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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 …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 145

Downward (Hair of the) Dog, Anyone?


There are peculiar pairings, such as Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, or, say, beer and yoga. And there are others that seem to go together nicely, such as J.J. Rogener, a student at New York Medical College in Valhalla, and Kinga Shudak, from the Bronx and, before that, Poland. They met online, and chose Captain Lawrence for the all important first face-to-face. “She said she likes to sit outside,” says J.J., a …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 144

Opening Day For Open-Air Sipping


Windy and cool as it may be, it is truly the first time all season when one could sit on the Captain Lawrence patio in neither a parka nor a wetsuit. And so people did. There was the satisfying crack of bocce calls colliding, the Gleason’s grill was fired up, and people schmoozed and sampled local craft beers.

“It’s the first nice day of the year,” says Steve Martinez of White Plains. “We had to …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 143

Sun Blocked Out, But Fun Goes On


Yup, it’s snowing in the spring. Not a lot of it, but it’s there—late March snow. Yet the frozen precip has not prevented a gaggle of New Jersey guys from playing bocce outside the brewery. “We saw an open course, and said, why not give it a shot?” says Ryan Jahnke of Oradell.

It’s fitting that he and pal Dave Turner are indulging in winter sports; both are, after all, hockey writers. Dave …