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Week of 9/18 Deliveries and other FYI’s!

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 in Beer Fests, Collaborations, Farmers Markets, Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Our Events, Special Events

Week of 9/18 Deliveries and other FYI’s!

This week’s deliveries will be Sip of Sunshine IPA – in both draft and bottles. This weekend there are more events to keep you entertained than you can even dream of! There will be updates throughout the week so make sure to keep checking back. In the meantime, here’s a rundown of what you need to put on your calendar: * Friday pop-up sale of Double Dose IPA (Collaboration of Lawson’s Finest Liquids and Otter Creek Brewing).  Details can be found on last week’s news post * Friday & Saturday Brew Haha at Oakledge Park in Burlington which will feature Lawson’s Finest Liquids Sip of Sunshine IPA. * Saturday Lawson’s Finest will be at the Waitsfield Farmers Market  from 9am-1pm. We will post the beer menu and other applicable information in the upcoming days so stay tuned. * Saturday Harvestfest  at Otter Creek Brewing in Middlebury, VT. Come celebrate the official release of Double...

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Double Dose IPA Pop-up Sale 9/19!

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 in Collaborations, Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Our Events, Special Events

Double Dose IPA Pop-up Sale 9/19!

September 19, 2014 3:00pm to 5:00pm at Mad River Glen, Fayston, Vermont We’re holding a pop-up sale on Friday, September 19, in the Mad River Glen ski area parking lot (on Rt. 17 in Fayston, VT) where we’ll be releasing the first 240 cases of Double Dose to the public! We’ll have a one case limit for the first 100 customers, with a two 4-pack limit for the remaining cases. The Stark’s Pub at Mad River will also open that day at 3pm with special limited release draft beers from both Otter Creek and Lawson’s Finest, along with their full pub menu and Friday fish fry! The goal of our pop-up sale is provide the opportunity for both breweries to release the beer together in one place with a fun and festive atmosphere, and to make it possible for our customers to purchase the Double Dose IPA at a...

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Week of 9/11 deliveries

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 in Our Beer

Week of 9/11 deliveries

Deliveries this week: Kegs – Super Session #4 (Galaxy hop) and Sip of Sunshine IPA; Bottles – Sip of Sunshine IPA,...

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What you want to know about Sip of Sunshine IPA!

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 in Our Beer

What you want to know about Sip of Sunshine IPA!

What’s the story with Sip of Sunshine IPA? This is our new “flagship” beer…something we’ve never had before! That means Sip of Sunshine is a beer that will be available every week, year round. Wow! Thanks to our partnership with Two Roads Brewing, Sean travels each month to their facility in Stratford, CT to brew this beer. It is then packaged into kegs and 16oz cans and distributed through our own wholesale company to the local Vermont market, and through HDI and Star Distributing in Connecticut. Why not anywhere else? The demand for Lawson’s Finest beer is so overwhelming, that even with the additional volume of Sip of Sunshine, we are still not able to fully meet demand in our current territories. We are working hard to secure additional hops and add to our capacity at Two Roads Brewing Co. So what’s the plan? We will continue to brew Sip of Sunshine...

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Week of August 25th beer deliveries (Double Sunshine IPA bottles!)

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 in Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Special Events

Week of August 25th beer deliveries (Double Sunshine IPA bottles!)

Hi friends, Thank you kindly for your understanding with the cancellation of last week’s Farmers Market. We already are looking forward to the next Waitsfield Farmers Market on 9/20. More info to follow on details for the September Farmers Market. Hold tight. And don’t forget that the night of 9/20 is the G15 bash at Mad River Glen. The Grift’s 15th anniversary party is sure to be unforgettable – get your tickets before they’re gone! This week’s deliveries are Double Sunshine IPA in bottles only and Sip of Sunshine IPA on draft only. Enjoy! Retail information and delivery days will give you the info you need to find Lawson’s Finest Liquids!      ...

