In this blog, we are going to check out a new brewery for me and a beer from my Beer of the Month. The brewery is Lake Placid Craft Brewing and the beer is Barkeater Amber. The brewery was founded in 1996 by Christopher Ericson in Lake Placid, New York. They started out as a small brewpub and started to grow from there. Their Flagship beer Ubu Ale has been the shining star in their lineup. It has been enjoyed by countless locals and tourist that heard stories from others. The great story of this brewery and brew came from their website when President Clinton requested several cases for a White House party. Let us get into this great beer.
Lake Placid Barkeater Amber Ale is one of their seasonal. This beer has a dark amber color without a head. It has a heavy malty smell to the beer. The taste is of carbonation to sweet malty taste. The aftertaste is dry with along carbonation. This beer is very drinkable.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
“Barkeater” is a translation of the Mohawk word for the Adirondack mountains, but we prefer drinking a beer rather than chewing on trees. Deep amber in color, Barkeater Amber blends a smooth, medium body with the subtle balance of American hops. Here’s to the Adirondacks!
Here is a description from their website (www.ubuale.com):
This is an American-style amber ale that has been around for many years. It is one of two amber ales that we regularly brew at the pub, this being the drier hoppier of the two. Barkeater Amber is brewed with a variety of crystal malts which gives its red color and slightly sweet malt flavor. It has four hop additions, with the last addition being a relatively large addition of Willamette hops. This beer has a fairly dry finish and has been a local favorite for about 15 years
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In closing, there is not too many American Craft Breweries that can get this classic beer style corrected. This brewery has found a way to get this classic beer style correct while making it their own unlike other craft breweries. I am for one not a huge fan of this beer style. However, this beer is right up my alley because of the time frame it is available, it is very drinkable and a ton of flavor going on in this beer. I cannot see myself drinking this all year long but I would rush to the store when it comes out as a seasonal beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser