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May Beer News

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in collaborations, featured, mad river valley, our beer | Comments Off on May Beer News

May Beer News

First, a thank you. Our 9th anniversary benefit event on 4/8/17 was such a great celebration, and full of gratitude as well. Karen and Sean Lawson were pleased to donate $8,000 to Lily Stilwell to help retrofit her home for accessibility, and $3,000 to the Mad River Path Association to enhance pedestrian connectivity through Irasville and to extend the boardwalk located off Carroll Road towards the Mad River Green. Lawson’s Finest appreciates all of your continued support over the years, and looks ahead to our bright future! BEER DELIVERIES The week of May 1st we are thrilled to distribute a very special Western beer to Vermont! Lawson’s Finest has a refrigerated shipment coming from Yakima WA with a fresh load of hops, and we decided to make a detour and pick up cases of Melvin…a tasty IPA from our friends at Melvin Brewing in Jackson Hole Wyoming. They are two time Alpha King Champions and also have World Beer Cup & GABF bling to prove it, so grab some while you can as it won’t last long. You will find limited quantities on 5/2 at Village Grocery, Mehuron’s, Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury, 5/4 Warren Store, Hunger Mountain Co-op, 5/5 Beverage Warehouse and 5/8 Woodstock Hops and Barley. Check out our Find Our Beer page for location information.  Starting May 5th, we bring back an all-time fan favorite beer – Double Sunshine IPA (bottles and draft). It’ll be available in bottles 5/5 at Beverage Warehouse, 5/9 at Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury, and 5/11 at Warren Store, Hunger Mountain Co-op. The week of May 22nd will feature a new collaboration beer with our friends at Whetstone Station in Brattleboro VT. Rico Poivre Rye & Peppercorn Saison (bottles and draft) will debut at the special beer dinner hosted by Whetstone Station on May 17th. It’ll be available in bottles 5/25 at Warren Store, Hunger Mountain Co-op, 5/26 at Beverage Warehouse, and 5/30 at Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury. This month Sean will be brewing a batch of Maple Tripple, our award winning beer brewed only once per year in the spring with 100% concentrated maple sap. Sean will then blend this batch with last years batch (which aged for a full year) before bottling which lends a rich, complex and distinctly Vermont character to the beer. Possible bottle release this summer – follow the monthly beer news for updates! During this month, you’ll find Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #2 (cans and draft) around the states of Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Sip of Sunshine IPA – The first packaging run in May features the same quality hops we always use to brew our Sip of Sunshine IPA, however, this batch incorporates a new lot from a different hop farmer. Different lots can have distinct differences in flavor and aroma profile. We are working with our entire hops supply from the 2016 fall harvest to perfect just the right blend of different lots of hops to deliver the most tropical fruit-forward and lupulin-laden experience you expect in every can of Sip! SPECIAL EVENTS May 10 & 11 Lawson’s Finest will make appearances in Massachusetts as a way to thank you for your support! On  5/10 from 9-11pm we’ll be at City Tap House in Boston for a “Fireside Chat with Sean Lawson”. On Thursday 5/11 you can “Meet the Brewer” at Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge from 4:30-6:30. From 8-10pm you can “Meet the Brewer” at The Publick House in Brookline. May 13th Lawson’s Finest is happy to quench your thirst at the Rising Pint beer festival in East Hartford Connecticut! May 15-21 is Green Mountain Beer Week and Lawson’s Finest is proud to take part! May 17th is a night all about...

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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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Find Our Beer!

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in featured, our beer | Comments Off on Find Our Beer!

Find Our Beer!

It’s always a perfect time to enjoy a Lawson’s Finest brew! Please visit the Find Our Beer page on our website to see where you can score a Lawson’s Finest at a retail store or a restaurant. Cheers!

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Shop our Store

Posted by on May 16, 2014 in clothing, featured, glassware, our beer, Retail | Comments Off on Shop our Store

Shop our Store

It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere with Lawson’s Finest Merchandise! Hats, shirts, glassware and more – we have great gifts for the beer geek in your life, or maybe a little something for yourself!

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