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May 1, 2014 beer deliveries

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

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

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April Upcoming deliveries

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

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

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It’s Here – Sip of Sunshine IPA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Upcoming Beers

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

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

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

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

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

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Happy New Year!

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

Happy New Year!

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

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

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

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

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

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The Night Before The Night Before Christmas!

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

The Night Before The Night Before Christmas!

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

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What’s Next

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

What’s Next

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

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Important bottle update!

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

Important bottle update!

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

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Updated Farmers Market bottle limits on 10/12

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

Updated Farmers Market bottle limits on 10/12

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

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What’s on deck?

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in our beer |

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

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SIPtemberfest!

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

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

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Updated market info

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

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

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OCB/LFL Double Dose IPA – On the way!

Posted by 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 and four-pack holder: Upcoming Beer schedule Here is what you can expect from Lawson’s Finest in the weeks ahead: 9/5 – Chinooker’d IPA 9/12 – Steve’s Backyard Red Ale (Revised, rev’d up & ready to go!) 9/19 – Big Hoppy Black IPA 9/26 – Warren Store Maple Wheat and Kiwi Double IPA 9/28 – SIPTEMBERFEST! Waitsfield Farmers Market – Sept. 21st Our next market date is Saturday, 9/21 in Waitsfield (click link above for directions). Our bottle limit will be 4 bottles per variety, per person. We’ll have our deli-style ticketing system in place for early arrivals. Starting at 8am we’ll start handing out numbered tickets so that you can shop the rest of the market at your leisure or grab a breakfast and return a bit later. However, you don’t typically need to arrive this early to have a good selection of beer, and at last several markets, we had at least two varieties available until the end of the market. Sales and sample tasting start at 9am and the market ends at 1pm. The tentative beer list is as follows: Warren Store Maple Wheat Ale (4.2%) – $7/22oz Steve’s Backyard Red Ale (5.5%) – $7/22oz Chinooker’d IPA (6.9%) – $8/22oz Big Hoppy Black IPA (7.5%) – $9/22oz Kiwi Double IPA (8.1%) – $9/22oz 2012 Maple Tripple Ale (12%) – $25/500ml We also hope to have the freshly packaged Double Dose IPA available for sale! We’ll be able to confirm details the week prior to the...

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August = Double Sunshine Month!

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in our beer |

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

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2012 Maple Tripple bottle release!

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

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

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

Posted by 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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Double Sunshine and beer update

Posted by 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 beer you are looking for is available. This weekend, you’ll find Toast Black IPA (5.9% abv) on draft. You’ll also find the Lawson’s at the 38th Annual NATO Telemark Festival on Saturday, March 9th at Mad River Glen! We’ll have Triple Play IPA and Toast Black IPA on tap along with the rockin’ tunes of Guy Burlage and The Freeheelers! Here’s a couple of questions I get often, so I will get the answer out to all of you:__________________ Q: I went to buy your beer at (store/bar) and they were out. Why don’t you just make more? A: I am brewing it as fast as I can! I am currently at the maximum capacity of our equipment and space. Our capacity is limited by the size of our brewery (7bbl) and the number of tanks (three fermentors), as well as the residency time (the amount of time each batch stays in a tank while fermenting). We are committed to producing the highest quality and freshest beer possible, and will not compromise the amount of time it takes to make a batch in order to increase production.___________________ Q: Do you intentionally limit your production? Why don’t you move to a bigger facility? A: We are committed to our current location and quality of life that our small family-run business provides. We (my wife Karen and I) work our tails off every day to produce as much beer as possible that meets our quality standards. We have a significant investment in our brewery equipment and location (even if it is small). We have no plans for a major expansion in the near...

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Good Day Double Sunshine!

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

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

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Brew news in the New Year!

