Notes From the Captain Lawrence Tasting Room, Vol. 42


Twas a Few Nights Before Christmas


Twas a few nights before Christmas

And the brewery was rocking.

People sampling craft brews and wondering

If growlers would fit in a stocking.


The Pale Ale! The Brown Bird!

The Captain’s Reserve!

Fine beers from Westchester

We all richly deserve.

Jim Hundzynski was picking up Kolsch for the Eve

The Pleasantville man had a few culinary tricks up his sleeve.

For Jim was hosting the Feast of the Seven Fishes.

And thus ensuring he would not have to wash dishes.

Michelle Crepeau came from Sleepy Hollow

On break from her job as a teacher.

Her friends found the tasting room preferable

To that dopey film called “Jack Reacher.”

Teaching kids French, Michelle actually prefers Merlot

But when the gang was Lawrence-bound,

She said, “Oui, I’ll go.”

They’re celebrating the fact that life has gone on

Even after the Mayans believed we were done.

Her pal Melissa Voviero says she’s enjoying a “Grolsch.”

An honest mistake when you’re sipping a Kolsch.


The Village Dog guys are baking Mac & Cheese with Orecchiette

They bring you your grub when your order is ready.

Or they can make you a Brown Ale Dog in cranberry relish.

Paired with a fresh brew, it sounds mighty delish.


Bill and Kathy Brown made Black IPA their selection

The beer was rebrewed after winning the Captain’s election.

They’re sipping their beers while sharing wistful talk

As the old place in Pleasantville was a four minute walk.

They used to go there after reffing, still wearing their stripes.

The Imperial IPA washed away those soccer moms’ gripes.


And back where they’re brewing

The guys are tossing the Nerf.

Randy would fare better than Mark Sanchez

On the Jets’ MetLife turf.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” cranks

From a big set of speakers.

Freddie Mercury meshes with the sounds

Of the football guys’ sneakers.


At one cozy table is a clan that’s called Flynn.

Joanne, John and Krystal of White Plains just walked in.

What’s better than sipping some ale with your daughter?

Well, Joanne wishes they had her favorite — Smoked Porter.

The only Porter that’s on tap is Imperial.

Joanne’s refined palate finds that less than ethereal.

Her nails are painted with snowflakes

Or maybe they’re stars.

John says the Liquid Gold tastes better

Here than in bars.


A few brews with your family toward the end of December

Make for some moments that you’ll always remember.

The merriest of Christmases from your friends at CL

And may your 2013 end up ridiculously well!


—Michael Malone (

Captain Lawrence Brewing, at 444 Saw Mill River Road in Elmsford, is open Tuesday through Friday (retail 2-7 p.m., samples 4-7 p.m.); and Saturday, with retail and samples 12-6 p.m., and brewery tours on the hour, starting at 1. The author is paid by Captain Lawrence, partially in Freshchester Pale Ale, for “Notes From the Tasting Room.”



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