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November 23, 2021

Adirondack Breweries To Visit

Regardless of the season, the Adirondacks in Upstate New York provide a wide range of fun and interesting activities for all people. After a day of adventurous activities and taking pictures of the beauty of the Adirondacks, nothing beats a delicious meal and quality drinks to relax.

The Adirondacks are home to a variety of highly-rated breweries and distilleries that provide excellent dining as well as amazing crafts and spirits. This article will show you the finest microbreweries and distilleries in the Adirondacks to visit while on vacation.

Breweries and Distilleries in Lake George

Over the years, tourists to the Lake George area have been delighted by the expanding number of craft breweries and distilleries. With passion, these companies make the most unique and wide-ranging beverages.

Adirondack Pub and Brewery

The Adirondack Pub and Brewery is a family-friendly brewpub with great house-brewed beers and beverages. Visit their rustic bar to sample pints of a variety of Adirondack-themed brews in Lake George. 

They also offer brewery tours on Fridays at 4:00 PM and Saturdays at 11:30 AM throughout the year, with a separate Tuesday tour at 4:00 PM from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 

Try their popular drinks:

  • Bear Naked Ale
  • American-style Iroquois Pale Ale
  • Crisp Bobcat Blonde Lager 

Cooper’s Cave Ale Company

Cooper’s Cave Ale Co. is a family-owned brewery in Glens Falls that has been brewing ale since 1999.

They opened a pub at Cooper’s Cave in 2009 and deliver pub-style food in a laid-back atmosphere. They serve lunch and dinner and have a comprehensive menu of delicious meals for the whole family. A complete bar with wine, drinks, and their homemade beer on tap is also available.

Davidson Brothers Brewing Company

Since 1996, Davidson Brothers has served some of the greatest craft beer and pub cuisine in the Lake George area. It’s a family-friendly restaurant that serves lunch and dinner, with their beer brewed daily on the premises.

Try their Signature Series:

  • IPA
  • Irish Red Ale
  • Scotch Ale
  • Oatmeal Stout
  • Brown Ale

Bolton Landing Brewing Co.

If you enjoy locally brewed craft beers, you must pay a visit to Bolton Landing Brewing Co. It is a brewpub in Bolton Landing, New York, that serves a great selection of craft beers as well as tasty pub food.

Mean Max Brew Works

Mean Max Brew Works is known for its handcrafted lagers and ales. Their beers are handcrafted in tiny three-barrel batches under the supervision of their brewmaster. 

Whether in growlers, draft kegs, or bottles, their unfiltered drinks are naturally fermented with no additives, making each one consistent and special.

Northway Brewing Co.

The Northway Brewing Company, located in Queensbury, NY, just north of Saratoga Springs on the edge of the Adirondack Park, offers exclusive tours of their brewery production, which includes a 50-barrel brew system, a 3,000sq. ft. taproom, a 3.5-barrel pilot system, and a canning and bottling line. The tour includes:

  • Tastings
  • Growler fills
  • Pints
  • Bottled and canned beverages
  • Other merchandise

Lake George Distilling Company

The Lake George Distilling Company is in Fort Ann and produces batches of specialty spirits using the finest Adirondack ingredients. All the way from the Adirondacks to New York City, their special whiskeys, moonshines, and scotches are adored and sought after by well-established resorts, hotels, and restaurants.

Spring Brook Hollow

This is a farm distillery that creates handcrafted spirits from New York State grains and fruits, using their special Springbrook Hollow water sourced from the Adirondack Mountain.

Make sure to try some of their many signature drinks:

  • Two Sisters Vodka
  • Sly Fox Gin
  • Howl at the Apple Moonshine
  • Two Sisters Lemoncello
  • Two Sisters Orangecello

Microbreweries & Distilleries on the Adirondack Coast

The Adirondack Coast, with Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains rising over the horizon, is the perfect location for experiencing some local microbrews and spirits. The Adirondack Coast will present you with a gorgeous view while enjoying a wide range of beers and spirits.

Oval Craft Brewing

Oval Craft Brewing is a vintage brewery located on a former Air Force base. It’s a concise microbrewery that produces excellent craft beer in quantities of 10 barrels. Visitors can also enjoy a flight, a pint, or a growler to take home from the brewery’s tasting room.

Livingood’s Restaurant & Brewery 

Livingood’s Restaurant & Brewery is open all year, located in Peru, NY. A full bar with 12 house beers on tap, a wide menu with vegetarian and gluten-free options, and seasonal outdoor dining.

