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July Beer News

Posted by on Jul 1, 2017 in beer fests, our beer, our events | Comments Off on July Beer News

July Beer News

BEER DELIVERIES Starting July 1, a batch of Rhubarb Basil Saison will be released in bottles and draft in Vermont. This springtime brew uses Pilsner, Munich, and Wheat malts, with 40 pounds of fresh local rhubarb and a hearty dose of fresh local basil then fermented with a French Saison yeast for a dry finish. Bottles will be available 7/1 at Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury, 7/6 at Warren Store and Hunger Mountain Co-op, and 7/7 at Beverage Warehouse. Beginning July 11, Maple Nipple will be released in bottles and draft. It’s a big and rich maple ale loaded with Vermont’s finest maple syrup from start to finish. Our hearty Vermont Maple ale is a unique and tasty brew that is smooth and strong so watch out! Bottles will be available 7/11 at Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury, 7/13 at Warren Store and Hunger Mountain Co-op, and 7/14 at Beverage Warehouse. Hopzilla Double IPA quenches your thirst beginning July 20 (bottles and draft). This monster of an India Pale Ale will make you pucker up! Loaded with high-alpha US grown Summit, Amarillo, Centennial and Cascadian hops. This brawny, dry hopped ale is wicked strong and will terrorize your taste buds, but has enough malt backbone to balance the intense bitterness. Bottles will be available 7/20 at Warren Store and Hunger Mountain Co-op, and 7/21 at Beverage Warehouse, and 7/25 at Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury. Idaho 7 IPA makes an appearance starting July 27 (bottles and draft). Brewed with copious additions of Idaho 7, this single-hop American IPA features a new experimental variety. Hop growers describe the character as apricot and orange combined with black tea and a subtle herbal note. Bottles will be available 7/27 at Warren Store and Hunger Mountain Co-op, and 7/28 at Beverage Warehouse, and 8/1 at Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury. During this month, you’ll find fresh batches of Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #2 (cans and draft) around the states of Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Expected in early August are our new cans and draft of Super Session #8! Super Session #2 is brewed with Amarillo hops, while Super Session #8 is brewed with Mosaic hops. We are thrilled to add Metro New York City to our distribution areas! We’ve chosen Sarene Craft Beer Distributors to deliver limited amounts regularly of Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #2 (draft & cans). Look for it at your favorite Metro NYC craft beer account! SPECIAL EVENTS July 21 & 22 is the Vermont Brewers Festival on beautiful Lake Champlain in Burlington. Tickets remain for the Friday daytime session so buy yours now! Lawson’s Finest will be pouring all of the fan favorites (Hopzilla IPA, Space in Between, Idaho 7 IPA, Maple Nipple Ale, Bit o’ Balsam IPA, Rhubarb Basil Saison, Super Session #2 and Sip of Sunshine IPA). Plus there will be two special beers only available at the Festival! On Friday at Session 1, we will be tapping a special keg of 2015 Maple Tripple Ale, our three-time Specialty Ale winner at the World Beer Cup (2010, 2012, 2016)! On Friday at Session 2, Sean will be tapping a special cask of Super Session #8, double dry hopped with Mosaic and infused with blood orange! Lawson’s Finest was honored to be invited as a guest brewer to the Maine Brewers Guild Beer Festival on July 29 in Portland.  The Maine Brewers’ Guild Summer Session is the biggest brewfest in Maine and your best chance to try Maine’s best beers, and beers from out-of-state breweries who don’t normally sell their beer in Maine. The recent batch of our award winning Maple Tripple is bottled and resting comfortably. Stay tuned for details on our anticipated...

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June Beer News

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in beer fests, our beer, our events | Comments Off on June Beer News

