Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
Active Beers: 41
Beer Ratings: 1,478
Beer Avg: 3.76
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
3.75/5 rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
A composite review of a few visits over the years:
Sports bar type place downstairs, picnic tables and booths, dark interior, that sort of thing. More apt to find locals down here. Upstairs reasonably large fishhook shaped bar, with lots of tables as well, and step outside for deck dining with great views.
Pub grub food, good for what it was. Chalkboard beer lineup, bottle/growler cooler by the door. Beers were somewhat hit or miss, nothing much earth-shattering, but some standouts like Ubu, Frostbite, etc.
If you get stuff to go, if they offer you a bag, be sure to check it for holes. A plastic shopping bag with two growlers in it ain't going to last long when it has a hole to start. Mine got lifted off the bar, with one growler promptly falling to the floor and fizzing foam out of the cap after rolling across the room. Was replaced gratis, but it was their fault. So be aware.
A nice place to hang out at for a few brews, and a scenic walk across town from the town's other brewpub. Check them both out, and make a day of it.
07-09-2006 02:42:02 | More by ppoitras
3.66/5 rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
this place is located smack dab in the shopping/trinkety area of lake placid. up on a hill with nice views of the olympic stadium (right across the street in fact) and the skyline-defining high jumps built for the games. the place itself is a ski-lodgey dark wood building with churchy pointed picture windows, adjacent to a dirt parking lot. entering through the side door brings you around some tight, twisty narrow halls and stairways up to the main bar/dining area. the bar is a large wooden beast with three sides and many uncomfortable wood-backed stools. tables and chairs full the rest of the u-shaped room, which holds many sports related items and other ski type memorabilia. like the shed, but a little less cramped. there is also a nice outdoor porch for nicer weather.
there were five or six beers on tap including maibock, pale ale, lager, hoppy pale ale, oatmeal stout and ubu. all beers were of above-average quality, with the frostbite being the only wow! standout with its pac-nw hoppy resinous blast of flavor. ubu is a good, strong beer for a flagship as well, clocking in at a dark, dark 7%. also available now on nitro and as a black/tan. a growler cooler is across from the bar with six packs as well to take out.
pricewise, i dunno. 10oz maibock pours for pint prices? seemed a tad steep.
the bartender seemed very friendly but not too knowledgable about the beers. he was happy to get the brewer for me, a jolly guy who was more than happy to talk up a storm about his little operation in lake placid.
had some buffet-style food, but as it's not the usual fare, i'd be best not to review it. suffice it to say, don't go here for any buffet events because whatever food they have catering access to stinks.
overall an enjoyable place to hang out with friends but not quite the destination, especially if you have the capability to enjoy these beers in your own home or at a local pub with a bit more oomph. all the folks around said great adirondack is the better experience in town, and i probably should have pushed harder for that second stop in town.
06-06-2006 19:24:13 | More by goodbyeohio
3.78/5 rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
15 miles of hiking up and down Mt. Marcy can severely build a thirst and an appetite, so logically when myself and two buddies made our way down the 5300 foot mountain we headed directly to the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery.
We entered the pub's upstairs eating area and were promptly seated right next to the fireplace, a wise move by the host as we were really frozen to the bone from our hike. The warmth of the hearth and the decor (well worn ski chalet athmosphere), and the many locals enjoying the evening quickly made us forget that no more than 4 hours previous we were being whipped by 40 mph winds and -5 deg Farenheit chill.
Our waitress was quick to arrive at our table to take a drinks order and a round of IPAs eventually arrived at our hands. This was the only negative point of the evening. Service was abnormally slow. It should not take 15 minutes for a round of pints to hit your table on an average night which is what this looked like.
Selection was good and had something for pretty much all palates. After I quaffed a pint of the Frostbite Ale I decided on the sampler so as to try all of the offerings. Apart from the 46er and Ubu the rest were unknown to me. The highlight for me was the Frostbite with its fresh and juicy hop profile but well worth seeking out (apart from the above mentioned) were the Patrick's Porter, and Barkeater amber. If you are fans of full flavoured beers I suggest you steer clear of the Moose Island Ale as I found this offering to be too timid flavourwise.
The food which followed the libations was honest and hearty pub fare perfectly suited to filling hungry skiers and hikers. The menu had a wide variety of dishes from sandwiches to stews, soups and dinner salads as entrées, and a series of appetizers common in many pubs. My reuben sandwich hit the spot as did the plates of the others in my party and all at a fairly reasonable price. Three complete meals, beers for all, taxes in... $60.
Lake Placid Pub and Brewery... worth the stop both winter and summer (soon for me). Check out their website to see their rotating beer offerings and time your visit with their seasonals. Had I gone a few months earlier I could have had their Monster Fogg Imperial Stout.
04-10-2006 01:32:21 | More by Beersignal
4.16/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Cheers: You can make 2 nights out of 1 trip; get wasted up, fall down the stairs, continue at the lower bar. The outdoor patio is the place to get some crisp ADK air while sucking down some cold ADK suds. Beautiful lake and mountain backrop. Chalet feel made me feel like I was in the Alps. All you can eat popcorn. The lower bar is for locals, the top for tourists. Go to the lower (but be careful), unless your life revolves @ your manicured lawn that you pay someone to do and you own 2 4-wheel drive SUV's and live on Merryweather lane. UBU ale is dangerous, along with the seasonal IPA, Frostbite. 46'er is kindof weak in comparison, but a true to style west coast APA. Far enough away from the strip. Way better than their overpriced competition.
