The Golden Rail Ale House

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11 Ratings
Ratings: 11
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.59
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29 Old North Plank Road
Newburgh, New York, 12550
United States
phone: (845) 565-BEER

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Photo of slander
4.44/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I was at Keegan's in Kingston one Thursday evening sampling the wares, and I'm looking over the listing they've got on the wall of all the places that pour their beer. Beer stores and sports bars, I'm reading through them trying to assess whether any of them sound like they'd have decent beer. The one called "Golden Rail Ale House" caught my eye. The words "Ale House" are most promising. Newburgh, huh? That's kind of on the way home. Took me a little bit of doing to blindly find the place but I'm foolishly persistent like that...
It's an old converted toll house in a parking lot along a brook. You enter in through the bar area, 3 booths, some bar tables and an "L" shaped tree trunk bar that seats a dozen. Brown wood posts & beams overhead, with strung leafy vines lining them and the windows. In the far corner is a stage area for band set ups, alongside of an elevated perch with a pool table. They've also got darts, foosball, pinball and Phil's golf game. TV's, a great jukebox & lotto tix machine. Lots of brewerania throughout. Signs, mirrors, tins, etc.
A dozen and a half taps. 5 of them are Brooklyn (including the Saison), and 2 beers from Keegans. Sam Adams Chocolate Bock, Spaten, Guinness, Smithwicks, Bass, some macros and something called the Golden Rail IPA. I ask and am told that it's contract brewed for them. "By who?" He won't tell. "He" being Brian, the owner and he says, "You have to guess. It's a New York State brewery". Keegans is the obvious guess as they're located 30 miles away and they're pouring the other 2 Keegans beers on tap. "Nope". Hmmmmn. "Evan's Pump Station out of Albany?" "Nope". Hmmmmn. It ain't Brooklyn, this I know, and I'm thinking that it isn't anything out of BluePoint or Ramapo Valley either, so it's got to be something up North. "Saranac, something FX Mattish?" "Nope" and then "He knows", pointing at the guy sitting 2 seats down from me, "because he delivers the beer". I start rattling off all the New York Sate breweries I can think of and do eventually hit upon it (No, I'm not telling you. You have to go there and see if you can't guess it yourself but I will tell you that it's a damn nice IPA).
Hey, they've got about 4-5 dozen bottles in the corner coolers. Micros, macros, maltos, a few Belgian & English imports and upwards of a dozen Germans (Franziskaner, Hacker Pschorr, Erdinger, Ayinger, Paulaner, Spaten, Tucher, Haakebeck).
Brian comes around to talk some beer with me and Henry, the beer guy. Brian's son Chris (the kid) is behind the bar. I meant to drop in for a beer or two but I ended up leaving about 4 and a half hours later (either that, or I did a short leap in the time machine, again). We just sat and talked beer, beer and beer. Sampled a few, too. It's always a pleasure finding beer people and places like this out of the blue. They've got a good local crowd. The guy sitting next to me, an older gent, is very anxiously awaiting the release of the Brooklyn Monster. You're in Orange County? This is the place you want to be.

Photo of Durge
4.85/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Easy to miss this place driving by on route 32 but it is well worth the effort. A little bedraggled looking from outside and unassuming inside, but it is a very clean and comfortable establishment. I would rate the atmosphere a 5.0 based upon friendly staff and clientele but the "decor" is nothing fancy if that is your criteria. Best of all, they have a thoughtful selection of delicious beer all served to you by a very knowledgable and extremely friendly staff. Even the patrons are all friendly. I think we talked to everyone that came in the place and it was quite busy. The owner spent a lot of time talking with us, sharing his beer insights and showing off his impressive collection of taps (current and retired), thanks Brian! Becky was outstanding behind the bar with her smarts on what's on tap. I had chili and it was excellent, went great with the beer. Based upon the chili I would have rated higher than 4.0 but there wasn't a tremendous selection, especially if you were looking for a full menu dinner deal.

I was sorry they didn't accept credit cards, so bring cash, but they sure were easy on our wallets so it wasn't a big deal. They don't open until 2PM on weekdays so don't show up for lunch like we did. But it was worth waiting and we had lunch and dinner, eventually. Nice pool table on hand, spotless bathroom. I'll be back. Great place if you like beer and friendly people, so don't miss this if you are in the Newburgh/Beacon area! All beer/tavern lovers will really enjoy the visit.

Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped by The Golden Rail for the first time today on my way home (well not exactly!) from band practice. The bar seats about 12 people plus there was plenty of table room. Pool tables and video games were available which is a welcome addition to a craft bar IMHO. The bartender did make an effort to show enthusiasm for the products she offered. The regulars were really nice...offering us some of a cheese/meat platter and pleasant conversation. The tap list wasn't very large or all that exciting today but I managed to fill my three hours with brews I enjoyed so nuff said about that. Ithaca Outdoor (Wet Hop) was an awesome find! They seemed to have an ok bottle selection in a cooler...mainly Samuel Adams and Euro imports. Didn't try any food (thanks for that cheese/meat platter again boys!) but prices on pints were inexpensive. I might not make the hour drive regularly but this is a spot I will gladly go to again.

