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Gilded Otter Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.6/5
Gilded Otter Brewing CompanyGilded Otter Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

3 Main St
New Paltz, New York, 12561
United States

(845) 256-1700 | map
gildedotter.com

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BEER STATS
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28
Reviews:
124
Ratings:
229
PLACE STATS
Score:
86
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
74
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
10.85%
 
 
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Reviews by donniecuffs:
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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of eluvah
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

Went for lunch. 2 other people at a big bar. The bartender barely acknowledged me. Had the Irish Stout. The beer was good, a solid offering for this style. Had the southwest chicken sandwich with a side of fries. Everything was over cooked. The total for the meal without tip was $22. I left feeling like I was robbed.

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Photo of Soloveitchik
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Photo of BuddyZ
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of schroeder1200
3/5  rDev -20.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Photo of Rifugium
3.59/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

We chopped up a VT trip by stopping in here for lunch. Very large space, huge bar, lots of tables, lodge-like restaurant kind of vibe. Not very intimate, but certainly quite nice. I wasn't too impressed by any of the beers, but judging by what seemed to be a list of every beer they've ever made lining the walls, I'd say they're definitely good at experimenting with different styles. The Irish stout was decent, but everything else I had was pretty basic, and not really good. Service was fine. Food was pretty good, with a menu containing lots of pub grub, as well as some more interesting entrees.

It's definitely worth stopping in here if you're in the area, but considering the beer, I'd say it's probably not worth going out of the way for.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Beautiful looking place right along the river. It can get very busy at certain times of year, so it shows a little wear and tear. Beer selection is always good and varied with a focus on German styles. The beer is not always great but often at least good. Food is more hit or miss than the beer.

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Photo of mikebogs33
4/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3/5  rDev -20.6%

New Paltz is a seriously lovely town with some good bars, restaurants, shops and the Shawangunk Mountain escarpment behind as a gorgeous backdrop. Gilded Otter was my second and last beery stop during my quick visit to the Paltz on a beautiful, cold late-autumn day.

At the edge of town (or the beginning of it if you come from the Shawangunk range), the Otter is a large brewhouse with a vast wrap-around bar, a massive dining area and lots of light. The Canadian-mountain-lodge thing It’s got going is the same I’ve seen in countless breweries around the country, particularly those located near the mountains (Adirondack comes to mind, but also Uncle Buck’s in Grapevine, Texas).

When I visited on a Monday afternoon only a couple of die-hard mountain men (all beards, red cheeks and warm wool hats) were at the bar, drinking and then drinking again. The seven beers on tap were unexciting to say the least. This appears to be a Brown-IPA-Amber kind of brewery, if you know what I mean. I tried the Stone House Cream Stout and didn’t like it. Too heavy, too sweet. They also have a Kolsch, an IPA and a Dunkelweizen.

Seven dollars for a pint, $4.75 for a ten-ounce pour. They also offer 22-oz servings, pitchers and growlers. Service was alright, atmosphere was so-so and the beer was not so good, so I don’t feel enticed to come back any moment soon. Baccus just up the road is a much better option for beer.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.76/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of jam_fanz
3/5  rDev -20.6%

The food here is excellent but i find the beers to be bland. I've been here lots of times and have never been impressed with any of the beers. Not horrible by any means just kind of OK.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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2/5  rDev -47.1%

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Set on the far end of town in a scenic spot overlooking the Walkill River Valley beyond to the 'Gunks, the exterior stonework and the timber rafters inside make it look like a mountain lodge. The dining room is set amongst copper brewing kettles, a bar gigantic bar (75 feet plus), and an upstairs loft. It can get VERY noisy in here and at times sounds like a cafeteria (this sense is added to that silverware is left in holders on the table-nice when you drop you first fork on the floor I guess). In the summer, I'd recommend sitting on the outside patio. The wait service is not always up to par, but it is a college town meaning a lot of turnover. The bartends stick around long enough to know your name though.
The food is consistently adequate, and the base menu hasn't changed much in the last few years; however, the head chef seems to put some interesting specials on. Their wings are exceptional especially if you mix the bbq and hot sauces together.
In back of the bar is a series of cascading glazed, wooden signs etched with beers they have brewed, numbering around 30+. They usually only dabble with about a third of those, and some seem to be retired for good. You can always expect some combination of a kolsch, light lager, amber, pale, ipa, stout, seasonal, and altbier. Yeah, they also make a pretty darn good root beer, even better when mixed w/ Wild Turkey. Prices are high @ $7/pint. Growlers are $16.20. Go b/t 4-6 during the week for happy hour when they lower beer prices and app prices to $5.
This place seemed to be stuck in a rut, satisfied with maintaining the status quo. I've noticed some recent innovations w/ menu specials as well as the return of some beers, which hopefully suggest they have found their swag again.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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Gilded Otter Brewing Company in New Paltz, NY
3.6 out of 5 based on 229 ratings.
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