Posts by Sean Lawson

Triple Sunshine is on the way!

Posted by on May 4, 2014 in our beer | Comments Off on Triple Sunshine is on the way!

This past week, I brewed Triple Sunshine IPA! This beer is expected to be about 10.5% ABV and feature the same color and flavor profile as the Double Sunshine IPA….only amped up with even more hop character and a fuller body. Expect it to be dangerously drinkable and available in limited quantities in bottles. It will be released at our first outdoor Farmer’s Market of the season in Waitsfield, VT on Saturday, May 24th from 9am to 1pm. We will also be saving a few kegs of Triple Sunshine IPA to serve at all three sessions of the Vermont Brewers Festival on July 18-19th. VBF tickets go on sale May 15th. We are tentatively planning to hand out numbered tickets for all bottle sales for the 5/24 market starting at 8am at the Mad Taco in Waitsfield – where they will be throwing the doors open early for breakfast and a special cask tapping of Triple Sunshine IPA…woah! Starting at 9am, tickets will be handed out at the market, not the Mad Taco. After the market, we highly recommend that beer fans head to Waterbury, VT where you will find special afternoon events to celebrate the Hill Farmstead Brewery’s 4th Anniversary! Look for more information, bottle limits and prices for the 5/24 Farmer’s Market to be posted here on the blog a week prior to the event. Cheers! The massive hop charged used to brew Triple Sunshine...

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May 1, 2014 beer deliveries

Posted by on Apr 28, 2014 in our beer | Comments Off on May 1, 2014 beer deliveries

This week (May 1st & 2nd) Bottles : Chinooker’d IPA (6.9%) Draft: Sip of Sunshine IPA (8.0%) Also, visit Montbeerlier at Three Penny Taproom this Saturday, for special casks (including one from LFL!) and additional LFL draft varieties! Cheers!

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Thank you Lawson’s Finest fans!

Posted by on Apr 22, 2014 in our events, special events | Comments Off on Thank you Lawson’s Finest fans!

Thank you Lawson’s Finest fans!

HUGE THANK YOU to everyone that turned out for the Lawson’s Finest 6th Anniversary event this weekend! WOW! From start (Mad Taco breakfast at 8am…wait, make that 5:15am for the earlier risers!) to finish (encore by the Grift at 11:10pm), you are seriously dedicated to your passion and enthusiasm for the beers you love! Drum roll please…..the final numbers are in….and we raised $10,682 for charitable causes! Yes, just fantastic! We are donating $5,341 each to the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation, and a local family in real need here in Valley through the Warren United Church. We couldn’t have done it without the amazing support of our lead sponsor THE MAD TACO, all of our incredible friends who helped throughout the lead up and during the event, our kind vendors at the market, The Grift band, The Valley Players theater, and more! Thank you! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! A few fun photos to share: The Grift rockin’ it out, the early riser Mad Taco crew, and the starting line up for bottles at the...

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6th Anniversary Bottle list & limits

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in our events, special events | Comments Off on 6th Anniversary Bottle list & limits

Here you go! ALSO – We will be posting updates in the morning to our new Facebook page regarding the Mad Taco breakfast buffet (see below) and beer # ticket availability (to purchase bottles). The breakfast fundraiser event runs 8-10am and we will post when all 50 tickets and the special breakfast stout are gone….and/or to let you know that they are still available for a donation! If you purchase the full allotment of bottles offered, the total will be $168 including Vermont taxes. Remember this a cash-only sale! (local checks accepted) 6th Anniversary Bottle List Spring Fever Session IPA (3.8%) – $7/22oz – LIMIT 3 Permagrin Rye Pale Ale (6.0%) – $7/22oz – LIMIT 3 Double Sunshine IPA (8.0%) – $9/22oz –  LIMIT 3 6th Anniversary Peril Imperial IPA (11.1%) – $12/22oz –  LIMIT 2 Rum-barrel Aged Maple Imperial Stout (11%) – $15/375ml – LIMIT 3 Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (10.1%) – $15/750ml – LIMIT...

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The Mad Taco Presents…..50 for 50!

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in our events, special events | Comments Off on The Mad Taco Presents…..50 for 50!

The Mad Taco Presents…..50 for 50! Very exciting news my friends….join Lawson’s Finest and The Mad Taco (Waitsfield location) at 8:00am on Saturday April 19th (yes, our Anniversary!) to raise $2,500 for the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation! We will be tapping a cask of a one-of-kind, never made before (or again?) beer!!! Bourbon Vanilla Espresso Fayston Maple Imperial (Breakfast) Stout! We will also be handing out the first 50 numbers to guarantee your spot in line when our Beer Lover’s Market opens at 2pm, AND serving up a Mad Taco breakfast buffet!! First-come, First-serve. The breakfast will be available from 8am until 10am, and we will post updates to our Facebook page when the beer tickets run out…or let you know they are still available for a donation to our fundraiser! What the Stout??? Here’s the deal: $50 per person (CASH ONLY) for the first 50 people gets you the following: 1. One of the first 50 numbered tickets for bottle sales at the 6th Anniversary Beer Lovers Ball 2. An all-you-can-eat Mad Taco breakfast buffet of Chilaquiles, Carnitas Hash, Carnitas and Jalepeno pancakes 3. One 12oz pour of cask-conditioned Bourbon Vanilla Espresso infused Fayston Maple Imperial Stout Every dollar we raise will go right to the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation, a cause near and dear to our hearts as my (Sean’s) sister Dana continues her fight against this deadly cancer. FAQ’s Can we just come and eat breakfast? Heck yes! Breakfast only will be available for $15 per person to those not donating to obtain a pour of stout and a number ticket. Can we just come and get a pour of the breakfast stout? – No, The cask will only be available to those who donate $50 for the event. Can we just come and drink beer or Bloody Marias? Heck yes! The Mad Taco will be offer an incredible line up of special draft beers – Hill Farmstead George, Citra, Simcoe, and Double Citra (four Hill Farmstead beers!), LFL Sip of Sunshine Double IPA, and Citizen Cider Dirty...

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6th Anniversary Party details

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in mad river valley, our events, special events | Comments Off on 6th Anniversary Party details

6th Anniversary Party details

Why? – Raise funds for The Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation and a local family in the Valley in need of our support. Plus, tasty beer, food & a great time as we celebrate our 6th Birthday! Where? – Valley Players Theater, 4254 Main Street, Route 100, Waitsfield, VT. Parking? – Waitsfield Telecom parking lot (PLEASE stay off grass), 3898 Main St, Waitsfield, VT. FREE SHUTTLE runs from 1:30 to 5:00 pm to/from venue. Limited parking available along Route 100. Bottles sales? – Lawson’s Finest Beer Lovers Market from 2-6pm while supplies last. We use a deli-style number system. Get your numbered ticket starting at 12:00 Noon in front of the theater with a schedule and beer order form.  List/prices and a schedule below. Watch our blog for updated instructions on bottle limits and exciting news! How does the number system work for bottle sales? – See schedule below. How much beer will you have? – We will have more than enough draft for both day and nite. Bottles – The first ~200 people who get numbered tickets will find a full selection of our bottled offerings. We will have enough bottles to cover up to ticket #350 with purchase of up to 5 bottles. Beer Lover’s Market? – 2-6pm, free admission, great local farm and food vendors; 7 draft lines of Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Lawson’s merchandise for sale. Beer Lovers Ball? – (SOLD-OUT) 7-11pm, 21 and over only, live music from The Grift, Mad Taco dinner buffet, cash bar with 8 varieties of Lawson’s Finest on tap. Admission includes one draft pour in a souvenir Lawson’s tulip glass. No bottle sales, merchandise sales ends at 8pm. NOTE: Tickets purchased online require ID at the door that matches the name on the ticket. If you want to transfer your online ticket, you must email [email protected] with the name of person. Transportation? – Alpine Limo rocks – FREE shuttle service! To/from parking lot 1:30-5:00pm; ALSO to/from Mad River Valley (Waitsfield, Warren, Moretown, Fayston) and the Beer Lovers Ball 6-10:45pm. To arrange a pick-up for transport to the evening event, you must text or call Mike at 802-793-3543, prior to 6pm on Saturday 4/19. C&L Taxi in Warren is also available. Be safe and have a designated driver! Lodging? – Hostel Tevere & The Mad River Barn Inn. Ask for the Lawson’s Finest Liquids special rate when booking your reservation. 6th Anniversary Bottle List Spring Fever Session IPA (3.8%) – $7/22oz Permagrin Rye Pale Ale (6.0%) – $7/22oz Double Sunshine IPA (8.0%) – $9/22oz 6th Anniversary Peril Imperial IPA (11.1%) – $12/22oz Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (10.1%) – $15/750ml Rum-barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (11%) – $15/375ml Please note: Bottle limits will be posted prior the event. This list is subject to change. No credit cards – Cash or local check only. We use a deli-style number system for bottle sales. We begin handing out numbers at 12:00 noon in front of the Valley Players theater. We will hand out up to 375 numbers (one per person). You will return to purchase your bottles according to the schedule below. We have a red LED lighted sign with the number being served at the bottles sales tables and will call your number. If you miss your number, join the end of line at the bottle table. Number Time 1 to 25 2:00 to 2:15 25 to 50 2:15 to 2:30 50 to 75 2:30 to 2:45 75 to 100 2:45 to 3:00 100 to 125 3:00 to 3:15 125 to 150 3:15 to 3:30 150 to 175 3:30 to 3:45 175 to...

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April Upcoming deliveries

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in our beer | Comments Off on April Upcoming deliveries

This week, Double Sunshine IPA will be delivered in bottles on Thursday and Friday (4/10-11) and Sip of Sunshine IPA can be found at all of our draft accounts ( see website ). Next week (4/17-18) Limited amounts of Permagrin Rye Pale will be delivered in bottles. Sip of Sunshine draft. Our 6th Anniversary bottle sale is on Sat. 4/19. See below for all the details The week of 4/24 – don’t expect any bottle delivery…we are likely to get cleaned out at the anniversary party and will not have any additional beer ready to bottle that week. Sip of Sunshine IPA will continue on draft....

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It’s Here – Sip of Sunshine IPA

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in collaborations, our beer | Comments Off on It’s Here – Sip of Sunshine IPA

The newest Lawson’s Finest beer is now tap at some of your favorite establishments that serve our beer! Sip of Sunshine IPA! American Double IPA 8% ABV I am very excited by our newest project, which is a partnership with Two Roads Brewing. I traveled to their new brewery to brew up the first batch of this beer on March 17th (St. Patty’s Day to us Irish folk!), which also happens to be the exact date that we sold our very first keg six years ago! I created this beer to be very similar to the Double Sunshine IPA, but slightly different! Our partnership with Two Roads will enable me to brew this beer on a regular basis – they have a beautiful new facility in Stratford, CT and a highly esteemed brewmaster, Phil Markowski, with decades of experience. Most importantly, they have a very soft water source (low mineral content) that almost perfectly mirrors our water source here in Warren, VT. I created the recipe and oversaw the brewing and packaging at their brewery, and will continue to do so in the future. I hope to have this beer on tap all the time at the accounts listed on our website. For now this beer is only on draft in kegs in our local Vermont market, and as I refine the recipe, we will look to packaging in bottles and maybe even cans in future...

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Evening Beer Lover’s Ball Sold Out!

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in our events, special events | Comments Off on Evening Beer Lover’s Ball Sold Out!

Evening Beer Lover’s Ball Sold Out!

6th Anniversary Celebration April 19th Evening Beer Lover’s Ball SOLD OUT! Thank you to everyone that purchased tickets for the evening Ball. For those of you that didn’t get tickets for the evening session, fear not! We will have a Beer Lover’s Market from 2-6pm on 4/19 where you can purchase Lawson’s bottled beer, merchandise, and draft beer as well as other fantastic products from local vendors. Similar to the Farmer’s Market style, we will issue numbers starting at 12:00 noon on the day of the event for the bottle sales to maintain the lines. More detailed information is listed below on the 3/26 post....

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6th Anniversary Tickets on Sale Today!

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in mad river valley, our events, special events | Comments Off on 6th Anniversary Tickets on Sale Today!

6th Anniversary Tickets on Sale Today!

UPDATE to ticket sales: The online tickets are now sold out. Thank you to everyone who jumped at the chance to be a part of our evening celebration! The Warren Store has 35 tickets left. The Mad Taco in Waitsfield has 28 tickets left. ========================================== Tickets will go on sale online via lawsonsfinest.com as well as in person at The Warren Store (Warren) and the Mad Taco (Waitsfield) today at 11am! Tickets are for the April 19th 7-11pm Beer Lovers Ball. Tickets are $35 each, limit 4 tickets per person. There are no phone or email ticket orders. Tickets are not required for the 2-6pm Beer Lovers Market session. We will post notice on the blog when online ticket sales are sold out. We will also post notice when in person ticket sales are sold out. We look forward to celebrating with...

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Lawson’s Finest 6th Anniversary

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in our events, special events | Comments Off on Lawson’s Finest 6th Anniversary

Lawson’s Finest 6th Anniversary

Hey Friends, Our 6th Anniversary is fast approaching! April 19th at the Valley Players Theater on Route 100 in Waitsfield, with a farmers market style bottle sale in the afternoon (2-6pm) and a ticketed evening celebration featuring live music, food, a free shuttle and of course a bevy of liquid offerings on draft (7-11pm). No tickets are required for the day-time event. Tickets will go on sale soon for the Beer Lover’s Ball evening event from 7-11 PM. All the information will be posted on our website and blog. More details below. Please note: we will be launching ticket sales via TicketLeap and a button on our existing website home page. We are currently testing this platform – tickets are not for sale yet! We appreciate your patience in holding tight until we announce that tickets are on-sale. 6th Anniversary Info Join Lawson’s Finest on April 19, 2014 as we celebrate six years of brewing and raise funds for several worthy causes that are close to our hearts – The Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation and a local family in the Valley. The event takes place at the Valley Players Theater – 4254 Main St, Waitsfield, VT. The Beer Lovers Market from 2-6 pm features free admission with bottle sales, draft beer, Lawson’s merchandise, and a selection of local foods and goods from Gracie’s Tamales, Nutty Steph’s,Green Mountain Twisters, Mt. Mansfield Creamery, Gizmo’s Pickled Plus, and more! All ages are welcome; however, expect a crowd! We will begin handing out numbered tickets to secure your place in line for bottle sales at 12:00 noon. Please see our blog for detailed instructions on bottle sales. The Beer Lovers Ball from 7-11pm (ages 21 and over only) is a limited capacity event featuring live music from The Grift and a cash bar with eight varieties of Lawson’s Finest on tap. Admission is $35 per person and includes one draft pour in a souvenir Lawson’s tulip glass and a buffet dinner from the Mad Taco. Tickets will be available online and in person at two locations – The Mad Taco in Waitsfield and The Warren Store in Warren. Tickets are not available by phone or email. Please note – Bottle sales will NOT be offered at the evening event. Merchandise sales will end at 8pm. Alpine Limo will be providing FREE transportation to and from the Beer Lovers Ball in the Mad River Valley (Waitsfield, Warren, Moretown, Fayston). More details on the shuttle will be posted to our blog before the event. Please utilize this service or have a designated driver. A local cab service – C&L taxi – is also available. We want you to have fun and be safe! The Hostel Tevere and The Mad River Barn Inn are offering lodging specials for the weekend! Ask for the Lawson’s Anniversary special rate when booking your reservation. These li sts are subject to change. 6th Anniversary Draft Beer List  Spring Fever Session IPA (3.8%) Permagrin Rye Pale Ale (6.0%) Barrel-Aged Jack’s Abby/Lawson’s Finest Smoked Maple Lager (6+%) Double Sunshine IPA (8.0%) 6th Anniversary Peril Imperial IPA (11.1%) Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (10.1%) Maple Barrel Aged Maple Imperial Stout (11%) 2012 Maple Tripple Ale (12%) 6th Anniversary Bottle List  Spring Fever Session IPA (3.8%) – $7/22oz Permagrin Rye Pale Ale (6.0%) – $7/22oz Double Sunshine IPA (8.0%) – $9/22oz 6th Anniversary Peril Imperial IPA (11.1%) – $12/22oz Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (10.1%) – $15/750ml Rum-barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (11%) – $15/375ml Please note: Bottle limits will be posted on the day of the event. This list is subject to change. No credit cards – Cash or local check...

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Upcoming Beers – No Deliveries this week (3/20-21)

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in our beer | Comments Off on Upcoming Beers – No Deliveries this week (3/20-21)

Upcoming Beers – No Deliveries this week (3/20-21)

Sorry to inform you that there will be no deliveries of Lawson’s Finest in bottles or kegs for the week of March 20-21 (Thurs/Fri). We will resume our usual delivery schedule, posted on the “Find our Beer” page of our website next week, on March 27th. Upcoming Beers March 27-28 ~ Spring Fever Session IPA (3.8% abv) April 3-4 ~ Double Sunshine IPA (8.0%...

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Montpelier Farmer’s Market – Sat. March 15

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in farmers markets, our events | Comments Off on Montpelier Farmer’s Market – Sat. March 15

Montpelier Farmer’s Market – Sat. March 15

The next Montpelier Farmer’s Market on March 15th from 10am to 2pm will have a VERY LIMITED selection of beer. We do not recommend driving from hours away only for this event. We anticipate the following beers and limits. Please see detailed instructions below. Double Sunshine IPA (8.0%/22oz) – 2 bottle limit/person Sticky Ale (bourbon barrel-aged Maple Nipple; 9%/375ml) – 2 bottle limit/person Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (10%/750ml) – 1 bottle limit/person IMPORTANT INFO FOR FARMERS MARKET Early arrivals (before 10am) – PLEASE do not park in front of the VT College Gym or the lot adjacent to the building. These areas are essential to vendors loading/unloading for the market. We will have a deli-style number system in place and will begin handing out numbered tickets at 8:00am near the entrance to the VT College Gym. These numbers will be on an order form with the list of beers and bottle limits so that you can have your order ready (please fill out the form). There is a schedule on the reverse side with the approximate time window to visit our table. We have a lighted LED number sign that is visible from a distance with the current number being served. If you miss your number, you may present it anytime after the current customers at the table are served. Plan to wait at least 1-2 hours after collecting your number before your turn arrives. Plan to shop at the other vendors who will be offering an amazing selection of farm fresh foods, meats, and cheeses, crafts, holiday gifts, maple syrup, and much more! If you arrive before the market opens, please visit downtown Montpelier after you pick up your number. You may not wait at or near our table. The winter indoor market has a limited amount of space, and unless you are actively shopping at other vendors or enjoying some of the prepared foods and beverages at the tables in the gym, then you are blocking other customer’s access to vendors at the market. Beer sales begin at 10am. We do not offer any merchandise (glassware, t-shirts, etct) at the Farmer’s Market. Lawson’s Finest does not accept credit cards. Cash or local check only. Thank...

