Special Events

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 the Healing Waters event at Rough Cut in Middlebury from 6-8pm. Project Healing Waters brings a high-quality, full-spectrum fly fishing program to an ever-expanding number of disabled active military service personnel across the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, in Military Hospitals and the Warrior Transition Command. April 30-May 4 we’ll be at the Craft Brewers Conference in Nashville. Our new GEA brewhouse (pictured below) will be on display in Nashville before it makes its way to Waitsfield Vermont to our new brewery! NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW We are thrilled to announce the hiring of our Sales & Distribution Manager, Seth Talmon (pictured below). Seth comes to Lawson’s Finest Liquids with over 20 years of sales management experience (the last 12 years in the craft beer industry). Seth is moving from Colorado with his wife and son and can’t wait to be a part of the Mad River Valley community.  Besides his passion for beer he enjoys mountain biking, trail running and jamming on his mandolin with friends.     Last month Karen and Sean Lawson were graciously hosted by Simon Pearce to help create the custom light fixture that will adorn our taproom. Below are some photos from that very special experience!   Last month SD Ireland poured our brewery floor. It was quite a production with 55 trucks and 535 yards of concrete! Check out the video here. One of our key local partners, the Mad River Path Association, visited to tour our taproom under construction. Here is a video of their experience! We are proud to be a part of Looking for New England, a documentary film about a French brewer’s quest to make the perfect New England...

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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 with a series of special tappenings! Visit Lawson’s Finest website for ongoing updates and videos of the construction, as well as their monthly beer news. ================================= Lawson’s Finest 10th Anniversary Celebration will take place at the Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, VT on April 7th, 2018. We are thrilled to celebrate ten years of brewing with tasty beer, retail merchandise, food, music and a great time as we raise funds for two local worthy causes: Mad River Path Associationand Mad River Valley Television. NEW THIS YEAR – EACH TICKET ALLOWS FOR ENTRY INTO THE BOTTLE SALE AND EVENING BEER LOVERS BALL. THERE ARE NOT SEPARATE TICKETS FOR EACH SESSION. Your ticket purchase allows entry into the beer bottle sale held from 2:30-4:30pm, AND entry into the evening ball from 6-10pm. TICKETS SOLD OUT IN AN HOURS TIME! WE REALLY APPRECIATE OUR LOYAL FANS, AND LOOK FORWARD TO HOSTING YOU AT OUR NEW WAITSFIELD BREWERY, TAPROOM & RETAIL STORE WHEN WE OPEN IN AUTUMN! Each ticket is $35 plus Eventbrite fees and includes entry to the Beer Lovers Bottle Sale and evening Beer Lovers Ball, and a Lawson’s Finest tulip glass to keep. LIMIT 2 TICKETS PER PERSON. Tickets require ID at the door and all attendees must be 21 years or older. Cash sales only! Beer Lovers Bottle Sale – 1 Session ONLY (2:30-4:30pm) – You will have the opportunity to purchase up to the limits of all bottles listed below. The Bottle Sale will also have Lawson’s Finest retail merchandise and draft beer for purchase. At 4:30pm all attendees must depart the venue in order to change over the room for the evening Beer Lovers Ball. We encourage you to bring a cooler or plan a way to keep your beer cold after you purchase! (Note: Maple Tripple and Barrel-aged stouts are cellar worthy and do not require refrigeration – just cool, dark storage!) Beer Lovers Ball – (6-10pm) – Your ticket includes live reggae music from Mike Martin y Los Rootsticks, a deluxe dinner buffet provided by Canteen Creemee Company, and a cash bar (draft list below) featuring a wide variety of Lawson’s Finest on tap. There will be no bottle sales or merchandise sales at the evening Ball. PLEASE NOTE: ONLY CASH ACCEPTED AT BOTH THE DAYTIME BOTTLE SALE AND EVENING BALL! No credit or debit cards or out of state checks will be accepted! Parking – Limited on-street parking is available on Route 100 near the Valley Players Theater. Additional parking is available behind the Village Grocery and the Bridge Street Marketplace. 10th Anniversary Bottle List 2016 Maple Tripple (12%) – $25/500ml – LIMIT 2 Glenora Whisky Barrel-aged Maple Imperial Stout (11%) – $15/375ml – LIMIT 3...

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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 9/28, Carrier Mild will be available in bottles and draft. Inspired by a pub style English Dark Mild, this evolving creation is based in partnership with our friends at Carrier Roasting Company. Each batch features a unique origin and roast of beans with a different set of ingredients and process. Bottles will be available 9/28 at Warren Store and Hunger Mountain Co-op, 9/29 at Beverage Warehouse, and 10/3 at Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury. During this month, you’ll find fresh batches of Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #8 (cans and draft) around the states of Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York City. There is also a fresh delivery in the Portland Maine area! We’ve also added new Vermont accounts in Stowe, Burlington, Montpelier, Woodstock, Randolph, and Middlebury – with more geographic areas to come! Locations will be regularly updated on the Find Our Beer page. SPECIAL EVENTS We hope you were able to join us on August 25th for our official Groundbreaking Ceremony for our new brewery, taproom and retail store. In case you missed it, check out the great video that documented the festivities! On September 16, join us at the Massachusetts Fermentational in Worcester organized by the Massachusetts Brewers Guild, a nonprofit organization that exists to protect and promote the interests of craft breweries across the Commonwealth. More than fifty breweries are expected to pour at the Mass Fermentational, which will raise funds to create educational and marketing programs for local breweries and support the organization’s government affairs work. Lawson’s Finest will be pouring Knockout Blonde, Sip of Sunshine IPA, Super Session #8, and a special Brewer’s cask! On September 23, we will be spending the day at Siptemberfest hosted by Mad River Glen in Fayston VT!  We anticipate offering Knockout Blonde, Carrier Mild, Mosaic IPA, Super Session #8 and Sip of Sunshine...

