Great Adirondack Brewing Company

Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2442 Main St
Lake Placid, New York, 12946
United States

(518) 523-1629 | map

View: Beers | Place Reviews
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 40 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of T-34-85
T-34-85 from New York

4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

This is a great place.

This brewpub, located in Lake Placid, Regularly has 6 different in-house brews on tap across a wide range of styles. The John Brown Pale Ale is good, but is actually much more like an IPA. They also make seasonal Double IPAs that are very good, and very potent.

The inside bar are is very nicely appointed with lots of Adirondack-y exposed wood and good ambiance. Good knowledgeable bar tenders.

Perhaps the best feature to compliment the great microbrew, is the outside dining area/patio, which has amazing adirondack mountain and lake views.

Overall, it's a great place to have a good, limited production beer while enjoying good food, and soaking in the views. Highly recommend making the trip.

Nov 29, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75

glad I finally got to check this place out, they have been happening since 1996 right on the main drag in lake placid. ski lodge looking interior, rustic wood, fireplace, low ceilings and dim lighting. a small wood featured bar is there in back, with maybe 8 beers on. all of there beers were solid, but this is your relatively generic lineup, a pale ale, a stout, a red beer, and a handful of seasonals along with the obligatory light beer for the weenies. john brown pale, the oatmeal stout, and the esb were all exceptional. the best part was the bartender, whose name eludes me now. he was overly generous with the samples, left the bar to show us the brewhouse, fielded questions, and was a genuinely nice human being. he also gave me a free growler as I left after I told him about my beer blogging and writing. this was a place I would have been happy to sit all night and relax. prices were a little steep, 6 bucks a pint, but it is a finer food establishment, and its priced accordingly. we didn't eat, but the food going out looked well crafted. this is one of the two breweries in town, and well worth a visit on your next trip to placid.

Sep 19, 2013
Photo of jjboesen
jjboesen from Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

In the quaint village of Lake Placid, New York, nestled in the Adirondack Mountains, are two fine purveyors of hand crafted beer: one is Lake Placid Craft Brewing (See Review) and the other is this one.

Housed on Main Street in a cranberry clapboard building (the brewery is in the back), the Great Adirondack Steak and Seafood Company (aka Adirondack Brewing) is a small seven-barrel family-run brewpub/restaurant that doles out award-winning brews to tourists, locals and beer aficionados alike. Sneak around to the small and atmospheric bar area and stay a while.

Or … you can sit and enjoy your meal in the cozy interior that evokes mountains and skiing – Lake Placid was the home of the 1980 Winter Olympic Games, the one where the US hockey team defeated USSR on ice. (Do you believe in miracles?) The main dining room is bright and airy with a view of Main Street outside the large picture windows. Most of the walls, nooks and crannys are liberally festooned with a myriad of mountain sports bric-a-bric. Should Dudley Do-Wright need some snow shoes (to rescue Nell, perhaps?), he could do no wrong by swinging by here – after he’s downed a few beers.

The beer selection is decent and runs the gamet of most popular styles: Blonde Ale, John Brown Pale Ale, a hyper-hopped IPA named after Sean Somebody, a smoked porter, stout, red ale and a sweet Belgian dubbel round out the list. Not bad.

So, should you go to Lake Placid to ski, hike, or whatever, and crave great beer in a homey environment, then you could Do-No-Wrong.

Mar 22, 2013
Photo of minchhoffb
minchhoffb from New York

1/5  rDev -73.3%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1

Stopped by here on a Thursday afternoon (4PMish) for a couple beers. Beautiful day so we sat in the nice outside seating area. There are about 15 tables outside with two being occupied when we arrived. Waitress came by and started going over specials. I said we were only having some beer (it was only 4). She then proceeded to tell us that they have a policy that you have to sit at the bar unless you are ordering food. I told here we would be out of their way in less then an hour (theoretically before the crowds arrive) and she said there was nothing she could do. We had my 4 yo daughter along so we left. I asked to see the manager and after 10 minutes he came out and confirmed the policy.

