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UPDATED: October 11th Waitsfield Farmers Market

Posted by on Oct 4, 2014 in farmers markets, mad river valley, our beer, our events | Comments Off on UPDATED: October 11th Waitsfield Farmers Market

UPDATED: October 11th Waitsfield Farmers Market

Waitsfield Farmers Market Saturday, October 11th, 9:00am to 1:00pm Beer List Lawson’s Finest/Otter Creek Double Dose IPA (8.7%) – $15/4-pack; Limit 1 CASE (six 4-packs $90) Hopcelot IPA (7.0%) – New! – $8/22oz; Limit 2 Super Session #2 (Amarillo hop) (4.2%) – $7/22oz; Limit 3 Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (10.1%) – $15/750ml; Limit 2 Bourbon Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (Pappy van Winkle; 11%) – $15/375ml; Limit 2 Maple Tripple Ale (2013; 12%) – $25/500ml; Limit 3 How does the market work? When do I show up?…FAQ’S IMPORTANT INFO FOR FARMERS MARKET How does it work? Pick up your beer ticket/order form at one of the hand-out times. It will have a number on it that corresponds to a time range to visit us at the market to purchase your beer. We have a lighted LED sign at our booth that shows the designated number we are currently serving. PLEASE be considerate of the other vendors and patrons at the market. If you have a long wait ahead, we request that do not stand around our booth or occupy the picnic tables for extended periods of times. Please do not block access to the other vendors booths, the number system provides a general time for you to return. Enjoy Waitsfield, VT, support the local businesses and the other incredible vendors at the market offering crafts, cheeses, maple syrup, prepared foods, farm fresh (and organic) vegetables, locally and humanely raised meats, and so much more. Last but not least, be sure to hit up the Mad Taco for some good eats and brew before you leave town! Cheers! 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. The Mad Taco will debut a new breakfast menu for Saturday’s event, including their renowned sausages! At 9am, if any beer tickets remain – the hand-outs will move to the farmers market area. LOOK FOR THE MAN IN THE LAWSON’S SOMBRERO! If any beer remains after all ticket holders have been served, we will be selling that beer on a first-come, first-served basis around 12:30pm. The BEER TICKET numbers will be on an order form with the list of beers and bottle limits so that you can have your order ready (please fill out the form). There is a schedule on the reverse side with the approximate time window to visit our table. We have a lighted LED number sign that is visible from a distance with the current number being served. If you miss your number, you may get into line at the table to be served. Plan to wait at least 1-2 hours after collecting your number before your turn arrives. Plan to shop at the other vendors who will be offering an amazing selection of farm fresh vegetables, meats, cheeses, breads, baked goods, crafts, gifts, maple syrup, and much more! Please do not wait at our table. The market has a limited amount of space, and unless you are actively shopping at other vendors or enjoying some of the prepared foods and beverages at the tables in the green, then you are blocking other customer’s access to vendors at the market. Please also note that the picnic tables at the market are intended for people who are purchasing prepared food and drinks at the market. Please do not sit at the picnics to wait...

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9/20 Waitsfield Farmer’s Market & The Grift party details

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in farmers markets, mad river valley, our beer, our events, special events | Comments Off on 9/20 Waitsfield Farmer’s Market & The Grift party details

9/20 Waitsfield Farmer’s Market & The Grift party details

Waitsfield Farmer’s Market Saturday, September 20th, 9:00am to 1:00pm Beer List Lawson’s Finest/Otter Creek Double Dose IPA (8.7%) – $15/4 pack; Limit 2 four packs Hopcelot IPA (7.0%) – New! – $8/22oz; Limit 2 Permagrin Rye Pale Ale (5.5%) – $7/22oz; Limit 2 Super Session #4 (4.2%) – $7/22oz; Limit 2 Bourbon Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (Pappy van Winkle; 11%) – $15/375ml; Limit 2 Maple Tripple Ale (2013; 12%) – $25/500ml; Limit 2 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. At 9am, if any beer tickets remain – the hand-outs will move to the farmers market area. LOOK FOR THE MAN IN THE LAWSON’S SOMBRERO! If any beer remains after all ticket holders have been served, we will be selling that beer on a first-come, first-served basis around 12:30pm These BEER TICKET numbers will be on an order form with the list of beers and bottle limits so that you can have your order ready (please fill out the form). There is a schedule on the reverse side with the approximate time window to visit our table. We have a lighted LED number sign that is visible from a distance with the current number being served. If you miss your number, you may get into line at the table to be served. We have enough beer so that everyone who gets a numbered ticket will likely have the opportunity to purchase 3 or more varieties of beer. We will only have enough Double Dose IPA to serve the first 135 people. The Maple Tripple and Stout will be available on a first-come first-served basis. The MAD TACO will be hosting a Lawson’s Finest tap take-over! We’ll have 5 Lawson’s beers on tap and a breakfast buffet starts at 8AM. Breakfast is $10/person and cash bar is normal pricing per pour. Plan to wait at least 1-2 hours after collecting your number before your turn arrives. Plan to shop at the other vendors who will be offering an amazing selection of farm fresh vegetables, meats, cheeses, breads, baked goods, crafts, gifts, maple syrup, and much more! Please do not wait at our table. The market has a limited amount of space, and unless you are actively shopping at other vendors or enjoying some of the prepared foods and beverages at the tables in the green, then you are blocking other customer’s access to vendors at the market. Please also note that the picnic tables at the market are intended for people who are purchasing prepared food and drinks at the market. Please do not sit at the picnics to wait for extended periods of time. Beer sales begin at 9am. At the summer outdoor market, we also offer glassware, including our new 16oz Willi Becher, 16oz Pint, and 13oz Belgian-style Tulip, and all glasses will be specially priced at $6 each including VT Sales Tax! Lawson’s Finest does not accept credit cards. Cash or local check only. Thank you.   The Grift’s 15th anniversary party – Lawson’s Finest is a proud sponsor for the festivities Saturday evening. Tickets are selling fast so get yours today and don’t miss out! Tickets are for sale on line and will be for sale at the Friday pop-up sale of Double Dose IPA (Collaboration of Lawson’s Finest...