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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 year during sugaring season with locally-sourced maple sap. There will be a 4 bottle limit of Maple Tripple, and we’ll also be selling specially priced cases of Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #8. Please note: all draft and bottle sales are CASH ONLY! Lawson’s Finest co-owner Karen Lawson notes, “We have undertaken a year of careful planning and design, and are thrilled to have crossed that finish line so that we can now focus on building the taproom and retail space from the ground up, and renovate the warehouse building to accommodate a 30-barrel brewing system.”  Brewer and co-owner Sean adds, “It’s so exciting to start the construction phase for our new destination and finally have a home for the public to visit.” The Lawson’s anticipate a grand opening in autumn...

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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 50 states visit elected officials to discuss policy; 4/12 at Jackpot with a Vermont Tap Takeover; and 4/13 at Churchkey with other notable VT & WY breweries. The week of April 17th debuts Super Session #8 (draft only) in Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts. This is a special batch of Super Session using copious amounts of Mosaic hops. Cans are expected this summer! Between now and the summer, Super Session #2 (which features Amarillo hops) will be brewed and packaged in cans and draft. Beginning April 27th, we will release bottles and draft of Kiwi IPA. Brewed with a massive charge of New Zealand grown Nelson Sauvin & Pacific Jade hops, Kiwi Double IPA brings you the terroir of our hop loving friends in the southern hemisphere. Bottles can be found at The Warren Store, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Beverage Warehouse, and Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury. During this month, you’ll find Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #2 cans and draft around the states of Vermont and Connecticut, and Sip of Sunshine IPA cans and draft in Massachusetts. New crop of hops are in! You may have noticed a slight difference recently in the flavor profile of our flagship beer Sip of Sunshine IPA. In early February, we began using our 2016 crop of hops in this beer.  Every year both the quality and character of hops and malts that go into our beers vary, as they are seasonal crops. This variation is one of the biggest challenges in the brew house to create a beer that is consistent batch to batch and year to year. In addition, each year’s crop includes numerous lots of the same variety of hops, each originating from a different farmer or different location. Even individual lots can vary widely in characteristics. We love the fact that we create a living product! However, it makes it hard to present exactly the same beer with every batch. In our sensory analysis, the hop lots that we are currently brewing with present a more earthy and dank character than the last several year’s crops. As a result, the tropical fruitiness in the aroma and flavor are a bit more subdued. With our first brew in April, we are bringing in a new lot of hops and Sean is working to optimize just the right blend of different lots to create the most tropical fruit-forward and lupulin-laden experience that we can deliver! We were humbled to have landed Super Session #2 in the Championship round of the Brewing News National Session IPA competition, and Hopcelot IPA in the Final Four of the National IPA competition! Thank you for all of the support for superb beer! The Vermont Brewers Association celebrates Green Mountain Beer Week from...

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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 here!

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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 the 2 included in ticket price) Super Session #2 ($10/6 pack; $40 case – special price! limit 1 case) Sip of Sunshine IPA ($12/4 pack $72 case – special price! limit 1 case) NOTE: only cash will be accepted! Please do not open your purchased bottles/cans while at MRG. Lawson’s Finest merchandise will be available for purchase from 2-4pm (cash only) in the parking lot. Enjoy a special variety of Lawson’s Finest on draft inside the MRG Gen. Stark Pub including Double Sunshine IPA, Steve’s Backyard Red Ale, Super Session #2, Sip of Sunshine IPA, and Idaho 7 IPA. Tasty food will be available for purchase at the Mad River Glen Baselodge (credit cards accepted). WHEN Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM  WHERE Mad River Glen Cooperative – 57 Schuss Pass, Fayston, VT...

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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 12pm. Visit this website for tickets. Beer Lover’s Market – 3 Sessions (12:30-2pm; 2-3:30pm; 3:30-5pm) – $30/ticket plus Eventbrite fees which includes one draft pour and $20 beer retail credit to be applied to your bottle/can purchases. LIMIT 2 TICKETS AND 1 MARKET SESSION PER PERSON. You may only attend one market session and will have the opportunity to purchase up to the limits of all bottles/cans listed below. At the end of each session all attendees must depart the venue. The Beer Lovers Market will feature Lawson’s merchandise, draft beer, bottled/canned beer, local goods for purchase, and a selection of prepared foods from Farmers and Foragers and The Mad Taco. NOTE: Tickets for the Beer Lover’s Market do not include admission to the evening Ball. Tickets require ID at the door that matches the name on the ticket. All attendees must be 21 years or older. Cash sales only! Beer Lovers Ball – Separate tickets required – 7-11pm – $75/ticket plus Eventbrite fees. LIMIT 2 TICKETS PER PERSON. Admission includes live music from Grundlefunk, dinner buffet, raffle prizes, one draft pour in a souvenir Lawson’s tulip glass and a Lawson’s Finest tote bag with 4 bottles of specialty beer (1 x Double Sunshine IPA, 1 x Peril Imperial IPA, 1 x Rum Barrel Aged Maple Imperial Stout, 1 x Maple Nipple) and a cash bar (draft list below) with a wide variety of Lawson’s Finest on tap. No additional bottle/can sales or merchandise sales.  NOTE: Tickets for the Beer Lover’s Ball do not include admission to the daytime Market. Tickets require ID at the door that matches the name on the ticket. All attendees must be 21 years or older. Cash sales only! Parking – Limited on-street parking is available on Route 100 near the Valley Players Theater. Additional parking is available behind the Village Grocery, the Bridge Street Marketplace, and at the Waitsfield Elementary School. Look for the parking signs with the Lawson’s logo. Lodging – With a special thanks to our friends, you can get a $35/night rate at Hostel Tevere and 10% off at Mad River Barn – make sure to mention at either location that you are booking for the Lawson’s Finest Anniversary party to get this reduced rate! Transportation – Available for the evening Beer Lover’s Ball at the Valley Players Theater by advanced sign-up only via Eventbrite ticketing. Alpine Limo shuttle will provide service to/from specific locations in the Mad River Valley (Waitsfield, Warren, Moretown, Fayston). C&L Taxi in Warren is also available. Be safe and have a designated driver! 8th Anniversary Bottle/Can List Peril IPA (11.1%) – $12/22oz – LIMIT 2 Maple Nipple Ale (8.0%) – $9/22oz – LIMIT 2 Sip of Sunshine IPA (8.0%) – $12/4pk/16oz cans – LIMIT one case Super Session #2 Ale (4.8%) –  $10/6pk/12oz cans – LIMIT one case Double Sunshine...

