At the end of a long, active day of outdoor fun, there’s nothing quite like chasing it down with an ice cold beer or a flight of them. While there was a lot of adventuring on the #EatPlayLoveNY trip, there was also quite a bit of drinking. That was something I didn’t mind at all, especially because we visited three breweries of the Adirondacks.
Beer is one of my favorite beverages, and I love to experience the places I visit through a tasting of their local brews. On our journey, we were able to sample plenty of the beers that are offered throughout the Adirondacks, and I thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them. If you find yourself in the Adirondack region of New York, do yourself a favor and hit up these three breweries as a reward for your adventures.
We arrived at Schroon Lake’s Paradox Brewery on the evening of our first full day in town after spending some time on the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail. As you can imagine, beer was probably the last thing we needed, but as we pulled up to the brewery, I knew I was going to like what they were serving up.
Even though the rain was pouring down on us, we found shelter at a few picnic tables under a tent, as flights of beer and pretzels were handed out to each of us. As the beers were explained in detail, we made our way happily through each one, though I think everyone enjoyed the Beaver Series the most. I also enjoyed the Paradox Pilsner, which I continued to drink later that night during dinner at nearby Sticks & Stones. The beers at Paradox are easy to drink and the environment feels as though you’ve just taken the trail there; if only every trail ended at a brewery like this one!
Even though I forgot to take a photo while at dining and drinking Lake Placid Pub and Brewery, luckily there were two of their beers waiting for us in our rooms at Hotel North Woods. While getting ready for our night out, I drank my first one and remembered why I had liked the brewery so much during my last visit to Lake Placid; I was excited to return for good food and beer.
While we didn’t have flights of beer at the brewery, we did sample a few of their brews. I enjoyed their famous Ubu Ale, as well as the Golden Ale Rye. This brewery has been around a bit longer than the other two we visited, as it all began back in 1996, when two college friends bought a pub in Lake Placid. They began brewing their own beer, installed a seven barrel brewery, and have been growing ever since. Due to the popularity of their award-winning beers, they have had to expand several times since their start, and currently, they brew almost 350,000 pints of beer each year.
After a morning of canoeing and a visit to The Wild Center, we were excited a brewery was on our agenda. Located in Tupper Lake, Raquette River Brewing started brewing in 2013 and specializes in small batches of beer. Owner, Mark Jessie, likes to experiment with different ingredients and flavors and the result is delicious.
Some of their innovative brews are Strawberry Cilantro Wheat and Orange Coriander Wheat, which quickly became my favorites. I also enjoyed the Blonde Ale and Maple Porter. The locals clearly enjoy the spot as well, since several of them filled up their growlers while we were there and were enjoying the beautiful weather at the outdoor picnic tables. There’s even a food truck serving BBQ; I can imagine spending an entire Saturday afternoon here.
All three breweries were created out of a passion for brewing beer, and you can taste it with each one. Carefully crafted, these breweries represent exactly what the Adirondacks are all about from the flavors they use in their brews to the names of the beers and the decor in their tasting rooms. A trip to the Adirondacks just wouldn’t be complete without a stop at each one of these breweries, trust me.