Legendary Saugerties Restaurant The Dutch Ale House Re-Launches with New Menu and Updated Design


Saugerties, NY, March 30th, 2018 -- Legendary restaurant and bar, The Dutch Ale House [253 Main Street, Saugerties, NY 12477, 845.247.2337, www.dutchalehouse.com] re-opens on Saturday, March 31st with a new seasonal menu from chef Jonathan Botta (formerly of Harry & Ida’s, Colicchio & Sons and Ducks Eatery in New York City) and a new cocktail program from Derek Williams (formerly of The Huguenot and A Tavola Trattoria in New Paltz, NY) Husband-wife owners Dallas and Ted Gilpin, along with chef Jonathan and Derek, bring their love of Saugerties history, seasonal food and local beer to the historic 85-year old restaurant and bar. The team is dedicated to preserving the establishment while breathing new life and paying tribute to its past.

Chef Jonathan’s menu will include revamped versions of old favorites alongside new dishes,  highlighting local ingredients sourced from Upstate New York farms and purveyors. The menu items are designed to be paired with the 16 beers on tap, as well as the ever changing seasonal bottles. Chef Jonathan also brings a new house-smoked meat program to The Dutch Ale House, utilizing his experience working under famed pitmaster Ed Mitchell in North Carolina.

The menu begins with small plates such as Fried Cauliflower with Buttermilk, Sunflower, Pesto, Shaved Sheeps Cheese and Chive; Baked Brie with Fruit Jam, Triple Cream Brie, Spiced Cashews, Thyme, Lemon Zest and Toasted Bread; The Dutch Sausage Plate with House Made Smoked Kielbasa or Bratwurst sausage, IPA mustard and Toasted Caraway Kraut; The Dutch Onion Soup with Guinness Stout, Toasted Brioche and Melted Swiss, Provolone and Parmesan Cheeses; and Beet Salad with Roasted Red and Golden Beets, Smoked Blue Cheese, Pickled Shallots, Pea Shoots, Cashews and a Champagne Vinaigrette. The menu continues with larger plates such as The Harvest, Brined and Roasted Turkey, Cornbread Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, Provolone, Rye Bread and Gravy; Mushroom Grain Burger with Mushroom, Grains, Walnuts, Toasted Oats, Avocado, Tomato, Gluten Free Bun; Smoked Chili Burger Smoked Guijio and Ancho Chili Mayo, Avocado, Brioche Bun; Braised Pork Shank with Maple Smoke, Fennel, Celery Root, Roasted Carrots, Swiss Chard and Jus; Fish & Chips with Bass Ale Battered Haddock, Lemon Caper Tartar Sauce and Wedge Fries; Pastrami Beef Rib, Smoked Beef Rib, Pickles, Horseradish Sauce, Potatoes, Seasonal Greens. Desserts round out the menu and include House Made Lavender Panna Cotta and a rotating selection of pies from Hudson Valley Dessert Co.

The Dutch Ale House features a 16-beer selection with a focus on New York State breweries such as Crossroads, Woodstock Brewing, West Kill, New Belgium, Sloop and more.

The cocktail list by bartender Derek Williams, will change seasonally and includes:

La Playa with Ilegal Mezcal Joven, Chipotle, Tamarind and Agave; A Walk in the Park with Sencha & Black Iced Tea, Basil, Fresh Lemonade, Bourbon or Vodka; The Dutch with Burnt Orange Infused Bol's Genever, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, Aperol; Michelada with  House Bloody Mary Mix, Beer, Spicy Salt, Lime; C&T with Prairie Cucumber Vodka, Juniper Pickled Cucumber, Fee Tonic.

Inspired by the rich history of Saugerties and devotion to The Dutch Ale House, their favorite Friday night cantina, Dallas and Ted purchased the restaurant in early 2018. The couple renovated the 82-seat restaurant and bar evoking the warmth and hospitality of a traditional Dutch tavern. The space is comprised of two formerly separated areas, the main dining room and the tavern, that the Gilpin’s have carefully worked to establish a cohesive flow between by opening up a nine foot entryway. The cozy tavern side features snug wood booths and woodwork from the 1800’s plus the original mahogany bar, with classic brass trimmings on the foot and bar rails. As a new addition, the bar now extends into the main dining room creating a feeling of continuity and community. The main dining room has been carefully restored, resurfacing old bricks that were hidden behind drywall and originally made in Saugerties, a reference to the town’s history as a brick industry hub. Evoking a feeling of warmth, the dining room has been fitted with a new oak wood floor and features the same pendant lights as the tavern side which were painstakingly sourced by the Gilpins.

The Dutch Ale House is open daily from 11:30am to 11:00pm.  For more information, call (845) 247-2337 or visit www.dutchalehouse.com. Follow The Dutch Ale House on Instagram: @dutch_ale_house and on Facebook @dutchalehouse.

Dallas Gipin