On tap at Growler & Gill, super smooth pinkish ruby-hazed IPA variant brings sour raspberry tartness to milk-sugared vanilla sweetness and lactic yogurt curdling. Love the way its vanilla-creamed raspberry presence coalesces with slightly salinized lactic acidity.
Dry pumpkin ale brings earthen gourd/ squash influence to sharp ginger herbage and muted cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice seasoning. Underwhelming 2018 autumnal release.
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.