Good Times, So-So Rhymes
It’s been half a year since it was Christmastime.
When “Notes” broke from the norm and delved into rhyme.
Our weekly dispatch is, as always, both droll and terse.
But this week we deliver our story in verse.
They came to the brewery from points far and near
United in their love of quality craft beer.
They had the Barn Raiser, the Kolsch, the Snickelfritz
That last one’s a pilsner-lager whose funky name fits.
Patrickand Angela Kavanagh made the drive from New Rochelle
A Saturday at the brewery sounded exceedingly swell.
“The bar is wonderful,” Patrick says, “and the beer is delicious.”
They’re rating beers with stars, which sounds somewhat ambitious.
Patrick gave the Imperial IPA a perfect four
While Angela gave the Sun Block a similar score.
Lauren Birnie of Brooklyn too is happy to be here.
“We’ve been talking of going,” she says, “for over a year.”
She and Beth Devito of Hawthorne were at the farmers market
They saw the Captain Lawrence table, and decided to park it.
They tried the Imperial Porter, Golden Delicious, Hops N’ Roses sour
The last one on that list holds a bewitching power.
Seanand Carly Souders schlepped here from Rye.
Killing time after a wedding, they happened on by.
For some A.L.S. Pale Ale, which Sean calls “spicy and piney.”
Will there be Captain Lawrence at the reception? “There better be!”
Raj Louisnathan of Hartsdale enjoys the Smoked Porter.
But his attempt at a Black & Tan resulted in disorder.
He likes bocce and pale ale and the comfy chairs on the patio.
And wishes the Kolsch and porter had been more simpatico.
Most came by car, but four actually biked.
Arriving in the tasting room, they’re impossibly psyched.
Sebastian Delmont of Harlem, Katie Lisa and Zack Halbrecht of Prospect Heights
Rode with East Villager Cameron Swiggett for a few beers and some bites.
The weather is sultry, but the beer has a nice chill.
“The ride was perfect,” says Sebastian, “except for the final hill.”
Zack adds, “We’ve been planning this for the last 2 ½ years.
We put it on our calendar, and now we are here.”
They drink CL in the city, but say it’s better in Westchester.
Zack imagines a future as a Liquid Gold tester.
“Out there in the heat,” says Sebastian, “riding all the way here,
I don’t think I’ve ever had better beer.”
Ginger Mans! Kolsches! Hearty Smoked Porters!
Craig, Aaron and Doug filled all the orders.
There was something for everyone at CL’s house of brew.
Whether it’s an old standby, or a cold something new.

–Michael Malone (
Captain Lawrence Brewing, at 444 Saw Mill River Road in Elmsford, is open Wednesday through Friday (4-8 p.m.), Saturday (12-6 p.m.) and Sunday (12-5). The author is paid by Captain Lawrence, partially in Freshchester Pale Ale.