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Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company
Active Beers: 31
Beer Ratings: 1,037
Beer Avg: 3.78
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
813 Mirror Lake Drive
phone: (518) 523-3813
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Reviews by madmanjf:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Took a detour off the Northway to Lake Placid to check out this place.
First .... it's a great little town, with a lot to see and do.
It's right in the village on the lake and walking distance to all the shopping.
All the beers were excellent. I was a little disappointed with the Hefeweizen though .... it was overly cloudly; almost muddy in appearance. Their other seasonal, an Amber, was quite good. I'm surprised it's a summer seasonal and not a regular offering.
The menu was nice .. I went with a burger (typical of me, and a great way to judge a kitchen). I wasn't disappointed at all.
Above I mention the Amber .... I'm mentioning it again relative to the service. The bar menu did not indicate if it was an Ale or a Lager, so I asked the cute girl bartending. I wasn't surprised when she didn't know .... and she didn't go ask someone else to find out for me.
I guess this is a gripe with me, not just here, but most places. The management finds it more important to put a pretty face behind the bar rather than a representative of the establishment. Don't get me wrong, I like a pretty face .... but train them in the products they are selling. Afterall, they are not there to just fill pint glasses and serve plates.
I wish Lake Placid wasn't so far out of the way. It makes this a bit time-consuming to get to, and I would ultimately like to return here again sometime. It may require an overnight stay as opposed to a quick detour off the northway though.
Final Note. With regards to their website, it has not been updated in quite some time. Their Plattsburgh brewery is not open to the public, and has not been for quite some time. I found this out the hard way after driving there enroute to Lake Placid.
07-24-2007 13:47:02 |
More by madmanjf
More User Reviews:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$
In the quaint village of Lake Placid, nestled high in New York’s mighty Adirondack Mountains, are two fine purveyors of craft brew; one is the Adirondack Brewing Company (see my review for the Great Adirondack Steak and Seafood Company), the other is this one.
Situated apart from the Main Street bustle of summer tourists and winter ski bums, Lake Placid Brewing is housed in an appropriately rustic two-story structure, with the brewpub being upstairs. The room is pleasant enough – though, it does evoke a fratboy-cum-sportsbar atmosphere (what with the numerous college pennants decorating the walls.) In the middle is the bar, square-shaped with limited space to plant one’s ass. There is a smattering of high tops and tables scattered arbitrarily about the place – with plenty of room for the ever rushing servers. LPCB offers conviviality to local and tourist alike.
Of course, we were here for the beer and there was a decent selection of the house brew here including several IPAs; however the primary beer was the UBU Ale, a smooth and delicate English Strong Ale that comes off more like a Scotch Ale than anything else – perhaps, it is a British Strong Ale? After several pleasant pints, my friend and I, the former having brought me here in conjunction with a business trip to nearby Saranac Lake, grabbed a growler of UBU and made our way down the mountain to home.
While not much of a skier, or a tourist addicted to quaint, but crowded, mountain villages, I can see myself returning here. After all, Lake Placid is the home of two Winter Olympic Games, the most recent being in 1980 when our hockey team defeated the USSR. Now, Lake Placid is home to UBU Ale. Do you believe in miracles?
04-21-2013 00:56:49 |
More by jjboesen
New Brunswick (Canada)
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
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.
04-08-2013 00:19:13 |
More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This is a nice place to get a beer and some food in Lake Placid. I can't imagine anyone going and being dissapointed. The most important thing for people to realize about going here is that the beer served on tap bears little resemblence to the beer you buy from them in the store. The local draft brews are MUCH better! If you've never been impressed by the bottles, give it a try.
02-15-2013 14:46:45 |
More by dougfur
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
The Lake Placid Pub and Brewery is a must stop for me every summer vacation. Each time, we are not disappointed. Side note: the beer at the Pub is MUCH BETTER than their bottlings. Before you say, "no duh", it's because LPB outsources their bottlings. They somewhat recently switched from a place in Plattsburgh to a place in Utica (Saranac). The difference is palatable and quite noticable. Saranac isn't doing this place any justice with the bottling operation. The beer at the pub is rock solid and delicious. The bottles, eh, not so much.
07-21-2011 16:32:20 |
More by DWolf
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Another lunch destination while on our Lake Placid trip. Sits back off the main drag, this rustic building fits in so nicely with the local landscape.
We started out by going downstairs only to find out that it was closed and the upstairs was the main dining/bar area. The inside is more sportsbar than brewpub. Lots of TVs and sports things hand from the walls. The "U" shaped bar is located in the center of the room with seats surrounding it.
The beer selection is rather good...pretty much every main style represented including a few beers the utilize local ingredients. The food goes right in line with the sports bar theme...burgers, sandwiches, wraps, etc.
The service was good...the place was really crowded for a weekday late lunch...but we were still served quickly.
All in all, a great little place...well worth checking out if you are in the area!
02-06-2011 19:30:22 |
More by mgbickel
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
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.
12-05-2010 06:20:35 |
More by ryantaussig
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
10-03-2010 10:56:34 |
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Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company in Lake Placid, NY