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Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company

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Lake Placid Craft Brewing CompanyLake Placid Craft Brewing Company
BA SCORE
89
very good

43 Ratings
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 8.1%
Active Beers: 43
Beer Ratings: 1,538
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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 plaid75
2.69/5  rDev -31.9%

Located a few blocks off the main drag. A two story red barn like structure with an upstairs restaurant and outdoor dining area. There was also a bar downstairs that seemed to appeal to the local, non-tourist patons. The downstairs bar was dark and dank and the restrooms were unkept. There were five or six lake Plaicd beers on tap, and the bar was stocked with liquor and bottles of BMC.

I was disappointed in may hefe being served in a pint glass, with absolutely no head. It looked more like grapefruit juice. The disappointment did not end there, as my pale ale arrived flat and bit off tasting.

The bartender didn't seem too knowledgable about the beers and seemed more interested in pouring shots and cracking open Miller Lites than actually serving up the house beers.

Maybe I should have gone upstairs, but I didn't. Therefore this review is meant for those who opt for the downstairs bar.

plaid75, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of ChipChaight
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

ChipChaight, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of slander
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.

slander, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

goodbyeohio, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of ryantaussig
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

ryantaussig, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of tobelerone
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

tobelerone, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of soju6
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

soju6, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of Hopheadhiker
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Hopheadhiker, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of ppoitras
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

ppoitras, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of Shiloh
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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.
Recomended.

Shiloh, Sep 15, 2004
Photo of mkirkland80
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

mkirkland80, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of drseamus
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.

drseamus, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of irishpride
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

irishpride, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of Beersignal
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

Santé

Beersignal, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of mgbickel
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%

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!

mgbickel, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%

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!

StonedTrippin, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of TheChauffeur1
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

TheChauffeur1, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of DWolf
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

DWolf, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.95/5  rDev 0%

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.

Hojaminbag, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.95/5  rDev 0%

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.

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of ChayDudeBrew
4/5  rDev +1.3%

ChayDudeBrew, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of Hautacam
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.

Hautacam, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of speedball33
4/5  rDev +1.3%

speedball33, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of fireqc
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!!!

fireqc, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of T-34-85
4/5  rDev +1.3%

T-34-85, Aug 17, 2014
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Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company in Lake Placid, NY
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