Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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Lake Placid Craft Brewing CompanyLake Placid Craft Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.73/5
Based on:
41 Beers
1,670 Ratings
Place Score: 89
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

813 Mirror Lake Drive
Lake Placid, New York, 12946
United States
phone: (518) 523-3813

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @ubuman

Notes:
The Lake Placid Pub & Brewery is located here as well.

(Place added by: John)
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

newly redone, in the last few years at least, the whole area here is really booming. basement level is a pub style, few booths, big wooden bar, pool table, juke box, dim lighting, mix of people from everywhere but lake placid, its a cool vibe. upstairs is the restaurant and brew house, nice atmosphere there too, and the food is always good, especially the wings. five or six beers going at all times, with a seasonal, a brewhouse only beer, and the regular lineup. service at the bar is always slow because its always so busy, but ive never had any issues while eating with poor service at all. I really like their ipa, one of the beers that turned me on to craft, so its nice to get it fresh. they are also doing some experimental hop stuff, which is always welcomed. it gets a little loud and a little hot in the basement there, but its a place worth visiting, especially on Tuesday when you get two for one pints!

Photo of jjboesen
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

In the quaint village of Lake Placid, nestled high in New York’s mighty Adirondack Mountains, are two fine purveyors of craft brew; one is the Adirondack Brewing Company (see my review for the Great Adirondack Steak and Seafood Company), the other is this one.

Situated apart from the Main Street bustle of summer tourists and winter ski bums, Lake Placid Brewing is housed in an appropriately rustic two-story structure, with the brewpub being upstairs. The room is pleasant enough – though, it does evoke a fratboy-cum-sportsbar atmosphere (what with the numerous college pennants decorating the walls.) In the middle is the bar, square-shaped with limited space to plant one’s ass. There is a smattering of high tops and tables scattered arbitrarily about the place – with plenty of room for the ever rushing servers. LPCB offers conviviality to local and tourist alike.

Of course, we were here for the beer and there was a decent selection of the house brew here including several IPAs; however the primary beer was the UBU Ale, a smooth and delicate English Strong Ale that comes off more like a Scotch Ale than anything else – perhaps, it is a British Strong Ale? After several pleasant pints, my friend and I, the former having brought me here in conjunction with a business trip to nearby Saranac Lake, grabbed a growler of UBU and made our way down the mountain to home.

While not much of a skier, or a tourist addicted to quaint, but crowded, mountain villages, I can see myself returning here. After all, Lake Placid is the home of two Winter Olympic Games, the most recent being in 1980 when our hockey team defeated the USSR. Now, Lake Placid is home to UBU Ale. Do you believe in miracles?

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Came to Lake Placid in May before tourist season and decided we would try out the local brew. Hung out at the bar for a couple hours with some of the locals. Very friendly people. Got a sampler of beer, and it was actually very good, and even was served on a neat wooden paddle. Came back the next day for lunch and the food was pretty good too. The building itself really is quite nice, with the large stained glass window in the front, and the two levels of bars and patios. I've always liked upstate New York, and if I ever lived in the US, it would probably be around here and this would certainly be my watering hole.

Photo of dougfur
4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a nice place to get a beer and some food in Lake Placid. I can't imagine anyone going and being dissapointed. The most important thing for people to realize about going here is that the beer served on tap bears little resemblence to the beer you buy from them in the store. The local draft brews are MUCH better! If you've never been impressed by the bottles, give it a try.

Photo of tobelerone
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A very casual bar downstairs and dining room upstairs. Laid back and relaxed with a few tourists mingling with the locals. Friendly vibe, nice bartender. The beers are pretty good but nothing is exceptional. They offer flights and pints are pretty decent prices and there are growlers in the fridge to go as well as some mixed 6 and 12 packs.

Food was standard pub far but yummy. Had a steak sandwich that was well made and tasty for 10 bucks with steak fries.

Definitely worth stopping by if you're in the Lake Placid area. Not exactly a must-see beer destination but a solid place if you're close. Very different from the town's other brewpub - Great Adirondack Steak and Seafood, which is costlier and a little nicer in both decor and menu. Beers are kind of a wash between the two places in my experience.

Check it out, it's a nice place to spend an hour or two, particularly on a quiet fall afternoon like the one I had recently. Might be a little nutty during the height of ski season.