I will never return to this establishment. Based on reviews of food and beer I won't be missing much. I would understand that policy maybe on a Friday night at 6 pm but a weekday at 4 with 12 open tables? Coincidently we walked by at 5:30pm and they still had only 3 out of 15 tables full.

Jul 03, 2012
Photo of ikats
ikats from New York

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

My friends and I have a tradition of driving to Lake Placid from New York City once a year. This was our 6th trip. In all of those trips we stopped by Great Adirondack Steak and Seafood Company only twice (including this trip). It's not that we have something against the place, but it's more of a restaurant than a pub (and we cook at home).

This year we stopped by in the early afternoon, so the restaurant was empty. The bar area had a few people, and since it's fairly small, I would describe it as full. The atmosphere was laid back. Friendly. Relaxed. I think the restaurant area would feel a little more formal.

I had a sampler of their beers. All very enjoyable. Don't recall any standouts, but also don't recall any questionable brews. Enjoyed trying them all. One problem was that apparently they had some other beer flowing out of the Black IPA line, which was clearly not Black IPA. After a discussion involving a few people in front of and behind the bar, the problem was finally corrected (it might've been residual beer from another keg still in the line). Proper Black IPA was promptly added to my sampler; however, my friend who was drinking a pint of this beer didn't get her drink exchanged. I don't think it was malicious, but some more attention would've been nice.

Service was friendly. We didn't try any food, so I can't comment on that. Not sure if I'll be back soon. I think I'm comfortable stopping by every 3-4 years to see what's going on, but in my opinion the place does not lend itself to hanging out for considerable amount of time.

Apr 02, 2012
Photo of DWolf
DWolf from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

If you're thirsting for a nice craft brew in Lake Placid, you could do worse than this place. You could probably do better too. It strikes me as more of a restaurant than a brew pub. The bar area is small and quite crowded. Having to compete with the wait staff to get the bar tenders' attention sucks. The bottom line is, if you're in town, it's okay; however, I wouldn't make a special trip for it - for the beer that is. I cannot vouch one way or the other for the food. It was busy, so I am sure people were enjoying themselves.

Jul 21, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
Hojaminbag from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

The Great Adirondak Steak and Seafood Co. is right on main street in Lake Placid. It is paneled with red cedar siding, and the entrance is a small door on one side of the building.

I stopped in to have a beer or two after a long day of skiing, not to eat dinner, but upon entering it is clear that this is a restaurant first and a bar second. I proceeded to the bar area anyway, especially after seeing that the menu is a bit on the expensive side. The bar is tiny, about 6 or 7 seats and a few high tables. The area is tucked into the corner of the building, right by the entrance to the kitchen and within view of the live lobster tank.

There are 7 or 8 house beers on-tap; there are no other choices. The chalkboard across from the bar does not have all of the choices, so ask to see a beer menu. The menu is nice, with styles and detailed descriptions of each beer. The beer itself is fairly good brewpub beer, my favorite was the dubbel (Adirondak Abbey Ale), which seems to be their flagship beer. I would guess that it is always on-tap. All of the beers were served in appropriate glassware, but for just under a pint, 5 bucks was a little pricey in my opinion. One thing to take note of is that the website taplist never seems to change. If it does, it is way behind. Either way, ignore it.

I walked in fairly early in the evening on a Thursday, so at first I was the only person in the bar. The bartender was nice enough, but not very attentive. Even though sitting alone, it took a while to get beers. Of the two or three people who were behind the bar at one time or another, none of them were interested in having a conversation about beer or anything else for that matter. They were polite, but not friendly.

When some people did populate the bar, they were fairly friendly. About half of the crowd was retirement aged tourists, and the other half were late 30s early 40s locals.

I didn't try the food, but I will at some point, as I plan to go back to Lake Placid when I can.

