Posts by Sean Lawson

IPA Weekend in Waterbury & Warren Store Tasting

Posted on Dec 1, 2010 in Our Beer, Our Events, Special Events

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...

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Beer Advocate – Night of the Funk!

Posted on Nov 4, 2010 in Our Events, Special Events

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...

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Farmhouse Hoptober!

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 in Special Events

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...

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Posted on Oct 9, 2010 in Our Beer

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...

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Website Update and SIPtemberfest!!!

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 in Retail, 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, 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...

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Vermont Cheesemaker’s Festival

Posted on Jul 22, 2010 in Our Events, Special Events

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...

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Vermont Brewers Festival

Posted on Jul 11, 2010 in Beer Fests, Our Events

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. 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...

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Bad blogger!

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 in Beer Fests, Collaborations, Our Beer

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...

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Lawson’s Beer Dinner at Perfect Pear Cafe

Posted on Apr 27, 2010 in Our Events, Special Events

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...

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Maple Tripple – 2010 World Beer Cup Winner!

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 in Awards, Our Beer

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...

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The Nanobrewery Movement

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 in Special Events

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...

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Quick Update

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 in Beer Fests, Collaborations, Our Beer, Our Events, Special Events

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...

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Lawson’s Finest 2nd Anniversary Party!

Posted on Mar 15, 2010 in Our Events, Special Events

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...

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Montpelier Farmers Market – March 6th

Posted on Mar 6, 2010 in Farmers Markets, Our Events

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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Posted on Mar 1, 2010 in Awards

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 on Feb 23, 2010 in Awards

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, 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...

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Montpelier Farmers Market – Batch 100!

Posted on Feb 6, 2010 in Farmers Markets, Our Beer, Our Events

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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What a Year!

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 in Farmers Markets, Our Beer, Our Events

2009 is gone, and 2010 is well underway. My first New Year’s resolution – to blog more often – is about as successful as everyone who said the would lose 20lbs this month! At least I’ve been busy cranking out some tasty brews for all you! I hope to post a re-cap of the highlights of the past year, and some hopes and goals for the coming year, but for now, I’ll let you know what’s up this week. Our new Paradise Ale is on tap all around! You can find it at American Flatbread, The Common Man, and the Village Porch. Mad River Glen is featuring our newest hop-bomb, Hop Song Imperial IPA, while the Pitcher Inn has the Permagrin Rye Pale Ale on tap (almost gone!). At the Warren Store, you may find the Chinooker’d IPA or the Paradise Ale this weekend. New Brews Starkbier! is our...

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Lawson’s Cask at Three Penny Taproom!!!

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 in Our Events, Special Events

News Flash! Tonight the Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT is debuting a brand new Lawson’s beer, and our first offering in cask from that place high on the hill, which we affectionately call the The Sugarhouse Brewery, AKA Lawson’s Finest Liquids. Pirata’s Darkness is an American Dark IPA, brewed with a blend of high-alpha US grown hops. This special cask was dry hopped in the firkin with fresh 2009 crop Cascade whole-cone hops, and gently carbonated with a small addition of Vermont Maple Syrup. It rings in at 6.66% alc./vol. and is on tap, right now! Boogie on over and grab a pint before its gone. It may well last until Friday, but you can call first to verify. On draught, we are offering up our “Starkbier!” – a strong, German weizenbock-style dark wheat ale. It is brewed with 100% German imported malts, noble hops, and a special...

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Vermont Beer Family Grows – Chris Fleisher

Posted on Nov 8, 2009 in Press

Valley News – Lebanon, NH – November 8, 2009 “Vermont Beer Family Grows” By Chris Fleisher Valley News Business Writer *Bradford, Vt. *— Six gurgling buckets of frothy amber liquid sit in an unfinished room beneath The Perfect Pear Cafe. Adam Coulter, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Annie, is responsible for the contents. It is an experiment of both of chemistry and business. He’s still playing with the flavors of the fermenting beer sealed inside the five-gallon containers. In a matter of weeks, he’ll have some idea of how it will turn out. In the meantime, he watches, waits and hopes it will be worthy of pairing with the gourmet dishes he serves every night. It is, perhaps, as excited as he’s been since he bought The Perfect Pear in June 2004. “I kind of feel recharged again,” Coulter said last week, a few hours before the...