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March 4 beer news

Posted by on Mar 2, 2014 in farmers markets, our events | Comments Off on March 4 beer news

March 4 beer news

Hi Folks, Just a quick update to let you know a few things. 1. This week’s beer selection is Double Sunshine IPA. PLEASE NOTE: This Thursday’s (3/6) deliveries to the Mad River Valley will be not be made until end of day. The Warren Store will receive their delivery of bottles before closing at 6pm. Some draft accounts may not receive their beer until Friday 3/7. 2. The 39th Annual NATO Telemark Festival is this Saturday and Sunday March 8th-9th at Mad River Glen!!! We will be debuting a special beer brewed just for this event – Three Pin Grin IPA!!! Enjoy at the General Stark’s Pub all weekend long, or join in the fun at the Telemark party on Saturday at 4pm on third floor of the basebox with live music from Guy Burlage and the Freeheelers, plus plenty of draft beer! (Note: Telemark ticket required for party, includes one beer). 3. The next Montpelier Farmer’s Market on March 15th will have a VERY LIMITED selection of beer. We do not recommend driving from hours away only for this event. We anticipate the following beers and limits (note: subject to change – updated blog post before market). Double Sunshine IPA (8.0%/22oz) – 2 bottle limit/person Sticky Ale (bourbon barrel-aged Maple Nipple; 9%/375ml) – 2 bottle limit/person Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (10%/750ml) – 1 bottle...

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MRG Beer Lover’s Dinner sold out

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in our events, special events | Comments Off on MRG Beer Lover’s Dinner sold out

Thanks all fans for supporting the Naturalist Program at Mad River Glen with our Full Moon Snowshoe & Beer Lover’s dinner on Friday, February 14th! The event is sold-out and no tickets will be available at the door. Happy Valentines Day (Powder Day!!! Woohoo!)

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Upcoming Beers

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in our beer | Comments Off on Upcoming Beers

These are the varieties of beer you can expect to be delivered to our draft and retail bottle accounts. Please note that each location decides when to put the beer on tap or onto the shelf for sale. Bottles typically only last for a few hours after delivery. 2/13-2/14 – Double Sunshine IPA (8.0%) 2/20-2/21 – Big Hoppy Black Ale (7.5%) NOTE: The week of 2/27 quantities will be very limited due to the production of our special 6th Anniversary beer -Peril Imperial IPA – to be released on April 19th at our 6th Anniversary event (tickets avail. mid-March) 2/27-2/28 – Big Hoppy Black Ale (7.5%); Sticky Ale – bottles only...

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Montpelier Farmer’s Market – Sat. Feb. 8th 10am-2pm

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in farmers markets, our beer, our events, special events | Comments Off on Montpelier Farmer’s Market – Sat. Feb. 8th 10am-2pm

Join us after the market at the Three Penny Taproom, where we will tap a pin cask of Double Dry Hopped Steve’s Backyard Red Ale at 3pm! Beer List Please NOTE: Bottle limits listed below are per person. You can purchase up to your limit of each and all varieties Double Sunshine IPA (8.0%) $9/22oz – Limit 4 Ava IPA (7%) $8/22oz – Limit 2 Sticky Ale (Maple-bourbon barrel aged; 9%) $9/375ml – Limit 4 Maple Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (11%) $15/375ml – Limit 4 2012 Maple Tripple Ale (12%) $25/375ml – Limit 4   IMPORTANT INFO FOR FARMERS MARKET Early arrivals (before 10am) – PLEASE do not park in front of the VT College Gym or the lot adjacent to the building. These areas are essential to vendors loading/unloading for the market. We will have a deli-style number system in place and will begin handing out numbered tickets at 8:00am near the entrance to the VT College Gym. These numbers will be on an order form with the list of beers and bottle limits so that you can have your order ready (please fill out the form). There is a schedule on the reverse side with the approximate time window to visit our table. We have a lighted LED number sign that is visible from a distance with the current number being served. If you miss your number, you may present it anytime after the current customers at the table are served. Plan to wait at least 1-2 hours after collecting your number before your turn arrives. Plan to shop at the other vendors who will be offering an amazing selection of farm fresh foods, meats, and cheeses, crafts, holiday gifts, maple syrup, and much more! If you arrive before the market opens, please visit downtown Montpelier after you pick up your number. You may not wait at or near our table. The winter indoor market has a limited amount of space, and unless you are actively shopping at other vendors or enjoying some of the prepared foods and beverages at the tables in the gym, then you are blocking other customer’s access to vendors at the market. Beer sales begin at 10am. We do not offer any merchandise (glassware, t-shirts, etct) at the Farmer’s Market. Lawson’s Finest does not accept credit cards. Cash or local check only. Thank you. Upcoming beers These are the beers you can expect to be delivered to our draft and retail bottle accounts. Please note that each location decides when to put the beer on tap or onto the shelf for sale. Bottles typically only last for a few hours after delivery. 1/30-1/31 – Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (10.1%) 2/6-2/7 – Steve’s Backyard Red Ale (5.5%) 2/13-2/14 – Double Sunshine IPA...

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Happy New Year!

Posted by on Jan 19, 2014 in beer fests, collaborations, farmers markets, our beer, our events, special events | Comments Off on Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! (NOTE – Post revised on 1/19) Yes, I’m a little slow out the gate to get the first post of 2014 up to our blog, nevertheless, I have lots of good tidings and a look a head to what’s new and exciting on the horizon! Scroll to bottom for the list of beers for the next few weeks and our next Farmer’s Market beer list on Feb. 8th First, what a way to start the new year: Thank you Food Republic.com! They named the Double Dose IPA the #1 beer of 2013. With that great news, I can also tell you that Otter Creek Brewing and Lawson’s Finest are planning to team up again to brew the Double Dose IPA in the fall of 2014. Most excellent! What else is ahead for 2014? Here are just a few highlights: Collaborations – yes, please! These projects are one way that our tiny brewery can get some more beer out to the market, by partnering with other breweries that have bigger systems. We are currently planning on several collaborations with our brewing friends here in New England and across the border in Quebec! As soon as details are confirmed, I will post them to our blog. New Beers – Absolutely! This week I brewed the first – Ava IPA – named for the three hops featured in the brew (Apollo, Vanguard, and Amarillo) as well as our oldest daughter Ava. Expect to see a continuous rotation of new IPA’s and single-hop recipes. I am hoping to score some Mosaic hops and this year’s hop contract includes several varieties that are new to our brewery – Galaxy, Comet, Soriachi Ace, Palisade, Glacier and several New Zealand varieties. I’ll be cooking up a big barleywine (Seared Palate perhaps?!) before the cold season is over. I am also working on several new barrel-aged creations, including a rum-barrel stout in partnership with our new hometown Warren distillery – Mad River Distillers. Finally, you asked for….and now it’s coming (summer release) Triple Sunshine IPA! Returning Favorites – With a tiny brewery and just a few fermenters, it’s difficult to make all the varieties of beer that I’d like to, and not even close to all the ones I’ve dreamed up so far! But, we are bringing back some of the fan and brewer favorites for 2014 like Permagrin Rye Pale Ale, Spring Fever Session Ale, Sugarhouse IPA, and Crooked Cabin Brown Ale. Look for the return of our now once-annual Peril Imperial IPA to be released on 4/19. And of course, we’ll have Double Sunshine IPA in our rotation throughout the year…yeah! Events – Our next event is Friday, Feb. 14th, Valentines Day, featuring a Beer Love’s Dinner and Full Moon Snowshoe at Mad River Glen, a fundraiser with all proceeds to benefit the MRG Naturalist Program. Tickets are $30 and include a buffet dinner by Chef Michael Witzel with his famous Beef Stew (featured in Vermont Life magazine!) made with locally sourced ingredients, including LFL Fayston Maple Imperial Stout, along with bread, salad, dessert and a cash bar with three varieties of Lawson’s Finest brews. Enjoy a full moon snowshoe ramble (on your own), and after dinner, Naturalist and Brewer Sean Lawson will present a slide show – “The Nature of Vermont” with images and stories of the wildlife and flora of the Green Mountains in four seasons.Save the date: Lawson’s Finest 6th Anniversary celebration will be held on April 19th, 2014 at the Valley Players Theater in Waitsfield. We’ll have a farmer’s market style bottle sale in the afternoon (with a much more efficient and organized ticketed number system – so please don’t give up if you have...

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Montpelier Farmer’s Market – Sat. Dec. 21st

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in farmers markets, our beer, our events | Comments Off on Montpelier Farmer’s Market – Sat. Dec. 21st

Montpelier Farmer’s Market – Sat. Dec. 21st

Darkest of nights….Double Sunshine days! Yes, friends, this Saturday, December 21st marks the winter solstice and the longest night of the year. We hope to brighten that shortest day by bringing you the return of Double Sunshine IPA! We’ll be making this beer available at the Montpelier Farmer’s Marketfrom 10am to 2pm, as well as our regular draft and retail bottle location (see list of locations – here) this Thursday and Friday. We’ll also be tapping a pin cask of Double Sunshine IPA with our friends at Three Penny Taproom at 3pm Saturday. We’ll have at the market the last cases of this year’s Maple Tripple Ale and Maple barrel-aged Imperial Stout, and releasing a brand new creation – Sticky Ale! – created by aging Maple Nipple Ale in Maple Bourbon barrels for year. (see label for full description below) IMPORTANT INFO FOR FARMERS MARKET Early arrivals (before 10am) – PLEASE do not park in front of the VT College Gym or the lot adjacent to the building. These areas are essential to vendors loading/unloading for the market. We will have a deli-style number system in place and will begin handing out numbered tickets at 8:30am near the entrance to the VT College Gym. These numbers will be on an order form with the list of beers and bottle limits so that you can have your order ready (please fill out the form). There is a schedule on the reverse side with the approximate time window to visit our table. We have a lighted LED number sign that is visible from a distance with the current number being served. If you miss your number, you may present it anytime after the current customers at the table are served. Plan to wait at least 1-1.5 hours after collecting your number before your turn arrives. Plan to shop at the other vendors who will be offering an amazing selection of farm fresh foods, meats, and cheeses, crafts, holiday gifts, maple syrup, and much more! If you arrive before the market opens, please visit downtown Montpelier after you pick up your number. You may not wait at or near our table. The winter indoor market has a limited amount of space, and unless you are actively shopping at other vendors or enjoying some of the prepared foods and beverages at the tables in the gym, then you are blocking other customer’s access to vendors at the market. Beer sales begin at 10am. We do not offer any merchandise (glassware, t-shirts, etct) at the Farmer’s Market. Lawson’s Finest does not accept credit cards. Cash or local check only. Thank you. 12/21 FARMER’S MARKET BEER LIST   Note: bottle limits listed below are per person, per variety   Chinooker’d IPA (6.9%) – $8/22oz – Limit 2 Triple Play IPA (7%) – $9/22oz – Limit 2 Maple Nipple Ale (8%) – $9/22oz – Limit 4 Sticky Ale (9%) – $9/375ml – Limit 4 Double Sunshine IPA (8%) – $9/22oz – Limit 4 Maple barrel-aged Imp. Stout (11%) – $15/375ml – Limit 2 Maple Tripple Ale (12%) – $25/500ml – Limit...

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The Night Before The Night Before Christmas!

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in our beer, our events, special events | Comments Off on The Night Before The Night Before Christmas!

The Night Before The Night Before Christmas!

Once again, Lawson’s Finest Liquids will be joining this special event featuring the esteemed Sam Calagione and Dogfish Head Brewing to raise funds for Vermont Foodbank, and provide participants with a memorable experience of special ferments and delectable food prepared by the amazing folks at The Worthy Kitchen in Woodstock, VT, on Monday, December 23rd, from 6 – 10pm. Tickets are now available at the Worthy Kitchen in person or by calling (802) 457-7281 with a credit...

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What’s Next

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in our beer, our events, special events | Comments Off on What’s Next

What’s Next

Happy Holidays to you all! Lot’s going on…here’s the quick version. Here are the varieties of beer going out to stores and draft accounts in the next two weeks: 12/5 – Chinooker’d IPA 12/12 – Triple Play IPA This Saturday, Dec. 7th visit the Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT for “Lawson’s All Day!” We’ll be featuring 8 varieties of Lawson’s on tap and a few bottled specialties as well!!! The event starts at noon and ends when they close. We will post the list of beers that will be available at our Dec. 21 Farmer’s Market about a week prior to that...

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Important bottle update!

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in our beer | Comments Off on Important bottle update!

Important bottle update!

Hi folks, The risk of posting a list weeks ahead of time means that unforseen changes can happen…. The Fayston Maple Imperial Stout has not been bottled yet and will not be arriving in stores this week. I hope to have it bottled next week (11/14-15 deliveries). It will be available in very limited quantities as most of the batch will be filling oak barrels for our next round of Bourbon barrel aged FMIS…including one very special barrel (did someone say Pappy?) to be release later in 2014. Thanks for your patience and understanding! – Sean 11/7 – Triple Play IPA 11/14 – Hopzilla Double IPA 11/21 – Big Hoppy Black Ale 11/27&29 – Triple Play IPA (note: Wed. deliveries in the Mad River Valley due to the Thanksgiving...

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Beer schedule & Nutty Steph’s 10th Anniversary!

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in our events | Comments Off on Beer schedule & Nutty Steph’s 10th Anniversary!

Beer schedule & Nutty Steph’s 10th Anniversary!

Greetings all, Here’s what you can expect in bottles and draft for delivery the next few weeks (see our website for locations and delivery day). 10/31 – Steve’s Backyard Red Ale (5.5%) Note: Brewed and bottled with local home brewer Steve Robbins! 11/7 – Triple Play IPA (7%) and very limited quantities of Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (10%) in bottles only 11/14 – Hopzilla Double IPA (8.7%) 11/21 – Big Hoppy Black Ale (7.5%) Nutty Steph’s 10th Anniversary! Lawson’s Finest is thrilled to be a sponsor of Nutty Steph’s 10th Anniversary event! Our favorite maker of the wonderous “Magic Chunks” – the granola and chocolate wizards of Nutty Steph’s will be putting on an event to remember on November 16th at the ECHO Center in Burlington, VT. All the details can be found here. Of course, several varieties of Lawson’s Finest will be served at the event along with a bevy of chocolate, bacon and other treats! Watch our blog for upcoming ticket give-aways...

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Updated Farmers Market bottle limits on 10/12

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in mad river valley, our beer, our events | Comments Off on Updated Farmers Market bottle limits on 10/12

Updated Farmers Market bottle limits on 10/12

Please note the following bottle limits and prices on this Saturday’s Farmers Market offerings in Waitsfield from 9am to 1pm. We’ll start handing out numbered tickets at 8am to secure your place in line without waiting at the booth! PLEASE – once you have your number, please don’t wait in front of our booth – visit the great array of other vendors at the market, grab a cup of coffee or breakfast, or just relax and take a walk to enjoy the beautiful foliage. We and our neighboring vendors at the market will greatly appreciate it! 2 bottle limit – Maple Barrel-Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (11%; 2013 release!) – $15/375ml 2 bottle limit – Chinooker’d IPA (6.9%) – $8/22oz 2 bottle limit – Cascade (local hop) Harvest Ale (5.5%) – $7/22oz 4 bottle limit – Double Sunshine IPA (8%) – $9/22oz (Farmer’s Market only release of bottles!) 4 bottle limit – 2012 Maple Tripple Ale (12%) – $25/500ml 2 Four-pack limit – Otter Creek/Lawson’s Finest Double Dose IPA (8.5%) – $15/4pack of 12oz bottles For directions and additional farmers market info visit:...

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What’s on deck?

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in our beer | 6 comments

Hey Friends,What fabulous early fall weather and foliage we are having here in central Vermont! This past weekend’s SIPtemberfest was a blast and blessed with spectacular sunshine, blue skies, lots of smiles, beautiful weather, amazing leaf colors and fantastic beers! So….what’s next….you ask? Below are listed the beers that will be delivered for the next few weeks to our bottle and draft locations (Mad River Valley on Thursdays; Montpelier, Waterbury, Burlington on Fridays). As of today (10/1), you can also find the Double Dose IPA in a few locations in bottles, and many places have it on draft. A few of our accounts may still have the Maple Wheat Ale or another LFL beer on tap into the coming weekend. 10/3 – Chinooker’d IPA10/10 – Vermont Cascade (Local Hop) Harvest Ale10/17 – Triple Play IPA Waitsfield Farmer’s Market – Oct. 12th Our last outdoor Farmer’s Market will take place on Saturday October 12th from 9am-1pm and we have another stellar line-up for you. The bottle limit will be 4 bottles per person, per variety; except for the Double Dose IPA, which has a two 4 pack/person limit – This will likely be the last remaining bottles of Double Dose in the state of Vermont! Oct. 12th will also be our initial release of our 2013 bottling of the Maple Barrel Aged Imperial Stout! We will be reserving half of the bottles for the December 21st Farmers Market in Montpelier, so you will be able to purchase it at that time as well. Maple Barrel-Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (11%; 2013 release!) – $15/375mlOCB-LFL Double Dose IPA (8.5%) – $15/4pack – 12ozDouble Sunshine IPA (8%) – $9/22oz (Farmer’s Market only release of bottles!)Chinooker’d IPA (6.9%) – $8/22ozVermont Cascade (local hop) Harvest Ale (5.5%) – $7/22oz2012 Maple Tripple Ale (12%) –...

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SIPtemberfest!

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in beer fests, mad river valley, our beer, our events, SIPtemberfest | Comments Off on SIPtemberfest!

Yes friends, one of our top fall favorites returns to Mad River Glen this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28! Friday evening features a killer four course dinner menu at General Starks Pub paired with Lawson’s Finest and Otter Creek beers, and hosted by brewers Sean Lawson and Mike Gerhart. The menu is posted on the SIPtemberfest website. Saturday will bring 15 brewers, 2 distillers and one winery together with fantastic food from the Mad Taco and Skinny Pancake, technicolor foliage, and chairlift rides to the summit! If you didn’t plan ahead and get your tickets, sorry, but both events are completely sold out – mark your calendar for September 27, 2014 and start checking the SIP website in early July for the tickets on-sale date for next year! Here’s the Lawson’s line up for brews at the event Warren Store Maple Wheat (4.2%) Steve’s Backyard Red Ale (5.5%) LFL/VPB Vermont Spruce Tip IPA (6.8%) Big Hoppy Black Ale (7.5%) We also have a brewer’s surprise waiting in the wings….. Don’t forget to check out Hostel Tevere for the SIP after party, with more special beer tappings, dinner from 6-8pm and live music starting at 9pm! On Saturday, be on the lookout for a full line up of brandy new Lawson’s T-shirts, including our new Double Sunshine T-shirt! We’ll also have special pricing on Lawson’s logo glassware, so be sure to bring some extra cash! If you are traveling from out of the area and looking for bottles of Lawson’s Finest, the Warren Store gets their delivery on Thursday (early bird gets the hops!). This week we’ll have the Warren Store Maple Wheat, Kiwi Double IPA, and on Friday (delivered by Baker Distro) our special collaboration with Otter Creek – Double Dose IPA! Stock often sells out quickly, so call ahead if you are traveling just for the bottles....

