Posts by Sean Lawson

Get your Sunshine on August 23rd!

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 in Farmers Markets, Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Our Events

Waitsfield Farmers Market: August 23rd (special event!) Waitsfield is home to one of the best farmers markets around. It’s a great way to spend a day checking out all the amazing local foods and products our community has to offer. The market runs on Saturdays from 9am-1pm and the remaining dates in 2014 that Lawson’s Finest will be there are Aug. 23, Sept. 20, and Oct. 11. On August 23rd, we will be participating in a fundraiser for the Mad River Valley Community Fund (MRVCF) to commemorate the fund’s 25th Anniversary of helping those in need in the Valley. We will be using our usual ticketed system for the Farmer’s Market, however, we are asking for donations at the time of handing out tickets. For the first 240 people that make a donation of $10 or more to the MRVCF, they will receive the following: free coffee and doughnuts...

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G15 – an event you don’t want to miss!

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 in Mad River Valley, Special Events

The Grift is our favorite local band who rocks the house – every time. Get tickets for the 15th anniversary party, deets below. Lawson’s Finest is one VERY proud sponsor!...

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Important news re: SIPtemberfest tickets on sale Aug 4th!

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 in Beer Fests, Mad River Valley, Our Events, SIPtemberfest

Important news re: SIPtemberfest tickets on sale Aug 4th!

For those of you hoping to attend SIPtemberfest at Mad River Glen, please check out the link below. Lots of important information regarding purchasing of tickets!...

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Sip of Sunshine IPA & Super Session #3 (Sorachi Ace) Aug 7 & 8 deliveries – bottles & draft!

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 in Our Beer

Sip of Sunshine IPA & Super Session #3 (Sorachi Ace) Aug 7 & 8 deliveries – bottles & draft!

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Holy Moly We Have A New Webpage!

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 in Mad River Valley

After countless hours in front of the computer, we are really excited to debut our NEW WEBPAGE! We have to give a quick shout out to the team at Vickery Hill, Meg’s Events and everyone else who contributed their time and energy in order to finish this project. We will stick to the brewing part of the equation! Check our site frequently for weekly blog posts and updated merchandise! Please let us know what you think....

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This week’s deliveries!

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 in Our Beer

This week’s deliveries!

This week’s bottle & draft deliveries will be Sip of Sunshine IPA and Knockout Blonde Ale. Check with your local shop for bottle limits and then enjoy them at your favorite summer...

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Sip of Sunshine IPA in bottles!

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 in Our Beer

Sip of Sunshine IPA – bottled yesterday and at the Warren Store today! Deliveries to Hunger Mt Coop & Beverage Warehouse will be tomorrow. Three bottle limit at the Warren Store, one case limit at the Beverage Warehouse & limit TBD at the Hunger Mt Coop (inquire at the...

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Lawson’s brews news!

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 in Beer Fests, Collaborations, Our Beer, Our Events

Lawson’s brews news!

Hi All! Here is important skinny on LFL brews for the next two weeks: This week’s beer is our very special once-a-year maple sap beer –2013 Maple Tripple Ale! It takes over a year to produce, is aged in maple liquor barrels, is hand corked and caged, and clocks in at 12% ABV….a labor of love! It is available in very limited quantities at stores and this is the only beer going out for delivery this week, so take note. Suggested retail pricing is $25-$27/500ml bottle, and customers will be limited to one bottle per person.Next weekend 7/18-19 is Vermont Brewers Festival! If you have tickets and want to know more about what is pouring at the fest, visit their website. If you don’t have tickets….sorry, try again next year! In stores on 7/17-18 you will find our Super Session #2 (4.2%) – a single hop session IPA brewed with Amarillo on this batch,...

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Happy 4th!

Posted on Jul 4, 2014 in Farmers Markets, Our Beer, Our Events

Waitsfield Farmers Market 9:00AM – 1:00PM July 5th Beer List Bottle limits listed below Double Sunshine IPA (8%) – $9/22oz – LIMIT 4/person Knockout Blonde Ale (5%) – $7/22oz – LIMIT 2/person Super Session IPA #1 (Citra; 4.2%) – $7/22oz – LIMIT 2/person 2013 Maple Tripple Ale (new release! – 12%) – $25/500ml – LIMIT 4/person How does the market work? When do I show up?…FAQ’S IMPORTANT INFO FOR FARMERS MARKET Early arrivals (before 9am) – PLEASE do not park around the perimeter of the Mad River Green where the market is held. These areas are essential to vendors unloading and setting up for the market. We have a deli-style number system in place and will begin handing out numbered tickets by 8:00am at the Mad Taco in Waitsfield. Please note, if more people line up than we have tickets for, we will begin handing out the tickets at that time....

