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Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 123

All Hail All Hallows!

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The “Halloween Apocalypse” party flyers are up at Captain Lawrence, and conversations about pale ales and kolsches in the tasting room mix with talk of candy and costumes. We may think of Halloween as a kid’s holiday, but the spirit remains very much alive in grown-ups too.

Dan Ash and Lorraine Zaranski of White Plains popped in after running errands. “We were in the neighborhood, and the cupboard was bare,” says Dan, nodding toward a fresh …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 122

Enjoy Fall Before It Gose

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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

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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 Ora.tv

“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 …

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