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Updated market info

Posted by on Sep 21, 2013 in farmers markets, our beer, our events | Comments Off on Updated market info

The purchase limit on the Double Dose IPA will be 2 four packs (eight 12oz bottles) per person. The price will be $13.95 plus bottle deposit and tax, which is $15/4pk. All other prices below include 5c bottle deposit and 6% VT sales tax. See you Saturday! Check out Otter Creek’s Oktoberfest and release party! Music with Waylon Speed, tasty eats from the Worthy Burger, and awesome beer from Otter Creek Brewing and Lawson’s Finest Liquids! 12-6pm at the OCB brewery, 793 Exchange St., Middlebury, VT. Entry is $20 per person (kids free). Includes one glass of Double Dose IPA for 21 and...

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Waitsfield Farmer’s Market – Sat. 9/21

Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in farmers markets, mad river valley, our events | Comments Off on Waitsfield Farmer’s Market – Sat. 9/21

Yes, we’ll be there…with Double Dose IPA! What an exciting day! Per usual, we’ll be at the market 9am-1pm for sales. 8am we’ll start handing out numbered tickets (order forms). These will serve to hold a place for you so that you can return to buy your beer without waiting in line. For example, we generally can serve at least one person per minute. We start with number 1 at 9:00am. So, if you get #60, come back at 10:00am and no wait! (Times are approximate). Otter Creek Brewing will be having a big throw-down and Oktoberfest party along with the official release of our beer in Middlebury. PLEASE NOTE: Purchase limits for the Double Dose IPA will be posted at the end of day Friday, when we know how many cases made it into bottles. Here’s the beer list: OCB/LFL – DOUBLE DOSE IPA!!! (8.5%) Limit: to be announced The limit on beers listed below is 4 bottles per variety, per person. Please also note that we do not accept credit cards. Warren Store Maple Wheat Ale (4.2%) – $7/22oz Steve’s Backyard Red Ale (5.5%) – $7/22oz Chinooker’d IPA (6.9%) – $8/22oz Big Hoppy Black Ale (7.5%) – $9/22oz Kiwi Double IPA (8.1%) – $9/22oz 2012 Maple Tripple Ale (12%) –...

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OCB/LFL Double Dose IPA – On the way!

Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 in our beer | 1 comment

Yes indeed friends, an ode to hops is brewed! Mike Gerhart of Otter Creek Brewing and I brewed up the new Double Dose IPA on Friday, August 30 along with a crew of hard working OCB brewers and staff. This exciting project was more than a year in planning and includes a fusion of both breweries – a blend of both of our house ale yeasts, water from Warren and Middlebury, local barley malted by Valley Malt in Hadley, MA, and of course….a double dose of hops including an addition of freshly harvested Vermont grown hops – thanks to UVM and our local hop growers! The beer will be released on September 21 at a special event at Otter Creek in Middlebury. More details and a full story to follow, but you can see pictures and more info on the OCB facebook page. Here’s a sneak peak at the label and four-pack holder: Upcoming Beer schedule Here is what you can expect from Lawson’s Finest in the weeks ahead: 9/5 – Chinooker’d IPA 9/12 – Steve’s Backyard Red Ale (Revised, rev’d up & ready to go!) 9/19 – Big Hoppy Black IPA 9/26 – Warren Store Maple Wheat and Kiwi Double IPA 9/28 – SIPTEMBERFEST! Waitsfield Farmers Market – Sept. 21st Our next market date is Saturday, 9/21 in Waitsfield (click link above for directions). Our bottle limit will be 4 bottles per variety, per person. We’ll have our deli-style ticketing system in place for early arrivals. Starting at 8am we’ll start handing out numbered tickets so that you can shop the rest of the market at your leisure or grab a breakfast and return a bit later. However, you don’t typically need to arrive this early to have a good selection of beer, and at last several markets, we had at least two varieties available until the end of the market. Sales and sample tasting start at 9am and the market ends at 1pm. The tentative beer list is as follows: Warren Store Maple Wheat Ale (4.2%) – $7/22oz Steve’s Backyard Red Ale (5.5%) – $7/22oz Chinooker’d IPA (6.9%) – $8/22oz Big Hoppy Black IPA (7.5%) – $9/22oz Kiwi Double IPA (8.1%) – $9/22oz 2012 Maple Tripple Ale (12%) – $25/500ml We also hope to have the freshly packaged Double Dose IPA available for sale! We’ll be able to confirm details the week prior to the...

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August = Double Sunshine Month!

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in our beer | 2 comments

Greetings all and Happy IPA day!That’s right, today is National IPA day and to celebrate, Lawson’s Finest is brewing nothing but Double Sunshine IPA for the entire month of August! We’ve heard your calls for *more* Double Sunshine, and this month is your answer. Get it while you can, as after this run, we’ll be taking a short hiatus from brewing this beer to make room in our fall brewing schedule for a few batches of Hopzilla Double IPA, Kiwi Double IPA and Big Hapi Black IPA. This week, a small run of Double Sunshine in bottles heads to Warren Store, Hunger Mtn. Coop and Beverage Warehouse, along with a bounty of our collaboration with the Warren Store – Maple Wheat Ale. This very session-able (4.2% abv) wheat beer features a subtle dose of Vermont Maple Syrup and a blend of specialty wheat yeasts from Germany and Belgium, along with 50% German wheat and 50%  German Pilsen malts. Starting next week, on August 8 & 9, we’ll be sending Double Sunshine IPA every week in draft and bottles to all of our accounts, through the end of the month. August 10th Farmers Market At the Waitsfield Farmers Market on Saturday August 10th from 9am to 1pm we will be offering the following bottles, with a 4 bottle per variety, per person limit (16 bottles total/person). We will begin handing out numbered tickets at 8am to secure a place in line, so you don’t have to wait at the booth until your number is called. Once we reach your number, you may come up to the table at any time. In order to respect our fellow vendors and provide proper space, PLEASE do not gather at or in front of our booth unless your number is about to be called, or your number is lower than the current number on our deli-style lighted sign. See the link for directions and additional market info. AND be sure to shop at the amazing array of vendors at the market for the finest produce, meat, prepared foods, crafts and artisan products! Bottle limit = 4/variety/person 2012 Maple Tripple Ale – $25/500ml Double Sunshine IPA – $9/22oz Spruce Tip IPA (VT Pub collaboration) – $9/22oz Warren Store Maple Wheat Ale – $7/22oz Thanks and Happy sunshine...

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Vermont Brew Fest Week!

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in beer fests, our events | Comments Off on Vermont Brew Fest Week!

Wow, have we got some exciting things in store for you!!! Vermont Spruce Tip IPA collaboration! First and foremost, I’d like to announce our collaboration with the Vermont Pub and Brewery – Vermont Spruce Tip IPA! This beer was brewed in memory of Greg Noonan, who created the first VT spruce tip ale back in 1990 at VPB, of which I was an early fan and inspired me to make at least one spruce beer a year. Our friends at VPB, Steve Polewacyk, Russ Fitzpatrick, and Tommy Noonan joined in the fun to pick new spring growth spruce tips, brew the beer, and just on Monday we bottled it with a special label! You can get your hands on some starting this Friday 7/19 at 11:30am the Vermont Pub and Brewery where we will be doing the official bottle release (note: 4 bottle limit). Vermont Brewers Festival! Next up, this Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 is the 21st edition of the Vermont Brewers Festival and Lawson’s Finest is breaking out all the wares! We’ve got a seven different beers lined up for festival attendees and you can see the list and read descriptions at www.vtbrewfest.com. If you didn’t plan well in advance for tickets, well, sadly then you are out of luck. This year’s festival sold out in record time! (3 days, crazy!). Double Sunshine IPA this week! Yes, indeed, I’ve been brewing madly and timed a double onslaught of Double Sunshine IPA for you! (Pray for actual sunshine too…). That means this week’s deliveries of bottles and draft beer will include more than usual, so hopefully we can make more people happy! Look for bottles to arrive on Thursday at the Warren Store, Friday at the Beverage Warehouse and Hunger Mountain Coop. Draft locations are listed on our website, however the timing of their tapping of the Sunshine is determined at each establishment. Many cheers! –...

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2012 Maple Tripple bottle release!

Posted by on Jul 1, 2013 in our beer | Comments Off on 2012 Maple Tripple bottle release!

Saturday, July 6th at the Waitsfield Farmers Market will be the inaugural release of bottles of the 2012 Maple Tripple Ale. One batch of this very special brew is crafted each year using maple sap from the late runnings of the maple sugaring season, then carefully aged for a year in maple liquor barrels before bottling. Lawson’s Finest will also be offering bottles of the Maple Tripple at the Farmers Markets on August 10,  September 21, and October 12. This beer is not available in retail stores, bars or restaurants. Waitsfield Farmers Market – July 6 Here is the bottle list and prices for Saturday, July 6th, 9am to 1pm. Please note, we will begin handing out numbered tickets at 8am to reserve a place in line, and we reserve the right to change bottle limits depending on turnout. The limit is 4 bottles per variety, per person, except the Smoked Maple Lager (no limit). 2012 Maple Tripple Ale (12%) – $25/500ml Double Sunshine IPA (8%) – $9/22oz Chinooker’d IPA (6.9%) – $8/22oz Toast Black IPA (5.9%) – $7/22oz Spring Fever Session IPA (3.8%) – $7/22oz Jack’s Abby/Lawson’s Smoked Maple Lager (6%) – $5/500ml Hope to see you on Saturday –...

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Waitsfield Farmer’s Market – Sat. June 8th

Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 in farmers markets, mad river valley, our events | 1 comment

Greetings all!Here is the list for the Waitsfield Farmers Market tomorrow on Route 100, Mad River Green from 9 am to 1 pm (while it lasts!). Please note, the market is a rain or shine event, prepare for the weather. We will make numbered tickets available starting at 8am for the early risers to secure a place in line. This is a deli-style number system, with a lighted sign to tell you what customer number we are serving. Bottle Limit = 4 per person/per variety (NOTE: limits may change due to turnout) Jack’s Abby/Lawson’s Finest Smoked Maple Lager(5.9%) – $5/16.9oz (NO LIMIT)Spring Fever Session IPA (3.8%) – $7/22ozParadise Pale Ale (5.0%) – $7/22ozChinooker’d IPA – $8/22ozDouble Sunshine IPA (8.0%) – $9/22oz Jack’s Abby Events! We welcome our friends from Jack’s Abby brewery in Framingham, MA as they debut a number of their beers in Vermont this weekend at several locations, including our collaboration, the Smoked Maple Lager. Jack’s Abby specializes in craft lagers and they are truly outstanding at what they do! Beers on draught will include their flagship, Hoponius Union, Smoke and Dagger Black Lager, Leisure Time Wheat Lager and of course, the Smoked Maple Lager. Look for them at the following locations: Thursday, June 6 – Prohibition Pig, Waterbury, VTFriday, June 7 – Farmhouse Tap & Grill, Burlington, VTSaturday, June 8 – Three Penny Taproom, Montpelier, VTSaturday, June 8 – Worthy Burger, S. Royalton,...

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Lawson’s – Three Penny Beer Dinner tonight!

Posted by on May 19, 2013 in our events, special events | Comments Off on Lawson’s – Three Penny Beer Dinner tonight!

Yes indeed…We’ve paired up with the fantastic beer curators and chef Matt Bilodeau at Three Penny Taproom to bring you a five course beer dinner! Just a few spots remain if you’d like to make a plan on the fly to attend this evening! The dinner starts at 7pm and you can secure a spot by calling TPT at 802-223-TAPS. Here’s a look at the enticing pairings: Lawson’s Finest Beer Dinner Spring Fever Session IPA spring greens and buttermilk dressing Double Sunshine IPA harissa spiced scotch egg Jack’s Abby/Lawson’s collaboration – Smoked Maple Lager fried monkfish livers   Fayston Maple Imperial Stout pork and wild leek pie 2009 Maple Tripple maple cake and wild ginger...

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Jack’s Abby- Lawson’s Maple Smoked Lager – It’s here!

Posted by on May 17, 2013 in collaborations, our beer | 1 comment

Coming to a store and fine beer bar near you…now!See Jack’s Abby website for more details on this exciting project!You can also look for other Jack’s Abby bottled beers at Lawson’s retail...

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Thank You!

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in mad river valley, special events | 1 comment

Lawson’s Finest 5th Anniversary Seriously….Thanks! We worked tirelessly for weeks to put on this event for you all…and you showed up! All the way! We feel fortunate to be blessed by such a devoted and enthusiastic following…so here is the official version of “Thank You”! Lawson’s Finest Liquids is pleased to announce their 5th Anniversary Celebration held in Waitsfield, VT on Saturday, April 20th raised $7,306 for the Mad River Valley (MRV) Food Shelf and Emergency Assistance through the MRV Interfaith Council. Lawson’s Finest would like thank all the participants who donated funds, effort, and services to make the event such a success. Our partners included the Beer Lovers’ market vendors, Gracie’s Tamales, Mt. Mansfield Creamery, Green Mountain Twister Pretzels, Gaylord Farm, Nutty Steph’s, Hartshorn’s Farm, Gizmo’s Pickled Plus, Vermont Peanut Butter, and Valley Rent-all. Thanks for the amazing music provided at our evening celebration by Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band, and thank you for safe local transportation made possible by the most stylish shuttle anywhere, Alpine Limo. Special thanks goes to Megan Schultz of Meg’s Events, our incredible event planner, Joey Nagy and the staff of The Mad Taco who provided event support and an amazing taco dinner, The Valley Players Theater for hosting our event, and the many friends who volunteered their time to assist. We will also be making an additional donation of $500 to the One Fund Boston organization to help families affected by the recent tragedy there. Beer lovers traveled from around the Valley, Vermont, and as far away as Virginia, Philadelphia, and Boston to show their enthusiasm for great beer and their kind spirit of generosity in helping us to raise these funds, and we are very grateful. Sean and Karen...

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5th Anniversary – Details

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 in our events, special events | Comments Off on 5th Anniversary – Details

We’re very busy preparing a spectacular event for you all! Here’s a run down of the essentials: If you purchased Beer Lovers Ball (7-11pm) tickets online – your tickets are “will-call” at the door. No hard copies will be mailed. Please bring a valid ID to pickup your tickets. Worthy Burger – Kickoff celebration!  Join our friends at the Worthy Burger in South Royalton, VT for the start of Lawson’s Finest 5th Anniversary. They will be open early at 10am with four breakfast-y specials to start your day, paired with Spring Fever Session IPA and Double Sunshine IPA. If you are driving by on I-89 from the south, this will be a great meal stop en route! Link to directions is here: Beer Lover’s Market – 2pm to 6pm Numbered beer tickets and order slips will be available at the start of the market at 2pm. Cash or local check only please – we do not accept credit cards Bottle list, prices, and limits are listed below Please note: We reserve the right to modify bottle limits depending on turn-out. Our goal is for everyone to be able to buy the brews that they are looking for! Please support our neighbors and farmers who will be at the market with the amazing array of quality locally grown and made products! Market Vendor List Gaylord Farm Gizmo’s Pickled Plus Gracies Tamales Hartshorn Farm Mt. Mansfield Creamery Nutty Steph’s Vermont Peanut Butter Beer Lovers Ball – 7pm to 11pm Live Music from Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band! Amazing taco buffet from the Mad Taco to pair with your favorite liquids! Please bring a valid ID for entry and your hard ticket (purchased at the Mad Taco or Warren Store). Online tickets are will-call: Simply present your ID at the door to pick up. Entry includes a Lawson’s Finest tulip glass and one beer with your ticket. Cash bar. Bottles and LFL merchandise will be available at the evening event – however we cannot guarantee the availability of any particular beer in bottles. Check out the amazing tap list below! Free local shuttle service from Alpine Limo (Mad River Valley only does not include Waterbury) will be available starting at about 6pm. Send a text message to Mike at Alpine Limo – (802) 793-3543 – with address and “5th pickup”. He will call or text you to confirm time and place. 5th Anniversary Draft Beer List  Spring Fever Session IPA (3.5%)Toast Black IPA (5.9%)Double Sunshine IPA (8.0%)Peril Imperial IPA (11.1%)Maple Nipple Ale (8.0%)Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (10.1%)Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Imperial Stout (11%)2009 Farmhouse Rye (10%) Draft pours will be $4 and $5 for beers 8% abv and above. Half pours available for $3This list is subject to change. 5th Anniversary Bottle List  Spring Fever Session IPA (3.5%) – $5/22oz – 5th Anniversary special price!Toast Black IPA (5.9%) – $7/22ozDouble Sunshine IPA (8.0%) – $9/22ozPeril Imperial IPA (11.1%) – $12/22ozMaple Nipple Ale (8.0%) – $9/22ozFayston Maple Imperial Stout (10.1%) – $15/750ml (limit 2)Maple Liquor Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (11%) – $15/375ml (limit 2)2010 Lost Meadow Cider – $10/22oz (limit 2) Please note: limit of 4 bottles per variety, per customer. Except as noted. We reserve the right to modify limits depending on turnout. This list is subject to...

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5th Anniversary – Beer Lovers Ball (7-11pm) SOLD OUT

Posted by on Apr 2, 2013 in our events, special events | Comments Off on 5th Anniversary – Beer Lovers Ball (7-11pm) SOLD OUT

Tickets for Lawson’s Finest Beer Lovers Ball on April 20th, from 7-11pm are now sold out. No additional tickets will be available at the door. If you have tickets, we will be posting additional details about transportation, our beneficiaries, and more soon! Please join us for the Beer Lover’s Market, at the Valley Players Theater at 4254 Main Street in Waitsfield, VT from 2-6pm that same day for a full selection of Lawson’s Finest bottles, a full draft bar featuring our special 5th Anniversary beers (see post below), and a wonderful array of local products from farmers, cheese-makers, artisans, and more!...

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Lawson’s 5th Anniversary

Posted by on Mar 17, 2013 in our events, special events | 3 comments

Join Lawson’s Finest on April 20, 2013 as we celebrate five years of brewing and raise funds for local charities!  (to be announced soon) The Beer Lovers Market from 2-6 pm features free admission for all and a family-friendly atmosphere, with music, bottle sales, draft beer (cash bar), Lawson’s merchandise, and a selection of local goods and foods (vendors to be announced soon). The Beer Lovers Ball from 7-11pm (ages 21 and over only) is a limited capacity event featuring live music, bottle sales, draft beer (cash bar), and world famous tacos from the Mad Taco! Tickets are $30 each and are only available in person at two locations – The Mad Taco in Waitsfield and The Warren Store in Warren. A limited number of tickets will be made available for online sales at lawsonsfinest.com beginning April 1th. Tickets are not available by phone or email. Lawson’s Finest will debut two special 5th Anniversary beers at both sessions! The first is called Peril – an imperial IPA (10%+ abv) featuring triple dry-hopping and extended cold conditioning to create an exceptional and menacing hop character with a smooth and clean flavor profile. The second, called Spring Fever Session IPA (3.5% abv) is designed to give you the flavor impact of an American IPA while giving you the lower alcohol and session-ablity of a light beer! Alpine Limo will be providing FREE transportation in the Mad River Valley to and from the Beer Lovers Ball. Please utilize this service or have a designated driver. A local cab service – C&L taxi – is also available. We want you to have fun and be safe! 100% of ticket sales as well as net proceeds from the event will benefit local non-profit organizations. 5th Anniversary Draft Beer List  Spring Fever Session IPA (3.5%)Toast Black IPA (5.9%)Double Sunshine IPA (8.0%)Peril Imperial IPA (10+%)Maple Nipple Ale (8.0%)Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (10.1%)Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Imperial Stout (11%)2009 Farmhouse Rye (10%) Draft pours will be $4 and $5 for beers 8% abv and above.This list is subject to change. 5th Anniversary Bottle List  Spring Fever Session IPA (3.5%) – $7/22ozToast Black IPA (5.9%) – $7/22ozDouble Sunshine IPA (8.0%) – $9/22ozPeril Imperial IPA (10+%) – $12/22ozMaple Nipple Ale (8.0%) – $9/22ozFayston Maple Imperial Stout (10.1%) – $15/750mlMaple Liquor Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (11%) – $15/375ml2010 Lost Meadow Cider – $10/22oz Please note: limit of 4 bottles per variety, per customer.This list is subject to...

