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Waitsfield Farmers Market – Sat. June 9th

Posted 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 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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4th Anniversary – Transportation and more

Posted on Mar 24, 2012 in Our Events, Special Events

If you are planning to use the shuttle services available for Saturday evening’s Beer Lover’s Ball, here’s more: The Mad Bus: 802-496-RIDE (7433) http://gmtaride.org/PDF/madriver/2011-2012/valleyevening.pdf Evening Valley Service – From 6:30pm to 10:30pm the Mad Bus will be making a special stop at the Valley Players Theater (our event venue) every hour on the half-hour. Visit the link to the website/map above to see the areas covered. The Bus will deviate up to 1/2 mile off the mapped route. Evening service continues for the Mad Bus until 2:00am. Call to schedule a pick-up. Alpine Limo: 802-793-3543 Mike is your friendly driver with the nicest shuttle bus around and a kick-ass sound system! If you are NOT on the route that the Mad Bus covers (see map) you can schedule a pick-up to get to the venue by texting or calling Mike. Please call before 5:30pm on Saturday to schedule a...

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4th Anniversary Evening Ball SOLD OUT

Posted on Mar 20, 2012 in Mad River Valley, Our Events, Special Events

Hey Friends, I’ve been meaning to get post up with lots of details about the upcoming event….then I got whacked the flu at the end of last week and am just barely recovering now. Soon! In the meantime, I did want to let you know that tickets for the Evening Beer Lovers Ball are sold out and none will be available at the door. Thank to everyone for supporting us and helping the VT Farm Disaster Relief Fund. If you purchased tickets on-line they are “will call” at the door so please bring your ID. Please do visit the Beer Lovers Farmers from 2-6pm that same day, same venue with live music from Last October, great food both from the farm and prepared, cheese, pickled goodies, teas, chair massage, lots of beer in bottles to choose from! – Cheers,...

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4th Anniversary Tickets on sale NOW!

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 in Mad River Valley, Our Events, Special Events

Please visit our home page at www.lawsonsfinest.com to purchase tickets. They are on sale NOW! Proceeds from our event will benefit the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund for damage and rebuilding from Tropical Storm Irene, through the Vermont Community Foundation....

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Montpelier Farmers Market – Sat. March 3rd

Posted on Mar 2, 2012 in Farmers Markets, Our Events

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 on Jan 19, 2012 in Farmers Markets, Our Events

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...

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Montpelier Farmers Market – 12/17

Posted 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...

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Posted 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...

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Mad Taco Monday!

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 in Our Events, Special Events

Drumroll please……Lawson’s Finest Liquids is pleased to announce our newest tap location: The Mad Taco in Waitsfield, VT!!!! Yes indeed, get yourself down to there immediately for set of pork belly tacos, or perhaps a chile colorado burrito, a few tamales or the specials on board and pair it a glass of Lawson’s! Can you tell I am excited? If not, just take a look at the shelf above the picture window at the Taco to get the gist of just how well Tacos at the Mad and Lawson’s go together. Right now they have two beers on tap with more to follow. Double Sunshine IPA is back! After a bit of hiatus for the summer, Double Sunshine IPA is back in the rotation. Bottles went out on Friday, 11/11 and it is now on tap at our local accounts. Along with that great news, we are also pleased...

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Vermont Brewers Festival!

Posted on Jul 11, 2011 in Beer Fests, Our Events

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,...

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

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

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Brewing Updates and March 5th Market

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

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

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

Posted on Jan 20, 2011 in Farmers Markets, Our Events

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...

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Holiday Market – Beers Galore!

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

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

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IPA Weekend in Waterbury & Warren Store Tasting

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

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

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Beer Advocate – Night of the Funk!

Posted on Nov 4, 2010 in Our Events, Special Events

Boston, here we go! Lawson’s is pleased to participate in this year’s BeerAdvocate Night of the Funk, part of the 2-day Belgian Beer Festival in Boston, MA at the Cyclorama (Boston Center for the Arts). I’ll be there on Friday, November 5th starting at 6pm serving up three unusual varieties of Lawson’s Finest Liquids for your funktastic sipping. I haven’t offered sour or wild ales as a regular part of our line-up, however, I’ve been having fun with one-batch special releases for festival events over the last several years. I work primarily with isolated strains of Brettanomyces wild yeast, and I’ll offer three different varieties at NOTF. All are fairly young, in terms of aging, as Brett. brews continue to mature for many months. Maple on Brett – A robust Vermont Maple ale, fermented with 100% Brettanomyces Bruxellensis. Mild barnyard character. 8% abv Mad Wild Grapes – Our wild...

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Farmhouse Hoptober!

