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Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 178

The Captain’s Log: Fruity, Fresh and Funky Brews


Scott Vaccaro, Captain Lawrence founder, spent the past weekend up in Boston for the city’s famed Extreme Beer Festival, bringing some of the Captain’s more extreme brews—the Frost Monster imperial stout, the Rosso e Marrone sour—along to share with brewers and Bostonians alike. Captain Lawrence is usually represented at the festival, but this year is a little different, as the brewery’s beers are now available across the greater Boston market.

“We …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 177

Downwardly Mobile, Or, My First Taste of Brewery Yoga


Captain Lawrence has been host to movie screenings, weddings, concerts and the occasional author reading. But perhaps its most peculiar event is the weekly yoga class. Called Namast’ay For the Beer, the Saturday morning class runs through vinyasa flow yoga, and ends with what the brewery is far better known for—a glass of tasty craft beer.

While it’s hardly George Plimpton taking the field with the Detroit Lions, I decided to …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 176

Speaking Their Love For Small-Batch Brews


You never forget your first.

Sinead Cremins has been to about a hundred breweries. But Captain Lawrence was the first, and therefore holds a special place in her heart. “It opened my eyes to the craft beer world,” she says with an ebullient smile.

She and Adina Sheopaul, both from the Bronx, are here to sample some beer—the more esoteric the better for Sinead. “The normal beers, you can get anywhere, anytime,” she …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 175

Still ‘Fresh’, Ten Years Later

It was precisely a decade ago when Scott Vaccaro turned up at Lucy’s Bar in Pleasantville and announced he had just barreled his first keg of Freshchester Pale Ale. The owner told him to bring it on in, and a party—the first of many with Captain Lawrence beer in its midst—was hatched.

CL beertender Rob Catalano was working the bar at Lucy’s that day. “Three hours later, the keg was gone,” he recalls. “It was …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 174

New Year’s, New Beers


It is that first week of January, when the new year’s resolutions are either intact, or have not yet been finalized; either way, they haven’t been broken. Of all the resolutions bandied about in the tasting room, Kait Saltzer of Blackwood, New Jersey has perhaps the most interesting—and certainly the most jarring.

“My goal is to drop someone,” says the lithe lady with a sly smile.

Indeed, Kait is a huge fan of ultimate fighting, and …