On Monday, January 12, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company (444 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford, NY) will debut Think Drink: Volume 1, a limited release draft for select Philadelphia area taprooms and bottle shops. The specialty beer is the result of a massive collaboration project (#ThinkDrink) that began on Tuesday, November 18, when 50+ tavern owners and bar managers embarked on a chartered bus trip to the Captain Lawrence Brewery in Elmsford, NY. Each establishment’s representative consulted with Head Brewer/Owner Scott Vaccaro on the style of beer, yeast strains, malts, alcohol levels and premium ingredients – and now that labor of love is finally ready to be tasted:  Think Drink: Volume 1, a dry-hopped session Saison using German Hallertau hops, moderately bitter with a fruit finish and clean dry hop aroma.

“Think Drink: Volume 1 was one of the most fun and interactive brewing projects that we have ever been a part of here at the brewery,” says Vaccaro, who entered the Philadelphia market after partnering with top beer distributor Muller, Inc., this past October. “We were able to work closely with the industry professionals actually serving our beer, handing each one individual surveys asking for their suggestions on what they wanted this beer to be, and then inviting them all for a personal tour of our brewery.”

The collaboration beer will be available, on draught only, in the following bars and bottle shops:

320 Market Café, Alla Spina, American Sardine Bar, Baggataway Tavern, Barcade, Barley Mow, The Beer Store (Bucks County), The Beer Store (Malvern), Bottle Bar East, Teresa’s Café, Bishop’s Collar, Blind Pig, Blue Dog Family Tavern, Blue Dog, Flanigan’s Boathouse, Bru Craft & Wurst, Butcher and Barkeep, Craft Beer Outlet, The Cambridge, Canal Street, Capone’s, Craft Ale House, City Tap House Logan Square, City Tap House University City, Devil’s Den, Fette Sau, Fountain Porter, Good Dog Bar, Grey Lodge, Growlers, The Corner Foodery, The Foodery Roxborough, Harry’s Blue Bell Taproom, Hulmeville Inn, The Industry, Iron Abbey, Island Pizza, Jose Pistola’s, Khyber Pass Pub, Kite & Key, Kraftwork, Liberty Taproom, Local 44, London Grill, Maxwell’s on Main, Monk’s Café, Paradise by the Slice, The Pub on Passyunk East, PJ’s Pour House, Pinocchio’s, Prohibition Taproom, Ram’s Head Bar & Grill, Sidebar Restaurant, Side Car, Spinnerstown Hotel, Station Taproom, Time, TJ’s Restaurant & Drinkery, Tria Taproom, Two Stones Pub, Union Jack’s Pub, Union Jack’s Inn, Urban Saloon and Varga Bar.

Think Drink: Volume 1 marks the continued expansion of the Captain Lawrence brand into Philadelphia, the first market that the award-winning craft brewery has entered outside of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. On October 15, Captain Lawrence first made its presence felt in the area with the release of its critically-acclaimed Captain’s Reserve Imperial IPA. Smoked Porter was added in November, followed by Captain Lawrence IPA in December. Vaccaro will release the following styles in the coming weeks and months, all available in limited quantities, at select bars and bottle shops:

·  2015. Year-Round Styles: “Captain Lawrence IPA” IPA, “Captain’s Reserve” Imperial IPA, “Captain’s Kolsch” German Style Kolsch, “Liquid Gold” Hopped Belgian Blond (year-round styles will be available throughout 2015)
·  January 12. Special Releases: “Think Drink: Volume 1,” “Frost Monster” Imperial Stout; Pilot Series: “Traditional Pilsner.”
·  February 1. Pilot Series: “Frozen Flowers” Elderflower Belgian Blonde
·  March 1. Seasonal: “Sun Block” Hoppy Wheat;   Pilot Brew: Black IPA
·  April 1. Special Releases: “Xtra Gold” Dry-Hopped Tripel, “Seeking Alpha” Triple IPA; Pilot Brew: Brett IPA