June Beer News

BEER DELIVERIES Starting June 15, you will find draft and bottles of Bit o’ Balsam American IPA (6.5% abv), a brand new beer featuring wild crafted Balsam Fir tips harvested at high elevations in the Green Mountains, with citrus & piney hops including Cascade, Centennial and Simcoe. Lawson’s Finest will donate a portion of all proceeds from Bit o’ Balsam IPA to Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) to benefit research and conservation efforts of the endangered Bicknell’s Thrush, one of the region’s highest conservation priority migratory songbirds. Bottles will be available 6/15 at Warren Store and Hunger Mountain Co-op, 6/16 at Beverage Warehouse and 6/20 at Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury. Starting June 22, the latest batch of Space in Between will be released in bottles and draft in Vermont. Bottles will be available 6/22 at Warren Store and Hunger Mountain Co-op, 6/23 at Beverage Warehouse and 6/27 at Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury. During this month, you’ll find fresh batches of Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #2 (cans and draft) around the states of Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts. SPECIAL EVENTS June 10th is the Sugarbush Brew Grass festival where we will pour Super Session #2, Kiwi Double IPA, Double Sunshine IPA, and Rico Poivre Rye Peppercorn Saison. Look for us at a swanky new tent set up courtesy of our friends at Umbrella Bars USA! On June 17th join Brewer and Naturalist Sean Lawson as well as Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE) biologists from 10:30am – 2:30pm at Mad River Glen (MRG) for a hike to the summit of Stark Mountain in search of the elusive Bicknell’s Thrush and to learn about songbirds that inhabit both the northern hardwood and high elevation spruce-fir forests of Stark Mountain. Wear waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear, and bring protection against the possibility of black flies. The hike will be cancelled in the case of steady rain. Also on June 17th from 3-6pm MRG will host a fundraiser for VCE with a full pub menu (including prime rib starting at 4:30!), quenching drinks and rocking music by Peace in the Valley. Suggested donation of $10 goes directly to the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Lawson’s Finest will debut a new draft beer, Bit o’ Balmsam IPA, and a portion of all the beer proceeds will be donated to VCE to benefit research and conservation efforts of the endangered Bicknell’s Thrush (one of the region’s highest conservation priority migratory songbirds). Sean Lawson has been a steadfast volunteer for the Mountain Birdwatch program where he conducts an annual bird survey at dawn high in the peaks of the Green Mountains. Sean has been fortunate enough to witness the Bicknell Thrush’s unique & beautiful song for nearly 15 years! It’s race day June 29th! At 7pm Thunder Road in Barre will host the “Brewers Cup” featuring many local Vermont brewers including Sean Lawson! Come cheer on the brewers as they race around the track to the finish line! The recent batch of our award winning Maple Tripple will be bottled the end of this month. Stay tuned for details on our anticipated late summer release! Celebrate Father’s Day with the special man in your life by purchasing some of our swag to show off his Lawson’s Finest pride! It’s sure to be a hit, so order early to receive your goods before Father’s Day June...

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May Beer News

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in beer fests, mad river valley, our beer, our events | Comments Off on May Beer News

May Beer News

The first week of May brings the Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia PA. Lawson’s Finest will be making a splash with cans and draft of Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #2 throughout the week at area retail and draft establishments! There will be a special Lawson’s tapping and meet the Brewer on Wednesday May 4th from 6-8pm at Fountain Porter, and they’ll also be selling to-go cans of Sip of Sunshine IPA & Super Session #2! Inquire with your favorite Philly retailer to see if they’ll be selling Lawson’s Finest. (Sorry but we don’t have exact Philly draft & retail locations). In Vermont the week of May 2nd, you’ll find bottles of Chinooker’d IPA at Beverage Warehouse of Vermont, Warren Store, and Hunger Mountain Coop. There is also limited draft at select locations including Prohibition Pig, The Farmhouse Tap & Grill, Blackback Pub, Three Penny Taproom and The Mad Taco. In Vermont the week of May 9th, you’ll find bottles of Spring Fever Session IPA and limited draft (bottles and draft at same locations listed above). Both VT and CT locations can expect Sip of Sunshine IPA brewed fresh twice this month, and Super Session #2 brewed once this month to keep your palates quenched. Keep your eye out this summer for the release of the 2015 Maple Tripple, our award winning beer that is enticing, rich, complex and defies easy description. Our ‘once-a-year beer’ is brewed only during sugaring season with 100% maple sap from our local friends in VT. No water added! Just barley, hops, and ale yeast. In 2010 the Maple Tripple received a World Beer Cup® Bronze Medal for the Specialty Beer category. The 2012 Maple Tripple received a World Beer Cup® Silver Medal in the same category. Speaking of this summer, check out all of the fun upcoming events that will feature Lawson’s Finest Liquids! An event that we’re especially honored to be a part of is the 2016 Sierra Nevada Beer Camp! It’ll be here before we know it (June 18th in Boston), so make sure to get your tickets now! Finally, we’d like to THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the Lawson’s Finest 8th Anniversary celebration at the Valley Players Theater in Waitsfield, VT such a successful fundraising event that drew several hundred people from across the Northeast and beyond. Each year, Lawson’s Finest demonstrates our commitment to the local community through ongoing charitable giving, culminating with our Anniversary event. This year, the event raised over $12,180 to be donated to a handful of non-profit organizations, including Hannah’s House, The Warren School PTO, the VT Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and the Mad River Valley Food Shelf. Sean Lawson says, “Our success wouldn’t be possible without so many fans who support our brand, as well as our local retailers and restaurants who have an ongoing commitment to serving Lawson’s...