Posted by 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% abv) – A once-a-year beer brewed for the holidays! Styled after an English ESB, with a Vermont twist of fresh red spruce sprigs and a just a hint of cinnamon! On tap now at many of our draft locations and arriving to stores in bottles on 1/10-11. Bottles at the Montpelier Farmer’s Market on 1/19. Kiwi Double IPA (8.1% abv) – Brewed with a massive charge of Nelson Sauvin and Pacific Jade hops from New Zealand. This beer has been occupying our DIPA spot in the rotation for a couple of months…look for the last batch for a while (limited hop availability) in late January. Chinooker’d IPA (6.9% abv) – Look for one of my old standards and original recipes to make occasional appearances throughout 2013. Going on draft to many locations the weekend of 1/11 and in bottles at the Montpelier Farmer’s Market on 1/19. Maple Nipple Ale (8.0% abv) – Lawson’s specialty maple ale will be offered on draft the weekend of 1/18 and in bottles at the Montpelier Farmer’s Market on 1/19. A maple bourbon barrel version of this beer is aging on oak right now! Look for it in bottles in late spring 2013. That’s right, maple bourbon (a bourbon blended with 25% maple syrup by Saxton’s River Distillery and aged in american oak barrels) + maple nipple = one sticky beer! Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (10.1% abv) – A hearty winter favorite will return in February 2013. And Finally… Double Sunshine IPA (8.0% abv) – Yes, yes….I know many of you are eagerly awaiting the return of this beer. I am waiting until the 2012 crop of hops is fully available before brewing this beer again to ensure that the next glass of Double Sunshine you have is the brightest, juiciest, and freshest that it can possibly be. The new crop of hops was supposed to have arrived at our local supplier from Hop Union by January 1, but I am still waiting….I anticipate (tentatively) that Double Sunshine will return in February 2013. Thank you!! A big thanks to so many people for everything that you’ve done in 2012! We truly appreciate all of our customers, partners, suppliers, draft and retail accounts, and are thankful for the support that enables us to operate a small brewery and make a living by brewing beer. We ended the year’s events on a really high note by participating in an event organized by our friends at  Dogfish Head brewery and the Worthy Burger restaurant, called “The Night Before the Night Before…” Proceeds from this worthy event benefitted the Vermont Food Bank through the Vermont Brewer’s Association. Here’s of picture of some of the fun! Cheers! Steve Robbins, Sean Lawson, Sam Caligone at...

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A Look Ahead….

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

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This Weekend’s beers

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

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

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Maple beer featured on NPR

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

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

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Maple Tripple – 2012 World Beer Cup – Silver Medal!

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

Maple Tripple – 2012 World Beer Cup – Silver Medal!

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

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Maple Tripple awarded Speciality Silver at World Beer Cup 2012

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

Maple Tripple awarded Speciality Silver at World Beer Cup 2012

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

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SAVE THE DATE! – March 24, 2012

Posted by 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 Ale 2010 Maple Barrel Aged Imperial Stout 2010 Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout 2011 Oak-aged Imperial Stout (Utopias/Buffalo Trace barrel) 2011 Acer Quercus Ale (The Bruery/Lawson’s Finest collaboration) Fresh from the brewery Double Sunshine IPA Triple Play IPA Permagrin Rye Pale Ale BIG HAPI Black IPA Fayston Maple Imperial Stout Steve’s Backyard Red Ale Red Spruce...

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Chinooker’d IPA Returns!!!

Posted by 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 Spruce Bitter (one brew a year!) Chinooker’d IPA Double Sunshine IPA and drumroll please….Steve’s Backyard Red Ale! We’ll be posting more details about this special collaboration beer with local homebrewer Steve Robbins of the Mad River Valley soon! Cheers!...

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Happy Holidaze!

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

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

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Double Sunshine IPA

Posted by 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 – Sugarhouse IPA Mad Taco – coming soon: Double Sunshine IPA Three Penny Taproom – Double Sunshine IPA The Blackback Pub – Sugarhouse IPA and Fayston Maple Imperial Stout The Reservoir – Sugarhouse IPA The Farmhouse Tap and Grill – Sugarhouse IPA (with Fayston Maple Imperial Stout and D.S. in the wings!) Look for details to be posted this week on our first Farmer’s Market in Montpelier of the winter season this coming Saturday, December 17th....

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This week in beer

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

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

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Cellar reserve brews….

Posted by 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 sat in a somewhat miniature cask from Tuttletown (NY) distillery. Yum! Only six gallons made. I’ve also released the very last case for sale of our collaboration brew – Acer Quercus, done with The Bruery. For the next two weekends, I will be bottling up a vintage keg (1/2bbl) of Fayston Maple Imperial Stout that was brewed at the end of 2010 and cellar aged. It has really smoothed out, mellowed and emerged with a different depth and complexity than when this beer is young. There will be just a few cases of 750ml bottles for each weekend. I appreciate your patience and support. Here are a few fun photos from our journey – the first is of me with new friend Armand de Belder of 3F – Drie Fontenien, one of the top lambic brewers and queze blenders in the world in his cellar in the tiny village of Beersel, Belgium, and the next is of our Oktoberfest fun in Munich, Germany. Prost!  ...

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ACER QUERCUS RELEASE PARTIES!

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

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

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Acer Quercus has arrived!