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Double Sunshine and beer update

Posted by on Mar 9, 2013 in our beer | 1 comment

Hi all,Well, I know some of you went looking for bottles of Double Sunshine IPA and found none today. I’m sorry it sells out so fast! Keep in mind, that one batch is 7bbl, or 217 gallons. That is not a lot of beer to go around. The good news is that at the most recent Farmer’s Market event in Montpelier on March 2, you could have shown up anytime between 10am and 2pm and bought up to 6 bottles of Double Sunshine. More bottles of Double Sunshine will be arriving at our three retail stores next week on Thursday, 3/14 (Warren) and Friday, 3/15 (Winooski; Montpelier). Kegs will be delivered to our draft accounts on those same two days. Keep in mind that each restaurant and bar that carries our beer decides when to put it on tap based on their rotation, so please contact them directly to find out if the beer you are looking for is available. This weekend, you’ll find Toast Black IPA (5.9% abv) on draft. You’ll also find the Lawson’s at the 38th Annual NATO Telemark Festival on Saturday, March 9th at Mad River Glen! We’ll have Triple Play IPA and Toast Black IPA on tap along with the rockin’ tunes of Guy Burlage and The Freeheelers! Here’s a couple of questions I get often, so I will get the answer out to all of you:__________________ Q: I went to buy your beer at (store/bar) and they were out. Why don’t you just make more? A: I am brewing it as fast as I can! I am currently at the maximum capacity of our equipment and space. Our capacity is limited by the size of our brewery (7bbl) and the number of tanks (three fermentors), as well as the residency time (the amount of time each batch stays in a tank while fermenting). We are committed to producing the highest quality and freshest beer possible, and will not compromise the amount of time it takes to make a batch in order to increase production.___________________ Q: Do you intentionally limit your production? Why don’t you move to a bigger facility? A: We are committed to our current location and quality of life that our small family-run business provides. We (my wife Karen and I) work our tails off every day to produce as much beer as possible that meets our quality standards. We have a significant investment in our brewery equipment and location (even if it is small). We have no plans for a major expansion in the near...

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Good Day Double Sunshine!

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in our beer | Comments Off on Good Day Double Sunshine!

Our 2012 crop hops are finally in, and Double Sunshine IPA is on the way! The first bottles will arrive on March 2, at the Montpelier Farmer’s Market, with draft and bottles to retail stores to follow the week of March 4th. See lawsonsfinest.com/about for locations. Double Sunshine IPA will be brewed regularly starting in March. You can expect a fresh batch about every three weeks, with a hiatus at some point this year to bring back a few batches of Hopzilla and Kiwi DIPA’s! Here’s the line-up of beer for March 2nd Farmer’s Market: Maple Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial StoutDouble Sunshine IPATriple Play IPAToast Black IPA www.montpelierfarmersmarket.com Lawson’s Finest will be in the house at the Three Penny Taproom for a Double Sunshine IPA tapping at 3pm after the...

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Farmer’s Market – Sat. Jan. 19th

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in farmers markets, mad river valley, our events | Comments Off on Farmer’s Market – Sat. Jan. 19th

After the huge turnout for our December market, we have some changes planned to hopefully make your experience better and the overall flow work more smoothly. We plan to have a sign outside the venue that states “beer line only” along with our Lawson’s logo. We will start handing out numbered order slips at 8:30 am outside the gym. These slips will have an approximate schedule of time (eg #1-12 = 10:00am to 10:15am etc.) along with a list of the beers that we have available and prices so that your order organized when arriving at the table. We will have a bright red “NOW SERVING” number sign at/behind the table with the number that we are serving that will be visible from a distance, so that folks can simply get a number to secure a place in line and either come back to market later or browse and shop from other vendors before their number is called. If someone misses their number, we will honor their number by joining the end of line at the table. However, due to the space constraints of the indoor market, we cannot not allow more than a few people to gather at our vending table at any time. Please be mindful of not blocking other vendors tables while you wait. While at the Farmer’s Market, please support the other vendors as well as businesses in Montpelier. This Saturday is Meat Day and there are eight different farms offering an amazing range of Vermont-raised meats! You will also find fresh, winter, and canned vegetables, wine and mead, great cheeses, prepared foods, breads and baked goods, maple syrup, honey, crafts and more! There will be a 4 bottle limit per variety of beer (limit of 2 for Kiwi DIPA), per person, with a total limit of one case per person. A list of beers with descriptions can be found below. Red Spruce Bitter – $7/22oz Paradise Pale Ale – $7/22oz Chinooker’d IPA – $8/22oz Kiwi Double IPA – (limit 2 – only 10 cases) – $9/22oz  Maple Nipple Ale – $9/22oz 2011 Lost Meadow Cider (limit 2) – $10/22oz Cask tapping at Three Penny Taproom! We will be finishing the afternoon with a special tapping of a pin (cask) of Double dry-hopped Chinooker’d IPA at the Three Penny Taproom at 3pm! Can’t...

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Brew news in the New Year!

Posted by on Jan 7, 2013 in our beer | 3 comments

A fresh bottle of Kiwi DIPA Ahhhhhhhhh, delish! Happy New Year all! Glad to have the frenetic holiday season behind us now and I am looking forward to a great ski season and some new brews in the making! Here’s what’s happening at Lawson’s Finest Liquids these days: Paradise Pale Ale (4.9% abv) – our aggressively hopped pale ale might be considered an IPA by some, but with less than 5% alcohol, we felt the pale moniker was a bit more fitting….it has an amazing bouquet of Chinook, Amarillo, Centennial, and Columbus to accompany a wicked bite! Just like one of my favorite trails at Mad River Glen. Look for this beer on tap all the time in the Stark’s Pub at MRG and in bottles every few weeks through January. Next bottle delivery on 1/17-18, as well as at the Montpelier Farmer’s Market on 1/19. Red Spruce Bitter (4.5% abv) – A once-a-year beer brewed for the holidays! Styled after an English ESB, with a Vermont twist of fresh red spruce sprigs and a just a hint of cinnamon! On tap now at many of our draft locations and arriving to stores in bottles on 1/10-11. Bottles at the Montpelier Farmer’s Market on 1/19. Kiwi Double IPA (8.1% abv) – Brewed with a massive charge of Nelson Sauvin and Pacific Jade hops from New Zealand. This beer has been occupying our DIPA spot in the rotation for a couple of months…look for the last batch for a while (limited hop availability) in late January. Chinooker’d IPA (6.9% abv) – Look for one of my old standards and original recipes to make occasional appearances throughout 2013. Going on draft to many locations the weekend of 1/11 and in bottles at the Montpelier Farmer’s Market on 1/19. Maple Nipple Ale (8.0% abv) – Lawson’s specialty maple ale will be offered on draft the weekend of 1/18 and in bottles at the Montpelier Farmer’s Market on 1/19. A maple bourbon barrel version of this beer is aging on oak right now! Look for it in bottles in late spring 2013. That’s right, maple bourbon (a bourbon blended with 25% maple syrup by Saxton’s River Distillery and aged in american oak barrels) + maple nipple = one sticky beer! Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (10.1% abv) – A hearty winter favorite will return in February 2013. And Finally… Double Sunshine IPA (8.0% abv) – Yes, yes….I know many of you are eagerly awaiting the return of this beer. I am waiting until the 2012 crop of hops is fully available before brewing this beer again to ensure that the next glass of Double Sunshine you have is the brightest, juiciest, and freshest that it can possibly be. The new crop of hops was supposed to have arrived at our local supplier from Hop Union by January 1, but I am still waiting….I anticipate (tentatively) that Double Sunshine will return in February 2013. Thank you!! A big thanks to so many people for everything that you’ve done in 2012! We truly appreciate all of our customers, partners, suppliers, draft and retail accounts, and are thankful for the support that enables us to operate a small brewery and make a living by brewing beer. We ended the year’s events on a really high note by participating in an event organized by our friends at  Dogfish Head brewery and the Worthy Burger restaurant, called “The Night Before the Night Before…” Proceeds from this worthy event benefitted the Vermont Food Bank through the Vermont Brewer’s Association. Here’s of picture of some of the fun! Cheers! Steve Robbins, Sean Lawson, Sam Caligone at...

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Wow…Thank you! and Sorry!

Posted by on Dec 16, 2012 in farmers markets | 2 comments

We are humbled and amazed at yesterday’s turnout at the Montpelier Farmer’s Market – Thank you! We also want to say “sorry” to anyone who was not able to purchase the bottles you were seeking, and for having to change the bottle limit during the market. We anticipated a busy day with it being the holiday market just before Christmas, however, we also brought double the number of cases that we have ever been able to get to a market in the past. That is part of the reason we raised the limit to six bottles. At many previous markets we brought half as many cases and at four bottle limit, we were ending the day with some cases left – everyone had a chance to buy bottles and after the first hour of the market, when the big rush typically occurs, there was often little to no line or wait. Hence my request to not arrive early….as it is cold outside and the indoor farmers market cannot accommodate a long line inside. Our sincere apologies to anyone who left disappointed. We began offering our beer at the farmer’s market at a way for us to have some retail sales (since we are unable to have tours, tastings or sales at our brewery due to our location), but more importantly to offer sample tastings and meet and greet our customers. With such a huge line, yesterday was the first time we were unable to accommodate sample tastings. For now we will be returning to the four bottle limit and working with the market manager to modify our system of crowd management to ensure that the system is both fair and that we do our best to keep people from waiting in the cold for a long period of time. The Lawson’s thank you for you support! – Sean and...

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A Look Ahead….

Posted by on Nov 29, 2012 in farmers markets, our beer | 2 comments

  This Week in Beer The seasons are a changin’ and so is our beer line-up! This week brings you my annual rendition of Vermont Local Hop Harvest Ale! It is an American Pale Ale that comes in at 5.0% ABV and was brewed with a variety of local hops, including a few pounds grown right outside the brewery! The beer was dry-hopped with some of the first-ever pelletized local Cascade hops from Bill Powell’s hop farm up in Calais, VT, thanks to the efforts of UVM and the VT Dept. of Agriculture folks who have developed a small scale hop pelletizer at their Alburg hop farm. I hope you enjoy it! In the fermenters….Next week will bring you the debut of our newest Double IPA – Kiwi! It is massively charged with Nelson Sauvin and Pacific Jade hops from New Zealand, clocks in at 8.1% and has a wonderfully rich and dank aroma! The week of 12/10 will bring you our newest incarnation of Paradise Pale Ale! Very hop forward, yet nicely balanced, session-able 4.9% abv. Look for it to be on tap regularly this winter at Mad River Glen ski area’s Stark Pub. Fayston Maple Imperial Stout and our once annual Red Spruce Bitter (4.5% english-style ESB with spruce tips and cinnamon) are on the way for the holiday season….  Montpelier Farmer’s Market Saturday, December 15th, 10am – 2pm Visit www.montpelierfarmersmarket.com for directions and info about all the amazing vendors! (note: winter location is at Vermont College Gym at junction of East State St. and College St.) PLEASE – don’t everyone plan to arrive at 9:45 am…we have PLENTY of beer and you do not need to be there at the very start of the market to have access to our entire selection….AND please support the other vendors at the market especially if you have traveled to shop….there is a fantastic array of vegetables, meats, crafts, prepared foods, maple syrup and more! With holiday shopping in mind, I am bringing to you an epic selection of Lawson’s Finest beverages that you will never find in the store all at once…and some not at all! The list please….. Bottle limit = 6 per variety Bourbon Barrel Aged (Utopias/Knob Creek) Maple Imperial Stout (11%) – $15/375ml Maple Barrel Aged (Sapling Liquor) Maple Imperial Stout (11%) – $15/375ml 2011 Vintage Lost Meadow Hard Cider (7.5%) – $10/22oz Kiwi Double IPA (8.1%) – $9/22oz Maple Nipple Ale (8.0%) – $9/22oz Jade IPA (7.2%) – $8/22oz VT Hop Harvest Ale (5.0%) – $7/22oz Paradise Pale Ale (4.9%) – $7/22oz The barrel aged stouts are this year’s versions. The bourbon barrel was bottled in October and the maple barrel will be a December bottling. The hard cider is also barrel fermented and aged in french oak wine cask. It is a blend of 2010 and 2011 hard ciders. And in the new year…. Look for the return of Double Sunshine IPA and Chinooker’d IPA in January….Also in the works…Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale and…..Toast – a black IPA with toasted barley and rye flakes. I also have several exciting collaborations with other breweries on the horizon! More details as they are...

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Farmers Market Update 10/6

Posted by on Oct 6, 2012 in farmers markets, mad river valley, our events | 1 comment

In the bottle today…delivered to you tomorrow! Hopzilla Double IPA on the way! Fresh, hazy and might tasty! Hope to see you there

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Waitsfield Farmers Market FINALE! Oct. 6th

Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in farmers markets, mad river valley, our events | Comments Off on Waitsfield Farmers Market FINALE! Oct. 6th

Well folks, SIPtemberfest was a blast and a resounding success! Thanks to all of you who came out to Mad River Glen for our inaugural “Meet the Brewer” dinner on Friday night with Otter Creek/Wolaver’s brewmaster Mike Gerheart and Lawson’s Finest brewer Sean Lawson. The food and beer pairings were nothing short of amazing! Saturdays sold-out festival event was splendid as well. To top it off, we tapped a cask of Triple Play IPA at the Hostel Tevere after-party on Saturday. Here’s a photo of our SIP brewers, partners, and master event organizer Megan Schultz having a blast at the hostel. Thanks again to all. Looking ahead to this weekend, we have our final Farmer’s Market outdoors for the season in Waitsfield. We have another wonderful array of bottled offerings, more than you will ever find on the store shelf at one time! You can look forward to the return of our infamous Maple Nipple Ale! That’s right, brewed with over a gallon and half of local Vermont Maple Syrup per barrel (31 gallons) this rich american ale (8% abv) has just the right amount of sweetness and maple flavor to savor. Just a note on pricing – you’ll find the price on Maple Nipple to be higher than it used to be (last time it was brewed was over a year ago!) Due to the high cost of maple syrup, this drives the pricing up on both the stout and Maple Nipple. To add to the excitement, we are holding the initial release of this year’s bottling of the Bourbon Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout! Brewed in the spring of 2011 (on my former 1bbl system), this beauty was laid up in a single oak barrel for over a year that previously held Utopias and Knob Creek! We are moving to a new format for our barrel-aged stouts to make them easier on the wallet and easier to open with just a friend or two…or even just you! Hope to see you this Saturday, from 9am to 1pm. For directions visit www.waitsfieldfarmersmarket.com. Bourbon Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (11% abv) – $15/375mlFayston Maple Imperial Stout (10% abv) – $15/750mlTriple Play IPA (7% abv) – $9/22ozMaple Nipple Ale (8% abv) – $9/22oz As usual, we will have a 4 bottle limit/per variety/per person, however, we will likely offer a higher limit on the smaller bottles of barrel-aged stout. And finally, I hope to have one surprise addition to the line up. Please do not email to ask what it is going to be. If its there…its there! (and I will add a post on Friday to that...

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This Weekend’s beers

Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 in our beer | Comments Off on This Weekend’s beers

Greetings, knowing that lots of beer travelers will be coming thru Vermont this weekend, here’s what you might find out and about for Lawson’s Finest! Keep in mind that the store/bar/restaurant you visit will best be able to tell you what they have (or not) on tap or in bottles. See the “About Us” page on Lawson’s Finest website for contact info for each of our accounts. Bottles: Beverage Warehouse – Fayston Maple Imperial StoutHunger Mountain Coop – Fayston Maple Imperial Stout & Hopzilla Double IPAWarren Store – Fayston Maple Imperial Stout & Hopzilla Double IPA & Triple Play IPA Draft: Hunger Mountain Coop 40th Anniversary Ale (at certain locations)Hopzilla Double IPAFayston Maple Imperial Stout Hope your pilgrimage is a stellar...

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Farm Market Pizza Dinner @ Hartshorns

Posted by on Sep 19, 2012 in farmers markets, mad river valley, our events | Comments Off on Farm Market Pizza Dinner @ Hartshorns

Join us this Wednesday, September 19th from 4 to 7 PM at Hartshorn’s Farm Market Stand on Route 100 in Waitsfield (map) for the Grand Opening of their wood-fired pizza oven! Hartshorn’s Farm will be offering *free* pizza fresh from their wood-fired oven and Lawson’s Finest will be offering draft beer at special pricing for the event. The farm market will be open with a nice selection of organic vegetables, maple syrup, and fruit preserves. On tap for the event – Hunger Mountain 40th Anniversary Ale for $3/glass and Hopzilla Double IPA for $4/glass. We will also have a small, limited selection of bottles for sale at the event of Hopzilla DIPA, and Fayston Maple Imperial Stout will make its fall...

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SIPtemberfest!

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in beer fests, mad river valley, our events, SIPtemberfest | Comments Off on SIPtemberfest!

Mad River Valley’s finest beer event returns to Mad River Glen for a 5th year on September 28-29! If you didn’t purchase your tickets for Saturday’s beer tasting event, then start planning ahead for next year! SIPtemberfest is always on the last Saturday in September. Tickets go on sale in early August, and this year they sold out in just a few days. This year’s SIP will feature 19 brewers, Caledonia Spirits distillery, fantastic live music, and array of scrumptious foods, and foliage rides on MRG’s historic single chair. Fortunately, you still have a chance to participate in this fantastic event! New this year is the “Meet the Brewer” dinner on Friday evening in General Stark’s Pub at Mad River Glen. Tickets are available through the SIPtemberfest website (see below). Tickets/Info: http://siptemberfest.com/friday/ The food menu and dual beer tastings are sure to be a delectable treat. Featured brewers Mike Gerhart, of Otter Creek/Wolavers and Sean Lawson of Lawson’s Finest Liquids will be on hand to discuss each course, beer, and pairing, and will be available after the dinner for Q&A. Hope you will join us!...