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An Evening with Lawson’s Finest at Zero Gravity

Posted on Nov 6, 2009 in Our Events, Special Events

November 10, 2009 – 5 pm to 11 pm The culmination of the second collaboration between Lawson’s Finest and Zero Gravity brewpub at Flatbread Hearth in Burlington takes place next Tuesday! Thanks to the generosity of Paul Sayler and brewer Destiny Saxon at the Zero Gravity, Lawson’s Finest and ZG have teamed up again! We scaled up a recipe based on my hoppy Papelblonde Ale and brewed it back in early October. Still ruminating on a new name…Think blonde, hop-forward American pale ale type of beer. If you want to nominate a new name please send an email to me at lawsonsfinest AT If we choose your name, some Lawson’s goods are your reward. We’re pulling out all the stops for this one folks! Yes indeed, we’ll be topping our VT Brewers Fest offerings with TEN different brews on tap, which for VT’s smallest brewery is no small...

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Waitsfield Farmer’s Market

Posted on Oct 17, 2009 in Farmers Markets, Mad River Valley, Our Events

A quick note to let you know what we’ll be offering at the Waitsfield Farmers Market on Saturday, October 17. I raided the cellar for another release of two cases of the 2009 Maple Tripple and the first bottled of this fall’s Fayston Maple Imperial Stout will be there too! Beer List 292 Hoptoberfest Ale (22oz) Permagrin Rye Pale Ale (22 oz) Big Hapi IBA – American style Imperial Black Ale (750 ml) Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (750 ml) 2009 Maple Tripple Ale (750 ml) – only 200 bottles made As always, I’ll be pouring two ounce sample tastings at our tent and have bottles for sale. Dress warmly! Great news is that we are planning to also be a part of the Thanksgiving Farmers Market to happen at the Round Barn Inn on Sunday, 11/22. Lots more to update you on and will do another post this week...

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Jeezum, October?!

Posted on Oct 2, 2009 in Beer Fests, Our Beer, Our Events, SIPtemberfest, Special Events

Hey Folks, Fall is flying by, and yes there is snow on the summits of Lincoln Peak and Stark Mtn. this morning! Yikes, my skis are way dusty, and the firewood is not yet put up! What’s a brewer to do? Brew more beer of course! SIPTEMBERFEST 2009 What a huge success! Thanks to Megan Schultz Events and Designs, and Mike W., F&B wizard at MRG for pulling off what some have already dubbed as the “best beer festival in Vermont!” And to think that it was only our first time around. Big thanks also to everyone who participated, as when the dollars are all counted, we will have likely raised nearly $1,000 for the Mad River Path Association. It was great to have the likes of the Alchemist, Bobcat, Trout River, Rock Art, Otter Creek (with a cask!), Zero Gravity, Long Trail, Magic Hat, Switchback and yours truly...

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Harvest Time

Posted on Sep 2, 2009 in Beer Fests, Our Events, SIPtemberfest, Special Events

Is that the sound of crickets chirping?? Yes indeed! Not sure if its just the silence on this blog, or by jeezum its already September! Summer does have a way of getting crazy busy and going waaaay to fast! Its been a whirlwind since the VT brewers fest, and Lawson’s has lots of great things in store for you. Literally, IN the store! I did a beer tasting at the Warren Store this past Saturday, 8/29, and offered up six varieties, including a limited release of the 2009 Maple Tripple Ale (10.1% abv). Those few bottles, (out of only 200 made for this year) are now on the shelf at the Warren Store, along with some bombers of a special batch of Big Hapi India Black Ale that I brewed for Kenny & Jenny’s wedding (ala Alchemist fame). Also in the cooler at the Warren Store is the Maple...