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September beer events!

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in beer fests, collaborations, mad river valley, our beer, our events, SIPtemberfest | Comments Off on September beer events!

September beer events!

September in Vermont is the perfect time to enjoy cold beers, cool nights and good friends. Please check out the listing of the upcoming beer events that feature Lawson’s Finest Liquids! Also, on September 19th from 3-7 pm, check out the Otter Creek HarvestFest which will feature the official release of our collaboration beer Double Dose IPA! And for those of you lucky folks who are attending the Great American Beer Festival in Colorado September 24-26, you should seek out the Lawson’s Finest Liquids booth to find 5 beer varieties that will be poured for your...

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July beer deliveries

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in beer fests, collaborations, our beer, our events | Comments Off on July beer deliveries

July beer deliveries

In CT the week of July 13th you’ll find a fresh delivery of Sip of Sunshine IPA (cans & draft) and Super Session #2 (cans debut & draft). We are so excited to put more Lawson’s Finest in your hands in a lightweight and convenient 12 ounce can format! In VT the week of July 13th you’ll find a fresh delivery of Sip of Sunshine IPA (cans & draft) and Super Session #2 (cans debut & draft). For our special Summer Celebration on 7/11, ticket holders will receive a case of special limited edition Sip of Sunshine IPA in 22oz bottles! The Sip bottles will also be available in limited amounts in various retail stores in Vermont. We will also celebrate the Vermont Brewers Fest by offering limited draft of Equinox IPA and draft of Spruce Tip IPA (Collaboration with Vermont Pub & Brewery). There will also be a limited release of Spruce Tip IPA available in bottles at Vermont Pub & Brewery; Beverage Warehouse; Hunger Mountain Coop and The Warren Store. And drum roll please…..there will be a limited bottle release of our award winning Maple Tripple at Beverage Warehouse; Hunger Mountain Coop and The Warren Store. In VT the week July 20th you’ll find the ever quenching Sip of Sunshine IPA & Super Session #2 in both cans and draft, as well as a new collaboration with our friends from Carrier Roasting Company called Carrier Sessions (a mild dark ale brewed with coffee ~4%abv) which will be found on draft only. In VT the week July 27th you’ll find Sip of Sunshine IPA & Super Session #2 in both cans and draft, as well as a limited amount of Mosaic IPA in bottles and...

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

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in beer fests, collaborations, farmers markets, mad river valley, our beer, our events, special events | Comments Off on Week of 9/18 Deliveries and other FYI’s!

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 Dose IPA! * Saturday The Grift 15th Anniversary party  at Mad River Glen in Fayston, VT. Come dance the evening away and delight your tastebuds with four varieties of Lawson’s Finest – Permagrin Rye Pale Ale; Super Session IPA; Sip of Sunshine IPA; and the debut of a NEW IPA (more details to follow this week!)      ...

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Important news re: SIPtemberfest tickets on sale Aug 4th!

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in beer fests, mad river valley, our events, SIPtemberfest | Comments Off on Important news re: SIPtemberfest tickets on sale Aug 4th!

Important news re: SIPtemberfest tickets on sale Aug 4th!

For those of you hoping to attend SIPtemberfest at Mad River Glen, please check out the link below. Lots of important information regarding purchasing of tickets! http://siptemberfest.com/2014/07/30/ohmigawd-ohmigawd-ohmigawd/

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Lawson’s brews news!

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in beer fests, collaborations, our beer, our events | Comments Off on Lawson’s brews news!

