Special Events

July Beer News

Posted on Jul 1, 2019 in Beer Fests, Collaborations, Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Our Events, Press, Retail, Special Events

July Beer News

NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW This August we are unveiling new packaging for Sip of Sunshine and our Super Session IPA Series! It is the same great beer you have come to love, with a refreshed, updated design to match the exceptional quality of the liquids in the can and to align with the beautiful labels and branding of our Waitsfield, VT beers. Kingdom Trails IPA (6.2% abv) is pale yellow in color, soft and refreshing on the palate with a mild bitterness and an intensely fruit forward and floral nose. The Kingdom Trail Association joined Sean Lawson in Warren, VT to collaborate in the brewing process as well as selecting the hops used. The proceeds benefit both NEMBA and the Kingdom Trail Association. We have limited draft available at our taproom, stop by and give it a try! Sean has been busy at the original brewery in Warren, VT...

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April Beer News

Posted on Apr 1, 2019 in Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Our Events, Press, Special Events

April Beer News

NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW Join us in celebrating our 11th anniversary April 26th-27th!  Tickets to Friday Night Beer Lovers Ball is sold out, but be sure to join us on Saturday! Friday Night Beer Lovers Ball 4/26 7:30pm-10:30pm. Each ticket is $25 and includes: – The rockin’ Beer Lovers Ball showcasing live music by The Detonators featuring Dave Grippo and Friends; – Two beverage tickets; – A food ticket for a delicious bowl of gourmet tater tots (choose from four varieties!) from Cornerstone Catering; – Entry into our brewery open house (7:30-9pm) where we’ll be pouring complimentary samples of rare beers from our vault; – Access to our specialty bottle sale featuring the initial release of our 2017 Maple Tripple and 11th Anniversary Peril Imperial IPA! Our retail store will be open for packaged beer and merchandise sales. Anniversary Specialty Beer Retail List  2017 Maple Tripple (12%) – $25/500ml – LIMIT 4 11th...

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March Beer News

Posted on Mar 1, 2019 in Beer Fests, Collaborations, Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Our Events, Retail, Special Events

March Beer News

NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW March marks 11 years in business for Lawson’s Finest Liquids. Specifically March 17th, Sean Lawson delivered the very first keg to Mad River Glen! Our brewery, taproom and retail store has been open since the end of October and it’s exciting times to finally be able to have a place to offer guests the ultimate Lawson’s Finest experience. We are in the process of planning our anniversary party in April and we are thrilled to celebrate eleven years of brewing with you all! Advanced tickets are required, so stay tuned for the official announcement! For those looking to get their hands on our special release of our Fayston Maple Chocolate Tart Cherry Imperial Stout we have a limited number of bottles available at our retail store. If you’re interested in giving it a try, grab a seat at the taproom for a fresh pour and let us...

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April Beer News

Posted on Mar 21, 2018 in Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Our Events, Special Events

April Beer News

BEER DELIVERIES The week of April 9th we will distribute limited bottles of Spring Fever and Triple Sunshine IPA! Quantities are extremely limited, therefore retailers may not receive both beer varieties. Bottles will be available 4/10 at Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury and Mehuron’s Supermarket, 4/12 at Warren Store and Hunger Mountain Co-op, and 4/13 at Beverage Warehouse. During this month, you can Find Our Beer – Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #8 (cans and draft) in Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, and New York. Delicious, fresh and quenching beers for your springtime adventures! SPECIAL EVENTS We are celebrating our 10th anniversary on April 7th! Wow, how quickly a decade has passed. Tickets are sold out, and we truly appreciate the dedication of our loyal fans throughout the years! Friday the 13th is lucky this month! We will be doing a special beer tasting at Middlebury Co-op from 2-5pm; and at...

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We’re celebrating a decade!

Posted on Mar 19, 2018 in Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Our Events, Special Events

We’re celebrating a decade!

UPDATE 4/12/18 We are pleased to announce that our 10th Anniversary celebration raised $10,884 for two local non-profits! Beer fans from Vermont and throughout the Northeast congregated in Waitsfield Saturday, April 7th at the Valley Players Theater for another successful and fun-filled day and evening of music, great food from Canteen Creemee and unique specialty brews! Every year, this event benefits a different set of charitable causes. This year’s beneficiaries are Mad River Valley Television and the Mad River Path Association. Each will receive a check for $5,442 to support their efforts in our local community. If you missed out on the event, you are not alone – tickets sold out in only an hour! Sean and Karen Lawson look forward to welcoming the entire community to their new taproom location on Carroll Road in Waitsfield this fall. Once open, the Lawson’s will be continuing their 10th Anniversary celebration...

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September Beer News

Posted on Aug 31, 2017 in Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Our Events, Press, SIPtemberfest, Special Events

September Beer News

BEER DELIVERIES As a special thank you to our loyal fans, we are releasing a limited amount of our award winning Maple Tripple! Enticing, rich and complex, this creation defies easy description. Our ‘once-a-year beer’ is brewed only during sugaring season with 100% maple sap from our local friends in VT. No water added! Just barley, hops, and ale yeast. Bottles will be available 8/31 at Warren Store and Hunger Mountain Co-op, 9/1 at Beverage Warehouse, and 9/5 at Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury, Mehuron’s Supermarket and Village Grocery. Mosaic IPA will be available starting September 21 (bottles and draft). Brewed with Mosaic hops including lupulin powder and lupulin pellets, this single-hop American IPA features juicy flavors of mango and grapefruit combined with herbal and earthy pine character. Bottles will be available 9/21 at Warren Store and Hunger Mountain Co-op, 9/22 at Beverage Warehouse, and 9/26 at Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury. Beginning...

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Breaking Ground & Maple Tripple!

Posted on Aug 18, 2017 in Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Our Events, Special Events

Breaking Ground & Maple Tripple!

Lawson’s Finest Liquids is excited to announce the construction kickoff of our new brewery, retail store and taproom in Waitsfield, Vermont! A groundbreaking ceremony will take place at the warehouse building located at 155 Carroll Road on Friday August 25 at 3pm, followed by a celebration until 7pm. Vermont Governor Phil Scott, along with other officials and local leaders, will be in attendance to commemorate our eagerly anticipated addition to the economic vitality of the Mad River Valley. The groundbreaking party will feature an assortment of Lawson’s Finest draft beers for sampling and purchase including our new Super Session #8, Bit of Balsam IPA, Maple Nipple, Hopzilla Double IPA, and Sip of Sunshine IPA. Festivities will include music by The Phineas Gage Project and food from Good to Go Catering. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase bottles of our award-winning 2016 Maple Tripple, which is brewed only once a...

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April Beer News

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 in Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Our Events, Special Events

April Beer News

We are thrilled to inform you that the Waitsfield Development Review Board has granted our local permits for the new brewery and taproom on Carroll Road. The picture associated with this post is our vision for the new Lawson’s Finest Taproom! Lawson’s Finest honors nine years of brewing by hosting an anniversary celebration on April 8th! All of the details can be found here, and we look forward to sharing amazing beers and having a great time with you while raising money for two great causes! There will be special beer tappenings around the area, including unique casks of Fayston Maple Imperial Stout with tart cherry at The Mad Taco Waitsfield and Sugarbush Castlerock Pub (expected tappings 4/8 11am). The week of April 10th is frothy at the Craft Brewers Conference in Washington DC. Special events featuring Lawson’s Finest include the 4/10 Brewers Association Hill climb where guild reps from all...

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9th Anniversary Celebration!

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 in Mad River Valley, Our Events, Special Events

9th Anniversary Celebration!

Save the Date for our 9th Anniversary Celebration!  April 8th Tickets go on sale Thursday March 9th at 12 noon EST. Detailed information can be found...

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Aug 27th Bottle Sale! – Sold Out

Posted on Aug 12, 2016 in Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Our Events, Special Events

Aug 27th Bottle Sale! – Sold Out

Thank you to everyone who has purchased tickets for our event on Aug. 27th! Tickets are sold out. We will be sending additional event details to ticket holders via email the week of Aug. 22nd. Join us in celebrating the release of the 2015 Maple Tripple with a Lawson’s Finest bottle and can sale from 2-4 PM. Ticket price includes two bottles of Maple Tripple, the ability to purchase up to the bottle limits of each beer (listed below), and live music by Steady Betty from 3-6 PM. LIMIT ONE TICKET PER PERSON (you may purchase up to two tickets for yourself and a second person), age 21+. Bottle and can sale will be held from 2-4pm in the Mad River Glen (MRG) parking lot, limits are as follows: Double Sunshine IPA ($9 ea, limit 3) Peril Imperial IPA ($12 ea, limit 3) Maple Tripple ($25 ea, limit 2, in addition to...

