ELMSFORD, N.Y. — Ryan Kipp is proud to work in Elmsford, and he's got the beer to prove it.
Kipp is the creator behind Captain Lawrence Brewery's latest local brew, "The Pride of Elmsford." Workers at the Elmsford brewing company rotate on what they call a "pilot system" to create new beers every few weeks.
The English-style dry-hopped ale is Kipp's favorite type of beer, and with English ales often sporting "Pride" in their names, he decided to give Elmsford a drink of which it can be proud.
"We had been brewing different styles of beer and trying new ideas, and I just tried to have some fun with it," said Kipp, who commutes from Warwick, N.Y. "I wanted to do a nice little thing for the people around here."
"The Pride of Elmsford" will be available on tap at Captain Lawrence Brewery's taste room for the next three weeks. Samples are free and 12-oz. drafts are $7. Customers who favor the beer can have their own "Pride" bottled up in a 64-oz. growler for $16.
Elmsford residents can try the new brew on Thursday while enjoying music from the band Black Taxi in Captain Lawrence's charity event to help raise money for Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. There will be a $10 cover for the 7:30 p.m. event and all proceeds will benefit the school.
While most pilot brews usually don't end up leaving the brewhouse, Kipp is hoping the beer will become popular enough among Elmsford residents that he sees it take off to be packaged and distributed. It will be Kipp's third beer he's created for the company, so perhaps third time's a charm.
"You never know; I've got my fingers crossed," Kipp said.