Photo of DWolf
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The Lake Placid Pub and Brewery is a must stop for me every summer vacation. Each time, we are not disappointed. Side note: the beer at the Pub is MUCH BETTER than their bottlings. Before you say, "no duh", it's because LPB outsources their bottlings. They somewhat recently switched from a place in Plattsburgh to a place in Utica (Saranac). The difference is palatable and quite noticable. Saranac isn't doing this place any justice with the bottling operation. The beer at the pub is rock solid and delicious. The bottles, eh, not so much.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

After a long day of skiing and a short stop at the other brewpub in town, I came to Lake Placid planning to have dinner and as many beers as I could handle. It turns out I was too tired to handle many beers, but that didn't change the fact that I really enjoyed this place. It is just a block of main street lake placid, and pretty easy to find.

There is an upstairs and the downstairs. Both serve the exact same beer. The upstairs is a restaurant and bar, while apparently the downstairs is just a bar. The downstairs is open late, 2am on this Thursday, while the upstairs closed about 10. I called ahead to learn all of this stuff, and the man who answered the phone was helpful and forthcoming with as much information as I would need. Good start.

The thin, U-shaped bar is in the center, and directly in front of you when you walk in. It has a high ceiling that leads to a skylight above it (I think anyway). The walls are adorned with wood and various sports memorabilia, with lots of stuff from NY state colleges. Tables are on both sides of the bar, although the area on the right is fairly small. It does, however, include a fireplace. There is a chalkboard above the bar with about 10 beers on it, each of which is a house beer. There is the regular line-up that can be found in bottles throughout NY (including UBU), along with a few other seasonal and specialties.

It was late evening when I walked in, and the place was fairly full. I grabbed one of a few seats at the bar and got a beer quickly. After about 10 minutes of sitting, the place became packed around me. All the tables were full, all the seats at the bar were full, a few people were standing, people were waiting for tables downstairs. Despite the crowd the bartender was attentive, and as friendly as she had time to be. The patrons around me were other tourists, but fairly friendly.

The beer is impressive. I have tried their entire standard line-up with good results, giving me the impression that this is a solid brewery. Tonight I got to try a few things that are not bottled and I really liked them. Twice-Bitten Barleywine is a great example of a hoppy barleywine.

For a late dinner I had the spicy buffalo fish and chips. It was standard fried fish and chips for about 9 bucks, which is fine. The beer was 3.50 or 4 a pint, which is also solid.

Overall the atmosphere was busy and lively, the prices were fair, and the beer was quite good. I would have stayed all night to try everything that is on-tap, but having gotten up around 3am to get here and ski all day, I didn't have a lot of desire to do anything except go to bed after finishing dinner and my last beer.

On my next visit I will spend a good chunk of my night here and try everything on-tap that is new to me. I will probably check out the downstairs also. If you're in Lake Placid and looking for a beer-related evening, this is the first place you should stop.

Photo of mgbickel
3.78/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Another lunch destination while on our Lake Placid trip. Sits back off the main drag, this rustic building fits in so nicely with the local landscape.

We started out by going downstairs only to find out that it was closed and the upstairs was the main dining/bar area. The inside is more sportsbar than brewpub. Lots of TVs and sports things hand from the walls. The "U" shaped bar is located in the center of the room with seats surrounding it.

The beer selection is rather good...pretty much every main style represented including a few beers the utilize local ingredients. The food goes right in line with the sports bar theme...burgers, sandwiches, wraps, etc.

The service was good...the place was really crowded for a weekday late lunch...but we were still served quickly.

All in all, a great little place...well worth checking out if you are in the area!

Photo of ryantaussig
3.7/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

A: I loved the atmosphere at this place. Very laid back. It has plenty of college pennants on the walls and a well situated bar. A second bar is located downstairs.

Q: Not much to say other than it was good.

Sr: Very friendly service. Willing to help out, but seemed rather rushed at times.

Sl: Beers were limited to six on tap at a time. Very reasonable since all beer is brewed on the premises. Variety was nice. Food selection was pretty typical of a pub.

F: Not the greatest, but good. The shepherd's pie that I had was well balanced with the exception of the potato crust. It was more like under-seasoned mashed potatoes thrown on top. The meat was very good. The Beer Blue Cheese Dressing was mild, lacking some of that Blue Cheese zing, but was appropriate that way for the Pub Salad.

