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9th Anniversary Celebration details

Posted by on Mar 9, 2017 in featured, mad river valley, our beer, our events | Comments Off on 9th Anniversary Celebration details

9th Anniversary Celebration details

Lawson’s Finest 9th Anniversary Celebration will take place at the Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, VT on April 8th, 2017.  Click here for a Google map of Valley Players Theater. We are thrilled to celebrate nine years of brewing with tasty beer, Lawson’s merchandise, food and a great time as we raise funds for several worthy causes:  Lily Stilwell (to help retrofit her home for accessibility) and the Mad River Path Association. Advanced tickets are required for entry to the Beer Lover’s Market from 2-5pm (2 sessions). Separate tickets are required for the Beer Lover’s Ball from 7-11pm.   Buy your tickets on Eventbrite here beginning March 9th at 12 noon EST! Beer Lover’s Market – 2 Sessions (2-3:30pm; 3:30-5pm) – $20/ticket plus Eventbrite fees. LIMIT 2 TICKETS AND 1 MARKET SESSION PER PERSON. Each ticket includes entry to one session of the bottle & can sale plus one draft pour in a Lawson’s Finest tulip glass to keep.  You may only attend one market session and will have the opportunity to purchase up to the limits of all bottles/cans listed below. At the end of each session all attendees must depart the venue. The Beer Lovers Market will feature Lawson’s Finest merchandise, draft beer, bottled/canned beer, and local goods for purchase including a selection of prepared foods from Cornerstone Pub & Kitchen. NOTE: Tickets for the Beer Lover’s Market do not include admission to the evening Ball. Tickets require ID at the door that matches the name on the ticket. All attendees must be 21 years or older. Cash sales only! Beer Lovers Ball – Separate tickets required – 7-11pm – $50/ticket plus Eventbrite fees. LIMIT 2 TICKETS PER PERSON. Admission includes live music from members of Soule Monde & Grippo Funk Band, BBQ dinner buffet provided by Cornerstone Pub & Kitchen, raffle prizes, one draft pour in a Lawson’s Finest tulip glass to keep, and a cash bar (draft list below) with a wide variety of Lawson’s Finest on tap. There will be no bottle/can sales or merchandise sales.  NOTE: Tickets for the Beer Lover’s Ball do not include admission to the daytime Market. Tickets require ID at the door that matches the name on the ticket. All attendees must be 21 years or older. Cash sales only! PLEASE NOTE: ONLY CASH ACCEPTED AT BOTH THE DAYTIME MARKET AND EVENING BALL! (No credit or debit cards or out of state checks will be accepted!) Parking – Limited on-street parking is available on Route 100 near the Valley Players Theater. Additional parking is available behind the Village Grocery, the Bridge Street Marketplace, and at the Waitsfield Elementary School. Look for the parking signs with the Lawson’s logo. Lodging – With a special thanks to our friends, you can get a $35/night rate at Hostel Tevere and 10% off at Mad River Barn – make sure to mention at either location that you are booking for the Lawson’s Finest Anniversary party to get this reduced rate! Transportation – Pay per use options are availabe thru Alpine Limousine, Vermont Tour & Charter and Stowe Taxi. Be safe and have a designated driver! Alpine Limousine is offering a special shuttle for folks staying at Hostel Tevere or Mad River Barn – check out shuttle tickets here. 9th Anniversary Bottle/Can List Apple Brandy Barrel-aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (11%) – $15/375ml – LIMIT 2 Triple Sunshine IPA (10.5%) – $12/22oz – LIMIT 2 Idaho 7 IPA (6.9%) – $9/22oz – LIMIT 2 The Space in Between (5%) – $8/22oz – LIMIT 2 Sip of Sunshine IPA (8.0%) – $12/4pk/16oz cans – LIMIT one case Super Session #2 Ale (4.8%) –  $10/6pk/12oz cans – LIMIT one case 9th Anniversary Draft List – all beers listed above FAQ’s Q: I got a ticket for the Beer Lover’s Market or Beer Lover’s Ball but I can’t attend. Can I give my...

