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Waitsfield Brewery, Taproom and Retail Store

Posted on Oct 26, 2018 in Featured, Our Beer, Press, Retail

Waitsfield Brewery, Taproom and Retail Store

Monday November 19th, our taproom and retail store will be closing at 6pm for a staff meeting. We will resume normal hours Tuesday, 12-7pm.   We are excited to offer guests the ultimate Lawson’s Finest experience at our new Brewery, Taproom and Retail Store. Check back frequently to find out what you can expect for availability at our Waitsfield location! Updated Daily Available In Cans: To find the descriptions of our beer varieties click here.   Find information about Sip of Sunshine and Super Session...

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November Beer News

Posted on Oct 25, 2018 in Awards, Featured, Our Beer, Our Events, Press, Retail

November Beer News

NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW We would like to inform you all that we will be closed for Thanksgiving. We will resume normal operating hours on Friday; 12-7pm! The most exciting news we have to share in 2018 is the official opening of our new brewery, taproom and retail store located in Waitsfield, Vermont! After two and half years of planning, permitting, construction, and interior design, we have officially opened our doors to the public with a highly skilled team of employees ready to serve fresh beer and fantastic food. It’s an exciting time for us to be able to offer the ultimate Lawson’s Finest experience and finally have a destination for all our fans to visit. We are open seven days a week, 12-7pm! If you’re curious of what to expect at the taproom and retail store when you visit, check here. Our taproom offers a warm, inviting experience with a variety of Lawson’s Finest beers, fine wine, hard cider and non-alcoholic beverages as well as local light fare. The family-friendly atmosphere keeps both adults and kids entertained with arcade games, checkers and foosball. Our four season beer garden includes three fire bowls which are adorned with Adirondack chairs to keep you relaxed and toasty on the colder days and corn hole for some fun outdoor entertainment. The retail store is packed full with vibrant, new merchandise and plenty of beer to take home with you! Before you leave, swing through the brewery viewing area to see, smell, hear and experience what goes on inside! Our brewery staff hard at work is a beautiful sight to see. News coming straight from our Waitsfield brewery is the release of Fayston Maple Imperial Stout in cans! Fans of our stout have been waiting patiently to enjoy this rich and complex beer, and for the first time ever it will be packaged in cans. We’re also thrilled to announce our newest beer, App Gap Saison, will be available only on draft this month – cans available this December! Our Belgian style farmhouse ale has a slightly spicy character, fruity yeast-driven esters and an effervescent, dry finish. If you’re planning a visit to our new brewery, taproom and retail store don’t forget to check here to see both our draft line-up and retail offerings! Two of our local media organizations are just as excited about our opening as we are! Take a moment to read the Seven Days article as well as the Burlington Free Press article to give you an idea of what you are in store for when you visit! Lawson’s Finest Liquids was recognized by the readers of Beer & Brewing Magazine amongst the Top 25 Favorite Small Breweries! Being nominated by those who love and appreciate our beer is a high honor and we couldn’t be more thankful.   SPECIAL EVENTS On Thursday 11/1 our brew, The Space In Between, will be featured at BBD’s Vermont Beer Day in Las Vegas! The event will be celebrating Vermont brewing craftsmanship by featuring a few phenomenal beers and breweries from the Green Mountain State. In case you miss out on Thursday’s event, BBD’s is hosting a Lawson’s Finest can party on Sunday 11/4 featuring Sip of Sunshine, Super Session #7 and The Space In Between. On Wednesday 11/7  you can find us at the Farmhouse Tap and Grill in Burlington, Vermont for their Darkness, Darkness event. Join us to celebrate the changing seasons with dark beers galore including fine treats such as Maple Nipple and two vintages of Fayston Maple Imperial Stout (including one with tart cherry!). In addition, the Farmhouse will have brews from near and far that embody dark days and long...

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We’re Open!

