Gilded Otter Brewing Company

BEER AVG
3.57/5
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
Beers:
28
Ratings:
231
Reviews:
126
PLACE STATS
Score:
85
Ratings:
75
Reviews:
56
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
10.85%
 
 
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Photo of Stimack
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We stopped at the Gilded Otter during a trip down to the FDR National Park and Archive/Library. Side note, if you enjoy history there are many places around the area to visit and take in some of the brewpubs and beer bars while you’re at it. The Gilded Otter is a fantastic looking brewpub that is in New Paltz. A nice looking place with a lot of seating inside and a nice patio area outside. The interior décor is very nice, lots of light colored wood, large windows which really light up the place. They have some climbing gear hanging up in places, a nod to the Gunks. The fermenting tanks are in the center of the of the restaurant while a few others are behind the bar. They had a nice selection of beers on tap, I guess about 9, and a nice range of types. The first beer that I had was great, it was the Düsseldorf Altbier and I would recommend it. The second brew was the Summer Backyard Lager which was not very good, but was not really my cup of tea anyway. The food was very good, my wife had a burger and I had the Cuban, both where fantastic. The rest of the menu looked pretty good, some nice pub like choices along with some upscale selections. The wait staff was very good, kind, efficient and helpful. Overall a very good experience and we are looking forward to our next visit. Highly recommended!

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Photo of madmanjf
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Part of our road trip to Half Time.
This was a disappointing visit to the Otter...maybe just the wrong day to go.
The place is great looking...lot of light wood...big windows...amazing views of the "Gunks"...high ceilings.
The big L-shaped bar... about 8 beers on tap..no guest taps..we probably should have sat at the bar, but we got a table in the restaurant area.
We asked for a couple of tastes of a few of the beers, and the waitress told us that they had a sampler of eight beers....we said that we just wanted a little taste of a few to decide. This seemed like a real pain for her , but she went and got us two thimbles full....their Alt and their IPA.
My girlfriend didn't like either, and because the waitress seemed put out , she just ordered an amber , thinking it would be a safe bet... but she really didn't like after all. I ordered their IPA which was just OK. I tasted the Alt, Amber and IPA and they were all just OK. The bock was listed on the website, but they were out of it...that would have been a nice option.
I ordered the Cuban sandwich, which had mustard and mayo listed on the menu...I asked for it without the mayo and the waitress said " You can't do that , they are already set up and the mayo is already on there " Ok....premade sandwiches..??..is this the
7-11 brewpub ?
I did get the bratwurst , which was good. My girlfriend got the melt, which was good but messy. The fries were outstanding ! ( there , I said something nice )
Anyway; maybe on another visit there will be a better selection of beers....hopefully , their other beers are better.... and we will sit in the bar....it's always a good experience for me to talk to a bartender , to get samples and recommendations.
I would not recommend traveling any great distance to get here based on this one visit....and I admit that I'm probably spoiled by my local BPs , like Willimantic, Cambridge House, or City Steam...I just expect to get really good beer if it's brewed in house.
If you happen to be in the area, then it's worth a try....it is a beautiful spot.

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

Easy to find right off Route 299 and only 2 miles from Exit 18 off the NYS Thruway. Pulled in late afternoon during happy hour, and the bar had a decent sized crowd. The bar can easily seat 20, and has an airy feeling about it. Some tanks are located behind the bar. All the beers GOBC have brewed are prominently listed with light wooden boards hanging from the rafters. The beers on tap are nicely listed on similiar wooden boards.

A nice selection of 9 beers were on tap - Back Porch Summer Lager, Huegonot St. American Lager, New Paltz Crimson, Otter Steam Light, Three Pines IPA, Mayday Maibock, Hefe, Dusseldorf Altbier, and Stone House Oatmeal Stout. The beers I had were of good quality and were very tasty.

I did not sample any food, but there are daily specials. Beers are nicely described in the menu. Service was friendly, but I did not have a chance to discuss the beers with the barkeep.