Jeers: Again, another place that won't fill other breweries growlers. Perhaps the name Lake Placid Grolwer Emporium is more fitting? When I'm looking at the taps, don't keep telling me to look at the list, otherwise "you won't have any idea as to what is what." I heard you the first time, no need to repeat yourself. Perhaps I like to look at taps. Beware of the popcorn at the downstairs bar: stale and most likely crawling with pathogenic microbes that would love to ruin your day. The downstairs bar primarily serves as a meeting place for the locals to make fun of the out of towners. They need to find a new hobby. The UBU dog was staring at me when I was trying to take a dump. Lodge atmosphere could be bumped up a notch by having Frauleins serve the beer. 2 locals were spotted drinking Bud. One local swilling down a macro made fun of a patron who ordered the sampler. Drink a real beer, freak.
08-17-2005 18:23:23 | More by wailingwench
4.6/5 rDev +16.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Was able to head over to the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery this past weekend as we where up for some hiking and to watch some of the Iron Man. Have been to the Pub and Brewery many times in the past as I have had friends who have lived in Lake Placid. In the past it has also been known as PJs, I believe. They have a nice deck area, but we decided t eat inside. Downstairs they have a nice bar area with an L shaped bar, dark and somewhat rustic in appearance. Upstairs it has that same rustic appearance but is much lighter in color as the walls look to be done up in pine. Fair amount of tables and a U shaped bar, also a fireplace in one of the walls. All I can say is that the service, food and the beer were all great. They had 6 beers on tap, they where UBU, FrostBite, 46er, Moose Island, High Peaks Hefeweizen and a Wit. All that I had where very good, the Hefeweizen and FrostBite were exceptional. As I said the food was great, we had wings, jambalaya and a burger while there, we were a bit hungry after Cascade and Porter Mountains! If youre in the area this place should be a definite stop if you have the time. Also can get growlers to go, but think they will only use their own.
07-25-2005 14:47:06 | More by Stimack
3.75/5 rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
A nice little brew pub that offers relaxation, good beer, friendly atmosphere and reasonably good food.
Six choices of draft were available to me on this visit and I opted for the sampler. My favourites were the High Peaks Hefeweizen at 5% ABV and the Moose Island Ale at 4.2% ABV. The Moose Island Ale is by far the best session brew they carry.
The staff were very knowledgeble about their product.
Good place to kick back and enjoy the brews of your choice in a mountainous lakefront background.
09-15-2004 18:42:13 | More by Shiloh
4/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
One of the two fine brewpubs in Lake Placid. No surprises here, just solid food and beer. The atmosphere is pleasnat and friendly, with two bars that basically cater to the locals and tourists/weekenders. Bartender was a friendly guy and the beer and food are solid if unspectacular. I had a nice salad for lunch and went back later for the wings. I tried both the 46er IPA and the Frostbite Pale Ale, which I will write up seperately. Defintiely a must-do when you are in Lake Placid. Also, the bartender told me that Tuesday night is two for one so enjoy!
03-12-2004 11:50:40 | More by beernbbq
4.03/5 rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
This place is fantastic. I visit lake placid quite often and I always make sure to stop in here for a pint. All their beers are good, but the Ubu and Stout are really good. The selection is good and changes quite often. They have a downstairs bar with pool and dartboards and this is where more of the locals flock to. The upstairs has a nice bar and limited space for dining, except in the summer when they open up the outdoor patio. They have growlers and great logo pint glasses for sale. They also bottle their beer and seem to be selling it far and wide. Lake Plaicd is a great down with some great beer.
02-23-2004 19:59:48 | More by etho1416
4.16/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Located about three blocks from the hockey arena, on the "other side" of Mirror Lake. Locals know it as "PJ's." Looks sort of like a cross between an Alpine lodge and a church from the outside. Limited parking in front, plenty of on-street parking in the area although finding a spot can be difficult during peak season.
Two levels - the downstairs is very rustic and dark, with an L shaped bar. The TV was tuned to the Weather Channel ("Look! It's 75 below on Mt. Washington!"), which I got a kick out of. The upstairs is very Adirondack Lodge - like, with wooden walls and plenty of tables around a U-shaped bar. Both areas have a warm, welcoming vibe, which was very much appreciated since the high temp that day was -3 degF. Six beers on tap, and the servers are very knowledgable about them. Bar service both upstairs and downstairs was fast and friendly. The centerpiece is the outstanding Ubu ale, a 7% garnet colored session beer of the first order. Scary drinkable. They also make an American IPA that will please hopheads, and the seasonal Frostbite Pale Ale was getting a few nods of approval from those I talked to. They only fill their growlers, and rather than fills do an exchange - hand them the empty, get another out of the ice cold case by the door, and pay your $6. Aside - $6 for a growler of Ubu Ale has got to be one of the best deals on the planet.
I did not have a chance to try the food this time, but my sister in law says that the food is generally very good. The portions looked pretty good from what I could see.
02-19-2003 12:20:27 | More by sponberg
Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company in Lake Placid, NY
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