The Halftime Pint: Captain Lawrence Kölsch

20120317-124029.jpgOne of the greater things about watching football in America is that most matches, especially those of the EPL, are early in the morning American time, giving people an excuse to daydrink. This is part of our series discussing exactly what to drink when you’re at the pub, presented by our resident homebrewer, Keith.

The Beer: Captain’s Kölsch, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Elmsford, New York

The Pub:Angry Wade’s, on the corner of Smith and Butler Streets, Brooklyn, New York

What You Need to Know: Kölsch is a controlled appellation in Germany- a group of 13 brewers in Köln signed the Kölsch Konvention in 1986, locking the style to the region. Following the American craft brewing boom, however, many American brewers have begun trying their hands at the style, which reaches back to 1906.


Kölsch is a hybrid ale, meaning that it’s fermented like an ale for the first portion of its fermentation before being put into cold storage.

The Captain Lawrence Brewing Company was founded in 2005 by Sierra Nevada alum Scott Vaccaro, and has doubled its brewing capacity in a very short time. Vaccaro’s creations, which often straddle the line between American and Belgian beers,have won several accolades at the Great American Beer Festival.

So, About this Beer: Pours a pale straw color with a minimal head. If you were to look at it, you’d think you were getting a lite beer. The aromas and flavors, however, set it aside from that. Bready malt aromas greet the nose, with a little bit of hay from the hops. Light-to-medium mouthfeel bears the malty, slightly tart flavor. Very minimal hop snap on the back end.

The verdict: Kölsch is a beer that people either love or hate. I happen to love it, and Captain Lawrence makes a really fine example of it. This is a perfect beer for a warm Spring or hot Summer day, and I’d recommend sneaking one to your less cultured beer drinking buddies if you see it on tap. And then if they balk at it, you’ve got an excellent beer to yourself.

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