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Maple Nipple History and Distribution!

Posted on Jan 3, 2019 in Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Press

Maple Nipple History and Distribution!

The Maple Nipple was born even before Lawson’s Finest Liquids – as a homebrew recipe! Sean Lawson and LFL Brand Ambassador Chuck Derrick frequently brewed together with other local homebrewers. In the early 2000’s, during sugaring season, they sought to make a beer with maple syrup. Browsing the recipes in a book at the Vermont Homebrew Supply in Winooski, VT, Sean and Chuck encountered a brew called the “Bishop’s Tipple” – an English amber ale made with brown sugar and molasses. They decided to replace the sugar and molasses with maple syrup and brewed the first iteration of this beer at Chuck’s sugarhouse in Fayston, VT, while the sap was boiled into maple syrup in the early spring! The beer is named for Vermont’s state tree and the sweet nectar that it provides. Each summer for nearly 20 years, Chuck hosted a well-attended annual homebrew party each summer with live...

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