Brewery Review: Otto’s Pub and Brewery

Brewery Review: Otto’s Pub and Brewery

When in State College

We were in State College for the Walk to End ALZ. We were there Friday November 3rd, and Saturday November 4th. Amy works for the Alzheimer’s Association and was in charge of the State College Walk to End ALZ. I haven’t been up to State College since I was about 9 or 10 years old or so, and got to see a Penn State game at Beaver Stadium. I have had some of Otto’s Brewery beers before – my friend Ming brought home a mix six pack for me once. Amy was too tired last night to do her normal Sunday weekly column, so she took the time to do it tonight (Monday). She also did a mid week column – Halloween Candy and Beer Pairings; so please be sure to check that out. Amy is still recouping from the busy weekend and I believe is already sound asleep to the Simpson’s. This is her brewery review. (-Ben)

Brewery Review: Otto’s Pub and Brewery

Otto’s Pub and Brewery exterior

We received the most recommendations for Otto’s Pub and Brewery when we polled our friends on which brewery we should check out while working in State College.  This was our first time at Otto’s but we previously had some of there beers.

At Skeeter’s BBQ from our Sunbury Trip. Otto’s Apricot Wheat and New Trail’s Gearhead Pilsner
(See our Instagram for more pictures)

We knew there would be a wait to get into this place on a Friday night.  We lapped the parking lot to find a distillery right in front of Otto’s.  After later seeing they are both owned by C&D Brewing ventures we will definitely check them out on the next trip into SC. 

We were told a 30-minute wait and by the looks of Barrel 21 Distillery in front of Otto’s that seemed pretty generous.  Besides I saw plenty of things in the general store I wanted to take an extra peak at.

There was lots of cool merchandise in the store.  But right away the line of Otto’s craft soda caught my attention. 

The craft sodas at Otto’s Pub and Brewery in their little store area at the front.

I was immediately drooling over the stacks of grape soda, birch beer, raspberry cream soda, orange soda, root beer and ginger beer. While I was pregnant and later breast feeding Scarlet being able to find craft sodas or just anything nonalcoholic at a brewery felt like such a treat. (See my Weekly Column: I Really Miss Drinking.)

I immediately squealed with delight at the sight of the ginger beer.  I struggled so hard with nausea my ENTIRE pregnancy and ginger seemed to really help that symptom subside.  There was definitely going to be a 6 pack coming home with me. 

The nostalgia of the soda and the décor of Otto’s was hitting hard as we were waiting for our table.  We got chatting and almost missed our table. 

Ben’s “Pick 3 Flight” at Otto’s Pub and Brewery

We were seated and waited on quickly considering how busy the place was.  We ordered a “Try 3” and a 20 oz pour.  In the try 3 mix we picked Oktoberfest, Small batch series Porter and Small Batch Series Ale: Pumpkin Ale.  For the 20 oz we tried the Slab cabin IPA.  The Porter was loved by Ben and the Pumpkin Ale was loved by Amy.  If you know our tastes, this was predictable.

Slab Cabin by Otto’s Pub and Brewery

I saw house made beer pretzel on the appetizer menu and I couldn’t pass it by.  I could be talked into many things with the offering of a beer pretzel, especially one served with sweet and spicy mustard.  Both the beer and the pretzel arrived in a short amount of time.  The pretzel tasted buttery and rich but not greasy.  It paired perfectly with the beers!

I had my eye on the BBQ chicken pizza special.  We went with no banana hot peppers to cut down on spiciness.  But it definitely still had a kick to it.  I am guessing the Southwest Ranch.  But it wasn’t anything a swig of the yummy brews couldn’t fix.

The BBQ Chicken Pizza Special and the Beer Soft Pretzel at Otto’s Pub and Brewery

We’ll definitely be back to Otto’s and you should check it out too.

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Walk to End ALZ

Editor Ben jumping back in here. I just want to say how amazing of a job Amy did for the State College Walk to End ALZ. As well as all of the volunteers she had working for her, but I just want to mention how amazing of a job Amy did. We got up to State College around 1 PM and worked until nearly 6 PM getting Medlar Field and the Beaver Stadium / State College Campus area ready for the walk. It was hard work, but Amy is very dedicated, hard working, and a wonderful advocate for the cause. She did an absolutely phenomenal job – as she always does – for the walk. We got to meet a lot of great people, got to hear wonderful touching stories from people over the weekend, and hopefully helped raise awareness, raise funds, and help lift and bolster spirits for people dealing with this horrific disease. Amy is a truly kick ass hard working warrior for the cause.

To learn more about how you can give to end Alzheimer’s, please visit: Walk to End ALZ.

Also, look for more articles about our trip up to State College in the next few days. Also check back on some of our recent travelogues:

  • Sunbury Travels
  • An Alluring Visit to Vandegrift

Thank you all!


Amy’s Wonderful Photos

This is a gallery of all of the wonderful photos Amy took at Otto’s Pub and Brewery.

Amy’s Column Series

Since getting back to writing for the blog after a short hiatus, Amy has started up a weekly column style writing for the blog. You can find these articles here:

(And please take a moment to fill out Amy’s survey on her ‘Holiday Weekend and Bomber Bottles‘ column.)

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For More Information on Otto’s Pub and Brewery

The following comes from Untappd. Otto’s Pub and Brewery is a micro brewery and brewpub located in State College, PA. They have 255 unique beers and over 80,000 ratings with a global average rating of 3.65 (as of 11.6.23). Their Untappd description reads: Otto’s Pub and Brewery, located minutes from the Penn State University Park Campus in State College, Pennsylvania, has been a major draw for beer enthusiasts looking for a variety of craft beers on tap for over TWENTY years! Our handcrafted beers range from light and refreshing to rich and full-bodied, with something to suit every taste. In addition to our impressive beer selection, our menu features beef from our own A.V. Farms and other locally sourced ingredients. We offer a variety of vegetarian and gluten-free options, ensuring that everyone can find something to enjoy. Otto’s is a fantastic, family-friendly destination for beer lovers and foodies alike. With our welcoming, casual atmosphere, tasty menu, and craft brewery, we hope it’s easy to see why we are a favorite among locals and visitors alike!

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