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, and our collaboration with the Vermont Pub and Brewery, Spruce Tip IPA (6.8%)! The Spruce Tip IPA will tentatively also be available in bottles at the VBP.Next up….drum roll please…… Our Sip of Sunshine IPA label has been approved by the TTB! Yeehaw! And SOS 3.0 (that’s batch #3…that I brewed at Two Roadson July 1) will tentatively hit Vermont in 22oz bottles for the Vermont Brewers Festival weekend! Wicked psyched! Each batch will have slight variations in the recipe that you may or may not notice, as I work on getting it exactly the way that I intend. If all goes as planned (and that’s a *big* IF until it is on the truck for delivery to the stores), we hope to debut this beer in 22oz bottles on Saturday July 19th on VT Brewers Fest weekend. It will also continue to be available on draught at our regular accounts in Vermont. We are only producing one batch per month at this time, so for the near term, it will only be available in our current VT accounts. We will post more about our plans for this beer in the next few...

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BeerAdvocate American Craft Beer Festival 2014

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in beer fests, collaborations, our beer, our events | Comments Off on BeerAdvocate American Craft Beer Festival 2014

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 (10.1%)

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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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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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Vermont Brew Fest Week!

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in beer fests, our events | Comments Off on Vermont Brew Fest Week!

Wow, have we got some exciting things in store for you!!! Vermont Spruce Tip IPA collaboration! First and foremost, I’d like to announce our collaboration with the Vermont Pub and Brewery – Vermont Spruce Tip IPA! This beer was brewed in memory of Greg Noonan, who created the first VT spruce tip ale back in 1990 at VPB, of which I was an early fan and inspired me to make at least one spruce beer a year. Our friends at VPB, Steve Polewacyk, Russ Fitzpatrick, and Tommy Noonan joined in the fun to pick new spring growth spruce tips, brew the beer, and just on Monday we bottled it with a special label! You can get your hands on some starting this Friday 7/19 at 11:30am the Vermont Pub and Brewery where we will be doing the official bottle release (note: 4 bottle limit). Vermont Brewers Festival! Next up, this Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 is the 21st edition of the Vermont Brewers Festival and Lawson’s Finest is breaking out all the wares! We’ve got a seven different beers lined up for festival attendees and you can see the list and read descriptions at www.vtbrewfest.com. If you didn’t plan well in advance for tickets, well, sadly then you are out of luck. This year’s festival sold out in record time! (3 days, crazy!). Double Sunshine IPA this week! Yes, indeed, I’ve been brewing madly and timed a double onslaught of Double Sunshine IPA for you! (Pray for actual sunshine too…). That means this week’s deliveries of bottles and draft beer will include more than usual, so hopefully we can make more people happy! Look for bottles to arrive on Thursday at the Warren Store, Friday at the Beverage Warehouse and Hunger Mountain Coop. Draft locations are listed on our website, however the timing of their tapping of the Sunshine is determined at each establishment. Many cheers! –...

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SIPtemberfest!

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in beer fests, mad river valley, our events, SIPtemberfest | Comments Off on SIPtemberfest!

Mad River Valley’s finest beer event returns to Mad River Glen for a 5th year on September 28-29! If you didn’t purchase your tickets for Saturday’s beer tasting event, then start planning ahead for next year! SIPtemberfest is always on the last Saturday in September. Tickets go on sale in early August, and this year they sold out in just a few days. This year’s SIP will feature 19 brewers, Caledonia Spirits distillery, fantastic live music, and array of scrumptious foods, and foliage rides on MRG’s historic single chair. Fortunately, you still have a chance to participate in this fantastic event! New this year is the “Meet the Brewer” dinner on Friday evening in General Stark’s Pub at Mad River Glen. Tickets are available through the SIPtemberfest website (see below). Tickets/Info: http://siptemberfest.com/friday/ The food menu and dual beer tastings are sure to be a delectable treat. Featured brewers Mike Gerhart, of Otter Creek/Wolavers and Sean Lawson of Lawson’s Finest Liquids will be on hand to discuss each course, beer, and pairing, and will be available after the dinner for Q&A. Hope you will join us!...

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Vermont Brewers Festival!

Posted by on Jul 11, 2011 in beer fests, our events | Comments Off on Vermont Brewers Festival!

