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Here’s a list of Frequently Asked Questions about everything under the sun (or Double Sunshine!) related to Lawson’s Finest Liquids. Click on any question that interests you to reveal the answer. If you need to contact us directly please reach out to [email protected].

Taproom / Tours

Can I bring my own food and beverages into the taproom?

We offer a delicious array of food and beverages on our taproom menu. So, we ask that you please not bring outside food or drinks into the Beer Garden.

Can we bring our dog into the taproom?

At Lawson’s Finest Liquids, we are dog owners and lovers, however, pets are not permitted in food service areas due to FDA and Vermont laws regarding restaurants, with the exception of service animals. Our outdoor patios and beer garden are included in the food service area, and as such, we cannot permit dogs into our outdoor service areas. We encourage visitors with dogs to enjoy the extensive network of boardwalks and paths on our property and beyond. Here’s a map

Do you have TV’s in the taproom?

We specifically designed the taproom to be a place for communicating with each other over fantastic beverages. We do not have televisions in the taproom to encourage the best guest experience possible!

Are there taxi or Uber services near your taproom?

Green Mountain Transit operates the Mad Bus seasonally, so check out their websites for route information! At this time, Uber is not a regular service in the Mad River Valley.

Do you offer growler fills?

We do not offer growler fills. Our commitment to providing the highest quality beers drives us to only serve our beer on draft or packaged in cans. Check out information about our Waitsfield retail store and other accounts to find your nearest supplier!

What are the Waitsfield taproom hours and address?

Our Beer Garden, Retail Store, Brewery and Taproom are located at 155 Carroll Rd, Waitsfield VT. Our Beer Garden and Retail Store will be open Monday - Thursday 12 p.m.–7 p.m., Friday–Saturday 11 a.m.–8 p.m, and Sunday 11 a.m. –7p.m.

Do you have live music in the taproom?

We do offer live music in our Beer Garden and Taproom! This information will be listed on our events page. Also, our taproom is outfitted with state-of-the-art Bose speakers to enjoy some tunes while you relax with a beverage.

Why doesn’t your taproom staff accept tips?

Lawson’s Finest has chosen to pay our staff generous living wages and benefits. There is no tip obligation when guests come to the taproom. However, if guests choose to leave a gratuity, 100% will be donated to local charitable endeavors.

Can I reserve the taproom for a private party or event?

We love the taproom vibe as much as you do…and unfortunately there’s just not enough space to reserve for a private party or event. All of our taproom floor space is decked out in fine hand-made wood tables awaiting your arrival so grab some friends and come enjoy!

What beer will you have when I visit Vermont?

Lawson’s Finest beer varieties (and limits) are routinely updated on our website.

You can also visit the Where To Buy page to view a listing of retail accounts to purchase packaged or draft beer.

How can I tour and visit the brewery?

*Due to COVID-19, we are not currently offering brewery tours. We hope to resume them once it is safe to do so!*

Get the inside scoop on all things Lawson’s Finest while touring our brewery and sampling some fine liquids. The tours are held on Fridays at 5pm and Saturdays at 1pm and 5pm. Sign up in our retail shop the day of. There is a 10 person limit per tour.

If you visit outside those timeframes we have a Brewery viewing area where guests can take in the sensory experience of the brewing and packaging processes.

What are you serving in the taproom?

Our Waitsfield Beer Garden and Taproom offers an amazing array of freshly brewed beers, fine wines, hard cider and non-alcoholic beverages in addition to local light fare. Our dine-in and to-go food and beverage options can be viewed here.

Beer Availability

What is the current beer list?

Please check out this page for a full listing of packaged beer to take home!

What will change with Sip of Sunshine IPA now that your new location is open?

Nothing will change with your beloved Sip of Sunshine IPA!

Lawson’s Finest Liquids brews Sip of Sunshine IPA (and the Super Session series) at Two Roads Brewing in Stratford CT. We will continue to do so even now that our new brewery, taproom and retail store is open in Waitsfield VT. After ten years of business, we are thrilled to be able to offer a much larger selection of beer brands to our customers!

Will you distribute your Waitsfield brewed beer to other retailers?