Overall, if you're in Lake Placid and looking for what looks like a pretty good restaurant with beer choices, stop here. Actually, if you're into beer and you're in Lake Placid, there is no reason to pass up one of two places in town with good beer, especially if you like brewpubs. I would suggest that you budget most of your time at Lake Placid Brewpub. Maybe have dinner here and do your drinking there.

Mar 20, 2011
Photo of josefnewsong
josefnewsong from New York

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

let it be known that this place makes fantastic beer. best beer in the adirondacks that i have discovered. food is sub par. my last trip i ate a burger on a stale bun that broke apart while eating - and i mean crumbled. my friends had the same issue. my burger said it came with onions - it didnt. for eleven bucks thats pretty weak. also if you happen to order a more expensive burger u get half the amt of fries as someone who orders a cheaper piece of meat. also the calamari is soggy. dinner is extremely overpriced - if ur on any kind of budget dont even think of walking in after four pretty sure the cheapest appetizer was fourteen bucks so u can imagine the entrees. this place i fear has delusions of grandeur. my friends aand i have been drinking/eating here for years and i hate to say it but we are saying goodbye to steak and seafood for a while due to crappy food/service on multpile consecutive occasions...but if ur ever in lake placid u gotta try the beer. i apologize for the lack of capitalization - reviewing from phone and feeling lazy.

Mar 03, 2011
Photo of mgbickel
mgbickel from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Located right in the heart of Lake Placid. Stopped by here with my wife for lunch during the week.

The bar is located toward the back of the building with the main seating area up front. We pulled up a few barstools. Interesting badges/shields of various police and fire departments decorate the backdrop of the bar area.

The food was interesting...we chose a cheese platter and a deep fried peanut butter and jelly can you pass something like that up! Everything was tasty.

The bartender took good care of us and even made suggestions about the food and bar menu.

Even though it is located in the center of the tourist arena, it seemed like locals frequent this place...which tells me they do things right. Definitely worth checking out...

Feb 06, 2011
Photo of FeloniousDrunk
FeloniousDrunk from New York

4.35/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Atmosphere: Located right in downtown Lake Placid, many may overlook this true gem of an Adirondack Brewery/restaurant. In the wintertime, one may be drawn to the outdoor fire or the delicious smells coming from within. Once inside the restaurant, put your name on the list (they don't take reservations) and sidle up to the bar to enjoy some unique atmosphere and a fairly diverse selection of beer with a specialty brew popping up fairly frequently. Adirondack themes persist: wood everywhere; Lake Placid Olympic paraphernalia; an open-hearth wood fireplace; and the authentic feel of an old Adirondack logging camp.

Quality: The beer they brew is tasty, with a home-spun feel. They are not risk-avers, as they have many different types of brews available throughout the year, including some on-cask versions of their other beers, and seasonal varietals that are done very well. Highlights: Their smoked porter was really well done, and their John Brown Pale Ale is a hoppy, delicious and well-crafted brew. Their Belgian Abbey Ale is a bit disappointing, but at least they had the stones to give it a whirl, and it's not a total failure.

Service: Service overall was great. I was there on an incredibly busy winter Saturday with an hour-long wait for a table, but I still received attentive bartending and even chatted for a while with a bartender that may have been the head brewer. Once we got to our tables, the waitstaff was knowledgeable and friendly. The only downside I noticed- all drink orders went through the bar, from a Pepsi to a bottle of wine. This slowed down service at the bar, and at the dinner table. Also the layout required the busboys to carry trays of empty dishes through the line of waiting patrons to get to the kitchen. While at the bar, I also noticed that the bartenders were washing all of their own glassware (probably due to the extremely busy nature of the evening) which lent an air of chlorine-smelling water vapor to the entire bar region, which affected by ability to properly smell the beer.

Selection: A great selection of beers I would expect in the wintertime (no IPA while I was there, but an Imperial IPA was scheduled for the week after.) Their beer variety is improved with a rotating selection, seasonals, and experiments. The food selection is also great, living up to their name with a wide variety of delicious steak and seafood.

