ELMSFORD, N.Y. — A privately owned Elmsford brewery received national recognition by earning awards at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver over the weekend.
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co., 444 Saw Mill River Road, has been in its new Elmsford location for barely a year, but that hasn't stopped it from winning awards. It also has doubled its amount of brewing products. Owner Scott Vaccaro said he was honored when he heard that several of the company's entries had won gold, silver and bronze medals at the festival, which took place from Thursday through Saturday.
"It validates that our beers continue to be enjoyed," Vaccaro said. "Brewing is like cooking. As chefs, we enjoy our beers and others enjoy them, too, as it's been the case so far."
About 3,000 types of beers were entered into the festival from about 700 breweries from across the country. The top three beers in 75 style categories are the ones that receive medals.
Captain Lawrence's Barrel Select Gold became just that — receiving a gold medal in the American-Style Sour Ale category. Barrel Select French Oak Bret Brown placed a silver medal, and the company's Golden Delicious received a bronze medal in other categories.
The awards weren't the first the company achieved since its Elmsford move, either. The Imperial IPA donned several medals after being entered in the 2012 TAP New York Craft Beer and Fine Food Festival.
Vaccaro moved his family-operated brewing company from Pleasantville last year to increase product manufacturing. To further business, the company has also begun partnering with other local businesses in events like the upcoming Cooktoberfest on Oct. 22, which will feature local chef David DiBari of The Cookery and live music.
Vaccaro said he is proud of his six-year-old company, and although the awards excite the staff, it's not the reason they brew.
"You know, we're honored and we love to win — but we don't brew to win awards. We brew for people to drink," he said.