Posted on Oct 22, 2018 in Featured, Our Beer, Our Events, Press

We’re Open!

WE’RE OPEN! The day you have all been waiting for is finally here! We are thrilled to announce we are officially open! Come share in the excitement and enjoy our carefully crafted selection of beers with local light fare. Our retail store is packed full with vibrant, new merchandise and freshly canned beer. Stock your fridge full! Enjoy our beautiful, warm and comfortable taproom 7 days a week! Our daily hours are from 12-7 pm. You can find us at 155 Carroll Road in Waitsfield, Vermont. Check here to find what we have available in our Taproom and Retail Store. We look forward to seeing you all! Cheers! Here is a preview of what you’re in store...

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October Beer News

Posted on Sep 30, 2018 in Awards, Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Press

October Beer News

NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW Lawson’s Finest Liquids has been named the Small Business of the Year by the Central Vermont Economic Development Corporation! This is quite an honor that we are really proud of! We are accepting applications for the Taproom & Retail Beertender positions who will provide our guests with memorable experiences! Check out Sean Lawson’s interview in the September/October edition of The New Brewer! Thank you Vermont Congressman Peter Welch for requesting a visit to our Waitsfield Brewery, Taproom and Retail Store. It was fantastic showing off our new space! Autumn is here and we’ve finished our construction and commissioning of the brewery systems. Our brewery team is working around the clock! We are now open to the public seven days a week! Below is a photo of the new beer packaging that will soon be filled with delicious Finest Liquids! SPECIAL EVENTS On Saturday 10/13 we’ll see you at the 10th annual NH Brewfest in Portsmouth at the Redhook Brewery! Also Saturday 10/13, attendees at the Snallygaster 2018 in Washington DC will be treated to Lawson’s Finest Liquids! We’re making a special delivery to our DC fans for this Beastly Beer Jamboree – enjoy! BEER DELIVERIES During this month, you can Find Our Beer – Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #7 (cans and draft) in Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire and New York. The end of October brings back Super Session #2 (brewed with Amarillo hops) in cans and draft! You’ll likely start to see the marketplace transition from Super Session #7 to Super Session #2 in November.  We anticipate brewing Super Session #2 for a few months until we bring back Super Session...

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Lawson’s Finest videos!

Posted on Mar 9, 2018 in Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Our Events, Press, Retail

Lawson’s Finest videos!

Sit back and relax with your favorite Lawson’s Finest beer and watch these fun videos of our Waitsfield brewery, taproom, and retail store coming to life! Learn more about our vision for the brewery, taproom, and retail store to get you excited for our autumn 2018 grand opening!  

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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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Join Our Team

Posted on Jun 11, 2017 in Mad River Valley, Press

Join Our Team

Lawson’s Finest started in 2008 (with a one barrel brewery!) by owners Sean & Karen Lawson. In 2011 they increased the brewery capacity to a seven barrel system. It was truly a “Mom & Pop” operation until 2016 when TJ Greenwood was hired as the first employee. Find more background information here! It is now time for Lawson’s Finest to welcome two more staff to our team! Job openings include an Office Administrator and a Brand Ambassador. Please click the link below for application information. http://lawsonsfinestliquidsllc.appone.com...

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Our Ship is about to Blast Off!

Posted on Jan 30, 2017 in Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Press

Our Ship is about to Blast Off!