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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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Farmer’s Market Aug. 23 Cancelled

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in farmers markets, our beer, our events | Comments Off on Farmer’s Market Aug. 23 Cancelled

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 retail and draft accounts over the course of the week. Please visit the Facebook pages of Warren Store, Hunger Mtn. Coop, and Beverage Warehouse to find out exactly when the bottles will be available. We will not be able to provide these details to you directly. Saturday 8/23 will be a special delivery of all the beer that was bottled for the Farmers Market to Village Grocery and Warren Store. This will include: Super Session IPA #3 (Sorachi Ace), Knockout Blonde Ale, and a fresh round of Sip of Sunshine IPA. Each store will receive many cases and determine the bottle limits. Double Sunshine fans – our fresh batch is not bottled and won’t be a part of this week’s deliveries, sorry. Double Sunshine will be bottled next week for deliveries on Aug. 28 and 29. If you have additional questions, please be patient and hold off on contacting us, as we won’t have the answers for you. There are so many reasons to visit the Mad River Valley this weekend including the Vermont Music Festival, which kicks off on Friday August 22 with camping and events at Kenyon’s field, and a full day of events and free music at the festival on Saturday (there is a parking fee). Please visit the link for more information: www.vtmusicfest.com Thanks for all your understanding and continued support! – Sean and...

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Get your Sunshine on August 23rd!

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in farmers markets, mad river valley, our beer, our events | Comments Off on Get your Sunshine on August 23rd!

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 while you wait for the ticket hand-out, a Lawson’s Finest 16oz pint glass, LFL Double Sunshine sticker, and more! A few important details! The ticket hand-out location on August 23rd will be at the Village Grocery (VG) at 4348 Main St, Waitsfield, VT 05673 (not the Mad Taco). The VG will be holding a special event all morning long with coffee samples from Capitol Grounds (starting at the crack of dawn!), a beer tasting, and much more. The VG will also be donating 5% of all the day’s proceeds to the MRVCF along with a number of other local businesses! We plan to hand out tickets at several times to serve the early-risers along with the usual time. Our plan is to hand out tickets at the Village Grocery at 6:30am, 7:30am, and 8:15am. The tickets provide you a place in line to purchase beer at the Farmers Market along with a schedule of approximate times. Please consider a donation of $10 or more to the MRVCF and be rewarded with a bunch of goodies! The beer list for the August 23rd market is as follows: Super Session #3 (Sorachi Ace) (4.2%) – $7/22oz limit of 2/pp Double Sunshine IPA (8%) – $9/22oz limit of 4/pp Maple Tripple Ale (12%) – $25/500ml limit of 4/pp Knockout Blonde Ale (5%) – $7/22oz limit of 2/pp We may have one more beer in store for this market…if it is bottled in time, it will be posted prior to the market. How does it work? Pick up your beer ticket/order form at one of the hand-out times. It will have a number on it that corresponds to a time range to visit us at the market to purchase your beer. We will have enough Double Sunshine IPA for all of the numbered tickets. Other beers may sell-out before your number is called. We have a lighted LED sign at our booth that shows the designated number we are currently serving. PLEASE be considerate of the other vendors and patrons at the market. If you have a long wait ahead, we request that do not stand around our booth or occupy the picnic tables for extended periods of times. Please do not block access to the other vendors booths, the number system provides a general time for you to return. ENJOY Waitsfield, VT, support the local businesses and the other incredible vendors at the market offering crafts, cheeses, maple syrup, prepared foods, farm fresh (and organic) vegetables, locally and humanely raised meats, and so much more. Last but not least, be sure to hit up the Mad Taco for some good eats and brew before you leave town!...

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Happy 4th!

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in farmers markets, our beer, our events | Comments Off on Happy 4th!

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. At 9am, if any beer tickets remain – the hand-outs will move to the farmers market area. LOOK FOR THE MAN IN THE LAWSON’S SOMBRERO! These BEER TICKET numbers will be on an order form with the list of beers and bottle limits so that you can have your order ready (please fill out the form). There is a schedule on the reverse side with the approximate time window to visit our table. We have a lighted LED number sign that is visible from a distance with the current number being served. If you miss your number, you may get into line at the table to be served. We have enough beer so that everyone who gets a numbered ticket will have the opportunity to purchase up to 4 bottles of Double Sunshine IPA. Other beers are more limited in quantity will be available on a first-come first-served basis. The MAD TACO breakfast buffet starts at 8AM and is a fundraiser for the Fowler Family Fund and the Warren Skate park. The buffet is $15/person or $20 with a cask pour of LFL Super Session #2 (Amarillo single hop). Plan to wait at least 1-2 hours after collecting your number before your turn arrives. Plan to shop at the other vendors who will be offering an amazing selection of farm fresh vegetables, meats, cheeses, breads, baked goods, crafts, gifts, maple syrup, and much more! Please do not wait at our table. The market has a limited amount of space, and unless you are actively shopping at other vendors or enjoying some of the prepared foods and beverages at the tables in the green, then you are blocking other customer’s access to vendors at the market. Please also note that the picnic tables at the market are intended for people who are purchasing prepared food and drinks at the market. Please do not sit at the picnics as a place to just hang out. Beer sales begin at 9am. At the summer outdoor market, we also offer glassware, including our new 16oz Willi Becher, 16oz Pint, and 13oz Belgian-style Tulip, and all glasses will be specially priced at $6 each including VT Sales Tax! Lawson’s Finest does not accept credit cards. Cash or local check only. Thank...