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Waitsfield Farmer’s Market July 5th

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 in Farmers Markets, Our Beer, Our Events

Waitsfield Farmer’s Market July 5th

June 25th’s bottle variety is Double Sunshine IPA! Please note that we have reduced the bottle limit on this beer to 2 bottles/person at the Warren Store. The limits remain the same as always (1 per person) at Beverage Warehouse in Winooski and Hunger Mountain Co-op in Montpelier. At all of our draft accounts, you will find the Sip of Sunshine IPA (8%) on tap regularly. This is a beer that I brew once per month at Two Roads Brewing in Stratford, CT (see April 4 post for more details). FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 4th: The bottle variety at the stores will be Knockout Blonde Ale! Waitsfield Farmer’s Market – July 5th 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, while supplies last (Numbered ticket required!) Please see our post regarding the May 24 Waitsfield Farmer’s Market for more detailed general info on how the market number system works. On July...

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The Beauty, The Brew and The Beast

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 in Our Events, Special Events

The Beauty, The Brew and The Beast

Join us on Sunday, June 29th at The Hen of the Wood in Waterbury, VT for this special event featuring the culinary wizardry of the HOTW team who will roast a whole calf, the impressive vocal and soul stylings of Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band, and the delectable brews of Lawson’s Finest Liquids! Tickets are still available in person at Hen of the Wood, Waterbury! Doors at 5:30pm; Music at 6:30pm PLEASE NOTE: Parking is very limited! Please...

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Super Session IPA

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 in Our Beer

Super Session IPA

The newest addition to the Lawson’s Finest line-up is here! Super Session IPA (4.2% abv) a very light, low alcohol, crisp and bitter session beer. Consider this to be an experimental template, as I plan to create different versions of this beer with different single hop versions followed by a few combos! Super Session (v.1) is a single hop beer with Citra. You can find it in bottles this week and on draft at several locations with next week’s delivery. What’s on tap this week? Draft: Sip of Sunshine IPA (8%) Bottles: A combination of Chinooker’d IPA(6.9%)  and Super Session IPA (4.2%) will go to each store that carries Lawson’s Finest in...

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YARRRGGGHHH!!!

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 in Collaborations, Our Beer, Special Events

YARRRGGGHHH!!!

Deliveries this week: Bottles: Chinooker’d IPA (6.9%) at all bottle locations plus a limited amount of Spring Fever IPA at Warren Store Draft: Sip of Sunshine IPA (8.0%) plus Spring Fever Session IPA (3.8%) at several locations. Special tapping! 3pm Saturday, June 7th Join us in the YARRRGGGHHH!!! heard around New England!!! Tree House Brewing and Lawson’s Finest Liquids teamed up to brew this beauty named YARRRGGGHHH!!! IPA (8.2%) together and we’ll be tapping kegs for a 3pm toast at the Farmhouse in Burlington, Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, and Prohibition Pig in Waterbury! At the same time, our comrades at Tree House Brewing will be raising a glass in Monson, MA and serving up YARRRGGGHHH!!! IPA to-go in 750ml bottles from 11AM until its gone…first come first serve….savor some WORTHY eats while you wait! Check the deets here: http://treehousebrew.com/on-tap Two crazy guys and one ninja brewer unleashed in...

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BeerAdvocate American Craft Beer Festival 2014

Posted on May 28, 2014 in Beer Fests, Collaborations, Our Beer, Our Events

BeerAdvocate American Craft Beer Festival 2014

Beer deliveries this week: Draft: Sip of Sunshine IPA (8%) and at several locations, Spring Fever Session IPA (3.8%) Bottles: Spring Fever Session IPA BeerAdvocate – American Craft Beer Festival Boston, MA 5/30-31 Spring Fever Session IPA (3.8%) YARRRGGGHHH!!! IPA (8%) collaboration with Tree House Brewing Peril 6th Anniversary Imperial IPA (11.1%) Fayston Maple Imperial Stout...

