One of the great things about the Clubs of America Great American Beer Club is that it sheds light on another part of the country through the lens of beer. Whereas I typically default to large-scale domestic or local Colorado brews, I’ll happily break with habit when beers from California and New York arrive on my doorstep. This month, at least for the duration of a drink, the Great American Beer Club has transported me to the beautiful Adirondacks community of Lake Placid.
Lake Placid Craft Brewery immediately brought to mind previews from the action-packed ‘90s thriller Lake Placid, starring a man-eating crocodile. Drinking Lake Placid beer didn’t provide a rival adrenaline rush, but it was a relaxing, delicious experience.
Lake Placid Craft Brewery’s motto is: Real Town. Real Beer. Lake Placid is indeed a real town (not just a movie set) and their featured beers – the Ubu Ale and the Barkeater Amber Ale – are definitely real and tasty.
Ubu is one of Lake Placid’s signatures. I’m not sure of the origin of the name, but I do like that it’s name is a palindrome (a word which reads the same forward and backward). It was at the perfect level of bitterness – very drinkable even without a salty foil, but not too discrete. The Ubu has a dark, almost ominous red hue. Apparently, Bill Clinton ordered it by the growler to drink at the White House.
You don’t have to be a tree hugger or a porcupine to enjoy the seasonal Barkeater Amber Ale. It has a very pure, almost spring-watery refreshing feel that finishes with a bitter buzz. It’s lighter in color and would be pleasant on a picnic with a sandwich on tangy sourdough.
Maybe it was just my imagination, but these beers evoked the feeling of being
lakeside and mountainside, with some fragrant pine trees nearby. The Great American Beer Club doesn’t just broaden your beer horizons, it broadens your geographical horizons. Join the club to start taking mini vacations from the comfort of your own home!
If I’m ever in Lake Placid, I’ll track down the brewery, plop down in one of the red wood iconic chairs featured on the label and sip on an Ubu, while watching for crocodiles.