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Notes From the Tasting Room, No. 170

The Great Indoors


It’s a gorgeous late-fall day, just warm enough to consume a draft or two on the patio, yet everyone has opted to stay indoors. In fact, it’s the first day the Captain Lawrence indoor beer garden—oxymoron intended—is open, with the brewery space itself full of tables, upright barrels, live music, nosh and beer, and even a little cornhole.

“Pretty cool,” says Anastasia Balobanova of White Plains, sipping a beer with Dominic Vitale, also of White Plains. …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 169

Cuvee De Rte. 9A


No one is exactly sure when Captain Lawrence last released its Cuvee de Castleton, a Belgian-style sour ale named for the Pleasantville street where the brewery was hatched, and likely the Captain’s most sought after brew ever. What is known is that Captain Lawrence has been in Elmsford for close to four years, and this is the first Cuvee de Castleton release at the new digs along Saw Mill River Road.

Either way, it’s been too …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 168

Falling Back Into a Beer


The days may be shorter, but some of them are still pretty darn glorious. There’s nary a cloud in the sky and, while there’s an undeniable feeling of fall in the air, the sun is shining bright on the Captain Lawrence patio. Tory and Matthew Frank of North White Plains were returning an empty keg to the brewery, and ended up sampling craft brews on the patio, and playing a bit of bocce.

“She gave …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 167

A Hearty Hello to Hallow’s Eve


With all due respect to Christmas, Easter and that blessed bacchanalia of turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie exactly a month away, Halloween may just be the holiday that is enjoyed as much by adults as it is by kids. We still get to dress up, go to parties, and enjoy a (witch’s) brew or two among other vampires and zombies and Minions.

It’s also a time of year for reflecting on fond Halloween memories. …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 166

Flurry of Activity at the Brewery


Ahh, the colors of October—brilliant reds and sparkling golds, and even a little white sprinkled in. Huh?

Indeed, that was a snow flurry or three illogically tumbling from a blue-gray sky Sunday afternoon. Yet the unseasonably cold weather did not stop some diehards from doing what they love to do on lazy weekend days—sampling beers on the Captain Lawrence patio, and partaking in bocce, cornhole and other “sports” that require but one hand.