Food: If you're looking for a place that brews on-site, but has better food than your standard brewpub fare, this is it. The salmon I had was seasoned and cooked to perfection, as were the Scallops my wife ordered. Both the baked and mashed potatoes were outstanding as well, and though I didn't eat any steak, it looked and smelled fantastic. This is where fine dining and fine brewing meet.

Value: You don't come here for a cheap, quick meal, and as such you get the prices associated with better food. The beer prices are a fairly standard $4.00 per pint, but the growler was coming in at $32.00 for a first fill, which is a bit steep for me. Food prices are around the $20.00 and up per entree (the offer lobster, king crab, and filet mignon for well above $20.00) and I didn't catch appetizer or lunch prices, as I wasn't in the market.

Jan 24, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
micromaniac129 from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Every time we go up to Lake Placid for vacation this is stop number one.
It's a retaraunt/brewpub.
It's usually pretty crowded here and the tables are close together but thats the price you pay for some good beer.
John Brown pale ale and the Ausable Wulff red are usually my primary beers there and I'll usually have my growler filled with a seasonal.
The food is good. I get fish most times since I gave up red meat. It's not good for you.
The best time to visit there is between lunch and dinner this way you can relax on the patio and maybe which the sites walk by. Then follow your wife to the shops. Remember, you can always take a break from shopping and go back and get another this way you don't bother her to much and stay out of her way.

Oct 31, 2010
Photo of soju6
soju6 from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Located in the middle of town. This is primarily a restuarant with the bar tucked away in the back corner. The bar area is cozy but not quite the brewpub feel you would expect. There is also a patio with a nice view of Main St.

We found seats in the bar area and had a choice of about 7-8 beers on tap. The bartender seems quite knowledgeable about the brews on tap. I started with the Ausable Wulff Red Ale which complimented my meal. I then switched to the John Brown Pale Ale which really hit the spot, and had a couple of these.

Depending on the season they are open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with a menu tailored to that time of day. Menu has a good variety. Prices a bit above average but considering your in Lake Placid they are quite reasonable. Worth a visit if passing through the area.

Sep 19, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
Phyl21ca from Canada

3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Large restaurant located in the middle of Lake Placid with a great view on Main Street. We stop by for lunch and patio was full though there was some room inside. Waiter was quiet attentive and ready to answer question on the beers available that day. Selection was pretty good ranging from some session type beer to more Belgian-style (abbey Dubbel, Saison). The food we ordered was good (not great thought) and prices were reasonable considering the numbers of tourist on the area. The beers are of fair quality and I would definitely stop again if I was in Town again.

Aug 18, 2010
Photo of Hautacam
Hautacam from Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The weather wasn't good , so instead of sitting outside we headed indoors to the main dining room.
The place just doesn't have a brewpub vibe at all in this area. First, it seems to be mostly a family oriented, old fashioned ,dark, steak house-seafood restaurant. Second, we looked and looked at all the tables and it was hard to spot anyone actually drinking the house beers.
The prices for dinners were pretty high...very good and generous portions, but a bit too expensive for this type of atmosphere. But we were really here for the beer. The selection was OK, but I was disappointed that the dubbel was not on. Their Belgian Saison was a bit weak, but I loved their Pale Ale. ( had their Dubbel-Dubbel at BCTC and it was really good).
My girlfriend had to get one of their pint glasses because one of the logos has a female skater, which, she says has good form. ( she skates a lot )
The potato that came with my steak was huge...never seen one was a bit scary.... but I managed to conquer it with a second Pale Ale.
All in all, a decent place with some good brews and some monster freakin' spuds.

Aug 08, 2008
Photo of belhav0322
belhav0322 from New York

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Ah, irony. What brought the lot of us back for a return trip to the GASSC was the fact that whilst staying in LP a friend of mine really had a hankering for a steak and would not be denied. So instead of grilling or finding a "real steakhouse", he insisted that we head back here so that he could get a steak. I guess the suggestive name of this place was all it took. So somewhat begrudgingly, 7 of us went here for dinner. Long story short, he was the only one of the 7 of us to order a steak, and the only one to absolutely HATE their meal. HA! The rest of us enjoyed our meals, with my Seafood wellington being rather enjoyable.