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Waitsfield Farmer’s Market July 5th

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in farmers markets, our beer, our events | Comments Off on Waitsfield Farmer’s Market July 5th

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 5th, we will be handing out tickets beginning at 8:00am at the Mad Taco in Waitsfield across the street from the Farmers Market. There is no charge for the numbered ticket – it provides a system to hold your place in line to purchase at beer at the market.  The Mad Taco will be serving a breakfast buffet beginning at 8am and tapping a special cask of Lawson’s Finest (details to be posted next week). There will be a numbered schedule on the reverse side of the number ticket with a beer order form. This is the approximate time for you to visit our booth and purchase your beer. July 5th Beer List Bottle limits will be posted prior to the Market Double Sunshine IPA (8%) – $9/22oz Knockout Blonde Ale (5%) – $7/22oz Super Session IPA #1 (Citra; 4.2%) – $7/22oz 2013 Maple Tripple Ale (new release! – 12%) –...

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

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in farmers markets, mad river valley, our beer, our events | Comments Off on Waitsfield Farmer’s Market – Sat. 5/24/14

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 (8%) I brewed batch #2 several weeks ago and it will be packaged in kegs tomorrow! I refined the recipe slightly and will continue to do so over the next several batches to get it exactly how I’d like it to present. 3. Triple Sunshine IPA (10.5%) – Our first ever batch of this new creation will be first released at the Mad Taco in Waitsfield at 8am with a breakfast buffet, followed by sales of bottles at the Farmer’s Market at 9am. We’ll be tapping a cask of Triple Sunshine IPA at 8am at the Mad Taco and serving it by the glass. You can also collect your numbered ticket for the Farmer’s Market at that time. At 9am, we’ll move over to the market to hand out tickets. 4. The Market – 9am to 1pm while supplies last. We will implement our usual deli-style number system. Starting at 8am we’ll hand out tickets at the Mad Taco in Waitsfield. At 9am and later, you can collect your number at the market. Your numbered ticket includes a beer menu/order form and a schedule that gives you the approximatetime that your number will be called. Full details listed below – Please read on to get all your questions answered! Bottle Menu Triple Sunshine IPA (10.5%) – $12/22oz – Limit 3/person Ava IPA (7%) – $8/22oz bottle – Limit 3/person Spring Fever Session IPA – $7/22oz – Limit 3/person Rum Barrel Aged Maple Imperial Stout – $15/375ml – Limit 2/person Note: All prices include bottle deposit and 6% VT sales tax. Mad River Distillers Rum Barrels and Lawson’s Maple Imperial Stout A match made in sensory heaven! 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 at 8:00am at the Mad Taco in Waitsfield. At 9am, beer ticket hand-outs will move to the market area. LOOK FOR THE MAN IN THE LAWSON’S SOMBRERO! These numbers will be on an order form with the list of beers and bottle limits so that you can have your order ready (please fill out the form). There is a schedule on the reverse side with the approximate time window to visit our table. We have a lighted LED number sign that is visible from a distance with the current number being served. If you miss your number, you may get into line at the table to be served. Plan...

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Montpelier Farmer’s Market – Sat. March 15

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in farmers markets, our events | Comments Off on Montpelier Farmer’s Market – Sat. March 15

Montpelier Farmer’s Market – Sat. March 15

The next Montpelier Farmer’s Market on March 15th from 10am to 2pm will have a VERY LIMITED selection of beer. We do not recommend driving from hours away only for this event. We anticipate the following beers and limits. Please see detailed instructions below. Double Sunshine IPA (8.0%/22oz) – 2 bottle limit/person Sticky Ale (bourbon barrel-aged Maple Nipple; 9%/375ml) – 2 bottle limit/person Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (10%/750ml) – 1 bottle limit/person IMPORTANT INFO FOR FARMERS MARKET Early arrivals (before 10am) – PLEASE do not park in front of the VT College Gym or the lot adjacent to the building. These areas are essential to vendors loading/unloading for the market. We will have a deli-style number system in place and will begin handing out numbered tickets at 8:00am near the entrance to the VT College Gym. These numbers will be on an order form with the list of beers and bottle limits so that you can have your order ready (please fill out the form). There is a schedule on the reverse side with the approximate time window to visit our table. We have a lighted LED number sign that is visible from a distance with the current number being served. If you miss your number, you may present it anytime after the current customers at the table are served. Plan to wait at least 1-2 hours after collecting your number before your turn arrives. Plan to shop at the other vendors who will be offering an amazing selection of farm fresh foods, meats, and cheeses, crafts, holiday gifts, maple syrup, and much more! If you arrive before the market opens, please visit downtown Montpelier after you pick up your number. You may not wait at or near our table. The winter indoor market has a limited amount of space, and unless you are actively shopping at other vendors or enjoying some of the prepared foods and beverages at the tables in the gym, then you are blocking other customer’s access to vendors at the market. Beer sales begin at 10am. We do not offer any merchandise (glassware, t-shirts, etct) at the Farmer’s Market. Lawson’s Finest does not accept credit cards. Cash or local check only. Thank...

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March 4 beer news

Posted by on Mar 2, 2014 in farmers markets, our events | Comments Off on March 4 beer news

March 4 beer news

Hi Folks, Just a quick update to let you know a few things. 1. This week’s beer selection is Double Sunshine IPA. PLEASE NOTE: This Thursday’s (3/6) deliveries to the Mad River Valley will be not be made until end of day. The Warren Store will receive their delivery of bottles before closing at 6pm. Some draft accounts may not receive their beer until Friday 3/7. 2. The 39th Annual NATO Telemark Festival is this Saturday and Sunday March 8th-9th at Mad River Glen!!! We will be debuting a special beer brewed just for this event – Three Pin Grin IPA!!! Enjoy at the General Stark’s Pub all weekend long, or join in the fun at the Telemark party on Saturday at 4pm on third floor of the basebox with live music from Guy Burlage and the Freeheelers, plus plenty of draft beer! (Note: Telemark ticket required for party, includes one beer). 3. The next Montpelier Farmer’s Market on March 15th will have a VERY LIMITED selection of beer. We do not recommend driving from hours away only for this event. We anticipate the following beers and limits (note: subject to change – updated blog post before market). Double Sunshine IPA (8.0%/22oz) – 2 bottle limit/person Sticky Ale (bourbon barrel-aged Maple Nipple; 9%/375ml) – 2 bottle limit/person Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (10%/750ml) – 1 bottle...

