LAKE PLACID - Beer drinkers who are fans of India pale ales, or IPAs, had a special treat recently at a tasting event held at the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery.
The tasting was part of a "brewer outreach" program that started several years ago when the pub began a barley wine night, according to Stephen Kroha, general manager at the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery, and the recent expansion to three floors helped generate this event.
"Now that we have expanded our restaurant we want to start doing more things like this," Kroha wrote in an email to the Lake Placid News. "The feedback from the locals that come to these is always very positive. We have previously invited the public to join us for discussions on malted barley and hops, two of the key components of beer."
Head Brewer Kevin Litchfield holds a pint and discussed the brewing process to the audience.
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For this tasting, the Pub tapped the IPA's that were made in the last year: the 2012 Backfence, Admiral Nelson's, Lake Placid, Shot in the Dark and Fade to Black.
While tasting was a major part of the event, various hops were on display and head brewer Kevin Litchfield discussed the qualities of each IPA brewed at the pub.
"Its always enjoyable to have a beer, but to have a beer while the people who brewed it explain the flavor profiles while you sip, is even better," Kroah wrote. "Our brewery led by Kevin has great passion to make great beers. Even after working at The Pub for years, I am still surprised of the things I learn whenever I sit with Kevin for a pint."
Similar events are planned at the The Pub, and Kroha said that anyone who wishes to join the brewery's newsletter, which will notify them of Pub news, events, or special offers, can sign up online at www.ubuale.com. Just follow the link on the bottom of the page.