Otto's Pub and Brewery

Otto's Pub and BreweryOtto's Pub and Brewery
Otto's Pub and BreweryOtto's Pub and Brewery
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

2235 N Atherton St
State College, Pennsylvania, 16803
United States

(814) 867-OTTO | map

Notes: For keg/cases orders, use (814) 470-1394
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Reviews by dtivp:
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dtivp from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Otto's is a very nice brewpub that has been very crowded every time that I stopped in. They will soon move into the old Quaker Steak and Lube location ( the server told me this) which will give them a lot more room.

Great atmosphere, a nice beer selection enjoyed the porter, stout and the cask barley wine.

Food selection is good, great burgers and reasonably priced.

Service was good, friendly and beer knowledgeable servers. Beer and food was delivered very timely.

Great place to stop in when in the area.

Apr 24, 2010
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Pretty good size place, large multi sided bar in one room and dinning in another. A small shop with merch and coolers of packaged beer. Decor is plain with prints of beer historical signs hanging from the ceiling.

Pretty diverse lineup of beer typcial for an older brewpub - they say established 2002. Only had only beer - the imperial stout, but it was pretty good.

May 21, 2019
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z_21 from Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Jan 19, 2019
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TH0RSTEN from Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

This location combines three distinct spaces, which I’ll all review.

1. The brewery proper. This is where you buy cases and kegs, right inside the industrial space with the big steel tanks. There is this overwhelming smell of unfinished beer. Since I’m not a keg kind of guy, I come here to buy a case of Pallet Jack (the one world-class beer Otto’s regularly bottles) and that’s it.

2. The “store.” This is where you buy six packs and branded merchandise (various shirts, bottle openers, coasters, etc.) Unfortunately, Otto’s only regularly bottles one of its many world-class beers, Pallet Jack, which is cheaper by the case, so I rarely buy something at the “store.” (There are other brews available by six pack, which are perfectly fine, just not quite as world-class, in my opinion, as Pallet Jack and the many lovely growler- or pub-only brews.)

3. The restaurant. If I could design my dream brew pub, it would look much like Otto’s. The broken-out ratings below are for the restaurant.

Vibe: very industrial, but somehow still manages to feel friendly, almost cozy. Both booths and tables are spaced generously, a rarity these days. Major downside: the noise. This place is LOUD.

Quality (of the beer): world-class, if you ignore the first six or seven regularly bottles standard offerings, which are “merely” good to great. But the rest, O. M. G.! I love Otto’s barleywine, by far the best barleywine I’ve had. The “special” PAs and IPAs are world-class and often extremely unique. Basically anything from the beer engine will frequently blow your mind.

Service: attentive, friendly, very knowledgeable, but can be SLOOOOOOOW. If you’re impatient, don’t go there during Friday and Saturday dinner rush. (If you can go for lunch or even mid-afternoon, do that. I’ve had extremely interesting conversations with servers and bartenders during off-peak hours and gotten lots of free samples. The menu is always the same.)

Selection—beer: exceptional. You’ll find at least 8 wonderful-to-world class beers on tap at all times. (There are usually around 16 beers on tap total.)

Selection—food: excellent for a brew pub, perhaps a TAD limited for a “full restaurant.” We (which include a beer-averse spouse and very picky children) have always left happy and full.

Food: just great, especially for a brew pub. You can’t go wrong with the burgers, which are big, flavorful, come with great toppings, and are ALWAYS cooked to the point. The kids LOVE the mac & cheese with sweet potato fries and a cookie. Other menu staples are great, too (except the too-salty pulled pork.) Just the occasional special can be a miss (like the completely dry sauerbraten, WTF!?.)

Oct 14, 2018
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skalten from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Jul 28, 2018
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Categart from Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Mar 24, 2018
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Finally was able to stop by this establishment (as I live almost three hours away). Sixteen beers total on tap, had the Jolly Roger Imperial Stout on the hand pump and it was very impressive and flavorful. The bar area is surrounded with TV's and music being piped in on the house system. There's lots of nostalgic pictures and beer ads specific to the history of the area hanging from the ceiling, pretty cool. The actual bar top area surrounding the taps is quite large and almost fully circles the area, easily seating at least 20 people (or more).

The whole vibe reminds of a fancy vintage car garage meets modern vintage nostalgia.

The bartenders are right on top of it whenever you have an empty glass.

Didn't have food this time but hope to visit again soon, 'was a quick in and out. A very cool place, I'll be ba-aaaack....

Nov 17, 2017
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GregSemenza from Connecticut

3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Jul 06, 2017
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SrHopsAlot from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Mar 16, 2017
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DrBier from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Oct 18, 2016
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mkyer from Connecticut

3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Oct 09, 2016
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.16/5  rDev -22.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3 | food: 4

The location and atmosphere of the pub was excellent. When you walk in you go through the gift shop. The food was excellent but the service was horrendous. It took us about 45 minutes to get our food. I went with my parents and they were not happy about the wait for food.

The beer is good and the food selection is decent but was expecting more from this place.

May 15, 2016
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Henry_Stahl from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Apr 07, 2016
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TimoP from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Jan 19, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Dec 05, 2015
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racherwin from Pennsylvania

4.66/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Oct 15, 2015
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Docrock from Illinois

2.7/5  rDev -34.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.75

Jul 25, 2015
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jimmerz from Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
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...

Jul 10, 2015
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Gatordaddy from Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Jul 06, 2015
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

Jun 12, 2015
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nick03p from Pennsylvania

4.91/5  rDev +19.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Jun 03, 2015
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jwhancher from Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -22%
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.

Apr 16, 2015
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
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!

Apr 15, 2015
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JCHOMA from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Jan 28, 2015
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ZachDow7 from Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Jan 25, 2015
Otto's Pub and Brewery in State College, PA
Brewery rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 1632 ratings