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

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

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UPDATED: 2010 Maple Tripple

Posted by on Apr 15, 2011 in our beer |

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

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Brewing Updates and March 5th Market

Posted by 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 and Columbus hops backed by a medium-bodied Vermont-style pale ale rounded by three varieties of Cara malts and our favorite Gambrinus pale malted barley. It will be available for a limited time during this March on draft and in bottles. Montpelier Farmer’s Market – March 5, 2010 – 10 am This Saturday, I’ll be a the market again with the remaning 7 cases of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout – 84 bottles while they last. In order spread out the availability and crowd, we will be holding two cases of each beer until 12pm noon to make available at that time. Here’s this market’s offering: BBA FMIS – 750ml – $30 (no limit) Double Sunshine IPA – 22oz- $9 (limit 2/person) Knockout Blonde Ale – 22oz – $7 (limit 2/person) 2009 Hillside Hard Cider – 750ml – $12 (no limit) Lawson’s 2009 vintage hard cider is fermented exclusively with champagne yeast and 100% apple juice pressed at Lost Meadow Cidery in Calais, VT. It has been carefully cellar-aged for a year and a half! If the Sugarhouse IPA is adequately conditioned later this week, I will also be offering that in 22oz bottles as well....

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Thank you!

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

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

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Holiday Market – Beers Galore!

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

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

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IPA Weekend in Waterbury & Warren Store Tasting

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

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

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Hoptoberfest

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

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

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Bad blogger!

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

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

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Maple Tripple – 2010 World Beer Cup Winner!

Posted by 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 bringing home bronze in a competition of some of world’s most renowned and biggest breweries! Our Maple Tripple ale is a very special, once-a-year beer that is onlymade at the end of maple sugaring season. The base of this beer is made with 100% concentrated maple sap, which replaces all of the water in the brewing process, giving this beer enticingly rich and complex maple flavors and aromas. Maple Tripple is 10.1% alcohol, so it is truly a sipping beer! It makes an excellent pairing with a chocolate dessert or fresh sliced strawberries and whipped cream drizzled with pure Vermont maple syrup.The 2010 Maple Tripple ale was brewed just last week and is bubbling away with fermentation as I write to you, making this an especially timely event! The beer takes several months to mature and will be ready for the first bottling in late summer. We are honored to be recognized among the world’s best beers! Cheers! – Sean and Karen Lawson SEE the following links for more info and a story on WCAX-Ch.3 News! http://www.worldbeercup.org/ http://www.wcax.com/Global/story.asp?S=12298176...

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Quick Update

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

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

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Montpelier Farmers Market – Batch 100!

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

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

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What a Year!

Posted by on Jan 28, 2010 in farmers markets, our beer, our events | Comments Off on What a Year!

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 winter wheat beer, a weizenbock style of German-inspired dark strong beer. Paradise Ale is a hoppy amber ale that is crisp, bright, and juicy. Karen’s Kolsch is our lightest offering yet, a 4% ale brewed with only Pilsener and Vienna malts, Hersbruker hops, and a kolsch-style yeast. Hop Song Imperial IPA is a twist on on our Hopzilla recipe using different hops and a slightly higher alcohol content…watch out! I’ve got some oak-aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout ready to go! Aged for two months on American Oak, giving this rich dessert beer another layer of depth and complexity. UPCOMING EVENTS Lawson’s Finest will be vending at the Montpelier Farmers Market this winter and spring on three select dates: February 6th, March 6th and April 17th. Like the Waitsfield Farmer’s Market, we’ll be offering sample tastings and bottles for sale. Visit me there for the official release of the 2009 Farmhouse Rye! A sneak preview of this beer appeared at the Beverage Warehouse of Winooski back in December (only 6 bottles) and what’s most exciting is that I have four different kegs, each with a different treatment going into bottles. More on that later…. We’ll celebrate our second anniversary on St. Paddy’s Day, March 17 with an evening event featuring music, light food, and mucho Finest at Mad River Glen ski area! Hope to see you some time soon. As always, if you are looking for more up-to-date information or have a question, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Visit our website, http://www.lawsonsfinest.com/ for contact...

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Jeezum, October?!

Posted by on Oct 2, 2009 in beer fests, our beer, our events, SIPtemberfest, special events | Comments Off on Jeezum, October?!

