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Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 164

The Captain’s Log: CL Expansion Reaches Its ‘Peek’

54Scott Vaccaro headshotWe’ve written often of Captain Lawrence expanding its footprint in Elmsford, taking on extra space from an adjacent building to create its sour ale aging Fermento Funk Facility. (Patent not quite pending, but it should be!) The Captain is also setting up a satellite facility some 20 miles north of its home base, opening up a 1,300 square foot production/consumption site in a revamped Peekskill building along the Hudson. Its working name …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 163

Oktober With a ‘K’


It’s a sunny Sunday, fall is but a few days old, and people’s palates appear to change with the seasons. Oktoberfest is in full swing in Germany, and it’s going pretty good on this side of the pond too. Rachel Erwin of White Plains and Dave Currie of Scotch Plains, New Jersey, had already been to an Oktoberfest celebration at Kingsland Park in Sleepy Hollow—the oompah band, the lederhosen, the whole nine yards, or perhaps liters—and …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 162

Here For the Beer, Or At Least the Cheer


As any bartender will tell you, a dull night can turn into a fun one fast with the arrival of a big, thirsty, festive group. In this case, on an otherwise sleepy Thursday, it’s a robust gang of Westchester Medical Center staffers, celebrating the departure of a well liked doctor who’s leaving for another gig. Karen Bravo of the Bronx, sipping the Captain’s Kolsch, is something of a ringleader. “It’s so …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 161

Blood, Sweat and Beers


It’s 1 o’clock on a Sunday; in a week’s time, the Jets and Giants and most of the other bands of marauders that make up the NFL will be awaiting the opening whistle. So football is kind of, sort of on the brain at Captain Lawrence. Louis Torres of Yonkers and Mark Morales and Kristin Sury of Port Chester are enjoying cold samples on the hot patio; Louis and Kristin the Liquid Gold, and Mark the …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 160

Everybody’s Firkin For the Weekend


If it’s a Friday, it’s most likely Freakin’ Firkin Friday at Captain Lawrence. Which of course begs the question—what the eff is a firkin? A firkin, after all, plays a unique role in brewery culture. So we asked around on Freakin’ Firkin Friday: What’s a freakin’ firkin, and how about some of these other oddly named things around the brewery?

Michael Scott of Ossining and Juan Romero of White Plains work together as field service …