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8th Anniversary Celebration Details

Posted on Mar 1, 2016 in Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Our Events, Special Events

8th Anniversary Celebration Details

Thank you for your support! All of the daytime & evening tickets for our 8th Anniversary Celebration are SOLD OUT! Lawson’s Finest 8th Anniversary Celebration will take place at the Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, VT on April 9th, 2016.  Click here for a Google map of Valley Players Theater. We are thrilled to celebrate eight years of brewing with tasty beer, food, Lawson’s merchandise & a great time as we raise funds for several worthy causes: the Warren School PTO, the Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, and Hannah’s House. PLEASE NOTE: ONLY CASH ACCEPTED AT BOTH THE DAYTIME MARKET AND EVENING BALL! (No credit or debit cards or out of state checks will be accepted!) Advanced tickets are required for entry to the Beer Lover’s Market from 12:30-5pm (3 sessions). Separate tickets are required Beer Lover’s Ball from 7-11pm.  Non-transferrable tickets will be available for both events at Eventbrite.com starting Thursday, March 3rd at...

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We’re never too old for (Beer) camp!

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 in Collaborations, Our Beer, Special Events

We’re never too old for (Beer) camp!

Lawson’s Finest Liquids is honored to have been chosen as one of the lucky brewers to join the 2016 Sierra Nevada Beer Camp! Check out that link and the Sierra Nevada Facebook page frequently for all kinds of important, updated information. Inspired by rock ‘n’ roll Super Groups, Sierra Nevada is teaming up with 30 talented breweries (including Lawson’s!) to make six Super Groups of their own by region. The attached picture shows the Northeast Region band featuring Lawson’s Finest Liquids. Sierra Nevada, along with the bands of brewers, will create an all-new mixed pack of beers that showcases the art, spirit and attitude of American craft beer. And in summer 2016, they’ll hit the road for a six-city traveling beer festival. Can’t...

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Lawson’s Finest Summer Celebration – July 11th!

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 in Our Beer, Our Events, Special Events

Lawson’s Finest Summer Celebration – July 11th!

Join Lawson’s Finest on Saturday, July 11th at Mad River Glen ski area. In the parking lot we’ll have bottles/cans and merchandise sales from 12-2 pm for ticket holders only. CASH ONLY for Lawson’s sales! Bottles/cans purchased at the beer sale shall not be opened while at Mad River Glen.  Soule Monde will provide music for your grooving pleasure at Stark’s Pub from 1-4pm. The Pub will be open for ticket holders starting at 12pm, serving food and beverages including special Lawson’s Finest Liquids drafts and food pairings (see below). Food served in the Pub is not included in the ticket price. Food and beverages purchased at the Pub are cash or credit card. Tickets are required for this event. There is a purchase limit of 2 tickets per person who are at least 21 years of age (you may enter a different name for each ticket). Ticket registration opens on Wednesday,...

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Deliveries week of May 11th

Posted on May 1, 2015 in Our Beer, Our Events, Special Events

Deliveries week of May 11th

Lawson’s Finest welcomes springtime with fresh deliveries of Sip of Sunshine IPA (cans & draft) and Super Session #2 IPA (draft only). Join us May 16th at a special beer dinner at the Inn at the Round Barn. Please check here for info and tickets!...

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Happy 7th Birthday – Lawson’s Finest!

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 in Our Beer, Our Events, Special Events

Happy 7th Birthday – Lawson’s Finest!