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Waitsfield Farmer’s Market – Sat. 5/24/14

Posted on May 19, 2014 in Farmers Markets, Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Our Events

Hard to believe the “summer” season is already here! What a good way to kick off the season with a weekend made for beer lovers! We’ll be at the Waitsfield Farmer’s Market from 9am to 1pm this Saturday, May 24 with our bottles sales. Complete info below. Our last outdoor market in October 2013! Hill Farmstead Brewery is celebrating their 4th Anniversary this weekend with tap take-over events and special beer releases in Waterbury, VT. Visit their website for more info and links. To add further incentive for an afternoon at the crossroads of VT100 and I-89….The Alchemist is having a pop-up can sale of their most recent special releases. Click here for all the deets! So…the low-down for this week: 1. Bottle deliveries to our retail locations will be Ava IPA (7%) 2. Draft deliveries to our bar and restaurant locations with be Sip of Sunshine IPA 2.0...

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Spring Fever Session IPA

Posted on May 14, 2014 in Our Beer

Spring Fever Session IPA

This week’s bottle deliveries are Spring Fever Session IPA (3.8%) a lighter lower alcohol balanced hop punch in the mouth! Very limited draft beer remains this week…check with your local to see if that have any left on tap! Sip of Sunshine 2.0 on tap for draft next...

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Visit our new Facebook page!

Posted on May 9, 2014 in Our Beer

Visit our new Facebook page!

Hey Friends, We’ve started posting the weekly varieties of beer that are being delivered to our new Facebook page. Visit us at https://www.facebook.com/LawsonsFinestLiquids – Cheers! Deliveries this week (Thurs. & Fri. 5/8-9) Draft: Depending on location – Sip of Sunshine IPA, Permagrin Rye Pale Ale, or Spring Fever Session IPA. Contact your favorite place to find out what they have on tap! Bottles: Chinooker’d...

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Triple Sunshine is on the way!

Posted on May 4, 2014 in Our Beer

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...

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May 1, 2014 beer deliveries

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 in Our Beer

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!...

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Thank you Lawson’s Finest fans!

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 in Our Events, Special Events

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...

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6th Anniversary Bottle list & limits

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 in Our Events, Special Events

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...

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The Mad Taco Presents…..50 for 50!

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 in Our Events, Special Events

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...

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6th Anniversary Party details

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 in Mad River Valley, Our Events, Special Events

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...

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April Upcoming deliveries

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 in Our Beer

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 on Apr 4, 2014 in Collaborations, Our Beer

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...

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Evening Beer Lover’s Ball Sold Out!

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 in Our Events, Special Events

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 on Apr 4, 2014 in Mad River Valley, Our Events, Special Events

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 on Mar 26, 2014 in Our Events, Special Events

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...

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

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 in Our Beer

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 on Mar 12, 2014 in Farmers Markets, Our Events

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...

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March 4 beer news

Posted on Mar 2, 2014 in Farmers Markets, Our Events

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...

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MRG Beer Lover’s Dinner sold out

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 in Our Events, Special Events

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!!!...

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Upcoming Beers

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 in Our Beer

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 on Jan 30, 2014 in Farmers Markets, Our Beer, Our Events, Special Events

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...

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Happy New Year!

Posted on Jan 19, 2014 in Beer Fests, Collaborations, Farmers Markets, Our Beer, Our Events, Special Events

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...

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

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 in Farmers Markets, Our Beer, Our Events

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...

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The Night Before The Night Before Christmas!

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 in Our Beer, Our Events, Special Events

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 on Dec 10, 2013 in Our Beer, Our Events, Special Events

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 on Nov 7, 2013 in Our Beer

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 on Oct 29, 2013 in Our Events

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...

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Updated Farmers Market bottle limits on 10/12

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 in Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Our Events

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...

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What’s on deck?

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 in Our Beer

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...

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SIPtemberfest!

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 in Beer Fests, Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Our Events, 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...

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Updated market info

Posted on Sep 21, 2013 in Farmers Markets, Our Beer, Our Events

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 on Sep 20, 2013 in Farmers Markets, Mad River Valley, Our Events

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...

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OCB/LFL Double Dose IPA – On the way!

Posted on Sep 6, 2013 in Our Beer

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...

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August = Double Sunshine Month!

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 in Our Beer

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...

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Vermont Brew Fest Week!

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 in Beer Fests, Our Events

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,...

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2012 Maple Tripple bottle release!

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 in Our Beer

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...

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Waitsfield Farmer’s Market – Sat. June 8th

Posted on Jun 7, 2013 in Farmers Markets, Mad River Valley, Our Events

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...

