Eight months ago, the makings of Lake Placid’s newest soon-to-be brewery were tucked away in one of the Adirondacks’ most unusual places — a decommissioned Atlas Missile Silo built during the height of the Cold War. The silo, now operating as Atlas Hoofed It Farm, is perhaps the perfect site to age Big Slide Brewery’s Grand Opening beer however, a Russian Imperial Stout dubbed “To Russia with Love.”
While the kegs were aging, the plans for Big Slide Brewery & Public House were also coming to fruition. The new restaurant and brewery located at 5686 Cascade Road in Lake Placid features a hybrid 3.5/5 barrel brew-house at its center, modern industrial-style dining room, and a semi-open kitchen. A soft opening in June previewed beers from Big Slide’s sister brewery, The Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, as well as its own, with a plan to push the envelope of beer styles.
Throughout the summer, Big Slide has transitioned to 10 house beers available only on site, including a wide variety of styles such as Pale Ales, IPAs, Porters, Stouts, and Belgian beers. The new site also features a separate fermentation room called the Funk Room, designed specifically for sour and wild-fermented beers such as Berliner weisse, Gose, and lambic beers. And in the middle of the bar, a wall of wooden barrels house aging beers which soak up the flavors of the liquors which they originally contained such as bourbon, whiskey, and red wine.
“To Russia with Love” will be unveiled to the public at Big Slide Brewery & Public House’s Grand Opening on Saturday, August 20 from 12-8 pm. The Russian Imperial Stout is a big and roasty style that combines dark crystal malts and roasted barley with additions of Blackstrap molasses and turbinado. Stored in the missile silo 25 feet below ground in cool and consistent conditions.
The event will feature a BBQ highlighting meats from Atlas Hoofed It and live music from Tom Fitzpatrick from 12-2 pm and Big Slyde from 5-8 pm. Touch-a-truck and lawn games for the kids as well as a mechanical bull for kids of all ages will cap off the day’s entertainment.