13 April 2009

Lake Placid Ubu Ale (NY)

This beer's claim to fame is that Bill Clinton tried it and liked it so much he asked the brewery to send a few growlers to the White House. Clintons successor drank so much alcohol as a young man that he lost his privilege by the time became President. Somewhat predictably, this has lead some to think there's a rule that the President should never drink. And all this after Obama was accused of disliking beer, and drinking anti-union beer, and lord knows what else.

Ubu was (is?) the name of a chocolate labrador retriever. The beer is described as a strong ale (7% ABV), which I think is a fairly open style. It's dark -- slightly ruby -- and comes across as a bit stout-like, but not of the dry, highly roasted variety. There's chocolate malt evident and a slight sweetness that doesn't stay around too long. Medium-bodied. Ubu is an easy-drinker, a session ale despite the ABV. Tasty, if somewhat nondescript.


Jeff said...

Love the Ubu! Not only is it good, but it's fun to say. I think it's better on tap than in the bottle. Nice to see Lake Placid getting wider distribution on this beer. A couple years ago, I couldn't find it anywhere.

Buttle said...

Ubu Ale and 46er are now available at my local Wegmans, so they must have done something to boost distribution.

Anonymous said...

I found this beer a Whole Foods in Glastonbury, CT. I have spent many a night in the Daks and love the area, but never had a chance to find this beer. I had a couple of bottles of it and had to run back to the story to buy more. I'm sure on my next trip up to Keene Valley I'll be stopping into Lake Placid for a few beers at their brew pub.

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Aldo said...

UBU beer has a lovely hoppy smell. Very refreshing, easy drinking and generally quite a pleasant beer on a hot day. For me, it's incredibly delicious. You should try it…

Alvaro said...

UBU? I never drink it before. What about the price? affordable? pricey?

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