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March Beer News

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in featured, our beer, our events | Comments Off on March Beer News

March Beer News

On Saturday March 4th, Mad River Glen ski area will celebrate their annual Telemark Festival with special tappings of Lawson’s Finest brews and beer specials! Beginning March 9th, there will be bottles and draft of Coffee Fayston Maple Imperial Stout. This seasonal specialty is brewed with loads of roasted and black patent malts, and over two gallons of VT maple syrup per barrel. It is then infused with freshly roasted coffee for a rich, creamy, and decadent experience. Beginning March 16th, there will be bottles and draft of Equinox IPA. Brewed with copious additions of Equinox, this single-hop American IPA features pronounced floral aromas and fruit-laden flavors with notes of lemon, lime, papaya and apple. Bottles of Coffee Fayston Maple Imperial Stout and Equinox IPA can be found in Vermont at The Warren Store, Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury, Hunger Mountain Co-op and Beverage Warehouse. We are excited to announce the release of our first ever Sip of Sunshine skis! Parlor Skis has created a beautiful visual of bright yellow sunshine while you careen down the mountain! Buy your pair today! 10% of all proceeds benefit the Stark Mountain Foundation. And for the month of March, when you visit Mad River Glen’s Stark’s Pub, make sure to purchase a raffle ticket to win the pair of Sip of Sunshine skis that adorn the pub wall! During this month, you’ll find Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #2 cans and draft around the states of Vermont and Connecticut, and Sip of Sunshine IPA cans and draft in Massachusetts. You can now purchase Lawson’s Finest at select locations in the White River Junction area as well as Brattleboro Vermont! Check out the Find Our Beer link for more information and updated statewide listings! Lawson’s Finest is thrilled to celebrate our 9th year of business in April! Stay tuned over the first few weeks of March for more information on how to score tickets to our much anticipated annual celebration! NEWSFLASH from Brewing News – As of March 1st, Super Session #2 is in the FINAL ROUND hoping to clinch the award of Session IPA Champion (we are the 2016 Champion!). Hopcelot IPA is amongst the Sweet 16 in the National IPA Championship, and Triple Sunshine IPA is in the Sweet 16 in the National Imperial IPA Championship! Here’s to going all the way to the Championship with each...

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Our Ship is about to Blast Off!

Posted by on Jan 30, 2017 in featured, mad river valley, our beer, press | Comments Off on Our Ship is about to Blast Off!

Our Ship is about to Blast Off!

Lawson’s Finest Liquids is pleased to announce that we are growing our presence in the Northeast with new territory in Vermont, additional brewing capacity for Connecticut, and by adding the state of Massachusetts to our delivery footprint! Massachusetts Lawson’s Finest is extremely excited to announce that we have chosen Atlantic Beverage Distributors as the proud and capable handlers of our brands. Fans of the highly recognizable bright yellow 16oz Sip of Sunshine cans will be able to get their hands on Lawson’s Finest lupulin-laden liquids every month, with regular deliveries of cans and draft beer beginning January 31st. In future months, Bay State hop lovers will also find Lawson’s Finest Super Session #2, winner of the 2016 National Session IPA Challenge held by Brewing News. This quaffable brew is designed to be light and refreshing with low alcohol, yet the full hop character of an IPA. Sean Lawson, brewer and co-owner of Lawson’s Finest says, “Atlantic has shown us their commitment to keeping our beers cold and getting them to our fans as fresh as possible with their new distribution facility in Holliston and a talented staff.” Vermont Within Vermont, Lawson’s Finest will grow our footprint in the northern part of the state as well as the Upper Valley. “We are stoked to add the legendary ski town of Stowe, and excited by the reception we’ve received from restaurants and retailers” Sean Lawson remarked. Lawson’s Finest will also begin regular deliveries to the White River Junction area soon. Fans of hop forward beers will find Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #2 regularly, as well as special releases of our small batch specialty creations at select locations. Lawson’s Finest Operations Director TJ Greenwood says, “Look for Lawson’s Finest in new locations thanks to the addition of a third truck at the Mad River Food Hub, home to our wholesale distribution company The Beer Guy, LLC.” While the small fleet can’t currently cover the entire state, we are really excited to reach additional towns around Vermont. Furthermore, Lawson’s Finest is poised to break ground this spring on a new Waitsfield, VT location where we will open a 30bbl brewery along with a taproom, retail store, and offices providing a new destination for Lawson’s lovers. Connecticut Starting in February 2017, an expanded supply of cans and kegs of Sip of Sunshine IPA & Super Session #2 will begin rolling out to our wonderful fans in Connecticut. Thanks to our relationship with Two Roads Brewing in Stratford, CT, we brew Lawson’s Finest Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #2 locally and deliver it cold and fresh throughout the state with Hartford Distributors Inc. and Star Distributing. Company Story Lawson’s Finest was founded in 2008 and is an award winning, small batch artisanal brewery located in Warren, Vermont. In 2014, we added an alternating proprietorship at Two Roads Brewing in Stratford, CT where our flagship canned IPA’s are brewed by Lawson’s Finest. Our goal is to provide beers of the highest quality and outstanding freshness, featuring world-class IPA’s and unique maple brews, while emulating the best of widely appreciated styles. Our small batch specialty beers are custom crafted in a 7bbl brewery tucked in the woods, on the east flank of Lincoln Mountain in Vermont. Lawson’s Finest beer can be found on draft, in bottles, and in cans throughout north-central VT, and in cans and kegs across the states of Connecticut and...

