Big Slide Brewery

Project Type:

Commercial interior design and build; bar, brewery, restaurant

An extension of the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery, Big Slide Brewery is an edgier version of the original. The space allows the company to push the limits of beer-making, and also test the success of their more experimental recipes with patrons at the bar. Our vibrant, dynamic design helped establish the updated brand identity, and transformed the plain, 1980s commercial building into an energetic space that customers love to be a part of.

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Dynamic flow

The spacious interior needed to be designed to comfortably fit a full brewery, barrel aging area, kitchen, bar, and restaurant, without feeling overwhelming. So we used lighting, seating layout and differences in material and colors to create visual breaks. This sectioned the space in a way that flowed well and felt inviting.

Big Slide Brewery Lake Placid NY
Big Slide Brewery Lake Placid NY

Material Variety

The edgier character of the space is achieved through the use of materials. Spray-cast charcoal concrete, blackened zinc panel plating, vertical shiplap and antique door panels give the interior an urban-industrial feel. We also added an element of fun local history : the restaurant tables are actually refinished science tables salvaged from the nearby high school.

New and Unexpected

Lake Placid, NY is dominated by Adirondack-style architecture and interior design.  The clients wanted to present patrons with something new, different, and more in line with the urban style of the food and drinks.  So, we channeled that inspiration everywhere we could, including the design of the back bar.  We included subtle  Adirondack elements into design, such as the treatment on the front of the bar.  When viewed from afar, the design is a perfect representation the Great Range!

Commercial interior fit-up, restaurant, bar, and brewery for Big Slide Brewery and Public House in Lake Placid, NY, by Imhotep, a Vermont Design and Build firm.
Commercial interior fit-up, restaurant, bar, and brewery for Big Slide Brewery and Public House in Lake Placid, NY, by Imhotep, a Vermont Design and Build firm.

Inside of the Barrel

For the Hostess Stand, we created a modern piece that was still related to the process of aging of beer in barrels.  We came up with a design that mimicked the space in between barrels stacked next to each other.

Inspiration

Our design gives customers an exciting sense of surprise as they walk into a simple building and encounter a vibrant, dynamic interior.  Rather than fight the look of the existing building, we worked with what was available to offer patrons a unique Lake Placid experience.  For instance, the bathroom dividers are repurposed antique doors, and the sink vanities are made of sloped concrete.

Commercial interior fit-up, restaurant, bar, and brewery for Big Slide Brewery and Public House in Lake Placid, NY, by Imhotep, a Vermont Design and Build firm.
Commercial interior fit-up, restaurant, bar, and brewery for Big Slide Brewery and Public House in Lake Placid, NY, by Imhotep, a Vermont Design and Build firm.

Lights

We wanted to create a stunning display to welcome visitors when they first entered the space.  Using cutoffs from other parts of the project, we bent zinc and hung it in an abstract pattern. The piece sits just below the lights in the entryway, and the zinc functions as a diffuser to shoot light in every direction.

Working with Imhotep was a pleasure from the beginning.  They listened to what we wanted to accomplish, then took our general ideas and designed (and built) a space which is light-years beyond our expectations.  They are both practical and creative, and took personal pride in making Big Slide into a showpiece for the entire customer experience.  Attention to detail was evident throughout, and, even after over a year in business, we still find little details which we did not even know existed.  I would wholeheartedly recommend Imhotep to anyone.

– Chris Ericson, Owner, Big Slide Brewery and Public House

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