Photo of madmanjf
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

I went recently one evening after work.

For orange county, they have an excellent selection of beer on tap .... or for any area come to think of it.

They've got 18 taps and only two are macros. They had Scaldis Noel on tap .... that pretty much says it all !

The food menu is very small .... bar-type food, but no burgers. Pizzas, wings, fingers, etc.

The place has very friendly atmosphere and a sense of close relationships between the owners, staff and regular customers.

I'll reiterate that it can be difficult to spot. The road it's on is a jug handle off of Rt32. It's very easy to drive past, so keep your eyes open.

UPDATE: Sept 2009.

My initial review did not contain a rating for food. The Wings are outstanding; especially the "happy hour" version which is a mix of their house-made hot with teriyaki. Overall though, the menu can be lacking. In consists primarily of fried convenience-type food. Neither hamburgers nor sandwiches are available.

Photo of BeerTwigs
4.9/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

If you are a huge Beer Fan and live in NY, you need to know about the Golden Rail. I have been going there for years and I most certaintly have a mug there. They have 18 awesome beers on tap and a small food selection. They also have a great varierty of bottled beers as well. The atmosphere is all you can ask for a great beer bar. People end up there for two reasons, awesome beer and better people. You can always find a wide selection on tap and they always have something new weekly. I personally love the Golden Rail and you should too. The beer selection will blow your doors off and the staff/owners and customers will too. Brian knows everthing about everything involving beer. Anne Marie is a doll and keeps the place spotless. If you love beer... you dont need any place else. See you there...

Photo of Shiredave
4.58/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is the best Beer Bar in Newburgh, and has been for years. Less than 5 minutes off Rt 84 and the Beacon / Newburgh bridge (Newburgh side obviously; see map link above) and just off N. Plank Road / Rt. 32 heading NW from Rt 9-W. It's slightly hidden on the rt., but if you miss the first turn, theres another just past the Rail on the rt again.
Great Country Pub atmospere with friendly people of all walks at the bar.
The macros on tap may irk some BA's, but hey, this is Newburgh folks and the people here are as much a draw as the beer selection - bud/coors drinkers included. Owner Brian is a true BA himself, knows his shit, and does a great job of keeping some outstanding beers on the 18 draft lines, getting the freshest, newest brewery offerings on a weekly basis. There is also a variety of bottled US micros, seasonals and select imports; excellent selection of German Hefe's, English 17oz bottles and a Trappist or 2, not to mention the obvious Mexican and Dutch lagers. There are 2-3 Brooklyn products almost always available on tap including the seasonals and Brewers Reserve brews.
This is a place most definatly worth a stop if you live or find yourself in the Newburgh area. If Brian is there, and he usually is, he loves to talk beer with those who appreciate it as much as he does. In a beer starved pocket of the Hudson Valley, the Golden Rail is a welcome Oasis. And now with regular cask offerings, is becomming somewhat of a Beer Mecca!
* Selection gets a 4.5 upgrade in this update because the selection is continually improving both in rare tap offerings and bottles of unique seasonal leftovers from the regular beer tasting events. Still tho, when compared to local competition, the selection at the Rail is a 5+.

Photo of paddyos
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

What a find! My wife is from the Newburgh area and I have been going up there for 6 years now and just went to this place for the first time this past weekend. I will no longer mind visiting the in laws now that I know I'll be able to hit the Rail.
It's not as hard to find as some people have said. It's down a small road, yes, but as long as you keep your eyes open you'll see it.
You walk in and immediately see the chalkboard beer lineup. The bar is a little to the right and front. Sits about 10-12 with tables scattered about. Up a few steps is another room with the restrooms, a few booths and a pool table.
There were free wings out on a table, that I found smoking hot - not Buffalo hot, but like habenero pepper hot. Brian (the owner) said that the second batch out was even hotter so I declined. Brian is a great guy and we chatted for about 10-15 minutes not only about beer, but also the history of the building - toll booth - and how Plank Road used to be just that - a road of planks. I guess if you were barefoot you didn't have to pay.
The beer - I didn't even bother to ask what bottles they had after I saw the tap lineup. Brooklyn Black Choclate Stout, Brooklyn Reserve "Blast". A couple of Rogue's. Avery White Rascal. Scrimshaw Pilsner. A couple of Keegan's. Plus a few others that I can't remember now. All in all if you are anywhere in Orange County it would be well worth your time in seeking this place out.

Photo of DanielDanza
4.88/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This Jersey guy just started working in Newburgh, and as per the reviews here at BA, I decided to take a trip down to The Golden Rail after I finished. Expecting to have a pint or two, I just so happened to find myself in a one in a million type place, and ended up staying a few hours. Turns out I showed up on the night of their 14th anniversary, for which they supplied the wanting customers with free spicy wings. And I must say, the wings were quite good, as was the atmosphere. Everyone was friendly, and most people were enjoying the various micros, both on tap and in bottle. Plenty of coors and bud lite was going around as well, but there was a palpable sense of camaraderie amongst both the fizzy yellow stuff drinkers and the more experimental folks, which is always nice to see. The crowd was definitely all regulars, but they had no problem welcoming a first-time out of towner.