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Farmer’s Market Aug. 23 Cancelled

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 in Farmers Markets, Our Beer, Our Events

Farmer’s Market Aug. 23 Cancelled

Friends, we are very sorry to inform you that due to a death in the family, we will not be attending the Waitsfield Farmers Market on Saturday August 23rd in Waitsfield. The good news is that we have made special arrangements so that most of the beer destined to the Farmer’s Market will be delivered that same day, Sat. Aug. 23 to the Village Grocery in Waitsfield and the Warren Store! Furthermore, the proceeds from the day’s beer sales will still benefit the Mad River Valley Community Fund. This effort is headed up by Troy Kingsbury at the Village Grocery, where there will still be special events as well as beer tastings and free coffee from Capitol Grounds in the morning. Here’s the full run-down on the week for beer deliveries! A fresh batch of Sip of Sunshine IPA (#4) will arrive this week and will be going out to all of our...

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UPDATE to Saturday August 16th deliveries!

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 in Our Beer

Forecast is calling for clouds, so unfortunately Sip of Sunshine IPA will not be arriving for Saturday deliveries due to equipment issues. On Monday we’ll post an update for the timing of the fresh Sunshine delivery. We feel as gloomy as you do and offer sincere apologies for the...

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August 14-16 deliveries (yup, including Double Sunshine IPA!)

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 in Our Beer

August 14-16 deliveries (yup, including Double Sunshine IPA!)

Hey friends, Lotsa info on this week’s deliveries so listen up: – Double Sunshine IPA will be in BOTTLES ONLY, delivered to all 3 retail accounts on the regular schedule (Thursday & Friday) – Knockout Blonde Ale will be on DRAFT delivered on the regular schedule (Thursday & Friday) – A fresh batch of Sip of Sunshine IPA (bottles & draft) arrives this weekend! Bottles will be delivered on Saturday 8/16 to all retail accounts and select draft accounts. Next week all draft accounts will have the fresh batch...

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Get your Sunshine on August 23rd!

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

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

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

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 in Our Beer

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

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This week’s deliveries!

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 in Our Beer

This week’s deliveries!

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

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Sip of Sunshine IPA in bottles!

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 in Our Beer

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

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Lawson’s brews news!

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

Lawson’s brews news!

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

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Happy 4th!

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

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

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Waitsfield Farmer’s Market July 5th

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

Waitsfield Farmer’s Market July 5th

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

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Super Session IPA

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 in Our Beer

Super Session IPA

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

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YARRRGGGHHH!!!

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

YARRRGGGHHH!!!

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

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BeerAdvocate American Craft Beer Festival 2014

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

BeerAdvocate American Craft Beer Festival 2014

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

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

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

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

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Spring Fever Session IPA

Posted on May 14, 2014 in Our Beer

Spring Fever Session IPA

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

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Visit our new Facebook page!

Posted on May 9, 2014 in Our Beer

Visit our new Facebook page!

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

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Triple Sunshine is on the way!

Posted on May 4, 2014 in Our Beer

This past week, I brewed Triple Sunshine IPA! This beer is expected to be about 10.5% ABV and feature the same color and flavor profile as the Double Sunshine IPA….only amped up with even more hop character and a fuller body. Expect it to be dangerously drinkable and available in limited quantities in bottles. It will be released at our first outdoor Farmer’s Market of the season in Waitsfield, VT on Saturday, May 24th from 9am to 1pm. We will also be saving a few kegs of Triple Sunshine IPA to serve at all three sessions of the Vermont Brewers Festival on July 18-19th. VBF tickets go on sale May 15th. We are tentatively planning to hand out numbered tickets for all bottle sales for the 5/24 market starting at 8am at the Mad Taco in Waitsfield – where they will be throwing the doors open early for breakfast...

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May 1, 2014 beer deliveries

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 in Our Beer

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

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April Upcoming deliveries

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 in Our Beer

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

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It’s Here – Sip of Sunshine IPA

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 in Collaborations, Our Beer

The newest Lawson’s Finest beer is now tap at some of your favorite establishments that serve our beer! Sip of Sunshine IPA! American Double IPA 8% ABV I am very excited by our newest project, which is a partnership with Two Roads Brewing. I traveled to their new brewery to brew up the first batch of this beer on March 17th (St. Patty’s Day to us Irish folk!), which also happens to be the exact date that we sold our very first keg six years ago! I created this beer to be very similar to the Double Sunshine IPA, but slightly different! Our partnership with Two Roads will enable me to brew this beer on a regular basis – they have a beautiful new facility in Stratford, CT and a highly esteemed brewmaster, Phil Markowski, with decades of experience. Most importantly, they have a very soft water source (low...

