PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. A typical destination for tourists would not be the small village of Pleasantville. However, that is not the case at Captain Lawrence Brewing Company.
"I card a lot of people here and they come from all over," said Jon Harahan of Mt. Kisco, a bartender at the brewery. "We have a strong local crowd here but we also get a lot of people from New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Harahan said he has seen people as far as California come into the brewery to take a tour of the facilities and try one of its many craft beers.
Lindsey Padrino was visiting the brewery Saturday with her husband David and friends David Gold and Kelly Westphalon. All are residents of New York City and were spending the day in Pleasantville. They originally tasted Captain Lawrence's "Liquid Gold" beer at a bar in New York and decided to check out the origin of the brew as a weekend day trip.
"We've just been so impressed with everyone's hospitality here and how nice everyone is, it's been a lot of fun," Lindsey Padrino said of their visit to Captain Lawrence.
It was their first trip to Pleasantville, but after today said they would be back again.
Harahan believes that one of the main reasons that people travel such long distances to Captain Lawrence is because of the high quality and freshness.
"You can get beer anywhere, but most beers they're in a cooler for a month, they were sitting at a factory for six months and the beer might have been brewed a year ago," Harahan said. "But here, it's fresh and it's high quality and with craft beers if it's not good quality people aren't going to drink it,"
The brewery recently announced that it will be moving from its Pleasantville location later this year to a larger facility five miles away in Elmsford where it hopes to continue to attract beer lovers from all over.
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