Lawson’s Finest Liquids is pleased to announce that we are growing our presence in the Northeast with new territory in Vermont, additional brewing capacity for Connecticut, and by adding the state of Massachusetts to our delivery footprint! Massachusetts Lawson’s Finest is extremely excited to announce that we have chosen Atlantic Beverage Distributors as the proud and capable handlers of our brands. Fans of the highly recognizable bright yellow 16oz Sip of Sunshine cans will be able to get their hands on Lawson’s Finest lupulin-laden liquids every month, with regular deliveries of cans and draft beer beginning January 31st. In future months, Bay State hop lovers will also find Lawson’s Finest Super Session #2, winner of the 2016 National Session IPA Challenge held by Brewing News. This quaffable brew is designed to be light and refreshing with low alcohol, yet the full hop character of an IPA. Sean Lawson, brewer and co-owner of Lawson’s Finest says, “Atlantic has shown us their commitment to keeping our beers cold and getting them to our fans as fresh as possible with their new distribution facility in Holliston and a talented staff.” Vermont Within Vermont, Lawson’s Finest will grow our footprint in the northern part of the state as well as the Upper Valley. “We are stoked to add the legendary ski town of Stowe, and excited by the reception we’ve received from restaurants and retailers” Sean Lawson remarked. Lawson’s Finest will also begin regular deliveries to the White River Junction area soon. Fans of hop forward beers will find Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #2 regularly, as well as special releases of our small batch specialty creations at select locations. Lawson’s Finest Operations Director TJ Greenwood says, “Look for Lawson’s Finest in new locations thanks to the addition of a third truck at the Mad River Food Hub, home to our wholesale distribution company The Beer Guy, LLC.” While the small fleet can’t currently cover the entire state, we are really excited to reach additional towns around Vermont. Furthermore, Lawson’s Finest is poised to break ground this spring on a new Waitsfield, VT location where we will open a 30bbl brewery along with a taproom, retail store, and offices providing a new destination for Lawson’s lovers. Connecticut Starting in February 2017, an expanded supply of cans and kegs of Sip of Sunshine IPA & Super Session #2 will begin rolling out to our wonderful fans in Connecticut. Thanks to our relationship with Two Roads Brewing in Stratford, CT, we brew Lawson’s Finest Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #2 locally and deliver it cold and fresh throughout the state with Hartford Distributors Inc. and Star Distributing. Company Story Lawson’s Finest was founded in 2008 and is an award winning, small batch artisanal brewery located in Warren, Vermont. In 2014, we added an alternating proprietorship at Two Roads Brewing in Stratford, CT where our flagship canned IPA’s are brewed by Lawson’s Finest. Our goal is to provide beers of the highest quality and outstanding freshness, featuring world-class IPA’s and unique maple brews, while emulating the best of widely appreciated styles. Our small batch specialty beers are custom crafted in a 7bbl brewery tucked in the woods, on the east flank of Lincoln Mountain in Vermont. Lawson’s Finest beer can be found on draft, in bottles, and in cans throughout north-central VT, and in cans and kegs across the states of Connecticut and...

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Lawson’s Finest – a new home for the future

Posted on Apr 27, 2016 in Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Press