We sat outside in the patio area that features a lovely view of main street, and the lake, as well as featuring a snazzy outdoor bar.

As for the beer, the Smoked Porter was tapped that very day and was awfully enjoyable, even on a warm day when one may not normally be looking to grab a porter. Smooth and well balanced is all I can say. I also enjoyed the Abbey Ale, which was complex, yet entirely quaffable. On prior visits I have been a fan of the Red Ale.

They have a deal there where you buy your first beer with a commemorative pint glass, and your subsequent beers are something like $2.50 each. Not a bad deal at all. The glasses feature various Olympic scenes (which the entire town beats you over the head with) as well as some amusing beer quotes. Cheesy, but kind of neat anyways.

Not a bad stop at all if you find yourself thirsty on busy Main Street.

Jul 25, 2007
Photo of slander
slander from New York

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Mememememorial Day Monday, and I'm taking the opportunity to get a jump on the work week and do the 3 hour plus hop up to Lake George now, so I don't kill half the day driving tomorrow. I made excellent time and arrived at the hotel mid afternoon with nothing to do in this off season tourist town, and then began thinking about what marvels the Northway has to offer. It was warm and sunny, 69 degrees when I set out from Lake George mid afternoon, and a crisp 54 degrees when I arrived in Lake Placid an hour and a half later. It wasn't one of those drop 1 degree every 6 minute deals; it all pretty much came sharply at once on the ascent of the mountain, thems was a big 15 degrees...

Crazy construction on the lake loop road forces your travel in only one direction; thankfully it's towards the brewpub as I have no patience for the deterrence of detours just now. Funny little structure on the main drag there, I passed it and parked on the street. The walkway up borders along side of the exterior seating area, a dozen plus round tables with matching umbrellas here. As you enter through, there's a long dining room running the length to the front of the building and an adjacent side room behind paneled windows off to your left, and another room in the front along the windows overlooking Main Street, roughly 3 dozen tables in all. Bric-a-brac on the sills and throughout; seltzer bottles, a gumball machine, a butter churn, bottles, etc. A room to the far back accessible from both ends holds a 10 seat "L" shaped wood bar and a handful of bar tables. 2 towers of 5 at each end on the barback with mostly wooden stick tap handles, tiered booze to both sides of center, wines forward on one side, and glassware in a long slot unit above across the whole bar. Wood panel walls, log beam posts and crossbeams above, a multi color slate lip around the bar, track spots, and small lampshade candles on the bar. Tap selections are listed on a blackboard with their descriptions, brew dates and ABV's, and they've got a single TV in the corner; otherwise the décor is a mix of Olympic material (including a 1980 USA Hockey Team victory poster), old framed ads, New York State school pennants, and various pieces like the old 20's fire box.

Near dinnerish in day, I ordered the grilled chicken & steamed shrimp combo (infant carrots, peppers & onions, and a big ol' baked potato), plus a real good salad with a ginger sesame dressing and warm rolls. Food here was very good, and then there's the drink.

7 taps on the sampler, served in a tool box like wood handled fixture. The Haystack Blonde had a light fizzy maltiness; the John Brown Pale Ale dry hopped with Cascade, had a nice bite; the Ausable Wulff Red Ale was sweet, toffee, and full bodied, the Adirondack Abbey Ale, came in at 7.1%, Belgian candy sugar sweet, clove, banana, very nice; the Big Bear IBA, came in at 8.2%, inky, could've been an impy or maybe it was just the ABV; the Adirondack Gold Cream Ale had a pleasant hop bitterness; and the Black & White Porter, made with cocoa powder and Madagascar vanilla beans, well, it was more Ravell than the Ravell's been in a long, long time, total cocoa aroma, a really nice beer. I thought the Abbey and the Black & White were the best 2 of the lot, although the Big Bear was quite good as well.