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

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

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

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Happy New Year!

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

Happy New Year!

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

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

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

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

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

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Updated market info

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

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

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Waitsfield Farmer’s Market – Sat. 9/21

Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in farmers markets, mad river valley, our events | Comments Off on Waitsfield Farmer’s Market – Sat. 9/21

Yes, we’ll be there…with Double Dose IPA! What an exciting day! Per usual, we’ll be at the market 9am-1pm for sales. 8am we’ll start handing out numbered tickets (order forms). These will serve to hold a place for you so that you can return to buy your beer without waiting in line. For example, we generally can serve at least one person per minute. We start with number 1 at 9:00am. So, if you get #60, come back at 10:00am and no wait! (Times are approximate). Otter Creek Brewing will be having a big throw-down and Oktoberfest party along with the official release of our beer in Middlebury. PLEASE NOTE: Purchase limits for the Double Dose IPA will be posted at the end of day Friday, when we know how many cases made it into bottles. Here’s the beer list: OCB/LFL – DOUBLE DOSE IPA!!! (8.5%) Limit: to be announced The limit on beers listed below is 4 bottles per variety, per person. Please also note that we do not accept credit cards. Warren Store Maple Wheat Ale (4.2%) – $7/22oz Steve’s Backyard Red Ale (5.5%) – $7/22oz Chinooker’d IPA (6.9%) – $8/22oz Big Hoppy Black Ale (7.5%) – $9/22oz Kiwi Double IPA (8.1%) – $9/22oz 2012 Maple Tripple Ale (12%) –...

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Waitsfield Farmer’s Market – Sat. June 8th

Posted by on Jun 7, 2013 in farmers markets, mad river valley, our events |

Greetings all!Here is the list for the Waitsfield Farmers Market tomorrow on Route 100, Mad River Green from 9 am to 1 pm (while it lasts!). Please note, the market is a rain or shine event, prepare for the weather. We will make numbered tickets available starting at 8am for the early risers to secure a place in line. This is a deli-style number system, with a lighted sign to tell you what customer number we are serving. Bottle Limit = 4 per person/per variety (NOTE: limits may change due to turnout) Jack’s Abby/Lawson’s Finest Smoked Maple Lager(5.9%) – $5/16.9oz (NO LIMIT)Spring Fever Session IPA (3.8%) – $7/22ozParadise Pale Ale (5.0%) – $7/22ozChinooker’d IPA – $8/22ozDouble Sunshine IPA (8.0%) – $9/22oz Jack’s Abby Events! We welcome our friends from Jack’s Abby brewery in Framingham, MA as they debut a number of their beers in Vermont this weekend at several locations, including our collaboration, the Smoked Maple Lager. Jack’s Abby specializes in craft lagers and they are truly outstanding at what they do! Beers on draught will include their flagship, Hoponius Union, Smoke and Dagger Black Lager, Leisure Time Wheat Lager and of course, the Smoked Maple Lager. Look for them at the following locations: Thursday, June 6 – Prohibition Pig, Waterbury, VTFriday, June 7 – Farmhouse Tap & Grill, Burlington, VTSaturday, June 8 – Three Penny Taproom, Montpelier, VTSaturday, June 8 – Worthy Burger, S. Royalton,...

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Farmer’s Market – Sat. Jan. 19th

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in farmers markets, mad river valley, our events | Comments Off on Farmer’s Market – Sat. Jan. 19th

After the huge turnout for our December market, we have some changes planned to hopefully make your experience better and the overall flow work more smoothly. We plan to have a sign outside the venue that states “beer line only” along with our Lawson’s logo. We will start handing out numbered order slips at 8:30 am outside the gym. These slips will have an approximate schedule of time (eg #1-12 = 10:00am to 10:15am etc.) along with a list of the beers that we have available and prices so that your order organized when arriving at the table. We will have a bright red “NOW SERVING” number sign at/behind the table with the number that we are serving that will be visible from a distance, so that folks can simply get a number to secure a place in line and either come back to market later or browse and shop from other vendors before their number is called. If someone misses their number, we will honor their number by joining the end of line at the table. However, due to the space constraints of the indoor market, we cannot not allow more than a few people to gather at our vending table at any time. Please be mindful of not blocking other vendors tables while you wait. While at the Farmer’s Market, please support the other vendors as well as businesses in Montpelier. This Saturday is Meat Day and there are eight different farms offering an amazing range of Vermont-raised meats! You will also find fresh, winter, and canned vegetables, wine and mead, great cheeses, prepared foods, breads and baked goods, maple syrup, honey, crafts and more! There will be a 4 bottle limit per variety of beer (limit of 2 for Kiwi DIPA), per person, with a total limit of one case per person. A list of beers with descriptions can be found below. Red Spruce Bitter – $7/22oz Paradise Pale Ale – $7/22oz Chinooker’d IPA – $8/22oz Kiwi Double IPA – (limit 2 – only 10 cases) – $9/22oz  Maple Nipple Ale – $9/22oz 2011 Lost Meadow Cider (limit 2) – $10/22oz Cask tapping at Three Penny Taproom! We will be finishing the afternoon with a special tapping of a pin (cask) of Double dry-hopped Chinooker’d IPA at the Three Penny Taproom at 3pm! Can’t...

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Wow…Thank you! and Sorry!

