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Beer Ratings: 952
Beer Avg: 3.85
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
2235 N Atherton St
phone: (814) 867-OTTO
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Sometime midway through the second session, Phil came and announced that he had had enough. He'd done his run of the room seven times over and had gone drunked what needed be drunked there. I'd done the same, there was very little keeping me here at this point. Had the Merchant Du Vin folks shown up, I would've drank Orval 'til last call, but they didn't. And as I'd been pouring like a viking for Stone for a session and a half now, I was experiencing some pain in my armsheadlegsneckchest; I'd also had enough...
Dropped in and out of the hotel quickly and headed off in search of Otto's. Shouldn't be too hard to find as it's on the same road as the hotel and I've nearly cracked the secret code to how street numbers work. Whoop, there it is! We entered in through the side, seating areas above and below. Painted green walls, cementish floor, angled ceiling and wood slat wall lowers and trim. Mounted lighting and malt sack décor between the row of hanging plants over the 3 booths along the inside wall and drop lamps above the nearly a dozen tables running the windows overlooking the exterior seating area; 6 tables under a hop strung canopy. A raised seating area to the front holds a dozen tables overlooking a room full of brewing equipment behind glass. Through, to the far, a 9 seat straight bar with a large mirrored bar back. Glassware on shelves to both sides, a wine fridge to the far right, a collection of pint glasses above and running along the top, old old beer bottles displayed. 10 bar tables and 3 booths riddled about, electronic darts, mounted TV's above in the corners to the front and rear, drop wand lighting and spots. Taps are split over a pair of towers.
9 taps & a pair of hand pumps. Samplers are served on old tin beer trays, mine from Wayne Brewing Co, Erie, PA. They run 5 beers for $5 or 10 for $10. I got the more crowded tray type. The Helles Lager was kicked, the Apricot Wheat had a good aroma, thin, sweet, but non cloying; the Red Mo Ale malty, crisp, fruity; the Mt Nittany Pale Ale with Cascade & Centennial hops, spicy, citrusy; The Pilsener Lager all Saaz and hoppy; the Saison was too sweet, juniper and off flavors, honey (Phil thought "Sulfur"); the Double D IPA Amarillo hopped, very nice; the Black Mo Stout, a nitro dry Irish Stout, smooth, creamy; the Sumatra Stout all coffee, nice espresso flavor, roasty as all phuck (in a good way); the cask Arthur's Mild malty & dark; the cask Jolly Roger Impy inky & massive. Standouts were the Sumatra Stout, Red Mo Ale, & the Double D IPA.
We both had the Adobo Spiced Chicken & Shrimp. I had the insight to have them put the Chipotle Adobo sauce elsewhere, Phil did not. I say that the sauce made Phil cry, but Phil says, "It was pretty hot. It didn't make me cry, but it did make me sweat". Service was bubbly & attentive. She gave us root beers on the house after spacing the wings I'd ordered and she dealt us out some side salads too.
It's all good.
09-02-2006 00:42:55 |
More by slander
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
This is a beautiful place! It is very expansive, with three sections of tables. Lots of blonde wood gives a somewhat light feel to the place. There is a lot of vintage beer memorabilia around, including cans, bottles, pint glasses, and signage. I especially like the focus on now-defunct PA breweries. Even the samplers are served on old serving trays, overlaid with a laminated sheet with the Otto's logo. Speaking of which, the place is named for a cat and so, the logo of a grinning cat with arched back and raised hackles abounds. The logo is very reminiscent of George Herriman's "Krazy Kat" or Patrick McDonnell's "Mutts" 's Mooch. The food is very good and on this occasion, I had the Dijon salmon, which was fantastic. I noticed that the service was a little spotty for some, but not for me (possibly because I am who I am ;=)). There was also a band, which I am told is an every other Friday night phenomenon. Finally, there is an outdoor patio, where they are freely growing hops vines.
08-05-2004 22:36:42 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
State College is in a valley and the drive to it from the North presents some postcard picture prettiness. The town is laid back, it is essentially home to Penn State and 46,000 students. The pub, for the most part, is laid back. A large patio for the summer, and spacious indoors. A dark bar area with 8 seats and no-one moving to allow my chair in, patrons collapsing on their pints. Available bottles being sold at reasonable prices, I picked up 4 types including two of the DIPA. Service was friendly, but slow. I am sure if there was a party of four there would have been dedication, but hey I'm just a lone beer geek. Very pleasant. The beer was above average particularly the hefe. The stout, though nitro, was also particularly good.
06-27-2008 13:27:59 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
First stop on day 2 of our beer tour.
Otto's is located on the outskirts of State College. The building has a modern large ski cabin feel. We sat at a table in the good-sized bar.
There were about a half dozen beers on tap. I enjoyed the Slab Cabin IPA and shared some of Vickie's Jolly Roger Imperial Stout from the hand pump. Quite tasty.
A good stop if you are in the area. I enjoy their bottled beers, so I was glad to try them at the source. Unfortunately, the to go selection was rather limited this time but I found a bottle of Jolly Roger when we got back to Capone's.
01-15-2009 13:59:15 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$
While in State College for Blue-White Weekend 2006, we stopped by Otto's. We have been there several times in the past and this is the first time that I decided to review it.
Atmosphere: The restaurant has average atmosphere with wide open seating areas. Unfortunately my son (15 months) did not add to the atmosphere by yelling throughout dinner.