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Lawson’s – Three Penny Beer Dinner tonight!

Posted on May 19, 2013 in Our Events, Special Events

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 on May 17, 2013 in Collaborations, Our Beer

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 on Apr 30, 2013 in Mad River Valley, Special Events

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...

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5th Anniversary – Details

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 in Our Events, Special Events

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...

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

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 in Our Events, Special Events

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 on Mar 17, 2013 in Our Events, Special Events

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...

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Double Sunshine and beer update

Posted on Mar 9, 2013 in Our Beer

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...

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Good Day Double Sunshine!

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 in Our Beer

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 on Jan 18, 2013 in Farmers Markets, Mad River Valley, Our Events

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...

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Brew news in the New Year!

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 in Our Beer

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%...

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Wow…Thank you! and Sorry!

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 in Farmers Markets

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...

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A Look Ahead….

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 in Farmers Markets, Our Beer

  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...

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Farmers Market Update 10/6

Posted on Oct 6, 2012 in Farmers Markets, Mad River Valley, Our Events

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

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Waitsfield Farmers Market FINALE! Oct. 6th

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 in Farmers Markets, Mad River Valley, Our Events

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...

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This Weekend’s beers

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 in Our Beer

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 on Sep 19, 2012 in Farmers Markets, Mad River Valley, Our Events

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 on Sep 17, 2012 in Beer Fests, Mad River Valley, Our Events, 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,...

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Waitsfield Farmers Market – Sept. 15th

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 in Farmers Markets, Mad River Valley, Our Events

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 on Aug 8, 2012 in Farmers Markets, Mad River Valley, Our Events

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...

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Upcoming Events!

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 in Our Events

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...

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Waitsfield Farmers Market – Sat. June 9th

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 in Farmers Markets, Mad River Valley, Our Events

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 on May 16, 2012 in Our Beer, Press

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 on May 11, 2012 in Awards, Our Beer

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...

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Maple Tripple awarded Speciality Silver at World Beer Cup 2012

Posted on May 5, 2012 in Awards, Our Beer

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 on Apr 18, 2012 in Farmers Markets, Our Events

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 on Mar 31, 2012 in Press

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 on Mar 24, 2012 in Our Events, Special Events

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...

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4th Anniversary Evening Ball SOLD OUT

Posted on Mar 20, 2012 in Mad River Valley, Our Events, Special Events

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 on Mar 7, 2012 in Mad River Valley, Our Events, Special Events

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....

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Montpelier Farmers Market – Sat. March 3rd

Posted on Mar 2, 2012 in Farmers Markets, Our Events

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 on Feb 13, 2012 in Our Beer

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...

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Montpelier Farmer’s Market – Sat. Jan. 21

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 in Farmers Markets, Our Events

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...

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Chinooker’d IPA Returns!!!

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 in Our Beer

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...

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Happy Holidaze!

Posted on Dec 23, 2011 in Our Beer

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...

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Montpelier Farmers Market – 12/17

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 in Farmers Markets, Our Events

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...

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Double Sunshine IPA

Posted on Dec 10, 2011 in Our Beer

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...

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This week in beer

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 in Our 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 on Nov 24, 2011 in Farmers Markets

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...

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Mad Taco Monday!

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 in Our Events, Special Events

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...

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Cellar reserve brews….

Posted on Oct 9, 2011 in Our Beer

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...

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Post_Irene

Posted on Sep 1, 2011 in Mad River Valley, Press

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...

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Vermont Brewers Festival!

Posted on Jul 11, 2011 in Beer Fests, Our Events

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,...

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ACER QUERCUS RELEASE PARTIES!

Posted on Jun 26, 2011 in Our Beer, Our Events, Special Events

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...

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Acer Quercus has arrived!

Posted on Jun 16, 2011 in Our Beer

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...

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UPDATED: 2010 Maple Tripple

Posted on Apr 15, 2011 in Our Beer

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...

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Lawson’s Finest – National IPA Champion!

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 in Awards

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...

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Brewing Updates and March 5th Market

Posted on Feb 28, 2011 in Farmers Markets, Our Beer, Our Events

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...

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

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 in Farmers Markets, Our Events

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...

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Thank you!

Posted on Jan 12, 2011 in Our Beer

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...

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Holiday Market – Beers Galore!

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 in Our Beer, Our Events

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...

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