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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, June 24 at 10:00 AM (ET) and ends Thursday, June 25 at 10:00 PM (ET). If the event registration exceeds our capacity, tickets will be awarded via a random drawing administered by FreshTix. Ticket registrants will be charged at the time of processing. All registrants will be notified on Friday, June 26 at approximately 2:00 PM if they are successful or not. Refunds will be processed at this time for those who do not receive a ticket. For complete ticketing and registration info visit Lawson’s Finest Summer Celebration page. This will be our only summer event for retail beer sales. Due to the overwhelming popularity of Lawson’s Finest, we are no longer vending at the Waitsfield Farmers Market. Tickets are $80 each including all fees and VT taxes. Each ticket includes the following: Admission to Mad River Glen for the retail sale and celebration at Stark’s Pub One case (12 x 22oz) of commemorative, limited edition Sip of Sunshine IPA bottles One draft pour of Lawson’s Finest beer at General Stark’s Pub One souvenir Lawson’s Finest glass Guaranteed opportunity to purchase bottles and cans at listed limits and prices (below) Live music from Soule Monde from 1-4pm Special draft beer and food pairing menu at Stark’s Pub  The list for bottle/can sales is as follows (prices include VT taxes): 2014 Maple Tripple (initial release!) – limit 2; $25/500ml Hopcelot IPA – limit 2; $8/22oz Equinox IPA (new!) – limit 2; $8/22oz Peppercorn Saison – limit 2; $7/22oz Super Session #2 (12-ounce cans debut!) – limit 1 case; $11/6-pack, $22/12-pack, $44/case Sip of Sunshine IPA – 1 case limit (included in your ticket price –  $101 retail value) NOTE: All ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase all of the beers listed at the posted limit. Stark’s Pub Draft List Fayston Maple Imperial Stout Hopcelot IPA Equinox IPA Peppercorn Saison Super Session #2 Sip of Sunshine IPA Stark’s Pub Menu Mixed local Vermont greens with apples & chevre in a Peppercorn Saison vinagrette Wings with Fayston Maple Imperial Stout glaze Lawson’s Finest IPA beer-battered fish and chips Local beef burger with Maple Nipple infused ketchup Roasted Portabella sandwich with garlic IPA mayo Vermont Artisan Meats Sip of Sunshine bratwurst...

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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 are featuring our collaboration brew Reverse Whirlpool IPA, and at the Worthy Burger in South Royalton we are featuring a special Lawson’s Burger. NEW THIS YEAR: Advanced tickets are REQUIRED for entry to the Beer Lover’s Market from 1-5pm.  Tickets will be available starting Monday April 13 at 7:00am.  Visit this website for tickets. Beer Lover’s Market – NEW THIS YEAR: Due to limited venue capacity, to improve customer experience, and to ensure that we have enough beer for everyone, advanced tickets (free) are required to attend the market. Non-transferrable tickets will be available at FreshTix.com starting Monday April 13th at 7am. Lawson’s Finest Beer Lovers Market will take place from 1-5pm. All ticket holders will be admitted for one hour only and have the opportunity to purchase up to 2 bottles of Triple Sunshine IPA and up to one case of Sip of Sunshine IPA by the 4 pack. Additional Lawson’s Finest bottle varieties will be available while supplies last (see below for complete list of beers). Ticket holders will be admitted for one-hour sessions and at the end of each session you must depart the venue. LIMIT 1 TICKET AND 1 SESSION PER PERSON. No exceptions. Positive ID (21+) matching your FreshTix registration is required for entry to purchase and consume beer. Duplicate registrations will be denied entry to the venue. Group 1 will be from 1-2pm, Group 2 from 2-3pm, Group 3 from 3-4pm and Group 4 from 4-5pm. PLEASE do not register for the event unless you definitely plan to attend. Cash sales only! The Beer Lovers Market will feature Lawson’s merchandise, draft beer, bottled beer and a selection of local foods and goods (including Gracie’s Tamales; Pickled Plus; Mount Mansfield Creamery; Nutty Steph’s; Joe’s Soup and Screamin’ Ridge Farm; Vermont Whey Fed Pigs, and Vermont Homegrown Sauce!). Parking – Limited on-street parking is available on Route 100 near the Valley Players Theater. Additional parking is available at the Waitsfield Elementary School, 0.3 mi. north of the theater. Overflow parking is available at Waitsfield Telecom parking lot (PLEASE stay off grass), 3898 Main St, Waitsfield, VT. Look for the parking signs with the Lawson’s logo. Beer Lovers Ball – (SOLD-OUT) Info for ticket holders only – 7-11pm. Admission includes live music from The Grift, Mad Taco dinner buffet, one draft pour in a souvenir Lawson’s tulip glass and Lawson’s Finest tote bag with 4 bottles of specialty beer (2 x Triple Sunshine IPA, 1 x Fayston Maple Imperial Stout, 1 x Rum Barrel Aged Maple Imperial Stout) and a cash bar (draft list below) with a wide variety of Lawson’s Finest on tap. No additional bottle sales, merchandise sales ends at 8pm.  NOTE: Tickets purchased online require ID...

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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 stores (to be announced). Tickets are limited and expected to sell out quickly! 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. The event takes place at the Valley Players Theater – 4254 Main St, Waitsfield, VT. The Beer Lovers Market from 1-5 pm features free admission with bottle sales, draft beer, Lawson’s merchandise, and a selection of local foods and goods (including Pickled Plus; Mount Mansfield Creamery; Nutty Steph’s; Joe’s Soup and Screamin’ Ridge Farm; and more!). More information is expected soon.  ...

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

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

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

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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 fair price we can control. The sale runs from 3pm-5pm and is a cash only event with pricing at $15 per 4-pack and $90 a case (including VT sales tax and deposit) – so come get some Double Dose…if you...

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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! http://thegrift.com/15year_edit.lasso

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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 a very small...

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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 YOU! A few fun photos to share: The Grift rockin’ it out, the early riser Mad Taco crew, and the starting line up for bottles at the...

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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 Imperial Stout (10.1%) – $15/750ml – LIMIT...

