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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0
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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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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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Photo of Sammy
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Sizeable, bright, airy restaurant/brewpub wth passable beers.A good sized bar. Nothing special, and the stff as is typical in these large places do not know their beers, or make up an answer. At least the beer was not served too cold. Nice town,I suggest on walk about if you are here, but was very crowded mid-August day. Friendly service. Not worth going too far out of way, was on my route to Albany. But you can pass up this place if time is important, and not miss much. More of a family restaurant.

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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 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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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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 metter98
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of tobelerone
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This was a pretty pleasant place to visit on a late afternoon in early spring. There are tables outside but even indoors, with lots of pine and tons of windows, sunlight was streaming in and it was pretty lovely.

Service was adequately attentive and friendly. I didn't eat but despite the so so comments here and elsewhere the food looked decent enough and ran the gamut from standard bar food to slightly more upscale pub dinner stuff.

The beer is pretty mixed. I had a flight and a few pints and cant say I was terribly impressed. None of the beers were excellent; a few were good, a few were mediocre, and a few were bad. Prices are a little on the high side across the board; I believe growler fills were 15 dollars, which seemed absurd to me given the quality of what they're brewing here.

Long story short this place is worth a pop in for a taste if you don't have super high expectations going in. Again, its a pleasant setting to spend an hour or two in but the beer is unremarkable.

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

Photo of NJBeer265
2/5  rDev -47.1%

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

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.

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3.76/5  rDev -0.5%

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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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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

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 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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Nickls
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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The atmosphere of the brewpub was quite nice on a late Saturday afternoon stop-in. The inside is very nice, with lodge-like open air feel, and there was a really cool patio area for seating outside. Very clean and new-feeling, but warm enough.

The quality of both the food and brew was really top-notch. The variety of food ranged from more straight pub grub to nicer entrees, salads, etc. Not the best on earth, but some of the best food at a brewpub that I've had.

The brews are not astonishing, but are certainly very good and enjoyable. Nice range of styles when I visited, and the staff were more than accommodating with samples prior to buying full pints. Staff knew a bit about the beer, but were certainly not beer nerds (which is totally cool by me).

Overall, a really nice place and I will definitely pop by again given the chance.

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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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