Adirondack Pub & Brewery

Adirondack Pub & BreweryAdirondack Pub & Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

33 Canada Street
Lake George, New York, 12845
United States

(518) 668-0002 | map

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Photo of rdrummer
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Stopped in during the off-season expecting a rather dead bar. Instead, the place was very busy, probaby because of the good beer, food, and service. The atmosphereason is Adirondack woody with a good vibe. Every beer I tried was very good. I had a really good chowder and excellent burger. The lone bartender handled the bar, tables inside and out, and never poured less than two beers at a time. Filled a growler and bought some bottles to go, which she handled easily as well. I highly recommend this place over other brewpubs in the area.

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Photo of mitch3114
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Great little restaurant situated in the village of Lake George in the foothills of the Adirondacks. Great atmosphere, cool, rustic decorations. Service is pretty decent...much better than previous years. Food and food selection is good as well and for the location and atmosphere the prices aren't outrageous. My wife and I go a few times a year and are always happy.

Very involved with the community, always participating in events...also very involved in the beer community. I always see reps at the local beverage centers in the Capital Region with samples and little brewery handouts and glassware.

We recently attended the Oktoberfest event which was a beer festival celebrating the German Oktoberfest with proceeds supporting Habitat for Humanity. A fun event with great food options, many local brewers and fun events such as the Keg toss and stein holding

Each time we go there are different beers available on tap revolving around their permanent staples. They also offer brew tours (the brewery has recently expanded) and have a nice little nook when you first walk in to the restaurant with gear, apparel and glassware, which is also always changing and revolving. I have many pint glasses, snifters, tasting glasses etc.

They also occasionally offer "big beers" such as wee heavys, imperial stouts and Belgian triples. They have an annual barrel tasting event and host many various events throughout the year.

The recent expansion has led to bottling and even more recently canning of some of the main staples like Bear Naked Ale

The Adirondack Pub and Brewery is a great place to take friends or family and offers great beer and food in a great rustic environment at an affordable cost, while feeling like your own little hometown bar. I highly recommend!

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Photo of nickfl
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%

The food is decent and service was above average. As far as atmosphere, it is a bit on the kitschy side; the building, and basically everything in it, is made of logs or feaux logs but that is appropriate for the area. As for the beer, it is a bit on the disappointing side. With the exception of a nice IPA, everything we tried was mediocre to bad. Not that there is a very high standard set by the competition in the nearby area, but this was overall the worst beer we had in the Lake George area. I think some of the glowing reviews here were motivated more by the happy memories of vacations than the beer.

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Photo of digitalflood
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Excellent food. Excellent service. Excellent beer. A little pricey for food, but this is a tourist area so you have to expect that. The beer is very reasonable though. And off season it's pretty quiet making this is a must visit for any beer lover. I've sent ten different beer lovers there and everyone came back saying the same thing "best spot in the area for fresh brews". Best brewery in the area and they are doing things right. Distribution of is just starting to pick up so we should start seeing more of their cans around NY state. Anytime I'm up in the area I make it a point to stop in and grab a Snow Trout Stout. So good.

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Photo of dachi1
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Great place to stop in the summertime. Standard pub fare with a decent dinner menu. If you're unsure of what you want, you can get a sampler of six different beers.

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Photo of Suds
4/5  rDev +4.4%

I visited this brewpub with my family on Labor Day weekend, during a mini weekend vacation. We arrived at 5 pm just before the crowds. The atmosphere is decidedly 'North-Country', with a woodsy-northeast mountain theme. There were about 7 beers on tap, ranging from a light fruit brew (average) to a heavy, high ABV scotch ale. Most were quite good, with notable props going to a very fresh Oktoberfest. The food ranged from pub fare to some nice fish dishes. I had a great cedar plank salmon and my son really enjoyed a Cajun style catfish. The service was prompt, despite the coming holiday crowds, and the experience was very positive. Worth a visit.

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Photo of Colin_Featherstone
4.48/5  rDev +17%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great service, great atmosphere, good food and overall AWESOME BEER...we were on vacation and stopped by for a quick pint and a bite to eat and ended up there every night for a few more of the addictive beers. if your in the Lake George area you have to check this place out even if it is only for a quick pint!!!

