Management

The Big Slide management team:

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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 Vice President & Treasurer., 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. He currently sits 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 (12), and their son, CJ (8).


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Stephen Kroha

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 and enjoy being the parents of an 'UBU lookalike" chocolate lab named Cabot.  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...


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Stu Ruttan

Stu joined The Lake Placid Pub & Brewery Family in Summer 2001, after attending SUNY Potsdam for Acting and securing a place in Pendragon Theatre's summer repertory. After a few years of bouncing back & forth betwixt NYC and LP; bartending, waiting tables, bouncing at clubs, international espionage, wholesale beer sales, and occasionally acting... Stu could resist the call of the mountains no longer.  With his wife and daughter at his side, he enjoys all the 'Dacks have to offer; kayaking, hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding and mountain biking.  A yearly guest-bartending gig for The Pub's Christmas party kept his foot in the door while Chris and Catherine built a new brewery, selecting him to captain this new ship.  Stu's love for craft brewing and customer service has finally found a home at Big Slide.


Bio

Kevin Litchfield

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!


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Greg Sherman

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. 


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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 loves it dearly!


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