Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

444 Saw Mill River Rd
Elmsford, New York, 10523-1030
United States

(914) 741-2337 | map

Notes: Brewery & bar with 12 beers on tap inside plus an outdoor bar in our beer garden. We host tours, private parties, and special events. Proudly serving our own independently brewed craft beer since 2006.

Beer Hall Hours:
Mon - Tues: Closed
Wed - Fri: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat - Sun: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Brewery Tours:
Saturday & Sundays: 1pm & 2pm
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bl00 from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.25

Once you get settled, the vibe is typical brewery/warehouse, though there is a nice beer hall styled tap room and a large outdoor space with picnic tables. I understand that they are renovating now so I'm not overly concerned about the vibe. The brewery's signage needs a TON of work. From parking to ordering drinks, the layout is very confusing. Once you get oriented its not a major issue, just unwelcoming at first. The beer here is excellent overall, nice variety of sours, ipas, and dark beers. I enjoy that they offer pitchers as well. Food was ok- we tried the pretzel and fries. Not awful but nothing to write home about. It was prepared quickly after we order. Overall this is a nice stop. I will most likely visit again next time I'm in the area.

Apr 23, 2019
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AccipiterofBeer from New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Vibe: suburban, yet industrial. Cozy.
Quality: Exceptional.
Service: Can get a bit busy leading to longer waits. Otherwise good service.
Selection: Wide ranging and good quality. Great ales.
Food: Fantastic. Lots of options and well made.

Mar 10, 2019
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Maxms from Russian Federation

4.48/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Take a bike from Van Cortland Park. Enjoy both sports and beer. Nice outdoor area, good for the kids. They can entertain themselves while you enjoy beer.

Apr 23, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

I had not been to the Captain Lawrence Brewery before, but have to say it is a really fun place. If you plan to visit, when you pull off at 444 Saw Mill River Road, the brewery will be nowhere in evidence. All you will see is a fairly nondescript corporate style building.

Drive around the right side of that building and, while you are in the moving company's lot, you will see the image above. The entrance is around in back of all that. Note, there is mandatory valet parking should you want to put the car in that small, inner lot; don't try to pull past the people out front.

The total space is very large. If you are only tasting, stop at the counter immediately to the right of the door. You will be able to purchase 5 oz sampler glasses and poker chips used to obtain the various brews on tap. Samples with ABVs of under 7.5% are one chip, over two, 12 chips, which go for $10, was enough for my wife and me to try 4 varieties.

The service area sports a couple of dozen taps with a broad variety of styles. Pint sized servings, growlers, bottles and cans are all purchased directly from the service bar. Food, consisting of both snacks and entrees is also available. The "Hanoi" pulled pork was delicious, but I found it and the french fried a bit salty.

The service itself was top notch: the servers were the most knowledgable and engaging I have seen at any establishment of this kind. We tried a gamut of offerings and I was impressed by the sours, especially Barrel Select Black, and the IPAs.

We went on St. Patrick's day. The vibe is very fun loving, people had clearly come with friends, kids, and dogs to hang out. There is definitely an interesting blend of contemporary hip and uber-traditional element that really add to the experience. The outer seating and service area open into a much larger space (with its own taps), which had no problem accommodating the holiday crowd.

We will definitely be back. If you are in the area, do consider a visit.

Mar 18, 2018
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drnephron from New York

4.78/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Terrific place to hang out on Sunday afternoon. Guy playing acoustic guitar in the brewery, sitting around barrels, with ample food and beer samples. Buy a 4 oz sample glass for $2 and 12 poker chips for $10. Each chip is worth a sample, with 12 beers available, including Hop Commander, Lemon Zinger, Brown Bird, all great. Too bad all the fruity sours are not available on tap, so we took 'em all home. Food menu includes great truffle fries, big ass pretzel with mustard, ribs and other beer-appropriate pairings.