Vermont Brewers Festival – Friday July 15th and Saturday July 16th UPDATED: Wed. July 13, 8am – ALL SESSIONS SOLD OUT! If you don’t have tickets yet and are planning to go….hurry up and grab one before they are gone! Visit www.vtbrewfest.com. Saturday is already completely sold out and tickets are dwindling for the remaining session on Friday night. As a heads up to our loyals fans: this is the place to be if you want a Lawson’s Finest this week! Due to our tiny capacity, almost all of our available beer will be going to the festival. This means Lawson’s will NOT be on tap at American Flatbread in Waitsfield and the Village Porch in Rochester, VT. There will be very limited number of bottles at the Warren Store, however, there is plenty of our collaboration beer, Acer Quercus available at the Warren Store, The Hunger Mtn. Coop, and starting this Wed. July 13 at the Beverage Warehouse in Winooski. See below for info on our release party for Acer Quercus on 7/13 at the Farmhouse Taproom and Grill in Burlington. Here is our beer list for the festival. Stay hydrated, consume responsibly, savor the flavors, and ENJOY! Hope to see you there – Cheers! 2011 Vermont Brewers Festival — Beer Descriptions Acer Quercus – A collaboration with The Bruery of Palcentia, CA, this brew combines VT maple syrup, CA date sugar, maple-wood smoked malt, malted and chocolate rye, flaked oats, two yeasts, and toasted oak cubes to yield a rich and complex dark ale. “Nanotacular!” 9.5% Triple Play IPA – A trio of hop varieties deliver a symphony of juicy tropical hop flavors, a wonderful bouquet of floral aromas, and just enough malt backbone to stand up to a triple punch of bitterness. Brewed and dry-hopped with Citra, Simcoe, and Centennial. “No batter beer!” 6.5% Liquid Sunshine Ale – Aromatic esters from a Belgian-style yeast combine with ripe fruitiness of American hops to yield a brew with a sip of summer sunshine in every glass! 5.5% Permagrin Rye Pale Ale – This crisp American ale is a dark amber color, with a nice spicy bite from the use of malted, crystal, and toasted flaked rye that will creep up and leave you smiling! A healthy dose of lupulins from Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade and Centennial hops round out this beer. 6% Maple on Brett – Our wild Vermont maple ale is fermented with Brettanomyces bruxellensis wild yeast, imparting a savory twang and sour, horse blanket-like character. Aged one year! FRIDAY NIGHT ONLY. 8.8% (One 5 gallon keg) Chinooker’d IPA CASK – Chockfull of Chinook hops and bursting with pine and citrus aromas and flavors. This hop-bomb is flavorful and bold with a dry finish. Double dry-hopped and cask conditioned. SATURDAY ONLY....

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Vermont Brewers Festival

Posted by on Jul 11, 2010 in beer fests, our events | 2 comments

Oh yes! High season for beer is here. I like to break out all the special stuff for the festivals, especially this one. We sadly and fondly miss Greg Noonan, brewing pioneer of Vermont. This year’s festival is dedicated to him. If you want tickets, get them now. Saturday PM session is almost sold out. http://www.vtbrewfest.com/ 2010 Vermont Brewers Festival — Lawson’s Finest Liquids Local Potion – Our 2010 VBF Collaboration brew with Destiny Saxon of Zero Gravity brewery at American Flatbread Burlington is a Vermont Maple Ale. Our localvore-style ale is brewed with a ‘New Englander’ malted barley grown by Maine’s Potato Growers, with 100% Vermont-grown Cascade hops, a healthy addition of pure Vermont Maple Syrup from Purinton Farm in Huntington, and ZG house ale yeast. A small portion of the grist was house-smoked with Dave Rooke over apple wood, creating a subtle hint of smoky aroma and flavor. ~5.3% abv Noonan’s Tribute – A cask of Local Potion, dry-tipped and naturally carbonated in the firkin with one of Greg’s favorite Vermont ingredients, spring tips of the Red Spruce (Picea rubens) tree! – Tapped at SESSION 2 until it’s gone. ~5.3% abv Weiss-K Wheat Bier – A German style hefeweizen that is best when served up fresh and ‘mit hefe’ (with yeast). A delightfully refreshing ale with a delicate fruity aroma and a mild spicy flavor from our special Bavarian wheat yeast. ~5.4% abv Chinooker’d IPA – Our award-winning American-style India Pale Ale recipe is chockfull of Chinook hops and bursting with pine and citrus aromas and flavors. This hop-bomb is flavorful and bold with a dry finish. ~6.9% abv Maple on Brett – A wild Vermont maple ale! Our Maple Nipple Ale base recipe fermented with Brettanomyces bruxellensis wild yeast, imparting a savory twang and sour, horse blanket-like character. 8.8% abv Maple-barrel aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout – Brewed with over two gallons of Maple Syrup per bbl and loaded with roasted barley and black patent malts. This beer is then carefully aged in Saxton River Distillery’s Sapling Maple Liquor barrels made of American Oak. ~ 11% abv – SESSION 1 ONLY Bourbon-barrel aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout – Brewed with over two gallons of Maple Syrup per bbl and loaded with roasted barley and black patent malts. This beer is then carefully aged in Maker’s Mark bourbon barrels made of American Oak. ~ 11% abv – SESSION 2 ONLY Vanilla Espresso Woodchuck Stout – A hearty American-style stout brewed with flaked barley and oats, then infused with fresh Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ espresso and vanilla beans. ~5% abv – SESSION 3...