Posted by on Dec 16, 2012 in farmers markets |

We are humbled and amazed at yesterday’s turnout at the Montpelier Farmer’s Market – Thank you! We also want to say “sorry” to anyone who was not able to purchase the bottles you were seeking, and for having to change the bottle limit during the market. We anticipated a busy day with it being the holiday market just before Christmas, however, we also brought double the number of cases that we have ever been able to get to a market in the past. That is part of the reason we raised the limit to six bottles. At many previous markets we brought half as many cases and at four bottle limit, we were ending the day with some cases left – everyone had a chance to buy bottles and after the first hour of the market, when the big rush typically occurs, there was often little to no line or wait. Hence my request to not arrive early….as it is cold outside and the indoor farmers market cannot accommodate a long line inside. Our sincere apologies to anyone who left disappointed. We began offering our beer at the farmer’s market at a way for us to have some retail sales (since we are unable to have tours, tastings or sales at our brewery due to our location), but more importantly to offer sample tastings and meet and greet our customers. With such a huge line, yesterday was the first time we were unable to accommodate sample tastings. For now we will be returning to the four bottle limit and working with the market manager to modify our system of crowd management to ensure that the system is both fair and that we do our best to keep people from waiting in the cold for a long period of time. The Lawson’s thank you for you support! – Sean and...

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A Look Ahead….

Posted by on Nov 29, 2012 in farmers markets, our beer |

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

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Farmers Market Update 10/6

Posted by on Oct 6, 2012 in farmers markets, mad river valley, our events |

In the bottle today…delivered to you tomorrow! Hopzilla Double IPA on the way! Fresh, hazy and might tasty! Hope to see you there

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Waitsfield Farmers Market FINALE! Oct. 6th

Posted by on Oct 1, 2012 in farmers markets, mad river valley, our events | Comments Off on Waitsfield Farmers Market FINALE! Oct. 6th

Well folks, SIPtemberfest was a blast and a resounding success! Thanks to all of you who came out to Mad River Glen for our inaugural “Meet the Brewer” dinner on Friday night with Otter Creek/Wolaver’s brewmaster Mike Gerheart and Lawson’s Finest brewer Sean Lawson. The food and beer pairings were nothing short of amazing! Saturdays sold-out festival event was splendid as well. To top it off, we tapped a cask of Triple Play IPA at the Hostel Tevere after-party on Saturday. Here’s a photo of our SIP brewers, partners, and master event organizer Megan Schultz having a blast at the hostel. Thanks again to all. Looking ahead to this weekend, we have our final Farmer’s Market outdoors for the season in Waitsfield. We have another wonderful array of bottled offerings, more than you will ever find on the store shelf at one time! You can look forward to the return of our infamous Maple Nipple Ale! That’s right, brewed with over a gallon and half of local Vermont Maple Syrup per barrel (31 gallons) this rich american ale (8% abv) has just the right amount of sweetness and maple flavor to savor. Just a note on pricing – you’ll find the price on Maple Nipple to be higher than it used to be (last time it was brewed was over a year ago!) Due to the high cost of maple syrup, this drives the pricing up on both the stout and Maple Nipple. To add to the excitement, we are holding the initial release of this year’s bottling of the Bourbon Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout! Brewed in the spring of 2011 (on my former 1bbl system), this beauty was laid up in a single oak barrel for over a year that previously held Utopias and Knob Creek! We are moving to a new format for our barrel-aged stouts to make them easier on the wallet and easier to open with just a friend or two…or even just you! Hope to see you this Saturday, from 9am to 1pm. For directions visit www.waitsfieldfarmersmarket.com. Bourbon Barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (11% abv) – $15/375mlFayston Maple Imperial Stout (10% abv) – $15/750mlTriple Play IPA (7% abv) – $9/22ozMaple Nipple Ale (8% abv) – $9/22oz As usual, we will have a 4 bottle limit/per variety/per person, however, we will likely offer a higher limit on the smaller bottles of barrel-aged stout. And finally, I hope to have one surprise addition to the line up. Please do not email to ask what it is going to be. If its there…its there! (and I will add a post on Friday to that...

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Farm Market Pizza Dinner @ Hartshorns

Posted by on Sep 19, 2012 in farmers markets, mad river valley, our events | Comments Off on Farm Market Pizza Dinner @ Hartshorns

Join us this Wednesday, September 19th from 4 to 7 PM at Hartshorn’s Farm Market Stand on Route 100 in Waitsfield (map) for the Grand Opening of their wood-fired pizza oven! Hartshorn’s Farm will be offering *free* pizza fresh from their wood-fired oven and Lawson’s Finest will be offering draft beer at special pricing for the event. The farm market will be open with a nice selection of organic vegetables, maple syrup, and fruit preserves. On tap for the event – Hunger Mountain 40th Anniversary Ale for $3/glass and Hopzilla Double IPA for $4/glass. We will also have a small, limited selection of bottles for sale at the event of Hopzilla DIPA, and Fayston Maple Imperial Stout will make its fall...

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Waitsfield Farmers Market – Sept. 15th

Posted by on Sep 11, 2012 in farmers markets, mad river valley, our events |

Short on time so here’s the list. More details…hopefully, to follow.Tastings will be organized a bit differently, as always, you can try before you buy! Bottle limit: 4 bottles per variety of beer, per person. Session in the Rye (Belgian-inspired session ale; 4.5%) – $7/22ozChinooker’d IPA (6.9%) – $8/22ozHunger Mountain Coop 40th Anniversary Ale (american red/extra special ale; 6.1%) – $8/22ozHopzilla Double IPA (Back from its long hiatus! – 8.7%) – $9/22oz2011 Maple Tripple (Specialty ale; 12%) – $30/500ml2010 Farmhouse Rye (Belgian strong/farmhouse ale; 11%) – $30/750ml There are only a few cases of the Farmhouse Rye left for sale. This is the fourth and final bottle release of 2011 Maple Tripple. We anticipate having enough for the duration of this Saturday’s market, and if any remain they will be available at the 10/6 market....