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 in Special Events

Join us in celebrating the fall season at the Farmhouse Tap and Grill in Burlington, VT on Wednesday, October 27th for their ‘Hoptober’ event. The evening features their always amazing line-up of draft brews from near and far, with plenty of fall seasonals, and Lawson’s Finest – 292 Hoptoberfest Ale! If you’ve never been, the Farmhouse has an impressive menu of local foods prepared exquisitely and fresh from the farm to your plate! The Lawson’s will be tapped up and pouring for the start of evening food service at 5 pm, although you can certainly come in earlier, as they are open for lunch and throughout the afternoon. Beer Updates: Now on TAP! American Flatbread, Waitsfield – Dunkelweiss dark wheat bier, then Knockout Blonde Ale Open Thurs-Sun, 10/28-31. Common Man, Warren – CLOSED for fall break and restaurant improvements. RE-OPENS on November 3, and they will have on tap...

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Website Update and SIPtemberfest!!!

Posted on Sep 21, 2010 in Retail, SIPtemberfest

Well, the hectic summer has just flown by in a blur! Hard to believe it was just the end of July. Since then, I attended the BCTC festival at Brewery Ommegang, the Taste of the Valley at Sugarbush, the infamous Backwoods Brewdown, a special ‘Lawson’s Night’ at Three Penny Taproom, AND I finally got to take a vacation with my family (first full week off in a couple years!). Whew! I’m really excited about all the updates we’ve made with our webmaster Cathi of Onion River Web Designs! You’ll notice new photos, features, a dedicated events page, and soon, a page where you purchase Lawson gear and glassware! Check it out at http://www.lawsonsfinest.com/, and keep in mind our update is in progress….so check back again soon. This Saturday, September 25, marks our third annual SIPtemberfest Vermont Beer Tasting event at Mad River Glen. What a great time and an...

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Vermont Cheesemaker’s Festival

Posted on Jul 22, 2010 in Our Events, Special Events

Lawson’s Finest Liquids will be one of five breweries presenting their Vermont-brewed beer at the sold-out Vermont Cheesemaker’s Festival this Sunday, July 25th at Shelburne Farms. We’ll be offering sample tastings, full glasses of brew, logo glass ware, and bottled Lawson’s Finest for taking home with you! The planned line up for the festival, which is open 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, includes my infamous Hopzilla Double IPA, Weiss-K Wheat Bier, my new Session in the Rye – a 4.5% abv Belgian style Saison, Chinooker’d IPA, and one of my signature Vermont Maple ales. This weekend the Warren Store will be stocked with Chinooker’d IPA and Weiss-K. Please note, that due to the overwhelming demand, we cannot take reservations or special orders for bottles at this time, and the Store has a bottle limit in fairness to everyone. I really appreciate your patience and willingness to travel, as many...

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Vermont Brewers Festival

Posted on Jul 11, 2010 in Beer Fests, Our Events

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...

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Bad blogger!

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

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

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Lawson’s Beer Dinner at Perfect Pear Cafe

Posted on Apr 27, 2010 in Our Events, Special Events

Hey Friends! There is still time to get a spot (there are only a few reservations left) for this Wednesday, April 28th, Beer Dinner at the Perfect Pear Cafe in Bradford, VT. The dinner begins at 6 PM and features a four-course meal perpared by chef/owner Adam Coulter. The menu looks divine! (See below). You may call (802) 222-5912 to make a reservation. This is our first true beer dinner pairing at a restaurant, so it it truly exciting! What’s even more exciting is that culinary wizard and homebrewer-turned-pub-brewer Adam is making the Perfect Pear Vermont’s newest brewpub! Yes, indeed. If we get lucky, pehaps Adam will even have some of his house-brewed beer on tap for the dinner. For those of you in attendance, I also anticipate breaking out a few vintage or special bottles to share in addition to what you see listed on the menu….it’ll be...

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The Nanobrewery Movement

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 in Special Events

So, to preface this post let’s get to the announcement first: TONIGHT! 7pm – E. Warren School House Market/Rootswork – I’m giving a talk entitled “On Brewing Excellence: Beer Hobbyist to Entrepreneur” and we’ll be sampling up some Liquids. The store will also be open and stock up (briefly!) on two varieties of Lawson’s for sale in bottles. I’ve read a lot lately on the web and blogs about “Nanobreweries”. Heck, I didn’t even know *we* are a nanobrewery or that the term existed until about six months after we opened and people started calling us just that. At the time, I wasn’t sure if it was an insult or a compliment. Now I know that there is real movement out there, all across the US, of very small community-based breweries that make beer in tiny batches for their very local customers. What is ‘Nano’?Most people think the range...

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Quick Update

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

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

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Lawson’s Finest 2nd Anniversary Party!

Posted on Mar 15, 2010 in Our Events, Special Events

St. Paddy’s Day, Wednesday March 17! This week we will celebrate our second anniversary in fine fashion at the place where we sold our very first keg of beer, in the Stark’s Pub at Mad River Glen ski area in Waitsfield, VT. Several special kegs of beer will be tapped at 6pm and live music with Sugar Shack will start at 7pm. The pub will be serving food so that you can have dinner or light fare while you enjoy your brews and boogie! Many thanks go out to our supporters and everyone that has made it possible for us to be in the business of creating beer one barrel at a time (most especially my lovely wife Karen!) Here’s the line-up for the evening: Wannagrin Rye IPA, 6.5% abv – a special collaboration brew with Our Lager Boys of the Wanna Brew Club here in the Mad River...