Jan 08, 2017
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2baguy from New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Keep an eye out for the entrance, we missed is in one direction, but going the other direction a sign was visible. We went on a beautiful fall Saturday afternoon. There was ample outdoor and indoor seating available. Outside there was corn hole and bocce. Inside there is a medium size seating area with barrel type tables for four and picnic type tables for larger groups. There is also a more spacious area outside the tasting room with more seating and indoor corn hole. Food was available to order in the tasting room t o pick up at the bar. There is probably something for every type of diet (vegan, veg., paleo, low carb, see food) Everything was well organized. There was one line for tastings and 16oz fills. Another for 16oz, growler fills, and bottle/can purchases and another for food. You but a $2 5oz tasting glass that you take home and can reuse when visiting again. 5oz tastings are "bought' by chips. You can get 5 chips for $5 or 12 for $10. Most tastings cost 1 chip, but higher ABV beers are 2 chips.

Oct 16, 2016
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socon67 from New York

4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Great place. For $7 you can get a sampler glass and 5 poker chips. Some of the premium beers are 2 chips. Great atmosphere with cornhole games and music. Selection is solid and service is very organized. Just a nice place to grab a beer.

Oct 09, 2016
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qcbrewer from North Carolina

4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Visited multiple times while in the area but realized I've never rated it. Was most recently there 9/14, so this review is a couple weeks late.

Great outside patio area, nice space inside, and a little brewing room seating area. Nice line up of beers at reasonable prices too.

Sep 28, 2016
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Ethanol4one from New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

This is one of the best breweries to which I've been. The beer selection was outstanding, execution was fantastic and the setting was good fun. It was a nice surpise, having had Capt. beer from bottles and on tap for a few years, only to find out how much better their operation when experienced up close.

Really great beer, friendly staff, good deals, and fun surround. Can't say about the food, except it seemed a bit pricey. Worst I can say is the place needs low cost snacks.

Apr 17, 2016

3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

This place was better at it's old location in Pleasantville when it was much smaller and not as well known. They use to give free samples and it was real Westchester local spot that was a hidden gem. The type of place you could drink a Saturday away with complete strangers, not give a 2-legged dog in a wheel chair a second look kind of place because he just fit in, ya know? It was a matter of time before the word got out that the vibe was good, the beer was good, and the establishment worked hard for it. Unfortunately, in my opinion, and I've been to the new place in Elmsford a dozen times in Summer and Winter, but it's prime example of a local place getting too big for their britches. You see all sorts of yuppie hipsters from all the corners of the tri-state filtering in like cattle, paying high prices for olive and cheese plates, while they play bocce ball out back with their handlebar mustaches and Ray Ban sunglasses. I'm over the appeal. The beer ain't that good to pay those prices for amateur night.

Jan 07, 2016
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mdfb79 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Been to the Elmsford location twice. Very cool spot to hang out at; sometimes they do BBQ's or have food trucks, live music, and horse shoe pit. Inside is big, can get samples of their beers and always have some pilot series beers on. Don't expect to get their sours on tap or to send a whole afternoon there, but a fun visit.

Dec 29, 2015
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passionbest from New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I was thrilled to be visiting Captain Lawrence, since I'm a huge fan of their beers. They were better than from their taps, and we got some beautiful photos. Felt terrific being there.

Nov 15, 2015
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KTCamm from New Jersey

4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Easy stop off I-287 in Weshtchester NY. Broad open bar that is well set up for both sampling and filling. There were about 14 beers on tap when I visited, along with a few bottles and sixers for take home. Pretty smart casino chip system lets you buy tokens in advance and redeem for tasting. Plenty of outdoor seating, including picnic tables, a bocce court, and a bag toss court. They also bring in outside restaurants to provide food - had a nice pizza/wing cookery when I arrived. Worth a visit for sure if you are travelling between the Tappan Zee and I-95.

Nov 12, 2015
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tribeerguy70_3 from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Great low key vibe in its tasting room. Selection limited but often a number of unique items that the brewers are piloting. Always a good weekend drive up from New York City.

Oct 14, 2015
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BourbonJersey from New Jersey

4.86/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Laid back, relaxed atmosphere. Bocce and Corn Hole outside. Love the sample system they have - you can try 4 oz of about everything they have on tap for under $15 bucks. Inside has barrels as tables, outside has picnic tables. Brewery staff very knowledgeable. A great experience every time I go.

