#106 – Captain Lawrence Brewing Company in Elmsford, NY

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(1) OUR EXPERIENCE

Our visit to Captain Lawrence Brewing Company was during their public hours on a Sunday afternoon. The weather outside was perfect for their outdoor area with picnic tables, so they were filled up with locals enjoying some beer in the sun. As we sat there tasting each of their beers, we were asked about our experience there by Michael Malone, who maintains Notes from the Tasting Room. Later, we followed the tasting room manager, Aaron Pozit, through the public tour at 4 pm with just five other people and learned about the company’s history, brewing process, and equipment. Unfortunately we were about a month early, though; they just had an Annual Pig Roast that was held on May 17th…

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(2) VITAL INFORMATION

Date of our visit: Sunday, 4/13/14
Open since: 2006
Approx. Barrel (bbl) Output 2013: 22,000
Projected bbl Output 2014: 25,000
Brewhouse size: 40 bbl
Owner(s): Scott Vaccaro
Head Brewer: Scott Vaccaro
Packaging: Kegs & Bottles
Distribution: CT, NY, NJ

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Other things we learned:
* The brewery takes its name from Captain Lawrence Drive in South Salem, NY, which is the road Scott Vaccaro’s childhood home is located. The street is named after Samuel Lawrence who was a Captain during the American Revolution.
* Brewery was originally in Pleasantville, NY and used 20 bbl system, then relocated to current location in 2011

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(3) BEERS WE TASTED DURING OUR VISIT

* Captain’s Kolsch
* Liquid Gold
* Fiona Irish Red Ale
* 5 Napkin Amber
* Freshcester Pale Ale
* ‘IP’ Session IPA
* Demon Sweat Black Pale Ale
* Sun Block Witte Wheat IPA
* IPA
* Captain’s Reserve Imperial IPA
* Pilot Batch #8: 6 n’ Change
* Complete listing of beers

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Other notes about their beer:

* They have a pretty expansive barrel-aging program, which include Apple Brandy barrels, Chardonnay barrels, and more

(4) BACKGROUND OF PEOPLE WE SPOKE TO

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[Haggis, Aaron, Me]

Name: Aaron Pozit
Title: Tasting Room/ Events Manager
Been with company since: 2011
Previous Brewing Experience: N/A
Previous Occupation(s): Bartender
Favorite Superhero: Silver Surfer

(5) MORE LINKS ABOUT BREWERY

* Main Website
* Events Calendar
* News
* Tasting Room Hours/ Directions
* Notes from the Tasting Room

(6) You can find the rest of our photos here

Author: Michael Roberts

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