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Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 142

The Captain’s Log: A Tasty Triple Threat

54Scott Vaccaro headshotEvery few months, Captain Lawrence releases a limited batch of specialty four-packs of very unique beers. This time around, it’s the Seeking Alpha triple IPA. That’s right, triple—we’ll see your imperial IPA and raise you another blast of hoppy goodness. It’s a big, bitter monster of a brew; the Village Voice rightfully called this 11% alcohol beer “a palate-smashing beast of an ale designed for those times when a lesser IPA simply won’t …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 141

Shamrockin’ In the Free World


It is that lull on the calendar—St. Patrick’s Day not quite here, and Pi Day a recent memory. Pi Day, celebrating the extraordinarily rare occurrence of 3/14/15 on the calendar, was a surprisingly big day around the Captain Lawrence tasting room, the guys awarding growler-fill cards to lucky guests to mark the special occasion.


If there was an award for the furthest distance traveled, it would easily go to Ben Rodenbeck and John Rector, …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 140

The Brewery Man

(Sung to the tune of “The Piano Man”, with our apologies to Billy Joel)


It’s 4 o’clock on a Sunday

The regulars file in for a brew

They want porters and ales and Point Proven pilsner

And that Frost Monster imperial stout too.


Tarrytown’s Ryan Shaw brought his father Jeff

Kids Oliver and Ella too tagged along.

Ryan says, “I naively thought we’d be outside.”

But his take on the weather was wrong.


Still it’s three …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 139

Spring Not Quite Sprung, They’re Grateful for Grapefruit


It’s that blessed sign of spring in the offing—pitchers and catchers have reported to spring training, and ballgames in the sun baked, so called Grapefruit League will soon commence. Perhaps that is why grapefruit flavors are on the brain, and the palate, at Captain Lawrence.

It’s a frigid Saturday, yet another substantial snowfall in the immediate forecast. Fittingly, the Police’s “Invisible Sun” plays in the tasting room. Howie and Kate Eaton of …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 138

The Captain’s Log: ‘Brand’ New Approach

54Scott Vaccaro headshotThe Captain is finally putting serious thought into its branding, including new names for some beloved beers, and a new logo as well. The tasting room favorite Imperial IPA is now the Palate Shifter, while the India Pale Ale—heretofore known simply as the IPA—is the Hop Commander. Several of the hoppier creations, including those two, will be marketed in the “Captain’s Reserve” series.

“We’re rebranding everything,” says owner Scott Vaccaro. “We’re looking to …