We love to sprinkle Lawson’s Finest Liquids to as many fans as possible to enjoy! Our Taproom and Retail Store are always stocked full of packaged beer to ensure folks who make the drive go home happy! If we have available quantities, we’ll distribute packaged beer into the larger marketplace.

Where is the best place to buy Lawson’s Finest Liquids?

The best place to buy Lawson’s Finest is at our Waitsfield brewery, taproom and retail store located at 155 Carroll Rd, Waitsfield VT.

Additional locations for draft and retail purchases are listed on the Find Our Beer page. Lawson’s Finest beer can be found on draft and cans throughout Vermont, and across the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

How do I place an order for a keg of Lawson’s Finest for my wedding, event, party, etc.?

We are currently unable to sell kegs directly to individuals due to both limited capacity and licensing requirements. If your event is taking place at an establishment that already carries Lawson’s Finest, feel free to make a request through that venue or caterer and we’ll be happy to help, subject to availability. We cannot fulfill orders or wedding requests directly.

I’d like to carry Lawson’s Finest at my restaurant, bar or retail store. How do I place an order?

We currently supply a number of accounts in VT, CT, MA, RI, ME, NH, PA, NJ and NY. In Vermont, we are maintaining a wait-list of accounts, subject to distribution capacity. If you’d like to add your establishment, please email [email protected] with the name of bar or retail store, location, and best way to get in contact.

For states outside of Vermont, please visit the Find our Beer page for information on contacting other distributors.

I went to buy your beer at a store/bar and they were out. Can’t you make more beer?

Our beers Sip of Sunshine IPA and the Super Session series are brewed at Two Roads Brewing by Lawson’s Finest Liquids. We brew fresh batches of Sip of Sunshine and Super Session regularly, which are distributed to area New England states.

In October 2018 we opened our Waitsfield brewery, taproom and retail store where guests can enjoy the ultimate Lawson’s Finest experience with fresh beer on tap and packaged cans to take home. Our Waitsfield location provides the opportunity try an amazing line-up of recipes you’ve come to love over the years, as well as new beers to taste!

Can I buy beer and have you ship it to me?

Sorry, but we do not offer direct shipping of beer. We look forward to hosting you at our Waitsfield VT brewery, taproom, and retail store!


How long do your beers stay fresh?

Ensuring the highest quality of our beer is a priority! We require that our beer remains cold from the brewery loading dock to the retailer and then to your palate! All of our beers have date stamps on the bottom of the cans to ensure you drink it fresh! We recommend enjoying our beer within 60 days of the packaging date for the ideal sensory experience (especially for IPA’s, Ales, Lagers, Pilsners, etc).

All of our barrel aged beers are suitable for cellaring and the label indicates the month and year of bottling.

Why can’t I buy my beer warm/unrefrigerated?

All of our beer is packaged, transported, stored, and displayed for sale refrigerated to maintain ultimate freshness from the moment the beer is canned to the moment it is in your hands. “But what if my beer gets warm, then cold again? Won’t it get skunked?” Answer: No. It is not a problem for your beer to get warm and cold again, however, while it is warm it will go stale much faster. This is why we are passionate about keeping our beer cold at all times. If you can’t keep your beer cold continuously, it is vitally important to get your beer cold again as soon as possible - this is the best way to preserve the brewery fresh condition of Lawson’s Finest beer. If you are traveling, we recommend purchasing a cooler or one of our affordable insulated bags to keep your beer cold.

I’d love to work for Lawson’s Finest. How do I apply?

We appreciate your enthusiasm to work for our company! Often we have job openings, which you can find here. We look forward to seeing your resume!

Can Lawson’s Finest donate to our upcoming non-profit event?

Lawson’s Finest philanthropic priority is to serve our home area of the Mad River Valley in Vermont. We will consider requests from surrounding communities if there is a demonstrated unmet need that aligns with our Vision Statement and Core Values.

Please submit your request to [email protected] at least 45 days prior to donation/sponsorship event. Include the following information – Name of Organization; Contact Name & Email; Event Name, Date & Location; and the Specific Donation Request.