This Saturday, April 18th join us in celebrating Lawson’s Finest Liquids 7th Anniversary with special draft lists and delicious food offerings at The Worthy Burger in S. Royalton, The Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, and The Mad Taco in Waitsfield. If you are not able to join us at the Beer Lover’s Market or evening Ball, you may enjoy many of the same beers on tap – Permagrin Rye Pale Ale, Maple Nipple Ale, Super Session #2, Sip of Sunshine IPA, Fayston Maple Imperial Stout – at all three restaurants. In addition, each location will tap a keg of Triple Sunshine IPA! Look for a special “Lawson’s Burger” on the menu at the Worthy Burger, the debut of our Prohibition Pig/Lawson’s Finest Reverse Whirlpool IPA at the Pig, and the tapping of a one-of-kind cask at the Mad Taco! We appreciate all of your support over the last 7...

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Lawson’s Finest sponsors the MRG Backcountry Challenge 3/21

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 in Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Our Events, Special Events

Lawson’s Finest sponsors the MRG Backcountry Challenge 3/21

Sean wears many hats – two of his favorites are being a Brewer and the Naturalist Director at Mad River Glen. When you combine the two it is sure to be lots of fun! This challenge pits you against the backcountry! This is not a race. There are no winners and no losers – only those who finish the course and those who don’t. Choose your gear – telemark, snowshoe, or randonee – as you adventure through the rugged terrain of the Green Mountain spine. Entry fee is $20 which includes a raffle of awesome prizes and a post-party follows the challenge sponsored by Lawson’s Finest Liquids including 1 pint of Three Pin Grin IPA in a souvenir glass. Register here for this unique challenge! and all proceeds benefit the Naturalist Program. REGISTER...

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UPDATE – 7th Anniversary Party!

Posted on Mar 14, 2015 in Our Beer, Our Events, Special Events

UPDATE – 7th Anniversary Party!

April 18, Lawson’s Finest 7th Anniversary Celebration will take place at the Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, VT.  Click here for a Google map of Valley Players Theater. We are thrilled to celebrate seven years of brewing and to raise funds for several worthy causes: a local family in the Valley affected by cancer and the Mad River Valley Ambulance Service. We’ll have tasty beer, food, Lawson’s merchandise & a great time as we celebrate our 7th Birthday! See below for beer list. PLEASE NOTE: ONLY CASH ACCEPTED FOR BOTH THE DAYTIME MARKET AND EVENING BALL! (No credit or debit cards or out of state checks will be accepted!) Several local restaurants will be joining us in the celebration, each serving multiple Lawson’s Finest drafts and a special offering! At the Mad Taco in Waitsfield, we are tapping a cask of the Permagrin Rye Pale Ale; at the Prohibition Pig in Waterbury we...

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7th anniversary party ticket info!

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 in Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Our Events, Special Events

7th anniversary party ticket info!

Thank you to everyone who made herculean efforts to secure Beer Lovers Ball evening tickets for the 7th anniversary of Lawson’s Finest Liquids! Tickets sold faster than you can chug a Triple Sunshine. Don’t forget that the Beer Lovers Ball on 4/18/15 is held from 1-5pm and features Lawson’s Finest bottles, draft, merchandise and products from local vendors. It is free admission and we’ll have our usual number system for bottle purchases. Stay tuned here for more info on the afternoon market. Cheers! The Beer Lovers Ball (ages 21 and over only) is a limited capacity event featuring live music from The Grift and a cash bar with a variety of Lawson’s Finest on tap. Admission is $95 per person and includes one draft pour in a souvenir Lawson’s tulip glass; a buffet dinner from the Mad Taco; and a tote bag with 4 specialty bottles of Lawson’s Finest not available in...

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Beers galore for the next 2 weeks!

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 in Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Our Events, Special Events

Beers galore for the next 2 weeks!

Fayston Maple Imperial Stout has arrived! Freshly bottled and on the way in limited quantities to the Warren Store on Thursday 3/5, Hunger Mountain Co-op and Beverage Warehouse on Friday 3/6. Next week, we will have our Chinooker’d IPA in bottles at the same locations on 3/12 and 3/13. Both weeks you’ll also find our Sip of Sunshine IPA as usual at all locations, as well as our Super Session #2 ale at select draft locations. This weekend you’ll find a special draft-only beer – Three Pin Grin IPA – brewed for the 40th NATO telemark festival at Mad River Glen, with additional locations TBD next week. Join us at the tele-dance party with the legenday Free Heelers from 4-6pm (note: requires a tele-fest ticket to...

