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Maple Nipple History and Distribution!

Posted on Jan 3, 2019 in Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Press

Maple Nipple History and Distribution!

The Maple Nipple was born even before Lawson’s Finest Liquids – as a homebrew recipe! Sean Lawson and LFL Brand Ambassador Chuck Derrick frequently brewed together with other local homebrewers. In the early 2000’s, during sugaring season, they sought to make a beer with maple syrup. Browsing the recipes in a book at the Vermont Homebrew Supply in Winooski, VT, Sean and Chuck encountered a brew called the “Bishop’s Tipple” – an English amber ale made with brown sugar and molasses. They decided to replace the sugar and molasses with maple syrup and brewed the first iteration of this beer at Chuck’s sugarhouse in Fayston, VT, while the sap was boiled into maple syrup in the early spring! The beer is named for Vermont’s state tree and the sweet nectar that it provides. Each summer for nearly 20 years, Chuck hosted a well-attended annual homebrew party each summer with live...

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December Beer News

Posted on Nov 27, 2018 in Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Our Events, Press, Retail

December Beer News

NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW Holiday Hours: Closed Tuesday, December 25th for Christmas. Closed Tuesday, January 1st for New Years Day. NEW WEEKEND HOURS! Saturday and Sunday we are now open 11am – 7pm! It’s been just over a month since we officially opened our new taproom, brewery and retail store in Waitsfield, VT! For the first time in our 10 years of business we are excited to be able to offer twelve beer varieties of packaged beer at our retail store and fourteen beer varieties on draft in our taproom! Check out draft and retail availability here – updated daily! Thank you to all who have filled our establishment with laughter and good times; we are looking forward to so many more. We are so honored to announce that we are a recipient of the Brewbound Rising Star Award! Sean Lawson traveled to sunny Santa Monica, CA for the Brewbound LIVE...

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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

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!  ...

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November Beer News

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

November Beer News

NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW 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 Monday through Friday and 11am-7pm Saturday and Sunday! We will be closed for Thanksgiving. We will resume normal operating hours on Friday; 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...

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We’re Open!

Posted on Oct 22, 2018 in 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, inviting and comfortable taproom and retail store 7 days a week! We are open 12-7pm Monday through Friday and 11am-7pm Saturday and Sunday. 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, 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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