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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
813 Mirror Lake Drive
phone: (518) 523-3813
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vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 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
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
A: I loved the atmosphere at this place. Very laid back. It has plenty of college pennants on the walls and a well situated bar. A second bar is located downstairs.
Q: Not much to say other than it was good.
Sr: Very friendly service. Willing to help out, but seemed rather rushed at times.
Sl: Beers were limited to six on tap at a time. Very reasonable since all beer is brewed on the premises. Variety was nice. Food selection was pretty typical of a pub.
F: Not the greatest, but good. The shepherd's pie that I had was well balanced with the exception of the potato crust. It was more like under-seasoned mashed potatoes thrown on top. The meat was very good. The Beer Blue Cheese Dressing was mild, lacking some of that Blue Cheese zing, but was appropriate that way for the Pub Salad.
12-05-2010 06:20:35 |
More by ryantaussig
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
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.
09-15-2004 18:42:13 |
More by Shiloh
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
A composite review of a few visits over the years:
Sports bar type place downstairs, picnic tables and booths, dark interior, that sort of thing. More apt to find locals down here. Upstairs reasonably large fishhook shaped bar, with lots of tables as well, and step outside for deck dining with great views.
Pub grub food, good for what it was. Chalkboard beer lineup, bottle/growler cooler by the door. Beers were somewhat hit or miss, nothing much earth-shattering, but some standouts like Ubu, Frostbite, etc.
If you get stuff to go, if they offer you a bag, be sure to check it for holes. A plastic shopping bag with two growlers in it ain't going to last long when it has a hole to start. Mine got lifted off the bar, with one growler promptly falling to the floor and fizzing foam out of the cap after rolling across the room. Was replaced gratis, but it was their fault. So be aware.
A nice place to hang out at for a few brews, and a scenic walk across town from the town's other brewpub. Check them both out, and make a day of it.
07-09-2006 02:42:02 |
More by ppoitras
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
06-12-2009 17:54:19 |
More by drseamus
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Located just a short walk from the main drag in Lake Placid and is situated in an old church, sort of reminds me of a ski lodge. There is an Irish Pub on the main floor but did not check it out. I went upstairs to the main attraction. It has a nice patio that overlooks Mirror Lake.
They have 6 beers on tap, 4 standards & 2 seasonal. Bartender seemed to know the brews quite well. The food is standard pub grub and the service is pleasant and friendly. Atmosphere is laid back and relaxing.
Nice place to get away from the tourists or skiers depending on the season.
10-03-2010 10:56:34 |
More by soju6
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.
04-10-2006 01:32:21 |
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Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company in Lake Placid, NY