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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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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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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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Harvest Time

Posted by on Sep 2, 2009 in beer fests, our events, SIPtemberfest, special events | 1 comment

Is that the sound of crickets chirping?? Yes indeed! Not sure if its just the silence on this blog, or by jeezum its already September! Summer does have a way of getting crazy busy and going waaaay to fast! Its been a whirlwind since the VT brewers fest, and Lawson’s has lots of great things in store for you. Literally, IN the store! I did a beer tasting at the Warren Store this past Saturday, 8/29, and offered up six varieties, including a limited release of the 2009 Maple Tripple Ale (10.1% abv). Those few bottles, (out of only 200 made for this year) are now on the shelf at the Warren Store, along with some bombers of a special batch of Big Hapi India Black Ale that I brewed for Kenny & Jenny’s wedding (ala Alchemist fame). Also in the cooler at the Warren Store is the Maple Nipple Ale and Papelblonde Ale. Tomorrow, I’ll deliver more Maple Nipple Ale and the Crooked Cabin brown ale which is only available for a short time…too many other beers to make to get back to that brew anytime soon! At our regular draft accounts, look for the Maple Nipple at the Common Man restaurant, Weiss-K wheat bier (hefe) at the Pitcher Inn, The blonde Porch Pint at the Village Porch, and Chinooker’d IPA at American Flatbread in Waitsfield this weekend. What’s exciting and new you ask? LOTS! I say. I’m very excited about SIPtemberfest 2009, a beer tasting event I am helping to organize at Mad River Glen (mini-brewfest) on Sat. Sept. 26! I just brewed my fall Stony Hill Fresh Hop Harvest Ale yesterday! I used about 2 lbs of my own Willammette hops, grown just a few feet from the brewery, harvested and dried on-site (thanks for the help pickin’ Dave!) for the finish on this light american ale. Today, I brewed my fall wheat bier, a German Dunkelweiss. If you have any creative names, let me know by email! I will post more details about the MRG event soon. Until next...

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VERMONT BREWERS FESTIVAL! July 17-18, 2009

