Submitted by Guest Blogger: Eileen Mowrey
Surrounded by sparkling lakes and picturesque mountains, you may be surprised to find a burgeoning craft beer scene in Tupper Lake. While the area is well-known for its natural beauty and small-town charm, it's quickly gaining a reputation for excellent local beer as well.
Big Tupper Brewing and Raquette River Brewing are heading the charge, producing a wide variety of craft brews served onsite and on taps throughout the Adirondacks. From experienced beer fans to the casual consumer, there's a brew for every palate and preference. Whether you're in town to explore the great outdoors, or just looking to relax and unwind, make some time to take the Tupper Lake Brew Tour and experience the brew-ty of the Adirondacks!
Big Tupper Brewing
As far as Big Tupper Brewing is concerned, "If it isn't fun, it isn't worth doing!"
Located off Tupper Lake's main street, a visit to this local Adirondack brewery is certainly worth it. Their huge menu and long list of craft beers makes them the perfect fit for a cold one following a day on the lake, or an extended lunch while enjoying Tupper Lake's Park Street offerings.
Their modern rustic interior, peppered with local historic references, is welcoming for families and friends alike, and outdoor seating gives you the option of drinking and dining in the sun. Grab a seat at the bar for a sneak peek of the brewing operation, and be sure to stop in the gift shop before you leave!
Tap Tested, Taste Approved:
IPA 'eh': Like hoppy? You'll be happy with this pick. Side effects include a sudden Canadian accent.
TOUK: A darker brew, this beer is great for pairing with food or enjoying later at night.
Piton Pale Ale: The quintessential pale ale, this is the perfect choice for light beer lovers.
Summer Ale: As the name implies, this is a delightful casual summer sipper.
Raquette River Brewing
This small batch brewery has gained wide-spread popularity in recent years, and for good reason! Their creatively crafted beers are featured on taps throughout the Adirondacks and beyond the Blue Line.
Their success has led to sizable growth in both their brewing operation and their onsite experience. In addition to their small tasting room, Raquette River Brewing has constructed a year-round event space featuring a 40-foot long bar, custom-built fireplace and chandeliers, and a huge patio for those beautiful ADK days. Food trucks replace a traditional kitchen and add to the already hip ambiance.
Try a flight, grab a pint, or fill up a growler to take home. With live music every weekend in the summer, this may become your new favorite hangout.
Tap Tested, Taste Approved:
Double IPA: With a smooth finish, this Double IPA is less aggressive than most, but still recommended for more experienced IPA drinkers.
India Pale Ale: The perfect introduction to hoppier beers, this selection is light and a little smoky.
Pale Ale: This crisp ale is perfect for slow sipping and would also preserve well in a growler.
Mango Wheat: Not as sweet as you would think, this is the beer of the summer. Fresh and satisfying.
In addition to its local breweries, Tupper Lake also has a number of pubs and taverns where you can enjoy a meal, or just a beer. Stop by P2's Irish Pub, which features a selection of local beers on tap and a classic pub menu with Irish twists, or head out of town for a home-cooked meal at the Thirsty Moose Pub and Grub.
Need to work up a thirst first? There are tons of outdoor activities to enjoy before you start your tour. And remember, always drink responsibly! Plan ahead and book a nearby stay so you don't need to worry about driving until the next day. Wherever you go, you'll be delighted to discover just how brew-tiful Tupper Lake is!
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