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Waitsfield Farmers Market – August 11

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in farmers markets, mad river valley, our events | Comments Off on Waitsfield Farmers Market – August 11

Summer just flies by! Been so busy that the blog has fell woefully behind…here we go: UPDATED: Friday August 10th, 9 am This Saturday at the Waitsfield Farmers Market from 9am to 1pm, Lawson’s Finest will be offering sample tastings and bottle sales. We will have plenty of Double Sunshine IPA in bottles, and this weekend it will only be available at the Waitsfield Farmers Market! Any remaining bottles after the market will go to Warren Store. If you arrive at the Market before 11am, you should be able to purchase Double Sunshine IPA (we ran out at 10:30 am last market and have more bottles to sell for tomorrow).As usual, our bottle limit as the Farmers Market is 4 bottles per person, per variety of beer.This will be the third of four planned bottle releases of the 2011 Maple Tripple Ale (next up Sept. 15 farmers market), and if any bottles remain, they will be offered on Oct. 6 at the Farmers Market. I am also pleased to release the second half of the 2010 Farmhouse Rye! This big beer (11%abv) is a strong Belgian ale, aged for nearly a year and a half in a French oak barrel that formerly held a French white  wine, and the beer is finished in the barrel with champagne yeast and Brettanomyces (wild yeast). Here is the bottle list: 2011 Maple Tripple Ale (12%) – $30/500ml2010 Farmhouse Rye (11%) – $30/750ml Double Sunshine IPA – $9/22ozChinooker’d IPA – $8/22ozSession in The Rye – $7/22ozKnockout Blonde – $7/22oz** ** – subject to being bottled in time for the market. (Bottling of Knockout Blonde is planned for Friday, 8/10) I got so busy, we missed a bunch of stuff to post on the blog. Here’s a quick run-down. Thanks to the Kleban brothers (Dan and David), we brewed up a dark hoppy ale (call it a Black IPA if you will 🙂 in June and debuted it at the Vermonnt Brewers Festival. Its called “Collaboration Time #1.” It went out in bottles and draft on July 20th and is all but gone. The Warren Store may still have bottles, call ahead to confirm stock. Thanks to everyone that attended the VT brew fest, it was a blast as always, the weather was perfect, and the variety of great brews was outstanding! Just returned from Belgium Comes to Cooperstown event at Brewery Ommegang. Its one of the best festivals around! Our wholesale distributor, The Beer Guy, LLC is helping to distribute an amazing beer brewed by Mark Mageria of The Bobcat Cafe and Brewery. It is called ‘Flood Suds’ and is a Belgian-inspired Wit Bier brewed with 100% Vermont-grown ingredients. Awesome stuff! Even better, all the proceeds for this beer are being donated to flood relief for Vermont’s farmers, through the VT Community Foundation’s Farm Disaster Relief Fund. Grab a bottle today at the Warren Store, Bristol Beverage, Hunger Mtn. Coop, Beverage Warehouse (Winooski), Village Grocery (Waitsfield), Middlebury Co-op, or several other locations. Contact Mark at the Bobcat for more information or...

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Waitsfield Farmers Market – Sat. June 9th

Posted by on Jun 6, 2012 in farmers markets, mad river valley, our events |

Its been a busy few weeks! Thanks to everyone that visited us this past weekend at the American Craft Beer Festival in Boston. What a blast and a great offering of so many varied brews. This Saturday, I’ll be at the from 9am to 1pm Waitsfield Farmers Market with bottle sales and tastings, along with the release of our 2011 Maple Tripple Ale! The response to the story on National Public Radio has been simply overwhelming. We appreciate all your interest and support of Lawson’s Finest. Bottles to be offered as follows: 2011 Maple Tripple AleDouble Sunshine IPAKnockout Blonde AleBig Hapi Black IPA As usual, the limit at our markets is 4 bottles per person per variety of beer, however, we reserve the right to lower this limit based on the turn-out at the...

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Montpelier Farmers Market – Sat. April 21

Posted by on Apr 18, 2012 in farmers markets, our events |

Here’s the quick round-up on what will be our final winter-spring farmer’s market in Montpelier for this season. SPECIAL TASTING! Lawson’s will be offer a special tasting of a true rarity. Our 3-Year Cellar Blend of our Maple Tripple Ale (~10.5% abv) features a portion of 2009, 2010, and 2011 batches blended together for a new experience. This beer will only be available for tasting (no bottles were made) at $2 each for a 2oz pour. BOTTLES FOR SALE: Permagrin Rye Pale Ale (6% abv) – $7/22oz Big Hapi Black IPA (7.5% abv) – $9/22oz Triple Play IPA – (7% abv) – $9/22oz We’ll be sampling all three of these varieties. I am working on pulling together something special in bottles for Saturday. Check back to the blog at the end of the day on Friday – if there is an update, I’ll have...

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Montpelier Farmers Market – Sat. March 3rd

Posted by on Mar 2, 2012 in farmers markets, our events | Comments Off on Montpelier Farmers Market – Sat. March 3rd

Hey all, Just a quick note to let you know what’s headed to the Montpelier Farmer’s Market this Saturday, March 3 from 10am-2pm. Click the link for more info on the market vendors, location and directions. Triple Play IPA returns! – 2011 Brewing News National IPA Champion (7% – $9/22oz) Double Sunshine IPA (8% – $9/22oz) Steve’s Backyard Red Ale (5.5% – $7/22oz) Permagrin Rye Pale Ale (6% – $7/22oz) Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (10% – $15/750ml) Oak-Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (11% – $25/750ml) – Just a few cases left of the Utopias/Buffalo Trace barrel aged version....