Photo of soju6
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Located just a short walk from the main drag in Lake Placid and is situated in an old church, sort of reminds me of a ski lodge. There is an Irish Pub on the main floor but did not check it out. I went upstairs to the main attraction. It has a nice patio that overlooks Mirror Lake.

They have 6 beers on tap, 4 standards & 2 seasonal. Bartender seemed to know the brews quite well. The food is standard pub grub and the service is pleasant and friendly. Atmosphere is laid back and relaxing.

Nice place to get away from the tourists or skiers depending on the season.

Photo of tbeckett
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nice interior of two floors with bars on both. Upstairs has lot's of seating with tables and a nice patio. Really friendly and helpful waitstaff that knew what they were talking about in terms of both beers and food. Beer available to take away downstairs also. Never had to wait long for anything and all members of their team were ready to look out for us even though we weren't their table.

Lot's of penants from Universities around making the atmosphere more interesting, even more so considering that I was able to spot some Canadian ones. Portions were huge almost to the point of being scary which may just be an American thing. Nevertheless the brews were decent and the food was tasty.

Photo of Naugros
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A brew pub in an old church...that speaks to me. The interior is almost like a small ski lodge.

The Irish Pub is downstairs, but the real action (and the fermenting vats) is upstairs. There's a deck which is nice to sit out on during a nice day and look over Mirror Lake.

There are always 6 brews on tap.
Four standards:
- Ubu (their famous world-class British strong brown which is served in many of the restaurants in Lake Placid)
- 46r Pale Ale
- Moose Island Ale
- Lake Placid IPA (made with Cascade hops)

And two seasonals (these were the two they had when I was there this time)
- Belgian-style Wit (not cloudy, very well-executed, a bit light on Belgian yeast tones)
- Maibock (nicely balanced, fruity and crisp...excellent!)

They sell 6-packs, half cases, full cases of the four standards and growlers of anything they have on tap.

The food is great. They incorporate their beers into much of their fare. Ubu can be found in the chili, as a braise for the ribs, the BBQ sauce, onion gravy and even in the toast used for the Welsh rarebit, which is made with the Moose Island Ale. Moose Island Ale is also used to steam the sausages for their Bangers & Mash.

You have to try Josh's Fire Fish. Fish and chips with the fried haddock dipped in hot Buffalo sauce. Try that with a Lake Placid IPA.

The place is always busy even during off-season, so the wait may be long and the staff may be harried, but they always serve with a smile and the bartender will talk beer with you when he manages to grab a chance.

Photo of ejinthesky
4.3/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

After a long hike in the High Peaks, we went into Lake Placid to the Pub and Brewery for dinner.

Beer is better than typical micro brew pub suds. I would actually order their beer in another establishment. Tried the ubu and 46er, liked them both.

Food, solid, no complaints from either party. I asked for something a little differently and had no problems.

Service and Atmosphere, friendly and chill, and a good ipod mix, which is often overlooked.

Overall - I'm not sure its worth a road trip just to drink here, but if you're in Lake Placid, its definitely worth checking out.

Photo of drseamus
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Unfortunately our waitress was new so our experience might have been different had she known the menu and the beers.

We thought it opened at 11 and they didn't actually open until noon. The doors were open but they wouldn't let us sit at a table until 12:00 on the nose. Whatever, not really a big deal but we had to wait in our cars because it was raining.

The food was good and we got served relatively quickly. Great pub food. My major complaint is the variety of beers. They only have 6 on tap, 4 of which are the regulars. I would have like to see a lot more variety.

I'd go back if I was in Lake Placid again because there isn't much else there, but it isn't a destination in and of itself.

Photo of TheChauffeur1
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This is just a short walk by the lake from the main drag. Walking in there are lots of Adirondack chairs, very inviting and I just wanted to sit there. The pub is upstairs, but below is another bar. It was closed at the time, but very strange. Décor is that of a Mountain lodge with the bar centrally located. People and vibe were excellent. Choose the deck because of the view for drinking and eating. The food was standard bar fare and tasty. Beer was also tasty. I had the ubu and IPA others had the hefe. I was with a friend and his wife and she being from Germany really enjoyed the hefe. The ubu was decent the IPA was ok. Overall a fun place with decent beer. If in Lake Placid and you want beer this one of several to go visit. I would visit again. Later

Photo of fireqc
4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Another good brewpub! Everything is ok. The sampler tray is nice and the view on the lake is awesome.