Lawson’s Finest – a new home for the future

Here’s news that will thrill beer lovers near and far! Sean and Karen Lawson, proprietors of the award-winning microbrewery Lawson’s Finest Liquids, are in the process of purchasing the warehouse buildings and property located at 155 Carroll Road in Waitsfield, VT with a goal of closing in the summer of 2017. Sean says, “It is our hope that this will become the expanded home of Lawson’s Finest in the Mad River Valley.” The craft beer company plans to open a new larger brewery, a tasting room and offer retail sales. Currently, Lawson’s Finest is based in Warren VT with a 7 barrel brewery (1 U.S. barrel (bbl) = 31 gallons). In the new space in Waitsfield, they anticipate having a 30 bbl brewery. They plan to move their craft beer-making operation from a tiny 280 square-foot building at their home in Warren to the 7,500-square-foot warehouse in Waitsfield, which means more beer as well as adding employees and new equipment. They plan to keep the 7bbl brewery in Warren operational as a pilot location, with the opportunity for more creativity and experimentation. The Lawson’s also plan to continue brewing their Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session beers at Two Roads Brewing in CT now and in the future. Sean elaborates, “We’ve hoped from the beginning that our Sip of Sunshine IPA brewed at Two Roads could get to the big Northeast beer markets that are nearby, but people in Vermont and Connecticut are drinking it faster than we can make it!” Create a destination for Lawson’s Finest consumers “One of the things that’s been missing from our business is that due to our residential location, people can’t get to or see the brewery, and taste the beer or meet the brewer; people really want that,” Sean said. The tasting room plans to include a family-friendly space where people can sample a variety of locally produced artisan foods and beverages. The Lawson’s desire to align their project with both the scale and the character of Waitsfield and the surrounding areas of the Mad River Valley. “While this is an exciting first step,” Lawson said,“our plans are contingent upon the completion of the Winter Park Community waste water system, as well as obtaining all of the necessary permits from the Town of Waitsfield and State of Vermont.” If the permitting phase is successful and they complete the purchase, the Lawson’s anticipate renovations and equipment installation will take an additional 6-12 months, with a potential opening in 2018. “We’ve given ourselves two years to get to an opening date. We want to be completely transparent with our community as we go through this process,” Sean said. Since its inception, his beers have captured the fancy of beer lovers near and far, creating a cult-like following. Lawson’s Finest has also captured awards in recent years at the Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup, and the National IPA Championship, creating heightened interest in their brand. Several factors over the past few years have made them more willing to take the next step in terms of growing the business. They partner with Mad River Food Hub in Waitsfield for local Vermont distribution. “Having warehouse space with both dry and refrigerated storage, trucking capacity, and the distribution facility at the Food Hub have been critical” Sean said. Lawson’s Finest also brews beer under contract at Two Roads Brewery in Stratford, Connecticut, where they produce Sip of Sunshine and Super Session #2. This experience has given them the confidence that they can take on a larger operation and have the ability to move forward with this...

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Maple beer featured on NPR

Posted on May 16, 2012 in Our Beer, Press

Check it out – this excellent piece by Steve Zind was broadcast on this evening’s “All Things Considered” on National Public Radio and it features Lawson’s Finest Maple Tripple Ale! Listen to the Story Read the story (note: text version is slightly different than audio) http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/05/15/152694105/vermont-beer-makers-bring-back-old-time-maple-sap-brewsre PLEASE NOTE: Maple Tripple, as well as all of Lawson’s Finest beers are only available in Vermont. Lawson’s does not ship beer and VT Law does not permit direct retail shipment of beer. We plan to release the 2011 Maple Tripple at the June 9th Waitsfield Farmer’s Market. The 2011 Maple Tripple is this year’s release – each batch is aged for a full year before...

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The results are in..

Posted on Mar 31, 2012 in Press

Seven Days newspaper: Vermont Brew Bracket Two hop-heavyweights of Vermont went head to head in the final round – Double Sunshine IPA vs. The Alchemist’s Heady Topper – and the winner is……Heady Topper emerged victorious. Hat’s off to John, Jen, Jim and the whole crew at the Alchemist for making one of the best Double IPA’s on the planet. Check out the full recap on Seven Days website at: http://7d.blogs.com/blurt/2012/04/heady-topper-wins-inaugural-vermont-brew-bracket.html Go hop lovers! Cheers,...

