The Golden Rail Ale House

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Type: Bar, Eatery

29 Old North Plank Road
Newburgh, New York, 12550
United States

(845) 565-BEER | map

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Photo of jca
4.66/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
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+.

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Photo of bbutler527
4.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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The Golden Rail Ale House in Newburgh, NY
Place rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 13 ratings