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

I spent a weekend in Lake George with a friend of mine who is living and working there for the summer. He is friends with one of the brewers at Adirondack so of course we had to stop at the brewery right away, after a nice commute on boat crossing Lake George.

Adirondack Pub & Brewery is located slightly north of the small downtown, in a big wood log-cabin-style building. It is cozy inside and nice outside in the summer, and not as big as you’d think judging from the outside.

The beers are, for the most part, excellent. Their IPA is quaffable, their DIPA is even better and the brewers really shine at experimenting with high gravity and barrels. They make a Double Oatmeal Cream Stout that is 12.50% but drinks smooth like a Guinness, and a Pinot Noir-barrel aged Dunkelweizen that is complex, slightly sour and utterly beautiful.

I’d say that the place itself is not the best or most amazing bar/restaurant/brewery ever, but the beers are very well worth a visit.

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Photo of redbarnbikes
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This place is grate ! Always a broad and numerous selection of beers on tap. Their stand-bys (bear naked, dirty blond, IPA) are always on tap and flawless. They do an excellent job of cycling through smaller specialized/seasonal brews (chiatiemac lager, black watch ipa, barrel aged)

It also doesn't hurt that these guys know how to throw a party !

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Photo of dredz_126
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I have been here 4 times. Food is amazing; gotta try the eggplant fries! Their chicken wings are also to die for. I've had the medium and the barbeque so far. Had my growlers filled 3 times, their seasonal extra stout is to die for, and their mild stout is good as well.

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Photo of aranheaney
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Had the pleasure of eating and drinking here while at a conference this last week. Quick review, nice place, great people, JT the bartender/manager was very good to work with. Told him I reviewed here and we chatted beer for a while. The next evening I had the fish and chips and got a growler of Brown to bring back home. Would definitely recommend. The growler fills were only twelve dollars, which came advance shock to me. All things being equal, a really nice place in a cool Log Cabin-like atmosphere, I'll certainly plan on returning soon' !!

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Living rather close to Adirondack Pub, I have found myself going here rather often. So I guess it's safe to say I don't hate the place, but rather enjoy it. Fairly easy to find, it's near downtown and off the main road. Parking sucks, so get there early if you plan on going for dinner or lunch. And although it looks like a rather big restaurant, it's rather small inside and very dark... so I tend to sit outside when the weather is nice.

Service isn't the best and is my least favorite part about this place. Twice now I had to ask to be seated even though a host saw me waiting up front. I've even had friends complain the hostess is rude and so is the bartender. On top of it, forget asking any beer related questions (even if it's about their beer) and it's terribly slow even when there aren't that many people there. So don't go there if service is a big issue for you.

The food is your typical pub food with a touristy twist. Really heavy and greasy, but good. If you plan on going, get the burgers. The beers are decent as well. Nothing amazing, but sessionable and a nice rotating tap menu. Some are flat out bad, but I don't feel like they are trying to attract beer geeks, just thirsty tourist. Also, don't get growlers to go, because every time I tried to get one, they are flat by the end of the night- they don't do it right even if you tell them how to do it correctly. And as for the overall pricing- it's not too bad. It's not cheap, but for a tourist area, you won't do much better.

Overall, if you're in the area it's a nice stop. Don't have high expectations and you won't be disappointed. Like I said, it seems like they are reaching out to the tourists more then anything.

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Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped by June 24 in the afternoon before going to our campsite.

The bar area inside seemed a bit cramped but there were tables here and there. A small gift shop selling some souvenirs as well as a fridge with there beers in bottles and growlers. The whole place has a lodge/log cabin feel. The place wasn't really full but we still elected to enjoy ourselves on the patio which is fairly big.

Lots of choices beer-wise with 11 choices. They were out of only 3 beers. The food was quite good and the prices were affordable. The beer i has was average but my wife's scotch ale was better. Very kid friendly with menus and things to draw for them.