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Montpelier Farmer’s Market – Sat. Jan. 21

Posted by on Jan 19, 2012 in farmers markets, our events | Comments Off on Montpelier Farmer’s Market – Sat. Jan. 21

Visit the Montpelier Farmer’s Market website for directions and information about the great farmers, food producers and crafters at this Saturday’s market! Lawson’s will be well stocked with a large variety of brews that you won’t find all at once anywhere else! Last month, with similar quantities, we had plenty of beer available thru the first few hours of market, so you don’t need to arrrive right at 10am to get what you are looking for. Here’s the essentials: 4 bottle limit per variety of beer, per person. Seared Palate Barley Wine (Bourbon Barrel Aged) – $30/750mlOak-Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout – $25/750mlDouble Sunshine IPA – $9/22ozChinooker’d IPA – $7/22ozRed Spruce Bitter (holiday ale with spruce tips and cinnamon!) – $7/22ozSteve’s Backyard Red Ale – $7/22oz I’ll be posting more details about our newest collaboration brew – Steve’s Backyard Red Ale – brewed with local homebrewer Steve Robbins shortly after the Market, so stay tuned. Thanks for all your...

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Montpelier Farmers Market – 12/17

Posted by on Dec 16, 2011 in farmers markets, our events |

Not much time; here’s the basics. This Saturday, December 17th, 10AM – 2PM; Vermont College Gym. Visit www.montpelierfarmersmarket.com for directions and more info about this awesome winter market! Happy Holidays! Limit 4 bottles per person of each variety Sugarhouse IPA (6% abv) – $6.99 ea – 48 btl Double Sunshine IPA (8% abv) – $8.99 ea – 168 btl Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (10% abv) – $15.00 ea – 132 btl And something special…..Over a year aging in oak (bourbon) – the first ever barley wine from Lawson’s Finest! Seared Palate Barley Wine (13% abv) – $30 ea/750ml; each waxed and signed. Suitable for special occasions and decades in your cellar. Bottle count for this release TBA. Approx. 260 bottles were created from three very small batches of finely aged and blended beer. Sample tastings will be available. Please visit all of the fine farmers, producers and crafters at the Market....

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Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 24, 2011 in farmers markets |

I am thankful for so much….family most importantly, and that’s what I love most about this holiday. Our T-day tradition is to cook a local Misty Knoll turkey (brined of course) and invite our loved ones. It always seems to snow right around Thanksgiving here in Warren and this year is no exception. A good foot on the ground this evening of the freshies! Wish I was out making some ski turns with friends, but alas, family and food prep call….which I love. This year’s turkey brine follows a recipe from renowned beer cuisine expert and chef Sean Paxton, aka “Homebrew Chef”. See here: http://www.homebrewchef.com/BeerBrinedTurkey.html for his brining recommendation. Mine has a light and hoppy Lawson’s Finest Gonzie session ale (the last of it!) in the mix. Can’t wait! Friday deliveries will happen as usual this week, and going out is the first of the really cold season beers – Fayston Maple Imperial Stout! Perfect for these cold nights and pairing with a dessert, dark chocolate, or just savoring by the woodstove. Several cases of bottles ($15/750ml) will go to Hunger Mtn. Coop and Beverage Warehouse, and the Warren Store will have plenty through next week. It will also go on tap soon (delivered Friday) at all of our draft accounts, listed on Lawson’s website. Next week, the Sugarhouse IPA will be back, followed by Double Sunshine the following week. You can look forward to our holiday brew Red Spruce Bitter sometime around X-mas/New Years. Look for us at our first winter farmer’s market at the Dec. 17th Montpelier Farmers Market. Lawson’s will also be at the 1/21, 3/3, and 4/21 markets offering tastings and bottle sales. Visit the market’s website for more info, times, directions and descriptions of all the really great farms and producers that are at the market. Have a wonderful holiday, and THANK YOU for being a fan and supporter of Lawson’s Finest...

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Brewing Updates and March 5th Market

Posted by on Feb 28, 2011 in farmers markets, our beer, our events |

Sometimes it take a while to get up-to-date on the blog, so here we go! Permagrin Rye P.A. is back! The 2010 incarnation of our Permagrin Rye Pale Ale (6%) features a new recipe that I hope you find even more delicious. The base malt is now a heartier Munich, while Crystal Rye and Toasted Rye Flakes have been added to give a richer rye character and mouthfeel. You’ll find the color is slightly darker and overall the beer a bit more balanced, yet still featuring a healthy dose of flavorful hops including Simcoe, Centennial, and Amarillo. Third Anniversary Brew! I dug deep into the archives and have re-brewed the very first receipe used in our current brewhaus! This beer was first tapped around St. Patty’s day at Mad River Glen in 2008, and hasn’t been brewed again since. Our Sugarhouse IPA is a classy lupulin-forward mouthfull of Summit and Columbus hops backed by a medium-bodied Vermont-style pale ale rounded by three varieties of Cara malts and our favorite Gambrinus pale malted barley. It will be available for a limited time during this March on draft and in bottles. Montpelier Farmer’s Market – March 5, 2010 – 10 am This Saturday, I’ll be a the market again with the remaning 7 cases of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout – 84 bottles while they last. In order spread out the availability and crowd, we will be holding two cases of each beer until 12pm noon to make available at that time. Here’s this market’s offering: BBA FMIS – 750ml – $30 (no limit) Double Sunshine IPA – 22oz- $9 (limit 2/person) Knockout Blonde Ale – 22oz – $7 (limit 2/person) 2009 Hillside Hard Cider – 750ml – $12 (no limit) Lawson’s 2009 vintage hard cider is fermented exclusively with champagne yeast and 100% apple juice pressed at Lost Meadow Cidery in Calais, VT. It has been carefully cellar-aged for a year and a half! If the Sugarhouse IPA is adequately conditioned later this week, I will also be offering that in 22oz bottles as well....

