New York-based Captain Lawrence Brewing Company (444 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford) has all sorts of excitement fermenting in their barrels these days. Brewmaster Scott Vaccaro already released his exotic Hops N’ Roses wild ale earlier this summer. It’s an other-worldly, golden malt beverage aged in oak barrels with the addition of rose hips, elderflowers, hibiscus and brettanomyces—a radically distinctive yeast with a flavor profile frequently likened to ‘wet horse‘. If that doesn’t sound especially palatable to you, fret not, for this beer is supremely drinkable.
Hops N’ Roses comes out of its (beautiful, psychedelically-inspired) bottle in an unforgettable pink hue, delivering a floral bouquet and tart finish. It’s enough to make a beer geek go gonzo, which is nice because this meticulously-crafted sour ale is selling for upwards of $20 at craft beer stores throughout the Big Apple.
For something a little more accessible to the masses, CL is now offering their High & Dry Rye Saison—number 7 in their ongoing Pilot Batch Series. This Belgian style farmhouse ale is a great session beer at 5.4%, meaning that you can sip on it throughout the day without being a complete waste of space. And considering the heavy hitters that Vaccaro is known for, like his 9% ABV Captain’s Reserve, this is a pleasant alternative serving up the signature characteristics (refreshing, acidity) of its time-honored genre.
Their newly-renovated, spacious tasting room continues to be one of the best places to cool down this summer, with free(!) tastings during the weekends, Bocce Ball tournaments, and access to exclusive ales that have yet to be bottled. If you fancy yourself a fan of microbrewed magic, Captain Lawrence is certainly worth the pilgrimage to Elmsford, New York sometime in your near future.