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

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 in Our Beer

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

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

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Upcoming Beers

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 in Our Beer

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

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

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

Join us after the market at the Three Penny Taproom, where we will tap a pin cask of Double Dry Hopped Steve’s Backyard Red Ale at 3pm! Beer List Please NOTE: Bottle limits listed below are per person. You can purchase up to your limit of each and all varieties Double Sunshine IPA (8.0%) $9/22oz – Limit 4 Ava IPA (7%) $8/22oz – Limit 2 Sticky Ale (Maple-bourbon barrel aged; 9%) $9/375ml – Limit 4 Maple Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (11%) $15/375ml – Limit 4 2012 Maple Tripple Ale (12%) $25/375ml – Limit 4   IMPORTANT INFO FOR FARMERS MARKET Early arrivals (before 10am) – PLEASE do not park in front of the VT College Gym or the lot adjacent to the building. These areas are essential to vendors loading/unloading for the market. We will have a deli-style number system in place and will begin handing out numbered tickets at 8:00am...

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Happy New Year!

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

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! (NOTE – Post revised on 1/19) Yes, I’m a little slow out the gate to get the first post of 2014 up to our blog, nevertheless, I have lots of good tidings and a look a head to what’s new and exciting on the horizon! Scroll to bottom for the list of beers for the next few weeks and our next Farmer’s Market beer list on Feb. 8th First, what a way to start the new year: Thank you Food Republic.com! They named the Double Dose IPA the #1 beer of 2013. With that great news, I can also tell you that Otter Creek Brewing and Lawson’s Finest are planning to team up again to brew the Double Dose IPA in the fall of 2014. Most excellent! What else is ahead for 2014? Here are just a few highlights: Collaborations – yes, please! These projects are one way that our tiny brewery can...

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

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

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

Darkest of nights….Double Sunshine days! Yes, friends, this Saturday, December 21st marks the winter solstice and the longest night of the year. We hope to brighten that shortest day by bringing you the return of Double Sunshine IPA! We’ll be making this beer available at the Montpelier Farmer’s Marketfrom 10am to 2pm, as well as our regular draft and retail bottle location (see list of locations – here) this Thursday and Friday. We’ll also be tapping a pin cask of Double Sunshine IPA with our friends at Three Penny Taproom at 3pm Saturday. We’ll have at the market the last cases of this year’s Maple Tripple Ale and Maple barrel-aged Imperial Stout, and releasing a brand new creation – Sticky Ale! – created by aging Maple Nipple Ale in Maple Bourbon barrels for year. (see label for full description below) IMPORTANT INFO FOR FARMERS MARKET Early arrivals (before 10am) – PLEASE do...

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The Night Before The Night Before Christmas!

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

The Night Before The Night Before Christmas!

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

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What’s Next

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

What’s Next

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

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Important bottle update!

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 in Our Beer

Important bottle update!

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

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Updated Farmers Market bottle limits on 10/12

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

Updated Farmers Market bottle limits on 10/12

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

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What’s on deck?

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 in Our Beer

Hey Friends,What fabulous early fall weather and foliage we are having here in central Vermont! This past weekend’s SIPtemberfest was a blast and blessed with spectacular sunshine, blue skies, lots of smiles, beautiful weather, amazing leaf colors and fantastic beers! So….what’s next….you ask? Below are listed the beers that will be delivered for the next few weeks to our bottle and draft locations (Mad River Valley on Thursdays; Montpelier, Waterbury, Burlington on Fridays). As of today (10/1), you can also find the Double Dose IPA in a few locations in bottles, and many places have it on draft. A few of our accounts may still have the Maple Wheat Ale or another LFL beer on tap into the coming weekend. 10/3 – Chinooker’d IPA10/10 – Vermont Cascade (Local Hop) Harvest Ale10/17 – Triple Play IPA Waitsfield Farmer’s Market – Oct. 12th Our last outdoor Farmer’s Market will take place...

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SIPtemberfest!