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Post_Irene

Posted on Sep 1, 2011 in Mad River Valley, Press

Our hearts, thoughts, and donations go out to all those who have been displaced, endured hardship, and lost their homes to Hurricane Irene. Just a quick update to let you know that Lawson’s and our brewery are fine. Our current offering is a session ale, called Gonzie. IPA light or American Bitter Ale? It’s up to you. I made alot of this beer for the last warm weeks of the summer and the start of fall, so you will see it right thru September. Hope you enjoy and take good care. To update you on the places where you can find our beer: American Flatbread – heavy flood damage, but an amazing recovery is underway; they will re-open with Gonzie on tap on Friday 9/2! Warren Store – Floodwaters came very close, but the store is open as usual. Gonzie in bottles on Fridays. Pitcher Inn – The Tracks Pub downstairs was underwater on Sunday eve. They hope to re-open in a few weeks. Will keep you posted. Common Man – Gonzie on tap and they are high and dry! Open Tues-Sat each week. Village Porch in Rochester, VT – This town has been cut-off from access by vehicle for three days, and just re-established today. The community was devastated by the flood, and the main roads, as well as bridges in/out of town destroyed in places. My understanding is that the Village Porch and the Mendells are unharmed. They do not have power. To get updated information, visit www.wcax.com for news, and https://www.facebook.com/MRVpostIrene for information about the Mad River Valley, (and Granville/Hancock/Rochester) and recovery efforts. You can donate goods in person on Friday in Waitsfield (see link above), make a donation to the Mad River Valley Community Fund, The Red Cross, or a reputable charitable organization. Finally, please support our fellow brewer and friends John and Jen Kimmich of The Alchemist. Their brewpub was submerged by the floodwaters in Waterbury, and they lost much of the contents. The bright news is that they plan to gut the building and begin anew. And now the really great news…..Heady Topper in cans! Yes, Vermont’s first canned beer – brewed and canned in Vermont! The Alchemist Cannery has been in the works for months and will be opening just in time for Labor Day weekend!! You can get cold, tall, 16oz cans of Heady Topper – an American Double IPA at the Cannery, see the operation and get a tasting too, all starting this Friday, September 2 at 11am! Visit www.alchemistbeer.com for their...

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Vermont Beer Family Grows – Chris Fleisher

Posted on Nov 8, 2009 in Press

Valley News – Lebanon, NH – November 8, 2009 “Vermont Beer Family Grows” By Chris Fleisher Valley News Business Writer *Bradford, Vt. *— Six gurgling buckets of frothy amber liquid sit in an unfinished room beneath The Perfect Pear Cafe. Adam Coulter, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Annie, is responsible for the contents. It is an experiment of both of chemistry and business. He’s still playing with the flavors of the fermenting beer sealed inside the five-gallon containers. In a matter of weeks, he’ll have some idea of how it will turn out. In the meantime, he watches, waits and hopes it will be worthy of pairing with the gourmet dishes he serves every night. It is, perhaps, as excited as he’s been since he bought The Perfect Pear in June 2004. “I kind of feel recharged again,” Coulter said last week, a few hours before the dinner rush. Coulter figures he is about two months away from joining the ranks of homebrewing hobbyists who have turned their passion into a profession. He received town approval in May to add a brewpub at the restaurant, and he is now seeking his federal license to brew beer. He has his equipment and a general plan for the bar and brewery. If all goes well, he’ll be serving his first pints in the restaurant by January and open the downstairs brewpub by May. And when that happens, Coulter will be the latest addition to a regional craft brew industry in a region that has been only too happy to encourage it. With 19 (as of last year), Vermont had more breweries per capita than any other state in the union — one for every 32,698 residents — according to the Brewers Association, a Colorado-based trade group for the craft beer industry. Maine was not far behind on the list at number four, and New Hampshire ranked 11th. And while the total number of breweries doesn’t begin to approach those of states out West such as California (221) or Washington (100), the influx of brewers to northern New England begs the question of why this region has latched onto craft-made suds, and how many more brewers its rural communities can support. Brewers and industry analysts believe the state can handle quite a few more. Sean Lawson, who launched Lawson’s Finest Liquids in a barn beside his Warren, Vt., home a year and a half ago, is among the faithful. “Vermont is certainly the kind of place that could support a brewpub in every sizeable town,” Lawson said.Why Vermont? Theories abound as to why craft brewing has caught on in Vermont. It’s not because Vermonters consume more beer than residents of any other state. Last year, the average Vermont resident threw back about 32 gallons of beer, ranking it 22nd among all states for per capita consumption, according to the Beer Institute, a Washington, D.C.,-based advocacy group for the industry. Of course, not all Vermont-made beer ends up consumed in the state. A good portion of it crosses the river into thirsty New Hampshire, which ranks second in the nation for per capita consumption (43 gallons). But the proliferation of brewers in Vermont goes beyond any supply-demand argument. Some point to cultural distinctions. Brewers Association Director Paul Gatza: “When I think of northern New England States, I think of an attitude where people don’t just accept the status quo.” John Kimmich, co-owner of The Alchemist Pub and Brewery, in Waterbury: “There’s a lot less (expletives) in Vermont than there are in other places in the world. Vermont is incredibly unique in...