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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 the following: 1. One of the first 50 numbered tickets for bottle sales at the 6th Anniversary Beer Lovers Ball 2. An all-you-can-eat Mad Taco breakfast buffet of Chilaquiles, Carnitas Hash, Carnitas and Jalepeno pancakes 3. One 12oz pour of cask-conditioned Bourbon Vanilla Espresso infused Fayston Maple Imperial Stout Every dollar we raise will go right to the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation, a cause near and dear to our hearts as my (Sean’s) sister Dana continues her fight against this deadly cancer. FAQ’s Can we just come and eat breakfast? Heck yes! Breakfast only will be available for $15 per person to those not donating to obtain a pour of stout and a number ticket. Can we just come and get a pour of the breakfast stout? – No, The cask will only be available to those who donate $50 for the event. Can we just come and drink beer or Bloody Marias? Heck yes! The Mad Taco will be offer an incredible line up of special draft beers – Hill Farmstead George, Citra, Simcoe, and Double Citra (four Hill Farmstead beers!), LFL Sip of Sunshine Double IPA, and Citizen Cider Dirty...

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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 much beer will you have? – We will have more than enough draft for both day and nite. Bottles – The first ~200 people who get numbered tickets will find a full selection of our bottled offerings. We will have enough bottles to cover up to ticket #350 with purchase of up to 5 bottles. Beer Lover’s Market? – 2-6pm, free admission, great local farm and food vendors; 7 draft lines of Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Lawson’s merchandise for sale. Beer Lovers Ball? – (SOLD-OUT) 7-11pm, 21 and over only, live music from The Grift, Mad Taco dinner buffet, cash bar with 8 varieties of Lawson’s Finest on tap. Admission includes one draft pour in a souvenir Lawson’s tulip glass. No bottle sales, merchandise sales ends at 8pm. NOTE: Tickets purchased online require ID at the door that matches the name on the ticket. If you want to transfer your online ticket, you must email megsevents@gmavt.net with the name of person. Transportation? – Alpine Limo rocks – FREE shuttle service! To/from parking lot 1:30-5:00pm; ALSO to/from Mad River Valley (Waitsfield, Warren, Moretown, Fayston) and the Beer Lovers Ball 6-10:45pm. To arrange a pick-up for transport to the evening event, you must text or call Mike at 802-793-3543, prior to 6pm on Saturday 4/19. C&L Taxi in Warren is also available. Be safe and have a designated driver! Lodging? – Hostel Tevere & The Mad River Barn Inn. Ask for the Lawson’s Finest Liquids special rate when booking your reservation. 6th Anniversary Bottle List Spring Fever Session IPA (3.8%) – $7/22oz Permagrin Rye Pale Ale (6.0%) – $7/22oz Double Sunshine IPA (8.0%) – $9/22oz 6th Anniversary Peril Imperial IPA (11.1%) – $12/22oz Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (10.1%) – $15/750ml Rum-barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (11%) – $15/375ml Please note: Bottle limits will be posted prior the event. This list is subject to change. No credit cards – Cash or local check only. We use a deli-style number system for bottle sales. We begin handing out numbers at 12:00 noon in front of the Valley Players theater. We will hand out up to 375 numbers (one per person). You will return to purchase your bottles according to the schedule below. We have a red LED lighted sign with the number being served at the bottles sales tables and will call your number. If you miss your number, join the end of line at the bottle table. Number Time 1 to 25 2:00 to 2:15 25 to 50 2:15 to 2:30 50 to 75 2:30 to 2:45 75 to 100 2:45 to 3:00 100 to 125 3:00 to 3:15 125 to 150 3:15 to 3:30 150 to 175 3:30 to 3:45 175 to...

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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 years of brewing and raise funds for several worthy causes that are close to our hearts – The Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation and a local family in the Valley. The event takes place at the Valley Players Theater – 4254 Main St, Waitsfield, VT. The Beer Lovers Market from 2-6 pm features free admission with bottle sales, draft beer, Lawson’s merchandise, and a selection of local foods and goods from Gracie’s Tamales, Nutty Steph’s,Green Mountain Twisters, Mt. Mansfield Creamery, Gizmo’s Pickled Plus, and more! All ages are welcome; however, expect a crowd! We will begin handing out numbered tickets to secure your place in line for bottle sales at 12:00 noon. Please see our blog for detailed instructions on bottle sales. The Beer Lovers Ball from 7-11pm (ages 21 and over only) is a limited capacity event featuring live music from The Grift and a cash bar with eight varieties of Lawson’s Finest on tap. Admission is $35 per person and includes one draft pour in a souvenir Lawson’s tulip glass and a buffet dinner from the Mad Taco. Tickets will be available online and in person at two locations – The Mad Taco in Waitsfield and The Warren Store in Warren. Tickets are not available by phone or email. Please note – Bottle sales will NOT be offered at the evening event. Merchandise sales will end at 8pm. Alpine Limo will be providing FREE transportation to and from the Beer Lovers Ball in the Mad River Valley (Waitsfield, Warren, Moretown, Fayston). More details on the shuttle will be posted to our blog before the event. Please utilize this service or have a designated driver. A local cab service – C&L taxi – is also available. We want you to have fun and be safe! The Hostel Tevere and The Mad River Barn Inn are offering lodging specials for the weekend! Ask for the Lawson’s Anniversary special rate when booking your reservation. These li sts are subject to change. 6th Anniversary Draft Beer List  Spring Fever Session IPA (3.8%) Permagrin Rye Pale Ale (6.0%) Barrel-Aged Jack’s Abby/Lawson’s Finest Smoked Maple Lager (6+%) Double Sunshine IPA (8.0%) 6th Anniversary Peril Imperial IPA (11.1%) Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (10.1%) Maple Barrel Aged Maple Imperial Stout (11%) 2012 Maple Tripple Ale (12%) 6th Anniversary Bottle List  Spring Fever Session IPA (3.8%) – $7/22oz Permagrin Rye Pale Ale (6.0%) – $7/22oz Double Sunshine IPA (8.0%) – $9/22oz 6th Anniversary Peril Imperial IPA (11.1%) – $12/22oz Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (10.1%) – $15/750ml Rum-barrel Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (11%) – $15/375ml Please note: Bottle limits will be posted on the day of the event. This list is subject to change. No credit cards – Cash or local check...

