Captain Lawrence Soft Swerve – Apricot, Peach & Vanilla

Tonight’s beer is a selection from Captain Lawrence. We were there around Christmastime and got to see their expansion, but couldn’t stay for trivia night.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: New England IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We are currently brewing on a 40bbl NSI brewing system with a Siemens Braumat automation package, allowing us to crank out the equivalent of 80 kegs per brew. Base 2-Row malt and specialty malts are milled in our Kunzel 4-roll malt mill, allowing us to achieve the best grist consistency. Once milled, the first stop for the ground malt in the brew house is the lauter tun. This is where the malts are mixed with hot water to create an oatmeal like substance called “mash”. As the mash rests, the enzymes in the malt begin to convert all the starch into fermentable sugars. Once the sugars have been created, the sweet wort is separated from the spent grains and pumped into the boiling kettle. The spent grain is given to Hemlock Hill Farms to feed their growing heard of cattle. We’re very happy to provide this valuable food source to a local farmer free of charge.”

Random: I had soft serve last Summer after not having it for years and it was better than I remembered it.

The beer poured with a loose, half finger of white head. It dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was vey hazy, which was to be expected. It was bright orange and I couldn’t see how much carbonation was in the beer. The nose was sweet with some lactose and then a lot of peach. I didn’t pick up the vanilla note. But, I definitely got it in the taste. It was quite sweet up front with the lactose and vanilla and then some peach syrup came through. The body was lighter than I expected with a moderate amount of carbonation. It had a lengthy and sweet finish with vanilla. I wanted to like this beer more, but it was just too sweet for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Captain Lawrence Cookie Puss Birthday Beer

The holidays are always busy for us and this year was no different. We spent Sunday just hanging out on the couch, which we both desperately needed. I took the opportunity on Sunday to try to get through a few posts since I took such a long hiatus. Let’s get to it.

ABV: 7.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. and Carvel® Ice Cream have teamed up once again to help celebrate Carvel’s 85th Birthday with Cookie Puss® Birthday Beer! A thick and creamy Milkshake IPA that tastes like a vanilla celebration. Special edition can designed to celebrate 85 years of Carvel!”

Random: As a child, I loved Carvel ice cream cakes. It was always a special occasion to get a Cookie Puss or a Fudgie the Whale cake. My favorite part was the cookie crumbles in the middle of the ice cream.

The beer poured with a two finger, thick white head. It dissipated quickly and left little lacing on the glass. The body was a bright orange color and very hazy. As a result, I could not see any carbonation. The nose was surprisingly muted. I picked up lactose and vanilla. I didn’t get much in the way of hops. The taste was much of the same. I picked up vanilla and lactose and a touch of grass, but that was it. The body was on the thicker side with light carbonation. It had a quick finish with vanilla. I thought this beer was only okay. I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Captain Lawrence Pomme Sauvage

It took forever, but we finally visited Captain Lawrence. Val is from Westchester County, NY, so we’re up there with some frequency, but never had a chance to visit before. The brewery itself is pretty large and has an indoor and outdoor space. The outdoor space has cornhole, which I love, and has a decent selection of food. If you’re in the area, it’s definitely worth a visit.

ABV: 7%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “American Sour Ale aged in French Oak Fourdres with New York grown apples sourced locally from Harvest Moon Orchard in North Salem. Bright and acidic, with notes of apple and funk. Enjoy now or lay it down for years to come.”

Random: This season of “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” has a lot of crying it. It’s bordering on annoying.

The beer poured with a thick, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was very cloudy and yellow. I couldn’t see a lot of carbonation. The nose was filled with funk and oak along with some fruit. The taste was even brighter. It started with a lot of tartness and apples. It quickly went into some oak along with vanilla. It had earthiness as well. The body was medium thickness with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with lots of funk. I bought this beer directly from the brewery during my last visit and I forget how much I paid for it. Either way, this was an outstanding, funky beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

Captain Lawrence Smoke From The Oak (Apple Brandy Imperial Version)

Tonight’s selection is a beer that I picked up directly from the brewery. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 12%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “After working at some of the top breweries, including Sierra Nevada, Scott Vaccaro decided to open Captain Lawrence Brewing Co., in Pleasantville NY back in 2006. He started out with a small 15 barrel brew house and would bring kegs of beer down to the city in his Volkswagon Jetta to spread the flow of beer out to the masses. From those humble beginnings in Pleasantville, Scott’s New York craft beer started getting a lot of attention, and demand for his drinks began to grow. In 2012 Captain Lawrence, moved into its new digs in Elmsford NY, almost tripling the production space with a 40 barrel brew house and larger fermenting tanks. But more important was the installation of the bottling line. Bottled Captain Lawrence was few and far between, but because of the new installation, Scott was finally able to bottle his great ales to sell in stores.”