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Waitsfield Farmers Market – Sept. 15th

Posted by on Sep 11, 2012 in farmers markets, mad river valley, our events | 1 comment

Short on time so here’s the list. More details…hopefully, to follow.Tastings will be organized a bit differently, as always, you can try before you buy! Bottle limit: 4 bottles per variety of beer, per person. Session in the Rye (Belgian-inspired session ale; 4.5%) – $7/22ozChinooker’d IPA (6.9%) – $8/22ozHunger Mountain Coop 40th Anniversary Ale (american red/extra special ale; 6.1%) – $8/22ozHopzilla Double IPA (Back from its long hiatus! – 8.7%) – $9/22oz2011 Maple Tripple (Specialty ale; 12%) – $30/500ml2010 Farmhouse Rye (Belgian strong/farmhouse ale; 11%) – $30/750ml There are only a few cases of the Farmhouse Rye left for sale. This is the fourth and final bottle release of 2011 Maple Tripple. We anticipate having enough for the duration of this Saturday’s market, and if any remain they will be available at the 10/6 market....

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Waitsfield Farmers Market – August 11

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in farmers markets, mad river valley, our events | Comments Off on Waitsfield Farmers Market – August 11

Summer just flies by! Been so busy that the blog has fell woefully behind…here we go: UPDATED: Friday August 10th, 9 am This Saturday at the Waitsfield Farmers Market from 9am to 1pm, Lawson’s Finest will be offering sample tastings and bottle sales. We will have plenty of Double Sunshine IPA in bottles, and this weekend it will only be available at the Waitsfield Farmers Market! Any remaining bottles after the market will go to Warren Store. If you arrive at the Market before 11am, you should be able to purchase Double Sunshine IPA (we ran out at 10:30 am last market and have more bottles to sell for tomorrow).As usual, our bottle limit as the Farmers Market is 4 bottles per person, per variety of beer.This will be the third of four planned bottle releases of the 2011 Maple Tripple Ale (next up Sept. 15 farmers market), and if any bottles remain, they will be offered on Oct. 6 at the Farmers Market. I am also pleased to release the second half of the 2010 Farmhouse Rye! This big beer (11%abv) is a strong Belgian ale, aged for nearly a year and a half in a French oak barrel that formerly held a French white  wine, and the beer is finished in the barrel with champagne yeast and Brettanomyces (wild yeast). Here is the bottle list: 2011 Maple Tripple Ale (12%) – $30/500ml2010 Farmhouse Rye (11%) – $30/750ml Double Sunshine IPA – $9/22ozChinooker’d IPA – $8/22ozSession in The Rye – $7/22ozKnockout Blonde – $7/22oz** ** – subject to being bottled in time for the market. (Bottling of Knockout Blonde is planned for Friday, 8/10) I got so busy, we missed a bunch of stuff to post on the blog. Here’s a quick run-down. Thanks to the Kleban brothers (Dan and David), we brewed up a dark hoppy ale (call it a Black IPA if you will 🙂 in June and debuted it at the Vermonnt Brewers Festival. Its called “Collaboration Time #1.” It went out in bottles and draft on July 20th and is all but gone. The Warren Store may still have bottles, call ahead to confirm stock. Thanks to everyone that attended the VT brew fest, it was a blast as always, the weather was perfect, and the variety of great brews was outstanding! Just returned from Belgium Comes to Cooperstown event at Brewery Ommegang. Its one of the best festivals around! Our wholesale distributor, The Beer Guy, LLC is helping to distribute an amazing beer brewed by Mark Mageria of The Bobcat Cafe and Brewery. It is called ‘Flood Suds’ and is a Belgian-inspired Wit Bier brewed with 100% Vermont-grown ingredients. Awesome stuff! Even better, all the proceeds for this beer are being donated to flood relief for Vermont’s farmers, through the VT Community Foundation’s Farm Disaster Relief Fund. Grab a bottle today at the Warren Store, Bristol Beverage, Hunger Mtn. Coop, Beverage Warehouse (Winooski), Village Grocery (Waitsfield), Middlebury Co-op, or several other locations. Contact Mark at the Bobcat for more information or...

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Upcoming Events!

Posted by on Jun 14, 2012 in our events | 5 comments

This Saturday, June 16th check out the Sugarbush Brew-grass Festival! 3-8pm Lawson’s Finest and a bunch of other great breweries are pouring! Purchase tickets online in advance for the best price! Summer Waitsfield Farmers Market Schedule (9 am to 1pm each) Saturday, July 7 – 2011 Maple Tripple and 2010 Farmhouse Rye bottle release!(4 bottle limit for M.T. and 2 bottle limit for F.R.)Saturday, August 11 – Maple Tripple availableSaturday, September 15 – Maple Tripple available We’ll have sample tastings and retail bottle sales of all available beer varieties at each market, with the list and prices posted the week prior to the market. Thanks to everyone who traveled and turned for this past Saturday’s farmers market!!! It was a great success, and although I brought more beer than ever (including the initial release of both the Maple Tripple!! We sold-out of nearly every bottle that we could get to the market. The good news is that we have split the Maple Tripple into four allocations so we can make this special creation available at each of the next three markets (listed above). For directions and addition info please visit the Waitsfield Farmers Market...

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Waitsfield Farmers Market – Sat. June 9th

Posted by on Jun 6, 2012 in farmers markets, mad river valley, our events | 1 comment

Its been a busy few weeks! Thanks to everyone that visited us this past weekend at the American Craft Beer Festival in Boston. What a blast and a great offering of so many varied brews. This Saturday, I’ll be at the from 9am to 1pm Waitsfield Farmers Market with bottle sales and tastings, along with the release of our 2011 Maple Tripple Ale! The response to the story on National Public Radio has been simply overwhelming. We appreciate all your interest and support of Lawson’s Finest. Bottles to be offered as follows: 2011 Maple Tripple AleDouble Sunshine IPAKnockout Blonde AleBig Hapi Black IPA As usual, the limit at our markets is 4 bottles per person per variety of beer, however, we reserve the right to lower this limit based on the turn-out at the...

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Maple beer featured on NPR

Posted by on May 16, 2012 in our beer, press | Comments Off on Maple beer featured on NPR

Check it out – this excellent piece by Steve Zind was broadcast on this evening’s “All Things Considered” on National Public Radio and it features Lawson’s Finest Maple Tripple Ale! Listen to the Story Read the story (note: text version is slightly different than audio) http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/05/15/152694105/vermont-beer-makers-bring-back-old-time-maple-sap-brewsre PLEASE NOTE: Maple Tripple, as well as all of Lawson’s Finest beers are only available in Vermont. Lawson’s does not ship beer and VT Law does not permit direct retail shipment of beer. We plan to release the 2011 Maple Tripple at the June 9th Waitsfield Farmer’s Market. The 2011 Maple Tripple is this year’s release – each batch is aged for a full year before...

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Maple Tripple – 2012 World Beer Cup – Silver Medal!

Posted by on May 11, 2012 in awards, our beer | 1 comment

Maple Tripple – 2012 World Beer Cup – Silver Medal!

Whew! I am just back from a whirlwind trip to California for the Craft Brewers Conference, the World Beer Cup awards, a visit to far away family, of course – a ton of great beer! Lawson’s has great news to share with you all. Lawson’s Finest Maple Tripple 2012 World Beer Cup ® Silver Medal Specialty Beer Lawson’s Finest is honored to be recognized among the world’s best beers and breweries! The Maple Tripple is a unique strong ale (11% abv) brewed only once per year in the spring with 100% concentrated maple sap, then aged for a full year before bottling, lending a rich, complex and distinctly Vermont character to this beer.   Congratulations as well to our friends and second Vermont winner – The Alchemist, with a Silver Medal in the British Style Imperial Stout with “Luscious” an amazing beer that survived the flooding of Irene. The World Beer Cup is recognized as “The Olympics of Beer!” The ninth bi-annual competition boasted the strongest field of entrants on record, with 799 breweries from 54 countries and 45 U.S. states entering 3,921 beers in 95 beer style categories, making this the largest and most prestigious commercial beer competition in existence....

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Maple Tripple awarded Speciality Silver at World Beer Cup 2012

Posted by on May 5, 2012 in awards, our beer | Comments Off on Maple Tripple awarded Speciality Silver at World Beer Cup 2012

Maple Tripple awarded Speciality Silver at World Beer Cup 2012

Lawson’s Finest is honored to be recognized among the world’s best beers and breweries! The World Beer Cup is recognized as “The Olympics of Beer!” The ninth bi-annual competition boasted the strongest field of entrants on record, with 799 breweries from 54 countries and 45 U.S. states entering 3,921 beers in 95 beer style categories, making this the largest and most prestigious commercial beer competition in existence. The Maple Tripple is a unique strong ale (11% abv) brewed only once per year in the spring with 100% concentrated maple sap, then aged for  a full year before bottling, lending a rich, complex and distinctly Vermont character to this...

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Montpelier Farmers Market – Sat. April 21

Posted by on Apr 18, 2012 in farmers markets, our events | 1 comment

Here’s the quick round-up on what will be our final winter-spring farmer’s market in Montpelier for this season. SPECIAL TASTING! Lawson’s will be offer a special tasting of a true rarity. Our 3-Year Cellar Blend of our Maple Tripple Ale (~10.5% abv) features a portion of 2009, 2010, and 2011 batches blended together for a new experience. This beer will only be available for tasting (no bottles were made) at $2 each for a 2oz pour. BOTTLES FOR SALE: Permagrin Rye Pale Ale (6% abv) – $7/22oz Big Hapi Black IPA (7.5% abv) – $9/22oz Triple Play IPA – (7% abv) – $9/22oz We’ll be sampling all three of these varieties. I am working on pulling together something special in bottles for Saturday. Check back to the blog at the end of the day on Friday – if there is an update, I’ll have...

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The results are in..

Posted by on Mar 31, 2012 in press | Comments Off on The results are in..

Seven Days newspaper: Vermont Brew Bracket Two hop-heavyweights of Vermont went head to head in the final round – Double Sunshine IPA vs. The Alchemist’s Heady Topper – and the winner is……Heady Topper emerged victorious. Hat’s off to John, Jen, Jim and the whole crew at the Alchemist for making one of the best Double IPA’s on the planet. Check out the full recap on Seven Days website at: http://7d.blogs.com/blurt/2012/04/heady-topper-wins-inaugural-vermont-brew-bracket.html Go hop lovers! Cheers,...

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4th Anniversary – Transportation and more

Posted by on Mar 24, 2012 in our events, special events | Comments Off on 4th Anniversary – Transportation and more

If you are planning to use the shuttle services available for Saturday evening’s Beer Lover’s Ball, here’s more: The Mad Bus: 802-496-RIDE (7433) http://gmtaride.org/PDF/madriver/2011-2012/valleyevening.pdf Evening Valley Service – From 6:30pm to 10:30pm the Mad Bus will be making a special stop at the Valley Players Theater (our event venue) every hour on the half-hour. Visit the link to the website/map above to see the areas covered. The Bus will deviate up to 1/2 mile off the mapped route. Evening service continues for the Mad Bus until 2:00am. Call to schedule a pick-up. Alpine Limo: 802-793-3543 Mike is your friendly driver with the nicest shuttle bus around and a kick-ass sound system! If you are NOT on the route that the Mad Bus covers (see map) you can schedule a pick-up to get to the venue by texting or calling Mike. Please call before 5:30pm on Saturday to schedule a pick-up to get to the venue. Leave a message if you don’t reach him directly. Please also note that service is limited to the Mad River Valley area from Warren north to Moretown village area, and is confined to paved roads (limited exceptions at the driver’s discretion – ask first!) Rides home will be available from both services. Alpine Limo will be stationed at the Valley Players Theater and The Mad Bus will be making a stop every hour on the half hour. Beers on draft at the event- Epic! From the vault 2009, 2010, and 2011 Maple Tripple Ale 2009 Farmhouse Rye Ale 2010 Maple Barrel Aged Imperial Stout 2010 Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout 2011 Oak-aged Imperial Stout (Utopias/Buffalo Trace barrel) 2011 Acer Quercus Ale (The Bruery/Lawson’s Finest collaboration) 2009 Lawson’s Hillside Hard Cider! Fresh from the brewery Double Sunshine IPA Triple Play IPA Permagrin Rye Pale Ale BIG HAPI Black IPA Steve’s Backyard Red Ale Red Spruce Bitter Here are the bottles that will be sale at both the farmers market and evening ball events, while supplies last, limited to 4 bottles per person/per variety of beer. Oak-Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (Utopias/Buffalo Trace) – $25/750ml Double Sunshine IPA – $9/22oz Big Hapi Black IPA – $9/22oz Triple Play IPA – $9/22oz Permagrin Rye Pale Ale – $7/22oz We’re excited to add to the mix a brand new Lawson’s Finest reusable bottle bag carrier, included with your purchase of 4 or more bottles! We’ll also have a full line of Lawson’s Finest T-shirts (cotton and wicking styles), fleece hats, baseball caps, and Lawson’s glassware for sale at the events....

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4th Anniversary Evening Ball SOLD OUT

Posted by on Mar 20, 2012 in mad river valley, our events, special events | Comments Off on 4th Anniversary Evening Ball SOLD OUT

Hey Friends, I’ve been meaning to get post up with lots of details about the upcoming event….then I got whacked the flu at the end of last week and am just barely recovering now. Soon! In the meantime, I did want to let you know that tickets for the Evening Beer Lovers Ball are sold out and none will be available at the door. Thank to everyone for supporting us and helping the VT Farm Disaster Relief Fund. If you purchased tickets on-line they are “will call” at the door so please bring your ID. Please do visit the Beer Lovers Farmers from 2-6pm that same day, same venue with live music from Last October, great food both from the farm and prepared, cheese, pickled goodies, teas, chair massage, lots of beer in bottles to choose from! – Cheers,...

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4th Anniversary Tickets on sale NOW!

Posted by on Mar 7, 2012 in mad river valley, our events, special events | Comments Off on 4th Anniversary Tickets on sale NOW!

Please visit our home page at www.lawsonsfinest.com to purchase tickets. They are on sale NOW! Proceeds from our event will benefit the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund for damage and rebuilding from Tropical Storm Irene, through the Vermont Community Foundation. Thanks!

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Montpelier Farmers Market – Sat. March 3rd

Posted by on Mar 2, 2012 in farmers markets, our events | Comments Off on Montpelier Farmers Market – Sat. March 3rd

Hey all, Just a quick note to let you know what’s headed to the Montpelier Farmer’s Market this Saturday, March 3 from 10am-2pm. Click the link for more info on the market vendors, location and directions. Triple Play IPA returns! – 2011 Brewing News National IPA Champion (7% – $9/22oz) Double Sunshine IPA (8% – $9/22oz) Steve’s Backyard Red Ale (5.5% – $7/22oz) Permagrin Rye Pale Ale (6% – $7/22oz) Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (10% – $15/750ml) Oak-Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (11% – $25/750ml) – Just a few cases left of the Utopias/Buffalo Trace barrel aged version....

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SAVE THE DATE! – March 24, 2012

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 in our beer | 2 comments

Lawson’s Finest Liquids will be holding a very special 4th Anniversary celebration on Saturday, March 24th at the Valley Players Theater in Waitsfield, VT! All net proceeds will benefit a local charity to be announced shortly. The plans that follow are tentative and details to be confirmed in upcoming posts: We will hold an afternoon farmer’s market-style event with bottle sales (and a special release or two) plus local craft and food producers. An evening celebration will follow with live music, food, and a dizzying selection of the finest liquids that Lawson’s has ever offered at once. Ticket sales will be announced soon for the evening event, while the afternoon market will have no charge to enter. Here is your sneak peak at the epic beer list to be offered on draft for sampling From the vault 2008, 2009, and 2010 Maple Tripple Ale 2009 and 2010 Farmhouse Rye Ale 2010 Maple Barrel Aged Imperial Stout 2010 Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout 2011 Oak-aged Imperial Stout (Utopias/Buffalo Trace barrel) 2011 Acer Quercus Ale (The Bruery/Lawson’s Finest collaboration) Fresh from the brewery Double Sunshine IPA Triple Play IPA Permagrin Rye Pale Ale BIG HAPI Black IPA Fayston Maple Imperial Stout Steve’s Backyard Red Ale Red Spruce...

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Montpelier Farmer’s Market – Sat. Jan. 21

Posted by on Jan 19, 2012 in farmers markets, our events | Comments Off on Montpelier Farmer’s Market – Sat. Jan. 21

Visit the Montpelier Farmer’s Market website for directions and information about the great farmers, food producers and crafters at this Saturday’s market! Lawson’s will be well stocked with a large variety of brews that you won’t find all at once anywhere else! Last month, with similar quantities, we had plenty of beer available thru the first few hours of market, so you don’t need to arrrive right at 10am to get what you are looking for. Here’s the essentials: 4 bottle limit per variety of beer, per person. Seared Palate Barley Wine (Bourbon Barrel Aged) – $30/750mlOak-Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout – $25/750mlDouble Sunshine IPA – $9/22ozChinooker’d IPA – $7/22ozRed Spruce Bitter (holiday ale with spruce tips and cinnamon!) – $7/22ozSteve’s Backyard Red Ale – $7/22oz I’ll be posting more details about our newest collaboration brew – Steve’s Backyard Red Ale – brewed with local homebrewer Steve Robbins shortly after the Market, so stay tuned. Thanks for all your...

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Chinooker’d IPA Returns!!!

Posted by on Jan 11, 2012 in our beer | 1 comment

Like an old friend, one of my favorite old-school “C” hops returns this week with the Chinooker’d IPA! It will be going out in draught to our tap accounts and bottles to our retail outlets – see our Lawson’s website for a full list. I’m also really excited about the next Montpelier Farmer’s Market on January 21, Saturday, from 10am to 2pm. We’re working on trying to get the next Oak-aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout in bottles by then, and its a beauty! Aged for over a year in a single barrel that previously held Buffalo Trace bourbon and Sam Adams Utopias! Blended with some fresh FMIS….So smooth….yum! I’ve also saved just a few remaining cases of the Seared Palate Barley Wine and these will go to the market as well. Here’s a quick preview of other beers I’ll have in ample quantities (min. 12 cases each) 2011 Red Spruce Bitter (one brew a year!) Chinooker’d IPA Double Sunshine IPA and drumroll please….Steve’s Backyard Red Ale! We’ll be posting more details about this special collaboration beer with local homebrewer Steve Robbins of the Mad River Valley soon! Cheers!...

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Happy Holidaze!

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011 in our beer | Comments Off on Happy Holidaze!

A fresh round of Sugarhouse IPA arrives with the add’l Fayston Maple Imperial Stout on Friday, December 23 to draft and bottle locations. See Lawson’s Finest website for links and contact info to check availability over the holiday week. Look forward to our holiday release of Red Spruce Bitter soon as well as the return of Chinooker’d IPA! Giving thanks and wishing you the best!

