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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 …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 159

The Captain’s Log: Elmsford to Ireland, and Vice Versa

54Scott Vaccaro headshotWhat do you get when you pair up a revered global whiskey brand and a treasured local craft brewery?

The Trans-Atlantic Imperial Red Ale, that’s what. Scott Vaccaro, Captain Lawrence founder, was invited to the Jameson Whiskey distillery in Midleton, Ireland—one of five U.S. breweries represented at the famed distillery. In exchange, a half dozen Jameson barrels were shipped to Elmsford to harbor the malty, rich and hearty Trans-Atlantic Red …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 158

The Dog Days of Summer


For 40-odd hours each week, we tolerate our co-workers. But when closing time rolls around, we grab a few of the ones we like and duck out to take part in that time-honored tradition of happy hour. Alessandra Pattavina and Samantha Baine are veterinary nurses in Manhattan, and have brought their unbelievably adorable dogs along to Captain Lawrence for a few samples. Pants, a chihuahua, and Little, a chihuahua-Jack Russell mix, sit blissfully …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 157


August Upon Us, Glass is Half Full

It is officially August, which means the summer has unofficially crossed its midway line. With fall not that far off on the horizon, perhaps it’s fitting that the Pumpkin Ale has popped up on the Captain Lawrence tap system. Jesus Lorente of North Bergen, New Jersey is something of a pumpkin ale aficionado; sampling with his pals, he gives the Captain Lawrence amber ale a thumbs up. “I try a lot of them,” …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 156

Oh, The Places They’ll Go!


It’s always a jovial atmosphere out on the Captain Lawrence patio, but today’s vibe feels extra festive. Perhaps it’s because it’s the Carmel High School Class of 2000 reunion. Old friends catch up, show off their babies, and dish on classmates who could not make it while sampling the Captain’s usual selection of craft brews. It is a “semi-official” reunion for the Putnam County school, says Danielle Smith, who came down from Narragansett, Rhode …