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Lawson’s Finest Liquids – a part of the landscape

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 in Press

Lawson’s Finest Liquids – a part of the landscape By Megan Schultz Sean Lawson stands outside his brewery wearing black and yellow muck boots and his “standard issue Lawson’s Finest Liquids hat,” polishes off the last of his lunch and claps his hands. “Here we go!” he says and heads right back to work, checking water levels and temperatures, connecting and disconnecting pumps, peeking under the lid of his 55-gallon brew kettle to make sure his alchemy is being properly concocted. “My favorite part is sipping the beer when I’m all done!” said Lawson, the owner and beer guru of Lawson’s Finest Liquids in Warren. “I don’t get any paid time off from Law- son’s Finest, but the benefits are great!” Lawson was just a lanky col- lege kid when he tried a friend’s homebrew. “I said ‘Wow! You made this yourself? Can you show me how?’ and the...

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Posted on Jul 17, 2009 in Beer Fests, Our Events

Hey all, Here we go! Hope to see you there….time for blast off! VT BREWFEST – LAWSONS FINEST SCHEDULE/STAFFFRIDAY PM – SERVING 6-10 PM.Beers POURING 1. Chinooker’d IPA 2. Fayston Maple Imperial Stout 3. Papelblonde Ale 4. Red Spruce Bitter (English style yeast) 5. Hopzilla Double IPA 6. Brettzilla – Hopzilla finished with on Brettanomyces. Slight wild/sour character 7. Chinooker’d IPA – cask conditioned BACK UP BEERS – to be tapped when above runs out **2009 Maple Tripple SATURDAY DAY – SERVING 12-4 PM1. Chinooker’d IPA 2. Fayston Maple Imperial Stout 3. Weiss-K wheat bier 4. Red Spruce Bitter (American style yeast) 5. Hopzilla Double IPA 6. Maple Saison – Belginan-style maple ale finished with Brettanomyces. Slight wild/sour character. 7. Chinooker’d IPA – cask conditioned SATURDAY NIGHT – SERVING 6-10 PM1. Chinooker’d IPA 2. Fayston Maple Imperial Stout 3. Weiss-K wheat bier 4. Papelblonde Ale 5. Hopzilla Double IPA...

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Big Brew Day!

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 in Our Beer

On Wednesday, June 17 it was my honor and privledge to be the guest brewer at the Zero Gravity – American Flatbread brewpub in Burlington, VT. Huge thanks go out to brewer Destiny Saxon and founder/head brewer Paul Sayler for inviting me into their brewery! The idea started with finding a way for Lawson’s Finest to produce enough beer for the upcoming Vermont Brewer’s Festival on July 17 & 18 on the waterfront in Btown. Paul graciously extended to offer to do a guest brew, enabling Flatbread to serve up a Lawson’s recipe during the fest week and for me to have the kegs needed for the crowd. Wow, was this fun! We brewed a scaled-version of my Chinooker’d IPA – a hop bomb for sure! On to the pictures… Just above is the brewhaus – the brewkettle on the left and mash tun (top) and the water control...

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Summer’s Almost Here

Posted on May 28, 2009 in Beer Fests, Farmers Markets, Our Beer, Our Events, Special Events

Hey Friends, Sorry to repeat, but, its hard to keep with the blog these days. I will try to get you more regular updates on what’s brewing…but no promises! I do promise to get you a photo of our madly growing hops next update, which btw will never keep up with the vigor of the bines growing down that the Alchemist. Check out his blog pics! Now John does have a 1000′ of elevation less than here on the side of Lincoln Mtn and a longer growing season to boot… This picture is a favorite reminder of summer – paddling, camping, and sippin’ some of my buddies tasty homebrew…which when gone floats nicely back to the rig! At an undisclosed location somewhere in northern Vermont. This week, we’ll be making our second Farmer’s Market appearance in Waitsfield on Saturday, May 30. I’ll have the Weiss K wheat bier, Papelblonde...