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Montpelier Farmers Market – March 6th

Posted on Mar 6, 2010 in Farmers Markets, Our Events

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

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

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What a Year!

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

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

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Lawson’s Cask at Three Penny Taproom!!!

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 in Our Events, Special Events

News Flash! Tonight the Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT is debuting a brand new Lawson’s beer, and our first offering in cask from that place high on the hill, which we affectionately call the The Sugarhouse Brewery, AKA Lawson’s Finest Liquids. Pirata’s Darkness is an American Dark IPA, brewed with a blend of high-alpha US grown hops. This special cask was dry hopped in the firkin with fresh 2009 crop Cascade whole-cone hops, and gently carbonated with a small addition of Vermont Maple Syrup. It rings in at 6.66% alc./vol. and is on tap, right now! Boogie on over and grab a pint before its gone. It may well last until Friday, but you can call first to verify. On draught, we are offering up our “Starkbier!” – a strong, German weizenbock-style dark wheat ale. It is brewed with 100% German imported malts, noble hops, and a special...

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An Evening with Lawson’s Finest at Zero Gravity

Posted on Nov 6, 2009 in Our Events, Special Events

November 10, 2009 – 5 pm to 11 pm The culmination of the second collaboration between Lawson’s Finest and Zero Gravity brewpub at Flatbread Hearth in Burlington takes place next Tuesday! Thanks to the generosity of Paul Sayler and brewer Destiny Saxon at the Zero Gravity, Lawson’s Finest and ZG have teamed up again! We scaled up a recipe based on my hoppy Papelblonde Ale and brewed it back in early October. Still ruminating on a new name…Think blonde, hop-forward American pale ale type of beer. If you want to nominate a new name please send an email to me at lawsonsfinest AT inbox.com. If we choose your name, some Lawson’s goods are your reward. We’re pulling out all the stops for this one folks! Yes indeed, we’ll be topping our VT Brewers Fest offerings with TEN different brews on tap, which for VT’s smallest brewery is no small...

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Waitsfield Farmer’s Market

Posted 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...

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Jeezum, October?!

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

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

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Harvest Time

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

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...

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Posted on Jul 17, 2009 in Beer Fests, Our Events

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...

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Summer’s Almost Here

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

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

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Lots-O-Brew News

Posted 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...

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Lawson’s Birthday!

Posted on Mar 17, 2009 in Our Events, Special Events

What a week! Baby Jade Carolyn Lawson was born this past Thursday March 12th, 2009! She is a sweetheart. We celebrate the B-day of Lawson’s Finest Liquids on Tuesday, March 17th…one year old! Here’s a beer list of what we’ll have on tap for the evening: * Red Head Irish Ale * Chinooker’d IPA * 292 Ale * Fayston Maple Imperial Stout * Hopzilla Double IPA * Maple Nipple Ale * 2007 Hillside Hard Cider And…from the Vault…in very limited quantity bottles 2006 Fayston Maple Imperial Stout 2007 Maple Tripple (ale, lager, and belgian styles) 2007 Farmhouse Rye – saison style belgian ale 2008 Maple Tripple Ale And more surprises! Hope to see you...

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Lawson’s 1st Anniversary

Posted on Mar 4, 2009 in Our Events, Special Events

It started with sudsy dream nearly 20 years ago. Back in college, I learned how to brew my first batch of beer with a good friend, Matty RAF. Many journeys, lots of encouragement and years later, I embarked on the effort to launch my own brewery. In 2006, we started by forming the business “Lawson’s Finest Liquids, LLC” and broke ground on the humble building that now houses the ‘Sugarhouse Brewery’. In January 2008, I received approval for our federal permit or Brewer’s Notice from the TTB, and soon had my Vermont liquor licenses in hand. Finally, that fateful day arrived and on March 17th, 2008, we made our first sale, and tapped the first keg of Sugarhouse IPA at Mad River Glen ski area, in Waitsfield, VT. One year later, I raise my glass to you beer lovers! To mark this special occasion, we are planning a small...

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Warren Store tasting

Posted on Feb 14, 2009 in Mad River Valley, Our Events, Special Events

Hey friends, busy, busy…the President’s Holiday week has arrived and the Valley is a buzz with activity. At Mad River Glen, look for the unvieling of a limited-edition house beer this weekend. On tap at Flatbread is our Knock-Yer-Hops-Off IPA (6.5%), my latest incarnation of a favorite hoppy style of beer. This is the commercial debut of this IPA and our entry in the National IPA Competition (see previous post). On Sunday, 2/15, Lawson’s Finest will be at the Warren Store, offering samples of three varities. Our newest IPA, a few select bottles of Hopzilla Double IPA, and a yet to be annouced, fresh out of the cooler, just bottled brand new never relased before special one time only BEER! Ok, I’m getting carried away. Why not? George Carlin is my inspiration here (see some of his recorded material if you are perplexed). See you...

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