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Gilded Otter Brewing Company
Active Beers: 20
Beer Ratings: 136
Beer Avg: 3.59
Taps: - / Bottles: -
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
3 Main St
phone: (845) 256-1700
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I first went to the Guilded Otter for a company holiday party, what can I say I work with a bunch of beer lovers! I never knew of this small brew-pub restaurant in my own back yard. New Paltz is a small college town in the Hudson Valley of New York. The Guilded Otter renovated an old train station and did a beautiful job. The interior is mostly wood (country feel) but very nicely done. I was originally a fan of the Rail Trail Pale Ale even though Pale ale's aren't typically my thing. On my most recent visit in the fall of 2007 I tried and loved the Pumpkin ale. What's more amazing is that I don't even like Pumpkins, but this brew was out of this world. I only wish that I could convince my wife to go here more often. She knows that every time we go I am probably going to enjoy a few more beverages than I probably should and she is going to end up driving home:-) We have been to quite a few brew pubs and this is definitely one of our favorites, and not just because we're pulling for the home team. The food is really good too!
04-11-2008 01:54:49 |
More by tdawgydog
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited the establishment on a Thursday ebening and we were promptly seated. It was a nice evening and we elected to sit outside. Our waiter arrived promtly and took our drink order, which was served promptly. Our food order was then taken which was served in an appropriate time frame. The beers I had were all at least good, with some of them being very good. Our food was excellent, and the menu was so appetizing I had difficulty making a selection. The meals my wife and I had were substantial and delicious. I can highly recommend this brewpub if you are in the area.
10-08-2007 00:08:57 |
More by tgbljb
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Our second visit to the Gilded Otter. Located in a small college town in the Hudson Valley it is a larger modern restaurant with a nice atmosphere, lots of wood accents with tanks breaking up the dining room. There is also a large outdoor dining area. The bar is long and twisty making it feel cozy despite its length.
Beer was good, but not distinctive. I had an altbier and an IPA. They have an extensive list of more exciting sounding beers they brew at different times, but I have not been lucky enough to be present when they were on tap. Luckily I have had some of their other flavors at TAP NY which prompted our first visit.
Our food this visit consisted of a spent grain crust pizza which was appetizing, but a little small for two.
The staff was pleasent with adequate service. Apparently it was payday, so they were understandably distracted.
Nice brewpub in a nice town, worth a visit.
09-08-2007 03:24:42 |
More by MoonTan
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Down to New Paltz for a wedding, my wife and I stopped in for dinner. The place was packed! Initially, we had a bad experience...went to hostess she said it was a 10-15 minute wait for a table outside, and inside... well she had to check. At that, she handed a pager to a couple that entered AFTER us, then went upstairs to straighten tables?!?
After that debalce, most everything else was top notch. Another hostess came by, we explained our deal, asked for an outdoor table, went to bar for beers, took 2 sips and the pager went off. While at the bar, we saw a substance that looked like watered down antifreeze. It was their blueberry lager!? Had a sample, it tasted like it looked.
I had the alt, my wife had the IPA. Both quite good. Initially, we thought the IPA was a bit weak, but then realized it was just more subtle than the recent spat of IPA offerings out there.
The food was amazing. Menu had typical pub grub, with a few interesting offerings. I had the spent grain pizza with pear, gorgonzola, bacon, carmelized onions. It was the best meal I have had in a long time and paired well with the alt.
Stayed at the Maplestone Inn, a B&B 5 minutes from the Otter. A bit pricey, but well worth the splurge!
07-15-2007 22:44:22 |
More by ProudBeerSnob
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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 youre 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!
06-10-2007 20:06:29 |
More by Stimack
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I enjoy coming here; unfortunately, that isn't as much as I'd like. The beer is very well done. The consistency is there, along with some nice variety. You can't miss all the names of the beers they've done in their history, because they are all hanging on the wall. There's always some good seasonal brew available.
The food menu leaves something to be desired. It's very eclectic, which is fine with me, but for some reason the various combinations leave me in a quandary regarding what to order. I think it could use a little more simplicity with a tad more quality in the ingredients.
Definitely come to check out the beer ... you won't be disappointed, and you'll probably want to come back and see what's on tap next time.
UPDATE: Avoid this place on a Wednesday evening. It's Kids Night. It's like being at Chuckee Cheese. To my surprise, they'll even have kids at the bar with their Fischer Price toys.
05-21-2007 13:59:37 |
More by madmanjf
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
04-18-2007 12:41:25 |
More by Hautacam
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Easy to find right off Route 299 and only 2 miles from Exit 18 off the NYS Thruway. Pulled in late afternoon during happy hour, and the bar had a decent sized crowd. The bar can easily seat 20, and has an airy feeling about it. Some tanks are located behind the bar. All the beers GOBC have brewed are prominently listed with light wooden boards hanging from the rafters. The beers on tap are nicely listed on similiar wooden boards.
A nice selection of 9 beers were on tap - Back Porch Summer Lager, Huegonot St. American Lager, New Paltz Crimson, Otter Steam Light, Three Pines IPA, Mayday Maibock, Hefe, Dusseldorf Altbier, and Stone House Oatmeal Stout. The beers I had were of good quality and were very tasty.
I did not sample any food, but there are daily specials. Beers are nicely described in the menu. Service was friendly, but I did not have a chance to discuss the beers with the barkeep.
This was the first chance I got to hit this place, and I will definitely plan on making time to stop here on future jaunts to the area.
06-05-2006 12:52:11 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
05-28-2006 14:09:39 |
More by Nutleybeer
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. Its 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 wasnt 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, Id have loved the Otter.
05-07-2006 13:20:50 |
More by Suds
Gilded Otter Brewing Company in New Paltz, NY
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