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Lots-O-Brew News

Posted on May 1, 2009 in Beer Fests, Farmers Markets, Our Events

Hi all, Pressed for time as always these days…in a flash format here’s an update. (Couldn’t resist posting the cute photo of Jade Carolyn 🙂 Well-stocked Warren Store has Weiss-K wheat bier, Chinooker’d IPA, and Hopzilla Double IPA on the shelf right now. Papelblonde Ale on the way soon. Comman Man and Pitcher Inn re-open after mud-season hiatus with Maple Nipple Ale and Papelblonde Ale respectively. The spring “Porch Pint” is the Maple Nipple Ale, down in Rochester at the Village Porch. This weekend (5/1-2), Flatbread in Waitfield will be pouring the Papelblonde. Went to the Craft Brewer’s Conference in Boston last week…great time, super contacts, and whoa, the beer! This visit got me jump started on the next round of improvments to Lawson’s Finest, with new taphandles, glasses, and possibly equipment by this fall. WAITSFIELD FARMERS MARKET May 16th is the first date of the Waitsfield Farmer’s Market…and...

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Papelblonde Baby!

Posted on Apr 16, 2009 in Our Beer

Whew, a month flew by since my last post. As you can imagine, I’ve been a busy man with a new baby in the house, a family to tend, and beer to be brewed! In the meantime, the ski season has wrapped up at Mad River Glen, the worst of mud season has come and gone already in these parts, spring is in the air, and there are a lot fewer people around town. That means…Papelblonde Baby! I brewed up my first batch of the 2009 season on Jade’s actual day of birth, can you believe it?! I got an early AM start back on 3/12 and Karen went into labor later that day, giving birth that evening. Well that special batch of Papelbaby is gone already, but more is on the way. It also means baseball season is here, we’ve been rooting the Sox, listening to the radio...

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Lawson’s Birthday!

Posted on Mar 17, 2009 in Our Events, Special Events

What a week! Baby Jade Carolyn Lawson was born this past Thursday March 12th, 2009! She is a sweetheart. We celebrate the B-day of Lawson’s Finest Liquids on Tuesday, March 17th…one year old! Here’s a beer list of what we’ll have on tap for the evening: * Red Head Irish Ale * Chinooker’d IPA * 292 Ale * Fayston Maple Imperial Stout * Hopzilla Double IPA * Maple Nipple Ale * 2007 Hillside Hard Cider And…from the Vault…in very limited quantity bottles 2006 Fayston Maple Imperial Stout 2007 Maple Tripple (ale, lager, and belgian styles) 2007 Farmhouse Rye – saison style belgian ale 2008 Maple Tripple Ale And more surprises! Hope to see you...

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Lawson’s 1st Anniversary

Posted on Mar 4, 2009 in Our Events, Special Events

It started with sudsy dream nearly 20 years ago. Back in college, I learned how to brew my first batch of beer with a good friend, Matty RAF. Many journeys, lots of encouragement and years later, I embarked on the effort to launch my own brewery. In 2006, we started by forming the business “Lawson’s Finest Liquids, LLC” and broke ground on the humble building that now houses the ‘Sugarhouse Brewery’. In January 2008, I received approval for our federal permit or Brewer’s Notice from the TTB, and soon had my Vermont liquor licenses in hand. Finally, that fateful day arrived and on March 17th, 2008, we made our first sale, and tapped the first keg of Sugarhouse IPA at Mad River Glen ski area, in Waitsfield, VT. One year later, I raise my glass to you beer lovers! To mark this special occasion, we are planning a small...

