Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
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4.11/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
09-27-2010 00:19:04 | More by tbeckett
4.2/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
- 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.
05-17-2010 01:08:15 | More by Naugros
4.3/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
05-08-2010 13:03:22 | More by ejinthesky
3.75/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
06-12-2009 17:54:19 | More by drseamus
3.88/5 rDev -1.8%
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
02-18-2009 22:47:17 | More by TheChauffeur1
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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!!!
11-14-2008 15:57:07 | More by fireqc
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
08-08-2008 00:47:14 | More by Hautacam
4.25/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
07-25-2007 00:20:05 | More by belhav0322
4.08/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
07-24-2007 13:47:02 | More by madmanjf
3.58/5 rDev -9.4%
So I can either attempt to navigate the detours and double back to whatever that one road was that runs in and out of town, or continue on with the lake to the right of me, round and around and back out to where I started. The latter affords me the opportunity to visit the other brewpub in town so it's really a no brainer, although I am freezing my ass off on this lake on a mountain. I've had some of their beers out and about but have never been to their house and I have to admit that I'm really kind of curious about the goings on there, having read some of the reviews interestingly describing the differences in the upstairs and downstairs scenes. Um, yeah...
A whole lot of available parking out on the lake ring road and looking both ways before crossing, I headed up to the ski chalet but not really looking joint, and found the immediate crossroads upon entering. Door to the downstairs bar off to the left or brewpub up the stairs past the large arch stained glass window; I'll start up top and work my way down. 10 seat "U" shaped bar in the center of the room, with a strange little nook where both ends meet the inside wall, booze tiered 5 high there below displayed trophies for I don't know what. On one side of the room, a large stone fireplace on the wall, with strung white Xmas lighting in spruce across the mantle. Big glass wall forward facing the lake gives you access to the outdoor deck, holding a half dozen plastic tables. Good light, windows to both ends of the room and spots and tracks to the front. Yellow painted walls with old Lake Placid posters and vintage tourist ads on one side, and school pennants and beer awards (Hudson Valley Beer & Food and TAP NY '03 & '05) on the other. Ceramic mug club mugs dangle above the bar and there's a raised ceiling area directly above the bar lined on the inside with old beer bottles (Is that an old Catamount I see?) below more school pennants. A single TV sits above the bar and there's another one in the rear corner. A dozen + tables throughout, including some raised bar tables to the rear near the viewable brew room; fermenters and at least 1 wood lined kettle.
6 taps on a single tower on one side of the bar. The sampler of 6 (4 regulars and 2 seasonals) served in a round cut tree section, a flat piece about 1" thick with holes for the sampler glasses, pretty cool. The Moose Island Ale, light, golden, low bitterness; the 46er IPA, copper color, good hop bite; the Ubu Ale, an English strong ale, a deep red pour, warming, very nice; the Frostbite Ale, an APA at 6.8%, nice hoppiness; the Belgian Wit, Chouffe yeast, coriander nose, came in over 5%, the Maibock had an excellent malt backbone, nice, sweet, in at 8.1%. The Ubu Ale and the Maibock were the two I liked the most.
Finished my sampler and took the rear staircase near the brewroom downstairs to see what was what. There's something of a local hang here, the bar used to be called PJ's or maybe it still is, in any event, it was here long before the brewpub and it ain't going away. They've got the same 6 tap tower as upstairs but I didn't see a single pint glass, rather a whole lot of bottled crappy macros on the bar. I walked through and out rather quickly. Sure, they've got pool, darts & foosball, but they ain't drinkin' the goods down here.
Ski lodge meets sports bar. Upstairs, good, downstairs, not so much.
07-24-2007 00:54:52 | More by slander
Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company in Lake Placid, NY
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