When it comes to New York beers, Brooklyn and Manhattan often get the spotlight. But those urban areas don't always have spaces large enough for experimentation and expanded beer offerings, not to mention brewery tours and brewpubs. In the Hudson Valley, brewers have have created award winning beers and built idyllic spots to enjoy them in.
'Captain Lawrence' on Serious Eats
Friend of SE Liza de Guia recently shared a new Food Curated video that captures the making of Katchkie Harvest Ale, a collaboration between one of our favorite local breweries, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company in Elmsford, NY, and Katchkie Farm in Columbia County, NY, along with Executive Chef Robb Garceau of Great Performances. The brew used 300 pounds of purée made from fresh local pumpkins and kabocha squash.
Last week Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan magazines and the fine people at the Good Beer Seal put a fitting cap on the last week of NYC's Good Beer Month. They packed the two-story lobby of the Brooklyn Academy of Music to the gills with terrific craft beer and tasty bites.
Captain Lawrence's Smoke from the Oak series is expensive. I've heard of New York-area stores charging a hundred bucks for the most recent gift pack of three bottles, which features the brewery's Imperial Smoked Porter aged aged three ways: wine barrels, rum barrels, and apple brandy barrels. Even for the $55 they're charging at my local Whole Foods, it's a bit mindboggling. That said, these beers just may be the best accompaniment to barbecue that I can imagine.
If you live in the New York area, you may have spotted Captain Lawrence beers on tap at restaurants around town. We highly recommend you give them a try—next thing you know it, you may find yourself on the Metro-North train at an ungodly hour making your way the brewery for a special limited-edition beer release. We caught up with Captain Lawrence's owner and head brewer Scott Vaccaro for the latest in our brewmaster interview series.