Aug 29, 2015
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Stopped here on my way from CT back to Baltimore on a Sunday. The place is a little tricky to find, it's located in the rear of a large commercial building behind Budget Truck Rental. Anyways, nicely set up place... an outdoor stone garden/hangout area with adirondack chairs and bocce courts (and even 5 or 6 taps of beer) and a decently sized tasting room with plenty of seating. They had 10 beers on tap which seem to rotate pretty frequently. The process is super easy and smooth compared to other breweries I've visited; you purchase tokens (5 for $5 or 12 for $10) then just wait in the "sampling only" line, toss a token, get a 4 oz. sample. Beers were fresh and all very tasty, with a nice mix of standard offerings and several brewery-only releases. Service was great and a friendly environment, would definitely be back to visit on my way through again.

Apr 21, 2015
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Pete_IV from New York

2.32/5  rDev -44.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 1.75 | selection: 2.5

Got a nasty feel for the place immediately by the completely rude woman at front who sold chips to get samples of beer which you also had to buy the sampling glass. Ive never heard of having to buy the sampling glass to buy the beers afterwords. I skipped that and waited on a line to be greeted by equally rude employee to buy a pint of their so called tripel which tasted nothing like a tripel. The only thing i found redeemable about captin lawrence brewing co was the food, which even was overpriced.

Jan 10, 2015
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JonAdams from New York

4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Awesome taproom with brewery on the other side of the glass. Good food, reasonably priced but not fancy! Amazing selection of fresh beers, all different. Staff extremely knowledgable about their beers and each has their own passion! Many one of a kind pilot batches which you won't find anywhere else! I got to try the Three Wise Beers, all extremely good and each with its own vibe.
Beers today which were special: Melchior, Balthazar, Caspar, the three wise guys; Point Proven, a lager that is quite good, and probably more still that I haven't yet tried!

Dec 24, 2014
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Billolick from New York

4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Ahhh...the local and one of my favorite breweries...they are constantly churning out new beers to sample and location is larger, more comfortable and now churns out more pilot batches, cans and sours...well worth a visit if you find yourself anywhere near this Westchester county, NY state beer hot spot

Oct 29, 2014
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DanforthPewter from New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Great atmosphere for sampling some of NY's finest beers. Bring the dog and some friends and hang outside and play bocce ball. Friendly bartenders and also some great merchandise and beers to take home. If ever in the Westchester area be sure to check it out

Oct 08, 2014
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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

This latest renovation/ upgrade/ iteration of brewery/ brewhall more than doubles their taproom space. Huge warehouse space has long bar on left and many table throughout the room, and outdoor picnic area. Fairly raucous weekend crowd, and more children than I would have liked. 20 well assorted beers on tap, nice mix of styles. Service was a bit spotty, probably a result of the ongoing renovation, which I'm sure will be worked out in time. I have yet to try their food, but it looked and smelt great. It has been fun to watch CL get bigger and better.

Sep 30, 2014
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

The wife and I visited the old Captain Lawrence many years ago, and I was curious to check out the new location. I remember the first tasting room being small, hot and cramped.

The new one is bigger and better, no doubt. Although it is a bit hard to find and the parking is small and gets full rapidly. I love the "beer garden", with a bunch of tables al fresco and a boce-ball court. The tasting room is roomy but has only a couple of tables, I can imagine it gets busy on weekend evenings (not nights since they closed by 8pm).

They have a small food thing as you enter, serving bbq and fixin's. The bar is divided in "retail" and "samples", which is a bit odd. You can choose to buy full pints and glasses (plus growler fills) from the bar, or buy tokens and get samples.

Their basic lineup is on tap: IPA, Freshchester, IPA, Kolsch, Pumpkin) plus a couple of specials (Eild Rice, Mellow Gold, Illy Perilly. They also offer pours of Xtra Gold, St Vincent, Triple IPA and two of the Smoke from the Oak series (Rum and Brandy).

Prices are whatever... this is Westchester after all. Basic pints are $6, while the Smoke will set you back $11 for a 12-oz pour. Growlers and six-packs are outright expensive.

I've been to much better tasting rooms, no doubt, but this one ain't bad. I just don't think I would revisit often.

Jul 29, 2014
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. in Elmsford, NY
Brewery rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 13395 ratings