Local Shelfies

No, we’re not talking a smartphone shot you take of yourself. These are shelfies, or, in beer-speak, tasty bottled or canned brews that aren’t hard to find on liquor-store shelves. Now that you know what a shelfie is, here are some quality choices you should be on the lookout for from nearby brewers in Westchester, NYC, and CT:


Captain Lawrence Effortless IPA

The beer’s name rings true: This sessionable, equally citrusy and hoppy IPA is easy drinking. For an uptick in citrus, try the grapefruit version.

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Also try: Vermont microbrewery Lawson’s Finest — brewed at Two Roads in Stratford, CT — just landed in Westchester. Sip of Sunshine will be hard to find, and more sought-after at first, but Super Session #2 shouldn’t be overlooked.



Yonkers Brewing’s Vienna Lager

A godsend for those not into hoppy IPAs, Yonkers Brewing’s flagship Vienna Lager is easy drinking, low in bitterness, and true to this style’s flavor, with plenty of maltiness and roasted-grain taste.

Also try: Peekskill Brewery’s Paramount; slight hops, lots of citrus
and tropical fruit notes in this crushable American pale ale.

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Brooklyn Brewery’s Black Chocolate Stout 

You’ll see this fall/winter seasonal on shelves way after the proverbial “stout season.” A super-dark chocolatey stout that pairs well with desserts and cold nights, it’s a solid pickup from one of the O.G.s of the craft-beer movement.

Also try: Espressway Cold Brew Coffee Stout by Two Roads is for those looking for something less boozy (6.5% ABV, compared to BCS’ 10%). Steeped in an Ethiopian/Sumatran blend of beans roasted by Shearwater Coffee in Trumbull, CT, it’s like drinking an iced coffee.

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