About Us

Sean Lawson

CBC award


Lawson’s Finest Liquids produces beer of the highest quality with outstanding freshness. We emulate the best of widely appreciated styles of beer, featuring world class IPAs and unique maple brews, while quenching the thirst of beer lovers from near and far.


Lawson’s Finest Liquids is a valued leader in the craft beer culture.  Our customers are excited and engaged by our high-quality beer and memorable experiences. We create economic vitality in the local community through beer tourism and by providing rewarding careers within a vibrant company culture. We further support our neighbors and local charitable organizations through philanthropic giving.


Lawson’s Finest Liquids aims for the highest quality standards in our beer production and in how we build relationships with our employees, our community partners, customers and each other.  We do this by valuing:

  • Quality
  • Our employees
  • Our customers
  • Communication
  • Community
  • Our company
  • Transparency
  • Philanthropy
  • Genuine personal interactions

In addition, we value the beautiful Mad River Valley and work to reduce our environmental impact through conservation of resources.  We use earth friendly products in our operations and re-use and recycle our materials.

Lawson’s Finest has earned critical acclaim and an enthusiastic fan following. Sean started the 1bbl nano-brewery with his wife Karen in 2008 after 20 years of home brewing. His specialty maple beers & IPA’s have garnered awards at the World Beer Cup, Great American Beer Festival, and at two National IPA championships (2011 – Triple Play IPA and 2016- Super Session #2). Lawson’s Finest grew to a 7bbl system in 2011 in a small sugarhouse style shed next to their home. Sean now also brews several of his IPA’s at Two Roads Brewing in Stratford, CT.

Sean is a graduate of the University of Vermont, with a Bachelors in Environmental Science and Masters in Forestry. His first career was as a scientist and educator. Sean continues to lead outings with the Naturalist Program he founded in 1996 at Mad River Glen ski area. Sean served as President of Vermont Brewers Association from 2014-2017 and an active Board member for nine years.

Karen is also a graduate of the University of Vermont, with a Masters Degree in Public Administration. Her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Psychology was obtained at Franklin Pierce in NH. Karen had a 20 year career in Vermont State Government prior to overseeing Lawson’s Finest Vermont beer sales.

Our beer can be found on draft, in bottles, and in cans in most counties of the state of Vermont. In 2014, we added an alternating proprietorship at Two Roads Brewing in Stratford, CT where our flagship canned IPA’s (Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session) are brewed by Lawson’s Finest. It is then packaged into kegs and cans and distributed through our own wholesale company to the Vermont market as well as locations in Connecticut through Hartford Distributors Inc. and Star Distributing; Massachusetts and Rhode Island through Atlantic Beverage Distributors; New York City through Sarene Craft Beer Distributors, and in Maine through Vacationland Distributors.

Please check out our FAQ page if you have questions, and feel free to contact us with any comments.

Please note: our brewery is closed to the public. Thank you.


Lawson’s Finest team (left to right) TJ Greenwood Operations Director, Karen Lawson Co-Owner, Alyssa Sorrentino Office Administrator, Chuck Derrick Brand Ambassador, Sean Lawson Brewer and Co-Owner

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