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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!!! Woohoo!)

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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 near the entrance to the VT College Gym. These numbers will be on an order form with the list of beers and bottle limits so that you can have your order ready (please fill out the form). There is a schedule on the reverse side with the approximate time window to visit our table. We have a lighted LED number sign that is visible from a distance with the current number being served. If you miss your number, you may present it anytime after the current customers at the table are served. Plan to wait at least 1-2 hours after collecting your number before your turn arrives. Plan to shop at the other vendors who will be offering an amazing selection of farm fresh foods, meats, and cheeses, crafts, holiday gifts, maple syrup, and much more! If you arrive before the market opens, please visit downtown Montpelier after you pick up your number. You may not wait at or near our table. The winter indoor market has a limited amount of space, and unless you are actively shopping at other vendors or enjoying some of the prepared foods and beverages at the tables in the gym, then you are blocking other customer’s access to vendors at the market. Beer sales begin at 10am. We do not offer any merchandise (glassware, t-shirts, etct) at the Farmer’s Market. Lawson’s Finest does not accept credit cards. Cash or local check only. Thank you. Upcoming beers These are the beers you can expect to be delivered to our draft and retail bottle accounts. Please note that each location decides when to put the beer on tap or onto the shelf for sale. Bottles typically only last for a few hours after delivery. 1/30-1/31 – Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (10.1%) 2/6-2/7 – Steve’s Backyard Red Ale (5.5%) 2/13-2/14 – Double Sunshine IPA...

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Happy New Year!

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

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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 the Indomitable Soul Band, and thank you for safe local transportation made possible by the most stylish shuttle anywhere, Alpine Limo. Special thanks goes to Megan Schultz of Meg’s Events, our incredible event planner, Joey Nagy and the staff of The Mad Taco who provided event support and an amazing taco dinner, The Valley Players Theater for hosting our event, and the many friends who volunteered their time to assist. We will also be making an additional donation of $500 to the One Fund Boston organization to help families affected by the recent tragedy there. Beer lovers traveled from around the Valley, Vermont, and as far away as Virginia, Philadelphia, and Boston to show their enthusiasm for great beer and their kind spirit of generosity in helping us to raise these funds, and we are very grateful. Sean and Karen...

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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 please – we do not accept credit cards Bottle list, prices, and limits are listed below Please note: We reserve the right to modify bottle limits depending on turn-out. Our goal is for everyone to be able to buy the brews that they are looking for! Please support our neighbors and farmers who will be at the market with the amazing array of quality locally grown and made products! Market Vendor List Gaylord Farm Gizmo’s Pickled Plus Gracies Tamales Hartshorn Farm Mt. Mansfield Creamery Nutty Steph’s Vermont Peanut Butter Beer Lovers Ball – 7pm to 11pm Live Music from Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band! Amazing taco buffet from the Mad Taco to pair with your favorite liquids! Please bring a valid ID for entry and your hard ticket (purchased at the Mad Taco or Warren Store). Online tickets are will-call: Simply present your ID at the door to pick up. Entry includes a Lawson’s Finest tulip glass and one beer with your ticket. Cash bar. Bottles and LFL merchandise will be available at the evening event – however we cannot guarantee the availability of any particular beer in bottles. Check out the amazing tap list below! Free local shuttle service from Alpine Limo (Mad River Valley only does not include Waterbury) will be available starting at about 6pm. Send a text message to Mike at Alpine Limo – (802) 793-3543 – with address and “5th pickup”. He will call or text you to confirm time and place. 5th Anniversary Draft Beer List  Spring Fever Session IPA (3.5%)Toast Black IPA (5.9%)Double Sunshine IPA (8.0%)Peril Imperial IPA (11.1%)Maple Nipple Ale (8.0%)Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (10.1%)Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Imperial Stout (11%)2009 Farmhouse Rye (10%) Draft pours will be $4 and $5 for beers 8% abv and above. Half pours available for $3This list is subject to change. 5th Anniversary Bottle List  Spring Fever Session IPA (3.5%) – $5/22oz – 5th Anniversary special price!Toast Black IPA (5.9%) – $7/22ozDouble Sunshine IPA (8.0%) – $9/22ozPeril Imperial IPA (11.1%) – $12/22ozMaple Nipple Ale (8.0%) – $9/22ozFayston Maple Imperial Stout (10.1%) – $15/750ml (limit 2)Maple Liquor Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (11%) – $15/375ml (limit 2)2010 Lost Meadow Cider – $10/22oz (limit 2) Please note: limit of 4 bottles per variety, per customer. Except as noted. We reserve the right to modify limits depending on turnout. This list is subject to...

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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 debut two special 5th Anniversary beers at both sessions! The first is called Peril – an imperial IPA (10%+ abv) featuring triple dry-hopping and extended cold conditioning to create an exceptional and menacing hop character with a smooth and clean flavor profile. The second, called Spring Fever Session IPA (3.5% abv) is designed to give you the flavor impact of an American IPA while giving you the lower alcohol and session-ablity of a light beer! Alpine Limo will be providing FREE transportation in the Mad River Valley to and from the Beer Lovers Ball. Please utilize this service or have a designated driver. A local cab service – C&L taxi – is also available. We want you to have fun and be safe! 100% of ticket sales as well as net proceeds from the event will benefit local non-profit organizations. 5th Anniversary Draft Beer List  Spring Fever Session IPA (3.5%)Toast Black IPA (5.9%)Double Sunshine IPA (8.0%)Peril Imperial IPA (10+%)Maple Nipple Ale (8.0%)Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (10.1%)Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Imperial Stout (11%)2009 Farmhouse Rye (10%) Draft pours will be $4 and $5 for beers 8% abv and above.This list is subject to change. 5th Anniversary Bottle List  Spring Fever Session IPA (3.5%) – $7/22ozToast Black IPA (5.9%) – $7/22ozDouble Sunshine IPA (8.0%) – $9/22ozPeril Imperial IPA (10+%) – $12/22ozMaple Nipple Ale (8.0%) – $9/22ozFayston Maple Imperial Stout (10.1%) – $15/750mlMaple Liquor Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (11%) – $15/375ml2010 Lost Meadow Cider – $10/22oz Please note: limit of 4 bottles per variety, per customer.This list is subject to...

