The Big Slide management team:
Our General Manager is Morgan McReynolds. Morgan is originally from Wooster, Ohio. After living in 7 other states, she and her husband Logan landed in Lake Placid in 2015. Morgan has many years of hospitality experience, including 4 years working in her favorite place on earth, Yellowstone National Park. She loves being on the water, traveling and spending time with her 2 cats Maisie and Alfie, and Bruce, the Shiba Inu. Morgan has been a part of the Big Slide team since day one, and will be heading to RiverTrail Beerworks to head up our next adventure!
Kevin began his brewing career right out of Paul Smith's College, hired as the first brewer to take over for Owner/Brewmaster, Chris Ericson in the fall of 1999, when the company was only 3 years old. Growing with the company over the years, Kevin has had the pleasure of working with many very talented brewers, and has learned a great deal from each one of them, compiling a wealth of brewing knowledge that continues to grow every day. Currently, as the Director of Brewing Operations for both the Lake Placid Pub & Brewery and Big Slide Brewing Company, he manages all aspects of Production Brewing, including recipe formulation, quality assurance, brewery maintenance, and day to day production. His passion for craft beer and dedication to producing the highest quality beer, drive him to continue researching and learning within the brewing community. In his free time, Kevin enjoys living and playing in the Adirondack Wilderness, including hiking, camping, paddling, biking, and swimming. Kevin is a six time finisher of the Lake Placid Ironman Triathlon, an Adirondack 46er, and is currently on a lifelong quest of running a marathon in all 50 states, while stopping for a delicious local beer along the way. Cheers!
Born in Oswego, New York, Greg moved to Lake Placid in the late 1900's, drawn by the mountains. On his first day of work in Lake Placid, he met the sweet girl who was to become his wife, Meredith. Soon he met our Head Brewer Kevin, and found a shared love of the outdoors with both eventually climbing all 46 of the state's highest peaks. He worked in the original Lake Placid Pub and Brewery kitchen way back in the olden days. A veteran Chef, with over 25 years of experience behind the stove in some of the area's best restaurants he has come full circle. Embracing our Farm To Table mission, he is continually developing relationships with local farmers to improve our guest's experience. These days when not working, he can be found spending time with Meredith, riding mountain bikes, hiking, skiing, canoeing or working on his home in the middle of the woods.
Jess moved to the Adirondacks in the spring of 2018, when she joined our kitchen staff. Since then, she has been involved in many areas of the operation, including front and back of house. Jess joined the management team in 2020, but you can also find her behind the bar and on the serving floor helping our guests. In her free time, she enjoys spending time cooking, gardening, and enjoying the outdoors with her husband and Bulldog, Sadie.
Stephen started working at the The Lake Placid Pub & Brewery since 2002 and was promoted to General Manager in 2005, then to Chief Operating Officer at both The Pub and Big Slide Brewery in 2016. Stephen married his wife Katrina in the fall of 2014. He enjoys overseeing all aspects of the business and takes special pride in being able to fix almost any machine at the Pub and Big Slide Brewery. During the winter months when Stephen is not working, he enjoys cross country skiing in the endless forest that surrounds Lake Placid. During his free time in the summer, Stephen spends most of his free time out on one of the many rivers and lakes in the Adirondacks in search of big fish. He even catches one every now and then...
Christopher & Catherine Ericson
Christopher & Catherine Ericson officially opened Big Slide in June of 2016. Chris has also owned and operated The Lake Placid Pub & Brewery since he founded the company in 1996 at the age of 24. He graduated from Williams College with degrees in History and Psychology in 1993 then decided to pursue microbrewing in his native Maine at Kennebunkport / Shipyard Brewing Company. He then was hired as Head Brewer at The Shed Restaurant & Brewery in Stowe, Vermont, where he worked for a year and a half. During that time, Christopher and a friend from Williams wrote a business plan and their search for a location led them to Lake Placid. In 2000, Chris & Catherine married, and Catherine began working as a crucial part of the ownership structure. Chris’s beers have received dozens of awards in both international and national competitions.
He currently sits on the Executive Committee of the New York State Craft Brewers Association as its President, and is one of the co-founders of the group. He is a member of the national trade group, the Brewers Association, and sits on the BA's national committee for Brewpubs. He is a member of the Lake Placid / Essex County Regional Office of Sustained Tourism, and served on the Board of Directors, including two years as Chairman. He was the Chairman of the Branding Project for Lake Placid, a three year endeavor. For ten years he was on the Education Council and the Finance Council for St. Agnes Primary School in Lake Placid. Prior to moving to Lake Placid, he was a Charter Officer in the Vermont Brewers Association.
Mr. Ericson has been a guest lecturer at Williams College, SUNY Plattsburgh, Paul Smith’s College, Lake Placid High School, and Northwood School, teaching classes in entrepreneurship, restaurant economics, food & beverage management, microbrewing, marketing, and social media. Chris & Catherine currently live in Lake Placid with their daughter, Grace (15), and their son, CJ (11).