Updated 05/17/2012 04:12 PM
Adirondack Pub and Brewery raises a glass to new expansion
When the doors first opened 13 years ago, the Adirondack Brewery was a spot known mostly to locals and summer tourists. But as YNN's Matt Hunter reports, the brew pub's recent expansion is proof the brewery's unique variety of beer has reached a much larger audience.
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LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. – Light or dark, hoppy or sweet, it seems everyone has their favorite at the Adirondack Brewery.
"My favorite is our Bare Naked Ale and our Dirty Blonde," said John Carr, who opened the brewery in 1999.
"The Bare Naked Ale is my favorite, it's the best," regular customer Kathy Delgiacco said.
"I like the IPA, hops are good,” Queensbury resident Brett Finemore said. “I'm a hoppy guy."
"Our regulars all come here for the IPA,” said J.K. Camp, who started working at the pub more than six years ago. “They knock down the doors for the IPA."
In addition to its specialty barrel-aged beers, the popular brewery on Lake George's Canada Street offers 11 different varieties.
First a local secret, business began to pour after summer tourists began coming back year after year. Several local grocery chains even began selling it in stores after Carr struck a deal with DeCrescente Distributing Company in Mechanicville.
"Luckily for us, even in the downturn in the economy, local beer drinkers have really started to seek out local New York State brewed beers,” Carr said.
"It is exciting, definitely,” Camp said. “If you brew it, they will come."
By the end of their first decade, Carr and his team were making about 700 barrels a year, with that number reaching 2,000 barrels last year.
No longer able to keep up with a growing demand, they began an aggressive expansion project last July which was completed this week.
"Each barrel is about 31 gallons,” Carr said. “This addition will allow us to get up to about 10,000 barrels, which will get us into the top five percent of all brew pubs in the United States."
Carr says the goal for this next year is to produce about 4,000 barrels.
The expansion also allows for bottling and boxing to be done on-site and the addition of five new jobs.
With beer naturally replacing champagne, staff toasted their success with loyal customers at a celebration Wednesday night.
"It's very exciting to see it grow,” Delgiacco said. “It's nice to see local businesses expand and contribute to the economy."
"I've been to microbreweries all over the country and you take his nine or ten beers, most places have one or two that are good. All of his beers are good," Finemore said.
For more information, visit the Adirondack Pub and Brewery’s official web site.