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

Yes friends, one of our top fall favorites returns to Mad River Glen this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28! Friday evening features a killer four course dinner menu at General Starks Pub paired with Lawson’s Finest and Otter Creek beers, and hosted by brewers Sean Lawson and Mike Gerhart. The menu is posted on the SIPtemberfest website. Saturday will bring 15 brewers, 2 distillers and one winery together with fantastic food from the Mad Taco and Skinny Pancake, technicolor foliage, and chairlift rides to the summit! If you didn’t plan ahead and get your tickets, sorry, but both events are completely sold out – mark your calendar for September 27, 2014 and start checking the SIP website in early July for the tickets on-sale date for next year! Here’s the Lawson’s line up for brews at the event Warren Store Maple Wheat (4.2%) Steve’s Backyard Red Ale (5.5%) LFL/VPB...

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Updated market info

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

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

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OCB/LFL Double Dose IPA – On the way!

Posted on Sep 6, 2013 in Our Beer

Yes indeed friends, an ode to hops is brewed! Mike Gerhart of Otter Creek Brewing and I brewed up the new Double Dose IPA on Friday, August 30 along with a crew of hard working OCB brewers and staff. This exciting project was more than a year in planning and includes a fusion of both breweries – a blend of both of our house ale yeasts, water from Warren and Middlebury, local barley malted by Valley Malt in Hadley, MA, and of course….a double dose of hops including an addition of freshly harvested Vermont grown hops – thanks to UVM and our local hop growers! The beer will be released on September 21 at a special event at Otter Creek in Middlebury. More details and a full story to follow, but you can see pictures and more info on the OCB facebook page. Here’s a sneak peak at the label...

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August = Double Sunshine Month!

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 in Our Beer

Greetings all and Happy IPA day!That’s right, today is National IPA day and to celebrate, Lawson’s Finest is brewing nothing but Double Sunshine IPA for the entire month of August! We’ve heard your calls for *more* Double Sunshine, and this month is your answer. Get it while you can, as after this run, we’ll be taking a short hiatus from brewing this beer to make room in our fall brewing schedule for a few batches of Hopzilla Double IPA, Kiwi Double IPA and Big Hapi Black IPA. This week, a small run of Double Sunshine in bottles heads to Warren Store, Hunger Mtn. Coop and Beverage Warehouse, along with a bounty of our collaboration with the Warren Store – Maple Wheat Ale. This very session-able (4.2% abv) wheat beer features a subtle dose of Vermont Maple Syrup and a blend of specialty wheat yeasts from Germany and Belgium, along...

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2012 Maple Tripple bottle release!

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 in Our Beer

Saturday, July 6th at the Waitsfield Farmers Market will be the inaugural release of bottles of the 2012 Maple Tripple Ale. One batch of this very special brew is crafted each year using maple sap from the late runnings of the maple sugaring season, then carefully aged for a year in maple liquor barrels before bottling. Lawson’s Finest will also be offering bottles of the Maple Tripple at the Farmers Markets on August 10,  September 21, and October 12. This beer is not available in retail stores, bars or restaurants. Waitsfield Farmers Market – July 6 Here is the bottle list and prices for Saturday, July 6th, 9am to 1pm. Please note, we will begin handing out numbered tickets at 8am to reserve a place in line, and we reserve the right to change bottle limits depending on turnout. The limit is 4 bottles per variety, per person, except the Smoked...

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

Posted on May 17, 2013 in Collaborations, Our Beer

Coming to a store and fine beer bar near you…now!See Jack’s Abby website for more details on this exciting project!You can also look for other Jack’s Abby bottled beers at Lawson’s retail...

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Double Sunshine and beer update

Posted on Mar 9, 2013 in Our Beer

Hi all,Well, I know some of you went looking for bottles of Double Sunshine IPA and found none today. I’m sorry it sells out so fast! Keep in mind, that one batch is 7bbl, or 217 gallons. That is not a lot of beer to go around. The good news is that at the most recent Farmer’s Market event in Montpelier on March 2, you could have shown up anytime between 10am and 2pm and bought up to 6 bottles of Double Sunshine. More bottles of Double Sunshine will be arriving at our three retail stores next week on Thursday, 3/14 (Warren) and Friday, 3/15 (Winooski; Montpelier). Kegs will be delivered to our draft accounts on those same two days. Keep in mind that each restaurant and bar that carries our beer decides when to put it on tap based on their rotation, so please contact them directly to find out if the...

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Good Day Double Sunshine!

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 in Our Beer

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

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Brew news in the New Year!

