Billed as “Westchester’s only craft brewery,” Captain Lawrence brews about five beers year-round – most are on draft. The bar often is standing-room-only and highly convivial during its limited hours, when several bartenders keep their beefy, beer-drinking arms in shape pulling the tap handles. Patrons are welcome to do tastings and fill up their “growlers” 4-7 p.m. Fridays and noon-6 p.m. Saturdays.
The “Freshchester” Pale Ale has a clean bitterness with a woodsy aroma. The Sun Block Wheat Beer is a hazy Belgian-style wheat beer that’s evocative of cream soda. The Captains Reserve Imperial I.P.A. (India Pale Ale) is a hoppy beer with a citrus taste that won a best beer in New York prize in 2006.
Brewmaster Scott Vaccaro’s father, Vincent, conducts free brewery tours on Saturdays, every hour on the hour, and thus his son has dedicated a specialty beer to him: St. Vincent’s Dubbel. This caramel-colored classic Belgian-style abbey ale is rich and malty.