Tupper Lake, NY – The Town of Tupper Lake is hosting its annual BrewSki event on Saturday, February 25 from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Tupper Lake Golf Course.
BrewSki features 17 local and regional breweries that offer samples and the opportunity to learn about regionally produced beers and the breweries that produce them; while skiing, snowshoeing and riding along the trails. Event organizers also arrange fire pits at which to rest along the trail and fat tire bike rental from High Peaks Cyclery. The event culminates with an after party at Raquette River Brewing featuring live music with Mickey and Claire.
Tickets for the event are $25 each and includes admission to the event, drink samples, a commemorative mug along with a lanyard to help carry the mug as participants travel along the route. Tickets for the event can be purchased at TupperLake.com/events/brewski. Participants under 21 years of age or those who do not wish to sample products from the breweries can take part free of charge. There will be a welcome tent at the event to ensure that all participants are registered.
BrewSki participants can ski, walk, fat tire bike or snowshoe along the 1.5-mile loop that weaves in and out of the woods and along the James C. Frenette Sr. Recreational Trail adjacent to the golf course.
While moving along the trail, participants have the opportunity to visit brewery sample stations hosted by a number of local and regional breweries. The breweries will offer product samples, information about the products, fire pits and music so that participants can mingle and relax.
According to Laura LaBarge, recreation and youth activities director for the Town of Tupper Lake, the BrewSki is one of the area’s most popular events. “In our area, so many people really embrace winter and BrewSki is one event that people really look forward to each year,“ she said. “Physical activity, the opportunity to socialize, a chance to play in the snow while sampling some local beers, all combine to provide a solid cure for our collective cabin fever.”
The one-of-a-kind, and dog-friendly event typically attracts more than 1,000 participants each year. “We have a limit on the number of tickets, so I really encourage people to register as soon as possible. The event takes place, rain or shine, snow or mud,” she laughed. “It’s a great event, no matter the weather. This year, we are excited to have some snow, and with the upcoming cold weather, I am hopeful that it will last.”
The Tupper Lake Central School Class of 2023 will be selling hot cocoa, tacos, popcorn, s’mores kits and dog treats at the main fire pit, located approximately halfway along the route. Snacks are available on a cash-only basis.
Breweries taking part in this year’s BrewSki include:
- Raquette River Brewing (Tupper Lake)
- Maple Brewing (Akwesasne)
- Livingoods (Peru, NY)
- Big Slide Brewery (Lake Placid, NY)
- Lake Placid Pub & Brewery (Lake Placid, NY)
- Hex & Hop Brewing (Bloomingdale, NY)
- Woodboat (Clayton, NY)
- Oval Craft Brewing (Plattsburgh, NY)
- Woodland Farm (Utica, NY)
- Boots Brewing Company (Watertown)
- Gristmill Brewery (Massena, NY)
- Ray Brook Brewhouse (Ray Brook, NY)
- Valcour Brewing (Plattsburgh, NY)
- Northway Brewing Co. (Queensbury, NY)
- Paradox Brewery (North Hudson, NY)
- 1812 Brewing Co (Sackets Harbor, NY)
- Nine Pin Cider Works (Albany, NY)
The event raises money for the volunteer-groomed ski trail system.
BrewSki is the second winter-themed event taking place in Tupper Lake this February. The Lumberjack Scramble, hosted by the Town of Tupper Lake will take place on February 11 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The cross-country ski event welcomes skiers ages 6-14 who wish to compete in distances ranging from .8 km to 4 km. Proceeds will benefit the youth ski program. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. More information can be found at tupperlake.com/events.
Check out a related Adirondack Explorer story about the James C. Frenette Sr. Recreational Trail at this link.
Photo at top: Tupper Lake BrewSki participants. Tupper Lake website photo.