Quality: Ryan, our server, was very friendly and helpful. The ales are top notch while to food leaves a bit to be desired.
Service: Service was better than average, especially when you consider that we had a 15 month-old.
Selection: Otto's brews a wide array of ales and lager, several of which are quite good. I'm not sure if they have other beers on tap or bottled.
Food: This is where were is the most room for improvement. The food is not so hot (but not terrible). If you order wings or chicken fingers, go for a mild sauce, as they will still be hot as shit.
04-21-2006 22:28:03 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I have been to Otto's numerous times since they opened 5 years ago. This review is a culmination of my visits with the last one being during the weekend of Zeno's real ale fest.
Atmosphere: The only slight of the place but they have done well with what they have to work with. Wide open seating area and a nice TV loaded (for those PSU games) bar area. In season a nice patio area adds to the ambiance.
Quality: My servers have always been very friendly and helpful. The beers are always good or better and I have never been disappointed with the food I have eaten there. Plus they have recently expanded the menu to include a few more interesting dishes.
Service: Has always been solid...I have never felt slighted or forgotten about. My wife recently went with a HUGE group (35+ people) and they were taken care of very well. Much credit goes to a well trained staff.
Selection: Otto's offer a wide array of ales and lagers. Our last visit had 12 tap choices and 2 hand pulls...how can you complain about that? They have always offered growler fills and recently have started bottling a few of their beers...Double D IPA, Jolly Roger Imperial Stout, Mt. Nittany Pale Ale and Red Mo Ale. Plus, the bottles are offered for a reasonable price..bombers from 3.50 - 4.50.
Food: A very nice gamut of typical pub grub to more sophisticated meat, fish and pasta dishes. Also offer some very nice vegetarian selections. I have never had a below average meal at Otto's.
10-28-2007 11:54:22 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Visited a couple of times on a recent trip to State College. I had previously visited the old location but hadn't reviewed it.
A very nice bar and restaurant. Lots of seating at the big bar. Very friendly servers who are also knowledgeable about beer. The selection was very good and covered all of the basic styles. I got lucky and caught the IPA just coming back as well as the DIPA. They also had a red ale, a stout, an apricot wheat and a lager on tap. Good overall selection. The guest tap was Troegs Pale Ale.
Tried 4 different beers (IPA, DIPA, Stout, Red) and enjoyed all of them.
The food was decent. Had the wings, which were hyped up on BA in another thread and found them very average. Also had a steak which was above average but not excellent. The fried are fantastic though!
The place was packed during dinner hour all 3 nights and the atmosphere was great, including lots of TVs.
I definitely hops to return to Otto's some day.
01-15-2011 02:35:26 |
More by TheSevenDuffs
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This was my second stop in State College, Zenos was my first. The location is just out of the main town itself and the decor is old Penn. pictures, paintings etc. which I found very interesting.
The beers I tried were above average, the first was the Double D IPA and the second was Aurthor's Amarillo Pale Ale which was my favorite of the two.
I had lunch here and the food is far above average pub fare in quality and taste. I had the smoked brisket sandwich and the crab cake sandwich, with the crab cake I did not eat the bread, so sort of like an appetizer .
I understand from talking with the bartender that in the evening it gets really packed, with a long wait for tables and no parking in the lot in front.
03-01-2008 21:40:32 |
More by VegasBill
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
this place was something else, something out of the pennsylvania twilight zone. one of the oddest, freakiest experiences ever at a brewpub. why?
walked into the bar. craft brews between $2 and $3. all the seats at the bar were taken.. mostly by 10-12 year olds! the two adults at the bar were drinking soda and smoking cigarettes (for the kids' health and safety, i'm sure!).. an influx of college students put me back into the restaurant area to wait for my table.. which i did patiently. the food service area looks like a denny's gone bad.. very bright and family-oriented with empty grain sacks thumbtacked (with different color tacks) to the wall.. that's the extent of the decor here.
while observing all of this, i read an article posted on the wall.. goes through all the mumbo jumbo about how difficult it was to get this brewpub going in state college.. protests, legal problems.. and to think, they did a half-ass job on the design!!!
food was average.. i was happy with my appetizer but not my meal (the seared tuna app over thai cole slaw was the most inventive thing on the menu, and succeeded!). my g/f ordered a salad which was prepared without much love... her sangria was oddly sour for such a beverage.. guess penna wines don't hold up to cali!
the beer was above average in most cases, and the sampler was presented in a neat way. next time, ill come in for a drink or two and skip the food. or just hit zeno's.
05-05-2005 22:12:04 |
More by goodbyeohio
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here on the way to the Voodoo release, I have been to State College Hundreds of times but this was my first trip here. Very nice building with lots of room to spread out and watch the NCAA games on the TV's. Large bar in the middle with lots of people at it. Service was good. We didn't have to wait for our beers and food and he was able to suggest a few beers to try.
Quality was pretty good, beer was in the correct glasses and the food was fresh. Speaking of food, I got the brisket cheesesteak and an order of corn fritters, both were quite tasty and affordable. Selection was pretty good. I saw a few things I would have liked to try, my first selection was all gone but I was able to get the rye IPA on cask instead and it was decent. Prices were pretty good all things considered.
Overall a nice brewpub that I will definitely return to in the future.
03-24-2013 23:21:11 |
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