Random: Why is “Lip Sync Battle” so addictive?

The beer poured with a one finger, light brown head. It took awhile to go away, but left limited lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown, almost black in color. There was no carbonation visible due to the color. The nose had roasted malts, brown bread and a lot of smoke. There was also a hint of apple, I assume from the barrel aging. The taste started off with an intense amount of smoke. It quickly went into roasted malts and chocolate. The oak came through next with apple and vanilla and then went into a booze note. The body was on the thick side with light carbonation. It had a lengthy and sticky finish with booze and oak. I bought this beer directly from the brewery, so I don’t recall how much I paid for it, but this was an outstanding beer. The flavor was intense at the beginning, but once I got used to it, I really enjoyed it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Captain Lawrence 6th Borough Pilsner

Val and I saw this new offering from Captain Lawrence sitting on the shelves. The 6th borough refers to Westchester, which is where Val is from. I’ve been getting into pilsners a lot lately, so this seemed like a good choice. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 5%

Style: Czech Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The 6th borough may just be a state of mind, but we live here, and this beer was brewed here. Bright, crisp and hoppy, this beer will bring you back to the ‘burbs’ with each sip.”

Random: This beer came in at 35 IBUs.

This beer poured with a four finger, slightly off white head. It took awhile to dissipated and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and bright yellow with a lot of carbonation. The nose was pleasant with bread, light lemon pith, and a touch of tin. The taste was crisp and refreshing. It had the same notes of lemon pith and tin, but a lot of grassy hops came through too. Pale malt came through at the end and gave a small shot of sweetness. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with pale malt. A can of this was $1.59, which came to $.13 per ounce. This beer was quite affordable, but it just had a bit too much metal for me. It was still a solid beer though and I wouldn’t refuse one if it was handed to me.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Captain Lawrence Flaming Fury

We’ve been binging on “Empire” all day and all of the storylines are getting a bit confusing. Val has been looking at cooking websites all day and it seems like she has zoned out. Occasionally she asks me what’s going on and I give her a recap and then she goes back to the computer.


ABV: 8%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Created by blending our Sour Golden Ale with ripe and juicy Hudson Valley peaches. Aged in French oak foundres until the tart flavors of the beer and the sweet flavors of the peaches meld into one. Enjoy on a hot Summer day with a peach in hand.”

Random: Peach pie is one of my favorite pies.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of white head that dissipated quickly. It left no lacing on the glass and a slight crown on top of the cloudy, bright yellow body. There was moderate carbonation visible as well. The nose was fragrant with peaches, vanilla and oak. There was some lemon juice as well. The taste started with lacto sourness with lemon juice. Peaches came through next with lemon and orange zest. There was oak along with some vanilla as well. The alcohol was present, although not overwhelming. The body was light with just enough carbonation. It had a lengthy and tart finish. This was a really good sour and I wish there was a touch more peach, but other than that, it was solid.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Captain Lawrence Hudson Valley Harvest – Sour Strawberry

Whenever Val and I watch any house shows, I’m absolutely shocked by home prices outside of the tri-state area. We’re both New York transplants to Jersey, albeit I came to the dark side much earlier than she did, but anywhere outside of this area is so much cheaper. I will say where we are is much cheaper than where Val grew up in Westchester, which is close to where this brewery is.


ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We love local Hudson Valley, NY ingredients. And when we buy local, we help ensure a strong future for local products and our community. We’re proud to partner with local farmers and choose fruit crops that are harvested at their peak of freshness and flavor, then fermented in aged oak barrels for a unique and delicious SOUR Ale.”

Random: Val loves strawberries, although my favorite berry is the blackberry.

This beer was corked and caged. When I popped the cork out, it gushed all over my counter and sink. After I cleaned up and got it into the glass, it was nice and agitated. This resulted in a five-finger white head that dissipated slowly. It left a lot of lacing on my Teku glass. The body was hazy orange color with no visible carbonation. The nose was pungent with apricots, strawberries and funk. I didn’t get any oak on the nose. The taste had the funk turned down slightly. It had some toasted oak, vanilla and light strawberry. There was some bready yeast as well, but the flavor was really mild, too much so, in my opinion. The body was watery with light carbonation. It had a quick finish with strawberry and lightly toasted oak. This was an expensive beer at $14.99 for the bottle ($1.18 per ounce). I wanted to love this beer, but the flavors were just too mild for me.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0