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

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 in Farmers Markets, Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Our Events, Special Events

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...

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

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

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

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

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Double Dose IPA Pop-up Sale 9/19!

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

Double Dose IPA Pop-up Sale 9/19!

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

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

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

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

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

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G15 – an event you don’t want to miss!

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 in Mad River Valley, Special Events

The Grift is our favorite local band who rocks the house – every time. Get tickets for the 15th anniversary party, deets below. Lawson’s Finest is one VERY proud sponsor!...

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The Beauty, The Brew and The Beast

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 in Our Events, Special Events

The Beauty, The Brew and The Beast

Join us on Sunday, June 29th at The Hen of the Wood in Waterbury, VT for this special event featuring the culinary wizardry of the HOTW team who will roast a whole calf, the impressive vocal and soul stylings of Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band, and the delectable brews of Lawson’s Finest Liquids! Tickets are still available in person at Hen of the Wood, Waterbury! Doors at 5:30pm; Music at 6:30pm PLEASE NOTE: Parking is very limited! Please...

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YARRRGGGHHH!!!

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

YARRRGGGHHH!!!

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

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Thank you Lawson’s Finest fans!

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 in Our Events, Special Events

Thank you Lawson’s Finest fans!

HUGE THANK YOU to everyone that turned out for the Lawson’s Finest 6th Anniversary event this weekend! WOW! From start (Mad Taco breakfast at 8am…wait, make that 5:15am for the earlier risers!) to finish (encore by the Grift at 11:10pm), you are seriously dedicated to your passion and enthusiasm for the beers you love! Drum roll please…..the final numbers are in….and we raised $10,682 for charitable causes! Yes, just fantastic! We are donating $5,341 each to the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation, and a local family in real need here in Valley through the Warren United Church. We couldn’t have done it without the amazing support of our lead sponsor THE MAD TACO, all of our incredible friends who helped throughout the lead up and during the event, our kind vendors at the market, The Grift band, The Valley Players theater, and more! Thank you! Thank you, thank you, THANK...

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6th Anniversary Bottle list & limits

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 in Our Events, Special Events

Here you go! ALSO – We will be posting updates in the morning to our new Facebook page regarding the Mad Taco breakfast buffet (see below) and beer # ticket availability (to purchase bottles). The breakfast fundraiser event runs 8-10am and we will post when all 50 tickets and the special breakfast stout are gone….and/or to let you know that they are still available for a donation! If you purchase the full allotment of bottles offered, the total will be $168 including Vermont taxes. Remember this a cash-only sale! (local checks accepted) 6th Anniversary Bottle List Spring Fever Session IPA (3.8%) – $7/22oz – LIMIT 3 Permagrin Rye Pale Ale (6.0%) – $7/22oz – LIMIT 3 Double Sunshine IPA (8.0%) – $9/22oz –  LIMIT 3 6th Anniversary Peril Imperial IPA (11.1%) – $12/22oz –  LIMIT 2 Rum-barrel Aged Maple Imperial Stout (11%) – $15/375ml – LIMIT 3 Fayston Maple...

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The Mad Taco Presents…..50 for 50!

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 in Our Events, Special Events

The Mad Taco Presents…..50 for 50! Very exciting news my friends….join Lawson’s Finest and The Mad Taco (Waitsfield location) at 8:00am on Saturday April 19th (yes, our Anniversary!) to raise $2,500 for the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation! We will be tapping a cask of a one-of-kind, never made before (or again?) beer!!! Bourbon Vanilla Espresso Fayston Maple Imperial (Breakfast) Stout! We will also be handing out the first 50 numbers to guarantee your spot in line when our Beer Lover’s Market opens at 2pm, AND serving up a Mad Taco breakfast buffet!! First-come, First-serve. The breakfast will be available from 8am until 10am, and we will post updates to our Facebook page when the beer tickets run out…or let you know they are still available for a donation to our fundraiser! What the Stout??? Here’s the deal: $50 per person (CASH ONLY) for the first 50 people gets you...

