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Gilded Otter Brewing Company

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Gilded Otter Brewing CompanyGilded Otter Brewing Company
very good

63 Ratings
Ratings: 63
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.02%
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 UnionMade

New York

4.53/5  rDev +19.8%

First off, i have to thank Jim and Allie for letting me tag along, and the pints!
The place seems fairly easy to get to, and they've handily situated a legible sign near the road, so the place is hard to miss. The exterior is very attractive, wedgewood blue with some stonework. I can only compare it to some sort of ski lodge. Plenty of parking in back, with an old train depot and rails-to-trails next door.

The interior continues with the ski lodge look. Rustic, unfinished, hand-hewn beams, lots of windows and a sense of open space. The brewing tanks are situated right in the middle of the place, amidst some stairs to the second floor. The bar is located on the far side, against a large, tiered window that reaches the ceiling. Very attractive wooden bar, with plenty of tap handles fashioned out of small sections of white birch branches. Overall, a nice, rustic ambiance that I fully enjoy.

The barkeep was our server, and I definitely owe him one. My wallet was stolen this past weekend, and all I had was a cheesy replacement wallet with nothing but a few bucks in cash. No cards, no ID, not even my sub club card that was nearly filled. I know I look young, but I was with a couple friends my age that both had theirs. He had pity on my plight and served me a fine, fine glass of oatmeal stout. A good, full pour, not to mention that refills were very prompt, and he was happy to fill a growler. I was pleased as punch.

I browsed the menu, and prices seemed pretty reasonable. Some very interesting items, such as pot stickers with a peanut dipping sauce, and spent grain muffaletta pizza. Definitely enough to keep you interested, both tradional pub fare and something out of the ordinary.

As far as the beer, I only had the pale ale and oatmeal stout. They offer quite a variety of beers, including several lagers, a kolsch, IPA, and a hefeweizen made with bavarian yeast. On the back wall, to the right of the big window is a complete list of all their beers they've made that year. Quite extensive, including most everything from schwarzbier to barleywine. Our gang took home a growler of their pale ale, which we all agreed was superb.

I'd love to come back here again and eat a proper meal, maybe get a sampler, and certainly bring home a growler or two to share with friends. One of the more impressive brewpubs I've visited.

09-27-2005 21:36:30 | More by UnionMade
Photo of rokosz

New York

4.53/5  rDev +19.8%

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
Photo of Nutleybeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +19%

One of the better brewpubs around. Located in New Paltz, a short drive from Mohunk Mountain House. If you are not from the area, like me, if you go there, there are also a ton of wineries in the region to visit as well (if you want more of a reason to make the trip). The town has shops and plenty of other restaurants too.

The Gilded Otter has almost a ski lodge feel about it. High ceilings. A decent sized bar. Outside seating as well, under a shaded canopy.

To get a waiter who knows the beers is always a plus. Nothing is a bigger turnoff than someone who doesn't know anything about what is on tap in their own establishment; which is sadly often the case. The waiter here, though, was very good. He knew the styles and clearly had tried them all himself.

They had a nice assortment of beers on tap. The blueberry summer lager as the seasonal, along with a lite, alt, IPA, pilsner, crimson lager (special $3 pints), oatmeal stout and one or two others. Their sampler is called a "Beer Garden" and runs $7.95. The sampler glasses are small, but it is worth trying. Each beertasted fresh.
A pint will run you $4.50 (as noted, aside from the specials).

I had a beef brisket sandwich, topped with fried onions and a BBQ sauce which is uses one of their beers. It was incredible. As were the onion rings on the side. Not a huge menu, but the prices were reasonable.

Overall, Gilded Otter is a cool place to go. There is enough going on in the area too, to make the long trek up there worth it.