We'll be coming back here the next time we come camping.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A nice place just down pass the center of town.
Seems like we're there early for lunch after coming down from Lake Placid.
The beer is pretty good Bear nake ale being thier flagship brew, I myself like the beaver tail brown ale. They have growlers so you can get some to go.There is alot of good brewpubs in the 'dacks so it makes for a clinky ride up there with about five growlers tossed in the back of the minivan.
Good burgers and the hop vines give the outdoor patio a nice touch.
Interior done up like the adirondacks.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

The atmosphere is what one would expect from a place titled "Adirondack Pub & Brewery:" rustic, birch bark trim, outdoorsy paraphernalia on the walls, etc. To the casual eye, this may be kitschy, but if you look closer, there is a lot of local history on the walls. Old maps, signs that used to mark historic places, it seems as though much was salvaged through the years from the Lake George area and placed on display.

The beer selection, while fairly standard, is really quite exceptional for the size of the place. Their IPA is out of sight, their flagship beer "Bear Naked" is a solid pale ale, and their blond ale and Scottish ales are both well above average. The food is standard-issue for a brew-pub, but it's done well and about the price one would expect it to be.

What makes this place better than average is it's rotating stock. The brewmaster has recently been upping his game bigtime, by offering such things as a Black IPA, and an experiment ale that has the same basic formula, but uses different flavoring hops each month. It's like a science experiment that rewards locals with the ability to try out each month's selection.

Combine the above with an annual Oktoberfest that is still under the radar enough to not be crowded out, has delicious German food, and adds events like keg tosses and "cornhole" to keep innovating, and you have yourself a surprisingly winning brewpub.

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Photo of plaid75
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Located on the main drag, on the opposite side of the lake, in Lake George, NY.

The building itself is a quite inviting and has an Adirondack lodge style look to it. There is covered patio seating outside and a decent amount of parking.

The interior was decked out with Adirondack style decor. There was restaurant seating in the bar area, which itself was a bit small for a brewpub. However, the atmosphere was warm.

There were about 6 house beer selections and a few commercial taps. The house beers were simply excellent. All complex, flavorful and true to style.

The bartender was very friendly and they had no problem filling foreign growlers.

The beer was extremely fresh. I visited Labor Day weekend, and an open, half consumed growler of the IPA was still fresh tasty and vibrant two weeks later.

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Photo of Ig0r
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I stopped in Lake George on the way north on Interstate 87, and found this place almost by accident. I was here on a colder day so there wasn't anyone on the deck seating. The interior is well lit and cozy. I had a pint of their Saisson, which is currently not in the Brewpub's beer list on BA, and a black-and-bleu burger. The beer was pretty good with a strong fruit/spice flavor, the burger was well done and tasty. My lunch stop was fairly short, so I would definitely like to come back here sometime to taste the other brews.

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Photo of MMAJYK
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The place is somewhat small and stuffy compared to the inital thought you get when you arrive at this big log cabin style building. It seemed that most of the folks that were there werent beer enthusiasts.

Their beers(s) were just average at best. I have seen "rave" reviews for their Scotch Ale, and I must admit, I HAD to have gotten a glass from an infected batch. This beer was DISGUSTING!! It was sour as if someone had fermented it with Brett or something. Complete drain pour from my sampler and I can finish almost ANY beer.

The young girl behind the bar was not very knowledgable about beer and had the personality of a stump. What can you expect from a little 18 yr. old girl anyway besides attitude...

They had quite a few different brews on tap and all were average or so. Nothing special, but aside from the nasty-ass Scotch Ale, they were all average.

The food is where we took a turn in the right direction. I had a burger and is was phenominal! My buddy I was with had food as well and mentioned it was great.

For the money, not a bad visit. Food is definitely how they make their money.

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Photo of SeanRedd
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

A fun place to stop when enjoying my own personal favorite destination on Earth; Lake George. The pseudo-country lodge decor is as corny as it is enjoyable. The young girls that work their are friendly and probably not of age. The selection is alright; they have most syles covered with a "75% effort" brew. Nothing exciting about their beers, just better than their local neighbors. Most noteworthy I believe is the Fat Scotsman, which tasted more like a Cola Framboise than a Scottish Ale. Plus the Scotsman is served in my ultimate pet peev...a cute, small, little glass because the Scotsman is such a big boy, yes he is. Never tried the food but imagine its as tasty as the waitresses. Worth stopping by for a pint and a cookie.

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Photo of fireqc
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

You have to stop at Lake George and enjoy this brewpub! The food is incredible, the portion are very good! I take a fish and chips and oh my goodness! A big fish on my plate as I like it!