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6th Anniversary Party details

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 in Mad River Valley, Our Events, Special Events

6th Anniversary Party details

Why? – Raise funds for The Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation and a local family in the Valley in need of our support. Plus, tasty beer, food & a great time as we celebrate our 6th Birthday! Where? – Valley Players Theater, 4254 Main Street, Route 100, Waitsfield, VT. Parking? – Waitsfield Telecom parking lot (PLEASE stay off grass), 3898 Main St, Waitsfield, VT. FREE SHUTTLE runs from 1:30 to 5:00 pm to/from venue. Limited parking available along Route 100. Bottles sales? – Lawson’s Finest Beer Lovers Market from 2-6pm while supplies last. We use a deli-style number system. Get your numbered ticket starting at 12:00 Noon in front of the theater with a schedule and beer order form.  List/prices and a schedule below. Watch our blog for updated instructions on bottle limits and exciting news! How does the number system work for bottle sales? – See schedule below. How...

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Evening Beer Lover’s Ball Sold Out!

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 in Our Events, Special Events

Evening Beer Lover’s Ball Sold Out!

6th Anniversary Celebration April 19th Evening Beer Lover’s Ball SOLD OUT! Thank you to everyone that purchased tickets for the evening Ball. For those of you that didn’t get tickets for the evening session, fear not! We will have a Beer Lover’s Market from 2-6pm on 4/19 where you can purchase Lawson’s bottled beer, merchandise, and draft beer as well as other fantastic products from local vendors. Similar to the Farmer’s Market style, we will issue numbers starting at 12:00 noon on the day of the event for the bottle sales to maintain the lines. More detailed information is listed below on the 3/26 post....

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6th Anniversary Tickets on Sale Today!

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 in Mad River Valley, Our Events, Special Events

6th Anniversary Tickets on Sale Today!

UPDATE to ticket sales: The online tickets are now sold out. Thank you to everyone who jumped at the chance to be a part of our evening celebration! The Warren Store has 35 tickets left. The Mad Taco in Waitsfield has 28 tickets left. ========================================== Tickets will go on sale online via lawsonsfinest.com as well as in person at The Warren Store (Warren) and the Mad Taco (Waitsfield) today at 11am! Tickets are for the April 19th 7-11pm Beer Lovers Ball. Tickets are $35 each, limit 4 tickets per person. There are no phone or email ticket orders. Tickets are not required for the 2-6pm Beer Lovers Market session. We will post notice on the blog when online ticket sales are sold out. We will also post notice when in person ticket sales are sold out. We look forward to celebrating with...

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Lawson’s Finest 6th Anniversary

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 in Our Events, Special Events

Lawson’s Finest 6th Anniversary

Hey Friends, Our 6th Anniversary is fast approaching! April 19th at the Valley Players Theater on Route 100 in Waitsfield, with a farmers market style bottle sale in the afternoon (2-6pm) and a ticketed evening celebration featuring live music, food, a free shuttle and of course a bevy of liquid offerings on draft (7-11pm). No tickets are required for the day-time event. Tickets will go on sale soon for the Beer Lover’s Ball evening event from 7-11 PM. All the information will be posted on our website and blog. More details below. Please note: we will be launching ticket sales via TicketLeap and a button on our existing website home page. We are currently testing this platform – tickets are not for sale yet! We appreciate your patience in holding tight until we announce that tickets are on-sale. 6th Anniversary Info Join Lawson’s Finest on April 19, 2014 as we celebrate six...

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MRG Beer Lover’s Dinner sold out

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 in Our Events, Special Events

Thanks all fans for supporting the Naturalist Program at Mad River Glen with our Full Moon Snowshoe & Beer Lover’s dinner on Friday, February 14th! The event is sold-out and no tickets will be available at the door. Happy Valentines Day (Powder Day!!!...

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

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

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

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Happy New Year!

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

Happy New Year!

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

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The Night Before The Night Before Christmas!

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

The Night Before The Night Before Christmas!

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

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What’s Next

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

What’s Next

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

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Lawson’s – Three Penny Beer Dinner tonight!