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Montpelier Farmer’s Market – Sat. Jan. 22th

Posted by on Jan 20, 2011 in farmers markets, our events | Comments Off on Montpelier Farmer’s Market – Sat. Jan. 22th

This Saturday will feature the second release in our Barrel-Aged series, an exciting long-term project this I described in detail in my last post (see below). I will be at the Montpelier Farmers Market on E. State St. from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, January 22nd, offering bottles for sale, and sample tastings. We will be offering our Bourbon Barrel-Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout in bottles for the very first time! The barrels I obtained were freshly emptied from the Maker’s Mark distillery. They are a small family run artisan distiller, much like some of our home-grown breweries here in Vermont. If you think the long name is a mouth-full, wait until you taste it! Much like last month’s Maple Barrel Aged release, this beer is bottle conditioned, carbonated and ready to drink now, however, I highly recommend saving some for a year or more to age, which will smooth out the beer, while melding the different flavors together, increase the complexity, and mellow the 11% abv. on this special beer. I am also pleased to let you know that I was able bottle 350 bottles of the 750ml size – twice as much as our Maple Barrel version, so there should be plenty to go around on Saturday. We will also be planning to pour a number of samples of the barrel aged stout to have available on the table at 10am, so that you can try this beer before or while you purchase it. Just to be sure, and to help spread out the crowd, we’ll be running this release a bit differently. Last market the crowd that formed at the table was an issue for other vendors, as folks were sometimes blocked from getting to the adjacent tables. I will be releasing cases of this beer at 10am, 11am and Noon, so you don’t have to be here at 10am to purchase this beer. I will also be holding several cases of our other varieties of beer to begin selling at Noon, thus offering later arrivals the opportunity to purchase beer. Last market, we were sold out of all of our beer by around noon, I know crazy. Until we do expand someday, I really appreciate your understanding that quantities are limited, and that the demand is greater than the supply. Here are the exact details and beer menu: Maker’s Mark Bourbon Barrel-Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout – $30/750ml – no limit $8/187ml (very limited) – 1 bottle/person if purchasing 750ml, 2 bottles if not. The following bottles have a limit of 2/person of each variety (limit 6 total) Double Sunshine IPA – $9/22ozKnockout Blonde – $7/22ozMaple Nipple Ale – $7/22oz Hope to see some of you there on Saturday. Cheers and safe...

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Montpelier Farmers Market – March 6th

Posted by on Mar 6, 2010 in farmers markets, our events | Comments Off on Montpelier Farmers Market – March 6th

A quick note to let you know what I will have to offer in bottles and for sampling at the Market tommorrow. I’ll definitely be bringing the following: Hopzilla Double IPA Honey I Love You Ale – new brew, featuring a sweet full body of honey flavor Paradise Ale – our hoppy American Amber I am still finishing up labeling and even some bottling tonight, so *tentatively* I will also be bringing these brews: Fayston Maple Imperial Stout Starkbier! – weizenbock wheat style ale Permagrin Rye Pale Ale...

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Montpelier Farmers Market – Batch 100!

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

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

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What a Year!

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

2009 is gone, and 2010 is well underway. My first New Year’s resolution – to blog more often – is about as successful as everyone who said the would lose 20lbs this month! At least I’ve been busy cranking out some tasty brews for all you! I hope to post a re-cap of the highlights of the past year, and some hopes and goals for the coming year, but for now, I’ll let you know what’s up this week. Our new Paradise Ale is on tap all around! You can find it at American Flatbread, The Common Man, and the Village Porch. Mad River Glen is featuring our newest hop-bomb, Hop Song Imperial IPA, while the Pitcher Inn has the Permagrin Rye Pale Ale on tap (almost gone!). At the Warren Store, you may find the Chinooker’d IPA or the Paradise Ale this weekend. New Brews Starkbier! is our winter wheat beer, a weizenbock style of German-inspired dark strong beer. Paradise Ale is a hoppy amber ale that is crisp, bright, and juicy. Karen’s Kolsch is our lightest offering yet, a 4% ale brewed with only Pilsener and Vienna malts, Hersbruker hops, and a kolsch-style yeast. Hop Song Imperial IPA is a twist on on our Hopzilla recipe using different hops and a slightly higher alcohol content…watch out! I’ve got some oak-aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout ready to go! Aged for two months on American Oak, giving this rich dessert beer another layer of depth and complexity. UPCOMING EVENTS Lawson’s Finest will be vending at the Montpelier Farmers Market this winter and spring on three select dates: February 6th, March 6th and April 17th. Like the Waitsfield Farmer’s Market, we’ll be offering sample tastings and bottles for sale. Visit me there for the official release of the 2009 Farmhouse Rye! A sneak preview of this beer appeared at the Beverage Warehouse of Winooski back in December (only 6 bottles) and what’s most exciting is that I have four different kegs, each with a different treatment going into bottles. More on that later…. We’ll celebrate our second anniversary on St. Paddy’s Day, March 17 with an evening event featuring music, light food, and mucho Finest at Mad River Glen ski area! Hope to see you some time soon. As always, if you are looking for more up-to-date information or have a question, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Visit our website, http://www.lawsonsfinest.com/ for contact...

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Waitsfield Farmer’s Market

Posted by on Oct 17, 2009 in farmers markets, mad river valley, our events |

A quick note to let you know what we’ll be offering at the Waitsfield Farmers Market on Saturday, October 17. I raided the cellar for another release of two cases of the 2009 Maple Tripple and the first bottled of this fall’s Fayston Maple Imperial Stout will be there too! Beer List 292 Hoptoberfest Ale (22oz) Permagrin Rye Pale Ale (22 oz) Big Hapi IBA – American style Imperial Black Ale (750 ml) Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (750 ml) 2009 Maple Tripple Ale (750 ml) – only 200 bottles made As always, I’ll be pouring two ounce sample tastings at our tent and have bottles for sale. Dress warmly! Great news is that we are planning to also be a part of the Thanksgiving Farmers Market to happen at the Round Barn Inn on Sunday, 11/22. Lots more to update you on and will do another post this week to include: Rock Art vs. Monster Energy drinks (Boycott Monster – BUY Vermonster!) An Evening with Lawson’s Finest at Zero Gravity brewpub in Burlington More special brews on the way! In the meantime, please raise a glass and toast the passing of a pioneer, legend, author, co-founder of the Vermont Pub and Brewery, and one of the most kind, generous, and amazing individuals on the planet – Greg Noonan, rest in peace, October 11,...

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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 |

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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