On tap at Growler & Gill, politely oak barreled wild ale utilizes mild rose hips, elderflower and hibiscus adjuncts to engage lightly vinous red wining, tart lemon snicker and musky honeysuckle trickle. Tertiary floral-daubed herbal tea illusions sneak thru winy tannins.
ELMSFORD, NEW YORK
Starting in nearby Pleasantville, New York, during 2006, CAPTAIN LAWRENCE BREWING COMPANY soon evolved into a massive microbrewery at its sprawling Elmsford site. Now a well-known Westchester staple and highly rated East Coast beer destination, the ever-increasing brewhouse (named after a Revolutionary War naval commander) now enjoys robust bottle-can-keg sales.
Led by UC-Davis certified homebrewer, Scott Vaccaro, the good captain’s current 40-barrel brewhouse features a community-tabled outdoor picnic area (with separate serving station and red wood furnishings), large window-encased high ceiling auditorium, plastic-tabled community-styled Beer Hall (including beautiful 30-foot mahogany bar with blackboard beer menu) and Funk Facility (built in 2015 to create sour ale and limited barrel-aged creations).
During my May 2018 journey on a beautiful Saturday, I got to sample Orbital Tilt – Galaxy IPA (reviewed in Beer Index) while munching on a salad. Other delectable food items included ribs, wings, meatballs, pork, steak and chicken. Though limited edition Fudgy The Beer Stout sold out in one hour two days hence, I picked up a crowler of Powder Dreams IPA.
Able to make highly regarded core beers alongside reliable sour ales, limited edition pilot batches and interesting seasonal stuff, Captain Lawrence proudly delivers a wide range of unfiltered beers (with excess yeast removed thru a centrifuge).
On tap at Captain Lawrence, punctual grapefruit rind bittering and dry wooden earthiness contrast lightly sweet pilsner-oats malting of brusque lupulin-powdered Galaxy-hopped medium body. Continuous grapefruit briskness picks up subsidiary peach, pineapple, orange, tangerine and mango illusions as well as latent fresh-grass astringency.
On tap at Ambulance, juicy tropical fruited medium body utilizes lemon-limed Moteuka hops and floral citric Mosaic hops. Lemon zest brightens yellow grapefruit frontage as orange, tangerine, mango and papaya illusions receive sugared pale malting. Mineral-grained spelt, barley and oats provide light backend.
On tap at The Oath, fine Citra lupulin-powdered medium body brings sharp grapefruit rind bittering and tangy orange peel spritz to oats-dried pilsner malts. Mildly embittered juniper and currant illusions contrast smooth tropical finish.
On tap at Cloverleaf, French Oak Fourdres-aged sour ale brewed with New York apples picks up massively vinous green grape pucker and mild pomegranate-cranberry smidge. Centralized Granny Smith apple tartness becomes sourer as acidic limestone salting increases.
On tap at George Keeley’s and blurring the lines between a fruity ale and a dry lager, pale-yellowed kolsch brings peppery herbal spicing to fruit-dried fig, apricot and date smudging as grassy hop astringency sopus up mild mineral grained earthiness.
On tap at Andy’s Corner Bar, soured oak-aged medium body layers wild brettanomyces funk upon bright IPA-like grapefruit and orange tang as well as salted grape esters and moderate citric hop bittering. Mild mango-clementine and tangerine illusions flutter by.
Easygoing moderate body brings delicate orange-peeled lemon rind and grapefruit pith bittering as well as ripe peach, mango, tangerine and papaya tang to grassy-hopped pine resin. Surprisingly quiet 6.5% ABV prickled by Seltzer-like carbolics.
On tap at The Oath, tropical Citra-Mosaic hop combo provides zesty citrus entry. Lemony yellow grapefruit and Valencia orange juicing picks up mild dry-hopped bittering over spunky oats-spelt graining for sessionable moderation.
Tangy yellow grapefruit tagline brings juicy citric briskness to the fore of sessionable moderation. Grapefruit pith, rind and peel lightly embitter lilting mango, pineapple and orange nuances above mineral-watered cleanness, polite sugar spicing, musky herbal hops and French-breaded spine. A simple pleasure.
Ambitious trend towards enticingly ‘intense’ coffee-infused India Pale Ales continues with aggressive hop-forward full body from the good Captain. Stumptown cold brewed java brings surging green bean coffee bittering to less prominent fondue fruiting and sedate pine-hopped nuttiness. Delightful roasted coffee finish picks up tangy grapefruit, peach, tangerine and clementine illusions as well as mild peppery sensation.