A Craft Brew Experience

I grew up in the woods and lakes of the Adirondacks, and even though I live just outside of the Adirondack Park now, it has shaped who I am as a person.
I love this part of the country, it has such a rich history, is home to fascinating people and of course, beautiful scenery. I'm proud to contribute to the region with my craft brewing because it's all about being local.

Dean Richards

BarkEater Craft Brewery LLC in Lowville is a nano brewery, offering small batch, hand-crafted ales served at the Tap Room on Shady Ave. Dean Richards, owner, brewer, artist and businessman, shares his tasty story. Cheers!

Definition: A nano brewery uses a four barrel or smaller brewing system, typically brewing only one batch at a time.

BarkEater Brewery, LLC is situated in the Black River Valley between the Tug Hill Plateau and the Adirondack Mountains to the east. I've been a craft beer lover for over 25 years, back when Saranac was still just a lake and a town.

We are a licensed New York State Farm Brewery and we grow our own hops. We serve our craft brewed ales in our Adirondack-themed taproom, just steps from where the brewing takes place. If you'd like, swing by and I'll give you the 45 second tour.

If you can't peddle it, paddle it or sail it, then to hell with it!

The Origins of BarkEater: Flame and Rye
My wife and I owned the Wildroot Bookstore & Gallery in Lowville, but when it was lost due to a block fire three years ago, we were left without a business. We had always talked about opening a brewpub or bottle shop when we retired, but the fire turned things upside down and, silver lining, provided the opportunity to start a little earlier.
I started planning the brewery with my business partner Jerry Haenlin with the intent of using my artwork – I'm an artist – on the bottle labels, and for marketing purposes. After all, brewing beer is really just another artistic medium! The timing actually turned out to be perfect.

My favorite craft brew to make is India Black Ale, we brew our own version with a bit of rye malt to dry the finish and add a spicy touch. I started brewing ales for BarkEater with this Dark India Ale in mind as the flagship, so to speak. We call it India Black Rye. We'll see if it ends up being the favorite – often your patrons end up choosing their favorites!
All of our beers are made in small batches and average four to six weeks from brew day to tasting.

Adirondack Breweries Make Use of Locally Grown Ingredients
Adirondack Breweries Make Use of Locally Grown Ingredients

Self-Reliance and the Art of Beer
I grew up in the woods and lakes of the Adirondacks, and even though I live just outside of the Adirondack Park now, it has shaped who I am as a person.
I love this part of the country, it has such a rich history, is home to fascinating people and of course, beautiful scenery. I'm proud to contribute to the region with my craft brewing because it's all about being local. We're a small brewery and our staff consists of me and my business partner. The proud independence and self-reliance of the residents of this region is a fertile group, ideal for incredible craft brewing!

When I'm not Brewing...
I'm hiking, mountain biking, sailing, kayaking or snowshoeing. My personal motto is: "If you can't peddle it, paddle it or sail it, then to hell with it!"
What would I say to someone who has not experience the many craft breweries in the Adirondacks? Time to taste what it's like to be in the mountains!

Taking a Brewing Break to Bike the Adirondacks
Taking a Brewing Break to Bike the Adirondacks

Best Eats: Tony Harper's Broadway Style Pizza in Old Forge
Favorite Beer (aside from my own): Lake Placid Pub & Brewery's UBU Ale
Open: Friday 3-9 pm and Saturday 1-9 pm
5411 Shady Avenue, Lowville, NY

About the Author …
Dean Richards
Owner and head brewer at BarkEater Craft Brewery LLC. When Dean's not brewing he's hiking, mountain biking, sailing, kayaking or snowshoeing in the Adirondacks. Follow their brew at http://www.instagram.com/barkeaterbrew
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