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Lawson’s Finest Liquids – a part of the landscape

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 in Press

Lawson’s Finest Liquids – a part of the landscape By Megan Schultz Sean Lawson stands outside his brewery wearing black and yellow muck boots and his “standard issue Lawson’s Finest Liquids hat,” polishes off the last of his lunch and claps his hands. “Here we go!” he says and heads right back to work, checking water levels and temperatures, connecting and disconnecting pumps, peeking under the lid of his 55-gallon brew kettle to make sure his alchemy is being properly concocted. “My favorite part is sipping the beer when I’m all done!” said Lawson, the owner and beer guru of Lawson’s Finest Liquids in Warren. “I don’t get any paid time off from Law- son’s Finest, but the benefits are great!” Lawson was just a lanky col- lege kid when he tried a friend’s homebrew. “I said ‘Wow! You made this yourself? Can you show me how?’ and the rest is history.” Twenty years later and Lawson’s Fin- est Liquids is earning quite the following in the Mad River Valley, found on tap in several local restaurants, in bottles at select area stores and even available for a taste at farm- ers’ markets. “It’s a challenge,” says Law- son who juggles a part-time job at Mad River Glen, a young family, and not one but two small businesses. “Family is the first priority,” says Law- son. “I have a wonderful wife, Karen, who has fully sup- ported our endeavor from the start.” Yet while Lawson’s goals are certainly to grow his company, he does not envision seeing his product too broadly dis- tributed in Vermont, let alone over state lines. His vision in- stead is to become a brewery that is “a part of the land- scape, much in the way that old world pubs and breweries were widely known but only locally available.” A brief history lesson: In Eu- rope, when one enters a bar, one typically orders “One beer please!” What kind of beer isn’t always an option; people drink whatever beer they make there. This is be- cause regions became so well known for their beer that peo- ple would travel from far and wide just for a sip of that spe- cific style – no other varieties were needed. Cologne in Ger- many is still known for its Kolsch beer, Dusseldorf is known for its Altbier, and so on. Before Prohibition, the United States was home to thousands of small operations which distributed only very locally. In 1920, however, many of these businesses closed or converted into soft drink com- panies or bakeries. Boot- legged beer was often diluted to increase profits. Then larger beer companies swal- lowed each other up in order to gain larger markets and the American beer industry as we know it today was born. Microbreweries started to come back in the 1980s, rein- troducing Americans to richer, more flavorful brews Sean Lawson of Lawson’s Finest Liquids. Photo: Megan Schultz not typically found in our canned varieties. However, even with the abundance of craft beers available in stores today, the idea of a “regional beer” is pretty uncommon. Except that now, with the re- surgence of passionate, lo- cally minded brewers like Lawson, perhaps regional beer is making a comeback of its own. “Our vision is to be a local brewery with beer you have to travel to Vermont to find,” Lawson says firmly. Expan- sion in the form of mass distri- bution is not part of his plan. “While of course we want to grow the business, there is plenty of room to carve out a respectable niche without as-...