This was the first chance I got to hit this place, and I will definitely plan on making time to stop here on future jaunts to the area.

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Photo of Nutleybeer
4.5/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Suds
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Following an afternoon of Hudson Valley sightseeing, I dropped into this place with my wife and my son. It’s an open, clean, very attractive brewpub. Fermentation tanks are at the center of the restaurant, and large windows let in plenty of light. High ceilings give the place an airy feel. The staff was attentive and very pleasant. The menu was slightly above average, with more than just pub fare. I had a meatloaf sandwich and my wife had a pasta and chicken special. Both were very tasty. I was not as impressed with the beer. The selection was average, with a seasonal focus on Belgian styles. Many brews, unfortunately, had a lactic acid tang that certainly wasn’t supposed to be there. This was distracting and disappointing. There was one brew, however, that was pretty good: the Alt was refreshing and well-made. If the quality of the beer were improved, I’d have loved the Otter.

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Photo of Dicahomebrewing
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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!

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Photo of Dogwonder
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was really impressed when I walked into the establishment. Very open floorplan and lots of windows to let in sunlight. It was a sunny and bright day and the place seemed to sparkle. There was a lot of wood trim and a very natural theme. One thing that did bother me was the acoustics. It was a little on the loud side and you had to speak up to hold a conversation.

We were promptly seated and service was timely and courteous. There was a well balanced menu with a lot of different options. There was traditional pub fare and some interesting non-tradtional items (jambalaya, greek salads). All were reasonably priced.

They had about 6 beers on tap. I opted for the Dunkelweizen. My palate isn't developed enough to give it a review. All I will say is it was tasty. I brought home a growler of the rail trail pale ale as well. Tasty as well, but I liked the dunkelweizen better. They had small signs of all the beers they have brewed over the years, it was quite impressive (about 50 I would say). There are certainly some I will try once they come back.

Overall, I really enjoyed the experience and am planning to get back some time this winter. I would recommend if you were in the area.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

driving down the road towards the otter, i thought, 'this seems like a cool little mountain town.' narrow, regularly-trafficked road with small boutique after small bar after small cafe. big iron bridge and there's the otter... a grey, two story structure that looks alot like my local favorite, cambridge house in granby. 1/2 ski lodge, 1/2 banquet hall.

interior is nice but a little bit too new-y. yankee candles lit around the restaurant give it a country kitchen aroma. nice brewerania display between the hostess and the bar. bar is a rectangle with an additional octagon, seats many. light-grain wood everywhere. birch tree tap handles and hand-burned oak beer signs. way too many chairs and tables.

oh, and the selling point for any brewpub: NTN trivia! and nobody was playing it!! wish i lived here

the beer: good selection on tap.. all session brews. the pilsner, lager, oatmeal stout and pale ale were delicious. the hefeweizen tasted like penicillin with an aspirin chaser. however, the display of past beers supports my belief that winter will bring some serious brews and seasonal specialties. octoberfest was light and off-tasting. good selection but not top-notch quality. no matter, there were at least 2 here i could drink all day and that says alot.

had the nachos, and they were cheap, fresh, and plentiful. three of us got full on one $8 serving. like the last reviewer (my companion for the trip) said, the exec chef larry chu has invented some real novel asian-fusion style pub grub.

service was friendly and i took a growler of that tasty pale ale home. i would certainly return and this would be my home if i had closer residence. i fear this might be a troublesome crowded joint on a friday or saturday with the college crowd (all parties ID'd) in the area. for a lazy monday.. beer meditation at its country kitchen finest.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

After hitting HalfTime, the Guilded Otter semed like a smart hitch. Set up like a ski lodge, the two level pub is a welcome hit. Belly up and order the sampler as I did. It's cheap and good like a sampler should. Food is plentiful and cheap. The nachos were a mountain. They have a double stout that is a fusel killer. Nice. On the side wall they list all of the beers that they have made. There must be 100 of them. No joke. Check it out if you are in the area. The sampler beer flight is cheap and plentiful. Also, most folks were drinking pints which is cool to see.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Went to visit some friends at SUNY New Paltz. Saw this place driving in, figured I'd check it out.