05-28-2006 14:09:39 | More by Nutleybeer
Photo of ProudBeerSnob

New York

4.43/5  rDev +17.2%

Down to New Paltz for a wedding, my wife and I stopped in for dinner. The place was packed! Initially, we had a bad experience...went to hostess she said it was a 10-15 minute wait for a table outside, and inside... well she had to check. At that, she handed a pager to a couple that entered AFTER us, then went upstairs to straighten tables?!?
After that debalce, most everything else was top notch. Another hostess came by, we explained our deal, asked for an outdoor table, went to bar for beers, took 2 sips and the pager went off. While at the bar, we saw a substance that looked like watered down antifreeze. It was their blueberry lager!? Had a sample, it tasted like it looked.
I had the alt, my wife had the IPA. Both quite good. Initially, we thought the IPA was a bit weak, but then realized it was just more subtle than the recent spat of IPA offerings out there.
The food was amazing. Menu had typical pub grub, with a few interesting offerings. I had the spent grain pizza with pear, gorgonzola, bacon, carmelized onions. It was the best meal I have had in a long time and paired well with the alt.
Stayed at the Maplestone Inn, a B&B 5 minutes from the Otter. A bit pricey, but well worth the splurge!

07-15-2007 22:44:22 | More by ProudBeerSnob
Photo of ecoboy

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

04-10-2003 10:42:36 | More by ecoboy
Photo of capps24

New York

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%

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
Photo of Dicahomebrewing

New York

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%

A great place to eat and enjoy a good brew. Once entering you are welcomed by happy faces and Brew kettles. Nice and clean atmosphere.

They had a variety of good beers to select from. {Blonde to Stout}Only the beer that they brew is served there, besides the liquor. Also a variety of food is avaliable from burgers to Entrees.

Very friendly people and good service.

I recomend this place to others to enjoy. There is also an upstairs to the Otter which contains pool tables. Live bands jam out on the weekends. Also the Barley wine and the imperial stout are excellent!

03-12-2006 03:39:26 | More by Dicahomebrewing
Photo of tgbljb


4.3/5  rDev +13.8%

Visited the establishment on a Thursday ebening and we were promptly seated. It was a nice evening and we elected to sit outside. Our waiter arrived promtly and took our drink order, which was served promptly. Our food order was then taken which was served in an appropriate time frame. The beers I had were all at least good, with some of them being very good. Our food was excellent, and the menu was so appetizing I had difficulty making a selection. The meals my wife and I had were substantial and delicious. I can highly recommend this brewpub if you are in the area.

10-08-2007 00:08:57 | More by tgbljb
Photo of madmanjf

New York

4.28/5  rDev +13.2%

I enjoy coming here; unfortunately, that isn't as much as I'd like. The beer is very well done. The consistency is there, along with some nice variety. You can't miss all the names of the beers they've done in their history, because they are all hanging on the wall. There's always some good seasonal brew available.

The food menu leaves something to be desired. It's very eclectic, which is fine with me, but for some reason the various combinations leave me in a quandary regarding what to order. I think it could use a little more simplicity with a tad more quality in the ingredients.

Definitely come to check out the beer ... you won't be disappointed, and you'll probably want to come back and see what's on tap next time.

UPDATE: Avoid this place on a Wednesday evening. It's Kids Night. It's like being at Chuckee Cheese. To my surprise, they'll even have kids at the bar with their Fischer Price toys.

05-21-2007 13:59:37 | More by madmanjf
Photo of tdawgydog

New York

4.28/5  rDev +13.2%

I first went to the Guilded Otter for a company holiday party, what can I say I work with a bunch of beer lovers! I never knew of this small brew-pub restaurant in my own back yard. New Paltz is a small college town in the Hudson Valley of New York. The Guilded Otter renovated an old train station and did a beautiful job. The interior is mostly wood (country feel) but very nicely done. I was originally a fan of the Rail Trail Pale Ale even though Pale ale's aren't typically my thing. On my most recent visit in the fall of 2007 I tried and loved the Pumpkin ale. What's more amazing is that I don't even like Pumpkins, but this brew was out of this world. I only wish that I could convince my wife to go here more often. She knows that every time we go I am probably going to enjoy a few more beverages than I probably should and she is going to end up driving home:-) We have been to quite a few brew pubs and this is definitely one of our favorites, and not just because we're pulling for the home team. The food is really good too!

04-11-2008 01:54:49 | More by tdawgydog
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Gilded Otter Brewing Company in New Paltz, NY
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