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Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 122

Enjoy Fall Before It Gose


Before fall was to take a sharp turn toward wintry temps, it was a great day for enjoying the autumnal charms on the Captain Lawrence patio. With a name that translates to “the beer garden”…well, minus the “beer”…Michelle Desjardin of White Plains is right where she belongs.

It’s Michelle’s birthday, so she’s got a healthy crowd out on the patio, including Amy Burger of Tarrytown and Kathy Miracolo of Plainview, along for the ride. …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 121

Tappan Zee Keg For a Good Cause


There it stood, in the middle of the tasting room bar—a chubby 10-gallon keg of the special Captain Lawrence-Peekskill Brewery collaboration on behalf of the Hudson River environmental watchdogs known as Riverkeeper. Captain Lawrence tapped the barrel as part of a special event, and many in the room came specifically to try it.

“It’s pretty hoppy,” says Bob Yankou of Hawthorne. “What you’d expect from a double IPA—a lot going on.”

Bob knows …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 120

The Captain’s Log

54Scott Vaccaro headshotThe Captain is ready for his television debut—the crew from Beer Geeks was in Elmsford at the end of August, filming scenes at Captain Lawrence, speaking with owner Scott Vaccaro and watching as Scott brewed up a batch of the peach-flavored Flaming Fury sour ale. Michael Ferguson is the Beer Geeks host; if you can’t find the craft beer program in your 500-channel universe, it will appear at a date to be announced at

“It was …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 119

The Bewitching Power of Sour

They came from near and far—some venturing across many states to taste something sour, something tart, something they relish more than just about anything in the craft beer universe. Sour’d in September brought 20 breweries—Nantucket’s Cisco, San Diego’s Ballast Point, Pennsylvania’s Weyerbacher–to Captain Lawrence to showcase the best of their sour ales; all everyone needed was some decent weather, and the day would be a dandy.

And then the rain came.

“We paid for good …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 118

When we think of football, we think of frozen tundras and puffy, frigid vapors spilling from the quarterback’s mouth. If not that, at least some nippy autumnal temps to go with our pigskin, wings and, of course, beer.

So it’s a little tough to get into the spirit when it’s 90 degrees out, the humidity around 110% and climbing fast.

Kevin Duignan of Bronxville and Jim Lillis of Mount Vernon caught their sons’ high school games—Xavier and Fordham Prep—earlier on …