Apparently, it's rated the Top Brewpub in the Hudson Valley. Well, that's nice. The place was rather good. I don't know how many brewpubs there are in the area, though :).

Looked like a ski lodge sort-of, cute place. Nestled at the edge of New Paltz town. Right next to some Italian place that's supposed to be good. Clean, airy inside. Bar has all the beers listed on hanging planks of wood. A lot of selection. We were served drinks very promptly. Wasn't so crowded, was expecting a wait for a Saturday night. I had a nice sampler platter, 8 beers in all. A large selection. Their beers are good, but overall they are rather bitter. So, for the styles that are supposed to be bitter, that is a good thing. Food took a long time to come out, we were passing out from hunger. I had a nice fried cod on a roll with fries. Fries were very good, as was the fish. I also had some blue cheese dressing on a salad. UGH!!!! Tasted like friggin mayo. Also, they charged you an extra buck for a little piddly bit of blue cheese dressing that doesn't even taste like blue cheese. Otherwise, was a good place. Prices aren't bad. I'd definitely go here again if I'm in the area.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of vladtheimpaler
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of necoadam
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of etho1416
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of TheJudge
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Weissenheimer
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 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!

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Photo of Longstaff
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ecoboy
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 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.

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Photo of Running4beer
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

By far a very enjoyable place. Atmosphere is good, live entertainment on certain dates, good service, artsy college town and very nice. Plenty of wineries around if your going on a trip with your wife or girlfriend. Nice views, outdoor seating which is very nice in the spring or summer. Good selection of their in house brewed beer. You can find all different seasonal and your year round brew. They have excellent food and desert(always have desert first) take home growler(64ounces). My favorite brew there is Stone house Imperial Stout real good. But like I said they have a wide variety. Very nice, like everyone else said it does remind you of a ski lodge. I go at least twice a month to enjoy the food and of course sweet sweet beer.

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Photo of OatmattStout
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

This place was overall pretty good. The beer selection was good and the Imperial Stout was the best. THe food on the other hand was average. I had some good oysters with a broth made with one of the ales. But my lamb entree was not so good, not the best cut.
The atmosphere was good however in the small college town it resides in. I went on a freezing monday night in January and there was a good crowd.

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Photo of slander
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Davo & myself hit this joint on the way back from Half Time a few months ago. This brewpub fits quite well in the cool little artsy college town they call New Paltz. You drive through the town, past the rows of shops and there she is just before you hit the bridge to absolutely nowhere...

"A clean, well lit place". It's like a ski lodge. The bar seats upwards of 2 dozen. It starts straight but then hooks around an octagon shaped corner piece with tables riddling the perimeter. Beyond the bar area is the main dining room housing a few dozen tables running adjacent to a staircase and a handful of fermenters. Upstairs lies a perch with access to the Tax Determination Tanks and Milling room, a dozen tables, a small pool table, that table bowling game and a Pac-Man machine. That's right, you heard me, Pac-Man. Not Ms. Pac-Man, not the Ms. Pac-Man/Galaxa hybrid machine, no... we're talkin' an old weathered original Pac-Man machine, pasturized and homoginized (woka woka woka woka, bwiiiiuuu). From the perch, you get a good view of the place. Lots of bright colorful nature pictures on all the walls. A handful of TV's over the bar and that trivia game.

The food is good. I'm always good for a bowl of the Jambalaya and they make a good brew. Usually 7 or 8 taps running, some regulars, some seasonals. The Smoked Porter, the Imperial Stout, the Winter Wassail, the IPA, nice stuff. They've got a listing on the wall of everything they've brewed in the last year's time. It's a most impressive list, offering up a wide variety of year round beers and seasonals. Bartender did us a buyback after 3 beers (which does not suck), and they've got growlers to go.

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Gilded Otter Brewing Company in New Paltz, NY
3.57 out of 5 based on 231 ratings.
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