The place was quite comfortable and the service polite and attentive. Good meal and good deal on the lake atop the mountain.

Jul 19, 2007
Photo of plaid75
plaid75 from New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located on the main drag of Lake Placid. A very nice outdoor dining area and outdoor bar, with four or five taps, overlook a crowded and touristy street. Additionally there is a large dining room and good size pub, with six or seven taps, inside.

There was a good beer selection, encompassing several styles. On tap was a blonde, a steam, a red, an IPA, and abbey ale and an imperial stout. All beers were served in novelty pint glasses with outdoor sports themes and smart quotes.

The food was pretty standard lunch fare. Mostly sandwiches and burgers. Good appetizers.

The service was friendly and relatively knowledgable about the beer. The pints were a bit pricey for the area, but what can you expect from a tourist trap like Lake Placid. Otherwise, the beer was pretty good for a local tourist destination.

Jul 25, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
ppoitras from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Right on the main drag through Lake Placid. Parking was scary on 4th of July Saturday, as expected, and we stowed the car down at the end of town in the muni lot. (Hate that we have prepay for x number of hours, who knows how long I'll be drinking?)

For the day we (party of four adults) picked to visit, the scant 5 minute wait for an outside table under an umbrella in the crisp clean air was very nice. They were out of menus initially, but we soon received their list of offerings. Service was quick and efficient. Lunch menu was reasonably priced, and food was enjoyed by all.

Had a couple pints of the seasonal Maibock, which was quite enjoyable, and went well with a burger and the great weather.

After the ladies headed off to shop, I adjourned inside to the small (8 seats, maybe?) bar, which seemed to only be populated by myself, and breaking staff, including the head brewer at one point. We will forgive that he's a Yankee fan, just as I did the bartender that she was a Met fan.

Also enjoyed a pint of the John Brown Pale, and the tulip of Double Chocolate Imperial Stout was excellent. Only drawback there was that they wouldn't growler the Imp Stout. Alas, had to find something else.

All in all, a nice place to enjoy a meal, and a good "wives are shopping" distraction to boot.

Jul 09, 2006
Photo of wailingwench
wailingwench from New Mexico

2.56/5  rDev -31.7%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3

Get here early, have a couple of brews, and hoof it down to Lake Placid Pub. Trust me.

Cheers: Bartender forgot to charge us for three pints. He also gave us two to go cups for the drive back to Old Forge (I wasn't driving). Growler plus fill was (I think) $14, damm good. Outdoor fireplaces. Smoked Porter. Beer chalk board with descriptions, tap date, etc.

Jeers: If you're looking to sit at the bar and try their beers on a weekend, good luck. We waited over 15 min for the bartender to get to us. High class restaurant selling overpriced fare to well to do suburban types who think that $20 for a steak is reasonable. I couldn't believe the prices on the menu. 7 barstools and a couple of small tables. Lake Placid is way better in beer quality. Outdoor fireplaces were hogged by rich suburban dweebs from NJ and their whiney Ambercrombie kids. Couldnt find the bathroom. How in the world did they get a Tap NY for their Pale Ale?

Nov 18, 2004
Photo of Shiloh
Shiloh from Canada

4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I fell in love with this place 5 minutes after I had entered it and did not want to leave.
By far the atmosphere here is more of a dining establishment, particularly inside, than a bar with the exception of the patio, situated on Main Street of a charming little ville.
The steak and seafood entrees were plentiful however only five of their own microbrews were available....but all were exellent, three of which scored a nice 4.5 and the other two offerings at 4.0.
I particularly enjoyed the John Brown Pale Ale.
An upper class establishment with matching micro brews.
Highly recomended.

