Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
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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
4.38/5 rDev +10.9%
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?
04-21-2013 00:56:49 | More by jjboesen
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.
07-25-2006 14:26:19 | More by plaid75
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.
10-25-2011 18:06:06 | More by tobelerone
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!
09-18-2013 18:04:37 | More by StonedTrippin
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.
06-06-2006 19:24:13 | More by goodbyeohio
4.15/5 rDev +5.1%
The Lake Placid Brewery and Pub is a great place to grab a drink after hiking around the Adirondacks. It has a real laid back atmosphere. It has an average bar feel to when you come in and the servers are nice. I sampled several of their beers and I was impressed. I like all styles of beer for the most part but of course I have preferences but I give everything a shot when trying somewhere new. I am not a big IPA or Stout guy. I mean sure I like to drink them occasionally but they are not my normal beers of choice. I have to say that I really enjoyed the 46er I.P.A. and their Stout too. I liked the Ubu Ale so much I took a growler of it home with me to share with friends. I like Lake Placid but a lot of the establishments are full of stuck up people this is not one of them. I look forward to going back and sampling more of their seasonal beers.
01-05-2007 11:11:57 | More by MTNboy
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
4.11/5 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
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.
03-20-2011 16:06:30 | More by Hojaminbag
Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company in Lake Placid, NY
89 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.