They pledged to cultivate ties with local farmers to create specialty beers that reflect the region’s agricultural resources.

Plattsburgh Brewing Co.

The Plattsburgh Brewing Company makes Plucky Rooster Ale, a beer from the 1812 war. Created with real 1800s ingredients, it was given its name from a 200-year-old rooster to honor the previously mentioned war. They also have a huge selection of carefully crafted beers to choose from.

Ausable Brewing Company

Ausable Brewing Company is a farm-based nano-brewery. They are committed to making a selection of high-quality ales, lagers, and house sodas in a relaxing and enjoyable, family-oriented atmosphere in the Champlain Valley, just east of the Adirondack High Peaks. A perfect place for the whole family.

Valcour Brewing Company

This is a craft beer brewery with an inn and restaurant in the Old Stone Barracks, Plattsburgh, NY. 

You should try Valcour’s delicious drinks and enjoy the last existing component of an early American fortification, which was built in 1838.

Microbreweries & Distilleries in the Lake Placid Region

Many different breweries can be found in Lake Placid, with different varieties being brewed right in the Adirondack High Peaks. This includes a diverse range of tasting rooms, from the state’s finest distilleries and microbreweries, who make their spirits utilizing only locally sourced components, down to the Adirondack waters.

Lake Placid Pub & Brewery

The Lake Placid Bar & Brewery has been Lake Placid’s go-to pub since 1996, serving up the finest micro-brewed ales and lagers, including the well-known Ubu Ale and Big Slide IPA, as well as delicious food sure to please everyone.

In addition to year-round beers, try some of their seasonal beers:

  • Black Tie Porter
  • Bean-To Coffee Stout
  • Twice Bitten Barleywine
  • Oktoberfest Lager
  • High Peaks Hefeweizen
  • Dr. Fogg’s Oatmeal Stout

Big Slide Brewery

On Cascade Road, this magnificent urban-industrial brewpub has vertical shiplap, vintage door panels, and a concrete-topped bar. They have an ever-changing cuisine menu of farm-to-table dishes, as well as a distinct selection of house brews on tap. They also put on a craft beer festival every year. 

Big Slide is the brewery for you if you want unique and interesting beers. In their Funk Room, which is dedicated to sour and wild-fermented beers, try their fermented brews:

  • Berliner Weisse
  • Gose
  • Lambic

Gristmill Distillers

Gristmill Distillers is a New York State Farm distillery situated in Keene, NY, that uses Adirondack’s organic grains, corn, and apples to manufacture its products. You should try their proudly made local products:

  • Corn Whiskey
  • Bourbon
  • American Whiskey
  • Maple Whiskey
  • Apple Brandy

Adirondack Breweries in the Frontier Region

There are numerous fantastic breweries all around the Adirondack Frontier region that make, serve, or sell amazing beverages. These are excellent places to visit if you’re searching for something new to experience or a reason to visit the area and go on your own brewery tour.

Blue Line Brewery Pizza & Pub

Blue Line micro-brewery, located in a former car wash in the middle of the Adirondacks, offers a diverse selection of traditional brews, as well as a rotating selection of handcrafted draft soda. Blue Line has a great assortment of microbrews. 

They also have a tour of the unique operation every day, where you may sample directly from the source and take home a growler of tasty beer.

Ray Brook Brewhouse 

Ray Brook Brewhouse is located in the Adirondacks, near the hamlet of Ray Brook, NY. They’re considered a one-of-a-kind brewery that serves up wild and traditional brews alongside adventurous cuisine made with both local and foreign ingredients.

Hex & Hop Brewing 

Hex & Hop is a microbrewery and apiary in Bloomingdale, New York, that brings “Bees and Beer” to the Adirondacks. Clean, complex, and balanced beers, as well as raw, local North Country honey, are their specialties. You should try one of their honey-based beers.

Raquette River Brewing

Raquette River Brewing is a microbrewery that brews Adirondack ales in small batches. Outdoor seating, dining options, including two food trucks, and a huge range of brewery apparel to purchase are all available. They are known for their:

  • Growlers
  • Crowlers
  • Bottles
  • Pints
  • Tastings

That wraps up our list of the best Adirondack breweries and distilleries to experience while visiting. 

Feel free to let us know if there are more excellent breweries or distilleries that should be included on our list! If you’re looking for more things to do when visiting the Adirondacks, visit!

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