Lake Placid’s Brewfest a First Annual Success

One thing is for sure, the weather was kind to some over the weekend and not so kind to others… but for the most part, a little rain early on Saturday helped to fuel attendance at the first annual Brewfest which was held in the 1932 Rink at the Olympic Center here in Lake Placid…  It’s 3pm on Saturday, and the doors are just opening…

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Centerplate is the concessionair at the Olympic Authority and also the license holder for the liquor authority… in fact, they’ve just completed a TIPS training about two hours ago.. Giving all pourers at Brewfest training on how to pour the beer, and responsible alcohol service…

Interestingly, most of the year there would be ice on the rink, but today, we’re walking on the concrete surface on the rink which houses the coolant pipes.. The ice goes on in about two weeks for the first Can Am Tournament of the season..  It came off the end of August for maintenance and repair – The Ice is up and running for eleven months a year and Denny says they need the downtime to manage the compressors and get everything ready for the winter…  Denny is standing with ORDA President and CEO Ted Blazer..  We asked him to give us a feel for how this idea got started…

There’s a good flow of people into the 1932 rink and so far so good – It appears as though many are already considering the event a success..  The rink itself is set up with 23 craft brewers lined up down the center of the facility.. essentially from goal to goal the long way and each brewer is facing out towards the boards so that patrons can circle around the arena to each brewer for a sample..  We started on the street end of the rink, and spoke with several of the brewers about their products..

 

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