Some cons, they sell bottle of beer but you cannot mix them so only six pack of one kind. And the menu as no picture so don't know in advance what you'll receive in your plates.

When I was there, their ran-out of IPA, but the Pale ale and Ubu ale not so bad.

Lake Placid is a beautiful and quiet place (fall season). If you plan to go at Lake Placid don't miss it. And ask about the Ubuale story!!!

Tip: try the super fish and chips!!!

Photo of Hautacam
4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Big open, bright, high cieling dining area surrounding the rusic light wood bar. This looks and feels like a brewpub with the bar being the center of it all. We opted not to sit on the deck, but that looked like a good spot to hang out and have dinner too.
We were looking for pub grub , and that's about all that is available here....and it was good. Excellent burger... grass fed beef , maybe ? Fries also very good.
Tried their famous Ubu...pretty good...not my favorite style of beer, but when in Rome....
Their Hefe was really good. My girlfriend had two pints of that. They use the Weienstephan yeast , and it tastes like a real German hefe.
Thier IPA was also very good, as was the 46'er Pale. We grabbed a couple of Pales from the bar downstairs when we were done and sat outdoors with a view of Mirror Lake. A good place to hang out...red Adirondak chairs.
Good beers, good food, good atmosphere.

Photo of belhav0322
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

For the 2nd year in a row we rented a house in LP, and for the 2nd year in a row, this was our hangout when we decided to head out on the town.

As other reviewers state, there in nothing exceptional about the atmosphere, though it is indeed cozy, and does include the requisite adirondack chairs out in front of the place. At least when the weather is nice, I see no reason why one would not want to sit outside on their decent size deck that includes a great view of Mirror lake. A great way to kill a few hours on a sunny afternoon.

We have always had good service via the waitstaff, who have been prompt, knowledgeable, and good humored in dealing with our lame jokes and boisterousness.

All the beers are fresh and well above average. This time around, the heffeweizen was the beer of the day, esp. nice after golfing. It is the most cloudy heffe I have ever seen, but also unusually complex for the style. Albiet
it may not be complexity that one looks for in a heffe, but it should not be missed. The Frostbite Ale (recently renamed according to our waitress, I forget to what) is also a very good IPA, and my fave in their lineup.

The food is always enjoyable, and they have some of the best wings around. Check out the fire fish, it is fish and chips smothered in buffalo sauce. How can you lose?

All in all, a great brewpub that provides a nice balance between "touristy" and local joint. Check it out.

Photo of madmanjf
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Took a detour off the Northway to Lake Placid to check out this place.

First .... it's a great little town, with a lot to see and do.

It's right in the village on the lake and walking distance to all the shopping.

All the beers were excellent. I was a little disappointed with the Hefeweizen though .... it was overly cloudly; almost muddy in appearance. Their other seasonal, an Amber, was quite good. I'm surprised it's a summer seasonal and not a regular offering.

The menu was nice .. I went with a burger (typical of me, and a great way to judge a kitchen). I wasn't disappointed at all.

Above I mention the Amber .... I'm mentioning it again relative to the service. The bar menu did not indicate if it was an Ale or a Lager, so I asked the cute girl bartending. I wasn't surprised when she didn't know .... and she didn't go ask someone else to find out for me.

I guess this is a gripe with me, not just here, but most places. The management finds it more important to put a pretty face behind the bar rather than a representative of the establishment. Don't get me wrong, I like a pretty face .... but train them in the products they are selling. Afterall, they are not there to just fill pint glasses and serve plates.

I wish Lake Placid wasn't so far out of the way. It makes this a bit time-consuming to get to, and I would ultimately like to return here again sometime. It may require an overnight stay as opposed to a quick detour off the northway though.

Final Note. With regards to their website, it has not been updated in quite some time. Their Plattsburgh brewery is not open to the public, and has not been for quite some time. I found this out the hard way after driving there enroute to Lake Placid.

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Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company in Lake Placid, NY
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