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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 pick-up to get to the venue. Leave a message if you don’t reach him directly. Please also note that service is limited to the Mad River Valley area from Warren north to Moretown village area, and is confined to paved roads (limited exceptions at the driver’s discretion – ask first!) Rides home will be available from both services. Alpine Limo will be stationed at the Valley Players Theater and The Mad Bus will be making a stop every hour on the half hour. Beers on draft at the event- Epic! From the vault 2009, 2010, and 2011 Maple Tripple Ale 2009 Farmhouse Rye Ale 2010 Maple Barrel Aged Imperial Stout 2010 Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout 2011 Oak-aged Imperial Stout (Utopias/Buffalo Trace barrel) 2011 Acer Quercus Ale (The Bruery/Lawson’s Finest collaboration) 2009 Lawson’s Hillside Hard Cider! Fresh from the brewery Double Sunshine IPA Triple Play IPA Permagrin Rye Pale Ale BIG HAPI Black IPA Steve’s Backyard Red Ale Red Spruce Bitter Here are the bottles that will be sale at both the farmers market and evening ball events, while supplies last, limited to 4 bottles per person/per variety of beer. Oak-Aged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (Utopias/Buffalo Trace) – $25/750ml Double Sunshine IPA – $9/22oz Big Hapi Black IPA – $9/22oz Triple Play IPA – $9/22oz Permagrin Rye Pale Ale – $7/22oz We’re excited to add to the mix a brand new Lawson’s Finest reusable bottle bag carrier, included with your purchase of 4 or more bottles! We’ll also have a full line of Lawson’s Finest T-shirts (cotton and wicking styles), fleece hats, baseball caps, and Lawson’s glassware for sale at the events....

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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. Thanks!

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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 to let you know that Lawson’s is now going out to a few new places, thanks to the work put into the brewery over the last few months to help me crank out some more beer! Deliveries still happen on Friday. You can look for Lawson’s Finest at the following locations: Bottles Warren Store, Warren, VT Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, VT Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT Draught Localfolk Smokehouse, Waitsfield, VT American Flatbread, Waitsfield, VT Mad Taco, Waitsfield, VT The Common Man Restaurant, Warren, VT The Blackback Pub and Flyshop, Waterbury, VT The Reservoir Restaurant and Taproom, Waterbury, VT Three Penny Taproom, Montpelier, VT Farmhouse Taproom and Grill, Burlington, VT Thanks and...

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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 quantity of bottles will arrive at the Beverage Warehouse in Winooski. Cheers! –...

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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 lupulins! If you are fan of juicy, delicious, fresh IPA’s get yourself to Waterubury this weekend! Warren Store Tasting – Saturday 2pm to 4pm I’ll be doubling-down on bottled beer this week and offering a tasting of Lawson’s Finest at the Warren Store, on the main street in the village on Saturday afternoon from 2 – 4 pm. Our regular delivery will happen on Friday, for folks planning to travel thru that way. I’ll be re-stocking the Warren Store at the outset of the tasting for Saturday afternoon. As always, there is a 4 bottle per person, per day limit on bottles. I’ll have the following brews, tentatively for tasting and sales: Knockout Blonde Ale Maple Nipple Ale Chinooker’d IPA Red Spruce Bitter (2010 Holiday beer) I just brewed the second batch of Red Spruce Bitter yesterday, with fresh clipped spruce springs from the trees just adjacent to our brewery, and finished the first batch with a dash of cinnamon. It has a distinct woodsy flavor, layer with nice dark malts, altogether in a sessionable 4% ABV beer. Take a break from the winter warmers with this one! Look foward to seeing some of you this Saturday....

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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 blonde ale, rested on crushed wild grapes harvested along the riparian areas of the Mad River Valley. Light, slightly tart, and purple! 6% abv Funky Sunshine – An American IPA, fermented entirely with Brett. Fruity, herbal, and funky. 7% abv Locally, the Warren Store will be well-stocked on Friday morning with Maple Nipple Ale, Knockout Blonde Ale, 292 Hoptoberfest Ale, and Big Hapi IBA. American Flatbread will have the Dunkelweiss dark wheat ale on tap this weekend, along with another brew. The Common Mad Restaurant re-opens this evening, 11/4, with their Thursday Bistro special ($16pp two-course meal!) and the Maple Nipple Ale. The Village Porch in Rochester, VT has the 292 Hoptoberfest Ale on tap this weekend. The Pitcher Inn is closed for fall break until Nov. 24th. LAWSON’S HATS AND GLASSWARE ONLINE! We have a new page on our website, http://www.lawsonsfinest.com/, “Gear and Glassware” where you may order our Lawson’s branded hats or three styles of glassware. Check it out!...

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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 the Maple Nipple Ale Pitcher Inn, Warren – Dunkelweiss – NOTE: CLOSED for fall break Nov. 1 – Nov. 24. Village Porch – Stony Hill Harvest Ale – Get it while you can! They have the last few pints! Next up, Knockout Blonde Ale. Open Thurs-Sun each week. This week in bottles: (Friday, 10/29) Warren Store – Knockout Blonde, Maple Nipple Ale, Big HAPI India Black Ale – Deliveries are made on...

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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 people will trek for hours to the Warren Store just to grab our beer. I’m honored....

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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 a surpise! PERFECT PEAR – BEER DINNER FEATURINGLAWSON’S FINEST LIQUIDSWEDNESDAY,APRIL 28 @ 6 P.M.$40/PERSON INCLUDES TAXVEGETARIAN MENU AVAILABLE WITH ADVANCE REQUEST WEISS-KPICKLED FIDDLEHEAD & WHEAT BERRY SALAD PERMAGRIN RYE PALE ALEROBIE FARMS PIERMONT CHEESE SOUFFLE CHINOOKER’D INDIA PALE ALEPORK ROULADE WITH SMOKED PAPRIKA SAUCE FAYSTON MAPLE IMPERIAL STOUTMAPLE WALNUT ICE CREAM BROWNIE SUNDAE...