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 in Our Beer

A fresh bottle of Kiwi DIPA Ahhhhhhhhh, delish! Happy New Year all! Glad to have the frenetic holiday season behind us now and I am looking forward to a great ski season and some new brews in the making! Here’s what’s happening at Lawson’s Finest Liquids these days: Paradise Pale Ale (4.9% abv) – our aggressively hopped pale ale might be considered an IPA by some, but with less than 5% alcohol, we felt the pale moniker was a bit more fitting….it has an amazing bouquet of Chinook, Amarillo, Centennial, and Columbus to accompany a wicked bite! Just like one of my favorite trails at Mad River Glen. Look for this beer on tap all the time in the Stark’s Pub at MRG and in bottles every few weeks through January. Next bottle delivery on 1/17-18, as well as at the Montpelier Farmer’s Market on 1/19. Red Spruce Bitter (4.5%...

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A Look Ahead….

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

  This Week in Beer The seasons are a changin’ and so is our beer line-up! This week brings you my annual rendition of Vermont Local Hop Harvest Ale! It is an American Pale Ale that comes in at 5.0% ABV and was brewed with a variety of local hops, including a few pounds grown right outside the brewery! The beer was dry-hopped with some of the first-ever pelletized local Cascade hops from Bill Powell’s hop farm up in Calais, VT, thanks to the efforts of UVM and the VT Dept. of Agriculture folks who have developed a small scale hop pelletizer at their Alburg hop farm. I hope you enjoy it! In the fermenters….Next week will bring you the debut of our newest Double IPA – Kiwi! It is massively charged with Nelson Sauvin and Pacific Jade hops from New Zealand, clocks in at 8.1% and has a...

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This Weekend’s beers

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 in Our Beer

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

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Maple beer featured on NPR

Posted on May 16, 2012 in Our Beer, Press

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

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Maple Tripple – 2012 World Beer Cup – Silver Medal!

Posted on May 11, 2012 in Awards, Our Beer

Maple Tripple – 2012 World Beer Cup – Silver Medal!

Whew! I am just back from a whirlwind trip to California for the Craft Brewers Conference, the World Beer Cup awards, a visit to far away family, of course – a ton of great beer! Lawson’s has great news to share with you all. Lawson’s Finest Maple Tripple 2012 World Beer Cup ® Silver Medal Specialty Beer Lawson’s Finest is honored to be recognized among the world’s best beers and breweries! The Maple Tripple is a unique strong ale (11% abv) brewed only once per year in the spring with 100% concentrated maple sap, then aged for a full year before bottling, lending a rich, complex and distinctly Vermont character to this beer.   Congratulations as well to our friends and second Vermont winner – The Alchemist, with a Silver Medal in the British Style Imperial Stout with “Luscious” an amazing beer that survived the flooding of Irene. The...

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Maple Tripple awarded Speciality Silver at World Beer Cup 2012

Posted on May 5, 2012 in Awards, Our Beer

Maple Tripple awarded Speciality Silver at World Beer Cup 2012

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

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SAVE THE DATE! – March 24, 2012

Posted on Feb 13, 2012 in Our Beer

Lawson’s Finest Liquids will be holding a very special 4th Anniversary celebration on Saturday, March 24th at the Valley Players Theater in Waitsfield, VT! All net proceeds will benefit a local charity to be announced shortly. The plans that follow are tentative and details to be confirmed in upcoming posts: We will hold an afternoon farmer’s market-style event with bottle sales (and a special release or two) plus local craft and food producers. An evening celebration will follow with live music, food, and a dizzying selection of the finest liquids that Lawson’s has ever offered at once. Ticket sales will be announced soon for the evening event, while the afternoon market will have no charge to enter. Here is your sneak peak at the epic beer list to be offered on draft for sampling From the vault 2008, 2009, and 2010 Maple Tripple Ale 2009 and 2010 Farmhouse Rye...

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Chinooker’d IPA Returns!!!

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 in Our Beer

Like an old friend, one of my favorite old-school “C” hops returns this week with the Chinooker’d IPA! It will be going out in draught to our tap accounts and bottles to our retail outlets – see our Lawson’s website for a full list. I’m also really excited about the next Montpelier Farmer’s Market on January 21, Saturday, from 10am to 2pm. We’re working on trying to get the next Oak-aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout in bottles by then, and its a beauty! Aged for over a year in a single barrel that previously held Buffalo Trace bourbon and Sam Adams Utopias! Blended with some fresh FMIS….So smooth….yum! I’ve also saved just a few remaining cases of the Seared Palate Barley Wine and these will go to the market as well. Here’s a quick preview of other beers I’ll have in ample quantities (min. 12 cases each) 2011 Red...