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 pouring up some fine brews outside on the deck of the lodge on what was the best weather day of the entire fall. Beautiful! I promise next year, I’ll get the word out on the blog BEFORE the event. As it turns out, we didn’t need it. The event sold out in only about 2 hours at the door thanks to the huge interest in great beer and a spectacular fall foliage day paired with scenic rides on our ‘Old Faithful’ at MRG – the single chair. Likely close to a thousand people cycled thru the place over the course of the day. FALL BREWS The single-batch edition of my Stony Hill ‘Local Hop’ Harvest Ale is just about gone. Get yourself over to American Flatbread in Waitsfield tonight 10/2 if you want a pint of what’s left. Brewed with hops grown right at the brewery. My first batch of fall wheat beer – a German-style Dunkelweiss is ready and bottles will be headed to the Warren Store this weekend. You’ll also find it on tap in General Starks Pub at Mad River Glen. At the Common Man, you can sample one of my latest hoppy creations – the Permagrin Rye Pale Ale. Rings in at 6.0% abv and has enough lupulin to chew on! The Pitcher Inn’s cooler is down, so they do not have any beer on tap right now. Down at the Village Porch, you can sample the fall’s first batch of my Hoptoberfest 292 Ale. Lots more of the 292, Dunkelweiss, and Permagrin are on the way along with BIG HAPI set to make a fall debut in another week or so. Looking ahead, I just brewed my second batch of Fayston Maple Imperial Stout for the cold months ahead. Mmmmm. The first batch has been in kegs for a month now and is aging beautifully! I’m going to try and get some bottles of it out there at the next Farmers Market…read on. UPCOMING EVENTS! Exciting news to share with you….Another collaboration is in the works with the great peeps at Zero Gravity/Flatbread Burlington Hearth, Paul Sayler and Destiny Saxon. We are likely to brew a batch next week for our November gig – Lawson’s Night at Flatbread on Nov. 10. Mark your calendars! We’ll have 6-8 different Lawson’s brews on tap, and some special bottles ‘from the vault’. We’ll be brewing up a 10bbl batch of Papelblonde Ale to be served at the event and well beyond. An just a couple weeks away is the debut of Lawson’s Finest at The Three Penny Taproom, a now renowned little beer bar in Montpelier, VT. We’ll be tapping up a keg of double dry-hopped Hopzilla Double...

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Big Brew Day!

Posted by 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 panel. Picture below is the hot liquor aka hot water tank. The malt mill…grinding up the malt…mmm Gambrinus Pale Ale malted barley, special aromatic, carapils, and pale crystal malt. Dough-in…the milled grains mix with hot water at the top of the mash tun, and pour in, slowly filling it the tun. Stirring the mash…a happy hoppy brewer! The vorlauf = recirculating the mash liquid to raise the temperture and set the grain bed for lautering and sparge water. Next, the run-off (transfer of mash liquid) to the brewkettle. The first hops addition to the brewkettle…loads and loads of Chinook hops! Boil for 1 hour, add LOTS more hops, and high hopes! After the boil is over…and the finished wort is being transferred to the fermenter…this is near the end, you can see the hop cone in the bottom of the brewkettle. The heat-exchanger, oxygen port, sight glass, and thermometer…boiling hot wort chills to 68F degrees in a matter of seconds! The fermenters…the Chinooker’d IPA is being transferred from the kettle to fermenter. A whole lotta spent grain! Waiting for a farmer to pick it up Cleaning out the mash tun Ahhhhhh yes! End of the brew day and Destiny and Sean enjoying a few beers. Cheers! PS – on tap this weekend 6/20…Weiss-K wheat bier and Papelblonde at American Flatbread, Waitsfield and in bottles at the Warren Store (might be a few bottles of Chinooker’d too!). Papelblonde at the Pitcher Inn, Maple Nipple Ale at the Common Man and the ‘Porch Pint’ blonde at the Village...

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Summer’s Almost Here

Posted by on May 28, 2009 in beer fests, farmers markets, our beer, our events, special events | Comments Off on Summer’s Almost Here

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 Ale, and Chinooker’d IPA for sale in bottles with samples too. The double-batch of 2009 Maple Tripple is cellaring in kegs right now, and boy its a doozy! Will clock in just over 10% again this year, but with more maple character than I’ve ever been able to get before. Bottles of this limited edition brew, or as I call it a “once-a-year-beer” will only be released for sale at the Farmer’s Market this summer and fall. The Warren Store will be getting Papelblonde Ale on the shelf tomorrow, get it while you can…I’m sure they’ll be cleaned out before the weekend is over. The Pitcher Inn and Village Porch have the Papelblonde and Porch Pint respectively, while The Common Man continues to feature the Maple Nipple Ale as their house “Lawsons” brew on tap. Over at the Alta Day Spa next to the Pitcher Inn in the Village of Warren, Joannie is working up a special treat for “Men’s Month” in June. She is creating a special exfoliant and pedicure soak with hops from Lawson’s Finest! Mmmmm. You can grab a bomber across the street at the Warren Store and sip while you relax to wafting aromas of Cascade hops. So, dads out there, you know what to ask for Father’s Day now. I’m working up some stashes for the Vermont Brewers Festival in July….MMM. I can tell you I’m hanging onto some kegs Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (10%) that will have been aged 4 months for the fest. I’ll also be releasing an experimental beer, that will be called BrettPA or maybe Brettzilla! Its my Hopzilla Double IPA, aged on Brettanomyces for months in a keg. I’ll also be doing a up a special batch of spruce beer, as many of the VT Brewers are doing as a feature for this year’s fest. In addition to that, look for some additional maple curiousities, our regular rippin’ Chinooker’d IPA, PapelBlonde Ale, and the Weiss-K. Until next...

