May Beer News

Posted on May 1, 2019 in Beer Fests, Mad River Valley, Our Beer, Our Events, Retail

May Beer News


In honor of our 11th anniversary celebration Sean brewed Peril Imperial IPA and Maple Tripple Ale! These single-batch specialty beers were brewed at the “Wizard’s Workshop” – the original 7bbl brewery in Warren, VT.

Peril Imperial IPA (11.1% ABV) has a menacing hop character and dangerously smooth flavor, achieved by copious dry hopping and cold conditioning.

Maple Tripple Ale (12% ABV) is 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.

We have a limited supply of both bottles and draft available at our retail store and taproom. If you’re looking to try these special brews, check our taproom page for the most up-to-date information on what is available!

Our limited release calendar is changing with the seasons! We just brewed our last batch of Sugarhouse IPA until its return in January 2020, so be sure to grab a fresh pour at our taproom or take some packaged cans to go from our retail store.

We are excited to welcome App Gap Saison back into our lineup! June 1st it will be available in draft and cans. App Gap Saison (4.5% ABV) is our Belgian style farmhouse ale that has a slightly spicy character, fruity yeast-driven esters and an effervescent, dry finish. A homage to our mountain gateway to the Valley.

We have a new item in our retail store! This vibrant Sunshine Headband, crafted by Reign Vermont, is the perfect accessory to brighten your wardrobe! They are available at our retail store in Waitsfield, VT or our online shop.


Charitable Giving Program

Lawson’s Finest has chosen to pay our staff generous living wages and benefits. There is no tip obligation when guests come to the taproom. However, if guests choose to leave a gratuity, 100% will be donated to local charitable endeavors.

The first half of May our taproom donations will go to Prevent Child Abuse Vermont. They are a nonprofit organization that has been serving children and families at risk of child abuse and neglect for 43 years by creating, adopting and carrying out innovative, highly effective prevention programs, including parenting programs, child sexual abuse prevention, and shaken baby syndrome prevention.

The second half of May we are supporting Circle and Sexual Assault Crisis Teams. Circle serves anyone experiencing intimate partner violence in the Washington County area. SACT works to provide advocacy and services for people of all genders who have experienced harm, and to educate for the prevention of all forms of sexual violence.


Saturday, May 4th is the 10th Annual Montbeerlier at the Three Penny Taproom. You can find Lawson’s Finest Chinooker’d IPA, The Space In Between, Sugarhouse IPA, Fayston Maple Imperial Stout and Double Sunshine with Ruby Red Grapefruit being poured!

Sunday, May 5th the Mad River Riders will begin and end their ride, Cranko De Mayo Gravel Grinder, at Lawson’s Finest taproom. This race will take the riders on a tour of the finest Mad River Valley dirt roads. Covering 32 miles, 3900 vertical and two covered bridges along with some Class IV roads and vintage Vermont scenery.

Join us at the taproom on May 6th from 5-7pm for our Monday night specialty cask and live music! Our specialty cask will feature Chinooker’d IPA with tangerine, accompanied by live music from Justin Paniguitti.

Thursday, May 9th Lawson’s Finest Double Sunshine and Scrag Mountain Pils will be poured at the 14th Annual Taste of Vermont Reception in Washington, DC. The annual event has become well known throughout the Capital Region for its dynamic showcase of Vermont products and destinations.

Saturday, May 11th is the Rising Pint Brewfest in Hartford, CT. Lawson’s Finest will be pouring Sip of Sunshine, Double Sunshine, Super Session #8, The Space In Between, and Fayston Maple Imperial Stout. Event proceeds will go to the Folds of Honor Foundation, an organization helping families of those killed on active duty or have returned home severely wounded from duty and Our Companions, an organization that runs a no-kill shelter for pets in Connecticut.

Saturday, May 18th join Lawson’s Finest Brand Ambassador at the 4th Annual Gathering at the Bines Brewfest held at Two Roads Brewing in Stratford, CT. This year there will be one General Admission session from 12:00 – 3:00 PM with a special additional session from 3:00 – 4:00 PM for VIP Ticket holders only! We will be pouring Double Sunshine, Triple Sunshine and Fayston Maple Imperial Stout.

Join us at the taproom on May 20th from 5-7pm for our Monday night specialty cask and live music! Our specialty cask will feature Maple Nipple accompanied by live music from Justin LaPoint.

May 22nd-25th is the Festival Mondial de la bière held in Montreal, QC. The Mondial de la bière offers an assortment of beer discovery activities, from guided tours to pairing workshops, all in a festive atmosphere that will satisfy the curious minds but also any beer lover, both newcomer and epicurian. It differs from other beer festivals in its exclusive offer of international beers, the presence of key players from the world’s brewing industry, and a strong representation from Québec. We will be pouring Fayston Maple Imperial Stout, Maple Nipple, Scrag Mountain Pils, Double Sunshine, and Triple Sunshine.

We look forward to another year at the Brattleboro Brewers Festival. Join Lawson’s Finest Liquids Brand Ambassador on Saturday, May 25th for a day of enjoying amazing beer and great company! We will be pouring Sip of Sunshine, Super Session #8The Space In Between, and Scrag Mountain Pils. Get your tickets while they’re still available. Event proceeds will go to the Brattleboro Little League.


May kicks off our regional distribution of The Space In Between! This beer is a hazy ale with a hint of tartness, brewed with oats and wheat and dry-hopped with Nelson and Galaxy varieties. Check out your favorite local accounts for packaged beer and draft for the chance to try this undefined ale and let us know what you think!

In addition to The Space In Between you can Find Our Beer – Sip of Sunshine IPA and Super Session #8 (cans and draft) in Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, New York and Philadelphia.

We have a new member on our sales team! John Kalinski has joined us as the Regional Sales Representative for MA, NH, ME and RI. John has worked within the craft beer industry for six years and we are honored to have him as part of the Lawson’s Finest team!

(Left: Seth Talmon – Sales and Distribution Manager | Right: John Kalinski – Regional Sales Representative)

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