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Happy Holidaze!

Posted on Dec 23, 2011 in Our Beer

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

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Double Sunshine IPA

Posted on Dec 10, 2011 in Our Beer

22oz Bottles of Double Sunshine IPA arrived at the Hunger Mtn. Coop, Beverage Warehouse, and Warren Store, yesterday, December 9th. Our draft accounts also got this beer yesterday, however, many of them will not be tapping it immediately. It’s best to call ahead if you are looking for bottles, as the inventory disappears quickly! We are also pleased to announce that the Tracks Room pub at the Pitcher Inn in the village of Warren is now re-opened! The ravages of Hurricane Irene’s floodwaters reached the bottom floor of the Inn, and the pub has been closed for the last few months. Thanks to all the volunteers that started the clean-up, the staff at the Pitcher Inn, and Matt Groom Building and Remodeling for putting it all back together in fine and beautiful shape! On tap right now: Pitcher Inn – Sugarhouse IPA American Flatbread – Sugarhouse IPA Localfolk Smokehouse...

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This week in beer

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 in Our Beer

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

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Cellar reserve brews….

Posted on Oct 9, 2011 in Our Beer

I’ve just returned from the most amazing trip…several weeks in Europe touring some of the finest beer (and wine) destinations in Germany, Belgium, Italy and more. This is the first extended vacation for us in many years. As a result, my one-man brewery has been idle for some time, and our inventory is wiped out. Sorry to say, that no Lawson’s will be found on draft during the month of October. The good news is that I will be brewing again tomorrow, and we’ll be stocked again around the first of November with Sugarhouse IPA and Double Sunshine IPA close on its heels! In the meantime, I’ve decided to dip into my personal reserve of beer to offer a few choice gems at the Warren Store in bottle. This weekend (delivered Sat. PM) they have two cases of 12oz Oak-aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout, hand bottled and wax-dipped, that...

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ACER QUERCUS RELEASE PARTIES!

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

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

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Acer Quercus has arrived!

Posted on Jun 16, 2011 in Our Beer

Greetings all!As often is the case, I must apologize for the long delay in posts. Its been a very busy spring and hard to believe it, but yes, summer festival season is upon us. We have already taken part in two excellent events, that you should check out next year! The Brattleboro Brewers Festival on May, 21 in southern Vermont was fantastic. With a relatively small crowd (compared to the number of vendors) the atmosphere was relaxed and there were virtually no lines! We also we thrilled to be chosen for “The People’s Choice Award”! Our booth was the most visited at the festival – check out our bling! The American Craft Beer Fest in Boston, MA on June 3-4, offered up a dizzying array of world-class brews from well over 100 breweries from around the country. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Although the festival is very large (5,000...

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UPDATED: 2010 Maple Tripple

Posted on Apr 15, 2011 in Our Beer

The long-awaited day is coming! Our 2010 Maple Tripple Ale, brewed in April of 2010, is bottle-conditioning as I write this post. We plan to release this beer on Saturday, April 16th at the Montpelier Farmer’s Market. The bottle count tallies 374, and we plan to make about 264 bottles available at the market with the remainder reserved for our cellar-aging program and future events. This special brew is one of our single-batch beers, and can only be made during the sugaring season in Vermont. Here’s the description from the label: “Bottled in April 2011, this ‘once a year beer’ is a slowly fermented single-batch brew made during 2010 spring sugaring season. It quietly rested for a year in a single oak barrel from Saxtons River Distillery that previously held Sapling maple liquor. Our recipe has no water added, and uses only barley, hops, yeast, and concentrated maple sap...

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Lawson’s Finest – National IPA Champion!

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 in Awards

On March 5th, Lawson’s Finest Triple Play IPA was honored as the National IPA Champion by Brewing News! This annual tournament is held in a March Madness style single elimination head to head competition in seven rounds. You can click here to see the brackets and all the competitors. The field of 128 different India Pale Ales includes well known breweries such as Sierra Nevada, Harpoon, and Sam Adams, as well as some of the most highly awarded IPA’s from west-coast breweries such as Ballast Point, Firestone Walker, Port Brewing, and more! I am thrilled and honored that our little brewery took the crown! The Triple Play IPA is one of our new recipes, and is based on my Double Sunshine IPA (8%), only with additional hop varieties, and a lower alchol content (6.5%). The beer is brewed with Citra, Simcoe, and Centennial hops and features a tantalizing floral...

