Archive | From The Tasting Room RSS feed for this section

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 weather,” quipped Captain Lawrence founder Scott Vaccaro, “and this is what we got.”

In fact, the rain could not damper the good mood. There was a giant tent for everyone to huddle under; the mood underneath was festive, and …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 118

Blood, Sweat and Beers

???????????????????????????????

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 this impossibly steamy Saturday, and are stocking up on Captain Lawrence for the NFL Sunday opener.

But first, an impassioned game of bocce on the brewery’s expanded patio.

“We like beer and we like bocce, and …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 117

The Dog Days of Summer

???????????????????????????????

Seemingly half the universe was busting out of town for the long weekend, but everyone’s got a different take on just what busting out of town is. For numerous city residents, a day at Captain Lawrence was as good as any day at the beach or in the country—especially with some brutally muggy weather afoot. It was a chance to change the scenery, sample some craft beers, and in many cases give the dog some room to roam.

Ralph and Karla Crespo schlepped from the Upper East Side with their painfully cute terrier/Chihuahua (terrihuahua?) Ginger on tow. “I was thirsty,” explains Ralph, a growing smile above his shrinking cup of India Pale Ale.

Karla has …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 116

???????????????????????????????

May Prohibition Be Perpetually Prohibited

“This next song is appropriate for a brewery,” says the bow-tied singer. “It’s about Prohibition.”

The Dixieland band—upright bass, banjo, clarinet, trumpet, drums, lots of bow ties—kicks into a ragtime number on the Captain Lawrence patio that features the frightful phrase “No more beer.”

In fact, there’s plenty of beer in the garden—summer favorites like the Kolsch and the Liquid Gold, good-any-timers like the India Pale Ale, special small batches like Scott Tobin’s Whole Hop imperial IPA, brewed with whole warrior hops.

???????????????????????????????

Curt and Sally Schade of Irvington popped in after a stop at ANS Seafood in Elmsford. Curt is from Dusseldorf, Germany—“where dark beer comes from,” he says proudly, and Sally is from …

Notes From the Tasting Room, Vol. 115

Ace Restaurant Reviewer Finds Good Local Beer Critical

???????????????????????????????

As Westchester Magazine’s restaurant critic, Julia Sexton knows the local dining landscape as well as anyone, and views Captain Lawrence as essential enough to that booming scene to include a profile of the brewery in her new book Hudson Valley Chef’s Table. Full of gorgeous food, chef and restaurant photos, along with profiles and recipes, the book is equally at home on a coffee table or next to the stove, splattered with grease.

Julia describes Captain Lawrence owner Scott Vaccaro delivering beer in the early days in a Volkswagen, and killing it in a fateful presentation before celebrated restaurateur Danny Meyer’s management group in Manhattan.

Shaking off a late night at …