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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 is generally 10 gallons to 3 barrels – a barrel is an old English measure of beer and is 31 gallons, but its the industry standard for volume. There are at least 35 nanobreweries in existence that have been listed on various websites, but I’d be willing to bet that there are more we don’t even know about. Here are a few lists on blogs and some nifty writing about them: Hess Brewing Odessy TopFermented Trillium Brewing What have other folks been saying? Well try any one of the gazillion blogs out there for some reading. Erik over at his blog TopFermented.com wrote an intriguing piece on the movement and is interested in opening his own (nano?) brewery some day. To sum it up, he is fascinated by the idea, but daunted by the seemingly crazy idea of a potentially not-so-sound business model (a tiny brewery). He thinks that to succeed we must either be 1) independently wealthy or supported by a well-off partner; 2)”batshit crazy insane”; and/or 3) headed for a bankrupt future…us nano-brewers, that is. He raises some really good issues, and I can see that he really wants the idea to work. I agree with him on the ‘crazy’ part 🙂 – you’ve got to be a bit mad to quit a good full-time job to start your own business….*any* business. Nano-brewing can be a risky venture, and every “industry expert” will tell you NOT to start a production brewery that is smaller than 15 bbl (a brewery that packages and sells beer – no on-site brewpub). In the face of these challenges and odds, though there are now dozens of these tiny breweries making a go for it. Time will tell how successful we are, just like any business venture, lots will start and many will likely fail too. Fortunately the risks are much smaller with a nano-brewery than a full-scale production brewery, and your not going to rack up six or seven figures of debt in the process. So, Erik’s post got me thinking in the right direction for the talk I have tonight. My response/comment to his post (below) sums up what I plan to talk about tonight (along with some background on my own history, the basics of the brewing process, and of course some banter about each of the styles of beer that I present.) So….please….read on! And thanks for visiting. __________________________________________________________________ Hey Erik, I’m fascinated with your fascination and enjoyed reading your post. We started our ‘nano’ in Vermont over two years ago, and it was big success right from the get-go. I think you’ve got it now, and had most of it in the first place. The people behind nano...

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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 The Village Porch, Rochester, VT – Porch Pint Ale (you never know 😉 Upcoming soon, with more details to follow, lots of exciting dates on the calendar ahead! April – IPA Month at Flatbread/Zero Gravity Brewing Burlington – Lawson’s on tap, TBA date. April 22 – Earth Day with Lawsons Finest Liquids at Three Penny Taproom, Montpelier, VT. April 28 – Beer Dinner at the Perfect Pear Cafe (and soon to be brewpub!) in Bradford, VT May 22 – Brattleboro Brewers Festival! Look for the inaugural release of a colossal new(aged) brew July 16-17- Vermont Brewers...

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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 Valley. Brewed with rye malt and hefty additions of fresh whole-cone hops, in true Chuck D. style! Crooked Cabin Brown Ale, 5.5% abv – our English-style inspired brown ale with a round malty character. Fayston Maple Imperial Stout, 10.1% abv – Hefty, complex and full of roasted and burnt character, all balanced by a subtle maple and malt sweetness. Great to pair with dessert or a piece of dark chocolate. Hopzilla Double IPA, 8.7% abv – Double dry-hopped version! Wicked strong and intensely bitter, this brew is designed for hop fiends and to terrorize your taste buds. Woodchuck Stout, 5.7% abv – Vanilla Espresso version! – This special one-time release for our anniversary will occur when one of the other kegs runs out….or it will go into bottles the next day! I’ll also be raiding the vault to bring some very limited edition bottles to the event, including the 2009 Maple Tripple Ale and the 2009 Farmhouse Rye in both Oak-aged and standard versions!...

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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 weizen strain of yeast. 8.1% abv. Cheers!...

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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 feat. There are several special beers that were made just for this event, and I’ll be pulling some bottles from the ‘vault’ to open during the evening. Hope you can make it! As a bonus, we are delivering some bottles to the Beverage Warehouse in Winooski thru our distributor the same day for a very limited Burlington area offering. Ask Jeff Baker at the BW, as they may not be on the shelf. Here’s the official word from WobblyJeff at ZG/AF who’s also pivotal in making this event and our collaboration: “Straight from the Green Mountains to our tap lines. We have been planning this one for over a year. Finally us folks in Burlington will get some Lawson’s action in tap form. The lineup has us salivating…plus a few surprises in bottles. Do not miss this one. Seriously.” BEER LIST Blonde Ale (to be renamed!) – hoppy, blonde and dry APA. 5.5% Power Flower Harvest Ale – session ale brewed w/100% VT hops! 5.0% Starkbier! – Strong dark German-style weizenbock (wheat) beer. 8.1% Hopzilla Double IPA – Hop Bomb, period. 9.0% Brettzilla – Hopzilla Double IPA aged for months on Brett. 9.0% ‘Oaked’ Fayston Maple Imperial Stout – Aged 2 months on oak. 10.1% 292 Hoptoberfest Ale – Our dark amber American style fall seasonal. 5.5% Dunkelweiss – German-style dark hefeweiss bier. 5.6% Permagrin Rye Pale Ale – A hoppy APA brewed with malted rye. 6.0% Big Hapi IBA – American-style imperical black ale – a sticky bitter and dank stout-IPA2 fusion! 7.5% UPDATES *Rock Art Brewery wins their battle with Hansens Beverage, maker of Monster Energy drink! *Lawson’s at Three Penny Taproom – redux….watch for an early December return to Montpelier. *Starkbier! – a strong and dark German-style wheat beer will debut on 11/10 and be featured thereafter at General Stark’s Pub at Mad River Glen. You can look for it on the shelf at the Warren Store occasionally, staring sometime the week of 11/9. What’s on tap? Common Man in Warren – Permagrin Rye Pale Ale. American Flatbread in Waitsfield – Power Flower Harvest Ale – last keg of the year on Friday 11/6! Village Porch in Rochester, VT – The Porch Pint, currently is the Hoptoberfest, 292 Ale. The Pitcher Inn is closed for their fall “stick season” break and will reopen on 11/25. Hope to see some of you on Tuesday –...

