Otto's Pub and Brewery

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BEER AVG
3.84/5
Based on:
53 Beers
578 Reviews
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 65
Visits: 96
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2235 N Atherton St
State College, Pennsylvania, 16803
United States
phone: (814) 867-OTTO

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For keg/cases orders, use (814) 470-1394
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Reviews: 65 | Visits: 96
Reviews by ffejherb:
Photo of ffejherb
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Otto's was the primary reason for this weekend beer excursion with my wife and recent BA (Brewslut). Nice... a nod to beer AND Zappa. How lucky am I?

We settled into Otto's ridiculously packed parking lot on the evening of Friday, January 18 and literally must have gotten the last open spot. We hurried in, but were greeted with a 40-min. table wait, so we decided to try our luck at the bar, which is our preferred seating arrangements anyway. We waited for a few minutes, and soon enough two stools opened, so we sat down. The selection looked good, with their standard line-up, plus a few extra stouts and two cask conditioned brews, plus an additional firkin for their Firkin Friday event. All in all, there were eleven brews (minus their tasty Double D IPA, unfortunately). I opted for the Centennial Pale Ale on cak, which was quite tasty (see my seperate review). After ordering our food, we also decided to order two sampler flights, and the bartender threw in an extra beer, so we were able to sample all eleven brews... even the casks! We agreed that their Spruce Creek lager was exceptional, and all of the beers were above average.

For dinner, we split the Veggie Goat Wrap, which consisted of portabellas, eggplant, squash and peppers marinated in balsamic and wrapped in a tortilla wrap with other veggies and goat cheese. It was quite tasty, and also came with fries, which were not as memorable, and a pickle.

Aside from being a mob scene, the service was excellent, and our main bartender was quite jovial and friendly, despite obviously being slammed. He was able to answer all of the questions I had about Otto's. I'd love to visit again when it's not as crowded, but the smoke-free atmosphere was certainly a plus. This is going to become a must-visit every couple of months. (1,801 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Docrock
2.7/5  rDev -34.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.75

Photo of jimmerz
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Great atmosphere, great prices, excellent beer, delicious food, very attentive staff, and when I was there they had a musician performing. I wish they distributed to Pittsburgh! Better yet, open another brewery here... (220 characters)

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.5/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Couldn't begin to describe the good memories of this place! Been visiting this place since almost day one of its existence! Certainly Remer the days of no parking available except at Tire Town! (193 characters)

Photo of nick03p
4.91/5  rDev +18.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of jwhancher
3.2/5  rDev -22.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

Beers okay and food pretty good. Service was good and attentive. Didn't like the overall vibe of the place. Felt too cookie cutter for a brewpub. (146 characters)

Photo of EMV
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

As a State College resident we're very lucky to have a place like Otto's right up the road, and it's definitely a packed local hangout on Friday's when they do their special small batch 'Firkin's' (a weekly treat/ritual). They make their own beer and usually have 1 guest tap and 1 cider on offer as well, and it's a great family friendly place and our go-to for a night out for guests from out of town. The food is excellent, with fantastic burgers, mac'n'cheese, pizzas etc. as well as weekly specials that are a bit more upscale. They always have at least 8 beers on tap ranging from more typical lager's/red ale's/IPA's/stouts to a great list of rotating specials like their Jolly Roger Imperial Stout, Triple, Bourbon aged stuff, winter warmers, etc. A great place, and joining their pub club was a stellar decision. Recommended! (841 characters)

Photo of JCHOMA
3.84/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of ZachDow7
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Food and Beer are great, however cant get over the fact it is an old quaker steak and lube restaurant. I liked the old brew pub up atherton alot better, but i love the apricot wheat and miss my college days of 2 dollar red mo's at the local state college bars (259 characters)

Photo of slasich
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of markgugs
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Keystone
4.83/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of HopHead_
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Came in here with my mom on a recent trip to state college. Had a 20 min wait at 6 on a monday. I enjoyed the food. ordered potato pancakes and a turkey pretzel sandwich. my mom had the cod fish tacos. Potato pancakes were basically big hashbrowns nothing to brag about. My turkey sandwich was real good. turkey was hot and juicy and the pretzel bun was perfect. The fish tacos my mum ordered looked like a tortilla shell with a fish stick, lettuce and cheese on it. She said they were good though. I ordered a DIPA for myself and the bill came to $33. My beer was only $4.50 for a 16oz. overall good food and beer for a great price. (634 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.6/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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Otto's Pub and Brewery in State College, PA
92 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.