Beer sampler, so tasty and fine! Served in a small tray, when I went to this brewpub, I had a chance to have an unfiltered IPA! Whoaaa!! It was a total experience! I bought a growler (beer to go) of that fine liquid!

Lake George it's a beautyful city, quiet and peaceful, but not in summer time! One neg point is that brewpub work with tourist season. So if you want to stop there, check it out, open only few months a year (summer time of course).

I'm not a chilly guy, but the last time I went there, only 52 degrees in the dinning room.


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Photo of fitzy84
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

While on vacation to Lake George, I thought I would sample this brewery. It's location is off the main strip and it's appearance is quite unique. It is shaped like a very large log cabin; it has an outside deck for eating or drinking, a main dining area and a bar. Surprisingly, even though it looked large, it really was not a large restaurant.

The atmosphere was odd. It seemed that locals did hang out there, but mainly tourists, like me, came there to eat and drink. Their beer selection is double what Beeradvocate has listed, and one can do the typical sampler. Many of their drinks were good, including the Bear Naked Ale and the Fat Scotsman. The food though was way too small in selection and I only could settle on a somewhat unique burger (it had a Portabella mushroom and a beef patty on it). The service was decent but their staff must either be local teenagers or college students on break. The average age of the workers in there must of been 18 and it definitely affected the maturity level in the place.

If you are up there, this is an ok place to stop by and definitely sample the drinks, especially if you want a simple bite to eat.

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Photo of slander
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Loosely translated, "Seasonal tourist town" means "Seasonal brewpub hours of operation". Open Thursday through Sunday, what a pain in the ass, I'm not up here Thursday through Sunday, I'm an early in the weeker here; we get thirsty too. "Not very accommodating to my schedule", is all I'm saying. Memorial Day finally arrives and all seasonal hours bets are off, everything is officially "in season". While checking into the hotel just up the road, I note the large bushy sideburns on the guy in line behind me, and think, "Wow, how terribly unfashionable". But when I set out for the brewpub 5 minutes later and pass a second bushy sideburned guy walking up the Rte 9 grassy knoll, that's when I know "something Elvis is going on here"...

Now that it's open full time, Adirondeck Pub & Brewery is hopping, and damn if there isn't a third Elvis here, or maybe he's one of the first two I saw previously but I don't think so; he has that Elvis thing with the lip going on. Anyway, now they're everywhere. Young, cool Elvis; old, fat alcoholic Elvis, and all the Elvi in between. "Elvis Tribute artists" is what they call themselves (they get all pissy if you call them "Elvis impersonators"), and there's some sort of open mic thing here tonight before this weekend's Lake George Elvis Festival (I couldn't make this stuff up).

Somewhat lodge like in appearance with faux log framing throughout, branch inners and plank floors, but has a drop ceiling that cheeses up the effect. The stained wood panel "C" shaped bar with log foot rests seats a dozen or so 50's era Elvi. 3 side by side and interlocking arches with mirror inlays on the bar back, shelves holding wine there and booze below. A pair of tree trunk base bar tables sit adjacent to the bar, and then 4 booths and a handful of tables run an "L" down and around the bar. Green glass cone lighting over the bar and some tables, and drop cylinder & box lamps otherwise. Spruce and garland lined beams overhead and strung fish lighting here and there, TV's above in all corners. The décor is a hunting and fishing theme, with mounted Summer & Winter sport pieces (Fishing poles, golf clubs, skis, snowshoes, etc), as well as vintage framed ads and posted old game fish laws. A dozen booths and tables beyond the bar area and in a raised forward area, with front panel windows looking out over the strip, and a covered outdoor seating deck along the side.

Looked over the food menu and opted for the Asian noodle toss; chicken, broccoli, baby corn, snow peas, carrots, sesame seeds, lo mein & crunchy noodles. It was very tasty, crunchy noodles crunchy.

