On tap at Shepherd & Knucklehead – Haledon, enigmatic orange-hazed Carvel vanilla ice cream knockoff given biting citric hop blitz of an IPA. Mild vanilla creaming lightly sweetens lactose-soured orange peel, mango, grapefruit and passionfruit tropicalia, lemon-bruised floral perfuming, strawberry rhubarb tartness and swerving vodka nip above sugared pastry malts.
Nifty Carvel Ice Cream collaboration utilizes fudgy chocolate crunchies as adjunct for dark-roasted mocha stout. Milk-sugared chocolate cookie sweetness and toffee-spiced cocoa syruping contrast less pronounced bitter hop roast above molasses oats base. In the fertile backdrop, vanilla bourbon, cappuccino and sarsaparilla illusions survive.
Juicy NEIPA with slight amber haze places dry-hopped Mosaic lupulin powder alongside woody Simcoe hop bittering for sunny yogurt-soured citrus spree. Lemony yellow grapefruit zesting gains mild guava-passionfruit-papaya tropicalia, dank pine resin and wispy floral bouquet above sugared oats spine, leaving just a touch of phenolic astringency upon the fruitful finish.
Rich St. Patrick’s Day collaboration with Carvel Ice Cream. Fudgy milk-sugared dark chocolate syruping drapes vanilla, cocoa and coffee seduction as oily hop-charred bittering beckons. Chewy ice cream-caked Chocolate Crunchies nuttiness ensues for liquified ‘chocolate pastry.’
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.
On tap at Plank Pizza, peppery black coffee stead fortified by bittersweet dark chocolate tangent above mild hop char. Light cinnamon spicing sweetens the backend a tad.
Dry pumpkin ale brings earthen gourd/ squash influence to sharp ginger herbage and muted cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice seasoning. Underwhelming 2018 autumnal release.
Taut floral-daubed yellow grapefruit entry gains immediate orange rind bittering and sour lemon twist before grassy hop astringency and piney bark dryness linger thru the finish. Beneath the surface, dry pale malt sugaring outdoes dank herbal musk.
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.