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Montpelier Farmers Market – 12/17

Posted by on Dec 16, 2011 in farmers markets, our events | 1 comment

Not much time; here’s the basics. This Saturday, December 17th, 10AM – 2PM; Vermont College Gym. Visit www.montpelierfarmersmarket.com for directions and more info about this awesome winter market! Happy Holidays! Limit 4 bottles per person of each variety Sugarhouse IPA (6% abv) – $6.99 ea – 48 btl Double Sunshine IPA (8% abv) – $8.99 ea – 168 btl Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (10% abv) – $15.00 ea – 132 btl And something special…..Over a year aging in oak (bourbon) – the first ever barley wine from Lawson’s Finest! Seared Palate Barley Wine (13% abv) – $30 ea/750ml; each waxed and signed. Suitable for special occasions and decades in your cellar. Bottle count for this release TBA. Approx. 260 bottles were created from three very small batches of finely aged and blended beer. Sample tastings will be available. Please visit all of the fine farmers, producers and crafters at the Market....

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Double Sunshine IPA

Posted by on Dec 10, 2011 in our beer | 1 comment

22oz Bottles of Double Sunshine IPA arrived at the Hunger Mtn. Coop, Beverage Warehouse, and Warren Store, yesterday, December 9th. Our draft accounts also got this beer yesterday, however, many of them will not be tapping it immediately. It’s best to call ahead if you are looking for bottles, as the inventory disappears quickly! We are also pleased to announce that the Tracks Room pub at the Pitcher Inn in the village of Warren is now re-opened! The ravages of Hurricane Irene’s floodwaters reached the bottom floor of the Inn, and the pub has been closed for the last few months. Thanks to all the volunteers that started the clean-up, the staff at the Pitcher Inn, and Matt Groom Building and Remodeling for putting it all back together in fine and beautiful shape! On tap right now: Pitcher Inn – Sugarhouse IPA American Flatbread – Sugarhouse IPA Localfolk Smokehouse – Sugarhouse IPA Mad Taco – coming soon: Double Sunshine IPA Three Penny Taproom – Double Sunshine IPA The Blackback Pub – Sugarhouse IPA and Fayston Maple Imperial Stout The Reservoir – Sugarhouse IPA The Farmhouse Tap and Grill – Sugarhouse IPA (with Fayston Maple Imperial Stout and D.S. in the wings!) Look for details to be posted this week on our first Farmer’s Market in Montpelier of the winter season this coming Saturday, December 17th....

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This week in beer

Posted by on Dec 2, 2011 in our beer | Comments Off on This week in beer

Headed now to a store, restaurant, or beer bar….hopefully near you! Available on Friday, December 2. Sugarhouse IPA – Bottles at the Warren Store, Hunger Mtn. Coop, and Beverage Warehouse (see previous post below for links to their websites and contact info) Sugarhouse IPA – On tap (or to be soon) at American Flatbread, Localfolk Smokehouse, Mad Taco, Three Penny Taproom, Farmhouse Taproom and Grill, The Reservoir, and The Blackback Pub. Fayston Maple Imperial Stout – Just a few cases of bottles – three to be exact – to the Warren Store. On tap now at Three Penny Taproom, Mad Taco, and possibly others. Finally…if you are craving a Double Sunshine IPA, The Common Man in Warren still has it on tap…not for...

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Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 24, 2011 in farmers markets | 1 comment

I am thankful for so much….family most importantly, and that’s what I love most about this holiday. Our T-day tradition is to cook a local Misty Knoll turkey (brined of course) and invite our loved ones. It always seems to snow right around Thanksgiving here in Warren and this year is no exception. A good foot on the ground this evening of the freshies! Wish I was out making some ski turns with friends, but alas, family and food prep call….which I love. This year’s turkey brine follows a recipe from renowned beer cuisine expert and chef Sean Paxton, aka “Homebrew Chef”. See here: http://www.homebrewchef.com/BeerBrinedTurkey.html for his brining recommendation. Mine has a light and hoppy Lawson’s Finest Gonzie session ale (the last of it!) in the mix. Can’t wait! Friday deliveries will happen as usual this week, and going out is the first of the really cold season beers – Fayston Maple Imperial Stout! Perfect for these cold nights and pairing with a dessert, dark chocolate, or just savoring by the woodstove. Several cases of bottles ($15/750ml) will go to Hunger Mtn. Coop and Beverage Warehouse, and the Warren Store will have plenty through next week. It will also go on tap soon (delivered Friday) at all of our draft accounts, listed on Lawson’s website. Next week, the Sugarhouse IPA will be back, followed by Double Sunshine the following week. You can look forward to our holiday brew Red Spruce Bitter sometime around X-mas/New Years. Look for us at our first winter farmer’s market at the Dec. 17th Montpelier Farmers Market. Lawson’s will also be at the 1/21, 3/3, and 4/21 markets offering tastings and bottle sales. Visit the market’s website for more info, times, directions and descriptions of all the really great farms and producers that are at the market. Have a wonderful holiday, and THANK YOU for being a fan and supporter of Lawson’s Finest...

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Mad Taco Monday!

Posted by on Nov 15, 2011 in our events, special events | 2 comments

Drumroll please……Lawson’s Finest Liquids is pleased to announce our newest tap location: The Mad Taco in Waitsfield, VT!!!! Yes indeed, get yourself down to there immediately for set of pork belly tacos, or perhaps a chile colorado burrito, a few tamales or the specials on board and pair it a glass of Lawson’s! Can you tell I am excited? If not, just take a look at the shelf above the picture window at the Taco to get the gist of just how well Tacos at the Mad and Lawson’s go together. Right now they have two beers on tap with more to follow. Double Sunshine IPA is back! After a bit of hiatus for the summer, Double Sunshine IPA is back in the rotation. Bottles went out on Friday, 11/11 and it is now on tap at our local accounts. Along with that great news, we are also pleased to let you know that Lawson’s is now going out to a few new places, thanks to the work put into the brewery over the last few months to help me crank out some more beer! Deliveries still happen on Friday. You can look for Lawson’s Finest at the following locations: Bottles Warren Store, Warren, VT Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, VT Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT Draught Localfolk Smokehouse, Waitsfield, VT American Flatbread, Waitsfield, VT Mad Taco, Waitsfield, VT The Common Man Restaurant, Warren, VT The Blackback Pub and Flyshop, Waterbury, VT The Reservoir Restaurant and Taproom, Waterbury, VT Three Penny Taproom, Montpelier, VT Farmhouse Taproom and Grill, Burlington, VT Thanks and...

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Cellar reserve brews….

Posted by on Oct 9, 2011 in our beer | 8 comments

I’ve just returned from the most amazing trip…several weeks in Europe touring some of the finest beer (and wine) destinations in Germany, Belgium, Italy and more. This is the first extended vacation for us in many years. As a result, my one-man brewery has been idle for some time, and our inventory is wiped out. Sorry to say, that no Lawson’s will be found on draft during the month of October. The good news is that I will be brewing again tomorrow, and we’ll be stocked again around the first of November with Sugarhouse IPA and Double Sunshine IPA close on its heels! In the meantime, I’ve decided to dip into my personal reserve of beer to offer a few choice gems at the Warren Store in bottle. This weekend (delivered Sat. PM) they have two cases of 12oz Oak-aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout, hand bottled and wax-dipped, that sat in a somewhat miniature cask from Tuttletown (NY) distillery. Yum! Only six gallons made. I’ve also released the very last case for sale of our collaboration brew – Acer Quercus, done with The Bruery. For the next two weekends, I will be bottling up a vintage keg (1/2bbl) of Fayston Maple Imperial Stout that was brewed at the end of 2010 and cellar aged. It has really smoothed out, mellowed and emerged with a different depth and complexity than when this beer is young. There will be just a few cases of 750ml bottles for each weekend. I appreciate your patience and support. Here are a few fun photos from our journey – the first is of me with new friend Armand de Belder of 3F – Drie Fontenien, one of the top lambic brewers and queze blenders in the world in his cellar in the tiny village of Beersel, Belgium, and the next is of our Oktoberfest fun in Munich, Germany. Prost!  ...

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Post_Irene

Posted by on Sep 1, 2011 in mad river valley, press | 2 comments

Our hearts, thoughts, and donations go out to all those who have been displaced, endured hardship, and lost their homes to Hurricane Irene. Just a quick update to let you know that Lawson’s and our brewery are fine. Our current offering is a session ale, called Gonzie. IPA light or American Bitter Ale? It’s up to you. I made alot of this beer for the last warm weeks of the summer and the start of fall, so you will see it right thru September. Hope you enjoy and take good care. To update you on the places where you can find our beer: American Flatbread – heavy flood damage, but an amazing recovery is underway; they will re-open with Gonzie on tap on Friday 9/2! Warren Store – Floodwaters came very close, but the store is open as usual. Gonzie in bottles on Fridays. Pitcher Inn – The Tracks Pub downstairs was underwater on Sunday eve. They hope to re-open in a few weeks. Will keep you posted. Common Man – Gonzie on tap and they are high and dry! Open Tues-Sat each week. Village Porch in Rochester, VT – This town has been cut-off from access by vehicle for three days, and just re-established today. The community was devastated by the flood, and the main roads, as well as bridges in/out of town destroyed in places. My understanding is that the Village Porch and the Mendells are unharmed. They do not have power. To get updated information, visit www.wcax.com for news, and https://www.facebook.com/MRVpostIrene for information about the Mad River Valley, (and Granville/Hancock/Rochester) and recovery efforts. You can donate goods in person on Friday in Waitsfield (see link above), make a donation to the Mad River Valley Community Fund, The Red Cross, or a reputable charitable organization. Finally, please support our fellow brewer and friends John and Jen Kimmich of The Alchemist. Their brewpub was submerged by the floodwaters in Waterbury, and they lost much of the contents. The bright news is that they plan to gut the building and begin anew. And now the really great news…..Heady Topper in cans! Yes, Vermont’s first canned beer – brewed and canned in Vermont! The Alchemist Cannery has been in the works for months and will be opening just in time for Labor Day weekend!! You can get cold, tall, 16oz cans of Heady Topper – an American Double IPA at the Cannery, see the operation and get a tasting too, all starting this Friday, September 2 at 11am! Visit www.alchemistbeer.com for their...

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Vermont Brewers Festival!

Posted by on Jul 11, 2011 in beer fests, our events | Comments Off on Vermont Brewers Festival!

Vermont Brewers Festival – Friday July 15th and Saturday July 16th UPDATED: Wed. July 13, 8am – ALL SESSIONS SOLD OUT! If you don’t have tickets yet and are planning to go….hurry up and grab one before they are gone! Visit www.vtbrewfest.com. Saturday is already completely sold out and tickets are dwindling for the remaining session on Friday night. As a heads up to our loyals fans: this is the place to be if you want a Lawson’s Finest this week! Due to our tiny capacity, almost all of our available beer will be going to the festival. This means Lawson’s will NOT be on tap at American Flatbread in Waitsfield and the Village Porch in Rochester, VT. There will be very limited number of bottles at the Warren Store, however, there is plenty of our collaboration beer, Acer Quercus available at the Warren Store, The Hunger Mtn. Coop, and starting this Wed. July 13 at the Beverage Warehouse in Winooski. See below for info on our release party for Acer Quercus on 7/13 at the Farmhouse Taproom and Grill in Burlington. Here is our beer list for the festival. Stay hydrated, consume responsibly, savor the flavors, and ENJOY! Hope to see you there – Cheers! 2011 Vermont Brewers Festival — Beer Descriptions Acer Quercus – A collaboration with The Bruery of Palcentia, CA, this brew combines VT maple syrup, CA date sugar, maple-wood smoked malt, malted and chocolate rye, flaked oats, two yeasts, and toasted oak cubes to yield a rich and complex dark ale. “Nanotacular!” 9.5% Triple Play IPA – A trio of hop varieties deliver a symphony of juicy tropical hop flavors, a wonderful bouquet of floral aromas, and just enough malt backbone to stand up to a triple punch of bitterness. Brewed and dry-hopped with Citra, Simcoe, and Centennial. “No batter beer!” 6.5% Liquid Sunshine Ale – Aromatic esters from a Belgian-style yeast combine with ripe fruitiness of American hops to yield a brew with a sip of summer sunshine in every glass! 5.5% Permagrin Rye Pale Ale – This crisp American ale is a dark amber color, with a nice spicy bite from the use of malted, crystal, and toasted flaked rye that will creep up and leave you smiling! A healthy dose of lupulins from Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade and Centennial hops round out this beer. 6% Maple on Brett – Our wild Vermont maple ale is fermented with Brettanomyces bruxellensis wild yeast, imparting a savory twang and sour, horse blanket-like character. Aged one year! FRIDAY NIGHT ONLY. 8.8% (One 5 gallon keg) Chinooker’d IPA CASK – Chockfull of Chinook hops and bursting with pine and citrus aromas and flavors. This hop-bomb is flavorful and bold with a dry finish. Double dry-hopped and cask conditioned. SATURDAY ONLY....

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ACER QUERCUS RELEASE PARTIES!

Posted by on Jun 26, 2011 in our beer, our events, special events | Comments Off on ACER QUERCUS RELEASE PARTIES!

How’s this for last minute notification…. Tomorrow, Monday June 27 at the Three Penny Taproom, Acer Quercus will make its Vermont debut on draught!!! We are very excited to say the least. Bottles of this beer will be hitting the Hunger Mtn. Coop in Montpelier first thing in the morning, and they will be at the Warren Store too. TPT will start serving up the AQ sometime after they open (not sure exactly, call ahead, 5pm at the latest). I’ll be dropping by later in the evening to say hi and have a glass myself! If you can’t make it tomorrow, fear not. On July 13, we will be holding another release party with a couple of kegs going the Farmhouse Taproom and Grill in Burlington as part of their Vermont brewers celebration in advance of the Vermont Brewers Festival on July 15 and 16. That same day, ample quantity of bottles will arrive at the Beverage Warehouse in Winooski. Cheers! –...

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Acer Quercus has arrived!

Posted by on Jun 16, 2011 in our beer | Comments Off on Acer Quercus has arrived!

Greetings all!As often is the case, I must apologize for the long delay in posts. Its been a very busy spring and hard to believe it, but yes, summer festival season is upon us. We have already taken part in two excellent events, that you should check out next year! The Brattleboro Brewers Festival on May, 21 in southern Vermont was fantastic. With a relatively small crowd (compared to the number of vendors) the atmosphere was relaxed and there were virtually no lines! We also we thrilled to be chosen for “The People’s Choice Award”! Our booth was the most visited at the festival – check out our bling! The American Craft Beer Fest in Boston, MA on June 3-4, offered up a dizzying array of world-class brews from well over 100 breweries from around the country. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Although the festival is very large (5,000 people/session) the exhibit hall is plenty large to spread us all out, and the lines for beer move quickly. It was great to meet so many new people and brewers and introduce them to their first taste of Lawson’s Finest. ACER QUERCUS – THE BRUERY/LAWSON’S FINEST COLLABORATION Yes indeed, this liquid elixir of Vermont and California goodies has landed in Vermont! We served up the first couple of kegs at the ACBF (see above) in Boston with much fanfare and some great feedback. We are going to be labeling the bottles for this beer in the next two weeks and have a number of cases to distribute out to Vermont. Starting at the end of June, you can look for this beer at the Warren Store, the Beverage Warehouse in Winooski, and Hunger Mtn. Co-op in Montpelier. As an added bonus, for every bottles sold at Hunger Mtn., Lawson’s Finest and Hunger Mtn will each donate a dollar to the the Three Penny Taproom’s lost cellar beer fund. (In case you don’t know, they lost their entire bottled collection two weeks ago due to the flooding in Montpelier). We are planning release parties for both the Three Penny and the Farmhouse Tap and Grill, and bottles will be delivered to market on the same day we tap some draft beer at each of these locaitons. Keep tuned to the blog and when we have some dates nailed down, I’ll post them here, along with some more detailed information about the beer itself, the fun we had creating it, and the awesome folks out at The Bruery in Placentia, CA....

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UPDATED: 2010 Maple Tripple

Posted by on Apr 15, 2011 in our beer | 4 comments

The long-awaited day is coming! Our 2010 Maple Tripple Ale, brewed in April of 2010, is bottle-conditioning as I write this post. We plan to release this beer on Saturday, April 16th at the Montpelier Farmer’s Market. The bottle count tallies 374, and we plan to make about 264 bottles available at the market with the remainder reserved for our cellar-aging program and future events. This special brew is one of our single-batch beers, and can only be made during the sugaring season in Vermont. Here’s the description from the label: “Bottled in April 2011, this ‘once a year beer’ is a slowly fermented single-batch brew made during 2010 spring sugaring season. It quietly rested for a year in a single oak barrel from Saxtons River Distillery that previously held Sapling maple liquor. Our recipe has no water added, and uses only barley, hops, yeast, and concentrated maple sap from our friend Paul Marble of Fayston, VT. Bottle-conditioned. Will age elegantly for many years.” Encapsulated in the bottle is an exquisite and intense maple experience! The specialty bottles that hold the 2010 Maple Tripple are beautiful – 500ml sparkling wine style with heavy antique green glass and an enticing shape. Megan Schultz of Meg’s Events and Designs has designed a new label for this beer that is fantastic and matches the premium quality of this unique creation. More details will be posted next week, but here’s what we know so far about the release: We will not take any advanced orders or reservations for any of our beer at this market. Sales will begin at 10:00am. – 2010 Maple Tripple Ale – 4 bottle/person limit – First-come, first-serve. We’ll post details next week on how we’ll manage the line. – There will be several other varieties of Lawson’s beer for sale, and these will have a bottle limit of 2 of any variety, with a total limit of 4 bottles (in addition to any Maple Tripple). The maximum allocation for any one person will be eight bottles. I really appreciate your patience and understanding in that we have a tiny brewery with very limited capacity. We understand many of you travel to make a purchase, and unfortunately there is never enough beer to meet everyone’s expectations. I appreciate your support and look forward to the day when we have more beer to go around! ____________________________________________________________________ UPDATED: APRIL 14, 2011 When you visit the Montpelier Farmer’s Market (http://www.montpelierfarmersmarket.com/), be sure to check out all the amazing producers here. Fresh spring greens and veggies galore, local and natural meats from beef to duck and pork, artisan cheeses, Vermont wine, pickled and preserved farm goodies, crafts and prepared foods! Please support the market while you visit by visiting the other vendors! Here’s the scoop on exactly what we will offer and how it will go down: 2010 Maple Tripple Ale – $25/500ml – limit 4/person – 264 bottles Double Sunshine IPA – $9/22oz – limit 2/person -about 90 bottles Triple Play IPA – $7/22oz – limit 2/person – about 90 bottles – We’ll begin handing out numbered cards at 9:30am outside the entrance to the Vermont College Gym to secure a place in line. Look for the guy with the LFL sign! – If you arrive before 9:30am, you will be asked to wait outside and not obstruct vendors from setting up. We are not permitted to have a long line-up at the table. – The numbered card will entitle you to purchase up to 4 bottles of 2010 Maple Tripple. All other beer varieties offered for sale will be limited to...

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Lawson’s Finest – National IPA Champion!