Posted by on Jul 17, 2009 in beer fests, our events | 1 comment

Hey all, Here we go! Hope to see you there….time for blast off! VT BREWFEST – LAWSONS FINEST SCHEDULE/STAFFFRIDAY PM – SERVING 6-10 PM.Beers POURING 1. Chinooker’d IPA 2. Fayston Maple Imperial Stout 3. Papelblonde Ale 4. Red Spruce Bitter (English style yeast) 5. Hopzilla Double IPA 6. Brettzilla – Hopzilla finished with on Brettanomyces. Slight wild/sour character 7. Chinooker’d IPA – cask conditioned BACK UP BEERS – to be tapped when above runs out **2009 Maple Tripple SATURDAY DAY – SERVING 12-4 PM1. Chinooker’d IPA 2. Fayston Maple Imperial Stout 3. Weiss-K wheat bier 4. Red Spruce Bitter (American style yeast) 5. Hopzilla Double IPA 6. Maple Saison – Belginan-style maple ale finished with Brettanomyces. Slight wild/sour character. 7. Chinooker’d IPA – cask conditioned SATURDAY NIGHT – SERVING 6-10 PM1. Chinooker’d IPA 2. Fayston Maple Imperial Stout 3. Weiss-K wheat bier 4. Papelblonde Ale 5. Hopzilla Double IPA 6. Maple Saison – Belginan-style maple ale finished with Brettanomyces. Slight wild/sour character. (IF LEFT from earlier session) 7. Chinooker’d IPA – cask conditioned BACK UP BEERS – **2009 Farmhouse Rye___________________________________________________________________________________________Lawson’s Finest Liquids, BEER DESCRIPTIONS – VT Brewers Fest. 7/17 & 7/18 Chinooker’d IPA – Our award-winning India Pale Ale is a hop lover’s delight, chock full of citrusy and resinous Chinook goodness! Careful, more than one will getcha schnocker’d! ~ 7.2% a/v (ALSO available cask-style, carbonated naturally in the keg!) Fayston Maple Imperial Stout – A huge, rich, and strong stout brewed with a maple twist. Designed to keep you warm on sub-zero nights and for sipping with a fine meal or dessert. ~10.1% a/v Weiss-K – One of our lightest offerings, this German style wheat bier is best served up fresh and ‘mit hefe’ (with yeast). Bursting with fruity aromas and a hint of spice from our weizen yeast. ~5.0% a/v Papelblonde Ale – Light in color, yet big in flavor, our American blonde ale is part of a tribute to our favorite New England baseball team! It offers a bright clean flavor and crisp finish, but packs a hoppy twist. ~5.4% a/v Red Spruce Bitter – A special seasonal brew made just for the VT Brewers Fest! Infused with fresh spring buds and sprigs of the red spruce tree, a dash of cinnamon, with a light body and refreshing zest. ~ 4.9% a/v Hopzilla Double IPA – This monster of an India Pale Ale will make you pucker up! Loaded with high-alpha US grown hops and enough malt backbone to balance the intense bitterness. Dry hopped and wicked strong to terrorize your taste buds. ~8.7% a/v Maple Tripple— Enticing, rich and complex. This creation defies easy description. Brewed with 100% Lawson’s Finest maple sap and an extra addition of maple syrup to send you over the edge! ~10.1% a/v 2009 Farmhouse Rye – Brewed once a year, this brew using rye, barley and wheat borrows from Wallonian tradition in creating a unique ‘house brew’. Fermented with a Belgian Saison yeast, finished with a champagne yeast for extra dryness, carefully aged and bottle conditioned. ~9.0% a/v Brettzilla – Hopzilla Double IPA, finished and aged on Brettanomyces ~8.7% a/v Maple Saison – Maple Tripple base beer, fermented with a saison yeast, and finished with Brettanomyces....

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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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Lots-O-Brew News

Posted by on May 1, 2009 in beer fests, farmers markets, our events | 1 comment

Hi all, Pressed for time as always these days…in a flash format here’s an update. (Couldn’t resist posting the cute photo of Jade Carolyn 🙂 Well-stocked Warren Store has Weiss-K wheat bier, Chinooker’d IPA, and Hopzilla Double IPA on the shelf right now. Papelblonde Ale on the way soon. Comman Man and Pitcher Inn re-open after mud-season hiatus with Maple Nipple Ale and Papelblonde Ale respectively. The spring “Porch Pint” is the Maple Nipple Ale, down in Rochester at the Village Porch. This weekend (5/1-2), Flatbread in Waitfield will be pouring the Papelblonde. Went to the Craft Brewer’s Conference in Boston last week…great time, super contacts, and whoa, the beer! This visit got me jump started on the next round of improvments to Lawson’s Finest, with new taphandles, glasses, and possibly equipment by this fall. WAITSFIELD FARMERS MARKET May 16th is the first date of the Waitsfield Farmer’s Market…and I’ll be there offering tastings and bottles for sale! This year’s dates are scheduled to be as follows: May 16, May 30, June 13, June 27, August 1, October 17, and October 24. VERMONT BREWER’S FESTIVAL — July 17 & 18 I am psyched to be part of this fantastic festival for my second year. Making the leap from the VIP tent (RIP…) to the main event. There are many exciting changes in store for this year’s festival to improve the experience for beer lovers and brewers alike. Tickets go on-sale on May 15 and the fest is sure to sell out. Click on the link above to visit the official VBA website for more detailed info on the fest and online tix sales. If you are interested in volunteering at the festival, go to the VBA website. If you are intested and volunteering for Lawson’s Finest, get in touch with me. GUEST BREW I can’t tell you how excited (and grateful) I am about this one….we are working on arrangement for me to be a guest brewer at another Vermont brewery, which will allow me to brew up a BIG batch (whoohooo!) and provide an adequate volume of beer (like 4+ barrels!) for the Brewer’s fest. It also means Lawson’s Finest will debut as a guest beer on tap at one of Vermon’t fine brewing establishments. Once we nail down the details, I’ll reveal a bit more info on this one. That’s all for...

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