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Carlo DeVito is a long time wine lover, and author of books and magazine articles. He is the author of Wineries of the East Coast. He has traveled to wine regions in California, Canada, up and down the east coast, France, Spain and Chile. He has been a published executive for more than 20 years. He shepherded the wine book program of Wine Spectator as well as worked with Kevin Zraly, Oz Clarke, Matt Kramer, Tom Stevenson, Evan Dawson, Greg Moore, Howard Goldberg, and many other wine writers. He has also published Salvatore Calabrese, Jim Meehan, Clay Risen, and Paul Knorr. Mr. DeVito is the inventor of the mini-kit which has sold more than 100,000,000 copies world wide. He has also publisher such writers as Stephen Hawking, E. O Wilson, Philip Caputo, Gilbert King, James McPherson, John and Mary Gribbin, Thomas Hoving, David Margolick, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., John Edgar Wideman, Stanley Crouch, Dan Rather, Dee Brown, Susie Bright, and Eleanor Clift. He is also the owner of Hudson-Chatham Winery, co-founder of the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail, and president of the Hudson Valley Wine Country.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Captain Lawrence Freshchester Pale Ale

If you really want to know anything about Captain Lawrence Brewing, it all start with two things: Scott Vacarro and the Vacarro family (thatincludes friends and family members). That's what it's all about.

Scott began brewing beer at the ripe old age of 17, and hasn’t looked back since. A graduate of UC Davis Fermentation Science program, Scott has been fortunate to mix the practical knowledge gained from years of home brewing with 4 years of brewing education.

This is a small, well run, smart, and incredibly tasty little brewery in the southern Hudson Valley. Their beers are awesome.

I was recently at the Union Square Cafe where I had the IPA.

This Pale Ale was one of the first beers Scott brewed after moving out to California to begin his brewing education. This version is a true testament to the influences the Wild West had on his early brewing. His Pale Ale is loaded with US-grown Cascade, Crystal, and Columbus hops, so be sure to take a good sniff to enjoy their robust aromas before taking your first sip.

As promised in their copy, this is an aromatic beer with notes of citrus, pine, a noticeable bitterness, and a touch of malty backbone to help balance it out.

I had it with grilled peached wrapped in was fantastic!

Hops: Columbus, Cascade, Crystal
Malts: Domestic 2-row, English Crystal Malt
IBU: 35
OG: 14 Plato
Type of Glass: Other

An awesome beer. Congrats, Scott!


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