Lake Placid Pub & Brewery

New York

Home of the legendary Ubu Ale! Lake Placid Pub & Brewery is one of New York state's most celebrated craft breweries and is one of this month's highly anticipated Craft Beer Club features. Lake Placid Pub & Brewery was founded in 1996 by Chris Ericson and one of his good friends from college. Chris had held brewing positions at Shipyard Brewing in Maine and The Shed Brewery in Vermont, and was eager to break out on his own. In 1996, the pair purchased a pub in the small Adirondack village of Lake Placid, New York, and immediately went to work. They were only 24 years old! Chris and his buddy maintained the existing P.J. O'Neill's pub downstairs and renovated the upstairs into a pub and restaurant, installed a seven barrel brewery, and began brewing. The Lake Placid Pub & Brewery quickly became a popular spot for both locals and visitors to the Lake Placid area, and word of its famous beer, Ubu Ale, began to spread. By 2001, Lake Placid beers had become so popular that the brew pub ran out of production space to keep up with demand. Chris and his wife Catherine traveled to Plattsburgh, New York, where they took over a 13,000 square foot facility and greatly expanded their brewing operations. They kept the original pub and brewery in Lake Placid to brew small batches of beer and to offer a location for visitors to come and taste their award winning beers. By 2007, Lake Placid had outgrown even its new facility and Chris Ericson went into a partnership with Matt Brewing Company of Utica, New York. It allowed him access to the company's larger brewing facility and expanded his distribution capabilities. In 2003, 2005 and 2007, Lake Placid Pub & Brewery was named the "Best Brewery in the Hudson Valley" at the TAP-NY Brewery Festival. In addition, the company has been named "The Best Brewery in New York State" twice, in 2005 and 2007. As their list of accolades and individual beer awards continues to grow, Lake Placid becomes one of the most popular craft brewery destinations in the state of New York.