New Paltz’s Gilded Otter purchased by the Clemson Bros. Brewery in Middletown

The Otter crew in June of 2018. Pictured left to right are: Maryam Ghaly, Francine Sutherland, Becca Bocchino, Dylan Rauch and Alex Krusen. (File photo by Lauren Thomas)

The Gilded Otter has been purchased by the Clemson Bros. Brewery in Middletown.

The Gilded Otter brew pub and casual restaurant, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in New Paltz last year, was at the forefront of the craft beer revolution when it first opened its doors.


From its humble beginnings, making small batches of test product out of a garage in Pine Island, to its expansion into Middletown, where it currently produces and sells its product, Clemson Bros. Brewery has grown year after year. The latest acquisition of the Gilded Otter is another step in its efforts to be the premier Hudson Valley brewery.

Kenan Porter, a young businessman who founded Clemson Bros. Brewery in 2012, will maintain operational control of the Otter through its transition. His focus will be on maintaining the hard work and goodwill from the Otter’s current ownership. Kenan’s goal is to build upon the loyal fan base which the Otter currently has by making small, subtle changes that aim to benefit the the current staff, customers and Town of New Paltz.