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Booze News – Suzanne Podhaizer

Posted on Jul 9, 2008 in Press

Booze News Side Dishes: “Nightfires,” “Nipples” and Others BY SUZANNE PODHAIZER [07.09.08] – 91 READS ****** For the moment, folks who want to get their hands on Sean Lawson‘s “nipples” may have to travel. Like all the brews from Vermont’s newest microbrewery, Lawson’s Finest Liquids in Warren, the syrup-flavored “Maple Nipple” is a bit difficult to find. Currently, Lawson’s creations are available at a few Mad River restaurants including The Pitcher Inn and The Common Man in Warren, The Village Porch in Rochester and American Flatbread in Waitsfield and on theshelf at the Warren Store. Interested Chittenden County swiggers can find ‘em at the VIP tent at the Vermont Brewers Festival, July 18-19. Lawson, 38, works part-time as a naturalist at Mad River Glen. But he spends the rest of his time brewing small batches to sell under his new label, which he owns with his wife, Karen. “It was June of 2006 when I incorporated,” he recalls. “I got all of my licenses and my federal brewer’s notice last winter.” His first beer went on sale this March. The brewmeister has been making his own suds since he was an underage UVM student, when a friend helped him whip up a hoppy batch in Lawson’s pad. Eventually, Lawson decided to turn his hobby into a business, in part because of “the encouragement I got from people, both friends and strangers,” he says, adding that some folks say his beer is “the best they’ve ever had.” He’d like to expand and open a pub, but “not in the near future.” “Making beer is actually a lot like cooking,” Lawson suggests. “I tend not to follow a standard recipe. I approach it from the experimental or creative side, while still being informed by brewing traditions.”In addition to the oh-so-Vermont-y maple beer, LFL offers India pale ales, a Hefeweizen and a blond ale. He’s working on a lambic-like ale made with wild grapes. “Harvest or fruity nipple?”...

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New artisanal microbrewery opens in Warren

Posted on Jun 10, 2008 in Press

PRESS RELEASE: June 10, 2008 Contact: Sean Lawson, brewer; (802) 272-8436 Email: [email protected] New artisanal microbrewery opens in Warren Brewer Sean Lawson is passionate about his vision statement. “High on hill, in the Sugarhouse Brewery, tiny batches of Lawson’s Finest beer are carefully tended to bring you a remarkable beverage that is only available in the heart of the Green Mountains.” Lawson started home brewing over eighteen years ago. Stints at the Breckenridge Pub and Brewery in Breckenridge, Colorado, and Beaver Street Pub and Brewery in Flagstaff, Arizona served as an apprenticeship that culminates in a new beginning with the advent of Lawson’s Finest in Warren, Vermont. The artisanal microbrewery began production in March 2008 supplying several local restaurants and The Warren Store. Sean and his wife and business partner Karen refer to the modest facility where the beer is made as the “Sugarhouse Brewery.” It was built in classic sugarhouse style with a cupola and ventilator doors. The entrepreneurs are celebrating their inaugural event, called “Lawson’s Launch!” on Sunday, June 15th with a Father’s Day BBQ and beer-tasting event from 5-9 pm in the garden at The Pitcher Inn in the village of Warren. Thanks to overwhelming response, the event sold out in less than forty-eight hours. The Pitcher Inn is, however, taking names on a waitlist. Lawson’s Finest is presently available only in the local area, guaranteeing a fresh and high quality product that is part of the Vermont experience. Lawson’s Finest initial offerings include the Fistful-O-Hop India Pale Ale, Crooked Cabin Brown Ale, Papelblonde Ale, Weiss-K Wheat Bier, Woodchuck Stout, and their infamous Maple Nipple. You can find Lawson’s Finest on tap at The Pitcher Inn in Warren, American Flatbread in Waitsfield (open Fri. and Sat. eves), The Common Man restaurant in Warren (bottles only), and with a custom “Porch Pint” at the Village Porch restaurant in Rochester (open Thurs.-Sun.). Bottles can be purchased (22 oz. singles only) at The Warren Store. For more information call (802) 272-8436, email [email protected] or visit their website at www.lawsonsfinest.com Lawson’s Finest Liquids, LLC — Warren, VT 05674  —...

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