30 August 2016
From Captain Lawrence:
With many consumers enjoying their canned beer these days, Captain Lawrence has been working on expanding their can offerings. Coming up in October the 6th Borough Pilsner is slated to be available for distribution, joining the already very popular Effortless Grapefruit Session IPA that first because available in cans earlier this year.
Captain Lawrence is also making a selection of their pilot batch brews available in cans exclusively in their Elmsford Beer Hall, including the East Coast Animal barleywine, in 12-ounce cans, and the IPA I Was Blind All the Time, an homage to the Grateful Dead tune “Help on the Way.” Sold in 16-ounce tall boys, I Was Blind sold out in a day. “We were happy to see people buying it up and drinking it fresh,” says Scott.
The second part in the series (and the next line in “Help on the Way”) is I Was Learning to See, an imperial IPA slated for October release.
As always, there are some interesting brews rolling down the line at Captain Lawrence in Elmsford. The 6th Borough Pilsner arrives in mid-October—an uncommon beer in an uncommon package. Scott calls it “an American interpretation of the classic pilsner,” with Czech lager yeast and mosaic and crystal hops. “It’s an Old world pilsner with new world characteristics,” he adds.
6th Borough will be just the second Captain Lawrence beer to be canned, after the sessionable summer smash Effortless Grapefruit IPA. “Cans aren’t just for summer,” says Scott, noting how the Effortless goes well with brunch—perhaps Eggs Benedict in particular.
And fans of the sours—the beloved Rosso e Marrone will be ready for purchase, and consumption, in late October or early November. The beer will be available in corked and caged 375 ml bottles or on draft. The Captain is known for its nuanced sours, and Scott says the Rosso, aged with Merlot and Zinfandel grapes, is one of the most sought after at the brewery.
The adjectives come easy when describing the GABF gold-winning Rosso. “It’s a strong, malty Belgian-style beer,” Scott says. “It’s super-tart, whiny and oaky—just a big, rich beer.”
“Washington is a great beer market,” says Scott, “with a lot of people with New York roots who know our brand.”
The Philly suburbs and the Lehigh Valley also get their Captain Lawrence in September, with the distributor Shangy’s doing the local legwork.