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Gilded Otter Brewery, New Paltz


The Gilded Otter opened in November 1998, and now, 15 years on, the New Paltz mainstay continues to serve great beer under the guiding touch of brewmaster Darren Currier. “When you have a good brewer, you don’t have to worry,” says co-owner and managing partner Rick Rauch. “There are no surprises.” Currier oversees about 800 barrels of brewing a year. His signature beverage is the Huguenot Street American Lager, a light and creamy brew that reminds some of a pilsner. That is joined by eight others on tap, which rotate seasonally but may include the New Paltz Crimson Lager, the Stone House Irish Stout, and the Mayday Maibock. His summer brews include a Blueberry Lager and a Hefeweizen. 845-256-1700; www.gildedotter.com

Cheers to: Spectacular scenic views of the Shawangunk Ridge from the covered patio; eight-beer sampler for $8
Best night: Friday and Saturday live acoustic guitar performances

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