‘Dacks Drinks

Whether you enjoy a cool brew by the lake or a warm toddy by the fire, the Adirondacks and northern New York are home to some wonderful breweries, cideries, vineyards, and distilleries. Learn more about local flavor – from the adventurous rum-runners of the early 20th-century to today’s craft brewers infusing their brews with tastes from Adirondack forests.

Programs are Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm.

Missed one? Recordings will be available below after each live program.

You may also be interested in our previous programs ‘Dacks Dishes.

Previous ‘Dacks Drinks Events

Recordings will be available below after each live program.

History with a Twist – Adirondack Bootlegging

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 | 7:00 pm

It will be the bee’s knees! Join Niki Kourofsky on a rollicking ride through the not-so-dry days of Prohibition in the park. Then wet your whistle as Stacia Takach from Lake Placid Stagecoach Inn shares recipes for cocktails inspired by or popular in the 1920s. Chef Billy Darrah shows some small plate options to make your next gathering the cat’s meow.

About the Speakers

About the speaker: Niki Kourofsky, author of Adirondack Outlaws, has been an editor at Adirondack Life for more than a decade. Her articles often delve into the grittier side of regional history, covering hard times and hard-knock characters, including “The Girls Next Door,” a recent exploration of prostitution in the park.
Stacia Takach bio coming soon!

A Taste of Tupper

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 | 7:00 pm

Meet two of Tupper Lake’s taste-making companies as Raquette River Brewing and the Birch Boys share their stories and offerings. Discover their unique collaboration to create Chugga Chugga Chaga. Josh Weise and Tanner Hockey from Raquette River Brewery will wrap up the evening with a few tips on how to infuse local flavor for home brewers.

About the Speakers

About the speaker: Garret Kopp grew up in Tupper Lake and naturally formed a close relationship with nature from an early age. He began harvesting Chaga and selling it at local pop-up markets with his grandmother when he was 15. While attending business school at Clarkson University, Garrett began turning his passion for wild Chaga into a career-oriented enterprise, which he named Birch Boys. Now 24, Garrett is a certified mushroom identification expert & licensed NYS guide. Today, Birch Boys leases 220,000 acres of private land in the Adirondacks for sustainable Chaga harvesting. The company has shipped Chaga-based handmade products (including teas, tinctures, and skin care products) to over 20,000 online customers in all 50 states.
Josh Weise + Tanner Hockey – Brewers at Raquette River Brewery