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Warren Store tasting

Posted on Feb 14, 2009 in Mad River Valley, Our Events, Special Events

Hey friends, busy, busy…the President’s Holiday week has arrived and the Valley is a buzz with activity. At Mad River Glen, look for the unvieling of a limited-edition house beer this weekend. On tap at Flatbread is our Knock-Yer-Hops-Off IPA (6.5%), my latest incarnation of a favorite hoppy style of beer. This is the commercial debut of this IPA and our entry in the National IPA Competition (see previous post). On Sunday, 2/15, Lawson’s Finest will be at the Warren Store, offering samples of three varities. Our newest IPA, a few select bottles of Hopzilla Double IPA, and a yet to be annouced, fresh out of the cooler, just bottled brand new never relased before special one time only BEER! Ok, I’m getting carried away. Why not? George Carlin is my inspiration here (see some of his recorded material if you are perplexed). See you...

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Got Hops?

Posted on Feb 7, 2009 in Our Beer

We do. Lots of them. The 2008 crop is in to our supplier in January, and as a result, I’ve been experiencing hop maddness…or perhaps its just that I am a hophead. A plethora of hoppy beer brewed the last few weeks is going to be hitting the shelf and tap soon. On draught this weekend at American Flatbread in Waitsfield and on the shelf at the Warren Store, you’ll find the Fistful-O-Hop IPA. It should be available in bottles thru the coming week. Down at the Pitcher Inn, Big Hapi India Black Ale (IBA) is on tap. The usual offerings of Maple Nipple Ale at the Common Man and our Hoptoberfest style Porch Pint at the Village Porch. At Mad River Glen, look for the return of Hopzilla Double IPA, likely today (when the Nipple is licked). Looking ahead, we are wicked psyched to “in the bracket” in...

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Posted on Jan 30, 2009 in Our Beer

Grab a Nipple – If you can Maple Nipple Ale, that is….It went on tap yesterday at Mad River Glen, on a big powder day, and was kicked the same day. This strong and smooth amber maple ale is deceiving at 9.0% so watch out! It will back on tap for Saturday at Stark’s Pub. Saturday night, if you have tix, swing by the Lawson’s station at the MRG Gala. At the Warren Store, the cases fly off the shelf as fast as I bring them in. Currently they have Fistful-O-Hop IPA, but not for long. Big Hapi IBA is on tap at Amercian Flatbread this weekend, and downstairs in the Tracks Room pub at the Pitcher Inn every night (closed Tuesdays). Now, get out there and enjoy the...

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Big Hapi is back

Posted on Jan 26, 2009 in Our Beer

On tap at the Pitcher Inn. Big (7.5% a/v), dark and bold. This batch features new mix of hops, a chocolate and roasty body, and enough lupulins to match. We’ll be brewin’ this one up for the rest of the winter. It’ll be on tap at American Flatbread next weekend (1/30). May be February before bottles hit the Warren Store. A very limited number of Hopzilla and Fayston Maple Imperial Stout are available at the WS now. 292 Ale bombers are almost gone. Up at the mountain, keep warm with a glass of that FMIS by the fire in Stark’s pub…looking sub-zero again. The 60th Anniversary Mad River Glen Gala should be a blast. Check out the details at It looks sold out at this point. We’ll be groovin’ to the tunes of the Big Basin Band, and sippin’ some Big Beers on tap with the trio of...

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Beer Update

Posted on Jan 17, 2009 in Our Beer

Hey Friends, Just a quick update on what you can find from Lawson’s at our various outlets. Warren Store – Just a few bottles left of Red Spruce Bitter, and plenty of Hopzilla Double IPA. If you don’t see the Hopzilla (its over by the wine racks in corked magnum bottles), just ask the friendly Warren store folks. Mad River Glen – We tapped a fresh batch of Fayston Maple Imperial Stout today. Perfectly high-octane for this absolutely freakin’ arctic weather. The best anti-freeze around. 10.1% ABV of roasted maple madness. Oh yeah, we hit -27F yesterday morning in the valley…YIKES! American Flatbread, Waitsfield – Our Hop Haze IPA is on tap, and they are open Fri, Sat, Sun for the MLK holiday weekend.. This one is quite hazy from the abundance of lupulins and dry-hopping. The Common Man – Maple Nipple Ale (9%) in 12 oz. bottles as...