And drink. Taps in a row on a single tower on the bar. They've got 6 house beers and Miller Lite, plus a handful of bottles (Ommegang, Molson Export, Heineken Light). I did the sampler of 6, served in a little metal handle unit that trapped some of your beers inside and made it most difficult to dislodge without spillage. The Hefeweizen had a nice banana flavor; the Bear Naked Ale had no real hoppiness to it; the California Steam seemed somewhat fruity like a lime, was okay at first but turned not so; the Indian Pale Ale was just off, not hoppy nothing; the Fat Scotsman Ale had a band aid aroma and flavor, awful, I couldn't, wouldn't even finish it; the Snow Trout Stout was thin, lightly colored, lightly flavored, and had a slight, slight roastiness. The beers were served too cold and got worse as they warmed. A kid came in with a pair of growlers to be filled. I saved growlerboy from a Fat Scotsman fate. "Ask for a sample!!" I yelled at him, when he requested a fill. The beer was just not good, but I had to wonder if it had anything to do with their very recent change from being open off season to daily, meaning it's possible that having been open only a few days a week (and the town being dead during that time), that the beer wasn't moving and was past it's prime.

I did a revisit exactly 4 weeks later and found things to be much improved. They now had 7 house beers on. The Blonde was crisp, pleasant; the Hefe still with a nice banana flavor (although, thanks for the floaty lemon wedge); the Bear Naked Ale, still very little hoppiness to it; the British Red had a butter nose, caramel toffee flavor, hoppy on the end; the Indian Pale Ale, not the best IPA but at least it's now hoppy, citrus, fruity; the Fat Scotsman Ale was still slightly band aidy, but it disappeared as it warmed, still, it's no malt bomb; the Snow Trout Stout was now considerably darker than the beer I drank a month before, decent roastiness, but still a little thin. Beers were a whole lot better the second time around. I probably need to revisit again for a tie breaker, just deep during the Summer months.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in as I was passing thru Lake George on a July afternoon. Easy to find right on Rt 9 with parking lot attached. Whole place themed to the wilderness, with random skis, snowshoes, etc scattered throughout. Besides the bar area, there is also a dining room, patio dining, and a merchandise room. We were there on a Friday just after lunch, so there weren't many people in there, and only a few wait staff. Bartender was also the server for indoors, which was a bit odd.

8 beers on tap at the time, tried 6 of them with their sampler deal. None were horrible, but also weren't extraordinary. Good stuff though, most likely catering to the tourist area it's in. Food was also very good with a nice variety; everything from bbq to salads, excellent brew fries. A nice place well worth a stop for food and drink if you find yourself in the Lake George region of NY.

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Photo of togasports
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

I am actually sitting at the bar right now writing this review from my phone...ahhh technology. A great place nestled in lake george. A very nice laid back place that has a very great selection of selection beers. When I was there, they had the Blond, Dirty Blond, a Hefeweizen, an IPA, their Fat Scotsman (a wee heavy), and a stout, in addition to their own great brews, they had...miller lite...weird. I had the sampler, and then had the Fat Scotsman, and my favorite by far was the Fat Scotsman. This place is a great break from the crazy tourists and tourist traps of lake george.

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Photo of Stimack
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Visited the Adirondack Pub and Brewery the past two weekends on the way home from hiking. Did not get any food but tried the beer sampler and came home with a growler of their Fat Scotsman Ale. The place is quite nice, very comfy in appearance. Trying to really do up the Adirondack motif. Has a nice covered deck with a good number of tables. Inside they have a couple of high-tops near the bar and a few tables. In the dining area they have a lot of tables and seemed quite busy both times we where there. The service at the bar was great the first time we where there, the second it was ok, just slow. The first visit I had a nice discussion with the bartender, I actually think he might have been the brewer based on his knowledge and discussion on making of the beer. The sampler allows you to try six of the brews, when we where there they had 8 on tap. Going from memory they had the IPA, California Steam Beer, Porter, Stout, Marzen, basic Ale, Scotch Ale and drawing a blank on the last. All the beers that I had on the sampler where solid offerings. I felt that the IPA, Porter and Steam Beer where real nice, and the Scotch Ale was outstanding. This weekend on my way through I got a growler filled of the Scotch ale, very tasty!

I knew that this place was more or less seasonal but per the discussion with the bartender they open a little before the Memorial Day holiday weekend and will stay open at least till mid October, after leaf peeping season.

Over all I would say that the have a solid offering with the brews, nothing really (except the scotch ale) outstanding but solid. Will be stopping off for a growler many times over the next few months while on the way back from our weekend hikes. Will update the review once I have eaten there.

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Adirondack Pub & Brewery in Lake George, NY
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