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The New Captain Lawrence Brewing Company Location – Elmsford, NY

Entrance to Captain Lawrence Brewing Company

My buddy Tim invited me up to New York for a visit since he was on vacation, and he suggested that we check out the new Captain Lawrence Brewing Company location. Having never been to the brewery, I wasn’t about to protest. Captain Lawrence relocated from Pleasantville to Elmsford just over a month ago into a shiny, newly renovated warehouse space right off of Saw Mill River Road. You know you have found the brewery as barrels line the sidewalk leading up to the building.

The Tasting Room

When I walked in the front door, I was greeted by a vast tasting room area about the size of Troegs former tasting room in Harrisburg. For $2 you can purchase a tasting glass to try some of the beer that they have on tap, with the proceeds going to charity. My buddy Tim is a regular at the brewery and knows several of the people who work there, so I was able to have a discussion with one of the employees about the new digs.

One of the more interesting facts that I learned was they had to construct a glass door between the tasting room and the brewery itself. The reason: the IRS. While I would have guessed some antiquated alcohol law, the reason actually makes a little bit of sense. The beer sitting inside of the brewery has not yet been taxed, while the beer being poured in the tasting room, although free to the consumer, has been taxed and paid for by the brewery.

The Brewery

I also decided to take a tour of the brewery so that I could write this article for you. I found out a few interesting facts on the tour, most of which came from my questions. First of all, the move did not require any changes to the water in the Captain Lawrence beer. It comes from the same source, and Scott, the owner, was rather thrilled about not having to alter water to retain the same flavor profile that Captain Lawrence drinkers are accustomed to. Secondly, for those lucky employees that get to climb into the tanks to clean them, OSHA confined space training is not required, as a brew kettle or fermenter is not considered a confined space. (I’m an engineer, so I ask geeky questions like this one..If you don’t know what it is, you’re probably better off)

After passing the shiny new brewing equipment with all of the latest technology, the tour guide showed us the almost-completed small batch brewing equipment. The small batch brew house is an exact scale replica of the larger brewhouse, and it will allow Scott to make test batches before going live on the brewing equipment and hinder production. Employees of the brewery will also be given the opportunity to make small batches, all of which be available in the tasting room.

Captain Camel

Near the end of the tour, the group happened upon a camel wearing a Captain’s hat sitting atop the kegging apparatus. Naturally, I inquired as to its purpose. The story is that it was a birthday gift for Scott’s son, and somehow someone brought it into the brewery. Over time, another person thought it necessary for the camel to have a Captain’s hat since they were working for Captain Lawrence Brewing. While not an enthralling story behind the goat, it is a very interesting item to find in a brewery.

I enjoyed my visit to the new Captain Lawrence Brewery. Sadly, I had not previously gone to the old brewery so I can’t compare the two. I’ve heard that some of the regulars don’t like that the new brewery is not on a train line and driving is required and the parking is also somewhat limited. But in the end, Captain Lawrence has a great new brewery that will allow for future growth, and this is something that we can all agree is good for this once small brewery.

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Written by Jeff Kupko

Jeff is a traffic engineer that loves his beer, and especially loves trying new beer. As a student at the University of Pittsburgh, Yuengling was a staple and the beginnings of liking something better than fizzy yellow water. This has evolved into an entire hobby, with Jeff keeping a blog of all of the beers he tries. Vacations most certainly involve at least one brewery or bottle shop visit to gather a region’s coveted fruits. Now, Jeff has ventured into homebrewing, and there is probably no saving him from being engulfed entirely by beer. While Imperial Stouts and IPAs rank highest in Jeff’s eyes, sours are sneaking up on those styles, and Jeff loves to try all different styles. Find Jeff Kupko on Google Plus

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