After working at some of the top breweries, including Sierra Nevada, Scott Vaccaro decided to open Captain Lawrence Brewing Co., in Pleasantville NY back in 2006. He started out with a small 15 barrel brew house and would bring kegs of beer down to the city in his Volkswagon Jetta to spread the flow of beer out to the masses.
From those humble beginnings in Pleasantville, Scott’s New York craft beer started getting a lot of attention, and demand for his drinks began to grow. In 2012 Captain Lawrence, moved into its new digs in Elmsford NY, almost tripling the production space with a 40 barrel brew house and larger fermenting tanks. But more important was the installation of the bottling line. Bottled Captain Lawrence was few and far between, but because of the new installation, Scott was finally able to bottle his great ales to sell in stores.
The bottling line brought much more production, as well as new states, like Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, wanting the brewery’s famed ales.
The true passion for Scott was brewing a very different style of beer known as sours. Done only in small allotments since the brewery’s opening, Scott wanted to expand on these delightful tart ales. The brewery took on more space with new equipment dedicated for these wild fermented brews. Huge foudres (large oak barrels) were brought in to let these beers age and take on even more great flavor from the wood itself or from fruit added to the liquid.
In the small amount of time it has taken Captain Lawrence to grow to where it is now, we can only imagine what great things can happen for the future.