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Tuesday, August 3, 2010


The battle rages on... east coast vs. west coast...

No, we're not talking about gangsta rap. We're talking beer. A lot of American craft beer fans enjoy the citrusy, high-octane, mega-hopped ales of the west coast, but the east certainly has some incredible contributions to the beer world. One of our favorite up-and-coming breweries is Captain Lawrence Brewing Company in Pleasantville, NY.

We've had several chances to visit this brewery and sample a variety of their beers, from their flagship pale and brown ales, to limited releases such as "Smoke From the Oak" aged porter and Cuvee de Castleton sour ale.

Being the hopheads we are, one of our favorites is their "Captain's Reserve Imperial IPA." Here's our review:

Translucent orangey color, pretty decent head. Big hop and fruit aroma. Huge apricot, pineapple, and grapefruit flavors. Some nice grassy hops too. Not overly sweet and malty and 'barleywine-ish' like a lot of DIPAs these days. Just the right sweetness, and a generous hop bitterness, but not tongue-biting.

$13.50 for a new growler, $10.50 for a refill

Overall score from Beer Advocate reviews: A-

Captain Lawrence Website

Try pairing this with some smokey barbecued buffalo chicken wings. Wait a minute, do we have a recipe for that???

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