Posted on May 19, 2013 in Our Events, Special Events

Yes indeed…We’ve paired up with the fantastic beer curators and chef Matt Bilodeau at Three Penny Taproom to bring you a five course beer dinner! Just a few spots remain if you’d like to make a plan on the fly to attend this evening! The dinner starts at 7pm and you can secure a spot by calling TPT at 802-223-TAPS. Here’s a look at the enticing pairings: Lawson’s Finest Beer Dinner Spring Fever Session IPA spring greens and buttermilk dressing Double Sunshine IPA harissa spiced scotch egg Jack’s Abby/Lawson’s collaboration – Smoked Maple Lager fried monkfish livers   Fayston Maple Imperial Stout pork and wild leek pie 2009 Maple Tripple maple cake and wild ginger...

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Thank You!

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 in Mad River Valley, Special Events

Lawson’s Finest 5th Anniversary Seriously….Thanks! We worked tirelessly for weeks to put on this event for you all…and you showed up! All the way! We feel fortunate to be blessed by such a devoted and enthusiastic following…so here is the official version of “Thank You”! Lawson’s Finest Liquids is pleased to announce their 5th Anniversary Celebration held in Waitsfield, VT on Saturday, April 20th raised $7,306 for the Mad River Valley (MRV) Food Shelf and Emergency Assistance through the MRV Interfaith Council. Lawson’s Finest would like thank all the participants who donated funds, effort, and services to make the event such a success. Our partners included the Beer Lovers’ market vendors, Gracie’s Tamales, Mt. Mansfield Creamery, Green Mountain Twister Pretzels, Gaylord Farm, Nutty Steph’s, Hartshorn’s Farm, Gizmo’s Pickled Plus, Vermont Peanut Butter, and Valley Rent-all. Thanks for the amazing music provided at our evening celebration by Kat Wright and...

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5th Anniversary – Details

Posted on Apr 12, 2013 in Our Events, Special Events

We’re very busy preparing a spectacular event for you all! Here’s a run down of the essentials: If you purchased Beer Lovers Ball (7-11pm) tickets online – your tickets are “will-call” at the door. No hard copies will be mailed. Please bring a valid ID to pickup your tickets. Worthy Burger – Kickoff celebration!  Join our friends at the Worthy Burger in South Royalton, VT for the start of Lawson’s Finest 5th Anniversary. They will be open early at 10am with four breakfast-y specials to start your day, paired with Spring Fever Session IPA and Double Sunshine IPA. If you are driving by on I-89 from the south, this will be a great meal stop en route! Link to directions is here: Beer Lover’s Market – 2pm to 6pm Numbered beer tickets and order slips will be available at the start of the market at 2pm. Cash or local check only...

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5th Anniversary – Beer Lovers Ball (7-11pm) SOLD OUT

Posted on Apr 2, 2013 in Our Events, Special Events

Tickets for Lawson’s Finest Beer Lovers Ball on April 20th, from 7-11pm are now sold out. No additional tickets will be available at the door. If you have tickets, we will be posting additional details about transportation, our beneficiaries, and more soon! Please join us for the Beer Lover’s Market, at the Valley Players Theater at 4254 Main Street in Waitsfield, VT from 2-6pm that same day for a full selection of Lawson’s Finest bottles, a full draft bar featuring our special 5th Anniversary beers (see post below), and a wonderful array of local products from farmers, cheese-makers, artisans, and more!...

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Lawson’s 5th Anniversary

Posted on Mar 17, 2013 in Our Events, Special Events

Join Lawson’s Finest on April 20, 2013 as we celebrate five years of brewing and raise funds for local charities!  (to be announced soon) The Beer Lovers Market from 2-6 pm features free admission for all and a family-friendly atmosphere, with music, bottle sales, draft beer (cash bar), Lawson’s merchandise, and a selection of local goods and foods (vendors to be announced soon). The Beer Lovers Ball from 7-11pm (ages 21 and over only) is a limited capacity event featuring live music, bottle sales, draft beer (cash bar), and world famous tacos from the Mad Taco! Tickets are $30 each and are only available in person at two locations – The Mad Taco in Waitsfield and The Warren Store in Warren. A limited number of tickets will be made available for online sales at lawsonsfinest.com beginning April 1th. Tickets are not available by phone or email. Lawson’s Finest will...

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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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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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ACER QUERCUS RELEASE PARTIES!

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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