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Papelblonde Baby!

Posted by on Apr 16, 2009 in our beer | Comments Off on Papelblonde Baby!

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 out in the brewhaus, and brewing up my seasonals for spring and summer. Weiss-K wheat bier, my own take on a German-style hefeweizen is back too. Big news over at the Common Man restaurant is the new draught beer system! So now you can find the Maple Nipple Ale on tap at this fine establishment. (note, only open Th, Fr, Sa during spring). ON TAP: I’ll have the Weiss-K on tap at American Flatbread this weekend. The last few bottles of Papelblonde are at the Warren Store, and on Thurs (4/16) will deliver the Maple Nipple Ale and Hopzilla Double IPA there. The Pitcher Inn is currently closed for a week. At the Village Porch in Rochester, VT we got the Maple Nipple Ale being offered up as the Porch Pint for sugaring season and spring. Look for a return to the light and hoppy Porch Pint after that. Thanks to everyone that came out for our 1st Anniversary Party at MRG, it was a great time. I hope it won’t take me a month to get to the next post....

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Got Hops?

Posted by on Feb 7, 2009 in our beer | Comments Off on Got Hops?

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 the National IPA Championship, organized by Brewing News. Check out the details by clicking the link above or here. A brand-new IPA is part of this competition – “Knock-Yer-Hops-Off” IPA. It is loaded with high alpha US grown Cascade, Centennial, Magnum, and more. Rings in at over 100 IBU, 6.5% Alc./Vol. and a solid malty body to balance the pucker factor. If you are drooling now, mark your calendar for Sunday, February 15th, when I’ll be at the Warren Store from 1-4 pm, offering samples of KYHO IPA and bottles for sale, along with other TBA liquids. Check back here in another week, I’ll have more details on the tasting posted....

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Posted by on Jan 30, 2009 in our beer | Comments Off on

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 by on Jan 26, 2009 in our beer | Comments Off on Big Hapi is back

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 http://www.madriverglen.com/. 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 Lawson’s Finest winter offerings at MRG – Maple Nipple Ale, Fayston Maple Imperial Stout, and Hopzilla Double...

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Beer Update

Posted by on Jan 17, 2009 in our beer | Comments Off on Beer Update

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 always. The Village Porch – The Porch Pint, ‘Hoptoberfest’ style ale will be on tap until spring. The Pitcher Inn – My apologies, we are still trying to catch up from the holiday madness, and are currently out at the PI. Look for a fresh batch arriving next week....

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New beer for the new year

Posted by on Jan 10, 2009 in our beer | Comments Off on New beer for the new year

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 arrives, so they are all out this weekend. Around town, Maple Nipple bottles are available at the Common Man, and the Porch Pint on tap down in Rochester at the Village Porch. Looks like an artic freeze is settling in…so grab a strong one and get close to the woodstove....

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Happy 2009!

Posted by on Jan 4, 2009 in our beer | Comments Off on Happy 2009!

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 Connie are serving up Lawson’s Finest “Porch Pint” a special brew created just for their establishment. The winter version is dark copper in color and aggressively hopped…we call it a ‘Hoptoberfest’ style ale. They are open Thurs. – Sun. Over at The Comman Man Restaurant in Warren, Keith is serving up the Maple Nipple in 12 oz bottles. They are open Tues.-Sat. Up at the mountain in General Stark’s Pub at Mad River Glen, the Maple Nipple (9%) is on tap, and only one more day to get it for now. Unfortunately, the great last thaw of 2008 on the weekend of Dec. 27-28 really wiped out the snow. MRG has been limping along with just the practice slope open since 12/29. The mountain will be closed Monday 1/4 thru Thursday 1/8, unless we get some major snowfall before then. Again, Friday the 9th looks to be the golden day! Next up at the River? Watch out, it’s HOPZILLA, one of my double IPA’s. See our website for more info about the Strong Beer Series at MRG. Hope 2009 brings you the...

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