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Brewing Updates and March 5th Market

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

Sometimes it take a while to get up-to-date on the blog, so here we go! Permagrin Rye P.A. is back! The 2010 incarnation of our Permagrin Rye Pale Ale (6%) features a new recipe that I hope you find even more delicious. The base malt is now a heartier Munich, while Crystal Rye and Toasted Rye Flakes have been added to give a richer rye character and mouthfeel. You’ll find the color is slightly darker and overall the beer a bit more balanced, yet still featuring a healthy dose of flavorful hops including Simcoe, Centennial, and Amarillo. Third Anniversary Brew! I dug deep into the archives and have re-brewed the very first receipe used in our current brewhaus! This beer was first tapped around St. Patty’s day at Mad River Glen in 2008, and hasn’t been brewed again since. Our Sugarhouse IPA is a classy lupulin-forward mouthfull of Summit...

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Thank you!

Posted on Jan 12, 2011 in Our Beer

A belated Happy New Year, friends! I just want to send out a HUGE thank you to all of the folks out there that have supported our small brewery since we started! Its been a great ride and as I reflect on what will be three years in business this March, there are so many people to thank. First, and most importantly, is my wife and business partner Karen, who is as adept at applying labels as she is wrangling our two girls. Without her commitment to our small business, it never would have started! Just as important are all of our customers, who are willing to travel to buy our beer and keep coming back for more. Without you, it wouldn’t be possible. I know that some of you have traveled far and left Warren empty handed, which – trust me – pains me (almost) as much as...

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Holiday Market – Beers Galore!

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

A quick note to let all our friends know about the excitement that this Saturday, December 18th holds for beer lovers in, around, or visiting Vermont! Lawson’s Finest will be making our winter farmer’s market debut for this season in Montplier, VT at the Vermont College Gym (corner of College St. and State St.) with an array of brews, including the special release of our first-ever maple barrel aged, Fayston Maple Imperial Stout! This beer was brewed last spring and rested for nearly 9 months, using an American Oak barrel from Saxton’s River Distillery (VT), maker of Sapling Maple Liquor. Oh my! While this beer may certainly be enjoyed now and over the holidays, I highly recommend restraint, as like a wine, it will continue to mature for years to come. Try waiting a year or more….if you can. We’ll offer samples for tasting ($1 each) and 120 bottles...

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IPA Weekend in Waterbury & Warren Store Tasting

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

With the highly anticipated release of Heady Toppper in bottles happening at the Alchemist this Saturday, December 4th at 11am – Waterbury, Vermont will be a hop-head heaven! For the traveling fans of beer, Lawson’s Finest is pleased to announce our Waterbury debut on tap! Beginning Friday afternoon, across the street from the Alchemist, the Blackback Pub and Flyshop will be offering up Lawson’s Paradise Ale on draught. Amber, chewy and aromatic, this brew is dry-hopped with Amarillo. Back across and up the street just a few buildings, Lawson’s will also have the Chinooker’d IPA pouring over at the Resevoir resaturant and pub. Both places will be open on Saturday morning! Check at each establishment for hours. As if you needed further enticement, at the Blackback Pub also offer’s Shaun Hill’s hoppy wonders, where you’ll find this weekend the Hill Farmstead’s beautiful Edward and Abner double IPA. Ahhhhh the...

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Hoptoberfest

Posted on Oct 9, 2010 in Our Beer

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

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Bad blogger!

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

OK, you already know the bad news: I’m a bad blogger these days. A blog is only relevant if you update it regulary! Not to mention the ‘bound-fo-fail’ curse of a New Year’s Resolution (to blog more often….) Photo credit: (c) Megan Shultz The good news is I’ve been a busy brewer, which means more people enjoying more Lawson’s Finest ales than ever before! Plus a few very special projects are now in the works that have been taking up a great deal of my time. So here’s a glimpse of few exiting things at Lawson’s Finest. I do indeed hope to get more complete details here in the near future. ON DECK: Summer! Festival Season is here. We poured the Brattleboro Brewers Festival and upcoming are The Vermont Brewer’s Festival (wait till you see the line of LFL brews!) on July 16-17, The VT Cheesemakers Festival at Shelburne...

