wrote "would definitely return" in the notes, though.

ecoboy, Apr 10, 2003
Gilded Otter Brewing Company in New Paltz, NY
86 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.