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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 …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 155

Band Bacchanalia Both Pleasant and Festive


It was a glorious day, sunny and hot, with bands occupying three stages at the Pleasantville Music Festival, and several varieties of Captain Lawrence flowing. There was a little more star power on stage at this year’s affair, the 11th, and the masses turned up to see some rock icons. The award for most determined went to Eric Kristensen, who “hobbled” from his Pleasantville home, he says, on a broken ankle …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 154

Going Out With a Bang


It is the time of year for celebrating the United States’ great red, white and blue streak of independence, and all of the traditions and trapping that go with it. Nancy and Jamie Dressel of Chappaqua will be venturing to Chicago to visit Nancy’s sister Debbie and her daughter Angela. But for today, all four are happy to be in the Captain Lawrence tasting room. “We’re here almost every week,” says Nancy proudly.


Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 153

The Captain’s Log: No Sophomore Slump for Sour’d

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Summer is just beginning, but at Captain Lawrence, thoughts are jumping to the latter end of the season, when the second annual sour beer festival Sour’d in September takes place. The inaugural event, showcasing the best of the sour ales (they’re not for everyone, but are adored by those with a taste for them), featured 20 breweries, including day-trippers Great South Bay and Peekskill Brewery, and others as far flung as Ballast …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 152

 Bearing Witness, Sharing Brews


They’re the best dressed guys in the tasting room—by a mile. While most of the denizens wear t-shirts and shorts, the shirts more often than not sporting either a beer brand or some spilled beer, the five men wear pressed dress shirts and khakis. After long days laboring on behalf of Jehovah, they deserve some cold craft brews. Dave Weigert, from outside Austin, Texas, explains that they’re volunteering for the building of a new Jehovah’s …