Sep 15, 2004
Photo of beernbbq
beernbbq from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A restaurant witha brewpub attached and they balance each other nicely. The food is an extendive array of American classics, each prepared solidly with no strange bells or whistles. They even have a few mix and match on the menu which was nice. I enjoyed the straight 12oz sirloin with green beans, a quality cut of meat with lightly sauteed vegetables. They also have beer pairing recommendation for each entree. Overall, a definite in Lake Placid, and a place I look forward to returning to in the near future.

Mar 12, 2004
Photo of etho1416
etho1416 from New York

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Lake Placid is lucky enough to have two great brewpubs. This place is located right on main street and offers a great selection of quality brews. The food is pretty good and reasonably priced. The beer is great. I remember having a fantastic belgian style ale here. The bar is far to small and they really need to consider enlarging it. They offer a wide variety of logo pint glasses, each with its own design and famous beer quote printed on the glass. The staff was freidnly and attentive. Definetly worth a visit if you are in the area.

Feb 24, 2004
Photo of greybeerd
greybeerd from Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited for the first time in July as our second choice in Lake Placid. After first going to Lake Placid Pub and Brewery and finding the beers disappointing (not to mention the place had NO air-conditioning!), we walked back downtown and were relieved to find, first, air-conditioning! and, second, a great little brewpub in the Great Adirondack Brewing (Steak and Seafood) Co. Considering this place was gutted by a fire last year, it has been rebuilt handsomely in a somewhat rustic Adirondack style, with a touch of upscale (especially pricewise). But you definitely get your money's worth, both in food and beer. Atmosphere is casual and comfortable. We sat at the bar the first night, out on the patio the second. The bar is small (about 6 or 7 stools, maybe 3 small tables), but the patio is definitely the place to park - plenty of tables, but not crowded, with nice landscaping, like sitting in a garden. The staff is friendly and attentive and the service was very good. The menu is diverse and the food was outstanding.

Ah, but the beer. We were pleasantly surprised (not having heard too much about this place). Not a clinker in the bunch, with a nice assortment of styles. Haystack Blonde, John Brown Pale, Ausable Wulff Red, Adirondack Abbey (a dubbel), Adirondack Smoked Porter, and the Barrel Bay Belgian Saison, with the Pale and the Saison outstanding, followed closely by the Dubbel and the Porter. We were most happy campers. They also had a deal where if you buy a GABC pint glass, subsequent beers were discounted ($3 ? pints, instead of $4, or something like that). Beautiful 1/2 gallon growlers, Grolsch-style cap with an aluminum handle, but, at $27.95 ($18.95 for the bottle, $9 fill), it was tough to justify bringing one home. Tres unfortunate.

A great little brewpub, worth the trip from anywhere. Definitely a beer, on the next trip, if only the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery would meet expectations. In fairness, we'll definitely have to try again.

Aug 17, 2003
Photo of sponberg
sponberg from New York

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Located on the main drag in Lake Placid, about 3 blocks east of the Hilton. Parking is on street and difficult or in nearby lots. Park at the Hilton and walk down the hill - free parking, and you'll be wanting to walk off the meal afterwards.

NOTE: The 1 for atmosphere is because this place had a kitchen fire a few weeks back, and is currently closed for renovation. They should be reopening by the end of April according to my usualy relaible sister in law who knows a bunch of locals. For that reason, I haven't included any comments on the feel of the place, as it may or may not change.

The beers here are very, very good - the Whiteface Stout in particular is a very drinkable off-dry version. The John Brown IPA and Ausable Wulff Red are also well-crafted ales. All of these are available in bottle. The real treats are the seasonals and special brews that are on tap - I had a Belgian abbey (dubbel? It's been a couple of years) that was exceptional. The barstaff were very friendly and helpful. The brewer is a big proponent of local and regional beers.

The food is excellent - my father in law swears by the steaks and prime rib, and he knows from beef. The prices are a bit above typical brewpub fare, but the food quality is as well.

I'm looking forward to re-reviewing this place when it reopens.

Feb 27, 2003
Great Adirondack Brewing Company in Lake Placid, NY
Brewery rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 249 ratings