Captain Lawrence wins Best Brewery in the Hudson Valley


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Scott Vaccaro started Captain Lawrence Brewery eight years ago, and while others have come and gone, his remains on top.

At TAP New York, the state’s largest craft beer festival held every year in April at Hunter Mountain, Captain Lawrence proved top dog, taking home an award for Best Brewery in the Hudson Valley. The competition included around 100 invited New York breweries, representing more than 300 craft beers.

This is the second time Scott Vaccaro and his crew at Captain Lawrence have won the title. The local brewery has been the recipient of numerous awards at national competitions, including a recent gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado for the Hops n’ Roses sour ale.

The first TAP New York  was held in 1997 at the Culinary Institute of America, then called the Hudson Valley Beer and Food Festival. The event has seen tremendous growth over the years, increasing by more than 30 breweries in the last year alone. Next year’s festival is scheduled for April 25 and 26. Go to for tickets and more information.

Congratulations to Scott Vaccaro and everyone at the Captain Lawrence Brewery!

Go: 444 Saw Mill River Rd., Elmsford, 914-741-BEER(2337),



About Author

Megan McCaffrey is a food writer for The Journal News and contributor to the Small Bites Blog. She has a degree in Digital Media from Fordham University and a fondness for good craft beer. She loves to bake, read cooking blogs and taste all the Lower Hudson Valley has to offer. Megan lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut with her husband and three kids.

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