Increased production of the standbys has not hampered innovation down at the brewery. Captain Lawrence’s India Pale Ale—a first in the brewery’s history—will be brewed this week, and on tap in the tasting room in early January. New Jersey gets its own Re-Intro IPA, while New York State gets the Captain Lawrence IPA.
“Seven years without an IPA” says Scott. “Everyone here loves to drink them, so it’s time to do it.”
After taking small batch Election Day honors last month, the black IPA known as Six ‘N Change, created to mark Captain Lawrence’s sixth (and change) anniversary earlier this year, is being reprised, with a slight tweak to its profile. “It’s not quite as strong, but all the flavors are still there,” says Scott.
The experimental brewhouse continues to crank out new and intriguing creations. There is Will o’ the Wisp—a Belgian IPA from Chris Rome that is dry hopped and features the same Belgian yeast as the Liquid Gold. That should be ready in two weeks.
“Will o’ the Wisp” calls to mind something light, something ephemeral, something gossamer. “Frost Monster” calls to mind the opposite. That’s the name for Justin Perrone’s imperial stout, named for his dog. “It’s been bubbling away for two weeks—a nice, slow ferment,” says Scott. “This one will definitely be a monster beer.”
Uncaged in January, Frost Monster will be the strongest beer in Captain Lawrence history.