Posted by on Mar 8, 2011 in awards | 6 comments

On March 5th, Lawson’s Finest Triple Play IPA was honored as the National IPA Champion by Brewing News! This annual tournament is held in a March Madness style single elimination head to head competition in seven rounds. You can click here to see the brackets and all the competitors. The field of 128 different India Pale Ales includes well known breweries such as Sierra Nevada, Harpoon, and Sam Adams, as well as some of the most highly awarded IPA’s from west-coast breweries such as Ballast Point, Firestone Walker, Port Brewing, and more! I am thrilled and honored that our little brewery took the crown! The Triple Play IPA is one of our new recipes, and is based on my Double Sunshine IPA (8%), only with additional hop varieties, and a lower alchol content (6.5%). The beer is brewed with Citra, Simcoe, and Centennial hops and features a tantalizing floral aroma, layers of juicy tropical hop flavor, and just enough malt backbone to stand up to a triple punch of bitterness. I’ve had lots of fun with this name, which fits into my love of baseball theme….such as Triple Play IPA – goes all the way! And “No batter beer!” – which you’ll find right on the label. Many cheers to you all, and thanks for joining on us on this fun...

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Brewing Updates and March 5th Market

Posted by on Feb 28, 2011 in farmers markets, our beer, our events | 3 comments

Sometimes it take a while to get up-to-date on the blog, so here we go! Permagrin Rye P.A. is back! The 2010 incarnation of our Permagrin Rye Pale Ale (6%) features a new recipe that I hope you find even more delicious. The base malt is now a heartier Munich, while Crystal Rye and Toasted Rye Flakes have been added to give a richer rye character and mouthfeel. You’ll find the color is slightly darker and overall the beer a bit more balanced, yet still featuring a healthy dose of flavorful hops including Simcoe, Centennial, and Amarillo. Third Anniversary Brew! I dug deep into the archives and have re-brewed the very first receipe used in our current brewhaus! This beer was first tapped around St. Patty’s day at Mad River Glen in 2008, and hasn’t been brewed again since. Our Sugarhouse IPA is a classy lupulin-forward mouthfull of Summit and Columbus hops backed by a medium-bodied Vermont-style pale ale rounded by three varieties of Cara malts and our favorite Gambrinus pale malted barley. It will be available for a limited time during this March on draft and in bottles. Montpelier Farmer’s Market – March 5, 2010 – 10 am This Saturday, I’ll be a the market again with the remaning 7 cases of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout – 84 bottles while they last. In order spread out the availability and crowd, we will be holding two cases of each beer until 12pm noon to make available at that time. Here’s this market’s offering: BBA FMIS – 750ml – $30 (no limit) Double Sunshine IPA – 22oz- $9 (limit 2/person) Knockout Blonde Ale – 22oz – $7 (limit 2/person) 2009 Hillside Hard Cider – 750ml – $12 (no limit) Lawson’s 2009 vintage hard cider is fermented exclusively with champagne yeast and 100% apple juice pressed at Lost Meadow Cidery in Calais, VT. It has been carefully cellar-aged for a year and a half! If the Sugarhouse IPA is adequately conditioned later this week, I will also be offering that in 22oz bottles as well....

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Montpelier Farmer’s Market – Sat. Jan. 22th

Posted by on Jan 20, 2011 in farmers markets, our events | Comments Off on Montpelier Farmer’s Market – Sat. Jan. 22th

This Saturday will feature the second release in our Barrel-Aged series, an exciting long-term project this I described in detail in my last post (see below). I will be at the Montpelier Farmers Market on E. State St. from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, January 22nd, offering bottles for sale, and sample tastings. We will be offering our Bourbon Barrel-Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout in bottles for the very first time! The barrels I obtained were freshly emptied from the Maker’s Mark distillery. They are a small family run artisan distiller, much like some of our home-grown breweries here in Vermont. If you think the long name is a mouth-full, wait until you taste it! Much like last month’s Maple Barrel Aged release, this beer is bottle conditioned, carbonated and ready to drink now, however, I highly recommend saving some for a year or more to age, which will smooth out the beer, while melding the different flavors together, increase the complexity, and mellow the 11% abv. on this special beer. I am also pleased to let you know that I was able bottle 350 bottles of the 750ml size – twice as much as our Maple Barrel version, so there should be plenty to go around on Saturday. We will also be planning to pour a number of samples of the barrel aged stout to have available on the table at 10am, so that you can try this beer before or while you purchase it. Just to be sure, and to help spread out the crowd, we’ll be running this release a bit differently. Last market the crowd that formed at the table was an issue for other vendors, as folks were sometimes blocked from getting to the adjacent tables. I will be releasing cases of this beer at 10am, 11am and Noon, so you don’t have to be here at 10am to purchase this beer. I will also be holding several cases of our other varieties of beer to begin selling at Noon, thus offering later arrivals the opportunity to purchase beer. Last market, we were sold out of all of our beer by around noon, I know crazy. Until we do expand someday, I really appreciate your understanding that quantities are limited, and that the demand is greater than the supply. Here are the exact details and beer menu: Maker’s Mark Bourbon Barrel-Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout – $30/750ml – no limit $8/187ml (very limited) – 1 bottle/person if purchasing 750ml, 2 bottles if not. The following bottles have a limit of 2/person of each variety (limit 6 total) Double Sunshine IPA – $9/22ozKnockout Blonde – $7/22ozMaple Nipple Ale – $7/22oz Hope to see some of you there on Saturday. Cheers and safe...

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Thank you!

Posted by on Jan 12, 2011 in our beer | Comments Off on Thank you!

A belated Happy New Year, friends! I just want to send out a HUGE thank you to all of the folks out there that have supported our small brewery since we started! Its been a great ride and as I reflect on what will be three years in business this March, there are so many people to thank. First, and most importantly, is my wife and business partner Karen, who is as adept at applying labels as she is wrangling our two girls. Without her commitment to our small business, it never would have started! Just as important are all of our customers, who are willing to travel to buy our beer and keep coming back for more. Without you, it wouldn’t be possible. I know that some of you have traveled far and left Warren empty handed, which – trust me – pains me (almost) as much as you. Working on fixing that 🙂 Thanks to all the local businesses, from the Warren Store to our favorite beer bars and restaurants that carry Lawson’s Finest and that help us to succeed. Our suppliers, volunteers, friends, other brewers, supporters and more all deserve a hearty thanks, and a delicious beer in their hands! Looking ahead in 2011, there are many exciting projects on the horizon. We continue to plan for an eventual expansion of our equipment at the current brewery location, with a timeline TBA. When I know, you’ll know! While this means we still won’t be offering tours, tasting, or on-site sales at the brewery, it will mean I can continue to walk to and from work and brew with the incredibly beautiful, soft, clean well water that Lawson’s Finest is created with now, and keep the quality of life high. Our barrel-aging projects are just starting to mature and the first round of BA beer went out just before the holidays. On deck is the Bourbon Barrel Aged (Maker’s Mark) Fayston Maple Imperial Stout. This beer is in the bottle (750ml with cork & cage finish) conditioning now, and I’ll start selling it on January 22 at the Farmer’s Market in Montpelier. The good news is the batch is twice the size of the Maple Barrel (Saxton’s River Sapling) stout that we released in December. We are also planning the logistics of this release, as the line/crowd that formed at the Lawson’s table at the beginning of the market was problematic for the other vendors last time. More details to follow, but tentatively, we plan to release bottles at 10am, 11am and 12noon to spread the sales out and offer more time for tastings. We now also have two oak barrels full of Fayston Maple Imperial Stout in Buffalo Trace/Utopias. Big thanks to Alan at Trapp’s and Dan at Ale Street News for helping me to secure these barrels. I anticipate they will be ready in late 2011. Most exciting for me is the maturation of the 2010 Maple Tripple Ale, which is resting quietly in another Saxton’s River Sapling Maple Liquor barrel. I put a different twist on this once-a-year beer each time, and the oak aging is new for this batch. Its coming along quite nicely. I expect that we’ll bottle and release this beer when it reaches a year in the barrel, which means April 2011, around the same time I’ll be brewing the 2011 Maple Tripple. The 2010 Farmhouse Rye is also now aging in a French Oak barrel that held a French white wine. I’ve added Brettanomyces Clausenii to this years batch to create a nice pineapple note in the aroma and...

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Holiday Market – Beers Galore!

Posted by on Dec 15, 2010 in our beer, our events | Comments Off on Holiday Market – Beers Galore!

A quick note to let all our friends know about the excitement that this Saturday, December 18th holds for beer lovers in, around, or visiting Vermont! Lawson’s Finest will be making our winter farmer’s market debut for this season in Montplier, VT at the Vermont College Gym (corner of College St. and State St.) with an array of brews, including the special release of our first-ever maple barrel aged, Fayston Maple Imperial Stout! This beer was brewed last spring and rested for nearly 9 months, using an American Oak barrel from Saxton’s River Distillery (VT), maker of Sapling Maple Liquor. Oh my! While this beer may certainly be enjoyed now and over the holidays, I highly recommend restraint, as like a wine, it will continue to mature for years to come. Try waiting a year or more….if you can. We’ll offer samples for tasting ($1 each) and 120 bottles (of 180 total) of the BA FMIS for sale with a 2 bottle/person limit at $30/750ml. I also have some extra special stocking stuffers! This beer in a single serving 187ml nipper for $8! (48 bottles only at the market, 2/pp limit). You don’t need company to open that one 🙂 —- Keep in mind, this beer represents a huge investment of time, resources, and two entire batches (yes, that’s two whole brew days!) to fill one oak barrel. I hope you enjoy the results as much as I do. Whew… More details will follow, but here is the list of beers: (22oz bottles at $7 ea, unless noted). Sample pours -2oz – Two for $1. Red Spruce Bitter (4% abv) – 2010 Holiday Ale with Spruce tips and cinnamonParadise Ale (6% abv) – Lawson’s hoppy amber ale for the winter seasonDouble Sunshine IPA (8% abv) – $9/22oz – Our new mouthful of juicy hop sensationsHopzilla Double IPA (9% abv) – $12/750ml – Pucker up! And maybe…just maybe a few surprises, like our 2009 Hillside Cider, a Vermont-pressed and blended stock of apples designed by Terry Bradshaw of Lost Meadow Cidery in Calais, VT for world-class hard cider making! Cheers!Sean PS – 10am to 2pm at the VT College Gym, 12/18/10. Stop by the Three Penny Taproom...

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IPA Weekend in Waterbury & Warren Store Tasting

Posted by on Dec 1, 2010 in our beer, our events, special events | Comments Off on IPA Weekend in Waterbury & Warren Store Tasting

With the highly anticipated release of Heady Toppper in bottles happening at the Alchemist this Saturday, December 4th at 11am – Waterbury, Vermont will be a hop-head heaven! For the traveling fans of beer, Lawson’s Finest is pleased to announce our Waterbury debut on tap! Beginning Friday afternoon, across the street from the Alchemist, the Blackback Pub and Flyshop will be offering up Lawson’s Paradise Ale on draught. Amber, chewy and aromatic, this brew is dry-hopped with Amarillo. Back across and up the street just a few buildings, Lawson’s will also have the Chinooker’d IPA pouring over at the Resevoir resaturant and pub. Both places will be open on Saturday morning! Check at each establishment for hours. As if you needed further enticement, at the Blackback Pub also offer’s Shaun Hill’s hoppy wonders, where you’ll find this weekend the Hill Farmstead’s beautiful Edward and Abner double IPA. Ahhhhh the lupulins! If you are fan of juicy, delicious, fresh IPA’s get yourself to Waterubury this weekend! Warren Store Tasting – Saturday 2pm to 4pm I’ll be doubling-down on bottled beer this week and offering a tasting of Lawson’s Finest at the Warren Store, on the main street in the village on Saturday afternoon from 2 – 4 pm. Our regular delivery will happen on Friday, for folks planning to travel thru that way. I’ll be re-stocking the Warren Store at the outset of the tasting for Saturday afternoon. As always, there is a 4 bottle per person, per day limit on bottles. I’ll have the following brews, tentatively for tasting and sales: Knockout Blonde Ale Maple Nipple Ale Chinooker’d IPA Red Spruce Bitter (2010 Holiday beer) I just brewed the second batch of Red Spruce Bitter yesterday, with fresh clipped spruce springs from the trees just adjacent to our brewery, and finished the first batch with a dash of cinnamon. It has a distinct woodsy flavor, layer with nice dark malts, altogether in a sessionable 4% ABV beer. Take a break from the winter warmers with this one! Look foward to seeing some of you this Saturday....

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Beer Advocate – Night of the Funk!

Posted by on Nov 4, 2010 in our events, special events | Comments Off on Beer Advocate – Night of the Funk!

Boston, here we go! Lawson’s is pleased to participate in this year’s BeerAdvocate Night of the Funk, part of the 2-day Belgian Beer Festival in Boston, MA at the Cyclorama (Boston Center for the Arts). I’ll be there on Friday, November 5th starting at 6pm serving up three unusual varieties of Lawson’s Finest Liquids for your funktastic sipping. I haven’t offered sour or wild ales as a regular part of our line-up, however, I’ve been having fun with one-batch special releases for festival events over the last several years. I work primarily with isolated strains of Brettanomyces wild yeast, and I’ll offer three different varieties at NOTF. All are fairly young, in terms of aging, as Brett. brews continue to mature for many months. Maple on Brett – A robust Vermont Maple ale, fermented with 100% Brettanomyces Bruxellensis. Mild barnyard character. 8% abv Mad Wild Grapes – Our wild blonde ale, rested on crushed wild grapes harvested along the riparian areas of the Mad River Valley. Light, slightly tart, and purple! 6% abv Funky Sunshine – An American IPA, fermented entirely with Brett. Fruity, herbal, and funky. 7% abv Locally, the Warren Store will be well-stocked on Friday morning with Maple Nipple Ale, Knockout Blonde Ale, 292 Hoptoberfest Ale, and Big Hapi IBA. American Flatbread will have the Dunkelweiss dark wheat ale on tap this weekend, along with another brew. The Common Mad Restaurant re-opens this evening, 11/4, with their Thursday Bistro special ($16pp two-course meal!) and the Maple Nipple Ale. The Village Porch in Rochester, VT has the 292 Hoptoberfest Ale on tap this weekend. The Pitcher Inn is closed for fall break until Nov. 24th. LAWSON’S HATS AND GLASSWARE ONLINE! We have a new page on our website, http://www.lawsonsfinest.com/, “Gear and Glassware” where you may order our Lawson’s branded hats or three styles of glassware. Check it out!...

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Farmhouse Hoptober!

Posted by on Oct 26, 2010 in special events | 2 comments

Join us in celebrating the fall season at the Farmhouse Tap and Grill in Burlington, VT on Wednesday, October 27th for their ‘Hoptober’ event. The evening features their always amazing line-up of draft brews from near and far, with plenty of fall seasonals, and Lawson’s Finest – 292 Hoptoberfest Ale! If you’ve never been, the Farmhouse has an impressive menu of local foods prepared exquisitely and fresh from the farm to your plate! The Lawson’s will be tapped up and pouring for the start of evening food service at 5 pm, although you can certainly come in earlier, as they are open for lunch and throughout the afternoon. Beer Updates: Now on TAP! American Flatbread, Waitsfield – Dunkelweiss dark wheat bier, then Knockout Blonde Ale Open Thurs-Sun, 10/28-31. Common Man, Warren – CLOSED for fall break and restaurant improvements. RE-OPENS on November 3, and they will have on tap the Maple Nipple Ale Pitcher Inn, Warren – Dunkelweiss – NOTE: CLOSED for fall break Nov. 1 – Nov. 24. Village Porch – Stony Hill Harvest Ale – Get it while you can! They have the last few pints! Next up, Knockout Blonde Ale. Open Thurs-Sun each week. This week in bottles: (Friday, 10/29) Warren Store – Knockout Blonde, Maple Nipple Ale, Big HAPI India Black Ale – Deliveries are made on...

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Hoptoberfest

Posted by on Oct 9, 2010 in our beer | Comments Off on Hoptoberfest

Brewing Updates: Fall is here and so is the new crop of beer! —— Thanks to Peter Conrad for photo Our 292 Hoptoberfest Ale arrived at the Warren Store today, along with ample (for today) Chinooker’d IPA. It will be on draft at American Flatbread next weekend. Look for it at other Lawson’s locations beyond.   Equinox Extra Ale is in the kegs! First batch in 2 years. I only brew this beer on the Autumnal or Vernal Equinox, and haven’t been able to mesh that with my brew schedule for a long time. An XPA or some might say a double american red ale with extra Lawson’s! Look for it in wax-topped bottles only starting in about a week.     The first fall 2010 keg of Dunkelweiss will be tapped at the Pitcher Inn on Saturday, October 9.     Knockout Blonde will return in a few weeks. Big Hapi is on the way again soon.     Now on Tap: Flatbread, Waitsfield – Chinooker’d IPA; Common Man, Warren – Maple Nipple Ale; Village Porch, Rochester – Stony Hill Harvest Ale.   Enjoy and Happy...

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Website Update and SIPtemberfest!!!

Posted by on Sep 21, 2010 in Retail, SIPtemberfest, website | Comments Off on Website Update and SIPtemberfest!!!

Well, the hectic summer has just flown by in a blur! Hard to believe it was just the end of July. Since then, I attended the BCTC festival at Brewery Ommegang, the Taste of the Valley at Sugarbush, the infamous Backwoods Brewdown, a special ‘Lawson’s Night’ at Three Penny Taproom, AND I finally got to take a vacation with my family (first full week off in a couple years!). Whew! I’m really excited about all the updates we’ve made with our webmaster Cathi of Onion River Web Designs! You’ll notice new photos, features, a dedicated events page, and soon, a page where you purchase Lawson gear and glassware! Check it out at http://www.lawsonsfinest.com/, and keep in mind our update is in progress….so check back again soon. This Saturday, September 25, marks our third annual SIPtemberfest Vermont Beer Tasting event at Mad River Glen. What a great time and an amazing array of special VT brews that folks will have the opportunity to try for the afternoon! If you want to go, better get your tickets soon, as they are almost sold out! Online ticket sales will end on Thursday 9/23 at midnight. Visit http://www.siptemberfest.com/ for all the details and tickets. Hope to see a few of you then....

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Vermont Cheesemaker’s Festival

Posted by on Jul 22, 2010 in our events, special events | Comments Off on Vermont Cheesemaker’s Festival

Lawson’s Finest Liquids will be one of five breweries presenting their Vermont-brewed beer at the sold-out Vermont Cheesemaker’s Festival this Sunday, July 25th at Shelburne Farms. We’ll be offering sample tastings, full glasses of brew, logo glass ware, and bottled Lawson’s Finest for taking home with you! The planned line up for the festival, which is open 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, includes my infamous Hopzilla Double IPA, Weiss-K Wheat Bier, my new Session in the Rye – a 4.5% abv Belgian style Saison, Chinooker’d IPA, and one of my signature Vermont Maple ales. This weekend the Warren Store will be stocked with Chinooker’d IPA and Weiss-K. Please note, that due to the overwhelming demand, we cannot take reservations or special orders for bottles at this time, and the Store has a bottle limit in fairness to everyone. I really appreciate your patience and willingness to travel, as many people will trek for hours to the Warren Store just to grab our beer. I’m honored....

