Otto's Pub and Brewery
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4.18/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
stopped in at the new pub on our way through back west. although you can tell from the outside that its an old quaker steak, you couldn't tell on the inside. its a large, open space with lots of seating and an enormous bar. service was excellent, even though it was the lunch time rush. Great selection of beers in tap, plus two beer engines. Food was excellent, had the beer cheese dip for an appetizer and the mac and cheese for lunch. the bacon and scallops were a great addition to the mac and cheese. prices were right about what you would expect from a pub, food maybe a little on the higher side, but well worth it. the beer selection, at least when i was there, is what i would say is very safe. there is nothing too far off the beaten path, but everything they do and that i have tried seemed to be very well done. i'd recommend this to anyone on their way into state college.
05-10-2011 22:51:14 | More by PittRooney
4.35/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Sentimental or whatever, I liked the atmosphere at the old Otto's location a little better. This place is more like a sports bar. I am sure the new location will grow on me - especially since the parking situation is now 100% better. That comment aside, the beers remain as solid as ever. Had the Beer Engine #2: Arthur’s Simcoe Pale Ale (a cask-conditioned American Pale Ale). It was exceptionally good. I should have made that my second beer choice as well, but the Double D Imperial Style IPA was a great selection (as always). Got a 6-pack of Slab Cabin IPA and a 6-pack of Double D to go, as well as a growler fill of the Double D. The "to go" selections are very good.
05-02-2011 16:01:29 | More by DWolf
4.25/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Visited a couple of times on a recent trip to State College. I had previously visited the old location but hadn't reviewed it.
A very nice bar and restaurant. Lots of seating at the big bar. Very friendly servers who are also knowledgeable about beer. The selection was very good and covered all of the basic styles. I got lucky and caught the IPA just coming back as well as the DIPA. They also had a red ale, a stout, an apricot wheat and a lager on tap. Good overall selection. The guest tap was Troegs Pale Ale.
Tried 4 different beers (IPA, DIPA, Stout, Red) and enjoyed all of them.
The food was decent. Had the wings, which were hyped up on BA in another thread and found them very average. Also had a steak which was above average but not excellent. The fried are fantastic though!
The place was packed during dinner hour all 3 nights and the atmosphere was great, including lots of TVs.
I definitely hops to return to Otto's some day.
01-15-2011 02:35:26 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Everyone of course is entitled to their opinion about the quality of beer, food and service. However the comments about the beer selection shows a total lack of respect to the business and the business owners. Otto's Pub and Brewery just moved down the road to a new location, and due to the logistics of the move and state and local laws they had to stop making beer for a period of 2-3 months. Their beer inventory suffered to the point they temporarily stopped selling kegs or filling growlers. They are now ramping up and starting to increase their inventory, and soon they will be able to offer their full selection of Otto's standard beers and the seasonal specialty beers that put Otto's on the map.
I personally think there comes responsibility when writing these reviews. Your opinion impacts the business and I hate to see a business like Otto's be negatively impacted by someone who does not take the time to at least ask why there are so few selections of beer. Should it not be part of the review that the limited beer selection is a very temporary situation caused by their move?
I have visited many pub and breweries and Otto's beer compares favorably to most if not all. To say the quality of all the beers but a couple are mediocre is laughable. I invite you to look at the reviewed Otto's beers on this sight..how many of these have you actually had?
As a local beer lover I consider myself very lucky to have Otto's in my backyard, and I am very excited about the future selections the new and bigger brewery will provide.
01-03-2011 20:00:05 | More by hopale
3.33/5 rDev -19.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Since Otto's moved the atmosphere has suffered a bit, it's less of a cozy little bar, but still has a really nice big one. Everything is concrete so that might contribute to it's feeling not as comfortable.
The quality of the beer is good, but I've found that the only beers that aren't just mediocre are the double d IPA and the Slab Cabin, everything else is just blah.
Other than the two aforementioned beers, there aren't many other options to be had, which is kinda disappointing since I don't care for the majority of them.
Since they've moved the food quality has gone up (they're doing an all organic/grass fed/etc thing) but also the price. While their food is decent, I don't really plan on buying any of it as I can't afford a $10 burger.
It's cool that there's a brewery in State College, but I'd much rather go to Zeno's for a beer on tap, as they have a much better selection of great beers. You can always get a bomber of Otto's at Zeno's to go anyway...
12-31-2010 16:31:36 | More by mahargcornsilk
2.83/5 rDev -31.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$
Visited here on a Saturday night in late August. This brewpub/restaurant/college bar is located in collegetown and attracts a college-type crowd. It is dimly lit with plenty of TVs showing sports games. The beer list is small (and most of the regular items had run out when we were there, so we only ended up ordering a few items before resorting to the local cider) and none of the beers are particularly interesting or very tasty. The food is nothing special either. Based on earlier reviews, this seemed like it would be a cool place with good beer, but that was not the case. If you're in the area, feel free to stop by, but don't go out of your way for this place.
12-23-2010 22:53:22 | More by LilBeerDoctor
4.38/5 rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I must disagree with the last posting.