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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 pouring up some fine brews outside on the deck of the lodge on what was the best weather day of the entire fall. Beautiful! I promise next year, I’ll get the word out on the blog BEFORE the event. As it turns out, we didn’t need it. The event sold out in only about 2 hours at the door thanks to the huge interest in great beer and a spectacular fall foliage day paired with scenic rides on our ‘Old Faithful’ at MRG – the single chair. Likely close to a thousand people cycled thru the place over the course of the day. FALL BREWS The single-batch edition of my Stony Hill ‘Local Hop’ Harvest Ale is just about gone. Get yourself over to American Flatbread in Waitsfield tonight 10/2 if you want a pint of what’s left. Brewed with hops grown right at the brewery. My first batch of fall wheat beer – a German-style Dunkelweiss is ready and bottles will be headed to the Warren Store this weekend. You’ll also find it on tap in General Starks Pub at Mad River Glen. At the Common Man, you can sample one of my latest hoppy creations – the Permagrin Rye Pale Ale. Rings in at 6.0% abv and has enough lupulin to chew on! The Pitcher Inn’s cooler is down, so they do not have any beer on tap right now. Down at the Village Porch, you can sample the fall’s first batch of my Hoptoberfest 292 Ale. Lots more of the 292, Dunkelweiss, and Permagrin are on the way along with BIG HAPI set to make a fall debut in another week or so. Looking ahead, I just brewed my second batch of Fayston Maple Imperial Stout for the cold months ahead. Mmmmm. The first batch has been in kegs for a month now and is aging beautifully! I’m going to try and get some bottles of it out there at the next Farmers Market…read on. UPCOMING EVENTS! Exciting news to share with you….Another collaboration is in the works with the great peeps at Zero Gravity/Flatbread Burlington Hearth, Paul Sayler and Destiny Saxon. We are likely to brew a batch next week for our November gig – Lawson’s Night at Flatbread on Nov. 10. Mark your calendars! We’ll have 6-8 different Lawson’s brews on tap, and some special bottles ‘from the vault’. We’ll be brewing up a 10bbl batch of Papelblonde Ale to be served at the event and well beyond. An just a couple weeks away is the debut of Lawson’s Finest at The Three Penny Taproom, a now renowned little beer bar in Montpelier, VT. We’ll be tapping up a keg of double dry-hopped Hopzilla Double...

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Harvest Time

Posted 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 Nipple Ale and Papelblonde Ale. Tomorrow, I’ll deliver more Maple Nipple Ale and the Crooked Cabin brown ale which is only available for a short time…too many other beers to make to get back to that brew anytime soon! At our regular draft accounts, look for the Maple Nipple at the Common Man restaurant, Weiss-K wheat bier (hefe) at the Pitcher Inn, The blonde Porch Pint at the Village Porch, and Chinooker’d IPA at American Flatbread in Waitsfield this weekend. What’s exciting and new you ask? LOTS! I say. I’m very excited about SIPtemberfest 2009, a beer tasting event I am helping to organize at Mad River Glen (mini-brewfest) on Sat. Sept. 26! I just brewed my fall Stony Hill Fresh Hop Harvest Ale yesterday! I used about 2 lbs of my own Willammette hops, grown just a few feet from the brewery, harvested and dried on-site (thanks for the help pickin’ Dave!) for the finish on this light american ale. Today, I brewed my fall wheat bier, a German Dunkelweiss. If you have any creative names, let me know by email! I will post more details about the MRG event soon. Until next...

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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 Ale, and Chinooker’d IPA for sale in bottles with samples too. The double-batch of 2009 Maple Tripple is cellaring in kegs right now, and boy its a doozy! Will clock in just over 10% again this year, but with more maple character than I’ve ever been able to get before. Bottles of this limited edition brew, or as I call it a “once-a-year-beer” will only be released for sale at the Farmer’s Market this summer and fall. The Warren Store will be getting Papelblonde Ale on the shelf tomorrow, get it while you can…I’m sure they’ll be cleaned out before the weekend is over. The Pitcher Inn and Village Porch have the Papelblonde and Porch Pint respectively, while The Common Man continues to feature the Maple Nipple Ale as their house “Lawsons” brew on tap. Over at the Alta Day Spa next to the Pitcher Inn in the Village of Warren, Joannie is working up a special treat for “Men’s Month” in June. She is creating a special exfoliant and pedicure soak with hops from Lawson’s Finest! Mmmmm. You can grab a bomber across the street at the Warren Store and sip while you relax to wafting aromas of Cascade hops. So, dads out there, you know what to ask for Father’s Day now. I’m working up some stashes for the Vermont Brewers Festival in July….MMM. I can tell you I’m hanging onto some kegs Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (10%) that will have been aged 4 months for the fest. I’ll also be releasing an experimental beer, that will be called BrettPA or maybe Brettzilla! Its my Hopzilla Double IPA, aged on Brettanomyces for months in a keg. I’ll also be doing a up a special batch of spruce beer, as many of the VT Brewers are doing as a feature for this year’s fest. In addition to that, look for some additional maple curiousities, our regular rippin’ Chinooker’d IPA, PapelBlonde Ale, and the Weiss-K. Until next...

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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 celebration in the Stark’s Pub at Mad River Glen on St. Paddy’s Day, March 17th, 2009 from about 6 to 10 pm. Please join us for special pours of Lawson’s brews and tastings of rare bottles from the vault! Live music starts around 7 pm with the fine tunes of the Phineas Gage project, featuring James Kinne, Erica Stroem, and Rob Williams. Cash bar and light food fare will be offered. For directions,visit http://www.madriverglen.com/. Watch for a beer list to be posted in the week prior to the event here on the blog. Please forward to friends of good beer. Thanks for your all your support during our first year as Vermont’s smallest microbrewery! – Sean In other beer notes: Now on tap – Fayston Maple Imperial Stout at Mad River Glen – Big Hapi IBA at the Pitcher Inn – Hoptoberfest at The Village Porch (Th-Sun) – 292 Ale at American Flatbread (Fr, Sa) And….Chinooker’d IPA will arrive in 22oz bombers at the Warren Store tomorrow!...

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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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