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Vermont Brewers Festival

Posted by on Jul 11, 2010 in beer fests, our events | 2 comments

Oh yes! High season for beer is here. I like to break out all the special stuff for the festivals, especially this one. We sadly and fondly miss Greg Noonan, brewing pioneer of Vermont. This year’s festival is dedicated to him. If you want tickets, get them now. Saturday PM session is almost sold out. http://www.vtbrewfest.com/ 2010 Vermont Brewers Festival — Lawson’s Finest Liquids Local Potion – Our 2010 VBF Collaboration brew with Destiny Saxon of Zero Gravity brewery at American Flatbread Burlington is a Vermont Maple Ale. Our localvore-style ale is brewed with a ‘New Englander’ malted barley grown by Maine’s Potato Growers, with 100% Vermont-grown Cascade hops, a healthy addition of pure Vermont Maple Syrup from Purinton Farm in Huntington, and ZG house ale yeast. A small portion of the grist was house-smoked with Dave Rooke over apple wood, creating a subtle hint of smoky aroma and flavor. ~5.3% abv Noonan’s Tribute – A cask of Local Potion, dry-tipped and naturally carbonated in the firkin with one of Greg’s favorite Vermont ingredients, spring tips of the Red Spruce (Picea rubens) tree! – Tapped at SESSION 2 until it’s gone. ~5.3% abv Weiss-K Wheat Bier – A German style hefeweizen that is best when served up fresh and ‘mit hefe’ (with yeast). A delightfully refreshing ale with a delicate fruity aroma and a mild spicy flavor from our special Bavarian wheat yeast. ~5.4% abv Chinooker’d IPA – Our award-winning American-style India Pale Ale recipe is chockfull of Chinook hops and bursting with pine and citrus aromas and flavors. This hop-bomb is flavorful and bold with a dry finish. ~6.9% abv Maple on Brett – A wild Vermont maple ale! Our Maple Nipple Ale base recipe fermented with Brettanomyces bruxellensis wild yeast, imparting a savory twang and sour, horse blanket-like character. 8.8% abv Maple-barrel aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout – Brewed with over two gallons of Maple Syrup per bbl and loaded with roasted barley and black patent malts. This beer is then carefully aged in Saxton River Distillery’s Sapling Maple Liquor barrels made of American Oak. ~ 11% abv – SESSION 1 ONLY Bourbon-barrel aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout – Brewed with over two gallons of Maple Syrup per bbl and loaded with roasted barley and black patent malts. This beer is then carefully aged in Maker’s Mark bourbon barrels made of American Oak. ~ 11% abv – SESSION 2 ONLY Vanilla Espresso Woodchuck Stout – A hearty American-style stout brewed with flaked barley and oats, then infused with fresh Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ espresso and vanilla beans. ~5% abv – SESSION 3...

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Bad blogger!

Posted by on Jun 27, 2010 in beer fests, collaborations, our beer | Comments Off on Bad blogger!

OK, you already know the bad news: I’m a bad blogger these days. A blog is only relevant if you update it regulary! Not to mention the ‘bound-fo-fail’ curse of a New Year’s Resolution (to blog more often….) Photo credit: (c) Megan Shultz The good news is I’ve been a busy brewer, which means more people enjoying more Lawson’s Finest ales than ever before! Plus a few very special projects are now in the works that have been taking up a great deal of my time. So here’s a glimpse of few exiting things at Lawson’s Finest. I do indeed hope to get more complete details here in the near future. ON DECK: Summer! Festival Season is here. We poured the Brattleboro Brewers Festival and upcoming are The Vermont Brewer’s Festival (wait till you see the line of LFL brews!) on July 16-17, The VT Cheesemakers Festival at Shelburne Farms (with bottle sales) on July 25, and Ommegang’s “Belgium Comes to Cooperstown” festival on July 30-31. Our barrel-aging project is underway. Holy oaked goodness brewman! More details to follow. Our newest collaboration with Destiny at Zero Gravity Brewing of Flatbread Btown fame is “Local Potion,” a localvore style Vermont maple ale, brewed with barley grown in Maine, 100% VT hops, syrup from Huntington, and a bit of wisdom from Paul Sayler. On top of that, we house-smoked some of the malted barely with Root Beer man and BBQ master Dave Rooke to lend a hint of smokiness to this beer. I’ll have a cask “dry-tipped” with spruce sprigs at the VBFest (session 2) called Noonan’s Tribute. Also, look for it on tap and cask at Flatbread Burlington Hearth starting the week of the festival. A few other new beers are on the way for summer including an easy drinking Session in the Rye saison (4.5%) , a juicy hop forward pale ale called Liquid Sunshine, and the return of Karen’s Kolsh redux for summer. So many good beers to brew and to try. Cheers to you all and thanks for coming back to check us out!...

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Lawson’s Beer Dinner at Perfect Pear Cafe

Posted by on Apr 27, 2010 in our events, special events | 1 comment

Hey Friends! There is still time to get a spot (there are only a few reservations left) for this Wednesday, April 28th, Beer Dinner at the Perfect Pear Cafe in Bradford, VT. The dinner begins at 6 PM and features a four-course meal perpared by chef/owner Adam Coulter. The menu looks divine! (See below). You may call (802) 222-5912 to make a reservation. This is our first true beer dinner pairing at a restaurant, so it it truly exciting! What’s even more exciting is that culinary wizard and homebrewer-turned-pub-brewer Adam is making the Perfect Pear Vermont’s newest brewpub! Yes, indeed. If we get lucky, pehaps Adam will even have some of his house-brewed beer on tap for the dinner. For those of you in attendance, I also anticipate breaking out a few vintage or special bottles to share in addition to what you see listed on the menu….it’ll be a surpise! PERFECT PEAR – BEER DINNER FEATURINGLAWSON’S FINEST LIQUIDSWEDNESDAY,APRIL 28 @ 6 P.M.$40/PERSON INCLUDES TAXVEGETARIAN MENU AVAILABLE WITH ADVANCE REQUEST WEISS-KPICKLED FIDDLEHEAD & WHEAT BERRY SALAD PERMAGRIN RYE PALE ALEROBIE FARMS PIERMONT CHEESE SOUFFLE CHINOOKER’D INDIA PALE ALEPORK ROULADE WITH SMOKED PAPRIKA SAUCE FAYSTON MAPLE IMPERIAL STOUTMAPLE WALNUT ICE CREAM BROWNIE SUNDAE...

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Maple Tripple – 2010 World Beer Cup Winner!

Posted by on Apr 13, 2010 in awards, our beer | 4 comments

Yes, you read that right. Our tiny 1bbl brewery, competing against breweries from around the globe scored a medal! Maple Tripple – Specialty Beer category – 2010 World Beer Cup® – Bronze Medal!!!! The World Beer Cup® is now the largest and perhaps most prestigious commercial beer competition in the world! Here’s the official word from the Brewers Association: “Brewers from six continents earned awards from an elite international panel of judges this week in the 2010 Brewers Association World Beer Cup – the world’s largest-ever commercial beer competition. The eighth bi-annual competition announced awards to brewers from 19 countries ranging from Australia and Italy to Iceland and Japan. This year, 642 breweries from 44 countries and 47 U.S. states vied for awards with 3,330 beers entered in 90 beer style categories.”Lawson’s tiny Vermont brewery, in a state known for its Maple Syrup, pulled off an unlikely victory, by bringing home bronze in a competition of some of world’s most renowned and biggest breweries! Our Maple Tripple ale is a very special, once-a-year beer that is onlymade at the end of maple sugaring season. The base of this beer is made with 100% concentrated maple sap, which replaces all of the water in the brewing process, giving this beer enticingly rich and complex maple flavors and aromas. Maple Tripple is 10.1% alcohol, so it is truly a sipping beer! It makes an excellent pairing with a chocolate dessert or fresh sliced strawberries and whipped cream drizzled with pure Vermont maple syrup.The 2010 Maple Tripple ale was brewed just last week and is bubbling away with fermentation as I write to you, making this an especially timely event! The beer takes several months to mature and will be ready for the first bottling in late summer. We are honored to be recognized among the world’s best beers! Cheers! – Sean and Karen Lawson SEE the following links for more info and a story on WCAX-Ch.3 News! http://www.worldbeercup.org/ http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=12298176...

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The Nanobrewery Movement

Posted by on Mar 31, 2010 in special events | 4 comments

So, to preface this post let’s get to the announcement first: TONIGHT! 7pm – E. Warren School House Market/Rootswork – I’m giving a talk entitled “On Brewing Excellence: Beer Hobbyist to Entrepreneur” and we’ll be sampling up some Liquids. The store will also be open and stock up (briefly!) on two varieties of Lawson’s for sale in bottles. I’ve read a lot lately on the web and blogs about “Nanobreweries”. Heck, I didn’t even know *we* are a nanobrewery or that the term existed until about six months after we opened and people started calling us just that. At the time, I wasn’t sure if it was an insult or a compliment. Now I know that there is real movement out there, all across the US, of very small community-based breweries that make beer in tiny batches for their very local customers. What is ‘Nano’?Most people think the range is generally 10 gallons to 3 barrels – a barrel is an old English measure of beer and is 31 gallons, but its the industry standard for volume. There are at least 35 nanobreweries in existence that have been listed on various websites, but I’d be willing to bet that there are more we don’t even know about. Here are a few lists on blogs and some nifty writing about them: Hess Brewing Odessy TopFermented Trillium Brewing What have other folks been saying? Well try any one of the gazillion blogs out there for some reading. Erik over at his blog TopFermented.com wrote an intriguing piece on the movement and is interested in opening his own (nano?) brewery some day. To sum it up, he is fascinated by the idea, but daunted by the seemingly crazy idea of a potentially not-so-sound business model (a tiny brewery). He thinks that to succeed we must either be 1) independently wealthy or supported by a well-off partner; 2)”batshit crazy insane”; and/or 3) headed for a bankrupt future…us nano-brewers, that is. He raises some really good issues, and I can see that he really wants the idea to work. I agree with him on the ‘crazy’ part 🙂 – you’ve got to be a bit mad to quit a good full-time job to start your own business….*any* business. Nano-brewing can be a risky venture, and every “industry expert” will tell you NOT to start a production brewery that is smaller than 15 bbl (a brewery that packages and sells beer – no on-site brewpub). In the face of these challenges and odds, though there are now dozens of these tiny breweries making a go for it. Time will tell how successful we are, just like any business venture, lots will start and many will likely fail too. Fortunately the risks are much smaller with a nano-brewery than a full-scale production brewery, and your not going to rack up six or seven figures of debt in the process. So, Erik’s post got me thinking in the right direction for the talk I have tonight. My response/comment to his post (below) sums up what I plan to talk about tonight (along with some background on my own history, the basics of the brewing process, and of course some banter about each of the styles of beer that I present.) So….please….read on! And thanks for visiting. __________________________________________________________________ Hey Erik, I’m fascinated with your fascination and enjoyed reading your post. We started our ‘nano’ in Vermont over two years ago, and it was big success right from the get-go. I think you’ve got it now, and had most of it in the first place. The people behind nano...

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Quick Update

Posted by on Mar 26, 2010 in beer fests, collaborations, our beer, our events, special events | Comments Off on Quick Update

Hey all, BIG thanks to every one that celebrated our 2nd Anniversary with us (whether you were there in person or not!) Just to let you know, as usual we are working hard to keep the ever-elusive supply of bottles on the shelf at the Warren Store, where it seems to disappear daily. Coming for this weekend, (2 bottle limit) is the fresh batch of Hopzilla Double IPA and the Fayston Maple Imperial Stout. The Permagrin Rye Pale Ale will be quick on their heels, followed by a new twist on the Crooked Cabin Ale next week. Yes, I like to tinker with recipes, so if it seems different…it is! On tap now: Mad River Glen – Fayston Maple Imperial Stout American Flatbread, Waitsfield (Fri, Sat eves) – Permagrin Rye Pale Ale Pitcher Inn, Warren – Crooked Cabin Ale (as of 3/26) Common Man, Warren – Permagrin Pale Ale The Village Porch, Rochester, VT – Porch Pint Ale (you never know 😉 Upcoming soon, with more details to follow, lots of exciting dates on the calendar ahead! April – IPA Month at Flatbread/Zero Gravity Brewing Burlington – Lawson’s on tap, TBA date. April 22 – Earth Day with Lawsons Finest Liquids at Three Penny Taproom, Montpelier, VT. April 28 – Beer Dinner at the Perfect Pear Cafe (and soon to be brewpub!) in Bradford, VT May 22 – Brattleboro Brewers Festival! Look for the inaugural release of a colossal new(aged) brew July 16-17- Vermont Brewers...

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Lawson’s Finest 2nd Anniversary Party!

Posted by on Mar 15, 2010 in our events, special events | 1 comment

St. Paddy’s Day, Wednesday March 17! This week we will celebrate our second anniversary in fine fashion at the place where we sold our very first keg of beer, in the Stark’s Pub at Mad River Glen ski area in Waitsfield, VT. Several special kegs of beer will be tapped at 6pm and live music with Sugar Shack will start at 7pm. The pub will be serving food so that you can have dinner or light fare while you enjoy your brews and boogie! Many thanks go out to our supporters and everyone that has made it possible for us to be in the business of creating beer one barrel at a time (most especially my lovely wife Karen!) Here’s the line-up for the evening: Wannagrin Rye IPA, 6.5% abv – a special collaboration brew with Our Lager Boys of the Wanna Brew Club here in the Mad River Valley. Brewed with rye malt and hefty additions of fresh whole-cone hops, in true Chuck D. style! Crooked Cabin Brown Ale, 5.5% abv – our English-style inspired brown ale with a round malty character. Fayston Maple Imperial Stout, 10.1% abv – Hefty, complex and full of roasted and burnt character, all balanced by a subtle maple and malt sweetness. Great to pair with dessert or a piece of dark chocolate. Hopzilla Double IPA, 8.7% abv – Double dry-hopped version! Wicked strong and intensely bitter, this brew is designed for hop fiends and to terrorize your taste buds. Woodchuck Stout, 5.7% abv – Vanilla Espresso version! – This special one-time release for our anniversary will occur when one of the other kegs runs out….or it will go into bottles the next day! I’ll also be raiding the vault to bring some very limited edition bottles to the event, including the 2009 Maple Tripple Ale and the 2009 Farmhouse Rye in both Oak-aged and standard versions!...

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Montpelier Farmers Market – March 6th

Posted by on Mar 6, 2010 in farmers markets, our events | Comments Off on Montpelier Farmers Market – March 6th

A quick note to let you know what I will have to offer in bottles and for sampling at the Market tommorrow. I’ll definitely be bringing the following: Hopzilla Double IPA Honey I Love You Ale – new brew, featuring a sweet full body of honey flavor Paradise Ale – our hoppy American Amber I am still finishing up labeling and even some bottling tonight, so *tentatively* I will also be bringing these brews: Fayston Maple Imperial Stout Starkbier! – weizenbock wheat style ale Permagrin Rye Pale Ale...

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SWEET 16!

Posted by on Mar 1, 2010 in awards | 1 comment

Hey Friends great news! Lawson’s Finest Liquids – Chinooker’d IPA has advanced to Round 4 and the Sweet 16 in the National IPA Championship!!!! 128 beers started this tournament and only 16 competitors are left. The grand titan of American IPA’s is up next against Lawson’s – Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker in California is the reigning champion, two years running, of the Great American Beer Fest. Cheer us on all the way! Don’t forget – this Saturday March 6 – Montpelier Farmers Market and Wed. March 17, Lawson’s 2nd Anniversary Party at Mad River...

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2010 National IPA Championship

Posted by on Feb 23, 2010 in awards | Comments Off on 2010 National IPA Championship

Lawson’s Finest Liquids is pleased to participate in the 3rd Annual National IPA Championship held by Brewing News! This head-to-head competition pits the best India Pale Ales from around the country in a round robin style tournament to crown the champ. 128 entries started the competition two weeks ago, and now 32 remain – including our own Chinooker’d IPA! In the first round, the Chinooker’d knocked off the esteemed Rouge Brewery’s Brutal Bitter, and in the second round we won out against a smaller brewery out of Washington – Black Raven Brewing’s Trickster IPA. You can check out all the match-ups at www.brewingnews.com/nipac, where you can also follow our progress, and even print out a hoops-style bracket for the beer world’s version of March Madness! BREWING UPDATES The President’s week holiday brought many visitors, skiers, riders, and beer lovers to the Mad River Valley! As a result, Lawson’s supply took a heavy hit and unfortunately, we ran out of beer at several establishments this past weekend. Thanks for your understanding in that we have a tiny brewery and the demand for our local, hand-made beers is very high! My apologies if you went looking and didn’t find any at your favorite spot. The good news is that I’ve been brewing like mad the last several weeks to get some extra batches going. This coming weekend, you’ll be able to pick up bottles of the freshest batch of Paradise Ale, my new amber ale that is packed with juicy hop flavors and a crisp malt profile. I also will be debuting soon our newest offering – a special one-time batch called Honey I Love You Ale! It was brewed with over 15 pounds of Vermont honey per barrel and fermented with a Kolsch style yeast. It has a sweet finish with bountiful honey flavors! Here’s what’s on tap around town: Pitcher Inn Tracks Pub, Warren – Crooked Cabin Brown Ale Mad River Glen, Fayston – Fayston Maple Imperial Stout, followed by Hopzilla Double IPA Common Man, Warren – Paradise Ale (Thurs, 2/25) American Flatbread, Waitsfield – Paradise Ale and/or Honey I Love You Ale Village Porch, Rochester – Paradise Ale Warren Store – Whateveryoucanfindifthereisanyleftinbottles Ale! Yes, its hard to keep the shelves stocked at the Warren Store, but thankfully, they are rarely empty for more than a day. As such its difficult to predict what you might find there. In the near future, you might find the Paradise Ale, Honey I Love You Ale, and perhaps next week a delivery of the Hopzilla Double IPA. Call ahead to 496-3864 if you want to make sure they have some in stock before you trek to Warren. SAVE THE DATE! To wrap up this post, let me leave you with a couple of dates to take note of for March. March 6 – Lawson’s Finest at the Montpelier Farmer’s Market from 10am – 2pm March 17 – Lawson’s Finest 2nd Anniversary Party with live music from Sugar Shack and special guests at Mad River Glen – Stark’s Pub! Cheers! –...

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Montpelier Farmers Market – Batch 100!

Posted by on Feb 6, 2010 in farmers markets, our beer, our events | Comments Off on Montpelier Farmers Market – Batch 100!

Today at the winter Farmer’s Market in Montpelier, VT, Lawson’s Finest will debut several varieties for you! Celebrating our 100th batch in bottles, we bring you the inagural release in bottles of the Oak-Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout! Keeping in theme, my carefully tended and oaked version of the 2009 Farmhouse Rye will also make its first appearance. To round out the offerings, you’ll be able to try and buy a fresh batch and return of the Crooked Cabin Ale, an English-style brown, Chinooker’d IPA, my standard hop-bomb, Starkbier!, a winter weizenbock wheat ale, and the regular version the Fayston Maple Imperial Stout. As if that was not enough variety for you, I’ll be bringing the last case of of my new Imperial IPA – Hop Song. Hope to see you...

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