The selection was among the best one can find in southern NY/Northern NJ. 18 taps including Chimay Tripel (!), Rogue Imperial Stout, Sly Fox Project Pale Ale, Harpoon Summer Beer, Hoptical, Kona Fire Rock Pale, Smithwicks, etc. Only macro tap was devoted to Bud. My Chimay Tripel was probably the freshest I've yet tasted. This is easily one of the top three best beer bars within 60 miles of NYC.

Photo of chrisssm
4.58/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

the golden rail ale house is a hidden gem in the lower hudson valley area. i say hidden because it can be a little hard to find. old south plank road is a small "jug handle" type road ( no, not a new jersey jug handle. you can actually make a left onto it!) that is on the north side on south plank road. once you have found it, you will be very happy. the crowd that they have is a very friendly one with a mix of regulars, locals, and passers through. there is a mug club which you will notice right away as you sit down at the bar. most of the taps here (18 in all) are things that you wouldn't normally find in any other place for many miles. there is normally only one or two that are macro's. the bottle selection is pretty extensive (50 or so) and has some selections that you would expect to see in a good beer bar as well as some that might surprise you. the owners are anne-marie and brian and can normally be found milling about. brian is a huge beer fan and loves to sit down and talk beer. the place is decorated with plenty of brewerania type items. there is a pool table that seems to be in action most of the time and a bumper pool table. a foosball table that may or may not be staying for very long (anne-marie will decide its fate), a golf game and lotto round out the rest of the recreational items. food at the rail is of the pub grub type and is normally available most of the operating hours. the two number one items are the wings and anne-marie's chili (it's home-made). ironically, i can't tell you how good he chili is because i haven't had it... yet. one of the things that you wil find here and basically no where else is a monthly tasting. this seems to get more and more popular every month. we have had some of the beer worlds best as the speakers for the tasting. names like lew bryson, steve hindy, and jack babin and tony forder to give you an idea. they also have some beer trips out of the bar to places like TAP NY, the Brooklyn brewery and the wine and microbeer festival at hunter mountain. a great time is usually had by all! brian does offer growlers and with any luck, a cask might be on the horizon in the fute (the seed has been planted!) overall the place is very comfortable and well worth the trip. so stop in, order up a great beer and make yourself at home. cheers
p.s. if you are an IPA fan, order the golden rail ipa and try to figure out who makes it. brian will tell you if you get it right.

Photo of bbutler527
4.9/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The Golden Rail Ale House is one of the oldest continuously operating pubs in Orange County, NY. It offers some excellent brews from 18 taps, as well as an extensive bottle selection. This is an English-style Ale House, and visitors from the UK have acknowledged the authenticity and welcoming nature of the place.

They serve quality beers, in clean glassware, through a direct draw sytem (no glycol needed) and everything is pushed with 75% nitrogen.

As of 12/20/03, the following beers were on draught:
Brooklyn Brown Ale, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, Brooklyn Monster (Barleywine Style Ale), Fuller's ESB, Guinness, Bass, Harp, Yuengling, Magner's Irish Cider, Killian's, Bud, Bud Light, Coors Light, and their own contract brew, Golden Rail IPA. They change up the offerings frequently, and seasonals are usually available. They pay attention to special requests while keeping standard bearers like Bud and Coors, as well.

A fully equipped kitchen was added by the new owners, but the pub grub menu is not currently that extensive. They do offer the best chili & chicken wings anywhere. Happy Hour runs from 3pm to 7pm, Monday through Friday, and they put out free wings on Fridays..

For amusement, they offer Quickdraw (NY Lottery), Megatouch, pool, bumper pool, foosball, and darts. They have a horseshoe pit for the warmer weather, and an outdoor patio.

"The Rail," as it's been known for over 25 years, sometimes features bands that play original music. When they don't feature live music, you can select from over 130,000 songs that are available on their digital jukebox.

"The Rail" is a great place to enjoy a few quality pints and make new friends.

Photo of jca
4.66/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I have been a craft beer hunter for about 15 years, and spent most of the last decade living in Austin, TX. After moving to the Danbury, CT area over the summer, I have been searching.. searching.. searching for brewpubs or multitap bars with the right combination of selection, seriousness (about the beer) and attitude (open, friendly, unpretentious, and laid back). The Golden Rail is a hit on all counts, and has become my most frequent and favorite haunt - despite the fact that it is 45 miles and a toll bridge away from home. The setting and decor are of the rural roadhouse/neighborhood bar variety, and I haven't sampled the food, but the beer selection is well-rounded, well-chosen, and well-kept. The bar staff are all warm, friendly, attentive, and helpful; the patrons clearly feel like the place is an extension of their own homes but are quick to welcome newcomers, and Brian (the owner) is an engaging and gracious host truly deserving of the title "publican." If you're ever in the area (just minutes from the western end of the Beacon-Newburgh bridge, where I-84 crosses the Hudson River), you must stop in and check it out.

The Golden Rail Ale House in Newburgh, NY
96 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.