Yes, the former restaurant was a very grease laden domestic beer chain restaurant that bombed in State College. However, what Roger, Charlie, and the rest of the crew did to expand Otto's is simply amazing. It has taken the little Mom and Pop Brewpub (which was wonderful for its time) and expanded it to meet the demands made by all patrons. Otto's has lost millions of dollars over the years due to limited seating and parking. Now they have an abundance!! The atmosphere is SO welcoming and gives you the feel that Otto's has officially moved to the next level. With two bars and a wide open feel there is so much character inside. A tribute to beer in Pennsylvania greets you throughout the restaurant with large posters hanging from the ceiling.
The beer, as always, is solid. The food items are still quite good, but the menu needs to expand. I trust it will as the chefs are getting used to the MUCH larger kitchen to work with. Service is great, as always.
Get to know the regular staff, purchase your pub club membership, and frequent the establishment on Friday nights to meet more of the regulars. And don't forget to raise your beer and toast to a bigger and overall better Otto's!!!
11-19-2010 02:17:56 | More by mtoniatt
3.38/5 rDev -18%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
R.I.P. the Otto's my wife and I came to love so much over the years. They recently moved just up the road to the old Quaker Steak & Lube building, mainly because of their frequent parking issues (there rarely was any), and left behind the charm and quaintness of a smaller brewpub. To be fair, I'll note the following before I divuldge our issues with the new place: 1) We visited in the first week of their re-opening, and 2) We went on a Penn State homegame Saturday. If our issues with the place are worked out, I'll gladly revise my review later.
First, the new location. The parking situation is much better, but they moved to a much bigger building, and one that formerly housed a shitty chain restaurant. Now, that's what it feels like: a chain restaurant. They did keep their vintage beer collectibles and paraphanelia to hang on the walls, which is a nice touch, but otherwise it feels like you're walking into a Ruby Tuesday. They also added several big screen TVs, EVERYWHERE. There seriously isn't a room without them. I realize maybe my wife and I are in the minority here, but when we go out to dinner, we like to eat dinner and converse with each other and our friends, not watch TV. If you want to watch TV while you eat, go to Damon's... one of the things we enjoyed about the old Otto's (and many brewpubs in general) is the lack of TV. I understand if you want to have them in the bar, or maybe in one room, but is it too much to ask to have a dining area without them?
The menu is also smaller than it was. Perhaps they're on a limited menu while they grow accustomed to their new kitchen, though I didn't see anything to that effect on it. They added wood-fired pizzas, but they're not really hard to come by in restaurants these days, so nothing special there. They also expanded the bar with a liquor license, which I personally don't care for in a brewpub. I understand offering wine or sodas for those who aren't beer drinkers, but I don't like the idea of ordering something called a Screaming Orgasm in a brewpub... just a personal preference I guess, I feel a brewpub should just focus on their own brew. Then again I'm no business man; maybe it's smarter to offer the full bar.
Service wasn't bad, but that's changed from the old place as well - it's a bigger restaurant, so it takes longer for them to get around to you. Nothing bad, just typical for a larger restaurant.
The beers are still top-notch, some of the best in the State College area. I'd still recommend the place to any beer fanatic, and if you never got to experience the old Otto's, you might not bat an eye. I'm not a person who's neccessarily averse to change or expansion, but in this case I'm definitely disappointed, at least initially. I miss the more intimate feel and experience of the old place, and now feel like I'm going into just another chain, nowhere special. I live 30 mins away, and always made it appoint to visit at least every other week, but that will change for the time being. I will give it another chance after some time has passed, and see if I'm just being too quick to judge. I truly hope I am - Otto's has been too good for too long for me to write it off anytime soon.
Oh yeah... bring back the Apple Tripel, damn it!
11-12-2010 01:32:51 | More by anthonylalota
4/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This is worth a stop if you are in the area. A freestanding building on 322 on the way to/from I99 in State College.
This is a big brewpub-we were seated in the first room entering so I can't say much about the rest of the atmosphere.
The food is good and has a reasonable variety of American fare. Their wings are awesome. The servers know the beer.
They offer 12 beers on-tap which is a good amount for a brewpub. I found the beer to be decent-but nothing super-special. They have a regular selection, plus a few imperial/special brews as well.
Overall Otto's is a worthwhile stop if you are in State College.
10-04-2010 23:50:31 | More by PittBeerGirl
3.15/5 rDev -23.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | $$
Stopped here on a recent trip back to PA. After reading some really solid reviews, I have to say I was a little let down by this place.
Atmosphere: When I pulled up, I saw hop vines growing up the sides of the building and became very excited. When inside, it definitely seemed cool enough, although it was very slow as it was very early in the afternoon in the summer in a college town, but I would imagine that during the school year, this place is probably slammed.
Quality: The beer I had was not nearly as good as I had hoped, but it was still OK. Hard to go on much more than that, but I feel that it would be average to above average overall.
Service: The waitstaff was kind of bitchy and didn't really come around much, despite the fact that the place was dead.
Selection: Most of the menu that was given to me was actually unavailable because they were out -- update your freaking menus if this is the case. No guest taps, so clearly they're pushing their product, which is a good idea, provided it's solid.
Food: Didn't order any as I had a late breakfast, so sorry, no ranking here.
Value: Like most places, you get what you pay for -- it wasn't bad, but based upon the service and lack of selection (even of their own product), I probably wouldn't go out of my way to make this a stop.
07-20-2010 03:59:12 | More by bamadog
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Otto's Pub and Brewery in State College, PA
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