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Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 150

April Showers Bring May Frozen Flowers


For most of us, Memorial Day Weekend is about getting as far away from work, both psychologically and perhaps geographically, as possible. Yet for Ryan Kipp, brewer at Captain Lawrence, the workplace was where he chose to mark a special occasion: his son’s first birthday. Ryan and his wife Jamie had a healthy crowd out on the patio, family and friends trekking in from all over—Justin’s brother schlepped down from Boston–to celebrate young …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 149

Hoppy Birthday to the Captain!


Captain Lawrence marked its ninth birthday in style, with a half dozen bands, as many food vendors and several hundred fans of the brewery coming out to try beers old (Freshchester Pale Ale, Liquid Gold), new (Kirk Lazarus dark witte and Effortless IPA) and rare (Cuvee de Castleton, Rosse e Marrone). The Captain had something to prove after last year’s endless lines at the anniversary pig roast, but this year’s “Tap & Pour” bash had …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 148

An Effortless Day For Mom


For some moms, the ideal Mother’s Day involves brunch with loved ones. Others opt for a picnic in the park. For still others, when it’s their choice, it’s craft beer samples at the local brewery. Megan Shamas of Fairfield, Connecticut is enjoying her first-ever Mother’s Day—with husband James and eight-week-old son Vaughn in tow. It’s a gorgeous Sunday, sun warming the patio. A sample of Effortless IPA just seems, well, effortless—as does a wood fired …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 147

The Captain’s Log: Dressed to the ‘Nines’, Hanging at the Fermento Funk Factory

54Scott Vaccaro headshotCaptain Lawrence throws a little birthday party for itself May 16, when Tap & Pour goes down at the brewery’s Elmsford base. In years past, the brewery would mark its anniversary with a pig roast. This year’s event, Captain Lawrence’s ninth anniversary, will feature smoked pig, which goes great with smoked porter, a hearty IPA, and a sunny day, but the food offerings are all over the …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 146

Almost Famous


Tom Brady stretches out his 6’ 4” frame, scans the field in front of him, and fends off the attacker waving his arms in Brady’s face. He considers his options, and chooses the Hop Commander.

Alas, this Tom Brady lives in Armonk, and his baby Sean, tucked into the front pack, is the one in his grill. The other Tom Brady, well, who knows where that jet-setting Patriot might be.

“I get it once a day,” says Westchester …