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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Microbreweries in the Adirondacks

This week's entry is dedicated to a beer loving friend and contributor to the Beer rating blog "" As of this writing, has rated 781 beers, 497 of which in Germany and all of 10 beers in the USA. While I can endorse their strong rating of Samuel Adams Boston Lager, I need to point out that Shimandl and Co. have completely neglected the subject area of this blog.

Let's take a look at the Schimandl world brewery map as it now stands for the region in question:

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My research shows the potential to significantly develop the coverage density in this area:

Screen Shot of Adirondack Microbreweries google map by the Author.

The source material for the breweries I have listed below comes from the website ""as well as a google map search of microbreweries in the Adriondacks region. I don't have any direct experience with any of the listings, which are listed according to their distance from White Pine Camp.

I plotted the results of my search on google maps:

View Adirondacks Microbreweries in a larger map

Here is a summary of the listings, with a brief description, address, contact data and website link:

Blue Line Brewery

Distance from White Pine Camp: 15 mi / 26 min

Blue Line Brewery LLC
555 Lake Flower Avenue
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

(518) 354-8114

"Blue Line Brewery was formed in the summer of 2012 with the intention of brewing Great beer in Saranac Lake, NY. The tasting room is now open for complimentary tastings and growlers to go. Come by for a visit and tasting!"

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Distance from White Pine Camp: 24 mi / 40 min

813 Mirror Lake Drive
Lake Placid, NY 12946
(518) 523-3813

Quote from their website:

"It began, like many microbreweries, with a homebrew kit and a love of beer. Not just a love of drinking beer but a real respect for the craft, the history, the art, and the industry, as well as a passion for the brewing process itself. Today, the Lake Placid Pub & Brewery has been brewing award-winning ales and lagers for more than 17 years and has expanded rapidly due to its popularity and quality, earning the respect of the brewing community and national media attention. Over the years we have brewed almost 80 different styles of beer and we brew almost 350,000 pints of beer annually, placing us in the top 7% of brewpubs nationwide."

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Big Tupper Brewing

Distance from White Pine Camp: 30 mi / 42 min

Brewing Beer and Coffee!

79 Demars Boulevard
Tupper Lake, NY 12986
(518) 359-9440
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Raquette River Brewing

Distance from White Pine Camp: 32 mi / 45 min

11 Balsam Street #2,
Tupper Lake, NY 12986

(518) 420-8461

"Raquette River Brewing offers a variety of beers brewed in the heart of the Adirondack Lakes Region in the village of Tupper Lake. From Pale Ales to Blonde Ales and an IPA, you can visit the brewery and sample and buy available freshly brewed craft beers."

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Distance from White Pine Camp: 57 mi / 1:17

697 Bear Swamp Road
Peru, NY 12972
(518) 643-2020

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St. Lawrence Brewing Company

Distance from White Pine Camp: 63 mi / 1:21

"Open since August of 2013, St. Lawrence Brewing Company offers a 3,000 square foot facility for both production and distribution of their craft beers. Sample and buy the selection, including Skinny Dipper (IPA), Ruby Canoe (Bock), and Barnstormer Bohemian Pilsner and of course seasonal brews throughout the year."

19 Commerce Lane
Canton, NY 13617
(315) 714-3200

Photo Source: St. Lawrence Brewing Company Facebook Page

Distance from White Pine Camp: 64 mi / 1:30

765 Mace Chasm Road
Open weekly: Thurs/Fri from 4-8 and Sat/Sun from 12-8

Unfiltered beers from unfiltered brewers.

"We brew a variety of craft beers and sodas in small batches with an emphasis on local ingredients and local economy."

I am guessing that this is the smallest microbrewery site that I have been able to locate doing a google search. I encourage you to take a look at their blog on tumblr.

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Paradox Brewery

Distance from White Pine Camp: 75 mi / 1:39

154 Route 9,
Schroon Lake, NY 12870

(518) 351-5036

The Paradox Brewery is a small scale microbrewery located within the Adirondack Park in Schroon Lake, New York. The brewery occupies a 1400 square foot log sided building.

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Adirondack Pub & Brewery

Distance from White Pine Camp: 103 mi / 2:01

12 Beers on tap, including our award winning "Bear Naked Ale". Our hand-crafted brews are brewed on site in a copper-clad brewery... you won't be disappointed! Brewery tours Saturday, 4pm.

33 Canada Street
Lake George, NY 12845
(518) 668-0002

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Distance from White Pine Camp: 112 mi / 2:11

"A couple of guys who’d never worked in a restaurant, never brewed beer, and never owned a business started a brewpub."

184 Glen Street
Glens Falls, NY 12801
(518) 743-9026
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Cooper's Cave Ale Company

Distance from White Pine Camp: 113 mi / 2:13

Brew Pub, lunch, dinner, outdoor seating. Ales, gourmet sodas & ice cream made on premises. Ice cream window. Gift shop.

2 Sagamore St
Glens Falls, NY 12801

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Mean Max Brew Works

Distance from White Pine Camp: 114 mi / 2:11

Nano brewery and tasting room. Ales and lagers, 8 brews on tap. New York State wine tastings.

193 Glen St,
Glens Falls, NY 12801

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Barkeater Craft Brewery

Distance from White Pine Camp: 120 mi / 2:23

5411 Shady Avenue
Lowville, NY

(315) 376-2337

In the heart of the Tug Hill Region of the Adirondacks, this nano brewery uses a four barrel or smaller brewing system, typically brewing only one batch at a time. Stop by and enjoy seasonal craft beer freshly brewed on site and chat with owner and head brewer, Dean Richards. All of legal age are welcomed to enjoy the Adirondac-themed taproom and share stories of the past and dreams of what the future may hold.

Also served are samples of Tug Hill Vineyards wine.

Photo Source: BarkEater Craft Brewery LLC Facebook Page

The Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce has an extensive listing of breweries, vineyards, wineries, ale houses and distilleries here. Their entry also includes a map in PDF format which can be downloaded here.

Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce Craft Beverage Trail and Map

Here is the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce map showing the locations of the
Adirondack Craft Beverage Members

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