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Maple Tripple – 2010 World Beer Cup Winner!

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 in Awards, Our Beer

Yes, you read that right. Our tiny 1bbl brewery, competing against breweries from around the globe scored a medal! Maple Tripple – Specialty Beer category – 2010 World Beer Cup® – Bronze Medal!!!! The World Beer Cup® is now the largest and perhaps most prestigious commercial beer competition in the world! Here’s the official word from the Brewers Association: “Brewers from six continents earned awards from an elite international panel of judges this week in the 2010 Brewers Association World Beer Cup – the world’s largest-ever commercial beer competition. The eighth bi-annual competition announced awards to brewers from 19 countries ranging from Australia and Italy to Iceland and Japan. This year, 642 breweries from 44 countries and 47 U.S. states vied for awards with 3,330 beers entered in 90 beer style categories.”Lawson’s tiny Vermont brewery, in a state known for its Maple Syrup, pulled off an unlikely victory, by...

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Quick Update

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

Hey all, BIG thanks to every one that celebrated our 2nd Anniversary with us (whether you were there in person or not!) Just to let you know, as usual we are working hard to keep the ever-elusive supply of bottles on the shelf at the Warren Store, where it seems to disappear daily. Coming for this weekend, (2 bottle limit) is the fresh batch of Hopzilla Double IPA and the Fayston Maple Imperial Stout. The Permagrin Rye Pale Ale will be quick on their heels, followed by a new twist on the Crooked Cabin Ale next week. Yes, I like to tinker with recipes, so if it seems different…it is! On tap now: Mad River Glen – Fayston Maple Imperial Stout American Flatbread, Waitsfield (Fri, Sat eves) – Permagrin Rye Pale Ale Pitcher Inn, Warren – Crooked Cabin Ale (as of 3/26) Common Man, Warren – Permagrin Pale Ale...

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SWEET 16!

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 in Awards

Hey Friends great news! Lawson’s Finest Liquids – Chinooker’d IPA has advanced to Round 4 and the Sweet 16 in the National IPA Championship!!!! 128 beers started this tournament and only 16 competitors are left. The grand titan of American IPA’s is up next against Lawson’s – Union Jack IPA from Firestone Walker in California is the reigning champion, two years running, of the Great American Beer Fest. Cheer us on all the way! Don’t forget – this Saturday March 6 – Montpelier Farmers Market and Wed. March 17, Lawson’s 2nd Anniversary Party at Mad River...

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2010 National IPA Championship

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 in Awards

Lawson’s Finest Liquids is pleased to participate in the 3rd Annual National IPA Championship held by Brewing News! This head-to-head competition pits the best India Pale Ales from around the country in a round robin style tournament to crown the champ. 128 entries started the competition two weeks ago, and now 32 remain – including our own Chinooker’d IPA! In the first round, the Chinooker’d knocked off the esteemed Rouge Brewery’s Brutal Bitter, and in the second round we won out against a smaller brewery out of Washington – Black Raven Brewing’s Trickster IPA. You can check out all the match-ups at www.brewingnews.com/nipac, where you can also follow our progress, and even print out a hoops-style bracket for the beer world’s version of March Madness! BREWING UPDATES The President’s week holiday brought many visitors, skiers, riders, and beer lovers to the Mad River Valley! As a result, Lawson’s supply...

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Montpelier Farmers Market – Batch 100!

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

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

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What a Year!

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

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

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Jeezum, October?!

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

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

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Big Brew Day!

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 in Our Beer

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

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Summer’s Almost Here

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

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

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Papelblonde Baby!

Posted on Apr 16, 2009 in Our Beer

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

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Got Hops?

Posted on Feb 7, 2009 in Our Beer

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

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Posted on Jan 30, 2009 in Our Beer

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

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Big Hapi is back

Posted on Jan 26, 2009 in Our Beer

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

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Beer Update

Posted on Jan 17, 2009 in Our Beer

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

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New beer for the new year

Posted on Jan 10, 2009 in Our Beer

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

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Happy 2009!

Posted on Jan 4, 2009 in Our Beer

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

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