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New beer for the new year

Posted on Jan 10, 2009 in Our Beer

WOW! Your taste buds might be scared (or scorched) as HOPZILLA has arrived. Lawson’s latest release is a hop monster of a double IPA and this is the first time this recipe has been brewed for sale. HOPZILLA is loaded with over 4 lbs of hops per barrel and is dry hopped with Cascade. The first keg went on tap today at Mad River Glen, and its going fast. Look for bottles to appear in the Warren Store some time early next week. In the meantime, a fresh round of Red Spruce Bitter is on the shelf there as of today. I’ve been brewing double batches since the new year, trying to re-stock after the holiday craziness, but still trying to catch up. Our friends at American Flatbread and the Pitcher Inn have to wait until next week before the first batch of Fistful-O-Hop IPA of the new year...

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Happy 2009!

Posted on Jan 4, 2009 in Our Beer

Welcome and thanks for visiting! This is the first installment of what I hope will be frequent updates to keep you informed about the latest liquid offerings from our small brewery and where you can find them. You can get more detailed information about us at our website. So what’s up?! The holidays cleaned me out of brew…literally. The end of 2008 brought a flurry of buying and the last of the holiday beers – our Red Spruce Bitter – is on tap right now at American Flatbread and is likely already sold-out at the Warren Store (bottles). Across the road at the Pitcher Inn the Papleblonde is sold out! Sadly, Warren will be dry of Liquids for sale until Friday the 9th of January – our next round of deliveries. Check back for the goods. Down the road in Rochester, VT at the Village Porch Restaurant, Dean and...

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Booze News – Suzanne Podhaizer

Posted on Jul 9, 2008 in Press

Booze News Side Dishes: “Nightfires,” “Nipples” and Others BY SUZANNE PODHAIZER [07.09.08] – 91 READS ****** For the moment, folks who want to get their hands on Sean Lawson‘s “nipples” may have to travel. Like all the brews from Vermont’s newest microbrewery, Lawson’s Finest Liquids in Warren, the syrup-flavored “Maple Nipple” is a bit difficult to find. Currently, Lawson’s creations are available at a few Mad River restaurants including The Pitcher Inn and The Common Man in Warren, The Village Porch in Rochester and American Flatbread in Waitsfield and on theshelf at the Warren Store. Interested Chittenden County swiggers can find ‘em at the VIP tent at the Vermont Brewers Festival, July 18-19. Lawson, 38, works part-time as a naturalist at Mad River Glen. But he spends the rest of his time brewing small batches to sell under his new label, which he owns with his wife, Karen. “It was June of 2006 when I incorporated,” he...

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New artisanal microbrewery opens in Warren

Posted on Jun 10, 2008 in Press

PRESS RELEASE: June 10, 2008 Contact: Sean Lawson, brewer; (802) 272-8436 Email: [email protected] New artisanal microbrewery opens in Warren Brewer Sean Lawson is passionate about his vision statement. “High on hill, in the Sugarhouse Brewery, tiny batches of Lawson’s Finest beer are carefully tended to bring you a remarkable beverage that is only available in the heart of the Green Mountains.” Lawson started home brewing over eighteen years ago. Stints at the Breckenridge Pub and Brewery in Breckenridge, Colorado, and Beaver Street Pub and Brewery in Flagstaff, Arizona served as an apprenticeship that culminates in a new beginning with the advent of Lawson’s Finest in Warren, Vermont. The artisanal microbrewery began production in March 2008 supplying several local restaurants and The Warren Store. Sean and his wife and business partner Karen refer to the modest facility where the beer is made as the “Sugarhouse Brewery.” It was built in...

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