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Lawson’s Finest – a new home for the future

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in featured, mad river valley, our beer, press | Comments Off on Lawson’s Finest – a new home for the future

Lawson’s Finest – a new home for the future

Here’s news that will thrill beer lovers near and far! Sean and Karen Lawson, proprietors of the award-winning microbrewery Lawson’s Finest Liquids, are in the process of purchasing the warehouse buildings and property located at 155 Carroll Road in Waitsfield, VT with a goal of closing in the spring of 2017. Sean says, “It is our hope that this will become the expanded home of Lawson’s Finest in the Mad River Valley.” The craft beer company plans to open a new larger brewery, a tasting room and offer retail sales. Currently, Lawson’s Finest is based in Warren VT with a 7 barrel brewery (1 U.S. barrel (bbl) = 31 gallons). In the new space in Waitsfield, they anticipate having a 30 bbl brewery. They plan to move their craft beer-making operation from a tiny 280 square-foot building at their home in Warren to the 7,500-square-foot warehouse in Waitsfield, which means more beer as well as adding employees and new equipment. They plan to keep the 7bbl brewery in Warren operational as a pilot location, with the opportunity for more creativity and experimentation. The Lawson’s also plan to continue brewing their Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session beers at Two Roads Brewing in CT now and in the future. Sean elaborates, “We’ve hoped from the beginning that our Sip of Sunshine IPA brewed at Two Roads could get to the big Northeast beer markets that are nearby, but people in Vermont and Connecticut are drinking it faster than we can make it!” Create a destination for Lawson’s Finest consumers “One of the things that’s been missing from our business is that due to our residential location, people can’t get to or see the brewery, and taste the beer or meet the brewer; people really want that,” Sean said. The tasting room plans to include a family-friendly space where people can sample a variety of locally produced artisan foods and beverages. The Lawson’s desire to align their project with both the scale and the character of Waitsfield and the surrounding areas of the Mad River Valley. “While this is an exciting first step,” Lawson said,“our plans are contingent upon the completion of the Winter Park Community waste water system, as well as obtaining all of the necessary permits from the Town of Waitsfield and State of Vermont.” If the permitting phase is successful and they complete the purchase, the Lawson’s anticipate renovations and equipment installation will take an additional 6-12 months, with a potential opening in 2018. “We’ve given ourselves two years to get to an opening date. We want to be completely transparent with our community as we go through this process,” Sean said. Since its inception, his beers have captured the fancy of beer lovers near and far, creating a cult-like following. Lawson’s Finest has also captured awards in recent years at the Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup, and the National IPA Championship, creating heightened interest in their brand. Several factors over the past few years have made them more willing to take the next step in terms of growing the business. They partner with Mad River Food Hub in Waitsfield for local Vermont distribution. “Having warehouse space with both dry and refrigerated storage, trucking capacity, and the distribution facility at the Food Hub have been critical” Sean said. Lawson’s Finest also brews beer under contract at Two Roads Brewery in Stratford, Connecticut, where they produce Sip of Sunshine and Super Session #2. This experience has given them the confidence that they can take on a larger operation and have the ability to move forward with this...

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