Hey, seems I am not the only Canada who loves upstate New York craft brewing. One of my favorites has been bought up:
Montreal's ICBS Ltd. said Wednesday it is buying New York`s Lake Placid Craft Brewing Co. The 10-year-old Lake Placid Craft Brewing Co. has created a market demand for their Craft beers, such as UBU and Frostbite ales, ICBS said in a statement.More here. Here are my reviews of their 46'er, Ubu and Frostbite. I think I also had a brown of theirs at Clark's last October. Lake Placid Craft Brewing has some of the best branding of a strong beer line up that I know of and their pervasive placement in North Country gorocery stores is likely the envy of many micros. You'll want to hug (or perhaps lick) the screen when you see their flash intro page to their website. [Flash intro pages are usually a nightmare but this one works.]
Lake Placid joins a very southern NY brewer, Ramapo Valley Brewery just bought in June, in the ICBS Ltd portfolio. Last week ICBS bought a lab that works in the beer industry. Hmm...is someone somewhere sitting behind a desk, rubbing their hands and saying "bwa-ha-ha"?
Update: I added the excellent photo above from the excellent Maltblog maintained by Jim of Cazenovia, New York. The photo is from the trip Jim took to Lake Placid's brewpub last fall and it is excellent.